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  • Spin doctors gotta spin…

    MANIACTIVE
    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…
  • Our hearts and thoughts are not with you at this time…

    MANIACTIVE
    laura@maniactive.com
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Enough with organizations offering generic sentiments and abstractions. Be specific. Give me something concrete, or don’t say anything at all. Let’s say I’m on a company’s email list. It sends me an email telling me to enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend. It generously tells my family to have one, too. And then 100 other brands send me something similar. And post it on their Facebook wall. And send it out as a tweet. What’s the net effect? How am I supposed to feel about brands bombarding me with generic messages of good cheer? heartwarmed that a…
  • The 1 Non-Verbal Presentation That Can Disarm Your Audience

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    DianeDiResta
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    I entered the office building in anticipation of meeting a prospect. The first person I saw was the receptionist. Usually, a receptionist will say, “May I help you?” But this receptionist stood out. She did something that made her immediately … Continue reading →
  • It’s All About the. . .

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    BACK STORY! Please CLICK to Enlarge! David Zamudio, Zamudio’s Studio, is a gifted illustrator. I’m proud he did the illustrations in my first book, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” One of his most famous black charcoal on white stock drawings is The Lion of Judah. Not only is it a beautiful illustration, but it has a wonderful Back Story. The Formula for the Body of a Speech is: Make a Point – Tell a Story! (Make it a personal story that reinforces your point.) This post features David’s magnificent illustration because it has such a great Back Story! The Lion…
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

    TEDTalks (video)
    TEDTalks
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …
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    Presentation Zen

  • Advancing the narrative through first person interviews

    Garr
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    March 11, 2015 marks four years since our brothers and sisters up in Tohoku (northeast Japan) experienced the devastating impact of not one, but three disasters. In the past I have pointed to short films made by filmmakers Jeffrey Jousan, Ivan Kovac, and Paul Johannessen, such as in this piece Storytelling that grabs the heart as well as the head. And in this piece Storytelling, POV, & the power of first-person narrative. Today, as a way of commemorating the Tohoku disaster and remembering the great struggle that people face in such places as Ishinomaki, please take a look at a followup…
  • The key to storytelling is in the giving, not the getting

    Garr
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:31 pm
    The key to success with presentation—and storytelling in general—is to focus not on getting approval or a particular response from the audience, but on giving something meaningful to them. That is, it’s not about getting but about giving. Many years ago I was inspired by the approach to performance by the conductor Benjamin Zander. In his teachings, and in his book The Art of Possibilities, Zander encourages us to move the focus from ourselves —“Am I good enough? Will they like me?”—and instead to turn our attention to the audience and ask the question “How can I make a…
  • Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

    Garr
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The power of a live performance is not in the perfection of the mechanics but rather in the sincerity, authenticity, and quality of the contribution in the moment. This is not to suggest that one does not need great content — or in the case of a musical performance, great talent — but intangibles are important too. With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves. But it's our imperfections that make us human, and it's one's humanity that connects with and engages an audience. When there is a genuine connection and honest, engagement with the audience,…
  • Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Garr
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Happy holidays, everyone. Below is a little video montage I put together just for family and friends a couple of years ago that captures a lot of the feeling of Christmases I had as a child. These images are from my grandma's 8mm film camera shot in 1958. This was a few years before I was born, but in the film you can see my three brothers, Mark, Matt, and Todd. Both my mom and dad are in there as are three of my grandparents. You never see my dad's mom because it was her camera and she shot all the film. My mom's birthday is December 24, so you can see some birthday clips in there too when…
  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

    Garr
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers." But as I say early in the presentation, perhaps a better subtitle would be "Lessons from watching too many Pixar films." Below the video I list the ten (actually eleven) lessons. It's not an exhaustive list by any means. But it's a start. (Link on YouTube.)(1) Turn off the computer.Most people open a…
 
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • Why You Will Love Cinemagraphs for Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I am obsessed with cinemagraphs, especially cinemagraphs in PowerPoint presentations. When I see cinemagraphs, I can hardly look away. The subtle, isolated movement, and the beautiful imagery are pleasantly hypnotic. For a Washington Post article, Elizabeth Flock explained that cinemagraphs are somewhere between a photo and a video, a piece of artwork that seeks to perfectly capture a fleeting moment in time.  While cinemagraphs are essentially a type of GIF, cinemagraphs should not be devalued due to the association with the trendy, and oftentimes obnoxious GIFs that flood social…
  • 3 Ways To Boost Your Confidence For Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    To help you strengthen your confidence, or perhaps even help you build your confidence from the ground up, I want to share with you my confidence-boosting habits.   Why? Because confidence is a critical component of all successful presentations. In general, confident presenters exude credibility, experience, and leadership. A confident presenter can soar above any obstacles in their path, such as the technical glitches that often manifest during presentations. While confidence is one of the keys to success in business and presentations, confidence should not be a chore to develop. Building…
  • Why You Need To Deliver Online Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    It is hard to deny the business development potential of online video content. According to Video Marketing Metrics: Get the Latest Research Report, 82% of B2B marketers reported success with video marketing initiatives, and 70% of marketing professionals report that video converts better than any other medium. In addition, Wainhouse Research reports that workers watched 1.12 billion hours of business online video content in 2013 a total forecast to more than double by 2016. With so much data supporting the value of online video content, it is clear why MarketingProfs crowned 2015 “The…
  • #029: Heart Rate and Your Presentations [Podcast]

    Scott Schwertly
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    When people think about their heart rate, they typically think about physical activity. Yet, what happens to us psychologically has just as much of an impact. These factors must always be considered  before taking the stage or speaking in front of a room full of people. Listen Here In this episode, I discuss the importance of knowing methods on how to control your heart rate which includes: 1. The 4×4 Breathing Technique 2. Visualization 3. Self-Talk Episode Resources Here are some extra resources: Presentation Fear vs Anxiety 33 Tips to Cure Presentation Anxiety Your Feedback Matters…
  • Business Conferences (With Impressive ROI Potential)

    Leslie Belknap
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    For me, conferences feel more like work than most typical days at the office. Yes, I work for an amazing company where I enjoy a creative workspace, work remotely options, and brilliant colleagues, however I am confident most professionals would agree with me that conferences are an exceptionally challenging experience compared to their average work day, no matter where they work. Why? The answer can be spelled with three letters: R.O.I. Conferences are expensive. Once you add up the cost of the conference ticket, travel, lodging, food, and incidentals, the total investment to attend a…
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • 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…
  • “Man! I Like That Bow Tie!” Another. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    o Great Back Story! - It’s All about the Back Story! Marc Dangerfield My daughter got married this past summer. The groom made a decision to wear a bow tie, and have his groomsmen do the same. These were “real” bow ties; not clip-ons or the kind that clasp around the neck and under the shirt collar. As the father of the bride, I considered it my duty to do the same, and purchased one that looked great with my stripped shirt and new suit. When I made that decision, I had no idea what lay ahead. I can’t recall how many videos I watched, nor how many hours I practiced, to tie one…
  • Power Public Speaking Interview!

    Fred E. Miller
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Barry Coziahr recently interviewed me about the Power of Public Speaking. He is an excellent interviewer and the consummate host! Listen Learn Speak! The interview starts at 3:55. This interview explores many aspects of Public Speaking. Why Speak? The components, parts, and elements of a presentation. How to manage your Q&A. It explores ways to take a presentation from Blah to Ah! The Law of Primacy and Recency. The Fear of Public Speaking. Why we have it. The What Ifs? Nuggets to lessen it. The power of Personal Stories. The Elevator Speech. What is it and Why have one. The DNA of your…
  • The Fears of Public Speaking and Failure go. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    0 Vm000:00RP Hand in Glove. Consider this:We all have a Comfort Zone. When inside it, we are comfortable. When out of it,we arenot surprisingly, uncomfortable.Picture your Comfort Zone as a large circle. When doing things inside the circle, we are relaxed and feel secure. When getting out of that Comfort Zone, we can, and sometimes do, Fail. Now focus on the edge of that Comfort Zone. This is where learning begins! Failure gets a bad rap. We should be embracing it. Perhaps it’s the word, ‘Failure’ that holds us back from trying new things and intimidates us. If we said,…
  • It’s All About the. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    BACK STORY! Please CLICK to Enlarge! David Zamudio, Zamudio’s Studio, is a gifted illustrator. I’m proud he did the illustrations in my first book, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” One of his most famous black charcoal on white stock drawings is The Lion of Judah. Not only is it a beautiful illustration, but it has a wonderful Back Story. The Formula for the Body of a Speech is: Make a Point – Tell a Story! (Make it a personal story that reinforces your point.) This post features David’s magnificent illustration because it has such a great Back Story! The Lion…
 
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Prezi Nutshell

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The folks at Prezi have created a new product that’s called Nutshell. Is this a presentation program? Or is it a video creator? Or is it a little bit of both and more? Let’s find out. Until recently, Nutshell was in beta, but now anyone can sign up for it -- well, “sign up” is probably not the right word, because you actually first need to download the app on your phone or tablet. OK – did we forget to tell that Prezi is an app that runs on Apple iOS devices? As of now, Nutshell is iOS only, but they may release apps for other platforms too? Explore Prezi’s new Nutshell app.
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Format Text Attributes Within the Mini Toolbar

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Text in PowerPoint presentation needs to be edited in many ways -- sometimes you need certain words to be in a different color, or even bold, italics, or underlined. Whatever the option required to format your text, you'll find that the Mini Toolbar is a great location to do these changes easily -- it really saves you from dragging your cursor repeatedly to the Ribbon area since it pops up right next to the selected text that you want to format. Learn how to format text attributes conveniently using the Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, text, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Tips for Custom Shows

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    You might have created many Custom Shows and played them. If you have heard about it, and want to learn more about this amazing PowerPoint feature, these tips will help you get more from your Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2010. Here are some tips that can help you in creating Custom Slide Shows in PowerPoint 2010. Categories: delivery, powerpoint_2010, tutorials
  • emaze's PitchUp'15: Conversation with Anat Richter

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Anat Richter is Content Marketing Director at emaze. When she isn't tapping away in its Tel Aviv offices, she is documenting life on the web as a user and a guest blogger. In this conversation, Anat discusses emaze's new PitchUp'15 challenge. Geetesh: Tell us more about PitchUp'15 -- what is this challenge about, what motivated you to create this platform. Also tell us more about the responses you have received so far. Anat: The PitchUp'15 contest offers contestants the opportunity to present their pitches in presentation form using emaze.com and get it viewed by top tier members of the…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Selecting and Changing Text

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Although PowerPoint does include options to use pictures, SmartArt, charts, sounds, and even video clips, we rarely see presentations that have no text at all. Nothing conveys a message better than text, and even pictures do need captions in the form of text. In PowerPoint, several slide objects can include text -- these include text placeholders, text boxes, shapes, tables, SmartArt, charts, etc. In this tutorial though, we are only exploring selecting and editing text within text placeholders, text boxes, and shapes. Learn how to select and change text within text placeholders, text boxes,…
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    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.
  • The Soft Drink Printing Machine

    sshapiro
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t have many vices. But I’ll admit that I do enjoy a Diet Coke from time-to-time. And my latest hedonistic pleasure is Diet Coke blended with orange soda. The cola/orange blend isn’t something I ever “make” on my own. I could buy a bottle of diet coke and a bottle ... The post The Soft Drink Printing Machine appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Blackjack and Innovation

    sshapiro
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    As I write this, I am in Las Vegas, a place sometimes referred to as Lost Wages. For the past two nights, I hit the blackjack tables for some fun. Fortunately I am ahead…so far. I like blackjack because it is a game of probability – and only probability. It is fun to watch other players. Some ... The post Blackjack and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Innovation Philosophy Transcription

    sshapiro
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I recently posted my 6-minute animation video that explains my innovation philosophy. If you prefer it in written form, here it is…Enjoy! *** Innovation. You know it is essential for long-term growth. You are clear that it’s the key to beating the competition. And… you avoid it like the plague... The post Innovation Philosophy Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Guest Posting: Flying Lessons, First Hand by Rod Thorn

    Theboss
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    This is the keynote address by Rod Thorn, Communication Executive, PepsiCo that was delivered at the Ragan Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. on March 10, 2015. Reprinted here with his express permission. It is an amazingly honest and forthright assessment of what is like, on a professional and emotional level, […]
  • The Professional Speechwriters Association

    Theboss
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. This is the third and final edited highlight of the call. In part one David talked about the way the profession has changed. In part two he reviewed highlights from the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. In this third […]
  • Highlights of the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

    Theboss
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
  • The changing world of speechwriting

    Theboss
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined Vital Speeches of the Day Editor David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. This is the first of three edited highlights of the call. David is executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association and was the MC of the recent Ragan Speechwriters Conference. He’s been […]
  • Lady & the Champs Speakers’ Conference

    Theboss
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    This Saturday, February 28 & Sunday, March 1, 2015 award-winning keynote speaker and speech coach Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE hosts a weekend of intense learning that can transform your speaking. Fripp will host World Champions of Public Speaking Mark Brown, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix and other world-class professional speakers. If you are too busy to […]
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    SlideMagic

  • Two types of spectacular

    Jan Schultink
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Which one?A spectacular, interactive, 3D, infographic, animation, video, drum rolls, effects, polished visualisation of a pretty well known fact ("smart phone penetration is huge")A sober representation of an amazing fact ("relapse rates dropped from 75% to 5% with our drug")If you manage to isolate what is truly spectacular about your story, visualising that is pretty straightforward. Your only challenge with number 2 is to get the basic chart hygiene right (hey, SlideMagic can take care of that) Art: Knud Bergslien, Skiing Birchlegs Crossing the Mountain with the Royal Child.
  • Be less busy with presentations

    Jan Schultink
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:41 pm
    This memo that was sent to the team behind Slack before its preview release resonated with me. We are unlikely to be able to sell “a group chat system” very well: there are just not enough people shopping for group chat system (and, as pointed out elsewhere, our current fax machine works fine).I love the "be less busy" tag line of Slack. I love the stress relief that search provides in Slack (you can always find things if you have to). The more I think about it, SlideMagic might actually not an alternative to PowerPoint, it is a broader concept of change in how people in…
  • New image search habits

    Jan Schultink
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    There are a number of problems with stock images:Most of them are staged, cheesy, unrealistic imagesStock image search algorithms no push up results for photos that include some design elements (some words for example), stuff that is better being taken care of by the presentation designerMany people are over doing the images, trying to use a photograph to visualise a concept that does not really need visualising. The result: an endless string of "stunning" images that distracts the audience rather than support your storyStock images are so over-used that a presentation who uses them now…
  • Selling professional services

    Jan Schultink
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Not every product or service is the same, not every sales presentation is the same. Professional services are different from products that roll of the conveyor belt. They have a high level of (human) customisation. Here are some things to keep in mind when designing a presentation for professional services:The look and feel should be serious; think law firm, think management consulting firmSince it is all about customisation, the pitch is all about understanding the client's problem, being able to ask intelligent questions about it, hinting at what a solution might look like.Clients buy the…
  • Market sizing in startup pitches

    Jan Schultink
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Where to put the market size in your startup pitch? It depends.Option one is early on in the pitch, when you are convincing investors of the need for your invention. In many cases however, investors will not doubt the size of the market, they doubt whether you can get a share of it. When you claim you have a cure for cancer, the issue is not whether there will be demand, the issue is: does it work. The exception is for cases where everyone thinks a market is small/non-existent: you might have to pull out stats about the number of patients that suffer from a rare disease x the amount of money…
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    MANIACTIVE

  • 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…
  • What can you do in 30 seconds?

    laura@maniactive.com
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Throwback Thursday… In 2005, Merv Griffin said he wrote the Jeopardy! theme song in under a minute. “That little 30 seconds has made me a fortune, millions,” he said. How much exactly? Somewhere between 70 and 80 million. And that was ten years ago. Let’s pretend it took you 30 seconds to click through and read this post. Is it possible that I just cost you a couple million? Sorry. It took me under a minute to write this. Wonder how much I’ll make… photo by:
  • Why bother with a cover-up?

    laura@maniactive.com
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    People in Washington say it’s not the initial offense that gets you in trouble. It’s the cover-up. They say you should admit what you did, get the story out, and move on. What this overlooks is the fact that most of the time the cover-up works just fine, and nobody finds out anything. I would imagine that’s the rule rather than the exception. My advice: take a chance. Lie. -George Carlin Is George Carlin right…again? If an internal investigation reveals that your organization has done something awful or embarrassing, should you really lie? Or try to cover it up? I loved George…
  • Our hearts and thoughts are not with you at this time…

    laura@maniactive.com
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Enough with organizations offering generic sentiments and abstractions. Be specific. Give me something concrete, or don’t say anything at all. Let’s say I’m on a company’s email list. It sends me an email telling me to enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend. It generously tells my family to have one, too. And then 100 other brands send me something similar. And post it on their Facebook wall. And send it out as a tweet. What’s the net effect? How am I supposed to feel about brands bombarding me with generic messages of good cheer? heartwarmed that a…
 
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    Humor Power

  • Humor Contest — New National Holidays

    John Kinde
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    New National Holidays What new National Holiday would you propose? Why? How would we celebrate it? When would it be? Don’t try answering all the questions. Being brief is better Labor Day: The day before Thanksgiving. It will be the only day of the year when we do go to work. Since the next day is Thanksgiving Day, nobody will work past noon. April Fools Day: The second Tuesday in November. We celebrate it by giving a pension of 25 times the minimum wage to anyone even thinking of running for national office. No photo ID required to qualify for the pension. National Fitness Day:…
  • The Justin Bieber Roast

    John Kinde
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    Humor Techniques and Lessons-Learned From a TV Celebrity Roast. Last Night, March 30, Justin Bieber was roasted on Comedy Central.  I commend Bieber for stepping into the ring.  It had risks and rewards.  It was a good Roast and Bieber received his share of stinging jabs. A Celebrity Roast is traditionally made up of hard-core, nightclub-style jokes. They push the limits of good taste.  Sure, they could edit the footage and cut all the jokes about sex, body parts, and body functions.  But then they’d have to find a five-minute slot in which they could air what was left of the roast.
  • Contest Results — Family Business

    John Kinde
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    It’s time for the results of our March Joke Contest.  The theme is Family Business. What if a celebrity started a business with their name on it?  What if the type of business seemed like a bad choice? New Joke Contests open on the first of the month. The next contest will be announced on April 1. Now here are this month’s top lines. ** FIRST  PLACE ** Ellen Burstyn opens Burstyn Balloon Rides. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois ** SECOND PLACE ** Jamie Lynn Spears and Brooke Shields open a medieval weapons outlet. Gerald Fleischmann, Fountain Valley, California ** THIRD…
  • 20 Clues Your Friend Might Be A Toastmaster

    John Kinde
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    20 Clues Your Friend Might Be A Toastmaster: 1. She flinches every time you say ah. 2. Every day the first time you meet, before saying anything else, he says: “My pal, my buddy, and my honored friend.” 3. She evaluates everything you do and say. 4. On a first date he admits that he is controlling his nervousness by visualizing you in your underwear. 5. The first time you visited her home, you got a five minute tour of her trophy shelf. 6. If you met him at a Speed Dating event, you didn’t have time to visit after he introduced himself and explained all the initials after…
  • Observational Humor — Case Study #133

    John Kinde
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. We’ll look at the set-up for the jokes, and then we’ll look at the jokes and what made them work. It’s presented for educational purposes not primarily attended as enterainment. The “you had to be there” factor is responsible for a monologue not reading as funny as is was in-the-moment when presented live. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was presented.) 1. In the Educational Moment, I suggested that to create humor, they…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • Public Speaking: Does Sizzle Matter More Than The Steak?

    DianeDiResta
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    What’s more important? Style or Substance? Sizzle or Steak?  I ask this question in my public speaking and presentation seminars. The class is usually divided but they vote more often for the sizzle. It makes sense. Before people can hear … Continue reading →
  • How to Make Your Audience Listen When Public Speaking

    DianeDiResta
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Does your audience tune out? Do you have trouble keeping them engaged?  It’s challenging enough to get the attention of one listener. It’s even harder to command a large audience. With less time to do more, competing priorities and so much … Continue reading →
  • Speaking Internationally

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Diane shares her experiences speaking internationally and imparts hard-earned wisdom. Are you speaking internationally? Don’t miss these tips!
  • Savvy Central Radio Interview – Are you Asking for What you are Worth?

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Christina Nitschmann of Savvy Central Radio recently interviewed me on the subject of asking for what you are worth. Here is the full interview – enjoy!
  • The 1 Non-Verbal Presentation That Can Disarm Your Audience

    DianeDiResta
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    I entered the office building in anticipation of meeting a prospect. The first person I saw was the receptionist. Usually, a receptionist will say, “May I help you?” But this receptionist stood out. She did something that made her immediately … Continue reading →
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • Kevin Rudd: Are China and the US doomed to conflict?

    TEDTalks
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    The former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is also a longtime student of China, with a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. He asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers -- and suggests another narrative.
  • Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world

    TEDTalks
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works and asks us to let go of our fear of the “dark unknown.”
  • Alison Killing: There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help

    TEDTalks
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen -- cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too. It's a surprisingly fascinating look at a hidden aspect of our cities, and our lives.
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

    TEDTalks
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …
  • Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

    TEDTalks
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.
 
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  • Accelerate your Time To Mastery with Daily Practice

    terrygault
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Back in 1997, early in my own practice of getting certified to lead workshops for The Henderson Group, I had a significant epiphany. It occurred to me that if I practiced daily the precepts and techniques that I was learning and starting to teach, it would make it much harder NOT to certify me.  In other words, if my daily practice was impeccable, it dramatically increased the likelihood that David Henderson, my mentor and boss, would certify me and I could start making money doing something I really enjoyed. This one single idea has made more…
  • April Art of Presentation Workshop with The Henderson Group

    Nicole
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    April 9-10, 2015 in San Francisco with Terry Gault Mastering Your Presentation Style Building rapport with an audience and moving them to action requires the ability to confidently present information that convinces and engages even the most skeptical customer. This intensive work educates and motivates participants to deliver high-impact presentations. Using interactive methods, rather than lectured instruction, participants cultivate a personal style – a style that gains the audience’s attention through confident composure and meaningful interaction. Through the Henderson…
  • Fone Follies with Einstein Films

    Nicole
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group & Einstein Films Here is the 4th video EinsteinFilms.com produced in the Fone Follies series that humorously demonstrate the BluBed headset holsters. David Hurwitz (who hired us to produce “Doug Serena, CIO” when he was CMO at Serena Software) is the gent behind this new product. Vince Yap delivers a terrific performance as Bob, who isn’t yet clued-in to the benefits of being #HandsfreeEverywhere. About Einstein Films            
  • 5 Fixes for Conversations That Go Bad

    Nicole
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Some helpful reminders on communication, as useful at work, as at home, from psychology.com. How to rein in an argument before you both lose it. On the back cover of Rob Kendall’s Blamestorming: Why Conversations Go Wrong and How to Fix Them (Watkins Publishing) (link is external), is this snippet of conversation: “I’m not arguing. I’m just explaining why you’re wrong…” Been there, lived through that, changed husbands. Blamestorming (link is external), a wonderful little book, contains many tips that probably wouldn’t have helped my ex-husband and me, because it was…
  • 11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance

    Nicole
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance by Inc.com Sure, you control your body. But your body can also control you. Simple gestures, simple postures — each can make a dramatic impact on how you think, feel, and act. Best of all you don’t have to be a yogi or athlete — you can just be you. Only now you will be a better you. — Jeff Haden   Be More Determined by Crossing Your Arms Oddly enough, crossing your arms will make you stick with an “unsolvable” problem a lot longer – and will make you perform better on solvable problems. Which…
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  • Types of evidence - 1

    Tim Wilson
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you use these types of evidence in your board room presentations:Quantitative data - numbersQualitative date - things such as props that illustrate what the numbers in your presentation are about (e.g., if you are talking about number of defective products, bring an example of a defective product)Multiple arguments - bring a lot of evidence and argumentsAbout the evidence,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • And in evidence we have...

    Tim Wilson
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you make sure the evidence in your board room presentations are:Real and concreteVariedNew informationAbout the evidence,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Take a memo

    Tim Wilson
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you create a 5 part "memo" become clear about what you will recommend in your board room presentation:Idea - What do you want the audience to do?Background - What does everyone in the audience agree is the problem/situation?Workings - your proposal details Benefits - Why should they do this? (e.g., fits with company strategy, proven in the market, profitable/cost-effective, etc.)Next - What next steps need to be taken? Memoed,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • In what reality is that possible?

    Tim Wilson
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Fellow speaker,A powerful humor principle you can use in your speeches is reality vs. fantasy. The way it works is someone in your speech represents reality, how things really are. At the same time, someone else insists on fantasy and creating an imaginary rule that the reality person KNOWS isn't true. The humor comes in the reality person trying to talk the fantasy person into their world and the fantasy person trying to talk the reality person into their world.John Cleese and Michael Palin had great comic success using this principle in the show Monty Python's Flying Circus. In "Parrot…
  • Short shrift

    Tim Wilson
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Speaker Craig Valentine suggests you keep your stories short (4 minutes or under). Use the rest of the time to show the reactions of the characters to the story and to bring the audience into the story.Briefly,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
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  • 3 Things Before You Write Your Sitcom Pilot

    Jason Peck
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    You’ve had an idea for a sitcom. You need to find out not only if it has legs for a pilot but also for a series. Now, you don’t necessarily have to write al the episodes, especially if you’re trying to get an agent. You just need a pilot script. But it would benefit you knowing if it would work as a series. Particularly if you get to the point where someone wants to know more information about it and whether it would work as a series. Or if you decide to produce it yourself. Here’s what I did. After exploring the information provided by Dan Harmon on The Hero’s…
  • Sitcom Writing: Pilots and Specs

    Jason Peck
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I’ve Never Written a Sitcom… Yet Please note, I am writing this not from experience of being a professional sitcom writer, but from the perspective of having read and researched a lot about it. Not claiming to be an expert by any means. Sure I’ve probably read more books, and websites on the subject than you. But despite what some suggest, that doesn’t make you an authority or an expert. Neither does have a blog that ranks number one on the search engines for certain keywords. I am simply passing along information that I’ve found, and providing you with some food…
  • Late Night Talk Show Packet

    Jason Peck
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    The talk show packet is supposed to model a late night talk show of your choice. At the time of writing, we have pretty much finished a major shake-up in Late Night TV hosts. As writers, we have to try to capture the unique voice of the show’s host. Current Late-Night line-up Across the U.S. networks the hosts are as follows; Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Myers. Some writers often include “The Daily Show” as well, even though the format isn’t strictly the same. In which case, you could probably add “The…
  • The Sketch Comedy Writer’s Portfolio

    Jason Peck
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Saturday Night Live Writer’s Packet info This is a follow-up to my previous post. So here’s a further breakdown of the comedy writing portfolios agents expect you to have. Bear in mind, I don’t have direct experience doing this myself… yet. This is just research that I’ve conducted and figured I’d share. Typically the sketch show packet is modeled after “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). Here’s the breakdown for you. SNL packet: cold open Host monologue Weekend update material Two commercial parody sketches Digital short TV show parody sketch…
  • What Pro Comedy Writers Are Doing That You’re Not

    Jason Peck
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Other than working and getting paid, I mean. Here in the U.S. comedy writers are expected to have certain calling cards in order to get work or get an agent, which don’t always go hand in hand. I’ve procrastinated on my own writing samples long enough. Admittedly it has been tough having a kid, and working a day job whilst trying to leave that day job for something less soul destroying. That and making my first feature film last year. This is something I’ve wanted to take care of for a while. Not because I want to necessarily work in each of these areas of comedy, some are more…
 
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  • 30 presentation posts

    Simon
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    You might have noticed, but I’ve been posting more, recently. In fact for the last month I’ve taken on Sarah Arrow’s 30 day challenge. The idea is to write thirty blog posts in as many […]
  • A dirty trick I’ve used this week in my presentations (and I’ve delivered six)

    Simon
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    It’s not exactly hard, I must admit, and no one anyone except me even knew I was using – which, frankly, is the point. It’s a trick that allows customisation on the fly, using black […]
  • How should you dress for your presentation?

    Simon
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:25 am
    Good question. I can’t be sure, but I’m reasonably certain it was Guy Kawasaki who suggested dressing one level of formality above your audience. The need for being more formal is to give yourself a […]
  • Simple presentation idea

    Simon
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Such a simple one this…. If you’re teaching your child to tell the time, which type of watchface would you use? It’s not a hard choice, is it?! You’d start with the watch on the left […]
  • A comedy of presentation errors…

    Simon
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    One of my favourite rules for presenting is (with apologies to the plenty of great places to work out there) simply to “Never trust the venue”. Here’s why… I arrived at 8:15 or a 9:30 […]
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  • What is your story?

    Nick Morgan
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    People have told an infinite number of stories since we first gathered around a campfire in the dark and needed to pass the time and keep the shadows away. How many have you heard? How many do you remember? How do you find yours? There are an infinite number of stories, but only a few […]
  • How Should You Gesture When Speaking?

    Nick Morgan
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    How should you gesture in order to win the favor of the crowd, persuade the audience of your point of view, or appear most charismatic? I get asked variants on these questions all the time by speakers wanting to up their game, executives wishing to improve the odds of their success, and thought leaders wanting […]
  • How to use your voice for leadership

    Nick Morgan
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    What’s the best voice for influencing others and dominating the herd? A recent study found that male horses with the deeper whinny appeal more to female horses and generally fared better in the DNA sweepstakes. Similar studies have found advantages of a parallel kind for humans. Researchers at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business analyzed […]
  • Young Public Speakers Should Investigate Lumos

    Nick Morgan
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    I get inquiries occasionally from young people – high school students – looking to improve their speaking skills who can’t necessarily afford our fees. I haven’t had anywhere to send them until now, beyond recommending Toastmasters; I’m very pleased to have recently met Graeme Blackman and to be able to support his venture with a […]
  • Should you interrupt your colleagues?

    Nick Morgan
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Lots of studies have shown that women are more modest in their self-assessments generally than men – and that this is one of the factors leading to men being promoted faster and getting more opportunities for leadership. At the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, this sad state of affairs has apparently led to a lawsuit […]
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  • 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 …
  • Jerry Seinfeld Takes Down Advertising While Receiving An Advertising Award

    colin842_0
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    You don’t see many speeches where the speaker dumps all over the organization and the people associated with it while receiving an award from said organization. I am guessing he won’t be invited back. …
 
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  • 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.
  • TADIPATRI TEMPLES - Hidden Treasures of India

    Chendil Kumar
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    TADIPATRI Temples Part I - BUGGA RAMALINGESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE Known more as an industrial town, Tadipatri conceals two hidden treasures surprisingly unknown to most locals.Two temples of five hundred years vintage nestle by the Penna riverside. To describe the sculptures within would only reveal my severe vocabulary crunch and not reflect its true glory.Many bloggers have painstakingly captured the etymology and history of these…
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  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    30 Mar 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:Don't chew the fat: If you spend a lot of time talking about how you worry how fat you'll look before speaking--or anything else--you're not helping yourself or other women. Read about the perils of fat talk.Stop fixing the women: Kleiner Perkins gave…
  • 32 historic women's speeches to close #WomensHistoryMonth

    Denise Graveline
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:45 am
    When you have a treasure trove as large as The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Women's Speeches, you can use it as a lens on the topic of women and public speaking. For Women's History Month, I've collected 32 speeches in the Index that occurred 50 years ago or earlier, and the group demonstrates interesting themes in the history of women and speaking.You'll notice a big gap--nearly 300 years--between the earliest speech in the Index by Queen Elizabeth I in 1588 and Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech in 1851, and that's no mistake: For many of those years, women in many cultures…
  • In England, I'm on the hot seat, and sharing TED talk insights

    Denise Graveline
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    In two weeks' time, I'll be in London and Cambridge, England, for two public speaking events. Here's an insider secret: These organizations put on my favorite public speaking events, which is why I come back to them again and again. You still have time to register and seats are available, though they're going fast. Please join me at:Public Speaking Question Time with Denise Graveline, an April 9 event for members of the Fabian Women's Network, in London at FWN headquarters. This group always has great questions about public speaking, so we've decided to give them the floor in a great British…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    23 Mar 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:Teaching what? Women professors are prolific public speakers, but their student audiences rate and describe them differently from male professors.Stress reframe: Feel stressed about speaking? Reframe your stress as a signal to change.Double standards: A…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Rep. Terri Sewell's remarks at Selma

    Denise Graveline
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:45 am
    Aside from two First Ladies, she was the only woman speaker on the podium to honor the civil rights "foot soldiers" 1965 march across the bridge in Selma, Alabama. U.S. Representative Terri Sewell, a Selma native and its Member of Congress, set the tone and the stage for the day's high-profile speakers: Rep. John Lewis, one of the original marchers, and President Barack Obama.Sewell turned her short speech into a star turn on two counts. First, she kept the sentiment of the event from turning cloying and backward-facing, when she recounted words from one of the women foot soldiers who'd faced…
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    The Shy Speakers' Guide to Success on Stage

  • Thoughts on Self-Definition

    Gary
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Be defined, not by the trophies in our cabinet, the money in our bank account; nor the clothes that we wear, or profession that we do. But think and define […]
  • Basking in Strength and Wonder at being Vulnerable

    Gary
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:33 pm
    I've been revisiting the concept of one's "self-identity" recently, and came upon the concept of being in-sync in with one's vulnerability - which sounds very much like a paradox, really. Aren't vulnerabilities bad? It makes me uncomfortable. (It does!) Why would somebody want to be in-sync with their vulnerabilities? As I began probing deeper, I realized that accepting, displaying and working with (not merely on) our vulnerabilities helps to open up a new world to us. Our fears to approach what we deem as unlikely, impossible or even likely to fail, are acknowledged, are embraced - we say to…
  • Praise Effort – Not Achievement

    Gary
    27 May 2014 | 5:20 am
    Praise motivates. Praise encourages. Praise inspires. Sometimes. Depending on the approach you take, praising an employee can actually have the opposite effect. The difference lies in whether we assume skill is based […]
  • Misses and Hits: Lessons from Singapore’s YPAP Video

    Gary
    15 May 2014 | 9:59 am
    Editors Note: This post is written entirely for learning purposes. Any sarcasm and cynical comments found herein are included for entertainment purposes, and not meant to offend. [C’mon… give me […]
  • Five Important Lessons We Can Learn From Flappy Bird

    Gary
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:35 pm
    This is old news. If you haven’t heard, an insanely addictive game going by the name of “Flappy Bird” swept through the world over the last year. Rumour has it […]
 
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • 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…
  • Danger of a Single Story - TED talk video - passionate speaker

    George Torok
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    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
  • Slow down when you speak

    George Torok
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Recently, I heard a few speakers who spoke too fast. How fast?  So fast, that I stopped listening.  When I mentioned this to two of them, they both responded with, “I know, I’ve been told that before.”They knew they spoke too fast - yet they continued to annoy listeners with their rapid-fire pace. Perhaps they felt unable to control it or that it wasn’t worth the effort.Speaking too quickly can sabotage your presentation.Why should you speak slower?    You will sound more confident    You can more clearly enunciate your words   …
  • Four ways to reach the visual learners in your audience

    George Torok
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    The majority of people are visual learners. This means they need to see it before they understand your message and believe it.In my experience most people need to see some part of your message to make it stick. The question is “How do they see it?”Three important clarificationsVisual means the images that we process in the visual cortex of the brain. The eye is only one source of visual input. Not everything seen by the eye is processed in the visual cortex.Here are four ways to convey visual messages to your audience.Display images on the screenUse PowerPoint or other software…
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • Why You Will Love Cinemagraphs for Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I am obsessed with cinemagraphs, especially cinemagraphs in PowerPoint presentations. When I see cinemagraphs, I can hardly look away. The subtle, isolated movement, and the beautiful imagery are pleasantly hypnotic. For a Washington Post article, Elizabeth Flock explained that cinemagraphs are somewhere between a photo and a video, a piece of artwork that seeks to perfectly capture a fleeting moment in time.  While cinemagraphs are essentially a type of GIF, cinemagraphs should not be devalued due to the association with the trendy, and oftentimes obnoxious GIFs that flood social…
  • 3 Ways To Boost Your Confidence For Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    To help you strengthen your confidence, or perhaps even help you build your confidence from the ground up, I want to share with you my confidence-boosting habits.   Why? Because confidence is a critical component of all successful presentations. In general, confident presenters exude credibility, experience, and leadership. A confident presenter can soar above any obstacles in their path, such as the technical glitches that often manifest during presentations. While confidence is one of the keys to success in business and presentations, confidence should not be a chore to develop. Building…
  • Why You Need To Deliver Online Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    It is hard to deny the business development potential of online video content. According to Video Marketing Metrics: Get the Latest Research Report, 82% of B2B marketers reported success with video marketing initiatives, and 70% of marketing professionals report that video converts better than any other medium. In addition, Wainhouse Research reports that workers watched 1.12 billion hours of business online video content in 2013 a total forecast to more than double by 2016. With so much data supporting the value of online video content, it is clear why MarketingProfs crowned 2015 “The…
  • #029: Heart Rate and Your Presentations [Podcast]

    Scott Schwertly
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    When people think about their heart rate, they typically think about physical activity. Yet, what happens to us psychologically has just as much of an impact. These factors must always be considered  before taking the stage or speaking in front of a room full of people. Listen Here In this episode, I discuss the importance of knowing methods on how to control your heart rate which includes: 1. The 4×4 Breathing Technique 2. Visualization 3. Self-Talk Episode Resources Here are some extra resources: Presentation Fear vs Anxiety 33 Tips to Cure Presentation Anxiety Your Feedback Matters…
  • Business Conferences (With Impressive ROI Potential)

    Leslie Belknap
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    For me, conferences feel more like work than most typical days at the office. Yes, I work for an amazing company where I enjoy a creative workspace, work remotely options, and brilliant colleagues, however I am confident most professionals would agree with me that conferences are an exceptionally challenging experience compared to their average work day, no matter where they work. Why? The answer can be spelled with three letters: R.O.I. Conferences are expensive. Once you add up the cost of the conference ticket, travel, lodging, food, and incidentals, the total investment to attend a…
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    Susan's Blog: Leading Voice on Growth and Opportunity

  • How Is Your Business Doing at the Four Levels of Growth?

    Susan Trivers
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Business growth occurs at four different levels: top line, bottom line, middle line (expenses) and valuation. Increases in the top and bottom lines and stability or a decrease in the middle line, causes an increase in valuation each and every year. Valuation is what your business would be worth if you sold it. Valuation is also a major factor in financing that fuels expansion. My clients are generally mindful of the top, middle and bottom lines and not very mindful of valuation.  Here's what you need to get started understanding valuation for your business: Increasing revenue: you can…
  • Do You Ask Questions that Help You Succeed or Fail?

    Susan Trivers
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    You're seeking feedback or input to help you make an important decision. Which question should you ask? "Is this project worthwhile?" or "What do you think about the opportunities presented by this project?" In the first instance, the person asking had distributed a list of his concerns along with the question. Every concern seemed like a burden. For example,"As we grow we'll have to hire another person. How will I know what kind of person to hire?" There was no mention of the 33% growth goal that would make needing a new hire a desirable thing. If this…
  • Human Suffering Should Never Be Used for Clever Metaphors

    Susan Trivers
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A least a dozen people I know tweeted or posted the following quote: "Webinars are the new waterboarding." This alliterative phrase was delivered to a large crowd of experts who speak and apparently was thought to be so clever that it needed to be repeated. If you're one of those who repeated it, or who thinks it is clever and wonders why I'm bothered by it, think about what waterboarding means. It's known to be an 'enhanced' technique for getting prisoners to divulge information. It is considered torture by many around the world. Can you imagine a person…
  • Meeting Etiquette. Really? Yes, Really

    Susan Trivers
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    I'm continually amazed  by the ways in which people disrespect others or otherwise demonstrate their lack of etiquette at work, especially in meetings. What do I mean by etiquette? My definition is so simple: Listen and keep quiet until the other person finishes talking; Avoid rude or derogatory remarks, no matter what! State your own opinions or perspectives calmly and in a neutral voice i you're disagreeing with others; Do not talk down to others ("Let me explain it to you..."); Step out of the room or the discussion if you find yourself getting hot under the collar At…
  • The Power of Narrative for Business Audiences

    Susan Trivers
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Just how many dry, fact-laden speeches do business people need in their lifetime? My guess is that the number is quite small. Yet, day after day, in gatherings of all kinds about topics of all kinds, people are forced to listen to yet another dry, fact-laden speech. I think speakers do this mostly because they're following the customs of their field. They've fallen into the trap of "expectations" as in "That's what the audience expects." The audience expects these horrible speeches only because they've never seen another way, not because they are…
 
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    Public Speakers Blog

  • Speakers: Study Leadership

    steve
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Leadership is one of the most important topics you can study as a speaker. Every audience craves leadership lessons, and thats why it’s critical to stay current on the most recent books on the subject. I’m recommending (2) in 2015. One is called Leadership Sales Coaching, by Jason Forrest and the other is Seven Disciplines of a Leader, by Jeff Wolf. Both men are world-class speakers on the subject and their books are excellent. Watch this short video I taped on them and I’ll look forward to your comments.
  • Speakers: Study Money

    steve
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    One of the most important topics to audiences is money. How to earn it, invest it and grow it. Thats why I strongly recommend building a solid foundation of wealth building strategies to share. Read books, attend seminars, consult experts and most importantly, read the Wall Street Journal to keep up on whats happening in the world of economics, finance and investing. I also recommend attending investment conferences, where you can stay on top of the latest trends. Watch this short video (2 min) I shot at The Money Show in Orlando and I’ll look forward to your comments.
  • Speakers Needed Immediately!

    steve
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    If you’re serious about launching your speaking career immediately, this is the best opportunity you will (most likely) ever have. I will teach you how to market, sell, deliver and earn millions in this business, just as I have for the past 19 years, and I’m willing to split my $20,000 speaking fee with you while you learn. I guarantee that no other million dollar speaker in the business will make you this offer, now or in the future. I know because many of them are laughing at me for doing it, and calling me naive for bringing rookie speakers onstage with me. And if my story were…
  • Speakers: Come Work with Me!

    steve
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The corporate market in the speaking business is HOTTER than ever, and we are actively searching for speakers to help us market, sell and deliver our Mental Toughness University Program to the biggest companies in the world. If you’re serious about building a 6-7 figure speaking career, I want to work with YOU! Watch this short video for details, and if you’re serious about doing this, visit www.speakersapprentice.com and apply. We’re closing out the application process in a few days, so apply now and we’ll be in contact with you.
  • Million Dollar Speakers Club

    steve
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We are in the process of taking applications for membership in the Million Dollar Speakers Club. If you’re serious about building a 6-7 figure speaking business, watch this 17-minute video we shot at our state-of-the-art professional speakers video studio at our offices in Atlanta. Watch this short video post, and then click on this link to see the MDSC video. www.milliondollarspeakersclub.com
 
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • Have A Very Happy Easter!

    drjim
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    If It's Easter, Then Spring Must Be Here!   Finally! Easter has finally arrived. I hope that you are going to be able to take some time off and celebrate this special season as Spring is just around the corner and Winter is quickly becoming a distant memory! I’m going to take this week off and get some well deserved rest. However, I’ll be back next week with some great new Public Speaking tips and techniques for you. Enjoy this week and we’ll talk again next week… – Dr. Jim Anderson
  • 3 Quick Ways To Take The Humor Out Of Any Speech

    drjim
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Sadly, it is possible to kill any chance of making your audience laughImage Credit: Arlen Hall If you are like most speakers, you are always looking for ways to add some humor to your next speech. That is always a great idea; however, did you know that some of the things that you may be planning on doing could actually be making it much harder for your audience to laugh during your speech? It turns out that this is possible; perhaps we should uncover what you should not be doing… 3 Ways To Be Unfunny Generally when we are talking about what you need to do to create a great speech, we spend…
  • The Art Of Matching Your Speech Title To Your Speech

    drjim
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Your speech title has to match your speech Image Credit: Michael Johnson If you are like most of us, the next time that you are asked to give a speech, because of the importance of public speaking you’ll probably spend a considerable amount of time working on the speech. You’ll consider your audience, pick your words, and attempt to craft a speech that will capture their attention and allow you to get your point across. Oh, and then when you have it all put together you’ll remember at the last moment that you need a title for your speech, you’ll quickly think something…
  • The 3 Jobs Of A Good Speech Title

    drjim
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Better The Title, The Better The Speech Image Credit: hobvias sudoneighm Potentially before you even get up before your next audience, despite the importance of public speaking, they will have made up their minds as to if they want to spend any time listening to what you have to say. I know that this sounds dreadfully unfair; however, that’s just the way that life is. Your audience will have reached their conclusion when they learned what the title of your speech is. Perhaps we should spend some time talking about how to create great speech titles. 3 Things That Your Speech Title…
  • The Power Of Being Able To Tell A Really Good Story

    drjim
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    A well told story can transform a speechImage Credit: Jim Pennucci The ultimate goal for any of the speeches that we give is to have them be remembered. The real challenge for all of us is to find ways to leverage the importance of public speaking and make this happen. The good news is that there is a simple, time-tested method that can transform a ho-hum speech into one that will be able to be recalled long after you are done talking. What is this secret technique you ask? Simple: it’s storytelling. Invitation When you decide to include a story in your next speech, you are going to…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Cruz is aiming at the wrong RepublicansCruz is aiming at the wrong Republicans

    George F. Will
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory. Read full article >>
  • Remembrance of Clintons past

    George F. Will
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America’s regulatory and redistributive state, is eager to give her its presidential nomination, in recognition of . . . what?Read full article >>
  • How income inequality benefits everybody

    George F. Will
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.Read full article >>
  • Social inequality’s deepening roots

    George F. Will
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains: Increasing numbers of women “are adopting dogs for security and/or companionship,” partly because of “the great education divide.”Read full article >>
  • Kasich waits in the wings

    George F. Will
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    COLUMBUS, OhioIdeas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself mid-sentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest. Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 289 TPS The Best Icebreaker Interview Questions

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As an interviewer, you can learn a lot about a candidate by asking icebreaker questions. But beyond commenting on the weather, you can actually use icebreakers to gauge the qualifications of the candidate even before you discuss their work experience. The Public Speaker shares her top 4 icebreaker interview questions. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1D7LZXv
  • 206 TPS Why You Hate Your Voice

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When you hear your voice on playback, it's usually higher-pitched and thinner than what you expected. The Public Speaker explains why this is and why it's ok.
  • 288 TPS What Is Your DISC Style?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you know what drives you? What holds you back? What are your roadblocks to achieving the results and successes you desire in your career? To find out, take the free DISC communication style assessment right now! Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/18OsfKA
  • 287 TPS 3 Tips to Avoid Mispronouncing Names

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    John Travolta and Neil Patrick Harris are both guilty of mispronouncing names at the 2015 Oscars. The Public Speaker offers advice on how to avoid mispronouncing names and how to handle it if you make a mistake. Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/1zWNobm
  • 286 TPS How to Apologize (and Be Forgiven)

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    After an internet firestorm, E! News host Giuliana Rancic apologized to actress Zendaya Coleman for her "patchouli...or weed" comment. Was her apology effective? The Public Speaker explains the essential elements of a sincere apology. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1zmO7T3
 
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    Power Presentations

  • Two Presentation Lessons from Ted Cruz

    Jerry Weissman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made headlines last week by becoming the first Republican candidate to formally announce his intent to run for president in 2016. In a carefully-orchestrated event at Liberty University, a Baptist school in Virginia, Mr. Cruz pulled out all the production and rhetorical stops in a rousing speech that the Washington Post said, “had the feel of a sermon at a megachurch, with the candidate wearing a wireless microphone and walking around a stage while delivering his remarks.” The event drew extensive coverage in the media, accompanied by the usual criticisms or…
  • Netanyahu and Rhetoric

    Jerry Weissman
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Love Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or hate him—and given the political firestorm he has generated in the past month, there are very few people who feel any other way—he is, although polarizing, quite the rhetorician. In his first major triumph in 1996, he overcame a six-point deficit in the public opinion polls by besting Shimon Peres, his incumbent opponent, in a televised debate to win the first of his four terms as prime minister—very much as, 36 years before that, underdog John F. Kennedy bested virtual incumbent Richard Nixon in their televised debate to win the U.S.
  • The Year’s Most Tasteless Attempt at Humor

    Jerry Weissman
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    The hot topic of Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations has drawn acres of commentary, among them a piece in last week’s Huffington Post by Robert Kuttner, a distinguished writer who, according to his website “is the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, a professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School…and continues to write columns in The Boston Globe.” Professor Kuttner also has the distinction of having written this year’s most tasteless attempt at humor. In his piece, he wrote: I can imagine a 1968 scenario, with the following analogies. Hillary…
  • Why Chegg Stock Popped 30%

    Jerry Weissman
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    In a prior Forbes blog, I cited venture capitalist Vinod Khosla’s cardinal caution about presentations: “Message sent is not the same as message received.” Another way to think about this is that no matter how compelling your story is, if you don’t package it properly for your audience, you’re materially limiting your ability to tell that story. Chegg, the online learning platform for students, whose stock has declined and underperformed for most of their first year as a public company, jumped 30% after its earnings call with analysts last month. This jump was enabled by the…
  • Scott Walker and the Gotcha Question

    Jerry Weissman
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Governor Scott Walker (R-Wis.) got caught up in the wake of the dust storm kicked up when former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking at a private dinner in New York featuring Mr. Walker, said, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America…He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” Mr. Giuliani then found himself having to explain, defend, and clarify his statement to the media, including an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in which his opening…
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    Speak Without Interruption

  • Benefits of Stainless Steel Passivation (Guest Post)

    Bob Grant - Editor
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you work in an industry that utilizes metal parts, or requires the use of metal parts that are in good condition, you know that rust, scratches on metal, and other blemishes can cause serious issues when it comes to functionality. If you think that a damaged part means needing to replace the part, [...]
  • Top 5 questions you must include in your staff feedback survey

    William Taylor
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    An employee survey is one of the most useful and dangerous tools available to management. A questionnaire done well will encourage and motivate staff. It will allow the building of team goals and engage your staff. This encourages loyalty and happiness. If there is no feedback from the survey, employees will become disheartened. It [...]
  • 44 YEARS OF “PRIDE”

    timbryce
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON TECHNOLOGY - and the lessons we have learned. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. It is anniversary time once again. Our company is celebrating our 44th year. We were originally founded as M. Bryce & Associates, Inc. (MBA) [...]
  • 5 Home Improvement Scams to Watch Out For

    LarryAlton
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Spring is here, and in the US the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is already warning homeowners to beware of scams. As the weather breaks and more people start their repair and home improvement projects, the Bureau starts to see an uptick (by nearly half) in inquiries after  roofers, painters, landscapers and other [...]
  • TWO SISTERS TALKING MAGIC ON A TRAIN

    Minnette Coleman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Poet and novelist, artist and actress, professor and activist. Six professions held by two sisters talking for eight hours on the magic of what they do, the magic of their lives and the magic of coming together for the first time. On Amtrak’s Carolinian headed North, Professor Carolyn Beard Whitlow and I bounded over [...]
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    30 Mar 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. Read about the perils of fat talk. Did you miss? weekly speaker toolkitBrought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Thought Leaders: Be A Contrarian, Get 12,215 Comments

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm
    'Management thought leader, Peter Drucker, was a genius. But his ideas probably wouldn't have attracted the huge following of corporate executives had he not been shrewd about how to get attention. One major technique for Drucker was being a contrarian. It was titled, "Sell the Mailroom." Already it has generated 12,215 comments.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Experiences from the presentation trenches

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    'I gave 2 presentations in the last month and thought I’d share my experiences. live presentation. gave a live presentation at a marketing conference/workshop. 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. thought that was pretty good!Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • "Mad Men" Spinoff - We Need To Follow Peggy Olson

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    'We can't just let go of "Mad Men," after it wraps up its final season. So, just as with "Breaking Bad," which we also couldn't let go of, we will likely push for and get a spinoff. Some think that spinoff should focus on Sally Draper. Here is one opinion on that from Mashable. The fix rarely held.  He is Everyman.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Thought Leadership - Generation Z Wants To Meet You In Person & You'll Like Them

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    'Members of Generation Z might bring us all together. And that will be soon since the oldest of this group will be out of college in three years and out in the world. In The New York Times , Alexandra Levit explains that this generation has all the tech savvy of the Millennials and then some. Yes, Generation Z is listening. It still does.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
 
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    Les Posen's Presentation Magic

  • More ways to bring text into Keynote – using handwritten annotations to bring spontaneity and engagement to your presentations

    lesposen
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Last week I showed you some advanced text rendering options for Apple’s Keynote presentation software. Following the first part of a two-part workshop for psychologists, conducted this past weekend, I wanted to show how one can bring in hand-written text appropriately onto a Keynote slide so as to keep the presentation spontaneous and engaging. In this case, I was introducing colleagues to how the iPad could be utilised in practice, and started with how Steve Jobs introduced this “magical device” in January, 2010, to see it initially panned by its critics, then become the…
  • Last week’s Apple ResearchKit introduction with SVP Jeff Williams – using Keynote’s “cube” builds to bring text on and off a slide effectively

    lesposen
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    A little preamble (Forshpeiz) Each Apple keynote, such as the one delivered last week showing new MacBooks and the AppleWatch, brings with it much excitement and anticipation from a variety of audiences. Tim Cook, as the Ringleader corralling the variety of speakers – some from within Apple, others from associated companies displaying their wares – likely has the final say over the form of the keynote, having perhaps learnt at the feet of keynotemeister, Steve Jobs. I don’t think it’s my imagination but I do believe since he began this central role some keynotes ago…
  • Emulating Apple’s Healthkit dual gradient design meme in Keynote – a video walkthrough for those wishing to learn more about Keynote

    lesposen
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    We’re currently in the throes of Apple changing the look and feel of its operating systems. iOS 8 has just been released, revealing the influence of Apple Senior VP Jony Ive in bringing a flatter look. Yosemite is around the corner and it too will show a quite different feel from the desktop operating systems of the past few years. When Apple makes these large scale changes, it introduces design memes which are often copied. Witness the original Bondi Blue iMac of 1998, and how it changed not just Apple’s design standards, but that of many other technologies, bringing…
  • Apple gives us some great transitions in its Keynote presentation software – but is there a way to add more? Yes, there is!

    lesposen
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    In January 2003, when Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s presentation software, Keynote, at Macworld, he emphasised its “cinematic” qualities. By this he meant its adroitness using high quality images, text and transitions between slides. His presentation at Macworld elicited many “Ooohs” and “Ahhhs” when he demonstrated cube and dissolve transition, something the dominant platform of its day – Microsoft’s Powerpoint – could not perform with such slickness. Jobs then elicited many cheers when he announced the $99 Keynote would be given…
  • Think including a TED talk video can enhance your Powerpoint or Keynote presentation? Think again and think like a magician

    lesposen
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Last month, June 2014, I was part of a nationwide travelling convention intended to bring high school teachers up to date with the field of Positive Psychology and what it can offer students. This year its organisers wanted to pay particular attention to the place of Technologies in mental health, and so I was tapped to offer a series of talks as well as presentation skills workshops. The talks were part of a seminar featuring how to best understand how current and imminent technologies have a role to play in mental health in schools. The presentation skills effort was a one hour talk,…
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • 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…
  • Handouts for data-heavy presentations

    Ellen Finkelstein
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it. While I do think that presenters sometimes dump more than necessary on their audience, consider this scenario. The setting You’re a market research associate. A product marketing manager asks you to research demographics for people in the United States who read email on their phone, tablet, PC and anything else. In other words, something like this: In the Northeast, how many boys aged 13-17 read email on their phone, tablet, PC, other? How many girls? And the same for 18-24, 25-29,…
  • Don’t use placeholders for images, unless…

    Ellen Finkelstein
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    I was working on a client’s presentation and she used content placeholders for all of her pictures.  She would click the Picture icon in the content placeholder to insert the image. Then she would resize and move the placeholder to get the result she wanted because the placeholder was never the right size. But whenever I reset the layout, PowerPoint would do weird things with the image, resizing it or moving it. I talk about resetting a slide’s layout in this post, “Resetting a slide: A quick fix for awful slides.” Part of the reason for the constant resizing has to…
  • Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

    Ellen Finkelstein
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. There are other possible variations, such as a light border, but dark is more common. Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. Can you see how the vignette effect intensifies the center of the photo and therefore makes the man’s dismay feel more powerful? You can create a vignette effect in a few ways in PowerPoint but here is an easy technique. Insert a rectangle over the image. Right-click and choose Format Shape. In…
  • Create a table from Excel data in PowerPoint

    Ellen Finkelstein
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Recently, a subscriber asked me about how to put a table of data from Excel on a slide. You can do this in a couple of ways. First, think about whether the data will be readable if it will be projected on a screen. Also consider whether the data lends itself to a graph, because graphs can be easier to understand. If you have too much data to fit on a slide, here are 2 options: Divide it up onto multiple slides Provide it as a handout, either printed or electronic Copy into a PowerPoint table PowerPoint’s tables offer you lots of options for design and layout. If you want the table to…
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    slidecoaching.com

  • 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…
  • “Presenting with Power” ebook is ready

    Alessandra Cimatti
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    How to Plan and Prepare Awesome Presentations – 80 Top Experts share their secrets. I was honored this year to be asked to contribute to this ebook, along with many top experts in the fields of public speaking and presentations. Here is the first section which has been publshed on Slideshare: My contribution is in the second section of the ebook, on page 43.  It is titled “Make it personal and real: use proper names“. You can request the full ebook (111 pages long)  by accessing this opt-in form on the ClearSlide page.
  • How long would it take your design agency to build a PowerPoint deck?

    Alessandra Cimatti
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    The simple answer to this question is: it depends. Le me explain by sharing some of the questions I ask people who get in touch with me for presentation assistance: What sort of material are you supplying? draft presentation deck, with photographs draft presentation, text only draft outline draft storyboard on paper Excel data to create effective charts only an idea or a message that you want to communicate a corporate branding document some presentations that you like to guide the design choices Do you want help in developing an effective structure and content as well, or are you just…
 
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    all about presentations

  • Free Photos for your Presentations

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Here are 3 cool websites which allow you to download high quality images and use it for anything. No need to link back to the site.Pixabay (the best)Startup Stock PhotosUnsplashPixabay is a cool site which has high resolution photos and illustrations and icons.Check out more sites which allow downloads here. Do read the license or terms before downloading from any such website.
  • Importance of Telling a Story in Presentations

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    This is a guest post by Jessica. She has written a post before as well.It takes a lot of effort to create a presentation that captures the attention of your audience and makes them stay with you until the end of it. One of the most effective ways to connect with your audience while making a presentation is by telling them a story through it.Why tell a story?Who doesn't like a good story? Be it in the form of a good book, a movie or even your friends sharing anecdotes; as humans, we relate to stories more than we do to mere numbers. Research says that evolution has wired us to pay more…
  • The Graphic Equalizer Approach to Slide Makeover

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    www.pixabay.comYour slides are important to your presentation. Good looking slides create a good impression on your audience. You are ready with your slides and you have some time. I suggest you use our Graphic Equalizer approach and enhance the look of your slides immediately. It is a slide makeover technique to instantly make your slides more impactful.Words: Reduce the number of words from your slide. This is the most difficult job and you need to force yourself to do this. Can you replace all the words with an image? Can you convert the text to a SmartArt diagram / info graphic?
  • 5 Presentation Lessons from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an interesting comic satire on HBO. The show and its anchor have some very good lessons for all presenters. If you have never watched Last Week Tonight, see this episode first. Most episodes on YouTube are 10 to 15 minutes long.Let us break down this 11 minute video.Part 1 (Introduction): In the first minute he talks about Halloween and then introduces the topic sugar.Lots of humor at the start. The show was just a few days before Halloween.Part 2 (Making people care): Now comes the serious stuff. Why should we care about this topic (sugar)? Because…
  • How to present at a management fest?

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Management fests in colleges are quite common. I happened to be a judge at a fest last week. It was in St. Stephens College, Hyderabad and the contest was called 'Pitch Perfect'. 9 teams from all over India were given a topic and given an hour to prepare. They had to come and present their suggestions (a PPT) in 5 minutes. A tough task for various reasons:1. Limited time to prepare2. Limited time to presentImpressing the judges was the toughest job. As a judge, I realised, after a PPT ended I was hardly able to recall what the team had spoken about. I could remember just 2 to 3 things. After…
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  • March Madness and the World Championship of Public Speaking

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    I just finished sweeping my Area Contest last Friday night, both Table Topics and International Speech, as I make yet another run at a third District Trophy in Topics, and hopefully, finally, a 1st place trophy at the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS).Similarly (or not), Duke, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Michigan State all won their Elite Eight games to send them into next weekends Final Four in the NCAA Basketball National (USA) Championships, where one of them will end up winning it all, and be considered the best team in the country, out of a couple hundred overall, and 68 who…
  • Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt I: Speechwriting in Reverse

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I don't know what to write!You'll have to Google James Caan/Misery to find out what he's actually typing...A common malady among writers, it is a shared obstacle between writers of prose and writers of oratory. It's a complain I hear from all kinds of speakers, whether they're writing a keynote, a business presentation, or their next Toastmasters speech.I totally get it. I hated writing down speeches, even though I enjoy writing. I went through many of my early years just speaking off the cuff off of a brief outline, or nothing beyond my own mental notes. And I did ok. I actually did pretty…
  • Levels of Credibility & the Big Lie for Speakers

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Credibility - it's a quality every speaker must have. Credibility can help us believe in ourselves.Credibility can help other believe in us.The fear of not having Credibility can stop us from speaking altogether.Are you Credible? Take a look at this list of Levels of Credibility and decide for yourself - because if you don't believe you're credible, it doesn't even matter if others DO.Levels of Credibility1. Celebrity Credibility - You've walked the walk. Up Mt. Everest, on the Moon. You've won the trophy, you've held the office, you've earned the money. You're famous, or just infamous.
  • Nobody Cares About You!

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Believe it or not, it's true - not single person in your audience gives a whit about you. You and your story. You and your success. You and your obstacles. You and your genius.Even if your mom, spouse, or children are in the audience - they don't care about you either.Humans are a egotistical lot. There's an old saying - 'your favorite word is your own name' - even if you don't like your name, when you hear it, you immediately come to attention. Heck, with six kids, if I just hear the word 'Dad' in any space I'm in, I start looking around!We may like you. We may even want to hear you tell us…
  • A Triumphant Return?

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    After coming home from the International Conference in August, I haven't done much speaking. In fact, other than a couple of 5-7 minute speeches in my home club toward the end of the year, I've really done NONE.Over the weekend, I was an educational presenter for my District's TLI - Toastmasters Leadership Institute, and gave a 45 minute session (Unlock Your Keynote) designed to help TMs who want to get their message out to the world in a longer format. Twice, in fact. Once in Denver, then that afternoon in Colorado Springs.Returning to the stage was extremely satisfying for me. I was glad,…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 199) – Jackie Robinson

    John Zimmer
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” — Jackie RobinsonFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Analysis of a Speech by Monica Lewinsky

    John Zimmer
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    In 1998, news of a sexual scandal involving President Bill Clinton broke and spread around the world like wildfire. Clinton was accused of having lied about an affair that he had with a young intern named Monica Lewinsky. The affair and … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 198) – Robert McKee

    John Zimmer
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” — Robert McKee Photo courtesy of John Hyams Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers, Stories and Storytelling
  • Nine photo composition tips for your slides

    John Zimmer
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, Steve McCurry’s work speaks volumes. With a career that has spanned more than 30 years, McCurry is widely considered one of the icons of contemporary photography. The galleries on his website are … Continue reading →
  • Rhetorical Devices: Tricolon

    John Zimmer
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Tricolon Origin: From the Greek τρία (tria), meaning “three” and κῶλον (kôlon), meaning “member” or “clause”. In plain English: A … Continue reading →
 
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    Interruption Management

  • More, and Shorter, Meetings

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    As reported in Meetings & Conventions: "Requests for meeting proposals are now exceeding pre-recession levels."
  • A Blizzard of Catalogs, Still

    21 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    In this age of high-speed Internet connections and smart phones, catalog companies in the U.S. annually mail more than 20 billion catalogs, consuming nearly four million tons of paper. The quality as well as availability of recycled paper has improved, but too many f catalogers, among them the top names in the industry, still use virgin paper. What a waste, for everyone and everything.
  • Multi-tasking: The Ultimate Interruption

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    “There’s substantial literature on how the brain handles multi-tasking. And basically, it doesn’t … what’s really going on is a rather than simultaneous processing,” concludes Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
  • More Tasks, More Distractions

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    "Technology reduces the amount of time it takes to do any one task but also leads to the expansion of tasks that people are expected to do." – Juliet Schor
  • Major Disruption: A Hacked Password

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    Using any of the 25 most popular passwords of 2014 is highly risky. A hacked password equals no breathing space. Instead make up something more complex, with random letters and numbers, such as ij6ko40d1. Or use an acronym and numbers known only to you, such a mwdSin12 ("my wonderful dog Skippy is now 12").These are a hackers delight:      1. 123456 (Rank unchanged from 2013)      2. password (Unchanged)      3. 12345 (Up 17)      4. 12345678 (Down 1)      5. qwerty (Down…
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  • How Self-Discipline will make you a Better Leader

    Conor Neill
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Self-discipline is the foundational habit that makes all other good habits possible. Self Discipline What is self discipline? It is the ability to do a chosen action even when you don’t feel like it. Anyone can do the action when they feel like it.  It is the ability to do it when you don’t feel like it that really marks the difference between having a large positive impact in the world or just dribbling away all your days. A peaceful picture of a bench, a tree and some tranquil water. Seems appropriate. All habits are developed by repetition. If you repeat something bad for…
  • Life is not Hard, it is easy

    Conor Neill
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Life is not hard, it is easy.  That is the problem. Why do we stop chasing our dreams? Because it is so easy to wake up, do the minimum, eat, sleep and repeat. Meet someone, bring up kids, drift and die… It is easy to live. That is the curse. It is easy to look at a dream as something far off in the future, a thing. It is also a verb, it has to be chased.  A dream is all the steps. This is a wake up call.  We are all dying, but if you are not chasing your dream, you are already dead. I’m dying to….. Most people didn’t know what to write.  We let people off the hook…
  • How to Build Credibility

    Conor Neill
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    The Myth of Mad, Mad Cassandra Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan (1898, London); Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy at the peak of her insanity. Cassandra lived in the time of greek myth, before we put numbers to the years.  She was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of the city of Troy.  She was a strong willed, beautiful red head.  Her beauty was so great that she is considered the second most beautiful woman of all greek pre-history.  (who was the most beautiful? *answer is at the end of this post)  My own daughter’s name is a variant of Cassandra (Alexandra).
  • Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.

    Conor Neill
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Will Smith (photo from Esquire)Reading an interview with Will Smith (he is deep and a keen observer of the human condition), I came across this statement from him: “Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.” Will Smith Harsh. Brutal. but… is it True? I think he’s right.  Verne Harnish thinks he’s right – he says “How you do anything is how you do everything” And Will on Resilience… “Don’t let success go to your head and failure go to your heart”? Daphne…
  • “What is the hardest thing that you ever had to work for?”

    Conor Neill
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    This is a request for your experience.  I want your help. Yesterday, I came across an interview with Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking on the blog of Paul Sohn: How to Speak Like a World Champion of Public Speaking. Ryan Avery. At age 25, Ryan is the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history. He currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Special Olympics Oregon. The question that really struck me and has left me deep in thought for the last 24 hours is this: “What is the hardest thing that you ever had to work for?” Ryan said that a…
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  • 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…
  • Drill down.  Dig deep.  Zoom in.

    sims
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Persuading someone to buy a commodity requires a microscope. Let me explain. Suppose you sell pencils.  Your buyer sees your pencil as a commodity because it lookslike every other pencil he’s ever seen. But that’s because he’s not a pencil specialist.  He’s looking at your product from a distance, through binoculars.  He can’t see the deep down goodness of your pencil.  He can’t see all its features. You sell a commodity, not on price or on benefits, but on features—tiny, microscopic features that the buyer doesn’t know about and can’t see until you show…
  • Put Power Point to Work for You

    sims
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    When you need to use powerpoint slides, keep it simple, and use images to help you tell a story. Often, clients ask me to help them knit together a talk with some slides. Once, I was asked to develop a presentation to introduce a major Human Resources initiative across a global company. When I arrived, the client had close to 50 bullet powerpoint slides.  When I left this morning, he had eleven slides, and not one bullet point in sight. I think what made the difference was moving away from informing the audience about the details of the program, and instead moving toward defining the problem…
  • How Not to Bore an Audience (3 of 3)

    sims
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    We’re winding up our series on how to keep your listeners attentive, keep yourself energetic, and make the most of your time in the spotlight. We’ve covered 6 tips in our first two parts. Here’s the last 4: 7. Get Ready for Prime Time Rehearse. An audience doesn’t want to see you struggling to say what’s on your mind. They’ve come for a show, an organized presentation of thought. Know your lines: your opening line, headlines, bottom line, and story lines. Being prepared will help you come across in a conversational manner, too. We all need to learn how to rehearse…
  • How Not to Bore an Audience (2 of 3)

    sims
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    Remember, your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone, “He Made His Point, and Bored Them Less.” To accomplish this lifetime achievement, review part 1 for our first 3 tips: Ditch the slides, Stuff the Bag, and Begin, Be Brief, Be Seated. Then, dig in. 4. So, How to Begin? Begin with the pitch, not with the windup! Any communication that you are willing to pay for begins effectively. Newspaper articles begin with a headline. News broadcasts begin with a teaser. Your job at the beginning of a talk is to capture attention and convince your audience that…
 
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  • Three classic questions

    John
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Dwight Eisenhower, the famous World War II general who would later become president of the United States, used to say that in battle he found plans to be useless, but that planning was indispensable. I could make a similar observation about writing a blog, at least in my case. At any point in time, I find it useful to plan things out in my head, but it is more for the thought process than for the plan itself.  So, every now and then I like to sit down and plot out my direction for the weeks or months ahead, even knowing full well that there is a good chance I will not stick to it.
  • The art of reframing any type of work

    John
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    When we have a certain framework running around in our heads, it tends to shape the way we look at just about everything. As will come as no surprise to anyone who has been reading this blog, one of the frameworks in my mind these days has to do with seeing the work of the entire world on three levels. When I watch someone laboring at anything, I cannot help but observe the clues that help discern whether the individual’s mindset is that of a stone breaker, a wall maker, or a cathedral builder.  Even in my leisure time, I seem to ask myself this type of question although I am not at…
  • Crafting stories of purpose

    John
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    In the last post, we ended with the thought that any kind of work can be reframed, placed in a context that helps participants view it with a heightened sense of importance and purpose.  Of course, it would be naive to think that every type of job can be turned into a “save the world” or even a “building a cathedral” type of task. Many of the functions in our organizations simply lack the potential and scope to impact the world on a grand scale.   Nevertheless, my contention is that it is not at all unrealistic to think that we can reframe a job to imbue it with higher levels…
  • Stories of purpose

    John
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    We ended last time with the notion that managers should take the time to think about “building their own cathedral stories”. My work and study of the past two decades have shown me that the most effective managers are able to create narratives that inspire their team members—even those who perform the most mundane and tedious of tasks, such as breaking rocks in a field.   In the example of the cathedral, it is the story in the worker’s mind, a vision of contributing to a noteworthy and enduring endeavor, that allows a man breaking the rocks to see, and to believe in, the broader…
  • Narratives of engagement

    John
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    In the mid 1980s, I read Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue, the book that started me thinking about the power of narrative and how one could use it in a business context. What struck me most was MacIntyre’s assertion that an individual’s views of self, sense of worth, and sense of what matters in life comes above all else from answering the question, “Of what stories do I find myself a part?”  For me, it was a moment of revelation, what some people call an “Aha moment”; I thought, of course that is true. The collection of stories in which we participate make up our lives.
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  • Healthy Holi

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
  • 5 ways to Get Noticed and Staying “Visible” at Work

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Do you sometimes feel that your hard work is “invisible”? Perhaps you do such good work on a regular basis that your manager takes you for granted. Perhaps, because of this, you’re no longer recognized and rewarded for your efforts, as you once were. Why Work on Getting Noticed? You might be the hardest worker in your organization, and the one everyone wants on their team – but if you’re not in people’s thoughts, then you’ll be passed up for new projects, additional responsibilities, awards, and promotions. That’s why you need to be visible at work!
  • Tips to help your child cope exam stress

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    From a young age, children are encouraged to think that exams are supremely important and off-late, these exams are becoming quite competitive. In such a situation, when exam stress becomes too much, children tend to crumble. There are cases when children have attempted and even succeeded at suicide because their exam related stress went unnoticed. However, with the help of some counselling and parental role in handling stress, children can certainly be helped. Since parents have a greater one-on-one opportunity with children, they will be able to deal with exam stress better. They can help…
  • Become Better

    Vijay Batra
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    There is a beautiful anecdote about a Horse race. In the horse race, the horse owners would have their horses participate in the horse race and the best horses would get cash awards. In the race, a Donkey’s owner would also participate, but since the donkey was slow compared to the horses, the Donkey would always come in last and that to by a big margin. The organisers to dissuade the Donkey’s owner to participate would penalize the owner. This happened three years in a row. After the third loss, the organiser pulled aside the donkey’s owner and asked him why do you keep participating…
  • Arunima Sinha

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Arunima Sinha (born 1988) was the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She was also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. Sinha, a former national volleyball and football player,boarded the Padmavat Express train at Lucknow for Delhi on 11 April 2011, to take an examination to join the CISF. She was pushed out of a general coach of the train by thieves wanting to snatch her bag and gold chain. Immediately, as she fell on the railway track, another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee. She was rushed to the hospitai with serious leg and pelvic injuries,…
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  • 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…
  • 5 Minors That Compliment a Communication Major

    Chase Fleming
    24 Jan 2013 | 7:22 am
    With a communication degree from an accredited, respected university, you’ll have access to a tremendous number of job opportunities and internships. However, minors can also play a significant role in your career options (or lack thereof). While minors are optional, they’re well worth your consideration. Here are five minors that work well with a communication major. Spanish Bilingualism is a major asset in many careers. As Spanish is the second most common language in the United States — 37 million Americans speak Spanish as a primary language according to the United States…
 
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • 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…
  • Jeremy Clarkson only had one verbal trick – it works

    Jim Harvey
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Jeremy seeing that his bright future is all behind him now The soon to be forgotten Jeremy Clarkson has built his career out of this single skill. No, not bullying, whingeing and feeling sorry for himself after behaving appallingly to producers, fellow journalists, wives, foreigners, and anyone who didn’t attend a public school (Chavs, I think, is the word he uses to describe most of the rest of the UK).  But metaphor. Metaphor is a fundamental tool of the English language. Without it, meaning would suffer because we would be left with flat description not vivid pictures in words. A…
  • Jim Harvey’s Presenting Podcast – stand out from the crowd every time you stand up to speak

    Jim Harvey
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    We’ve helped the likes of Ford, Porsche, JP Morgan, State Street, JC Decaux, Mercer, Mitsubishi and many other brilliant businesses sell their ideas, their products and their services effectively over 25 years, all over the world.  Learn our simple approach to storytelling and speaking to maximum effect, and see how much of our thinking has been adopted and used by the very best speakers, whenever they want to change the world. See here for an insight into our thinking, and to subscribe to our regular blogposts. We’d love to have you as a follower and a friend and if…
  • Pitching for Business – The perfect pitch?

    Jim Harvey
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:44 am
    Even the most sophisticated pitches, should have that desire to sell as the focus. We want to sell our products and services for cash. We have an opportunity, an audience and we almost always have competition. The overtness of the ‘selling’ might be more muted and more careful, depending on your business, but it’s a sale you’re after still, isn’t it? So why is pitching for business a dark art?  Isn’t it obvious what we all have to do, to do well? In my experience the answer is ‘no’.  Most people don’t really know what to do. So we spend lots of our…
  • Should presenters use laser pointers? – Explained.

    Jim Harvey
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    In a previous post, I asked the question; ‘Should a presenter ever use a laser pointer?’ The answer’s ‘no’, and the reasons are simple. The audience doesn’t need you to be flashing a potentially harmful shaft of intense, coloured light, over their heads and shakily swishing it round a complex and (usually) spectacularly unhelpful visual aid.  Even cats find them irritating and the RSPCA has outlawed teasing our feline friends with them as they can cause seizures. The children soon got used to Mrs Robinson’s cavalier use of the laser pointer…
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  • Rhetoric Made Easy – Bringing Back the Magic

    Peter
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    2000 years ago our Greek and Roman presenter-ancestors left us an awesome inheritance — the formulae for magic. They left us scrolls and manuscripts full of magical word-spells. Spells that help us to bond with an audience. Spells that create indelible soundbites. Spells that let us influence an audience’s perceptions of scale and logic and argument. And those spells have always been there for the taking! We know them in today’s world as “rhetoric”. The snag? 2000 years of dust, detours and occasionally deliberate destruction had turned rhetoric into a tangled mess of…
  • Speaking tips from Taylor Swift

    Peter
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    Photo credit: Sarah Barlow / Billboard.com Taylor Swift’s new album ‘1989’ contains three ideas to stir-up your writing and your speaking. Listen to the songs and you’ll notice that Swift doesn’t just sing those lyrics – she acts them. There are nuances and inflections that she milks with the precision of an actress. That scope for drama, and irony, and occasional comedy tells us there are things going on inside the words of the songs that are worth a closer look. Swift uses metaphor and simile but what makes her lyrics interesting are three unusual techniques designed to make…
  • Amplification rhetoric. Getting words to go LARGE!

    Peter
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    by Peter Watts Paskale Scale, as any filmmaker will tell you, is all about the optics. And good storytelling, as any thriller-writer will tell you, is all about scale. Treating words like camera-lenses and arranging them in a specific sequence plays directly with an audience’s perception of size. Whether you want the audience to perceive something as being bigger or smaller, the ability to manipulate perceived scale is as much a part of the presenter’s arsenal as it is the filmmaker’s. Picture the scene. It’s bedtime, and your children are eager for a story. Which description of the…
  • How to do Chiasmus

    Peter
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    by Peter Paskale “It’s not the men in your life that matters, it’s the life in your men“ One of Mae West’s celebrated phrases. Along with “Come up and see me some time“, to read these words is to hear the sinuous drawl in which they were delivered. West was a Queen of the soundbite. She was also a Queen of chiasmus — a little rhetorical device that adds style to any presentation or piece of writing. Mae West isn’t alone in her crush on chiasmus. Take a look at these: With my mind on my money and my money on my mind I have taken more out of…
  • Why Giving a Thanksgiving Toast is Like the Macy’s Parade

    Peter
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    by Peter Paskale Thanksgiving morning, and if you’re lucky enough not to be in the kitchen wrestling a turkey, then maybe you’re reclined in front of the TV and watching the floats glide down 6th Avenue. Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely American holidays. The day is heartwarming and kind. It’s a day when we eat and drink and watch old favorite movies and cheer in front of afternoon football. It’s a day when we come together as friends and families to celebrate, and to enjoy happy traditions. One of those traditions however, is the Thanksgiving toast, and for the family…
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    Communication Skills Power Blog

  • 10 Funny Conversation Starters for Every Situation

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    Meeting new people can be very enjoyable when you have something funny to say, humour is a great ice breaker that can make people warm to you and keen to get to know you. In this slide show I show you 10 funny conversation starters you can use to get people talking. Deliver these lines with energy and enthusiasm and you’ll find that people are open to responding in a light hearted way. 10 Funny Conversation Starters for Every Situation from Peter W. Murphy
  • How to Speak with Clarity and Confidence

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    This is a great video featuring Matt Abrahams a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Matt teaches strategic communication with an emphasis on practical skills you can apply in any context. Watch this video and learn how to be more spontaneous in conversation with friends or colleagues and how to be more confident when it’s time to ensure your voice is heard.
  • 10 Simple Ways to Keep a Conversation Going

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Many people worry about how to approach people and start a conversation while others are more concerned about how to keep the conversation going. For that reason I have prepared a short slide show that shows you 10 effective ways to ensure you don’t get stuck for words. Getting to know people can be fun, interesting and something to look forward to. Watch this slide show to see why this can be true for you. 10 Simple Ways to Keep a Conversation Going from Peter W. Murphy
  • The 7 Must See Videos on How to Make Small Talk

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Small talk can often seem difficult and a chore but it doesn’t have to be like that. Watch these 7 videos I selected for you and learn how to enjoy small talk while getting much better at it. 1 Minister Faust – How to Engage in Better Small Talk 2 Jeffrey Benjamin – The Art of Small Talk 3 Debra Fine – The Fine Art of Small Talk 4 Michaela Chung – Small Talk Hacks for Introverts 5 Philipa Perry – The Beauty of Small Talk 6 Entrepreneur Channel – Nothing to Say? Here’s How You Can Make Small Talk 7 Art of Manliness – How to Make Small Talk…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Gain Confidence and Boost Self Esteem

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Did you know there are at least 5 great ways to be more confident and to have higher self esteem? When you have more confidence and greater self esteem you’ll be more at ease meeting people, you’ll be more comfortable making conversation and you’ll find that people are more interested in getting to know you. Watch this short slide show to learn 5 ways to build self-confidence and boost self esteem. You can start using these simple but effective tips today. 5 Simple Ways to Gain Confidence and Boost Self Esteem from Peter W. Murphy
 
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • Speakers: How to Build Trust and Influence With Videos – Podcast 39

    Eamonn O'Brien
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    The age of virtual speaking or presentations is upon us and it’s changing the rules when it comes to winning attention and trust from your target audiences.Advances in the quality and range of what’s possible with Skype, Hangouts on Air, Tele-seminars, Video Messaging, Pod-casting, etc. have opened up new doors to reach your target audiences. Now you can share your messages with more people, more quickly, and at less cost than ever before..and all without having to bother with planes, trains, or automobiles or spending a fortune on expensive tele-conferencing kit or…
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Creating a Funny Speech – Podcast 38

    Eamonn O'Brien
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    The art of making others laugh when delivering a speech can seem like a tricky business. After all, what makes one audience crack up can solicit blank stares and even groans from another.Of course, there are reasons why it’s fickle and so few people manage to make a serious living out of comedy. It’s an inexact science and can be hard work.As the 19th century Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean is reputed to have said on his deathbed:“Dying is easy; Comedy is difficult”And yet, used well, there are many reasons why it pays to inject humour into your talks. Here’s just a small…
  • Is Your Brand Story Set Up to Succeed? Podcast 37

    Eamonn O'Brien
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    Hand on heart, how would you rate the strength of your brand story?Are you on the top of your game when it comes to positively influencing your target audiences’ perceptions of what you offer and how valuable this is, inspiring customers to buy your product again and again, encouraging customers to rave about what you do to others, and more?Regardless of your company size, your ability to create a compelling, distinct, and memorable brand story can literally be the secret to your success.And the good news is this task doesn’t have to be complicated. As the late advertising guru David…
  • Communication Strategies for Awesome Collaboration Results Revealed – Podcast 36

    Eamonn O'Brien
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Do you use collaborations to help you to grow your business?Whether you’re involved in a business that’s small or large, your capacity to get more things done faster will always be constrained – regardless of your ambitions – by limitations of time, resources, and money available to you.And if you’re a one or a few person band who is overly reliant on what you can do yourself, you will likely find that it’s hard to grow your business beyond a certain point.After all, no matter how smart you are, how valuable what you can do may be, or how hard you work…with just one or a few of…
  • Tips to Boost Your Speaking Impact: How to Create Spur of the Moment Video Content – Podcast 35

    Eamonn O'Brien
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    These days it’s easier than ever to create videos before and after you speak – to help boost interest in what you’ll say, to continue the conversation after you sit down, and more.Armed with a smartphone and a few (inexpensive) accessories, you can literally create engaging, spur of the moment content with minimal fuss and in just a few moments.And speaking of accessories, I took advantage of my fellow professional speaker Lottie Hearn, The Video Coach and Vice President of the Professional Speaking Association Ireland, visiting my office this week to try out one of my new favourites…
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • How to Rebel Against the Status Quo During Your Next Presentation

    Michelle Mazur
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    “Are you ready to rebel against the status quo?” Every time I’m introduced as a speaker those are last words before I go on stage. My audience typically nods yes to this question because they are craving something a little different, but sometimes I scare my audience a bit. You see, the status quo is comfy. It’s easy. It’s safe. And change is hard. It’s risky. It’s unknown. The entrepreneurs and startups that I work with don’t want comfy or easy. They don’t want to be a “me to” speaker recycling the content of those who blazed a path before them. They desire change and a…
  • 3 Steps to FIX the Relationship with your Audience

    Michelle Mazur
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    You’re ready to nail your presentation. You’ve prepped. You’ve practiced. Your presentation is remarkable. The big day has arrived. You’re standing in front of a sea of expectant faces and it’s not going well. You’re seeing scrunched up faces flabbergasted by your every word. Some have checked out all together and are checking into their Facebook feeds. And there’s one guy in the second row who started snoring LOUDLY. What do you do if you’ve taken all the right steps, followed all of my great advice, and still your presentation is BOMBING?
  • Avoid this One Mistake and Take Your Presentation from Hot Mess to Remarkable Success

    Michelle Mazur
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Extra,  extra,  read all about it: high school students call B.S. on motivational speaker. Kash Shaikh gave a speech to Austin high-school students (33% of which are economically disadvantaged) about following your passion without having a plan-B. And boy did those students called bull-shit on Kash and his message. Kash, who is swimming in cash, didn’t have the the cred to tell kids who don’t have money to live their dreams. I’ve advocated before that motivational speaking is a dying and if you want to be a speaker be anything BUT a motivational speaker. But this speaker…well he…
  • Why You’re REALLY Not Landing Speaking Gigs

    Michelle Mazur
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Once a week at Communication Rebel Headquarters, we get an email that goes a little like this: “Dear Michelle: Love your blog. I’m not looking for a speaker coach, but I need help landing speaking gigs. Can you help promote me as a speaker? You can check out my speaking here: www.iamthegreatestspeakerofalltime.com (not a real url) All the best, Anonymous Speaking Peep” No, I don’t do speaker promotion. But I’m always curious to check out the speaker’s webpage. Invariable there is a clip of them speaking. I click with great anticipation, and 30-seconds later I know exactly…
  • Want to Give a Remarkable Presentation? Do this.

    Michelle Mazur
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.”   -Whiplash How much are you willing to push yourself to achieve remarkable? In the movie Whiplash, Terence Fletcher believes his duty as a teacher is to push people past what’s expected of them and into greatness. He’s on the hunt for the next Charlie Parker. He knows that the next big jazz great isn’t going to happen if his students aren’t challenged to do more than they expect from themselves. Fletcher is also an awful human being. Verbally, emotionally, physically abusive. He’s a giant asshole who…
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    SpeakingSherpa

  • 5 Most Popular The Moth Stories By Women

    jdonovan
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    A little while back, I posted an article featuring the “10 Most Popular The Moth Stories of All Time.”  While these talks are entertaining and inspiring, many readers justifiably commented that ten out of ten were male.  By any measure, is that acceptable? The short answer is NO! One way this could happen is if The Moth only featured male speakers.  To figure out if that were the case, I counted the gender of each speaker. Of the 216 videos posted, 37% (80 videos) are of female speakers.  By sheer averages, with all else being equal, one would expect at least three or four of…
  • 2 Outstanding Business Storytelling Videos

    jdonovan
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    1. Summary of the Minto Pyramid Principle by Harrison Metal   2. Summary of Robert McKee’s Storytelling Principles by Harrison Metal    
  • Toastmasters Podcast: How To Deliver A TED Talk

    jdonovan
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to do an interview with Bo Bennett, co-host of the Toastmasters Podcast. Click the image to access the free audio. Click to listen
  • Book Review: Screenwriting – The Sequence Approach (Paul Joseph Gulino)

    jdonovan
    21 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    The premise of this book is that big films are made up of little films called sequences, each lasting 8 to 15 minutes. Each sequence consists of three parts: setup/beginning/situation, development/rising action/complication, and partial resolution.  Each partial resolution creates anticipation as it “opens up new issues, which in turn become the subject of subsequent sequences.” The book explores the following four tools used to build anticipation and or tension:  Telegraphing/Pointing/Advertising: Common examples are appointments and deadlines as well as preparations (ex: packing a…
  • McKinsey Presentation Tips – Gene Zelazny at Wharton

    jdonovan
    20 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    In the Spring of 2001, McKinsey presentation guru Gene Zelazny shared public speaking insights gleaned over his forty-plus year career (video at bottom of post).  Here, I have summarized his very well structured tips:   Prologue: 1. The only thing that matters at the end of your presentation is the answer to the question: Did I accomplish my objective. 2. Nervousness is natural and should be viewed as a sign of respect for your audience.  Accept that you will make mistakes.   I. Define the situation A. Objective: Why are you presenting? What do you reasonably hope to accomplish?
 
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    Business School Presentations

  • The Bad Business Presentation

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyIs there some law, somewhere, that dictates that business presentations must be bad? Given the number of long, dull, pedantic, repetitious, boring, confusing – bad – presentations I see both inside and outside of the business school, I suspect there must be some common law tradition that speaks to the topic. Bad Business Presentations are Everywhere Bad business […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Presentation Practice

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyMost presentation practice is bad, but you avoid this in favor of our Third P:  great  presentation practice that yields a stellar performance. Wait . . . what do you mean that some types of practice are “bad”? How can you possibly say, Professor, that such a thing as “bad presentation practice exists?” Aren’t you pleased that […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Presentation Preparation – The Second P

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyThe right kind of presentation preparation lays the groundwork for spectacular performance. Squeeze the most from your prep time, and try doing it this way . . . Let’s say you are assigned the ToughBolt business case to analyze and to provide your recommendations in a business presentation. Your first task is to prepare the business presentation […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Three Ps for Especially Powerful Presentations

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyIt’s always helpful when the key words that describe your especially powerful presentation all start with the same letter. In this case we speak of the Three Ps of Business Presentations. The “Three Ps of Business Presenting” encompass everything you must do to deliver especially powerful presentations every time. They are, in order . . . […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Stick Puppet Presenting? Upgrade to 3D!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyIf experience is any guide for us, we can say that approximately 90 percent of our business presentations are delivered in 2-D fashion . . . stick-puppet presenting. No, I don’t mean this literally in the sense that people become stick figures. I mean that the typical business presentation is stripped of depth and breadth. Stripped of […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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    BrightCarbon

  • How Learning a Foreign Language Can Improve your Presentation Skills

    Amy Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Most of us have experience with studying a foreign language, may it be from our primary school days or even from college. But did you ever think that studying a foreign language could improve your presentation skills? Well, I’m here to tell you learning a language definitely can have a significant positive impact on your ability to present. When I was in college I made the decision to study Japanese as my foreign language, and it ended up becoming my major as well. When I tell people this I am usually met with curious looks and polite smiles, and in some cases a slightly more aggressive:…
  • PowerPoint 2011 for Mac – Something’s Missing

    Vincent Thompson
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    With the imminent arrival of PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, it got me thinking about PowerPoint for Mac as it currently stands. I recently conducted a PowerPoint training course for a marketing team. There was a twist to how the course normally played out, half of the team were using MacBook’s featuring the latest version of PowerPoint 2011 for mac, the other half were using PowerPoint 2010 on their windows based laptops. This made for a very interesting/challenging day, despite PowerPoint 2011 being released after the equivalent for Windows, there are some major differences and lack of…
  • PowerPoint Triggers: Make Something Happen

    Elizabeth Stodolski
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    If you’ve ever glanced at the BrightCarbon website before, or simply played around in PowerPoint, you will have found that you can add animations to objects within a slide prompted by the click of a mouse. However your curiosity may not have brought you to the deep enough in the animations options to discover the trigger function. Triggers allow you to initiate a sequence of animations by clicking on a specific object rather than a simple mouse click. This can be helpful for de-cluttering a slide or making a presentation more interactive however getting triggers to work practically can be a…
  • Presentation Agency or Marketing Agency?

    Joby Blume
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    A large client of ours recently commissioned their agency of choice to create a huge set of presentations for them. It was a large project, on a tight deadline, and for political reasons the work had to go to their marketing agency. Not to us, their rather smaller presentation agency. The result was a disaster. We really like this client, so there wasn’t even a feeling of schadenfreude. Instead, I think the problems they suffered might serve to inform other companies before making the same mistake. If you want to work with your regular (marketing) agency for presentation design, please…
  • Advanced Typography in PowerPoint: a How-to Guide

    Luke Buckley
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:46 am
    PowerPoint does many things well, but typography isn’t one of them. I’ll walk you step-by-step through techniques to get it to play ball. Be warned – SERIOUSLY advanced PowerPoint functionality follows. Leading (Line spacing) Leading is the technical term for the spaces in-between lines of text, the word originates from the days of manual typesetting when they used a strip of lead to alter the distance between lines of metal type. PowerPoint has a range of line-spacing defaults from 1.0 (single) to 3.0 (multiple x3), unfortunately PowerPoint’s single line-spacing option is often still…
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • [Public Speaking Quotation]

    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
  • [Quick Public Speaking Tip] “Speaking is selling”

    Bronwyn
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:54 am
    “Speaking is selling” It’s an ugly phrase, that. I feel its ugliness. Speaking is pure – a mixture of art and science. Selling – urgh – ugly – involves low-down, dirty manipulation, something that forces its recipients and audiences to put up barriers against trust and hope and good taste – at best a game [...]
  • [Inspiration] Those who win …

    Bronwyn
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
 
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    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.
  • The Dynamic Time Add-In for PowerPoint

    Jonathan Schikowski
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    Customers have asked us many times if there was a device or tool for PowerPoint that can be used to dynamically display time periods during a presentation. To leave no customer unsatisfied, we have designed and developed the “Dynamic Time Add-In.” With the help of our revolutionary tool you can easily show any kind of […] The post The Dynamic Time Add-In for PowerPoint appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 1

    Jonathan Schikowski
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    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.
  • Shop Update on Presentationload

    Alexander Bodenseh
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    We have completely redesigned our online shop to make it more user-friendly and to include a large number of new and innovative products.  The user awaits better performance, a neater design, larger images and more information about our products. Customers Can Await the Following Benefits: Faster operation by an accelerated search and loading times Simplified […] The post Shop Update on Presentationload appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • How Metaphors Make Presentations Exciting

    Jonathan Schikowski
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    According to the Oxford Dictionaries, a metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. The Functions of a Metaphor Metaphors are an integral part of our everyday language and are used daily, whether consciously or unconsciously. As for […] The post How Metaphors Make Presentations Exciting appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
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  • The dreaded question: ‘What do you do?’

    pieterb
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    Oftentimes in casual conversation with someone you don’t know (very well), the following question will rear its ugly head: ‘So, what do you do in life?’ or 'What does your company do?' What if the person you’re talking to is a potential client, and you botch it up? We take a look at possible answers. The standard answer To be used in ambiguous situations, when you don’t really know who it is you’re talking to, or for friends and family. You should have a to-the-point, concise list of highlights of your profession and company. Try to limit this to three or four broad topics. For…
  • Group dynamics and presenting

    pieterb
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    In Belgium we have a yearly campaign called ‘Days without meat’, in which participants log every day they only eat vegetarian. This is to raise awareness about the impact of meat on the environment. This year, the concept of groups was first introduced, and the number of participants doubled almost overnight. We take a look at why this is, and how it can benefit your presentation skills. Why group dynamics work Group dynamics is a concept that is well-known and studied in psychology. Psychology can also tell us why introducing groups had such a beneficial impact on the campaign:…
  • Alcohol to keep your nerves in check? Nope!

    pieterb
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    There are people who believe that a little (or a lot) of alcohol can help keep their nerves in check. Here why this is a good example of a genuinely bad idea. Alcohol doesn’t alleviate anxiety Contrary to popular belief, alcohol doesn’t relieve anxiety. At least, not in the smaller doses you’ll have. Alcohol can make you feel apathy in larger doses, but then you’re just creating a whole new set of problems, like speech and movement issues. In some cases, alcohol will actually heighten your anxiety, because you’ll be trying to hide the fact that you’re drunk on stage. You need to…
  • The best way to learn from yourself: Record yourself

    pieterb
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s always much easier to say you’re going to be working on your skills, than it is to actually do so. One golden tip: record yourself, so you can evaluate your speaking, movements, presence, and etcetera. Audio In the age of smartphones, everyone had an audio recorder close at hand. So there really is no excuse for not recording your voice. All you need to do is put your phone in front of you and press ‘record’. The quality of these recordings isn’t always the best, so it may be better to invest a little in a professional recorder if you find your recordings aren’t working for…
  • Happy holidays from audience

    pieterb
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    We wish you a year full of successful presentations. May you never falter, never fail, never forget a line, never have a technical breakdown, never have a difficult audience, never have a coughing fit, never drop your pointer, never use a bad example and never break down crying. happy holidaysPlease rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet
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    platformgiant.com

  • Episode 11 | Interview with Jeremey Donovan Part 2

    Shane Purnell
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:45 pm
    In Part 1 of my Interview with Jeremey Donovan, he talked about  how he used the skills he learned from Toastmasters as career capital on his way up the corporate ladder. He also provided some insights and never told before stories about how he prepared for his TEDx talk. If you didn’t get a chance hear part one of the Interview, Click Here  Click To Listen to Part Two of the Interview Download the Interview and Listen Later Books Mentioned in the Jeremey Donovan Interview Smart Talk by Lisa B. Marshall How to Be a Presentation God by Scott Schwertly How To Deliver a TED…
  • Episode 10 | Interview with Jeremey Donovan

    Shane Purnell
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jeremey Donovan Interview: Show Notes Listen to the Podcast Download the podcast Jeremey Donovan’s  is the author of How to Deliver a Ted Talk: Secrets of the World’s most Inspiring Presentations He wrote the book after a careful analysis of the top  TED Talks of all time. Jeremey analyzed what worked and what didn’t work from TED presenters. Through his research he came up with 100 tips that make for great TED Talks. The book has over 200 reviews on Amazon and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. It’s obvious Jeremey knows what he’s talking about.
  • Podium vs Lectern, What’s the difference?

    Shane Purnell
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Podium vs Lectern I’m going to tell you upfront that this post is right out of the Speaking Nerd Manual and depending on the company you keep, may save you some embarrassment. Every group has it’s purists and the speaking crowd is no different, so before you step up to the podium… or is it lectern? Here’s how how you tell them apart. Podium vs Lectern: The Podium The podium is the platform on which the speaker stands; it’s an elevated surface. Think of it like a stage. When people say “Step up to the podium” They’re referring to a stage or…
  • Episode 9 | Interview with Scott Schwertly of Ethos3

    Shane Purnell
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Scott Schwertly CEO of Ethos3 Ethos3 is a presentation design and training company located in Nashville, TN. Ethos3’s mission is to empower presenters to design, build and deliver better presentations. In 2006, Scott  Schwertly noticed there were a lot of people who struggled with presentations. He believed he could help. He worked on building Ethos3 on nights and weekends. After he landed his first clients, he made the leap to building the company full time  It took a few years to really get going.   Play Episode 09 | Interview with Scott Schwertly of Ethos3  Download Episode…
  • 30 Thought Leaders You Need To Know

    Shane Purnell
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    30 Thought Leaders You Need To Know Recently, The American Management Association published it’s list of the Top leaders who influenced business in 2014.  According to Chief Marketing Officer, Jeremey Donovan These thought leaders, whether from industry, government, or academia, have made significant contributions to individual and organizational productivity as well as employee engagement… It is inspiring to see a new generation of thinkers standing alongside the giants of talent transformation. Thought Leaders lists like this come out all of the time, but when they have the…
 
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    La Fabbrica della Realtà

  • 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…
  • Change me, or else stay home!

    matteoc
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    “Every presentation worth doing has just one purpose. To make a change happen.” Seth Godin In my courses I use a lot of icons and this is the one that is most dear to me. It’s a square that is transformed into a circle. And in its simplicity it represents 100% of the journey of a presentation. Right now you might be saying: wait a second, my presentation is not about a transformation, it’s about the Q2 budget forecast, it’s about workplace safety, it’s about how to carve a pumpkin. Well, you’re correct: budget is the topic of your presentation. But at…
  • An open letter to Seth Godin: let’s save the world from bad presentations

    matteoc
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    Dear Seth, a few months ago I started looking for an affordable, comprehensive, interactive, non-salesy presentation course to send to potential speakers of a meetup that I organize. Couldn’t find one. So I created my own. Presentation Hero is the best possible online training course for presentations and public speaking. It collects the best storytelling advice (I used to be a story analyst for a big Hollywood studio), the best presentation structure advice (based on 10+ years of presentation experience), the best design advice (gleaned from top-notch presentations, keynotes and…
  • 2014 My year in review

    matteoc
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    I have seen some great examples of End of Year Review posts, for instance here and here. These great posts made me think about my own commentary about the past twelve months, and since I have been applying more and more the principle of radical openness in my life and business, I thought I would give it a shot. Here is my 2014 Review in less than 2,000 words. This post is really a love letter to myself, intended primarily to set the tone and intention for the year ahead. To facilitate the reading in case you want to join me in my reflections, I have divided this review into five chapters:…
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    Mindful Blog

  • The Art and Science of Presenting - Episode 5 – Creating Slides Mindfully

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    This is the fifth article in the series The Art and Science of Presenting. The fourth article was called ‘Envision’ which was about envisioning what your presentation should look like to create the impact and result you want. Episode 5 continues the envisioning path by sharing some advice on how to create slides mindfully which are creative, compelling and crafted for impact. Three years ago it was estimated that there were more than 500 million users of PowerPoint globally, PowerPoint had an estimated 95% share of the presentation software market and around 30 million…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting - Episode 4 – Envision

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    If you’ve been following this series of articles from the beginning you will recall that in Episode 1 we said, ‘Every structure needs a robust foundation and presenting is no different, it’s a bit like building an Aboriginal tipi. A tipi is constructed using many poles but it’s the 3 largest poles that are the support for the other poles. It’s the same with high impact presenting, there are a great number of ‘poles’ needed to create a powerful and memorable presentation but like the tipi, there are 3 large poles that need to be erected first. 1. Frame…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 3 – The Story

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    This is the third article in the series The Art and Science of Presenting. The second article was called ‘The Conversation’, Episode 3 takes us to the story we will tell based on the conversation we wish to have: - The Audience - The Conversation - The Story So you understand your audience and you have a very clear idea of the conversation you wish to have with them so now it’s time to turn that conversation into a compelling story. Why? Because that’s how we live and how we learn, we’ve been telling stories to each other since the beginning of time and there…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 2 – The Conversation

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    This is the second article in the series The Art and Science of Presenting. The first article was called ‘Where do we start?’ Episode 2 considers the conversation, what we have to say. - The Audience - The Conversation - The Story The reason we call it ‘the conversation’ is because that really is what every great presentation is and to help we start with a question which leads the dialogue. What’s so important that you’ve chosen to call this entire group of busy people together? It may be: - A great idea which they haven’t heard before - One they have…
  • Why You Only Have Half a Second to Make an Impression-lifehacker.co.uk

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    I recently had the following article published by lifehacker.co.uk which contains some very powerful advice on how to not only make the right first impression in a presentation but also a lasting one. 'Research from Princeton and the University of Glasgow suggests that we judge a stranger in just half a second. As harsh as that may sound there is clearly something in it although whilst I’d like to think that it takes me a little longer, researcher Dr Phil McAlee suggests that our ability to make rapid judgments about people may be part of an ancient survival mechanism. The…
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  • The Last Word in Slide Design

    Ryan McRae
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    I’ve been designing slides for speakers for over twelve years. I’ve seen my share of good attempts and clunky designs, and I’m here to show you the quickest and easiest way to design slides that look beautiful for your audience. In less than an hour, you can have slides you’re thrilled to show off. Too Many Words You’ve all heard the cajoling, the statements of “slideuments”, and most presenters have a secret of why they have so many words on their slides— Speakers use slides as a script so they don’t forget what they say.  They lean on the bullet points, the…
  • The Vital Components of Presenting

    Ryan McRae
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I took my nephew to see his first firework show in Chicago many years ago. We were trying to explain “fireworks” and we struggled with finding the words. “Lights in the sky.”  “It’s like these explosions, these loud noises. . . .”  “The sky gets painted for a bit and then it gets painted again.”  We needed a poet, a poet for four-year olds.  The show started and he quickly jerked back, surprised by the explosion, but once the fireworks filled the sky, he said, “Oh, it’s like magic.”  Yes, it’s like magic.  Sometimes presenting, skilled public speaking and…
  • Brené Brown and the Heart of Presenting

    Ryan McRae
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    I get asked all the time, “What does it take to be a good presenter? What’s the secret?” I usually scratch my head. In all of my experiences presenting, learning the craft, bombing, stumbling and enjoying the audience, there has never been a secret to presenting, no guru whispering in my ear saying, “This is the secret to great presenting, listen well.” And then he stumbles off into the the night looking for an Outback Steakhouse. But I think there are components of being a good presenter, aspects that run true in speakers that inspire the audience. Brené Brown, in her landmark…
  • A.D.D. and Presenting

    Ryan McRae
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    I see this more often than not—the skilled presenters, the creators, the ones who have this deep dive connection with their audience have Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D. or A.D.H.D.) as the sky is blue. Being a member of that tribe myself I can understand it. When we present, when we are in front of an audience of 1 or 10,000 our brains light up like Times Square before the ball hits. We find we are “all there.”  Now, this is when our A.D.D. serves us well. We feel the tempo of the audience; we answer the questions with brevity, wit and The post A.D.D. and Presenting appeared first…
  • 13 Ways You Can Become a Better Speaker Right NOW

    Ryan McRae
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    It’s Monday. You have stuff to do. But let’s get you to be a better presenter, shall we? Lets. Practice saying the following phrase, “Thank you for you time. It has been my honor and pleasure to be here today.” Say it sincerely. Agree not to memorize your speech word for word. Break it down into chunks. Have an outline. Here’s a great example of this.   If you are speaking to colleagues, ask one of them to take notes about how you present, so you can be better. If it’s a group of strangers, ask if it can be recorded so you can The post 13 Ways You Can Become a…
 
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