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  • 3 Simple Tips For Creative Data Visualization

    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency
    Leslie Belknap
    20 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    It seems like every time I scroll through my social media newsfeeds, I come across at least one article extolling the power of big data. Have you also noticed a surge of content on the topic of big data? If so, you have likely noticed that even though there is significant chatter about big data, there is also a surprising lack of insight into the best practices for presenting data to the masses. Because of this void in the conversation on data, I want to share with you some best practices for communicating data visually. Whether your data falls into the “big data” niche, or fits into…
  • Basic Mistakes That Speakers Make

    The Accidental Communicator
    drjim
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We can’t stop making mistakes, but perhaps we can learn from themImage Credit: Lisa Moffatt As speakers, we are always trying to get better at what we do because we know about the importance of public speaking. We may learn to do new things with our voice, our body, or the way that we tell stories during our speeches. However, on top of learning to do all of these new things, we also have to unlearn the mistakes that we may be making right now. The first step in doing this is to become aware of some of the more common mistakes that speakers make. Not Totally Showing Up For Your Speech…
  • Focus or Distraction?

    Interruption Management
    19 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    I couldn’t help but be amused when I came across a Forbes article years ago on the dangers to a company when top executives are distracted by opportunities for “adulation.”“Cancel That Cover Shoot”by Dana Wechsler Linden, Forbes, January, 31, 2005Forbes picked the Charles Schwab Corp. one year as the company of the year. Within two years the stock dropped to $7 from $30, and 35% of the employees were on the street.Now two economists--Ulrike Malmendier of Stanford and Geoffrey Tate of Wharton--have gone beyond anecdotes. As specialists in "behavioral corporate finance," they studied…
  • The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

    Presentation Zen
    Garr
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or telling better stories can be overwhelming. Therefore, when someone credible comes along who offers free, insanely simple yet effective advice for improving one's story, he will find a very large audience indeed. This is exactly what happened just a few years ago, all quite by accident it would seem. In 2011 Comedy Central began shooting a documentary about the…
  • 5 Ways To Own The Stage During Your Presentation

    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency
    Leslie Belknap
    21 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    When I prepare for a presentation or a big event in my life, I often become obsessed with the details of my material and as a result I push other related tasks to the side until my material has been reviewed and refined a ridiculous number of times. While this approach to presentations and life in general has served me well in some regards, I also believe that this approach has set me back in some ways. Reviewing and editing my presentation material, or reading and rereading my pitch before delivering it to the decision makers is important however I also need to give myself a cutoff time…
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    Presentation Zen

  • The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

    Garr
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or telling better stories can be overwhelming. Therefore, when someone credible comes along who offers free, insanely simple yet effective advice for improving one's story, he will find a very large audience indeed. This is exactly what happened just a few years ago, all quite by accident it would seem. In 2011 Comedy Central began shooting a documentary about the…
  • Norm Macdonald: A profile of authenticity on stage

    Garr
    18 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Last Friday, viewers of David Letterman's Late Show witnessed one of the finest, heartfelt monologues ever on American late-night TV, by an emotional Norm Macdonald. A few years ago, I wrote a piece called We don't seek your perfection, only your authenticity, featuring a TED talk by Brene Brown. Brown says in her book The Gifts of Imperfection that, "Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection." What Norm Macdonald did in his final appearance on the Late Show was beautiful, honest, and as authentic as it gets on stage. Comedian Rob Schneider called…
  • B.B. King (1925–2015): Incomparable Bluesman, Masterful Storyteller

    Garr
    15 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    View image | gettyimages.com One of the greatest storytellers of our time has died. B.B. King passed away today in Las Vegas. The legendary blues musician was 89. Please allow me to quote from presentationzen.com. This excerpt is from a post I wrote ten years ago called Presentation, blues, and tapping into your creative soul: B.B. King is a legend. No one does it like he does. He's not flashy and he doesn't try to impress with speed or technique. That's not what it's about. That's not what the blues is about. It's about telling a story and making a connection in a way that can not be…
  • Shokunin Kishitsu & The five elements of true mastery

    Garr
    9 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Last November I dined in Tokyo with a friend who was here in Japan on business from California. My friend is the CEO of a multi-billion dollar tech company with offices worldwide, including in Japan. He's someone I greatly admire and look up to for advice, wisdom, and inspiration. He's a powerful leader, a successful business person, and a nice guy to boot. So when he said that he was absolutely shocked that I had not seen the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I felt ashamed of my failing and placed an order for the DVD immediately on Amazon. "I can't believe you have not seen this movie!" he said.
  • Star Wars VII trailer: Storytelling & the invisible structure

    Garr
    1 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    The Star Wars storytelling universe has always provided many lessons for storytellers of all kinds. Over the years I've often referenced characters from the series or story advice from George Lucas (here, and here, and here, for example). Obviously we are all very excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theatres this December. On April 16, the second trailer to Star Wars VII was released and was viewed a staggering 88 million times in the first 24 hours. When the trailer was shown live to the audience at the Star Wars Celebration event that day in California, the crowd went…
 
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  • 5 Ways To Own The Stage During Your Presentation

    Leslie Belknap
    21 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    When I prepare for a presentation or a big event in my life, I often become obsessed with the details of my material and as a result I push other related tasks to the side until my material has been reviewed and refined a ridiculous number of times. While this approach to presentations and life in general has served me well in some regards, I also believe that this approach has set me back in some ways. Reviewing and editing my presentation material, or reading and rereading my pitch before delivering it to the decision makers is important however I also need to give myself a cutoff time…
  • 3 Simple Tips For Creative Data Visualization

    Leslie Belknap
    20 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    It seems like every time I scroll through my social media newsfeeds, I come across at least one article extolling the power of big data. Have you also noticed a surge of content on the topic of big data? If so, you have likely noticed that even though there is significant chatter about big data, there is also a surprising lack of insight into the best practices for presenting data to the masses. Because of this void in the conversation on data, I want to share with you some best practices for communicating data visually. Whether your data falls into the “big data” niche, or fits into…
  • 12 Books To Inspire Creative Leadership

    Leslie Belknap
    19 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Are you looking for a good book to give you a fresh perspective on business? Look no further than the 12 books included below. These 12 books are great additions to any reading list, especially for people seeking inspiration for creative leadership. 1. How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery Summary: As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a…
  • 5 Ideal Presentation Strengths

    Sunday Avery
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Some of us have a natural ability to play chess, bake a perfect soufflé, or run a speedy mile. A rare few of us may even be able to do all three at the same time. Our natural abilities are the traits we have which require less effort than others to master. In the realm of public speaking, there is no such thing as one ideal presenter. Strengths can encompass many different kinds of personalities with an assortment of natural skill. As we’ve evaluated some of the best speeches and speakers we’ve ever seen, a wide variety of strengths have emerged with a range of benefits to each one. Here…
  • 24 Leadership Quotes To Inspire Your Next Presentation

    Leslie Belknap
    18 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Some days my cup of inspiration is overflowing with the mysterious good vibes that make me feel energized and in alignment with all the wonderful things of the universe. Other days I lack inspiration and instead have a bad case of doubt and indifference. If you’re prepping for a big presentation, you have likely recently experienced at least a little doubt, and perhaps your well of inspiration is almost dry.   Because I can relate to your situation, I want to share with you some quotes that boost my mood and recharge my inspiration. Hopefully at least one of these quotes will get you…
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    The Daily Figure

  • When Is Manipulation a Good Thing

    Figaro
    18 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    When it leads to consensus. That’s one of Figaro’s favorite words. It comes from the Latin, meaning “common belief” or “knowing together.” In other words, it means agreement. The adjectival form, consensual, gets sexy. It means an agreed-upon act. Rhetoric teaches that to get all consensual, it helps to get the juices flowing with a little seduction. In our sister site, ArgueLab, Christina Fox shows how seduction and argument are kissing cousins.
  • The Ultimate Rhetorical Strategy: Honest Flattery

    Figaro
    10 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Yes, we know, word lovers. Flattery is never honest. We’re just making a rhetorical point here in honor of Mother’s Day, when honesty and flattery truly go together. For our sister site, ArgueLab, We posted this video on how to flatter a mom to useful effect.
  • Thou Shalt Not Command a Mood

    Figaro
    5 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    We’re devoting much of our time to our sister site, ArgueLab, but Figaro hasn’t disappeared altogether. He’s especially interested in the latest ArgueLab video, because it contains what linguists and grammarians call the command mood. A mood signals the purpose of a sentence. For instance, the interrogative mood has to do with a question. The indicative mood states a fact. The subjunctive mood—well, let’s not get all moody here. This is rhetoric, after all. One of the biggest rhetorical mistakes is to use a command to order someone’s mood. In this…
  • The Devil to Pay

    Figaro
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Figaro often gets asked to talk about idioms. Here’s a recent question sent in to our companion site, ArgueLab.com. It has to do with one of our favorite idioms of all: “There will be the devil to pay.” No, it’s not from the Bible. The expression comes straight from the British Navy, and it doesn’t mean you’re in danger of going to Hell. It means you’re going to Davy Jones’ Locker. Watch the video for more, and feel free to email Jay with your own persuasive or figurative questions. Meanwhile, what’s an idiom? We like to call it the…
  • Where the Heck Is Figaro?

    Figaro
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    All over the place, it seems, except here. He’s been on Twitter as @jayheinrichs.  (That’s where you’ll find his micro-analysis of the election as it progresses. Our take on the Hillary announcement trailer: “It’s not for Democrats or Republicans. It’s for people with lives.” In short except for the awful logo and the condescending phrase “everyday people,” Figaro liked it.) He’s also been on our sister site, ArgueLab. And on a Youtube channel called ArgueLab. And you can see what his human version has been doing at…
 
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • The Ultimate Presentation Tip is. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    18 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    0There is no ‘Magic Pill’ for lessening the fear of public speaking and becoming a better speaker. My best tips for accomplishing these goals have always been: Practice! – Practice! – Practice! Speak! – Speak! – Speak! Many years ago, Ben Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”That statement remains true today. The learning is in the doing. You can do all the intellectualizing you want about becoming a great presenter: Watch videos, read books and articles,…
  • The Goal of Your Presentation is. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    5 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    The Same as ALL Communication: Verbal, Written, or Visual. 0You want the audience, as quickly as possible to – GET IT! (GET IT!: Completely understand the meaning of your message.) They may not agree with everything you say. They may not agree with anything. Unless they GET IT!, there can not be a discussion, or action, going forward. To accomplish this Goal, you, the speaker, must do three things. Educate The attendees should leave your venue knowing more than they did when arriving about your topic, lots more. Entertain We like to be entertained, don’t we! If you are entertaining…
  • Practice Your Presentation

    Fred E. Miller
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    o Here’s How! We’re familiar with the expression, “Practice makes perfect.” It doesn’t! “Perfect practice makes perfect.” That rarely occurs. The best attitude on the topic of Practice is: “The road to perfection is a journey, not a destination.” Steve Jobs, who many consider one of the best presenters ever, would practice for weeks before giving a presentation introducing a new product or service at an Apple event. Bands that have been together for over thirty years still rehearse (practice) before performing. Why in the world would someone take a “Speaking…
  • The AFTER-Duction: Write. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    o Your Own! Transcript The Emcee’s last words are often Underwhelming. .. “Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home.” “That can be improved!” AFTER Your Closing Have an AFTER-Duction. The AFTER-Duction Should be an Integral Part of Your Presentation The AFTER-Duction Is delivered by the Emcee. The AFTER-Duction Is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write. The AFTER-Duction Serves Several Purposes. THANK the Speaker! REINFORCE Something of Value in their message.  “One of my Take-Aways is. . .” HELP Where Appropriate, Speaker Sell Products and Services. CDs Books…
  • Geetesh Bajaj, INDEZINE, interviews me about the Elevator Speech.

    Fred E. Miller
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Geetesh Bajaj, owner of the popular blog, INDEZINE, interviews me about the Elevator Speech. Geetesh: Elevator speeches are almost always never given in elevators, and as you explain in your course, they are not even all about what we speak! So what exactly does an elevator speech mean in today’s world? Fred: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities! That’s my mantra. No one ever challenges it. Why would they! Delivering an elevator speech is a speaking opportunity and having a super one is useful in a number of settings. For salespeople and others…
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Odyssey - Dynamic Learning System: Conversation with Leon Conrad

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Leon Conrad is a highly experienced voice-centered communication skills specialist who has run training courses in voice-centered communication skills for business for over 20 years. He is co-founder and lead trainer at The Academy of Oratory and teaches communication skills for negotiators for The Negotiation Lab. Leon is passionate about traditional arts and crafts, storytelling, and about reviving the integrated approach to classical liberal arts education. Leon performs as a storyteller and performance poet. He lives in London, UK. In this conversation, Leon discusses his book, Odyssey -…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Slide Layouts Within Slide Master View

    24 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    While changing the Slide Layout of any given slide(s) in PowerPoint 2013, you typically access the Home tab of the Ribbon and click the Layout button. This brings forth the Layout drop-down gallery. The number of Slide Layouts that you see within this gallery may differ depending upon the Theme of your active presentation -- but with PowerPoint's default Office Theme applied, you may see 9 layouts. Explore Slide Layouts within Slide Master view in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: masters, powerpoint_2013, templates, tutorials
  • Get More SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint and Microsoft Office

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In addition to creating SmartArt, and including a bunch of some great variants out of the box, Microsoft also created a way for individuals and developers to create their own custom SmartArt Layout files - these new SmartArt Layouts had the file extension, GLOX -- and could be dropped into a designated folder -- and that would result in additional SmartArt graphics being available to you. Learn how you can get more SmartArt graphic variants. Categories: powerpoint, smartart, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Change Background Styles in the Slide Master

    21 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    In PowerPoint 2013, the Slide Master influences the layout and look of all slides in your presentation. One of the changes you can make to your Slide Master is applying the Background Style so that all slide layouts and actual slides in your presentation use a different slide background. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can choose from any of the 12 available Background Styles to apply to the Slide Master. Learn how to change Background Styles within the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: masters, powerpoint_2013, templates, tutorials
  • Checklist for Delivering Presentations

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Creating slides is just part of what you would do as part of a presentation -- delivering those slides is what will make the process complete. In the same way that you need to plan how you will create slides, you must undertake a similar plan to deliver your slides. On this page, we have compiled a list of activities you should do before delivering your slides -- let's call this a presentation delivery checklist. Make sure that these prerequisites are in place before you deliver your presentation. Categories: powerpoint, presentation_skills
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • 30-Day Innovation Challenge

    sshapiro
    13 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    You hire a speaker. Everyone leaves the event motivated. And then what? One study shows that immediately after a 10-minute presentation, listeners only remembered 50% of the content! A day later that number dropped to 25%, a week later it was 10%, and as the days passed, everyone forgot everything a... The post 30-Day Innovation Challenge appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stories not Scoring

    sshapiro
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week after giving a speech at a casino hotel in Las Vegas, I sat at the bar and settled in to listen to a band play old music from the Rat Pack. Just as I was getting ready to leave, a guy tapped me on the shoulder and asked, “Are you Steve Shapiro, the guy who spoke at our event this morning?”... The post Stories not Scoring appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Better and Faster Innovation

    sshapiro
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    I recently received a review copy of Jeremy Gutsche’s “Better and Faster.” Jeremy is the CEO of TrendHunter.com and the book reflects the quality of the site. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I rarely post (if ever) post book reviews. But I liked this one so much, I decided... The post Better and Faster Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The post Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Uberization of Everything

    sshapiro
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The taxi industry is shaking in its boots, worried about the impact of Uber. The reality is, every industry should be concerned. For those of you luddites who have not yet heard of Uber, it is a technology platform that allows you to request a ride from an individual who will then pick you up in his... The post The Uberization of Everything appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Speech Coaching to Simplify Your Job & Electrify Your Executives with Patricia Fripp

    Theboss
    22 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Patricia Fripp for a webinar on ‘Speech Coaching to Simplify Your Job & Electrify Your Executives’. A full video recording of the event is available. Please ignore the terrible delay on my video which makes it seem as if I’m heavily medicated – there is no delay on Ms. […]
  • Money Talks: Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists

    Theboss
    13 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Here in California, the rush for wealth long ago shifted from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where the 49ers panned for gold, to the Sand Hill Road offices of Silicon Valley venture capitalists (V.C.’s). Legions of young hopefuls pitch their ideas to shrewd investors ready to back the next new thing to the […]
  • 8 Benefits of Business Blogging

    Theboss
    12 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Thanks to Michelle at High Tech Connect for a link to a CJG Digital Marketing article on the 8 benefits of business blogging. They report: As much as 81% believe business blogging is a critical business process according to Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing Report. The latest iteration of this report, generated from a survey that involved […]
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience

    Theboss
    4 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    When you’re alone and life is making you lonely You can always go downtown When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry Seems to help, I know, downtown In January 1965 British singer Petula Clark claimed the number one position in the US charts with the song Downtown that had been written by […]
  • Jessica Pettitt: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken

    Theboss
    3 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    The afternoon speaker at Saturday’s Northern California NSA Chapter meeting was our own chapter member from Eureka in the far north of California (and National NSA Board member) Jessica Pettitt, CSP. Jessica’s program challenged us to consider what differentiates us from other speakers or trainers in our niche. After speaking for fifteen years and stirring […]
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    SlideMagic

  • Good and bad use of data charts

    Jan Schultink
    24 May 2015 | 10:28 pm
    I came across these charts created by The National Geography in a special article about Food by the Numbers. The print article is an extraction from a video. (I made a poor quality image with my phone). Like in most infographics, the rules of creating data charts are broken. It works well in the 2 graphics on the left, not so good in the map.The line charts abstracts away everything you do not need. Years are omitted, the scale is really rough. It focuses on the things that need communicating. The exact point estimate for "today" (2011), but still the number is nicely rounded (not…
  • Common presentation design mistakes

    Jan Schultink
    21 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Here are some common mistakes I see in briefings for presentation design projects. They range from typographical details to big picture issues:The presentation never explains what it is you actually doThe slides say something different than the verbal explanationToo many benefits, as a result: no positioningDoubt between positioning options shines through in the slidesPresenter gets lost in side storiesAmateurish images ("funny" ones)Images with copy right issuesFont, colour, alignment, image resolution, aspect ratio chaosInconsistent graphical styleInconsistent analogiesCliche analogiesGood…
  • Dear Big Company

    Jan Schultink
    20 May 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Most large companies have lost their ability to innovate and moved to a model of delivering small performance improvements quarter by quarter. Employees are often under a lot of pressure and busy with day-to-day activities that the help of freelancers is called in to supplement hands, brains, and most importantly distraction-free creativity.As a freelancer, I try to accommodate the constraints of my big clients as best as I can. Reprioritise other clients, maybe work a few hours on the weekend now and then, trying to deliver the best work possible. Being flexible when some designs are…
  • SlideMagic bugs fixed

    Jan Schultink
    19 May 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Presentation software needs to be absolutely bug free. Unlike a social media mobile app, where you can wait with grazing your news feed for a few hours, the presentation app needs to be ready for that critical 20 minute slot for the all-or-nothing presentation.That is the reason I am keeping SlideMagic still in beta as I iron out all possible glitches. Here are some we fixed recently. If one of these caused you to stop using the app, give it another try.Fixed: small (but annoying) differences in font size rendering between what you see in PDF and what you see on screen, causing words to drop…
  • Graph screen shots

    Jan Schultink
    18 May 2015 | 10:56 pm
    If you do not have access to the source data of a graph you have two approaches to getting the data into your presentation:1. Use a screen shotHow to get the best looking chart from a screen shot:Make the chart as big as possible on your screen. Sometimes you can click the graphic which opens in a new tab in your browser. In PDF, you can zoom in without losing quality. Take the screen shot of this big graph and paste it big in your slide.Crop out all items of the graph that you can easily recreate in PowerPoint or Keynote: axis labels, chart titles, even the values on the X and Y axes. Next,…
 
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Testing Beaver Builder

    Gavin Meikle
    25 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Effective Elevator Pitch Presentations Effective Elevator Pitch Presentations Test 1 Test 1 Test 1
  • How to be a more confident – fire your fear of public speaking

    Gavin Meikle
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you have ever had an anxiety or panic attack at the thought of speaking in public, then you know how an emotional hijack feels. In this post, I’d like to share why it happens and how, by learning how to manage it, you can fire your fear of public speaking and become a more confident communicator. What is Emotional Hijack? It’s what happens when you perceive something as a danger, and you react instinctively without thinking. Emotional Hijack is controlled by a tiny structure deep in your brain called the Amygdala. When your brain detects a change in the world around you (a…
  • How to be more confident – dismiss your demons

    Gavin Meikle
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    Public speaking can certainly be daunting.  When faced with such an opportunity, it is tempting to give in to the words of our inner demons who tell us to say “I can’t” or “I won’t”. Recently I had the pleasure of working with a group of young adults who were coming to the end of a12 week Prince’s Trust Programme. They have been through a lot and had clearly learned much about themselves as they prepared to go back out into the world to seek further training or employment.   Now,  they were facing their shortest but perhaps the biggest challenge.
  • How to be more confident – develop inverse paranoia

    Gavin Meikle
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    Learning how to be more confident is the key that opens up a whole world of opportunities, but how do you do it?   This post is the first in a series that will show you how.  I’m starting with mindset because I believe it is one of the fundamental building blocks for confidence and self-esteem.  As Mr Tweedy, the hapless farmer from the  film chicken run says, “It’s all in your head”. Confident people “suffer” from a  wonderful condition called inverse paranoia. Everyone knows what paranoia is right?  “Paranoia is an irrational fear that the…
  • How your smartphone can help you become a better presenter

    Gavin Meikle
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    With Christmas just passed, and smartphones and tablets reported as the most popular presents, I thought it might be helpful to think about how these technological marvels can help become a better presenter. 1) Recording your presentations Today’s mobile devices have evolved into quite sophisticated audio and video recording devices and are perfect for recording your speeches for review purposes. Awareness is the key to unlocking our ability to change and improve, but many presenters are unaware of what they do well and what they do that is distracting  or irritating to the audience.
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    MANIACTIVE

  • Say it out loud

    laura@maniactive.com
    19 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Here’s my number one tip for writing scripts and speeches. It’s simple, powerful, and only four words long. Say it out loud. 1. Say 2. It 3. Out 4. Loud Four words. It’s such an easy tip. So simple. And so overlooked. I get to write and edit scripts and speeches and dialogues for a living. And when I write for the spoken word, it mostly sounds decent — in my head. Yeah, it almost always sounds fine within the quiet confines of my brain. But then — I read what I’ve written out loud. And that’s when I find it. What do I find? It’s always…
  • Team Building & Crisis Communication Fundamentals

    laura@maniactive.com
    14 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    I hope you never experience a crisis. But when you do, be prepared. Introducing Crisis Communication Fundamentals, my latest online course. It’s available now in the Lynda.com content library. I felt inspired to write this course because I’ve watched people struggle to figure out how to communicate when something unexpected and unpleasant strikes their organization. My aim is to reduce the panic that people can feel when something goes wrong. When you take a little time to prepare you’re on your way to learning how to communicate calmly, quickly, and confidently. My…
  • When making a surprise announcement, don’t say this…

    laura@maniactive.com
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    You made a surprise announcement. You didn’t drop a bombshell. I’m more than a little strung out when I hear those in the news media say something like, “Mr. Peacock dropped a major bombshell at Wince Country Club today. We’ll give you details after the break.” Instantly, my mind goes to actual bombs. Wounded people. Deaths. Injuries. Yes. That’s what dropping a bombshell on a golf course can literally do. And yes, the news anchor got my attention by using this phrase. But they tricked me. They used the figurative ‘bombshell’ term to…
  • Spin doctors gotta spin…

    laura@maniactive.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    Public relations pros don’t like the word spin. Call one a “spin doctor” and that’s a low blow. A rude insult. So how can we put a better spin on our profession? As a child, my mom gave me this piece of life advice: “Don’t call people names they don’t want to be called.” However, she meant me to take this advice only in the context of oppressed people. It’s never OK to target an oppressed person with a rude name. However, calling privileged people names might be unflattering– but it also might be part of a strategy to elicit attention and needed social…
  • Why sign the photo release?

    laura@maniactive.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Stock photos pretty much suck. Perhaps they had their time and place, but their moment has passed. After a few years of looking at your friend’s photos on Instagram and Facebook, your eyes have been accustomed to seeing real people doing real activities. In contrast, stock photos of people faking their emotions doesn’t quite resonate with you anymore. We know cheese when we see it, and we don’t like it. Over at WebInkNow, the wonderful writer David Meerman Scott blogged about browsing the web to research senior living centers for his father. The facilities that used stock photos of…
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    Humor Power

  • Creativity Exercise

    John Kinde
    21 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Loren Ekroth, Dr Conversation (Better Conversations EZine), shared a play- on-words joke which he created from the word Hinterland. While talking to a friend who was performing a one-woman show at a local church, he realized that although she was was not playing on Broadway.  ”She was performing Hintertainment.” I started me thinking about the play-on-words creative process. We start by defining the key word. The definition of the word will help us focus as we exercise our joke writing skills. Some of the definitions of Hinterland are: - Less developed parts of a country. -…
  • The Contestant Interview–Case Study #135

    John Kinde
    10 May 2015 | 1:43 am
    Here are a couple of simple observational lines I’ve used during speech contest interviews. To be ready with an observational line when you are being interviewed after a competition, attempt to create a funny line that will answer one of the standard questions being asked of each contestant. Typical questions like, “What is your home club?” And, “Is there anybody you’d like to thank?” At a contest last month, someone who was interviewed before me mistakenly said Los Angeles when he meant Las Vegas, our hometown.  The mistake got a big laugh. So when…
  • New Contest — Humor and Happiness Role Model

    John Kinde
    1 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    In 25 words or less, who has been your number one role model for humor and happiness in your life?  You can’t nominate yourself.  And you can’t nominate me! My top role model was my Uncle Harry. It’s difficult to experess my thoughts in 25 words. But here it is: “Uncle Harry was a joy-leader. Whether it was entertainment around the campfire or games on a road trip, Harry was the fun-planner supreme.” Coming up with your entry, you might do what I did. I wrote a longer piece, 800 words, based on my memories of Uncle Harry. I called each of his…
  • A Pro Taking a Risk

    John Kinde
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Here are two examples of Josh Groban taking a chance by singing with an audience member. It demonstrates that with risk comes reward.  Groban and the audience members are thrilled with the excitement and the surprise that happens in the middle of a show.  Audience members love seeing something special that unfolds before their eyes. Of course, if the segment is totally off-the-cuff, there is the risk of bombing. On the other hand, there is always the option of planned spontaneity, in this case by having the audience members pre-audition before they are invited on stage. If the star…
  • Subscriber Survey Results

    John Kinde
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    We are pleased that 173 subscribers gave us their opinions about our Humor Power Tips Newsletter. If were too busy to take the survey, you can do it now if you would like to. Your opinions would be valuable to us. It will take you about five minutes. Click here to go to the survey. If you are not a subscriber, you can sign up now. It’s free. You’ll get the newsletter each month and Two special reports: Show Me The Funny and When They Don’t Laugh!   Click here to subscribe. Here is a summary of the survey results. Percent of subscribers completing the survey: Current…
 
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • Public Speaking: Who Did It Better: Michelle or Denzel?

    DianeDiResta
    13 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    What would you say if you were asked to give a commencement address? You don’t have to be famous to give a speech to graduating seniors. Last month, my sister, a retired Air Force officer, was asked to give a commencement … Continue reading →
  • What’s Triggering Your Public Speaking Fear?

    DianeDiResta
    11 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    We’ve all been there – the racing heart, the sweating palms, the cotton mouth. Many clients call me because they’re nervous or experiencing public speaking panic. The mere thought of public speaking can trigger anxiety in some presenters. May is Better … Continue reading →
  • May is Better Speech and Hearing Month – Public Speaking Tip 1

    DianeDiResta
    1 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Do you need a check-up from the neck up? May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and all month I’ll be sending you tips on caring for your voice and articulators. Just like working out at a gym, your facial and oral … Continue reading →
  • It’s World Voice Day – Do You Have a Voice?

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Do you have a voice? Voice matters. Everyone has a right to express their voice. But you can’t do that if you’ve lost your voice.  It’s World Voice Day, a day dedicated to the care of the voice. You use … Continue reading →
  • Press Release: Diane DiResta Shows Women How to Speak Your Way to Success

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    For immediate release Diane DiResta presented at The Ellevate Network Workshop: Speak Your Way to Success: Practical Presentation Skills for Workplace Success New York (April 16, 2013) — Diane DiResta, founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc, spoke at the … Continue reading →
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

    TEDTalks
    22 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    "Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit," says surf photographer Chris Burkard, as he explains his obsession with the coldest, choppiest, most isolated beaches on earth. With jawdropping photos and stories of places few humans have ever seen -- much less surfed -- he draws us into his "personal crusade against the mundane."
  • Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved

    TEDTalks
    21 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.
  • Steven Wise: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

    TEDTalks
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals' status from "things" to "persons." It's not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them -- legally -- is no less than a moral duty.
  • Cosmin Mihaiu: Physical therapy is boring -- play a game instead

    TEDTalks
    19 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution that turns boring physical therapy exercises into a video game with crystal-clear instructions.
  • Martine Rothblatt: My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

    TEDTalks
    18 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file ... and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED's Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.
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    speakfearlessly.net

  • Vocal Fry Is Killing Your Power

    Nicole
    19 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Vocal fry is an issue that I run into often in my work. My take is that those who use it (typically females) are: Unknowingly undermining their power, authority and credibility, Unconsciously mimicking the behaviors of those around them in order to fit in. And there are plenty of people (actresses, celebrities, coworkers, etc.) in our purview that are modeling vocal fry. But just because something is ubiquitous, that doesn’t make it a good idea. The following piece from Mental Floss discussed the phenomena in more depth and includes a terrific video…
  • One simple change that will boost your health, performance and longevity

    Nicole
    12 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault of the The Henderson Group Ultrarunner Adam St. Pierre was almost “sidelined by tight hip flexors”.  He tried “Pilates, stretching more, strengthening his core” and nothing seemed to help.   What one simple thing solved his problem and actually launched him to “personal best” levels of performance? Switching to a standing desk. Read the piece from Men’s Journal magazine here which points out growing evidence of serious health risks caused by sitting for extended periods on a daily basis.  In addition, the piece validates my personal…
  • 10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

    Nicole
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people. Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done. Exceptional bosses do all of the above–and more. Sure, they care about their company and customers, their vendors and suppliers. But most important, they care to an exceptional degree about the people who work for them. That’s why extraordinary bosses give every employee: 1. Autonomy and independence Great organizations are built on the optimizing of…
  • How to Get Better at Almost Anything

    Nicole
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:28 pm
    We’ve written about Deliberate Practice before, and recommend this new article by Inc.com on the subject. And guess what? Talent may not be necessary. What is it that makes a speaker amazing? Is it a set of personal characteristics that enable great speakers to capture and keep our attention? Is it their brains? Their sense of humor? Their sincerity and empathy? Or were they born with a talent to talk? We could ask similar questions about golfers, tennis champs, chess masters, or quarterbacks. Why is it that certain people get a disproportionate share of the talent? Science has…
  • “The Single Most Important Question Ever”

    Nicole
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Intro by Terry Gault Article by David Burk of The Electron Shop This article touches on a technique that we’ve been preaching to our clients for about 2 decades. In fact, I refer to it as “the most powerful communication technique I have ever learned.” I also refer to it as “the most underutilized communication technique I have ever learned.” If you are practicing it regularly, it will transform your communications with others in a way that gives you a competitive advantage – indeed, a Super Power you didn’t have before.   There is one…
 
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Color! Sound! Action!

    Tim Wilson
    25 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests when you are presenting a ballroom slide presentation you project it on a screen so you can make use of color, sound, and animation that conveys the information in your presentation.Informatively,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Beyond the text

    Tim Wilson
    24 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests when you create a ballroom slide presentation you use as little text as possible, and with relevant visuals that attract the audience and stick in their mind.Visually,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Squint when you say that!

    Tim Wilson
    23 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests when you design a page in your presentation, you use the squint test to tell if the page's purpose if obvious enough to your audience. Squint your eyes at the page and try to guess what the page is about, using only the blurry information you can see. If you can successfully guess the purpose of the page while squinting, your page is obvious enough For example, if you squint at the page and you clearly see that the items on your page are converging together and your presentation is about items converging, your page is obvious enough…
  • The page is the thing!

    Tim Wilson
    22 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests when you design a page in your presentation, you design it so the page layout reinforces the message of that page (e.g., if the page is about converging, layout your page so that the various points on the page seem to be coming together).Laid out,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Inspiration vs. Motivation

    Tim Wilson
    21 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Fellow speaker,In the professional speaking world, there are basically two types of speakers: inspirational speakers and motivational speakers. Inspirational speakers want to make their audience feel good. Usually they have had great challenges in their life which they have overcome, and they use their own life as an inspiration to others to overcome their personal struggles (e.g., a person with no hands living their daily life successfully).A motivational speaker is there to get the audience to do something. While they may use inspirational techniques to make the audience feel good, their…
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    The presentation skills blog...

  • New presentations thoughts elsewhere….

    Simon
    18 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    It’s been a busy ol’ month! The publication date of Presentation Genius is getting closer and closer… So what’s the word about it?  Well it’s big news. The Presentation Genius website went live this week. […]
  • Presentations with motivations

    Simon
    11 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Presentations should change the world – or at least your little part of it.  Something should be different by the end of it, compared to the start of it. Otherwise you’ve just wasted everyone’s time. […]
  • A charity special presentations training

    Simon
    7 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Calling all charities (and things which work or act like charities!) in the north east of England… I’m doing a presentation skills training session with VODA in June. You can see the first of a series of […]
  • Presenter’s tools. And stuff.

    Simon
    4 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    I’m a professional speaker and presentations trainer. And author. And father and husband. My life isn’t structured, but it’s full on. Really, really full on. As a result I rely on a number of bits […]
  • Are online presentations different?

    Simon
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    Not long ago I asked in one of the remarkable Sarah Arrow’s private groups what people needed to know about when it comes to presentations. I got a lot of questions: this blog is a […]
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    Public Words

  • Finding Your Voice

    Nick Morgan
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A recent study of CEO’s voices – and they were all male – found that the ones with lower voices made more money than higher-voiced counterparts in other companies. Add that study to the many other such studies about voices and leadership, and you’d be pardoned for freaking out if your voice doesn’t sound like James Earl Jones. How can you possibly succeed? And I get asked by women clients about voices... Read More
  • Does It Matter What You Wear?

    Nick Morgan
    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Speakers frequently ask me about what to wear for their big day. My advice is always the same. Now, a study has come along from Abraham Rutchick, a professor of psychology at California State University, that adds a new wrinkle. First, there are the basic ideas I recommend that haven’t changed. Number one, dress a little better than the audience. You are the temporary authority as the speaker. Your clothes need to... Read More
  • How to think about storytelling

    Nick Morgan
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Back in the day when I was trying (and not succeeding) to make a living as an actor, one of the classes I took introduced a simple game that I’ve been playing off and on ever since. It was at first useful for developing Improv skills as an actor, then for storytelling skills as a speechwriter, then for passing the time in the car with young children, then as an icebreaker for... Read More
  • What Was That CEO Thinking?

    Nick Morgan
    12 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    What’s up with the McDonald’s CEO? Steve Easterbrook, the McDonald’s CEO, delivered a video statement to the business community and McDonald’s franchisees around the world recently. The result is a classic example of how not to do it. His performance is spectacularly awful on a number of levels. CEOs and communications people everywhere should watch the video as an object lesson in bad communications. According to Mashable, the stock dipped approximately one percent once... Read More
  • The Secrets of Great Storytelling

    Nick Morgan
    7 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I worked with a great team of people involved in teaching K–12 students last week, and it was an honor to coach them because of the important work they’re doing. When our society gives teachers the material rewards they deserve for what they do, they we will demonstrate that we really do care about the well-being of our children and grandchildren. Until then, it’s only lip service that we pay. OK, enough... Read More
 
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    We Need A Speech

  • Opening Speech: by Canadian Film Maker Norman McLaren 1961

    colin842_0
    16 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Opening Speech: McLaren by Norman McLaren, National Film Board of Canada…
  • Changing The Music

    colin842_0
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    As writers — fiction or otherwise — we tend to fall in love with our words. Then we hate them. And then we love them again. That’s when we want to reach for a pistol or at least a good …
  • The Four Deal Breakers

    colin842_0
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    There are four reasons I might turn down a speech. And only one is truly problematic. So here goes. Money. Write for people who have money. Seems obvious I know. But Ph.D Candidates rarely have any so you don’t want …
  • Selma Revisited – “You Are America!”

    colin842_0
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
  • The Tale of Two Cities: Mario Cuomo’s 1984 DNC Speech

    colin842_0
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    In light of the recent passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, it is a good time to revisit his 1984 speech to the National Democratic Convention.  The thought of the day was that it would propel him to …
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    CK Online - Communicate to Connect !

  • My Travel Blog - www.rotatingswamy.com

    Chendil Kumar
    22 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    My travel blog - Rotating SwamyI have a travel blog, www.rotatingswamy.com, in which I capture my travel tales with photographs and snippets. I plan to spruce it up with regular updates as I have been crisis-crossing quite a bit - Thrissoor Pooram festival, Madurai Azhagar festival, Nandi Hills, a 6th century Shiva temple built by five dynasties and Kaikondrahalli lake in Bellandur, BangaloreDo visit www.rotatingswamy.com and your feedback is most welcome !
  • Nikon Coolpix P600 - Test Shoot

    Chendil Kumar
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Hebbal lake. Bangalore.Tried out Nikon CoolPix P600 and came away visibly impressed with its super zoom.Here are some test shots.    
  • Kochi Biennale

    Chendil Kumar
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Kochi Muziris Biennale - An art extravaganza spread over four months across Fort Kochi.I am not a connoisseur nor have any pretense of being an art appreciator, but yes I pay my tribute with my cellphone camera hoping it would help an art lover. As you walk towards the venue a small curio shop welcomes you with this sampler :-)A ₹100 ticket will ensure your entry across six locations starting with Aspinwall house. I could cover only this venue and here are some clicks.Delhi based artist Madhusidhanan's ' Logic of Disappearance ' charcoal drawings Porus and Rao's Teddy…
  • Shilparamam Hyderabad - All India Handicrafts Mela

    Chendil Kumar
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Hyderabad - Random clicks from Shilparamam arts and crafts village at the All India Handicrafts Mela !
  • TADPATRI TEMPLES - SRI CHINTALA VENKATARAMANASWAMY TEMPLE - ART and ARCHITECTURE

    Chendil Kumar
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    TADPATRI TEMPLES - PART IISRI CHINTALA VENKATARAMANSWAMY temple in TADPATRI. Architecture inspired by Vijayanagara temples in Hampi with a mini - rath to boot. The entire temple is enveloped with sculpture stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharatha in intricate detail.Ideally this place should be teeming with tourists but the calmness provides solitary splendour to IAS aspirants preparing studiously. This temple is a photographer's delight. Here are some captures.
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    25 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:You're in charge: With a mix of solid tips and a little irreverence about this frequent speaking task, How to steer a conference call like a champ is for the calls where you're in charge.Dress for....Here's a thoughtful read about gender and fashion, and how we see…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Melissa Rivers's Tribute to Joan Rivers

    Becky Ham
    22 May 2015 | 1:43 am
    It was three months after comedian Joan Rivers' death before her daughter Melissa Rivers made her first public speech about her mother. By then, the accolades and remembrances had reached flood stage, with celebrities and cultural critics weighing in on the legacy of Joan Rivers as a feminist, a trailblazing comic, an entertainer and a celebrity phenomenon.What was left to say? Melissa Rivers found a way to deliver a sweet and funny tribute that managed to tie all the remembrances together in a defining package.  It was a speech that her mother probably would have loved for all its…
  • Talk About the Talk: Lisa Lamkins at the Align health quality summit

    Denise Graveline
    21 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: In this new series, Talk About the Talk, I'm asking speakers I've worked with to share their perspectives about giving big or important talks. Lisa K. Lamkins was one of 16 health executives I coached last year for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality national program. All 16 prepared and delivered 5-minute talks in the style of TED for the Align summit on health care quality in Washington, DC, last autumn. Lisa shares here her perspective on our work together and how the big talk felt. For speakers who worry that they're not "the" expert, that they…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    18 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Reading tips: Book authors, here's one author's advice on preparing for all those readings you'll be doing to promote your latest work, a specialized speaking task.The voice whisperer: This article on how public radio reporters find their voices has much to inform…
  • Women's diverse perspectives on LGBT issues: 6 famous speeches

    Denise Graveline
    15 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    They speak about existence, identity, personhood. They talk about parenting, marriage, and relationships. Rights, wrongs, discrimination, hatred and love pepper their speeches. And in this collection of famous speeches by women about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, the women speakers include actresses, parents, a student and a legislator. Click through to see text, audio or video (where available) for each of these speeches from The Eloquent Woman Index, as well as what you can learn as a speaker from their efforts:Laverne Cox on transgender activism: The star of Orange…
 
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Open your presentation with Pizzazz

    George Torok
    13 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Open Your Presentation With Pizzazz Howto win the audience at the beginning of your presentationWhy is the opening so important?When you speak to an audience you have seconds to make a good first impression. That first impression must persuade them to listen and believe you. Get it wrong and you lose. You might have an important and valuable presentation prepared but if they’re turned off and tuned out at the beginning, everything you’ve prepared was wasted.The opening to your presentation is critical to your success. You shouldn’t be surprised that poor speakers have poor…
  • Venus Explains the Atom in terms the kid can understand

    George Torok
    7 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Enjoy this video clip from WKRP in Cincinnati. Powerful example of explaining a complex subject in simple terms. Talk in a way that your listener understands. Use their perspective. Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • Steven Pinker at TED - a poor presentation...

    George Torok
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Steven Pinker - pretty much reads his notes from his book "The Stuff of Thought"I enjoyed reading his book and recognized most of his talk from his book. Unfortunately I found his presentation difficult to follow because his key message wasn't clear. What was his point? He clearly read his presentation which means he wasn't talking with his audience. He was simply reading notes from his book to them - as if they were children.Many insightful authors and writers are lousy presentations because writing and speaking are different skills sets. In my option this was a good example of a a terrible…
  • 31 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm

    George Torok
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    David Christian at TED - well delivered talk - with passion, imagery and purpose.Finishes with an emotional close.Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • Build Rapport Rapidly

    George Torok
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    If you want to persuade people you first need to establish rapport. The sooner you build rapport with your audience, the sooner they will listen to your ideas. The stronger the rapport, the more they will like and trust you.What is Rapport?You have rapport with a person when you both see things the same way, which means they believe that you understand them and see things their way. If you want to persuade them to see things your way, you must first demonstrate that you see things from their position. Then you might be able to shift their perspective.How can you build rapport…
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • 5 Ways To Own The Stage During Your Presentation

    Leslie Belknap
    21 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    When I prepare for a presentation or a big event in my life, I often become obsessed with the details of my material and as a result I push other related tasks to the side until my material has been reviewed and refined a ridiculous number of times. While this approach to presentations and life in general has served me well in some regards, I also believe that this approach has set me back in some ways. Reviewing and editing my presentation material, or reading and rereading my pitch before delivering it to the decision makers is important however I also need to give myself a cutoff time…
  • 3 Simple Tips For Creative Data Visualization

    Leslie Belknap
    20 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    It seems like every time I scroll through my social media newsfeeds, I come across at least one article extolling the power of big data. Have you also noticed a surge of content on the topic of big data? If so, you have likely noticed that even though there is significant chatter about big data, there is also a surprising lack of insight into the best practices for presenting data to the masses. Because of this void in the conversation on data, I want to share with you some best practices for communicating data visually. Whether your data falls into the “big data” niche, or fits into…
  • 12 Books To Inspire Creative Leadership

    Leslie Belknap
    19 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Are you looking for a good book to give you a fresh perspective on business? Look no further than the 12 books included below. These 12 books are great additions to any reading list, especially for people seeking inspiration for creative leadership. 1. How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery Summary: As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a…
  • 5 Ideal Presentation Strengths

    Sunday Avery
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Some of us have a natural ability to play chess, bake a perfect soufflé, or run a speedy mile. A rare few of us may even be able to do all three at the same time. Our natural abilities are the traits we have which require less effort than others to master. In the realm of public speaking, there is no such thing as one ideal presenter. Strengths can encompass many different kinds of personalities with an assortment of natural skill. As we’ve evaluated some of the best speeches and speakers we’ve ever seen, a wide variety of strengths have emerged with a range of benefits to each one. Here…
  • 24 Leadership Quotes To Inspire Your Next Presentation

    Leslie Belknap
    18 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Some days my cup of inspiration is overflowing with the mysterious good vibes that make me feel energized and in alignment with all the wonderful things of the universe. Other days I lack inspiration and instead have a bad case of doubt and indifference. If you’re prepping for a big presentation, you have likely recently experienced at least a little doubt, and perhaps your well of inspiration is almost dry.   Because I can relate to your situation, I want to share with you some quotes that boost my mood and recharge my inspiration. Hopefully at least one of these quotes will get you…
 
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • Basic Mistakes That Speakers Make

    drjim
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We can’t stop making mistakes, but perhaps we can learn from themImage Credit: Lisa Moffatt As speakers, we are always trying to get better at what we do because we know about the importance of public speaking. We may learn to do new things with our voice, our body, or the way that we tell stories during our speeches. However, on top of learning to do all of these new things, we also have to unlearn the mistakes that we may be making right now. The first step in doing this is to become aware of some of the more common mistakes that speakers make. Not Totally Showing Up For Your Speech…
  • Mistakes That We Speakers Make

    drjim
    12 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Even speakers make mistakes, it’s being aware of them that really matters Image Credit: sisssou I’m pleased to be able to announce that I understand the importance of public speaking and I am a perfect speaker. I never make a mistake. Ok, well, I guess that I do make mistakes sometimes. Well, I guess that I really make a lot of mistakes. Ok, so I guess I’m not a perfect speaker. However, I’m willing to bet that you are not a perfect speaker either. In order for us non-perfect speakers to become better, we need to take a look at what we are doing and see if we can spot…
  • 3 Reasons Why Speakers Fail

    drjim
    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to speaking, failure is not an option Image Credit: Chris Griffith Every time we stand in front of an audience, we are filled with the hope that we are going to be able to connect with our audience and get our message across to them – this is what the , importance of public speaking is all about. However, this does not always happen. When it doesn’t happen, we need to take a step back and take the time to understand what happened. It turns out that more often than not, there are three reasons why we may fail to connect with an audience. When Your Audience Does Not Relate…
  • How To Give A Speech When You Are Not The One Doing The Talking

    drjim
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When giving a speech that uses an interpreter, you’ll need to make some changesImage Credit: Downing Street They say that the world is getting smaller. I tend to believe that they are correct. However, there are still a lot of differences between here and there. When it comes to giving speeches, what this means is that there is a very good chance that at some point in the future you are going to find yourself being asked to give a speech to an audience who does not speak your language. What’s a speaker to do? The Power Of A Translator I’d like to be able to tell you that one…
  • Why A Bit Of Surprise Is Just What Your Next Business Presentation Needs

    drjim
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Adding a bit of surprise to your next speech will help your audience remember what you sayImage Credit: Maryland GovPics Sigh. It’s time for you to give yet another business presentation. I’m not excited to hear you give it and I’d be willing to bet that despite the importance of public speaking you are not excited to give it. Hmm, this sorta looks like we are headed for a disaster. There has got to be a way to fix this problem. It turns out that there is and it’s actually pretty simple to do: add some surprise to your next business presentation. How About A Little Bit…
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  • Kaine’s quest for war legitimacy

    George F. Will
    22 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The Revolutionary War and the Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today’s war with radical Islam. Now a senator from Virginia is determined that today’s war shall not continue indefinitely without the legitimacy conferred by congressional involvement congruent with the Constitution’s text and history. Read full article >>
  • Capital punishment’s slow death

    George F. Will
    20 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when, years hence, the death penalty finally is administered to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon terrorist who placed a bomb in a crowd and then strolled to safety. Sentencing to death those who commit heinous crimes satisfies a sense of moral proportionality. This is, however, purchased with disproportionate social costs, as Nebraska…
  • Santorum’s next crusade

    George F. Will
    15 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012. Read full article >>
  • Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm

    George F. Will
    13 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of “child protection.” And these phenomena are related to campus hysteria about protecting infantilized undergraduates from various menaces, including uncongenial ideas.Read full article >>
  • Mike Huckabee’s appalling crusade

    George F. Will
    8 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
    In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a group of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” The man introducing Stevenson said the candidate had been invited only “as a courtesy” because Peale “has instructed us to vote for your…
 
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  • An Anniversary For The Gipper

    Jerry Weissman
    18 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Jerry commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War II and one of Ronald Reagan’s greatest speeches. Read the blog on Forbes. The post An Anniversary For The Gipper appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • What’s Missing from the Story on Gender Equality?

    Guest Blogger
    4 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Telling the Story of Gender Inequality: A Blog Series by Tanya Fruehe The recent celebration of International Women’s day on March 8th has brought a remarkable amount of awareness to the state of women and equality. Numerous business and government leaders, celebrities, and activists have made speeches, created campaigns, and published writing on the topic. One common thread in all of these efforts is that they set out to tell a story of gender inequality. Specifically, these stories covered unequal pay in the workplace and awareness of where women have been, how far they have come but also…
  • One Plus And Two Minuses For Hillary Clinton’s Logo

    Jerry Weissman
    1 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    In the recent launch of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, she debuted a new logo that drew as much highly-opinionated talk in the graphic design community as did her announcement in the political realm. Read the blog on what we can learn from her logo on Forbes. The post One Plus And Two Minuses For Hillary Clinton’s Logo appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • How To Remember What To Say And Four Ways To Make It Stick

    Jerry Weissman
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    This blog investigates the memory tricks that presenters use to help them along in their presentation or public speaking event. “Public speakers who use the technique often lapse into a “first-this-then-that-and-then-this-and-last-but-not-least” laundry list. To avoid this trap, you must find an overarching structure to connect the diverse parts of your story.” Read the blog on Forbes. The post How To Remember What To Say And Four Ways To Make It Stick appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Four Presentation Skills from Five Corporate Leaders

    Jerry Weissman
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:28 pm
    “Every corporate leader must possess a number of essential skills. High on the list are vision, creativity, commitment, reliability, and communication. Presentations are the most mission-critical form of the latter.” Please see Jerry’s latest blog post on Slideshop. The post Four Presentation Skills from Five Corporate Leaders appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
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  • My Campaign Takes Off

    Richard Cahill
    25 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    I want to assure my supporters that my campaign for the Republican nomination for President is gaining momentum. Pay no attention to my detractors, who say I am merely making noise about running for President while pursuing my usual lazy practice of barbecuing and sampling microbrews most days. To them I say, it’s Memorial [...]
  • THE COMING PERSECUTION (Guest Post)

    Bob Grant - Editor
    24 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    The Homofacist Movement has been rolling like a juggernaut in America and other places around the globe for quite some time now. Nothing new there. However, now that the island nation that gave us St Patrick has given the stamp of approval to sodomite marriage – the first country to do so via a [...]
  • BASEBALL: THE LOVE OF THE GAME

    timbryce
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON SPORTS – It is a great game. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I have always had a fondness for the game of baseball. As a kid, I played Little League but also carried my glove and [...]
  • 5 Destinations for Your Ideal Honeymoon

    LarryAlton
    21 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    Deciding where to go for your honeymoon may be one of the first arguments that affronts you and your fresh-faced spouse. You may have envisioned a relaxing beach day, while your other half wanted to see the sites of a romantic city and dine on extravagant cuisine. There are many beautiful options for [...]
  • The Curse of White-On-White Crime

    Richard Cahill
    21 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Recent events in Waco, Texas involving an OK-Corral style shootout involving two biker gangs have once again focused the nation on the widely ignored phenomena of white-on-white crime. Too often hidden in the shadows and generally disregarded by mass media, white-on-white crime is America’s secret shame. Too many of us just say to ourselves, [...]
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  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    25 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Dress for. Did you miss? Got a panel coming up? weekly speaker toolkitBrought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • The Freelance Writing Life - Editors, Readers, Critics Expect You To Keep Up On Everything, Everyone

    24 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    It's a seismic shift. In more staid times, freelance writers could develop a niche expertise and make a predictably good living. Now with so much volatility, both in subject matter and in the growth or collapse of organizations which purchase their services, it's a different game. It's downright exhausting. will always write. The result?Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • John Nash Dies At 86 - He Played A Beautiful Game

    24 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    John Nash , at age 86, along with his wife Alice, age 82, died in a car accident. Some will remember him because of his genius in game theory. He won the Noble Prize for that. Others for his severe mental illness. But in time what might distinguish him most was the way he saw life.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
 
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  • Create a system for your message

    Ellen Finkelstein
    3 May 2015 | 6:26 pm
    A presentation doesn’t stand by itself. Your presentation started out with a reason, a goal, need, or a situation that led to the presentation itself. Here are some examples: Employees in your company are not getting the desired results, so they need training You created a product and want to sell it You have a big message that you’re trying to get out to the world and are speaking publicly about it So you create a presentation that meets the need. But then what? You need to follow up. All presentations should have a system that follows up, closes the loop, and furthers the…
  • Make a collage of photos

    Ellen Finkelstein
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I often need graphics for presentations, sales pages, and blog posts (like this one). One technique that works for me is to create a collage of several images. Here’s an example. This collage is supposed to show emotions of doubt, frustration, and worry. Not only can I get multiple facial expressions this way, but I can get a diversity of people, so I can appeal to a variety of readers. A collage of photos is very simple to create. Here are the steps: Choose Insert, Picture or Insert, Online Pictures/Clip Art (will vary according to your version of PowerPoint) and insert several…
  • 3 tips to make your slides more persuasive

    Ellen Finkelstein
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:21 pm
    It’s not only sales people who need to persuade. Perhaps you need to get approval for a proposal. Recently, a subscriber used principles I taught to get approval from a State Legislature committee for an important proposal that will help children in that state. But trainers have told me that they need to persuade too — persuade their audience to listen and finally to implement the training. Here are 3 simple tips to make your slides support the persuasive component of your presentation. Make images big The Picture Superiority principle says that people remember concepts when…
  • Use PowerPoint like a flip chart–draw as you speak

    Ellen Finkelstein
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    A flip chart can be a great way to present. You write or draw as you talk. Yes, people have to wait until you finish writing or drawing, but the process is very engaging to the audience. If you’re old enough, you may remember teachers writing on the blackboard as they taught. It was a slower time! But as you write or draw, your audience has time to think about what you’re saying. This technique is especially helpful when you draw. For example, you might show a process or a configuration. Your picture helps people understand what you’re saying and they get the point with…
  • Experiences from the presentation trenches

    Ellen Finkelstein
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I gave 2 presentations in the last month and thought I’d share my experiences. A live presentation I gave a live presentation at a marketing conference/workshop. I wasn’t paid but was expected to pitch a product at the end, using an affiliate link of the workshop organizer. In this way, we both made money. (All of the sessions were organized in this way.) My topic was “High Persuasion PowerPoint Presentation Secrets.” I’ve done this topic as a webinar many times, but this was the first time I did it live. About 25 people attended my session. There was formal…
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  • Best marketing podcasts

    Alessandra Cimatti
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:17 pm
    When people meet me on my daily walks and notice I am wearing earphones, they assume I listen to music. They are wrong. I am actually an avid podcast listener. Besides public speaking, storytelling and presentation related content, I listen to many marketing podcasts. Here are just a few of my favorite marketing podcasts: Marketing Smarts, by MarketingProfs (B2B oriented) Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch (Small Business oriented) Social Media Marketing with Michael Stelzner, by Social Media Examiner (the most up to date on social media) Mad Marketing by Marcus Sheridan, The Sales…
  • How do you make a presentation that speeds the sales process?

    Alessandra Cimatti
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:36 am
    By talking to both who will use and who will pay. USP. Unique Selling Propostion. Unique?  Unique for whom? The seller or the buyer?  Which buyer? I recently watched an interesting video titled “Selling Above and Below the Line” by Skip Miller, author of a book by the same name.  Here is the short video: My take-away message is this: there are two types of buyers salespeople need to convince:  the users and the C-suite.  Each buyer type needs a different value proposition. Why? The users generally want to know product features and benefits, while the C-suite wants to know…
  • Common mistakes in company presentation – a podcast interview

    Alessandra Cimatti
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Oscar Santolalla of the “Time to Shine” podcast interviewed me recently. His podcast is all about public speaking, communication skills and storytelling. Here is a link to  my interview on the Time To Shine podcast website  where you can hear this and other interesting episodes. You can also access the Time to Shine podcast on iTunes. If you are interested in similar podcasts, you might like to read this other post I did titled Public speaking and Presentation Skills podcasts – part 2.  If you want to learn how to deliver impeccable presentations, avoiding technical…
  • Public Speaking & Presentation Skills podcasts – part two

    Alessandra Cimatti
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    One of the most popular posts in my blog is titled My favorite public speaking podcasts, so I have decided to write an update, listing more podcasts that might be useful to public speakers, consultants,  trainers and presenters worldwide. I find that continuous learning is a key part of my personal and professional development, and podcasts are an easy way for me to learn. I find out about new authors, new experts, new books, new resources, new tools, new shortcuts and much more. I listen to podcast while exercising, doing house chores and cooking. Here are three new entries in my iphone…
  • How to improve your presentations: tips from 80 experts

    Alessandra Cimatti
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Click on the arrows to move forward and backwards in the presentation. My contribution is on page 43, do take a look! You can scroll forward or type 43 in the box with the page number.  You can also see it directly in the image below. Download a pdf copy of the complete e-book  to keep as a reference by going to the Slideshare website. This is easily done by clicking on the SlideShare logo on the bottom left of the presentation window above. Once on Slideshare, click on the download icon, which is the one the orange arrow points to in the image below. Enjoy the read and improve your…
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • What Happens When the Win Anyway Guy Loses? Part I

    17 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Yesterday was a unique day for me, in terms of competing in Toastmasters at the District Conference Level.I had qualified to represent my Division in both Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking) and the International Speech Contest. It was the 21st and 22nd time I had qualified for various contests at that level in the 3 different Districts I've competed in. Currently, I'm in D26, which is Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of Nebraska. I've also competed in D9 (Eastern WA, NE Oregon, Northern Idaho), and D15 (Utah, Southern, Idaho, Eastern Nevada).Of the 20 previous contests, I had acquired fifteen…
  • Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part III: Toastmaster Tips

    15 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    In Part I of this series I covered 6 Key Components for you to use in your Introduction, and in Part II, I discussed What Could Go Wrong with your intro, and how to mitigate the damages.For Toastmasters - all those tips and suggestions apply, but we also face our own unique challenges - so this post is specifically for you!In my fifteen years with the organization, I have witnessed a severe deficit in our education program when it comes to introductions. In fact, googling 'Toastmaster & Introductions' brought only one article from the TI site itself, and it focuses on the Toastmaster of…
  • Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part II: What Could Go Wrong?

    7 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    In Part I, we looked at the different parts of an ideal introduction for a real world speech. So once you've created it, you're home free, right? Not quite. You'd be amazed what can go wrong once you're done writing your introductory masterpiece.What Could Go Wrong?The Dog Ate ItYep, you sent it to them early, and they forgot it. Or you didn't send it to them, and YOU forgot it.Vocabulary HurdlesYou've crafted a beautiful introduction, and when it's read perfectly, it's like a symphony of syllables. Unless they pronounce it Sim-PHONEY of Si-LOBB-els. Not everybody is a speaker, and not…
  • Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction: Part I

    5 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    We'll spend hours, days, weeks, even a lifetime writing and perfecting our speech, and yet, before we ever get up to present, someone else holds a major key to our success or failure.That someone else is our Introducer. That major key is our Introduction.Both tend to be neglected or even forgotten by the beginning speaker, and downright mishandled by all but the best speakers.Too often a Speaker's Introduction is one of two things - a reading of the biography or description provided for the event program, or an equally long biography either written by the clueless speaker or the wannabe…
  • Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt II: 7 Quick & Dirty Writing Solutions

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about 'Speechwriting in Reverse' as a solution to Writer's Block. In a nutshell, it means Speak, Record, Transcribe.That doesn't work for everyone, though, and we don't always like to have just one solution, so I promised more to come. Here we go:1. A Funny Thing Happened to Me....Today. Yep, sit down, and think about your day. Anything different happen? Anything funny? Anything awful? Anything boring? Even if it was the same old same old day you always have, there's something to talk about. Write down a blow by blow description of the day, and somewhere, you'll find…
 
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 201) – Martha Graham

    John Zimmer
    14 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    “I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise … Continue reading →
  • Join me for a live interview

    John Zimmer
    10 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    This Tuesday, 12 May 2015, I will be interviewed on Google on Air by presentation design expert, Timo Sorri. The subject is public speaking, business presentations and the second edition of our one-day seminar / workshop, Master the Art of … Continue reading →
  • Seize every opportunity

    John Zimmer
    3 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Two days ago, my wife and I went to the theatre here in Geneva. We saw Blue Butterfly, an original play written and performed by a talented group of people, the majority of whom are scientists. The play is clever, … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 200) – Florian Mueck

    John Zimmer
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    “Public speaking is a mountain without a peak. We’ll never reach perfection. But we can all climb higher and ever higher, and higher still.” — Florian MueckFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • A lesson from “American Psycho” on comparisons

    John Zimmer
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    An important lesson from American Psycho. Continue reading →
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  • Focus or Distraction?

    19 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    I couldn’t help but be amused when I came across a Forbes article years ago on the dangers to a company when top executives are distracted by opportunities for “adulation.”“Cancel That Cover Shoot”by Dana Wechsler Linden, Forbes, January, 31, 2005Forbes picked the Charles Schwab Corp. one year as the company of the year. Within two years the stock dropped to $7 from $30, and 35% of the employees were on the street.Now two economists--Ulrike Malmendier of Stanford and Geoffrey Tate of Wharton--have gone beyond anecdotes. As specialists in "behavioral corporate finance," they studied…
  • Less Sleep, More Interruptions

    19 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Only 3 percent of professionals get eight hours of sleep every night of the working week. According to a Travelodge sleep study in 2012, company directors are the most sleep-deprived of all, with 8 per cent getting under four hours of rest per night.The survey included more than 5,200 individuals from 30 different careers to discover more about how work affects rest. Those in the travel industry, such as cabin crew and pilots, found it hardest to get to sleep: 86% struggled with sleepless nights. Teachers were the most likely to stay awake because they were worrying about their work (39%).
  • Avoid Automated Malarky

    4 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    How would you like to by-pass all the time-consuming, disruptive automated malarky we all endure when calling an organization, and instead go right to a human operator? The “Gethuman 500 database” is your dream come true!
  • May We Delay You Further?

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    With 17,000,000 Google hits for the phrase "thank you for your patience," it seems that legions of people are presuming an awful lot about others...
  • Courtroom Theatrical Distractions?

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Courtroom attorneys are now employing forensic animation to illustrate to jury members in less than a minute what traditionally could have required days on end of experts, explanation, and testimony. Judges, meanwhile, are predisposed to allowing any evidence deemed reliable if it shortens the length of a trial.While such costly and impactful forensics DVDs can aid in illuminating the facts in a case, there is an inherent danger when lawyers act as “film” producers. By altering lighting, camera angles, color, or visual tone, the jury can be lead in one direction or completely in another.
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  • Improve your Stories: use more “therefore”s and “but”s

    Conor Neill
    25 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    How to Tell A Boring Story Use: “and then this happened”. The essential ingredient of a boring (it is going nowhere) story is the “and then this happened”…  “and then this happened”…  “and then this happened” structure. There is no conflict.   It is a laundry list of stuff happening… there is no sense of tension building and the listener getting curious and wondering about what is going to happen. How to Make Story Engaging Use lots of “but…” and “therefore…”  Check out the video below…
  • Am I someone people can believe in?

    Conor Neill
    22 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    If life’s journey is like a bus ride: there are drivers, and there are passengers. (there are also conductors, there are navigators, there are engineers…) There are a lot more passengers on the bus than drivers. What does it take to be a driver? The drivers are people that passengers can believe in.  Who do we believe in?  I am reminded of the Trust Equation.  Trust is made up of 4 elements – credibility, reliability, intimacy and other-orientation. Sometimes I am a passenger on the journey: I am seeking validation of my ideas, my projects and my life. Great teachers know…
  • 15 Questions To Ask Your Kids To Help Them Have Good Mindsets

    Conor Neill
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    David William wrote this post at Lifehack, but I find that I have gone back a couple of times now to find these questions.  I was on a bike ride along Tibidabo mountain last night with my daughter (8) and I asked her a couple of these questions.  I get some profound answers. Jim Collins says that we should be constantly increasing our Questions to Answers ratio.  A question means I am open and curious and learning.  An answer is saying what I already know. Here are the 15 questions that David shared: 15 Questions that Create Profound Discussions with my Daughter What five words do you…
  • Kevin Spacey’s Three Key Elements to a Compelling Story

    Conor Neill
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    Today I am sharing a post from John Zimmer... There is a small group of blogs that I always read.  One is John Zimmer’s Manner of Speaking.  This week he shared a video he found of Kevin Spacey (the actor) talking to an audience of online marketers. Kevin Spacey talks about 3 ingredients of compelling stories: Conflict – there must be obstacles in the path of the hero Authenticity – the story must feel real Audience – a speaker is not a speaker without an audience (just some crazy man shouting at a wall) – feed the hunger for wisdom, for real experience and for…
  • Fish where the fish are

    Conor Neill
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    …not where you would like them to be. Fishing where the fish are I spent over 10 years building entrepreneurial ventures that had a lot of selling involved (insurance, business services, restaurant franchises, aeroplanes). Fish Where the Fish Are I met a young entrepreneur last week at Startupbootcamp.  He told me “I am not good at sales”.  I said “What do you mean?”.  He said that he can’t seem to keep prospects interested.  I asked him how he selected his target prospects.  He returned a blank stare. I said “do you try to sell to everyone you…
 
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    SIMS WYETH & CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting.

  • Instant Motivation! Quotes on Goals, Success & Power

    sims
    18 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    We’re getting close to 2015’s half way point. You’ve got a lot more to accomplish, and it isn’t always easy to muster the strength and enthusiasm to keep everything going. When you’re in over your head, out of sorts, and down in the dumps, here are quotes that will get back your get up and go! “You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” –Tom Hiddleston “If you were born…
  • 12 Books to Give to Graduates

    sims
    5 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Graduates get lots of stuff when they earn their diplomas.  But maybe the most valuable gift they can receive is good advice. It doesn’t matter if they heed it right away (or ever). What matters is that they are aware that there are many solutions to a problem, many paths that lead to a similar place, and many ways to achieve success. Here, in no particular order, are book suggestions to give as gifts. Each is selected to help the graduate feel more comfortable in his/her own skin, break free from the path and explore new vistas, think about things in a new way, or improve important…
  • Fall Down Seven Times; Get Up Eight

    sims
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    The hardest part of getting better at speaking and presenting is to persist in the face of discouragement. A talent is a latent ability, something that is dormant inside you. When you work at it, it becomes a skill. Public speaking is a talent before it becomes a skill. If you do have a potential talent for speaking and you work at it, you are likely to receive encouragement and recognition for your talent, which then makes you want to continue, which in turn helps you get better. However, if you don’t have a talent for speaking, but nevertheless work at it without receiving encouragement…
  • Get Your Act Together

    sims
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I opened recently at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Yul Brynner, the great actor who devoted much of his career to The King and I, was known to prepare for each performance by trying to push down the brick wall at the back of the theater. If you ever saw one of his performances, you may remember his first entrance.  He burst into sight in a cloud of energy in silk pantaloons and tight white stockings, came to stop in the middle of the stage with his hands on his hips and his feet apart, and stood with his legs radiating power and purpose.
  • My Kind of Champion Speaker

    sims
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    I have been looking at various presentation websites. I am impressed and not impressed, and I am concerned about the distinction between making a convincing argument to serious people with serious decisions to make, vs. giving an entertaining performance to people who need to be entertained. Because I accidentally live in New Jersey, my career has been largely in the pharmaceutical industry. It is a highly regulated industry because it deals with serious issues of human health, and on top of that, the cost of health care is becoming a national crisis. As a result, I have been involved…
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  • It’s a people game

    John
    20 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    A few days before graduating from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983, I was sitting in a quiet corner of the student café with my classmate Jim Collins, ruminating over issues of life and future prospects. In walked Don Palmer, who had been our professor one year earlier in “Introduction to Organizational Behavior”. Don stopped for just a brief moment to chat, but long enough to make two remarks that I still remember, both of which have turned out to be accurate.  The first thing Don told us, half jokingly, was that we were two of the people from our class that he could…
  • A great leader writes a new story: example

    John
    14 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    One of my favorite Brazilian proverbs says “When we dream alone, it is just a dream. But when we dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.”  My view of organizational storytelling is similar. When a leader has a vision for the future, it is only a vision. When the leader’s vision becomes a co-created story with the followers, it is the beginning of a new future.  If there is such a thing as a heroic leader, for me it is not someone who performs feats of bravado herself but rather someone who inspires others to share the dream, the vision of what we can…
  • The longterm impact of Steve Jobs?

    John
    7 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    Much of my life for the past two decades has involved leaders and their personal and organizational storytelling. Consequently, one of my favorite quotes on leadership is from Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn: “A good leader brings results. A great leader writes a new story.” When I consider the achievements of Steve Jobs from this perspective, I wonder how history will judge his achievements at Apple.  It goes without saying that Jobs’ legacy will be that of a visionary who changed at least one industry, maybe even several. He was arguably more responsible than any other individual for…
  • Heroes of modern leadership

    John
    1 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    Every so often, probably a few times a year, I receive some sort of request to speak or write an article on a subject such as “heroes of modern leadership”. Coincidentally, this happened last week, just as I was preparing my post about Apple and the Hero Myth. Banco Galicia, an Argentine bank I work with, making speeches at their headquarters in Buenos Aires and writing for their website “Buenos Negocios”, proposed several topics for my next piece. One of them was about stories of heroism and leadership.  While I will certainly choose another theme from the list of suggested…
  • Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, and the Hero Myth

    John
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    One of the subjects I have often spoken about for the past twenty years—in keynote addresses and corporate seminars—is “the myths and realities of leadership”. In these settings, I use the term myth to mean something that society persists in believing, in spite of the fact that it is clearly not true.  For example, one of our common misconceptions is what I call the Hero Myth, a tendency to see transformational leaders as larger-than-life figures capable of “changing the weather”, as Winston Churchill said his ancestor John Churchill could. We want to turn them into…
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  • Ritu Dalmia

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ritu Dlamia born in Kolkata (1973) to a Marwari business family, she joined her family business of marble stone at the age of 16. Her work led her to Italy for sourcing where over a period of time develop a liking for Italian cuisine and started learning it as well. Then in 1993, at the age of 22 she started her first restaurant ‘MezzaLuna’, specialising in Mediterranean cuisine with an “Italian accent”, in the Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, but the restaurant wasn’t a success and so after three years, she sold it off. Then in 1996, Dalmia moved to London, where she…
  • Finding The Right Hobby For Your Children

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Finding The Right Hobby For Your Children The Oxford Dictionary defines hobby as a favorite activity that a person does for pleasure and not as his or her regular business. In short, hobby is one’s favorite pastime. It has been proven time and again that having a hobby makes a person of a more balanced nature and also provides an outlet for stress. We tend to look at our kids’ lives in terms of their education, health and nutrition; rarely do we consider their hobbies. When kids express interest in some topic or subject as a hobby, we often tend to redirect their interests and…
  • How to Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to Stop Being So Hard On Yourself Everyone has an inner critic. That little voice in your head that is very opinionated, telling you how to act, what to do and what not to do, judging your appearance, scolding your short-comings. That inner voice holds incredible power over us. How many times have you criticized yourself or thought negatively about your life in the last 24 hours?Where do these negative thoughts come from? Mostly, they’re the collective, cruel voices of our past — parents, siblings, spouses, high school bullies – that we’ve internalized. You might not even…
  • All you need to Know about your stomach

    admin
    3 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
  • Perform and prosper, not perform or perish

    admin
    3 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Perform and prosper, not perform or perish Over the years I have seen people who live liberated and fulfilled lives and people who feel bound by circumstances and other people, and feel that a fulfilled life is just a distant dream. I knew a person who had six children, he would always be upset with at least one of them, on some pretext or the other, by doing this he kept the other five on their toes, and this was the game that he had mastered. Sadly the pressure of such negativity had such a toll, that three of the children developed extremes complexes, and became dysfunctional. They either…
 
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    Communication Studies

  • Amazon Removes Gendered Toy Categories… Somewhat

    Chase Fleming
    12 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    What would happen if companies stopped marketing toys specifically to girls or boys? What if all the pink packaging around Barbie Dolls suddenly disappeared? Would the world descend into chaos? Toy companies have been employing gender-based toy marketing for decades, but it’s intensified in the past two decades, and now some parents and advocacy groups are starting to push back. They’re feeling a little nauseated by the fact that even the more rough-and-tumble girls’ toys, like the Hunger Games-inspired Nerf Rebelle, which features a girl with a Nerf bow-and-arrow, has to be packaged in…
  • Improving Your Vocal Toolbox – Tips from Julian Treasure

    Chase Fleming
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:53 pm
    When you speak, do people listen? If you answered no or sometimes, Julian Treasure, sound consultant, says in this Ted Talk video that may be because of some bad habits. He believes many stop listening because of habits like gossip, judging, negativity, excuses, lying, and dogmatism; and in order to command attention, one must use what he describes as the four cornerstones of powerful speech: honesty, authenticity, integrity, and love (a.k.a. HAIL). But you already know that, right? That’s basic stuff. But what you may know less about, is the physiological tools we possess and can also…
  • Yes, Twitter Is for Fiction Too

    Chase Fleming
    20 Oct 2013 | 6:36 pm
    This talk — titled “Adventures in Twitter Fiction” — is presented by writer and editor Andrew Fitzgerald, who is also a member of the News and Journalism Partnerships team at Twitter, and helped to orchestrate the first Twitter Fiction Festival in 2012. In it, Fitzgerald discusses the development of storytelling and the impact that new media have on fiction and storytelling. Fitzgerald begins with a little background by going back to the 1930’s and the advent of radio, presenting the idea that the medium by which storytelling takes place affects the formats of the story, and…
  • Five of the Best Online Colleges for a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication

    Rene Williams
    2 May 2013 | 7:34 am
    The success of businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations are dependent on those who are skilled in oral and written communication. There is a wide range of career options available for communication graduates and with the uprising of social networks, web sites and mobile applications the demand for communication specialists is growing. An increase in the amount of available online colleges and universities has made it easier than ever to earn your Bachelor’s degree in communication. To help you get started, here are five of the best online programs offering a Bachelor’s…
  • 3 Linguistic Tricks That Build Trust

    Chase Fleming
    12 Feb 2013 | 5:46 am
    If I asked you to tell me three immediate ways in which you could improve your trustworthiness — and these couldn’t be things that take a period of time like following through on what you say — you would probably list nonverbal concepts like speaking confidently and mirroring body language to develop rapport. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But, what you may not know is that there are also several linguistic techniques you can use within the actual language you are speaking and even writing. And unlike nonverbal cues, where a bad actor can be easily caught, these tricks are…
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  • Talk at NDC Oslo 2015 on "Don't demo facts. Demo stories!"

    Tudor Girba
    1 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    This year, I will again have the pleasure of going at NDC Oslo 2015. This time I will talk about the demo-driven approach and the importance of storytelling in software engineering.Here is the abstract of the talk:Feedback is the central source of agile value. The most effective way to obtain feedback from stakeholders is a demo. That is what reviews are about. If a demo is the means to value, shouldn’t preparing the demo be a significant concern? Shouldn’t the preparation of demos not be left for the last minute? Should it not be part of the definition of done?Good demos engage. But,…
  • Pharo 4.0

    Tudor Girba
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dear World,Pharo 4.0 is here!Pharo is a pure object-oriented programming language and a powerful environment, focused on simplicity and immediate feedback.Many things have changed in Pharo. Here are some highlights: Inspector/Playground/Spotter are new moldable development tools for inspecting, coding and searching objects. Slots model instance variables as first class entities and enable meta-programming on this level. ShoreLine reporter introduces a way to report system errors and collect statistics, that we will use for future improvements Dark theme.These are just the more prominent…
  • Moose 5.0

    Tudor Girba
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    We are happy to announce version 5.0 of the Moose Suite: http://moosetechnology.org/#installDescriptionThis is by far the most extensive Moose release to date. Just take a look at these two trailers:The key highlights are: It is based on Pharo 3.0. Roassal2 is a complete reimplementation of the core visual engine of Moose. Roassal2 replaced Roassal, EyeSee and Graph-ET, and it features many new things including smooth animations, new composeable builders and several new layouts. All built-in Moose visualizations use Roassal2. Glamour has been extended with a Pager browser and with Rubric as…
  • Demo-driven innovation CUSO workshop

    Tudor Girba
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:23 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a one-day course to PhD students on the topic of Demo-driven innovation. The course was organized as a CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale).I got to work with highly motivated students and argue my way through the demo-driven philosophy.We started from debating what innovation is and what role it plays in both research and engineering. We agreed that innovation is less about discovering the fantastic, as it is about revealing the obvious.Then we tackled the problem of the process of research. Finding a complete process to…
  • Humane assessment keynote and tutorial at "Be Fast & Curious", Cluj

    Tudor Girba
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Next week, on December 13, I will have the pleasure of giving a keynote and tutorial around humane assessment and Moose at the Be Fast & Curious event in Cluj, Romania.The event is organized by 3Pillar Global. This is the first time that I am talking about these topics in Romanian, so this will actually pose a little challenge. But, considering the fact that the event poster has my head on it, I will certainly enjoy it.If you are in the neighborhood, come and join us (the registration is free).
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • FREE Prezi Template – June

    Lesley Barringer
    21 May 2015 | 4:48 am
      In our Prezi Template for June, we’ve used the template to share our blog post How to Structure a Speech. As you can see, we’ve stayed with mainly text here, but of course there are many options! A photographic style is very popular, and here we’ve set the graphics on an aerial city shot. The idea behind this template, is that you can use any image that would suit the theme of your presentation.  For example using an image, relevant to a client, is a useful way to make a positive link with them. Or, you may choose a calm and neutral image, keeping the focus…
  • FREE Prezi Template – May

    Lesley Barringer
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    A number of words came to mind when I was thinking about cogs and their relationship to business: Process, Movement, Efficiency, Co-operation and Inter-connectivity, are just a few of them. So it seemed a good idea all round, to use cogs in a presentation, to introduce interconnecting issues and moving an audience through a message in a cohesive and logical progression! Of course you can also highlight areas that aren’t working by off-setting the cogs to illustrate a particular problem. The use of this Prezi Template and the areas for content are quite logical and simple to follow.
  • Don’t suck! – 3 easy ways to make sure yours is the presentation people remember

    Rosie Hoyland
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    I was reading a blog post the other day. It was actually about overcoming marketing challenges (although that isn’t really the point – stay with me guys…). In the good old days ‘content marketing’ (and many other jobs we now have) didn’t even exist. Nowadays the competition for your audience’s attention is enormous and, while producing content is easy, producing GOOD content is much harder (and much more important if you wish to survive). The challenge today is finding a way to make your message resonate with your audience – grab their…
  • FREE Prezi Template – April

    Lesley Barringer
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Around the world, light-bulbs are associated with ‘ideas’. In our free Prezi template this month, we have used the light-bulb theme in a design to help you create a structured and well-organised Prezi presentation to pass on your ideas to your audience. We see many Prezi presentations which actually detract from the message they are supposed to convey; chaotic, cluttered and with unnecessary zooms and spins. This template will encourage even the most disorganised presenters, to create a clear and concise presentation. Once you have your content in relevant sections,…
  • Prezi comes of age – The geeks have grown up.

    Jim Harvey
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Prezi has been around for years now. I’ve used it lots for pitches and presentations and we’ve built a big chunk of global business over the last few years designing Prezis for massive businesses like JP Morgan, Mercer and State Street to use. I’ve been a fan of Prezi and a critic at the same time, and I have worked with Prezi and in spite of them, as they have developed the tool, and their business to the place it is now. In 2012, in my book ‘Prezi, The Second Wave’, I said that Prezi needed to help their users to use their simple software to its best effect…
 
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    Communication Skills Power Blog

  • How to Understand People and Like Them Anyway

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    In this entertaining talk, Dr.Dorsey and Pam Deaton share how to understand people by learning the four basic personality types. A must watch.
  • The Best Ways to Impress People

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    In the video Michael Schaefer shares three good ways to impress people. Watch the video now and practice these tips later today.
  • The Checklist for Effective Communication

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    This is a guest post written by Beth Banning Techniques For Effective Communication – The Checklist Most of us lack effective communication skills. We don’t learn these skills in school, and we don’t learn these skills at home. This is unfortunate because, understanding these techniques for effective communication can be vital for having successful relationships in life. Preparation for Effective Conversations We figured it would make life a lot easier if there was a formula for having a more satisfying outcome when it came to these difficult conversations. So, we’ve…
  • How to Become a Great Communicator and Be More Successful

    admin
    16 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    This is a guest post written by Richard Krawczyk. Reach Your Personal Development Objectives By Utilizing Good Communication Skills How would you like to use your personal development objectives to become a great communicator? Imagine the shock your family, friends and co-workers will feel when you suddenly turn into someone who actually listens and cares about what they are saying instead of making every conversation “all about you.” Just stop talking and “tune in” to what others are saying. Now if you’re listening to a speaker on a teleconference or live…
  • Anger Management Communication Skills Made Easy

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    This is a guest post written by Rick Goodfriend. Anger Management Communication Skills by Expressing Yourself Without Using Blame, Shame Or Guilt Anger Management Meltdown: I could feel my face turning red, a churning in my stomach, my breathing rapid almost out of control as she walks through the door, 30 minutes late for our meeting. This is the 3rd time in 3 weeks she is late for our weekly meetings. I think that I’m going to explode, emotions on high alert, yet I say nothing. I’m afraid of what she might say or do. I have to be nice. We go on with the meeting yet I can’t…
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • What Every Speaker Should Know About Sharing Messages and LinkedIn – Podcast 47

    Eamonn O'Brien
    15 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Assuming you’ve delivered an awesome speech from the podium, having won undivided attention and shared messages that have inspired your audience, what happens next? How do you up the chances that conversations you’ve sparked from the stage continue and get translated into action?In the same vein that the secret to awesome networking is awesome follow up; the same is true of speaking.It’s a bit like Albert Einstein observation that: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”; a message that doesn’t move will likely fall flat.And when it comes to…
  • Why Speaking up Adds Oomph to Your Personal Brand – Podcast 46

    Eamonn O'Brien
    8 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Sorry, did you say something?Sad as it may seem, if you’re relying on a content strategy to build excitement about your ideas and boost your personal brand, here’s a reality check.In a world where the level of noise online and offline has reached saturation point, it’s getting tougher to create content that causes people to tune in.“Before you read this article, I want to ask you a question. Do I have your full attention?”These are the opening 2 sentences by Ian Hardy in a BBC article today.A great question Ian. And truth be told, the answer for most people would…
  • Why Courageous, Authentic Storytelling is Irresistible When You Speak – Podcast 45

    Eamonn O'Brien
    1 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Does storytelling play a pivotal role in the ways you seek to inspire and influence others with your ideas and messages? And if you do tell stories, how authentic are you prepared to be?I quite like the author Sarah Ban Breathnach’s notion that:“The authentic self is the soul made visible”Love it. Don’t you find it’s easier to be drawn towards and trust people who are free of any loftiness,  hints of smoke or mirrors, or inklings that you’re not hearing all you should know?After all, who has the time or inclination to figure what’s real and…
  • Speaking at Virtual Events? Secrets to Greater Engagement – Podcast 44

    Eamonn O'Brien
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    How do you rate your virtual speaking skills? And, if it’s not as highly as you’d like, what should you do to up your ability to truly engage audiences when they’re not in the same room as you?Virtual or hybrid (a combination of live and virtual content) events and meetings are becoming ever more common. And they’re a hot topic in the world of speaking.At most every ‘professional speakers’ event’ I’ve attended in recent times, there’s a piece of advice that has been shared again and again by expert panels when discussing trends in speaking…
  • 9 First-Rate Podcasting Tips for Speakers: Interview With Pat Flynn– Podcast 43

    Eamonn O'Brien
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
      One billion users and growing at speed. The trajectory of demand for podcasting is upward and fast. Little wonder, NPR and so many social media luminaries are calling this the ‘Year of the Podcast’.But perhaps you’re thinking: “Hang on, this is hardly new territory. Haven’t people have been podcasting for ions? And how come it has become flavour of the month after all these years? Good questions all.Here’s what’s different and why this is no false dawn. It’s the meteoric growth in online content being consumed on mobile devices – and, with it, the appeal of audio…
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • 5 Creative Principles for Remarkable Presentations

    Michelle Mazur
    19 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The blinking cursor. The blank PowerPoint slide. The empty piece of paper. All are very intimidating when you’ve got a deadline and a presentation waiting to be written. Every time I ask the question “what’s the most difficult part of writing a speech?” the answer is always the same. STARTING. Crafting a presentation is inherently a creative process. It’s no different than painting a picture, choreographing a ballet, or writing a novel. Every artist (and speakers ARE artists) starts with a blank canvas, page, or PowerPoint slide. To write a remarkable presentation, you’ve…
  • The Presentation Mistake that Leaves Your Audience Underwhelmed

    Michelle Mazur
    12 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    I do my best to turn off the speaking coach voice when I attend a presentation. I stay in the moment, and focus on being a SAM (spectacular audience member) for the speaker. Most of the time, I enjoy the speaker and the speech. But every once in a while, my inner coaching voice will not shut her pie hole. A few weeks ago, I attended an event with a well-known speaker giving a 20-minute talk. She launched into her talk about 5 Tips for Success. My inner coaching voice began to howl, “Do the math.” 5 points divided by 20-minutes = 4-minutes per point. And that’s with no intro or…
  • Beware of the Presentation Gap

    Michelle Mazur
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    You’ve booked a presentation and you’re beyond excited. You’ve got something to say. A message that you’ve been crafting for quite some time and finally you’ve got an audience to hear that message. Huzzah! Your mind is flooded with “I’m going to make this point to start. And then I’ll tell my story. I’ll show my seven step process because it’s awesome. I’ll rock it.” Except you won’t rock it because you’ve fallen into the presentation gap. The gap is the difference between what you want to say and what the audience needs to hear from you.
  • Stop Focusing on the Results of Your Speech and Start Focusing on This Instead

    Michelle Mazur
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    There is so much focus on the results of speaking. How many new clients can I get? How many books can I sell? How do I turn my speaking into a 6-figure career? How many programs can I sell? Will this gig land me the next lucrative gig? There are so many gurus encouraging you to sell from the stage, make six-figures from speaking, and get new clients from your presentation that is is far too easy to lose sight of this simple truth: Public speaking is NOT about YOU! Your audience is more than bags of money in uncomfortable chairs waiting for the chance to throw themselves at you. Speaking is…
  • The Only Speaking Tip You Will Ever Need

    Michelle Mazur
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s an infographic that is making the rounds right now that is a cheat sheet for public speaking. It’s jammed packed with over 50 tips for giving a great speech. Here’s just a taste of the 9 things you must, really, really do as you take the stage: Shoulders back Chin up Toes pointing toward the center of the room Feet hip width apart Be confident Pause Keep your hand at your side Suck in your gut (seriously that is one) “Adopt a ready and controlling position” (what the hell is that?) (Side note: for the love of god why isn’t one of these tips smile…oh right, why…
 
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    Speak Up For Success

  • Public Speaking Tip 66: Choose a Networking Strategy that Works for YOU, Whether You’re an Introvert or an Extravert

    Jezra
    21 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    Networking — you’ve gotta love it! OK, some people do love it. But whether or not you’re one of them, networking is an essential part of ongoing success in our modern world of work: If you are a business owner or service provider (as increasing numbers of us are), networking provides you with new prospects, new clients, new colleagues (who can refer you), and new ideas. If you work for a company or firm, the same is true! And if you expect to ever again in your life have to look for a job (as increasing numbers of us do), networking — staying in touch with old…
  • Public Speaking Tip 51: If You’re Reading from Notes When You Deliver a Speech, Read with Pride; Don’t Hide!

    Jezra
    11 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Lately, there seems to be a real prejudice in the public speaking world against reading a speech (as opposed to delivering it from memory). This is a relatively new thing, and you can blame TED (the popular public speaking series) and TelePrompters, because things didn’t used to be that way. Before explaining, though, let’s answer the question of why you would want to do such a thing! You Might Want to Read a Speech! Why? Because you want to maintain close control over the tone or the timing of your speech (or both). The best way to achieve this is to write down exactly…
  • Public Speaking Tip 65: You Know You Should Practice, For Great Public Speaking! But How??

    Jezra
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice. I’ve written about the importance of putting down your editing pen and taking up the harder task of practicing your speech.  (In this photo, the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps are practicing in Weehawken, NJ.) If you don’t practice, you don’t get good.  So you’re willing, right? But how do you do it? What Do You Practice? The Rule of 3 tells us to look for no more than three answers, illustrations, or examples to any question; but in this case, I’ve got four things on my practice list: Practice your key message.  This…
  • Public Speaking Tip 64: Don’t Listen to the Self-Critical Voice in Your Head

    Jezra
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Most people have a mean, negative, undermining voice inside their heads. Like a parasite, this little voice feeds off your energy, sapping you as it strengthens itself. It’s been called: Your “superego” (psychiatrist Sigmund Freud), Your “critical parent” (psychologist Eric Berne), “Cruel self-rebuke” (advice columnist Cary Tennis), and more. I just call it your Nasty Little Voice. You know the one I’m talking about, right? It’s the voice in your head that likes to natter on about how stupid you are, or what a screw-up you are, or how nobody really likes…
  • Fear of Public Speaking Sucks

    Jezra
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Lots of new clients are showing up lately with fear as their presenting complaint. That fear can range from mild to maddening to career-killing. But whatever its level, fear of public speaking sucks—and there are two things you should know about it: #1:  Your Fear of Public Speaking Makes Perfect Sense When most people get up to speak in public, they don’t have a clue about what they’re doing. They don’t know how to prepare, how to practice, or how to engage an audience. Giving a speech without knowing how is the equivalent of going off Niagara Falls in a barrel. Sure,…
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    Business School Presentations

  • Your Business Presentation Opening

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    16 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Of course you know how to begin a business presentation with a powerful presentation opening. The Presentation Opening is surely easy. Right? But do you really know how to launch a powerful presentation? Consider for a moment . . . Don’t Tiptoe Do you begin confidently and strongly?  Or do you tiptoe into your presentation opening, as do […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • The Presentation Soft Skills Myth

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    5 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Let’s explode the presentation soft skills myth right now. When higher education folks label something a “soft skill,” students automatically drop that “soft skill” to the bottom of the learning priority list. It becomes something to “pick up along the way.”  And if you don’t actually learn the “soft skill,” well . . . so […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • The Fallacy of “Presentation Tips”

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley With regard to presentations and so-called “presentation tips,” I deal with two large groups of people. For descriptive simplicity, let’s call these two groups “Natural Born” and “McTips!” “Natural Born” and “McTips!” represent two extreme views of what it takes to become an especially powerful and superior business presenter. Neither view is remotely accurate.  And […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • 100 Things – Business Presentation Alchemy

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Perhaps it’s human nature that leads us to search for single answers. The search for the Global Solution has gone on as long as men have searched for the Philosopher’s Stone (and perhaps even longer, but not jotted down). Likewise, this is the case for business presentations. No Easy Way Out We seek easy solutions, the […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Give an Interesting Business Presentation

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Our goal:  give an interesting business presentation. That seems easy enough, but too often we simply assume that this somehow “just happens.” And I wager that not many folks spend lots of time on the task. Let’s look at how you can enrich your presenting in unexpected ways so to give an interesting presentation regardless of your audience. […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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    BrightCarbon

  • Looking Sleek with Smooth PowerPoint Transitions

    Elizabeth Stodolski
    21 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    A major problem that people have when creating presentations is a lack of fluidity and cohesiveness between slides. Not only do smooth transitions make the deck more aesthetically appealing, but they also remove interruptions in the flow of information, which can give an audience an opportunity to tune out. Below I will discuss some transition techniques from a basic to a more advanced skill level. Test some of these out on your next presentation and seduce your audience into a state of both relaxation and attentiveness. The Simple Fix Since people are generally more concerned with the style…
  • Hierarchy and Order – Lead Your Audience Through Your Presentations

    Shay O'Donnell
    14 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    When designing presentations it can be easy to get swallowed up by the desire to exercise that design trick you’ve been dying to use, or to use white space in a quirky designer-y way; it is, after all, part of the nature of a designer to create interesting, beautiful things. What can be tricky, however, is to keep in mind how a person might absorb the information onscreen. Sexy slides might impress your audience, but if they’re not learning anything from them, the slides are pretty useless. The most useful thing you can do as a designer is to reinforce the presenter, designing with people…
  • I’m a Saul Man: The Art of the Movie Title Sequence

    David Talavera
    6 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    As a designer that works in the field of presentation, I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration and new ways of thinking to further advance my presentation skills. A good presentation should certainly be many things, chief among them: eye-catching, and compelling- it should grab the audience. One way we can achieve this is with interesting graphics and visuals (stay away from bullet points!!), if done right presenting can be highly entertaining. The perfect visuals actually add to what you’re trying to say and help the viewer enjoy, and understand the narrative rather than merely sit…
  • Embedded Videos in PowerPoint Aren’t Playing?

    John Bevan
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    How marvellous that the recent versions of Office automatically embed videos into PowerPoint instead of linking them. And how frustrating when you bundle up your nicely self-contained multimedia presentation and someone else reports that the videos don’t play on their PC. This is an issue we’ve come across many times over the years, and it can be very tricky and time-consuming to troubleshoot, so we’ve developed a little tool that can be used to identify the most appropriate video format to use when embedding videos in a presentation that’s going to be used by someone else. At the…
  • Three Easy Hacks to Make Your Presentations Look More Professional

    Hannah Brownlow
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    No matter how good your content might be, if it doesn’t look good you’re going to put your audience off even before you’ve started speaking. Here are three design hacks that will have you creating professional-looking presentations in about half an hour. Before we start, I’m going to admit to you that I’m not a designer. BrightCarbon has a whole host of excellent designers that will be able to tell you all about image manipulation and kerning. But after working closely with all of them, I’ve learnt some great design hacks that non-designers (like you and me) can use to make dull…
 
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • [Quick Public Speaking tip] Accepting an award? Shift the spotlight

    Bronwyn
    13 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    It’s very gratifying to be given an award … or to win, to be given first prize. The spotlight is on you – your achievements – your win – your prize – your award. Shift that spotlight. Humility is called for here, not crowing. Obvious, isn’t it? You can thank the other team or the [...]
  • Visual language for designers

    Bronwyn
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand By Connie Malamed This is a great read for those of us who are harnessing the power of visuals to highlight our content. Within every picture is a hidden language that conveys a message, whether it is intended or not. This language is based [...]
  • [Public Speaking Quotation] The success of your presentation

    Bronwyn
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    “The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.” — Lilly Walters
  • One of the best pieces of advice any speaking coach can give …

    Bronwyn
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:56 am
    One of the best pieces of advice any speaking coach can give is to create a message for your speech. One central message. Do not speak until you have one central message – one sentence – make it 140 characters if you’re a tweep – but one sentence. Limit it to ten words if you [...]
  • [Quotation about Public Speaking] No audience ever complained …

    Bronwyn
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    “No audience ever complained about a presentation or speech being too short” ― Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking and Presenting
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    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence

  • The Origin Story of Your Influential Superhero

    Sharí
    18 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí The Origin Story of Your Influential Superhero The power to sway someone’s decisions is an exciting notion. On opening night of Avengers: Age of Ultron, I had dinner with the former Chief Marketing Officer of Marvel Studios. We regularly get together to catch up, talk about our businesses, geek out over the Marvel universe, and, as per usual, I try to get [...] The post The Origin Story of Your Influential Superhero appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Conquering the Post-New Year’s Blues

    Sharí
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Conquering the Post-New Year’s Blues This year, my New Year’s Eve wasn’t spent in a fancy gown, drinking champagne, and watching fireworks. Instead, I was home in front of the fireplace, writing, reflecting, and planning. Oh. And there was a glass of wine, of course. After midnight struck, I promptly curled up in bed at 12:03 feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and [...] The post Conquering the Post-New Year’s Blues appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business

    Sharí
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business We are drowning in data. We are living in sensory overload. So, the first challenge for an influencer (or any person, for that matter) is to focus. To build the skill of ignoring the inconsequential and honing in on the valuable. Having observational focus in a [...] The post The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down

    Sharí
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down Flip Your Speech Upside-down You like to talk about yourself. It’s okay. Everyone love to. We're just wired that way. Besides, you’re a cool person with cool experiences, so why wouldn’t you?  Think about it. You have a microphone pointed at you with a roomful of people staring at you who have been told that you are the [...] The post Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses?

    Sharí
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses? In my training programs on stage and online, I share the 10 most common motivational and influential triggers. These are underlying desires and tendencies that we all have in varying degrees. An influencer’s job is to identify which triggers are more effective for specific people. After speaking at an event for a law firm with [...] The post Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses? appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
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    The Brain Alchemist

  • My Interview at Earbud_U: Entrepreneurship, Conflict Management, Storytelling

    Anastasia
    13 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    I had the honor of being interviewed by Jesan Sorrells of Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT) for his Earbud_U podcast series.  We had a great time taking about the brain, entrepreneurship, conflict management and storytelling. Why do our brains like stories? How does learning happen in the brain? How do you turn a start-up idea into reality? How do you choose your business partners? How do you manage a team of creatives from different parts of the globe? How do you tell your story across multiple media platforms? Click HERE to listen.
  • Featured Expert: Nancy Kaye on writing and creativity

    Anastasia
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Nancy’s acceptance speech for Creative Writing Instructor of the Year UCSD ext. Award My dear friend and colleague Nancy Kaye agreed to chat with me about her work of helping experts and writers overcome writer’s block and let their creativity flow. Nancy’s background includes hosting her own TV and radio shows in Chicago, New York and California. She is an internationally published writer (122 countries), having interviewed many famous people, including H. H. Dalai Lama, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer and many more. She is an engaging and inspiring keynote speaker.
  • 7 highlights from the New York Social Media Week Panel

    Anastasia
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    This week, I had an opportunity to attend the New York Social Media week sports panel hosted by Blue State Digital “You Won. What’s Next? How to keep your audience engaged after the big moment.” The panel featured Olympians and NBC Broadcasters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir;  Joey Maestas, Head of Social Media at the US Olympic Committee; Ashley Ramirez, Senior Account Strategist @ Twitter; and Evan Moody, Senior Media Strategist at Blue State Digital and Mitch Germann of FleishmanHillard.  It addressed the topic of “how you can keep your audience engaged after the big moment…
  • Automate Your Marketing with These 3 Simple Steps: Interview with Toya Nicole

    Anastasia
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Did you know that in the 19th century, during the entire 100 years, there were fewer photographs taken than in 2 minutes today? Our life is speeding up, our information is created and consumed faster than ever. How then can you keep your sanity and the love for your business in this rapid, constantly changing world? Automation is the key! Today we are super excited to have a special guest, an expert in social media marketing and branding Toya Nicole, who is going to share 3 simple steps on how to work smart and not hard. Watch this 5 minute video to learn Toya’s secrets! Now, here are…
  • One Simple Solution to Stop “Exchanging Money for Time” Madness

    Anastasia
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    …There’s only one of you…And, like you’ve probably realized, there’s only so many hours in a day. And that means that no matter what, your income (and your impact) will always be limited. When there’s no more room in the day for any more billable hours, how do you grow? And even more importantly– how do you stay sane? Here are some possible causes of your “insanity” (see if you catch yourself nodding your head as you read the following statements): You want to be seen as a leader in your industry and being recognized for your expertise You want to create something…
 
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    PresentationLoad Blog

  • Deliver a Knockout Presentation with Storytelling

    Jonathan Schikowski
    20 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    4 reasons why stories deliver results, 10 tips of how to tell them and 5 things you should avoid. The post Deliver a Knockout Presentation with Storytelling appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Why All Good Presenters Use Quotes

    Janina
    7 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    The Science Behind Quotes and How to Use Them: 8 Benefits, 5 Tips + Bonus Quotations not only serve to reinforce your claims and boost your credibility, but they also have the potential to stimulate the mind and unlock a more intimate connection with your audience. A great quote encapsulates an idea or thought, it can […] The post Why All Good Presenters Use Quotes appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 3

    Jonathan Schikowski
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    How to Ensure Quality Images in PowerPoint Apply animations the smart way. Image quality, animations and layouts are the subject of our third blog post in the series of everything about pictures. You will certainly have encountered the problems described here as image quality and image layouts are matters you can’t get around and are […] The post Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 3 appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 2

    Jonathan Schikowski
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Picture Edits Two of the most fundamental techniques of image processing include: How to crop out images and create your own free standing clipart How to combine photos with standard forms 1. How to create “cropped” photo clipart Two brief remarks about your photos before we deal with the cropping elements:• The better the contrast, […] The post Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 2 appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 1

    Jonathan Schikowski
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Pictures in PowerPoint serve in a variety of levels and are great to introduce a subject, visualize a topic and make your overall presentation more enjoyable. This blog is part of a tutorial where we will be showing the basics of inserting and editing images to more advanced techniques and tricks. This blog will cover […] The post Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 1 appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
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    SketchBubble Official Blog

  • Tips for Preparing a Short Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    22 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” This is excellent advice for a speaker, especially one who is giving a short presentation. Yet, as many people have remarked, preparing for a short presentation is most often more difficult than preparing for a longer one. This is because you […] The post Tips for Preparing a Short Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • 6 Tips for Preparing a Last Minute Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    13 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
    A while back I was sitting in my living room when phone rang. “I need help,” a voice at the other end said. “What kind of help?” I asked. “Our speaker just canceled. And the meeting’s tomorrow morning. Can you please take his place?” “Tomorrow morning!” “At ten. If you can’t help me out…a couple […] The post 6 Tips for Preparing a Last Minute Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Presentation Anxiety – 7 Cool Ways to Deal with Stress

    Ashish Arora
    5 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    Sweaty palms, dry throat, hammering heart and a general feeling of fear assail the best of us at the mere prospect of facing and addressing a gathering. Whether it is conference delegates, bosses, colleagues or even students that we are to face, presentation anxiety is a common phenomenon. The causes of performance anxiety during presentations […] The post Presentation Anxiety – 7 Cool Ways to Deal with Stress appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • 30 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint

    Ashish Arora
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:06 am
    PowerPoint is a powerful tool. In fact, it has many features that can help your presentation clear and effective. Because it is somewhat complex, it may take you a time to acquaint yourself with all it can do. Following is a list of a few out of the many things that may help you use […] The post 30 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Preparation: The Key to a Successful Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    How can you make your next presentation as successful as possible? The following steps certainly can help. Consider: 1. Why are you giving this presentation? There’s a reason it’s you and no one else who is giving this speech. Why? Did you volunteer? Were you asked? Are you an expert on the subject? Is it […] The post Preparation: The Key to a Successful Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
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    platformgiant.com

  • Lisa B. Marshall Interview | Episode 14

    Shane Purnell
    12 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
     Lisa B. Marshall Interview: Show Notes To say Lisa B. Marshall is passionate about communication is unfair. It would be better to say she lives and breathes it. It’s her life. When she talks about communication you learn quickly she knows her topic. I talked with Lisa about the topic of communication and here’s what she had to say. Download and Listen Later Why Lisa B. Marshall is Passionate About Communication? Lisa saw how poor communication was affecting her company and spoke up. Her organization challenged her to do something about it by getting a master’s degree in…
  • Should I start a Podcast? Three Questions to Consider

    spurnell
    4 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Should I start a podcast? It’s a question you may be asking yourself. Suddenly, podcasting is the new “hot medium”. I get it. You’ve discovered the Serial podcast or listen to shows like WTF with Marc Maron or Hardcore History with Dan Carlin and you think to yourself. “That would be so cool to do. I could do that.  I think I’ll start a podcast too” A lot of people want to start a podcast, but they need to ask themselves, “Should I start a podcast?” Having been a podcaster for more than two years and having done a radio show,  I can tell…
  • Ryan Avery with Chelsea Avery – Episode 13

    Shane Purnell
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Ryan Avery with Chelsea Avery on The Platform Giant Show When I asked Ryan Avery to be a guest on the The Platform Giant Show, he graciously accepted. Then he sent me an email  that read, ” I have a great idea. Why don’t you have me and my wife Chelsea on the show? We have this new thing we’re doing that lines up perfectly with your show” I knew about Ryan because of his incredible 2012 win at the Toastmasters’ World Championship of Public Speaking and his book, Speaker, Leader Champion, but I knew nothing about Chelsea.  Ryan has a reputation for integrity so…
  • Be a Good Digital Citizen: Get Permission, Give Credit

    Shane Purnell
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    CC-BY Lic. 4.0 No doubt about it, use of visuals in social media, blogs and presentations is on the rise. “Visual content creates engagement“ “Retention goes up 400% by using visuals”  are common battle cries for using a great photo, infographic or illustration with your content. What you don’t hear is “Make sure you check copyright!” “Give credit to other content producers“. Headlines like those just don’t draw  as many readers as 25 Places to Find Free Photos Hey, I’m all for free but let’s remember, as much as you…
  • Episode 12 | Bunkr App Interview with Alexis Jamet

    Shane Purnell
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Bunkr: Will it Reinvent the Presentation? In this episode of the Platform Giant show I talked with Bunkr CEO Alexis Jamet about what makes Bunkr so special. We talk about how they came up with the idea for Bunkr and how it got it’s name. He also shares about a very frightening time in the company’s young history and the decision they made to start all over. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulty the quality of this episode was not to the our usual standards. I explain about the  issue in the first few minutes of the podcast and what I ultimately did to get this episode out.
 
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    La Fabbrica della Realtà

  • Time to leave for Berghain. Sobering tales on Identity Hygiene

    matteoc
    15 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Unit Festival – Unicorns in Tech – Berlin, 8. May 2015 This talk is about #identity. It’s about what happened  to a friend trying to detox. It’s about how we perceive ourselves. It’s about the future of our data. It’s about our social media habits. And let me tell you upfront. You have a smiling picture on your social profile. And after reading this, you will look at that image again with new eyes. Now I have given a similar talk to a similar audience before. The Unit Festival in fact is not the only occasion that there has been for LGBTQI techies to come…
  • Video Wall Displays and Presentations: this is what you need to know

    matteoc
    5 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Presenters need to worry about many issues. There’s the quality of their content, the efficacy of their delivery, the power of their visuals… And on top of that, they need to worry about a thousand technical details. These days, there’s an additional detail they need to consider. The rise of the video wall. When it comes to creating a multimedia environment today you have many good options. You can go for a big screen TV. 60 inches are now somewhat affordable and you always get crisp colors even under heavy ambient illumination. You can go for a 16:9 DLP projector that looks…
  • All great presenters have one thing in common: they know when to quit

    matteoc
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    In my last post I was talking about the fact that nobody will buy 100% of your material 100% of the time, and how that is totally a-ok. Now I want to talk about another moment that happens in all successful presentations. It’s that moment when all your work to carefully motivate your audience, and all the value you provided, blossoms into a climax, a high where everybody (or almost everybody) understands what you’re saying. They relate to you personally, they deeply see the connection between you and your topic, and they are able to truly comprehend the core of your presentation.
  • How to understand your audience’s reactions

    matteoc
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Transformation in presentations is very dear to me. But I still don’t know if I’ve been able to charge you with my passion and change your point of view with my previous post about transformation. I would be curious to hear your thoughts in this regards. If I were you, I’d make sure the core transformation was very clear before I set off creating my next presentation because this transformation immediately encounters a force that you need to be aware of. What is this mysterious force? I’ll tell you in a second. But first let’s look at this icon from my course. I…
  • If TED can FAIL, so can YOU!

    matteoc
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    What presenters and event organizers can learn from the technical glitches at the recent TED 2015: Truth and Dare in Vancouver. When TED releases a new talk, especially the ones recorded at the “official” TED conferences like the one that is going on now in Vancouver, what you see is an engaging, polished and very well rehearsed talk delivered through a crystal clear HD video, with sharp audio, slides on cue and seamless transitions. You get the full deal. What happens live at a TED conference may be different. On the kind invitation of red onion and Stefan Balzer, the organizer…
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    Expert Media Training

  • How to Avoid Using Jargon in Media Interviews and Communications – Tips from a Media Trainer

    ExpertMediaTraining
    19 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    How to Avoid Using Jargon in Media Interviews and Communications There is a reason you may be seeing lots of articles about the overuse of jargon. It’s especially important to avoid using jargon in media interviews. What would you think or feel if you heard this statement from a company spokesperson? “We’re incentivizing our brand […]
  • I’m Just a… And Other Undermining Statements to Avoid – Communication Tips from a Media Trainer

    ExpertMediaTraining
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Watch Your Word Choices Our word choices in interviews, speeches, presentations, and even casual conversations, say more about us than most people may realize. Many people undermine themselves without even knowing it. Have you ever heard the owner of a small business say, “We’re just a small…” or an entrepreneur say, “I’m just a…”? The […]
  • Know Your Facts to Book More Interviews – Media Training Tips

    ExpertMediaTraining
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Know Your Facts to Book More Interviews The best media interview guests are those that have a deep knowledge of their subject matter and understand how to talk about their topic in the context of current events, in an engaging manner. This may sound like a tall order, but if you break it down, you […]
  • Have You Visited Our Media Training Resources Page?

    ExpertMediaTraining
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    We recently added a Media Training Resources page to our site, where we share resources and links to communication studies, videos and other useful information. You can access the page at https://expertmediatraining.com/media-training-resources/  
  • How To Prepare for Presentations – 6 Tips to Make Effective Presentations – from a Presentation Trainer

    ExpertMediaTraining
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Do you know how to prepare for presentations? These 6 tips from a presentation trainer will help you to make effective investor presentations, sales presentations and public speeches. If you will be making important investor presentations, sales presentations and/or public speeches, and you want to come across powerfully, effectively and naturally, you must know how […]
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    Mindful Blog

  • 3 tips to raise your game as a presenter

    23 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    One of the very first questions we ask delegates at our Mindful Presenter training workshops is what in their opinion are the key characteristics that make a ‘great presenter’? Without exception the lists are always very long and very similar. The top 10 we see time and time again are: Confidence The ability to tell a great story Inspirational Honesty & sincerity Self-awareness Energy & enthusiasm An expressive voice Great body language – congruence Knowledge & credibility A sense of humour Most of the time we would have a whole wall covered with post it notes…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 12 – How to make the right first impression

    17 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    How long do you really have before you make that all important first impression? Is it 5 seconds, 10 seconds or perhaps a little longer?  Researchers at Princeton University believe that it takes only one tenth of a second for someone to judge us as soon as they see our face. That may be difficult for some people to believe but think about the last time you were introduced to a stranger - didn’t you get a feeling about them in an instant? It’s largely an unconscious process but the reality is we are all hard wired to do it. Do they look like a person I can trust? Are they…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 11 – How to tell a story with impact

    10 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Each of us have stories to tell which hold the wisdom and power to influence, inspire and connect with others in a way that facts, numbers and data can’t even come close. It seems to me that the last thing people really want more of at the moment is information. Emails, texts, social media, instant messaging, the media, our boss, colleagues and customers together with report after report after report; we are all drowning in information. Don’t get me wrong - we want to keep learning and we need the facts but there has to be a better way. A way to get the information on an emotional…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 10 – Body Language

    1 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In episode 9 we said that ‘If there’s a mismatch between what we are saying and how we are saying it then the impact of the words we use is significantly diminished; people won’t trust what you say.’ In other words when it comes to the way people feel about our message then what we say and how we say it both verbally and non- verbally are each critically important to building trust. In fact, we don’t have to utter a word to communicate as even if we aren’t saying a thing our body is still giving us away. The way we move our arms, heads, the way we stand,…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 9 – How to use your voice

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    You’ve done everything you can to understand your audience, craft the conversation you wish to have, you know your story inside out and have envisioned what success looks like. Having spent several days or perhaps even weeks preparing your presentation the time has come to unveil the considerable effort and energy you have invested in getting ready to make a real and lasting impact on your audience. Effective communication involves both verbal and non-verbal interaction. The words we use in delivering our message are critical but how we say them is also important. As a professional…
 
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    Effective Businesss Communication | Blog

  • PowerPoint to HD Video

    Chris Davidson
    7 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is an increasing demand for good, HD video. Converting your PowerPoint presentations into HD video is reasonably straight forward. That said, many people are often left feeling frustrated with their results.There are two basic approaches:PowerPoint's native HD video creation capability ('Send & Save')The 'MK Video' macro If you're new to converting your slides to video try the first approach - it's easy to use. If you want to render a higher definition video, use the second approach. Both approaches are outlined below.Before You StartPreparing…
  • Design Principles: Spacial Contiguity

    Chris Davidson
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    The second in a series of seven In this second post in a new series, we take a look a closer look the second design principle, as researched by Prof RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. This principle, known as Spacial Contiguity, simply says that words and illustrations relating to one another are better understood if positioned close together. If, for example, you're annotating a group photograph in your presentation, position names as close to the people to whom they belong. Annotate charts clearly, so people can resolve an image and its associated explanation easily.
  • Design Principles: Multi-Media

    Chris Davidson
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    The first in a series of seven In this first post in a new series, we take a look a closer look the Seven Multi-Media Design Principles, as researched by Prof RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. The first principle simply says that using multiple media greatly increases audience retention - so, if you're think of making a speech, you ought to seriously consider illustrating it (and converting it into a presentation). A well illustrated narration will work better than narration alone.Think about all of the different approaches school teachers use in an effort to get their students…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Seven Design Principles

    Chris Davidson
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    These seven principles come from excellent research conducted by RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. Use them as a guide for your documents and presentations, and you won't go far wrong.Use multiple media With particular respect to presentations, illustrations plus narration work better than narration alone. Use pictures to illustrate what you are saying. The audience will find it easier to follow and will remember more.Spatial contiguity Words and pictures that correspond are better understood if positioned close together. Relevant if you're designing a printed document (like a set of…
  • Presentations: Three Things to Avoid

    Chris Davidson
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    So you have an idea of what makes a successful presentation, but what are the things you should avoid? Here're three things you ought not to be doing...Poor PreparationAn audience can instantly spot a well prepared speaker. Those that haven't honoured their audince by preparing well tend to over-rely on their notes (or slides). Their content lacks depth and their delivery lacks coherence and energy. Spend time rehearsing. Use your colleagues, friends and family as 'test' audiences. The old saying "practice makes perfect" became so well known for a reason. Creating cue…
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