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  • How to Utilize The Gestalt Principles

    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency
    Scott Schwertly
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are new to the world of presentation design, you may want to make yourself familiar with The Gestalt Principles. They are an invaluable guide when selecting and arranging icons and illustrations on a slide. Developed by the Berlin School, they explain that the mind likes to form a “global whole” when viewing objects. In other words, when you see a visual image, your brain naturally tries to tie all of the elements together. If it can’t perform this task easily, it will struggle with the quality of design. Here are the different laws and some tips about using them:Law of…
  • Book 11 of 52 in 52: The Media Training Bible - Brad Phillips

    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Media Training Bible was not on my original list of 52 Books in 52 Weeks, but when I was given a chance to read & review it, I couldn't pass up the chance. Speaking with the media takes a skill-set beyond public speaking, much like being a newspaper writer is different than a novelist. In addition, it's a skill I'm still working at mastering, as anyone who has heard an occasional long-winded podcast interview with me would know.Brevity and clarity are the two over-riding themes in the book, and Phillips has laid the book out in an ideal format - 101 tips, each just two pages. He…
  • Presentation Tech: The TouchPico

    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency
    Scott Schwertly
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We like staying on top of our tech game when it comes to new gadgets for presentations. That’s why we let out a collective cheer when we heard about the TouchPico, an interactive projector with touch interface and wireless streaming. Made by TouchJet in Singapore, it was voted one of the Top 25 Launches at CES ’14. Excited presenters will have to wait, however, since it won’t begin shipping until June 2014. So, what makes the TouchPico so special?The SpecsAt core, the TouchPico is a projector about the size of a smart phone, embedded with an Android 4.0 processor, SD memory, Wi-Fi, HDMI…
  • Before and After: Replace all text with 1 image

    all about presentations
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    A slide like this is normal. Full of text. Boring and dull.Remove every piece of text from this slide and replace it with an image which 'connotes' location. Use a large size image to cover the entire slide. Have no more than few words on the image. That's it.I have created a sample for reference purpose only. I have used an image from Google search. Ensure before you use an image, you check its usage rights.With this slide, you need to remember what to say on this slide. There is no list to save you. But with a little bit of practice the list would not be needed. Put in some hard work and…
  • How do you tell a story in your presentation?

    all about presentations
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Every presentation book and blog asks us to say a story in our presentation. Easier said than done. Do you share stories in your presentation? How do you come up with these stories?I'll await your answers on this.To me saying a story is the toughest thing in a presentation.
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  • How to make a good (or bad) presentation

    Garr
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    This semester I'm teaching three classes on presentation for undergraduates at my university in Japan. On the second day, I have students share with the class what they think are the elements of a good presentation and what they think are the kinds of things that make for a bad or ineffective presentation. Students may still be quite young, but they have sat through years of classes in school and lectures in college, sat through orientation meetings, and they have seen many kinds of presentations online such as TED talks over the years, so students actually do have quite a bit of experience…
  • "The moment defines the creative expression."

    Garr
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    A presentation is a moment in time. I have long referenced jazz and my own experience with jazz as having a great parallel to the act of a live talk or a presentation on the center stage. One thing that a live talk and a musical performance have in common—especially improvisational music—is that neither event is ever the same twice. They may be similar, they may cover similar ground, but they are never exactly the same. The message—the real meaning—is in the moment, in that interaction between audience and performer (or presenter). In this interview with London Real, famed…
  • Danny Hillis on his friendship with Richard Feynman (TEDxCaltech)

    Garr
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    In this 7-minute video below, Danny Hillis shares two wonderful short stories about the legendary physicist Richard Feynman. Hillis is a well known engineer, scientist, and inventor who, in his younger years, was lucky enough to spend a good deal of time with Feynman. There are many ways Hillis could have used his time to talk about the amazing Richard Feynman, but he chose to simply tell two short stories from his personal experience. And it was a very good idea to do so. A good story does not have to be slick or polished or augmented with amazing visuals. Often a good story just needs to be…
  • Richard Feynman: "The Great Explainer"

    Garr
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Even if Richard Feynman had not been a great communicator, he'd still be famous today for the incredible contributions he made to physics. The fact is, however, Feynman was indeed a great communicator as well as a Nobel-Prize winning physicist. Who knew the two could go together? Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and advocate of the public understanding of science, says in his "ASU Origins Project: Storytelling Of Science" talk that Feynman's abilities as a communicator inspired him to want to be a scientist. "What was amazing about Feynman was that he conveyed his excitement and his interest and…
  • Richard Feynman on the Scientific Method (in 1 minute)

    Garr
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:20 pm
    There is not a device invented that can measure the joy I have in watching a Richard Feynman lecture. The man was not only a brilliant, Nobel Prize winning scientist, he was a great teacher and communicator of science as well. In this lecture by physicist Brian Cox—in this case speaking to school children for an event at Manchester University—I noticed that Cox played a one-minute clip (14:45 mark) from a Richard Feyman lecture given in the 1960s. Cox set up the clip by saying that it was one of the best definitions of science, or the scientific method, that he'd ever heard. Clear and…
 
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  • Establishing Executive Presence

    Ben Decker
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The phrase “executive presence” is not new, but it’s gaining traction. I heard it referenced in seven meetings with executives from seven different companies last week, alone. What does it mean? It’s a way to describe confidence. Not to be confused with arrogance, demonstrating executive presence means showing that we are comfortable in our own skin, that we can go anywhere, that we can handle anything we’re given, that we can ‘own it,’ and that we can be trusted. From your posture to the words you use, the way you convey ideas and the way you incite action, there are so many…
  • Literally – Just a Filler Word

    Ben Decker
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    If there were Survivor for words, I’d vote off “literally.” It’s inserted into sentences for no real reason. Consider: I am literally the hungriest person in the world right now. I am literally going to break this printer in a minute. The coffee machine is literally the slowest thing on the planet. Sound familiar? Maybe you even use it that way? You are not alone. Similar to “um” and “uh”, “literally” has become a common filler word – tossed into sentences unnecessarily. Others include: Just … Like… Actually… So… Honestly…  (as if you’ve been lying up…
  • Communicating Trust – and the NSA

    Ben Decker
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:06 am
    The NSA blew it, and Ed Snowden changed minds. What a difference communication makes! We were lucky to take part in TED 2014 last week. Of all the ideas shared, the most conversation-spurring topic was privacy: Do we want it? Do we have it? Is it eroding? Are we okay with that? What is the threat? The team at TED surprised everyone by introducing an unannounced speaker: Edward Snowden. Appearing from a remote location in Russia, Snowden engaged in a real-time conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson via video robot. It stunned the audience. Following a recent video-appearance at SXSW, Snowden…
  • Influence with a Point of View

    Ben Decker
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:07 am
    What’s your point of view? It’s not a “nice to have,” it’s a “need to have” – and let me tell you why: It’s hard to argue with getting better results. But don’t just take my word for it. Recently, a self-proclaimed “Decker Super-Fan” (for reference – she’s taken Communicate to Influence 10 times!) was reflecting on each new team and each new company. Even after delivering 12 keynotes last year, she maintains, “This isn’t a main-stage skill. I finally learned in my board meetings and my management meetings that it’s not about agreeing with others or stroking…
  • How to Rock an Acceptance Speech

    Kelly Decker
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Every time you speak, you create an experience for your listeners – whether they are your colleagues, kids, PTA or soccer team. In the case of Oscar acceptance speeches, it is no different. What is said and how it’s said combine to create either a this-is-a-great-time-for-a-bathroom-break or a riveting, tear-jerking, gut-busting, inspiring moment. Matthew McConaughey wisely did the latter. It wasn’t just closing the speech with the very line that he made famous “All right, all right, all right…” – which I hugely appreciated as Dazed and Confused is a favorite in my house.
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  • The History of Business Casual

    Scott Schwertly
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Business casual is “the grey zone” of office dressing. It’s not a power suit, it’s not a sundress, it’s not a tie…what is it? Where did it come from? Any why does your Aunt Mandy want you to wear it to her wedding? Let’s take a look back into the history of the strange, confusing style known as business casual.Aloha FridaysBefore business casual dominated the workplace, there were two things: stuffy businessmen who wanted to escape the office on Fridays, and a little chain of islands we know as Hawaii. In 1966, the Hawaiian garment industry came up with the concept of…
  • Presentation Tech: The TouchPico

    Scott Schwertly
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We like staying on top of our tech game when it comes to new gadgets for presentations. That’s why we let out a collective cheer when we heard about the TouchPico, an interactive projector with touch interface and wireless streaming. Made by TouchJet in Singapore, it was voted one of the Top 25 Launches at CES ’14. Excited presenters will have to wait, however, since it won’t begin shipping until June 2014. So, what makes the TouchPico so special?The SpecsAt core, the TouchPico is a projector about the size of a smart phone, embedded with an Android 4.0 processor, SD memory, Wi-Fi, HDMI…
  • How to Utilize The Gestalt Principles

    Scott Schwertly
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are new to the world of presentation design, you may want to make yourself familiar with The Gestalt Principles. They are an invaluable guide when selecting and arranging icons and illustrations on a slide. Developed by the Berlin School, they explain that the mind likes to form a “global whole” when viewing objects. In other words, when you see a visual image, your brain naturally tries to tie all of the elements together. If it can’t perform this task easily, it will struggle with the quality of design. Here are the different laws and some tips about using them:Law of…
  • A Presenter’s Guide to Insoles

    Scott Schwertly
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    In a perfect world, all presentations would be ten minutes long with a mandatory table of doughnuts and coffee for everyone. However, if you are giving a lengthy presentation in the real world, you may want to consider something to make the process a little less painful: shoe insoles.The stock insoles that come with your shoes are usually made of inexpensive fillers and can often be removed. They aren’t built with comfort in mind, and in the case of most flats and sandals, they don’t even exist. Over-the-counter insoles usually cost between $40-$50 dollars, and come in two…
  • The History of Ties

    Scott Schwertly
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    So, why do we wear tiny nooses around our necks when we give presentations? Where does this unique menswear originate? Let’s take a look back at the brief (and strange) history of the necktie.It (Kind Of) Started In a TombFabric worn around the neck has been used to inform others of status, occupation, allegiance to a group or cause, and occasionally just to hide buttons or protect the neck.  The first known instance of someone sporting a tie was China’s first emperor, Shih Huan Ti, way back in 221 BC. How do we know? His eerie life-sized terracotta army that was buried with him in an…
 
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  • It Took Me 20 Years to Fail Fast

    Nancy Duarte
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Originally published as part of the LinkedIn Influencer series: http://drte.co/pv Graphic credit: Stephanie Chu I get asked all the time, “What was your biggest presentation failure?” People want to know what would rattle “The Presentation Lady”. The answer is etched in my brain because I violated the most basic rule of presentations — know your audience. My toughest audience is my own staff. Imagine the pressure of presenting to a staff that writes and produces award-winning presentations for others all day long—they have pretty discriminating taste. And then, imagine trying to…
  • SXSW: Inspiring Creativity, Compelling Stories …and Big Data

    Ashley Faus
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    Our SXSW experience was a little different this year—we hosted a 2.5-hour workshop session! In addition to teaching others, we took the opportunity to learn and be inspired by the creativity and genius that converges in Austin every year. We sent a cross-functional team of Duartians from design, account services, and marketing. We were fortunate to have Nancy Duarte attend and speak this year, and we came away with some great insights and compelling stories. Leading a workshop was our most unique experience at SXSW. (It was our first time speaking, and hopefully not our last!) We worked…
  • Tips for Using Social Tools to Facilitate Q&A

    Stephanie Patterson
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Making Q&A prep part of your presentation ritual is crucial to delivering a successful presentation. But facilitating an effective Q&A session isn’t as simple as it once was. Passing around a microphone is no longer the only way for audience members to ask questions; technology has opened up new avenues for Q&A, and audience interaction. It’s rare these days to attend any event, speaking engagement, or lecture that doesn’t have a hashtag on Twitter, an Instagram handle, and a Facebook event page. An event is almost non-existent if it doesn’t have a presence on social…
  • Creating Moments of Impact: Using Sparklines for Strategic Conversations

    Lisa Solomon
    11 Feb 2014 | 10:47 am
    Lisa Kay Solomon is a guest contributor to the Duarte Blog.  She teaches innovation at CCA’s MBA in Design Strategy in San Francisco, and coauthored a forthcoming book called Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Resonate is one of my favorite books. As a professor of innovation at the MBA in Design Strategy, I teach its core principles of visual storytelling to all of my graduate students. In today’s complex and noisy world, the ability to tell a compelling and memorable story that influences others to be genuinely…
  • Old Career Rules Don’t Work—To Compete, You Need a Body of Work

    Nancy Duarte
    16 Jan 2014 | 1:46 pm
    We spend our lives hearing and telling stories in both life and work, but we often neglect to focus on the most important story of all: our own. The problem is, if you neglect your story one will be written for you. The rise of social media has blurred the line between our personal and professional lives. Anybody can search for your name on the Internet and interpret the results however they wish. So, what if the person searching is a potential employer? More than ever, it is critical to craft a compelling story that ties our experiences together and presents them as part of a cohesive…
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  • Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

    Angela DeFinis
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A. Imagine getting a better “read” on what your listeners are thinking or understanding about your topic and not having to solely rely on their non-verbal cues, which may not always be accurate. Imagine having an audience truly engaged from your first word to your last, because you know without a doubt that you’re delivering the information they find most useful. The good news is that today’s technology tools can help you do that—while you’re…
  • Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

    Angela DeFinis
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:51 am
    We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech. But what about those times when you have to speak on the fly, as in an interview situation where you are speaking “off the cuff,” on a panel when any question can come your way, when the camera is running and you’re put on the spot, or when you are in front of a hostile crowd? How do you organize…
  • Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

    Angela DeFinis
    26 Jan 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This is the time of year when I check-in with my past Executive Immersion clients to see how things are going with their presentation skills—what’s working and what still needs attention. I had several interesting calls this week which revealed tips to fit nicely into a “Best Practice” list. When I call people, I usually get the same response, “Thanks for reaching out. It’s nice to hear from you,” meaning, “[Gulp!] I better give a few great presentations before I speak to Angela next week!” It reminds me of my annual dental check-up. Like many people, I always brush and…
  • Wisdom for Speakers to Jumpstart Your New Year

    Angela DeFinis
    9 Jan 2014 | 2:30 pm
    “Improve my presentation skills” is a common New Year’s resolution. Finding the perfect example to follow on how to do that is a bit rare … that is, until you meet Jack Kornfield. Jack Kornfield is one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America. I saw him speak a few days ago during the Monday Night Class at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Wood Acre, California, just a short drive from where I live. The Monday Night Class, now in its 27th year, serves as an introduction to Spirit Rock and the Buddhist practices of awareness and compassion, which are the heart of the Spirit Rock…
  • Remembering John F. Kennedy – Speaking Lessons from a Heroic Orator

    Angela DeFinis
    21 Nov 2013 | 5:53 am
    When asked to describe John F. Kennedy, many people mention the phrase “great speaker.” It’s true. Watch any of his speeches and you’ll see someone who looks natural and elegant in front of a crowd. He had a cunning wit and easy charm. He was articulate, intelligent, direct, and inspiring. Most of all, he looked comfortable. But comfortable he was not. Over the last two weeks I have watched numerous documentaries about JFK’s life and realized once again that in addition to being a great speaker, he was also a very ill man, plagued with serious diseases from Crohn’s to Addison’s.
 
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  • All new articles will only be on my website starting April 1, 2014

    Dave Paradi
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    As of April 1, 2014, all new articles and information will only be located on my website at www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com and items will not also be posted here. This blog started when there were only a few options available to those who wanted to distribute their content, and Blogger was a good option back then. Today, there are better options.The content on my site will allow you to still comment by using Google+, which cuts down on the spam comments that I have to manually moderate. If you subscribe to this blog via RSS, here is the new URL to subscribe to so you continue to get updated…
  • April 10 workshop in Toronto on turning Excel data into visuals for executive presentations

    Dave Paradi
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    Professionals who present financial or operational data say there are two key roadblocks to them using effective visuals instead of the spreadsheets, tables, and complex graphs they are currently using. First, they need to know what visuals work for the different messages they deliver. Second, they need to know how to create these visuals in PowerPoint.My workshop on April 10 in downtown Toronto will show you how to overcome these roadblocks. You will see many different visuals from real presentations, and you will be hands-on in PowerPoint practicing the techniques that are used to…
  • Presentation Insight: Numbers only measure a story

    Dave Paradi
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:39 am
    Why do presenters use so many spreadsheets and tables of numbers in their presentations? The answer I get from participants in my workshops is that the numbers and analysis are important. The audience needs to see all the numbers. In this article I want to explain why I think that the numbers are not as important as presenters think they are.What are the numbers really? They are measurements of something going on in the organization. It could be sales, inventory, shipments, headcount, square footage, or any of the literally thousands of things that get measured in every organization today.
  • 3 Big Mistakes professionals make when presenting financial or operational data to executives

    Dave Paradi
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    Do you present financial or operational data to executives? Make sure you aren't making these three mistakes.
  • Presentation Insight: Are your slides Re-Tweetable?

    Dave Paradi
    18 Feb 2014 | 6:39 am
    What does Twitter have to do with effective slides in your PowerPoint presentation? A lot more than you think. This occurred to me last week as I was helping a client prepare a presentation for an upcoming investor conference. Twitter gives us an interesting way to measure how much of an impact a message makes when someone reads it. If they understand and like the message, they retweet it and mark it as a favorite.So why should this matter to presenters? Because we want the key messages in our presentation to have an immediate impact on our audiences. We want the audience to understand the…
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  • The biology of courage: Make stress your friend

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Kelly McGonigal says, "How you think about stress matters."It's a not-very-well-kept secret that a person's attitude toward stress makes a big difference in how they respond in stressful situations. For example, I've written here before that elite athletes rely on that adrenaline rush to propel them to run faster, jump higher and throw farther. If they don't have that adrenaline rush, they don't perform as well.However, for us "normal" folk, stress mostly feels icky. We don't like it, we try to deny it or squash it, and we don't know how to channel it in a positive way -- and that causes even…
  • Your stats are paralyzing your audience

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    When you're using statistics in a presentation, it's really easy to get caught up in the numbers. And unfortunately, just because those numbers are meaningful to you, it doesn't mean they're at all fathomable to your audience.This is why it's important to break down big numbers into manageable and concrete concepts and visuals. Here are two ways to do this:1. Portion large numbers into smaller bite-size chunks.I'm working with a nonprofit project right now where 20 nonprofit leaders are getting training and coaching to develop three-minute "fast pitches." The top ten finalists in our…
  • Leave your audience wanting more, not less

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    While scrolling through channels looking for movies to record one weekend, I found the following one-line movie descriptions:1. French policeman hounds bread thief for life2. Victorian orphan drifts, finds good people3. An enslaved British doctor turns Caribbean pirate 4. An officer and shipmates overthrow a cruel captain Can you guess what these movies are? (Answers are at the bottom.) More importantly, can you write a description this concise?Here are some examples of when speakers might need to think concisely in both speaking and writing:* When writing your bio* When creating the title of…
  • PowerPoint Surgery: Tips to create presentation slides that make your message stick, not suck -- Guest post by Lee Jackson

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world and it's estimated that there are a million presentations happening right now. But most of them are dull or even bad. It's bizarre, and it can really hurt your career. But there is hope. There is a better way. Here are a couple of tips to help you stand out from the crowd.Once you have got to the the core of your talk, i.e. what's the main message (what do I want them to take away?) then, and only then - turn to your slide software. Then the key is to...Think billboard, NOT document.This is probably the most important thing I can pass on.
  • Diet Coke: Just say no

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:15 am
    An actress prepares to audition. A student prepares to speak in front of her class. A groomsman prepares to make a speech at a wedding. Taylor Swift prepares to perform.But before they take the stage, each one takes a swig. Of Diet Coke.I laughed when I first saw this commercial, because taking a swig of Diet Coke is the last thing I would recommend doing before going onstage to speak or perform.For two reasons:1. You very likely do NOT need caffeine when you're already hyped up on adrenaline. Caffeine is just going to make you more nervous and jittery. No thanks.2. You also very likely do…
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Body of Speech: Make a Point – Tell a Story

    Fred E. Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    oMake a Point – Tell a Story:  Example: The Body of the Speech is where you deliver your message. This is information you want the audience to take away. The simple formula for this is: Make a Point – Tell a Story. There should be three to five points, supported by a story or two reinforcing each point. Ideally, these should be Personal Stories. No one else, unless you’ve given permission, can tell your story! Too often, speakers use stories not their own, and the audience has heard before: Abraham Lincoln’s honesty, Thomas Edison’s persistence, and others come to mind. I…
  • Prepare an AFTER-Duction for the Emcee!

    Fred E. Miller
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am
    oIt’s Important, but usually Missing. I’ll bet you’ve experienced this: The master of ceremonies takes the microphone immediately after a speaker finishes their talk and says, in an underwhelming manner, “Thanks for coming. Drive home safely.” WOW! That’s memorable isn’t it? NOT! Ending a program like that is unfortunate. Regrettably, this anti-climatic way to draw to a close, a great message from a speaker, is often the norm. It’s done in this manner because no one, especially the emcee, thought about a better way to end the event. Good News – There is! If you’ve…
  • Your Credentials Should Be. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    ) Presented Before Each Presentation! An audience attends events to learn something. They rightfully want great value for the time and money they are investing to sit in on a presentation. They like to watch and listen to Speakers who are Experts on a subject. The question sometimes arises, “Why is this person making a presentation?Whatistheir expertise? What education and experience gives them the right to talk on this topic?” They want to know your Credentials! Many people know a little bit about a lot of topics, but have in-depth knowledge and expertise in only a few subjects. Would…
  • The Chamber Has YOU Scheduled. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    5 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    oAs a Guest Speaker! You are scheduled to present at a local Chamber of Commerce meeting next month. Don’t just “Show Up” when the event starts! There is much to be done before you begin your presentation. First, this event is Important. It’s important to the attendees, and it’s especially important to you! If you’ve read my books, watched my videos, or seen me speak, you know my mantra is: “Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”  No one ever challenges that statement. Why would they? The opportunity to speak in front of members of a…
  • My Toughest Audience!

    Fred E. Miller
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:19 pm
    OPotentially, I could be seen by thousands of people! Easily, it could be my largest audience, ever. This was important. It was not an entirely new presentation for me. I had presented modules of it many times. I knew my topic well. I prepared, practiced, tweaked the presentation, and practiced some more. I had enough nervous energy, I knew, to be helpful. I know how to channel that energy into my presentation because a presentation without energy is b-o-r-i-n-g! This was my moment and I was psyched! It was time to take my position. The spotlight shined on me, the microphone was on! I stood…
 
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  • Speaker, Leader, Champion: Conversation with Jeremey Donovan

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jeremey Donovan is Group Vice President of Marketing at Gartner Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.6 billion in annual revenue. During his career, Jeremey has led successful teams focused on market research, new product development, marketing, acquisitions, and product management. He is a three-time TEDx organizer, a TEDx speaker, a coach for many TED and TEDx speakers, and long-time member of Toastmasters International. His other books include What Great Looks Like, How To Win the Toastmasters World Championship, and How To Deliver A TED…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Quick Layouts for Charts

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    While working with charts in your presentation, you may want to move the location of the legend, or you may need to add a Data Table. Or perhaps the default layout doesn't work well for you. If you find any of these scenarios familiar, you can always choose from different layouts for your charts using the pre-defined Chart Quick Layouts feature. This essentially is a collection of some pre-arranged layouts containing various chart elements. With just a couple of clicks, you can change the entire look of your chart, as explained in this tutorial. Learn how to apply preset Quick Layouts to your…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Identify the Active Theme

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Unlike the Windows versions of PowerPoint which shows the active Theme name on the Status bar, the Mac version does not show the active Theme name anywhere on its interface. If you need to know the active Theme's name for any open presentation, how do you find this information? You can find the name of the Theme applied to the presentation following the steps explained here. Learn how to identify the active Theme name in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Categories: office_mac, powerpoint_2011, themes, tutorials
  • Support for YouTube Videos in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    Microsoft has reinstated the support for YouTube videos in both PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 for Windows. You may recall that the option to insert online YouTube videos was removed a while ago due to code discrepancies in the syntax that Google started to use for YouTube embeds. During the time that this option was no longer available in PowerPoint, users had to opt for a longer process or even do this entire task manually. Now that automatic insertion is again possible, this will go a long way in making this task easy to accomplish. Learn about support for YouTube videos now reinstated in…
  • PowerPoint and Presenting News: April 22, 2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We start with an exclusive conversation with Sam Haddad who discusses PowerPointWriter, a solution that lets you create PowerPoint files with code. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about manually embedding YouTube video, Smart Connectors, changing the default Theme or template -- and also about Table Style options. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn that there are ways in which you can make your chart Plot Area look different with texture and pattern fills. We also explore how you can alter Chart Gap Width. And if you are using PowerPoint 2010, learn how you can repair your…
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    The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method

  • The Science of Presentation Impact

    Andrew Abela
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Belatedly, I link to a well written summary of my keynote speech at last year's annual PMRG conference:  As market researchers, we know that enhancing the efficiency of our research insights and taking a leadership role in organizational decision making is critical to our function’s future success. That’s why PMRG brought Andrew Abela, PhD, Dean and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Catholic University of America and presentation design consultant to leading corporations, to the stage at the 2013 ANC. In what was widely hailed as the conference’s most exciting…
  • Coming Up for Air

    Andrew Abela
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Hi all.  I've let the Extreme Presentation blog go quiet for a while, but I'm back now and wanted to let you know what's been happening. My new "day job" as dean of the new School of Business & Economics at The Catholic University of America has been consuming a ton of time, but it's a good cause and I'm enjoying it tremendously. The other thing that's been taking up a bunch of time is working with my collaborator and co-author, Paul Radich, to finally get The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts published.  The Encyclopedia  uses the…
  • 20 Jun 2013 | 11:32 am

    Andrew Abela
    20 Jun 2013 | 11:32 am
    Our first ever Extreme Presentation workshop that is open to the public! In conjunction with PMRG, the premiere global community for healthcare marketing research professionals, we will be offering the day long Extreme Presentation workshop on October 23 in Jersey City, immediately after the 2013 PMRG Institute.  All are welcome. Capacity is limited. Details here. I look forward to meeting you there. 
  • Microsoft's new design ethos

    Andrew Abela
    20 Jun 2013 | 9:28 am
    Microsoft Corporation was one of my earliest clients for the Extreme Presentation workshop, and continues to be one of my largest; I continue to teach the workshop in Redmond three or four times per year, including most recently on Tuesday of this week.  I have been delighted to observe at Microsoft a growing concern with design, the recent history of which is described in Modern Design at Microsoft, an excellent article by Steve Clayton.  Clayton notes that he "...started from the very place I bet you are right now — disbelief that Microsoft is leading the way on…
  • Keeping Busy

    Andrew Abela
    14 Jan 2013 | 10:56 am
    I have not been posting much lately, because I've been keeping busy starting up a new School of Business & Economics at my university.   I am also working on a new presentation book, and I hope to release some information about that in the next while.  
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    Great Public Speaking

  • Content Tips for Professional Speakers

    TimberleyJ
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    As a professional speaker, it is important for you to utilize social media to grow your brand. Social media is a great platform for speakers to spread their message and meet like minded people.You should know exactly why your brand is using social media and what goals you want to accomplish. Be as specific as possible in your approach so you can stay focus. Here are 3 types of social content mediums that help professional speakers grow their brand:Don't Neglect Your BlogSometimes entrepreneurs become confused and overwhelmed  on what topics they should blog about. Consider your keyword…
  • 11 Public Speaking Quotes

    Tom Antion
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    Public speaking is the number one fear in America. Many people absolutely hate speaking publicly and have physical reactions to the process. As an author, speaker, or coach it is important that you master the skill of speaking publicly.Below are 11 public speaking quotes that will offer you some inspiration and motivation. Becoming a great public speaker is a journey. So don't stop trying to improve your craft.“If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” - Harvey Diamond“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous…
  • Are You Scared to Sell Yourself?

    Tom Antion
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    What is your response when a person asks, “What do you do?”Is the answer boring and lifeless? Do you tell them what you really do?Or, do you tell then your job title?Selling yourself can be a difficult task for many entrepreneurs. Selling yourself can be a difficult task for many entrepreneurs.We are  brainwashed as entrepreneurs, and have become accustomed to believing that any form of self promotion is a turn off to potential clients. You heard about the bad reputation used car salesmen have received over the years. They have a terrible reputation for being pushy and…
  • 7 Tips for Opt- in Boxes That Convert

    Tom Antion
    12 Feb 2014 | 9:50 am
    Opt-in boxes are extremely important to your web success because they will help you build your email list. There are many different types of opt -in box options. You should test the different options to see which one grabs your readers attention and converts better. There are a few basic elements that any good opt- in box should include:1. Lots of benefits near the point where the person has to make a decision to put in their email address. People are afraid you will spam them to death so you must make it extremely enticing for people to risk putting in their email address.2. A blank…
  • Authors, Publicity is Your Ticket to Success

    Tom Antion
    23 Jan 2014 | 9:53 am
    Join me for a complimentary teleclass with the fantastic Rick Frishman. "How Authors use Publicity to Make Massive Book Sales"When: January 23rd, 8:00PM EST. We are giving away 16 tickets to Author 101 University but you must be on the call live to win! Even if you can't make it tonight, register so you can get the replay link.I will be interviewing Rick Frishman, founder of Planned Television Arts, Rick has been one of the leading book publicists in America for over 30 years. He's worked with many of the top book editors, literary agents and publishers in America, including Simon…
 
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    Max Atkinson's Blog

  • Are all social workers employed by the NHS as big a waste of our money as this one?

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    You'd have thought that all social workers would understand the basics of interaction and/or how to communicate with people they haven't met before.But the one I've just been interrogated by broke every rule of turn-taking that's so far been described by conversation analysts and other researchers -- e.g. absurdly long pauses for no apparent reason, giving no hint whatsoever about what kind of response he might be expecting and randomised facial expressions and non-verbal behaviour, etc., etc.And 'interrogation' is, alas, the operative word. As co-author with Paul Drew of a book on courtroom…
  • Regional accents

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    A fascinating piece on the regional accents of the British Isles. Well worth close study...
  • Does anyone else have and/or know to whom these books might belong?

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Thorstein Veblen, The theory of the leisure class, The Macmillan Company,1899.Dale Carnegie, How to win friends and influence people, Cedar Book, 1953.David Kogan & Maurice Kogan, The Battle for the Labour Party,  Fontana Paperbacks, 1982.Bertrand Russell,  Has Man a Future?  Allen & Unwin, 1961 (a Penguin Special 2'6)HINT: From schoolboy to sociologist to ...?
  • Blogging continued...

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    First, many thanks to loyal readers who've kept on visiting during my unannounced 'Spring Break' - which is now over.Second, I'll still be blogging on some of the themes touched on in my previous 1,000+ blog pages.Third, I'll be touching on some new themes that may sometimes  seem to be verging on the obscure.And, if you're wondering why there are only three points above - says he modestly - read one of my books and/or watch this space...
  • Flood defence staff and floating voters

    22 Feb 2014 | 2:36 am
    In case you missed last night's News Quiz on BBC Radio 4, the opening newspaper report is well worth listening to for another triggered metaphor worth adding to those mentioned in my last post about people being in the same boat and out of their depth in their comments on the flooded Somerset Levels:"From the Guardian G2: 'About 550 flood defence staff are threatened with redundancy. Chris Smith hopes that, with an election around the corner, the views of floating voters might well force a change of heart.'"
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    SpeakerSue » Blog

  • Does Delighting Customers Really Drive Sales?

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Is it possible to truly delight customers? If you haven’t yet read The Effortless Experience, it’s worth your time. Developed from the HBR article, “Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers”, it actually recommends that you should delight them. It’s just that “delight” doesn’t mean that you need to create impressive, wow, over the top experiences. (In fact, according to the authors, doing that can lead to elevated expectations that become impossible to achieve. After all, how often can you lovingly send a Teddy Bear around the world with a note…
  • One prospecting tip to kick off the New Year

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    5 Jan 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Welcome to 2014! If you’re still using the same “script” that worked for you a few years ago, you’re probably feeling a bit frustrated. So chuck it and start the year fresh. Your tip for the New Year: Be real. Be your best self. Trying to “pull one over” not only doesn’t work, but it ruins reputations. If you haven’t yet entertained yourself by checking out Oyster.com to see the photos hotels post of their features and amenities and then those that Oyster shares from the exact angle as the original, deprive yourself no longer! Most of us can smell a…
  • Are you Scaring Your Prospects at Trade Shows and in Email?

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    13 Dec 2013 | 5:24 am
    No one frightens qualified prospects and interested people away knowingly. But what you may not know is… •When you ask questions in an email that require your prospect to provide a thoughtful response, you scare them away. I’m not implying that your prospects are stupid, just that they are busy. And you may find this hard to believe but yes, they are even busier than you. So when you they send an email asking for a proposal and their info is incomplete, you scare them away by asking them to provide more information or even asking them to add their answers to a bulleted list of…
  • Cultural Email Differences – Do they exist? 4 Considerations….

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    25 Oct 2013 | 12:54 pm
    Two weeks ago I was working in the CZech Republic, in the beautiful city of Prague. We had 8 (plus me) different nationalities represented. One thing that did not come up was cultural email differences. Why? The reason is simple: Every sales professional in the room, whether Czech, French, British, German, Ukraine, Russian, Brazilian or Latina, understood the value of courtesy. Courtesy. Extending your hand. Putting your best foot forward. Making the most professional representation of your company and yourself. With that said though, are their differences in approach? Absolutely. We…
  • 10 Principles of Successful Upselling

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    22 Oct 2013 | 5:54 am
    It was a good thing I was in an airplane as I listened to the audio recordings of a client’s “mystery” shop calls yesterday. Had I been anyplace else, and I would have been screaming like a wild woman but didn’t want to frighten my fellow travelers. How can you upsell when you don’t even ask if they would like something else to enhance their event? When a customer clearly, plainly, provocatively says, “Well, we’d like something nicer than the standard lunch in the meeting room, maybe, your restaurant or something…” and you ignore that…
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    Professionally SpeakingProfessionally Speaking

  • Same Same … But Different

    Theboss
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    A recent discussion in the National Speaker’s Association Facebook Group addresses the problem of the lack of originality in many speeches. The discussion was prompted by a LinkedIn article by Richard A. Moran which highlights the repetitive use of the same case studies by speakers at business events. The author requests: Let’s broaden the conversation […]
  • Guest Posting: How Not to Introduce a Speaker, by Adam Grant

    Theboss
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest full professor and single highest-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, and one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, […]
  • UK? OK!

    Theboss
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Here’s more than you ever needed to know about what differentiates England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland from Great Britain and why vestiges of the British Empire are alive and well in isolated parts of the world like the Falklands. Explained brilliantly by C.G.P. Grey. Watch the video and be informed!
  • Book Review: Cold Cream, by Ferdinand Mount

    Theboss
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A memoir by a shy and retiring British aristocrat with the unlikely title Cold Cream: My Early Life and Other Mistakes would not usually grab my attention, or warrant a review in this blog. However, Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mount’s autobiography is a delightful book filled with tales of a vanished world. He grew up a member […]
  • Guest Posting: Speaking Up – Surviving Executive Presentations, by Rick Gilbert

    Theboss
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    Rick Gilbert is the founder of PowerSpeaking, Inc. and the primary developer of PowerSpeaking (the workshop), HighTechSpeaking, and Speaking Up: Presenting to Executives. He is the author of Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations and has authored articles in over 100 national publications on communication. Before starting PowerSpeaking, Rick held management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Amdahl. […]
 
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    Idea Transplant

  • Microsoft Office Mix

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Microsoft is working to add interactive features to PowerPoint presentations: real-time hand writing, audio/video of the presenter for off line viewing, analytics (who looked at what slide for how long), etc. A more elaborate description here on ZD Net. At the moment, Mix is just an add-in, but it could be a preview of what directions Microsoft will be taking future versions of PowerPoint. Microsoft has opened Mix for preview, but it requires PowerPoint 2013 (i.e., does not work on a Mac). My hunch is that the world needs simpler presentation software (working on it), not more complicated,…
  • Funny

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Most infographics are a bombastic compilations of overcomplicated, trying-too-hard, visualisations of facts that are not always that insightful. These simple graphs by Danish writer/artist duo Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthale are well executed and actually pretty funny. A compilation of charts here on the Zero Hedge blog, and here is the web site of the original creators Wumo
  • Where is that chart again?

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    The majority of slides in an average presentation are the bubble wrap that protects the real content. These slides are summary pages, set up pages, and lists of bullet points to remind the speaker what she should be saying next. One indication that a slide is really needed is that you often look for them in one on one meetings. “Hey, wait, where is that email, with that attachment, with that special slide that I made a while ago.” Spend more energy making slides like these.
  • "That took no time at all"

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many younger employees in big corporations have now understood that presentations with many slides that cover one point each are more effective than short presentations full of dense bullet point slides. Their bosses might not be there yet. I found an effective strategy to convince them: design the deck the way you want it, and have a test run. In 25 minutes, your boss understands that it takes the exact same time to present that longer presentation.
  • Visual shelf life

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    The other day I pointed out to a client that the colours of the corporate sign on top of the building were starting to fade. No, not that many customers of the company drive by the building every day (HQ is in Tel Aviv, customers are all over the globe), and yes, you can still read the sign and understand what company occupies the building. But still, it is the more subtle cultural signal of how the company sets its priorities, mostly influencing the employees who are making things happening every day. The same applies to the look and feel of your presentations, if it looks worn out and…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • The Power of Hand-to-Hand Contact

    DianeDiResta
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    What is the equal opportunity communication that favors no gender? In every presentation skills seminar and in each initial executive speech coaching session, I spend time demonstrating the business handshake. Why discuss something so basic that we do every day? … Continue reading →
  • Don’t Dictate – Facilitate: 10 Tips for Effective Facilitation

    DianeDiResta
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    With 11 million meetings daily (3 billion yearly), it’s not surprising that people feel they attend too many meetings. And most of them are unproductive. That equates to 31 hours of lost productivity per month or four days. The starting … Continue reading →
  • Speak at Your Own Risk: When Public Speaking is a Lost Opportunity

    DianeDiResta
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Speaking is the new competitive advantage. At least that’s what I told my audiences until last week. I was excited to attend a wellness conference during the weekend in New York City. The keynote speaker was a celebrity I admired. … Continue reading →
  • Press Release: Diane DiResta Invited to Share Powerful Communication Strategies to Reduce Anger and Conflict on Anger 911

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    For immediate release DiResta Invited to Share Powerful Communication Strategies to Reduce Anger and Conflict Diane DiResta, Founder of DiResta Communications, Inc, will be the guest on Anger 911 Radio to share “Powerful Communication Strategies to Reduce Anger and Conflict”. … Continue reading →
  • Even Celebrities Screw Up Their Presentations

    DianeDiResta
    14 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Most public speakers fear that they will bomb when delivering their presentations. That same performance anxiety affects actors and musicians – even seasoned celebrities. Murphy’s Law applies to the best of us. It’s inevitable that at some point, something will … Continue reading →
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • TED: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)

    TEDTalks
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.
  • TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)

    TEDTalks
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.
  • TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

    TEDTalks
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
  • TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.
  • TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

    TEDTalks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" positioned 50,000 km from a telescope to enable imaging of planets about distant stars. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."
 
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    speakfearlessly.net

  • Terry's Pet Peeves – Pet Peeve #2

    terrygault
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    by Terry Gault This is the second in a series of Pet Peeves.  While the title includes "#2", the numbering is NOT to be interpreted as any sort of ranking.  We'll aggregate my Pet Peeves into a ranked list.  I feel fairly confident this will be the first of many and a Top 10 List will not be hard to compile.  (Aarrgghh!!) Here's #2: "sort of" and "kind of" I listen to NPR a lot while I am in the car.  Few things will make me change the station faster than a person who's speech is littered with 'sort of' and 'kind of'. It…
  • Five Practices To Prepare For Your Next Presentation

    Nicole
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Tim Zonca, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Jive Software Recently my team and I were preparing to deliver a series of keynote presentations on a big stage, under a cascade of lights, on a screen that dwarfs most movie theatre screens and in front of an audience that included hundreds of our colleagues and coworkers. Frankly, I love presenting in settings like this. I feel at home, safe and secure. However, I know that's unusual, so as my team prepared for this set of high-profile presentations I shared this with them. Before we get to the…
  • How you represent yourself determines how much money you make

    terrygault
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    by Terry Gault Which part of this conversation do you most recognize in your life?  I was working with a client recently and he said something that really made me think. James, a 45 year old director in his company, was venting about how frustrated he was. "Terry, I'm tired and I feel stuck. I've been at three different companies and haven't reached VP level yet… James thought that moving to a new company would break him free of his 'position stuckness' AND hopefully get him promoted to the next level.  But it didn't happen. "I want to be a…
  • My Philosophy For a Happy Life

    terrygault
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault One of my clients turned me on to this TEDx talk by Sam Burns, who was the subject of a HBO documentary. Sam Berns was a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the documentary Life According to Sam, which premiered on HBO on October 21, 2013. His philosophy for life is simple and brilliant.  I am…
  • Upcoming Workshops in San Francisco – April, May, June 2014

    Nicole
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our work has to be experienced to truly understand its value.  We use these workshops as a way to introduce our work experientially to new prospective clients. With that in mind, we set aside a couple of  seats for the right candidates.   Art of Presentation: April 3-4, 2014 in San Francisco Complete Communicator: May 15-16, 2014 in San Francisco Super Storytelling: June 12, 2014 in San Francisco   How you represent yourself determines your income, sales, and revenue. Your skills, your experience, and your expertise cannot help you any more than they already have. If you want to…
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    Rhett's Laubach Authenticity Rules Blog

  • A Quick Look at all Seven Rules

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Click Here to Download a Large Version  - JPG or PDFThe Authenticity Rules are seven basic rules that are insights into the shared knowledge areas of highly effective presenters.  These rules and one basic tip in each area are listed below.The Gravity Rule - Know ThyselfGravity always exists.  You can only overcome it temporarily.  You must know what you personally bring to the presentation that no one else can or that no one else can just like you.The Iceberg Rule - Know Your ContentThe majority of an iceberg's mass is under water.  Great presenters are the same way.
  • The Best Word To Describe the Best Presenters

    6 Jan 2014 | 10:02 am
    What word would you most want your audience members to use to describe you as a presenter?  I have presented thousands of speeches, workshops, trainings, etc. to over one million audience members over two decades.  I believe the word POISED should be your goal.  P - Prepare fully for the speech, training and/or event. Understand what the audience needs and wants and prepare your content and yourself accordingly.O - Open eyes wide for opportunities to exceed each audience member's expectations.I - Eyes are always on me - on stage and off stage.  Your on-stage self should…
  • Simple Technique To Control Nerves

    13 Mar 2013 | 10:28 am
    Step 1: As early as possible, know your content up one side and back down the other. Step 2: The morning of your program, take your mind totally off your presentation. Step 3: Before your program, listen to whatever you can to make yourself laugh intensely. Laughter fills your blood and brain with good chemicals that make you feel great, relax you and put you in an awesome mood.Step 4: Nerves are normal. Don't worry about them. Please visit www.YourNextSpeaker.com to learn more about our leadership keynotes and workshops and our Presentation Coaching services.
  • A Few Techniques for Improving Your Presentations

    6 Mar 2013 | 2:25 pm
    I use Evernote exclusively for note capturing, saving and referencing.  It is a powerful tool for anyone in the business of content creation and sharing. One of the nice parts of having a few days off of the road is I get to peruse my (over 2,000) Evernote notes to discover content I haven't taught or shared in awhile.  I stumbled on this piece that I haven't shared on this blog.  This is seven pieces I put together a few years ago while working on my first presentations skills training book.  Enjoy.  I hope you find them valuable.What is the engine of your speech?
  • Generating Enthusiasm Out of Thin Air

    31 Jan 2013 | 7:52 am
    You never quite know what state of mind the audience will be in.  After 20 years of speaking and training I have developed a good sense on it, but I still am purposeful about planning in techniques to get the audience as engaged as possible.  This is vital for two main reasons:1. The audience walks in with baggage.  Thoughts, experiences, feelings, relationships, projects, etc. from the previous week, day or even hour.  It is your responsibility to give them a compelling reason to check out of those and into the moment.2. The audience needs time to ramp up.  You've…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Create the best

    Tim Wilson
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Fellow speaker,Jeremy Donovan's study of TED talks suggests that the best talks you can do focus on:Belonging - find a way to get the audience to feel like they belong to somethingSelf-interest - make the speech directly targeted at the audience's wants and interestsSelf development - help your audience get betterHope - give your audience hopeBesting,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • One point

    Tim Wilson
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Fellow speaker,Jeremy Donovan's study of TED talks (18 minute speeches) suggests that the best speeches occur when you focus on getting across one clear point.Pointedly,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • After the ball

    Tim Wilson
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Fellow speaker,Speaker Fred Miller suggests you create an "afterduction" to give to the MC to make sure the MC for your speech gives you the credit you deserve. This afterduction will:Thank the speaker (you)Give a main point of your speech (e.g., "One of my takeaways was...")Mention speaker (you) will be around afterwards to answer questionsMention of products and future speeches speaker (you) are doing Changeably,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Instagram it!

    Tim Wilson
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Fellow speaker,Speaker Julie Austin suggests using Instagram to:Get your audience involved - ask audience members to take pictures of you giving your presentation live and post them to InstagramConvert Instagram pictures to products - use services such as Stickygram, Instamaker, or KeepsyUse Instagram in addition to text on your web siteChangeably,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • And the answer is...

    Tim Wilson
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Fellow speaker,Jeremy Donovan's study of TED suggests that a good way to create an impactful speech is to answer a question. Think of an important question that interests you and will interest your audience. Then answer the question in the format "(Action) so that (outcome)." For example, if the question is "How can you become more ecologically aware?" the answer could be "Use one less paper towel than you currently use so that you reduce your paper usage ."Taking action,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
 
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    Patti Wood MA, CSP. Speaker Body Language Expert Blog

  • Body Language Read of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian

    Patti Wood MA CSP Corporate Speaker and Trainer
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    I love them in the photo with him in the rose colored T-shirt where they are holding hands.  The sideways entertained handhold shows their tenderness comes from each other equally. I also love how she is bending her knees and offering her pelvis, and arching up her chest and head into the kiss and his pelvis is forward to her. I give it a 5The other photo, remembering how hard it is to read a photo of a couple walking shows him far ahead in body guard position.  If you notice his uplifted head and subtle smile that plays up to his small yes true happiness you see he is content in…
  • Body Language Read of Kaley & Ryan

    Patti Wood MA CSP Corporate Speaker and Trainer
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Patti observes that although the above couple are confidently striding together, Ryan's furrowing his brow a bit while Kaley is looking upward to him for reassurance.  They don't seem like blissful newlyweds during a Beverly Hills shopping trip. (January 2004 pic) This couple gets a 3 on Life & Style True Love Rating Scale.However, during a March 22 playdate, they couldn't keep their hands off each other.  Patti loves how their toes touch during the embrace and how Kaley grabs his butt!  They are really connected!! (March 2014 pic) This couple gets a 5 on Life & Style…
  • Why Mehrabain’s Research on Nonverbal Communication and the Meaning of the Message is as Quoted is Inaccurate

    Patti Wood MA CSP Corporate Speaker and Trainer
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I believe that understanding and reading body language is a profoundly useful method for us to read the hearts of others. There is a world of meaning in our nonverbal communication from a glance, a gesture, a tone of voice and more.  But, I am I would like to debunk the myth that 55% of communication is nonverbal.  How many times have you seen theinaccurate statistics about nonverbal communication by Albert Mehrabian saying that the meaning of a message is communicated: 7%   by your words 38% by you tone of voice 55%. by your body languageThis interpretation…
  • Patti's Recent Book was Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal as a Resource to Help Improve the Growing Need to Improve Likability in the Workplace

    Patti Wood MA CSP Corporate Speaker and Trainer
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Wall Street Journal columnist, Sue Shellenbarger, when asked for additional resources to help improve the growing need to improve likability in the workplace she suggested Patti's recent book, SNAP - Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma. Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com. Also check out Patti's…
  • Pistorius body language and paralanguage, crying and stonefaced nonverbal cues durring his trial for possibly murdering his girlfriend:

    Patti Wood MA CSP Corporate Speaker and Trainer
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
     What I find interesting in Pistorius body language and paralanguage  is the shift from his normally very charismatic body language with a very mobile expressive face and lots of movement to the following nonverbal cues in this trial for murdering his girlfriend: ·        Stone faced  when most people would be showing sadness, loss. (remember he is normally very expressive, his face moves! When listening the testimony before his questioning he seems focused cool and calm till his…
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  • Quick Easter Freebie – honest

    Simon
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Well Happy Easter everyone. And as an alternative to chocolate eggs and bunnies, we’re giving away our latest Ebook. To get 84 Presentation Tips for nothing (yes, nowt, nadda!), just use the coupon code EASTER14. Simple as that. Less fattening … Continue reading →
  • Presentation newsletters (and stuff!)

    Simon
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Well, it’s not just here, it’s there… and by ‘there’ I mean there’s more goodness in our (almost) monthly tipsheets and newsletters. If you like April you can go back to February’s (for example). Fancy this emailed to you?  (It’s about 10 … Continue reading →
  • Rolfe presentations

    Simon
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Rolfe – it’s a good name, eh? Firstly, it’ my middle name (yes, spelled with an ‘e’ on the end’) and it’s the name of Rolfe who devised the Rolfe Method (with others) for reflective practice, in 2001. Let’s start … Continue reading →
  • Speakers are like paintings

    Simon
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    There’s a power higher than the speaker, but below God. Just. I’m talking about the person who organises the event at which the speaker, well… speaks. Of course a lot of the time that’s the same person – particularly at … Continue reading →
  • Ignite presentations – and why I (don’t?) like ‘em

    Simon
    9 Feb 2014 | 8:40 am
    Before you start, you should know that this is part of a paired blog, with my friend Lydia Bates, who’s just done her first Ignite presentation and who’s blogged about her first time. This blog is my take on it, … Continue reading →
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  • Be Ready to Give a Great Speech, Top 10 Travel Tips for Speakers

    Emma Wyatt
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    Successful speakers are travellers. And they’re a particular kind: they have to arrive ready to give a great speech. So how do you minimize the wear and tear of modern travel on the body and soul? Nicola Dunkinson, Travel Writer and Blogger, gives us her top 10 tips for travel. As BA Cabin Crew, Nicola […]
  • Why Visualization Matters for Speakers

    Nick Morgan
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    A recent study by cognitive neuroscientists at the University of Oslo found that imagining a series of images produced the same physiological responses as actually looking at the images. That’s why visualization matters for speakers.  You need to imagine yourself succeeding.  In terms of your brain, it’s virtually the same thing as actually doing it.  […]
  • Ian Cunliffe, Ed Tate, Kuala Lumpur, and the Art of Visualization

    Nick Morgan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Meet Ian Cunliffe.  His public speaking journey is an extraordinary one, from fearful to joyful, from never-going-to-speak-in-public to competing in world championships, from amateur to coaching others.  You can read about Ian in more detail here.  But for this post I’m going to focus on one particular aspect of Ian’s journey:  visualization.  Because it’s the […]
  • Trust Matters for Speakers. Here’s Why.

    Nick Morgan
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are a few times in life when we take a leap, a leap of faith, a leap of trust.  There are the obvious big ones like taking a new job, or getting married.  And then there’s the smaller, less obvious one of giving a speaker an hour of our time.  We’re trusting that speaker […]
  • How to Ace a Job Interview

    Nick Morgan
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In celebration of my first book, Give Your Speech, Change the World, now becoming available as an eBook, I’m excerpting a bit from the book on how to ace a job interview.  I’ve edited the text slightly to fit the blog, but I still like the advice.  Enjoy! How to Ace a Job Interview The […]
 
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  • From NASCAR slides to "Any questions?": 8 kinds of slides to delete right now

    Denise Graveline
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Lately, I've been coaching several speakers getting ready for industry conferences--hired either by their companies, or the conference organizers. As a result, I've spent an enormous amount of time telling speakers to ditch slide after slide after slide.This alarms the speakers (and their assistants and interns) no end. Some see the slide deck as a shield against forgetting a point or having to speak without giving the audience something else to look at. Some plan fully on reading them aloud, reducing the slide to a cue card and the audience to a read-along experience. One confessed that the…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    21 Apr 2014 | 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 pastNot a rose garden: Sometimes it does hurt to negotiate a raise, particularly while female. When people think the issue is limited to women failing to ask, remember: Both men and women view women who ask for raises negatively, and women sense this.Everyone needs…
  • 5 famous speeches by women about the environment

    Denise Graveline
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    Next week, we celebrate Earth Day, and it's no surprise that women have shaped so much of the public speaking about environmental issues. I've pulled these five speeches from The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women to showcase their messages about the environment, from pesticides and wildlife conservation to economic arguments for dealing with climate change.Fittingly for a global issue, this is a global array of speakers, with women from France, Kenya, the United States and the United Kingdom represented, and all of their messages ring true today. Click through to see video…
  • Women speakers: Are you the backup singer or the lead performer?

    Denise Graveline
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    One of the many insights I've had as I roll out my Be The Eloquent Woman workshops involves women who, in effect, are playing backup singer to other speakers. Here are some of the things I've heard in workshops and conversations in the last couple of months:"Since I'm in public relations, I'm really behind the scenes. So when I have to speak--at a press conference or in front of my peers--I don't feel sure of myself.""I like to think that I’m pretty good at chairing, even very large events with high profile speakers, whether the speakers are male or female, but I have been doing this since…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    14 Apr 2014 | 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:Pressure cooker: LinkedIn's career expert talks about how she's learned to build her confidence under pressure--including public speaking pressure.This is phenomenal: Listen to poet Maya Angelou read her poem "Phenomenal Woman" -- I'm pretty sure she's talking…
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Superior Presentations 75: The Most Striking PowerPoint Slide to Include in Every PowerPoint Presentation

    George Torok
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
      If you use PowerPoint slides to accompany your presentation, you might like this powerful technique to distinguish your talk from the ocean of PowerPoint presentations. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create this slide. This is such a simple technique that many presenters overlook it. That’s one reason you will stand out when you use it.Use a blank (blacked-out) slide at critical moments. Here are three ways to use this technique Start your presentation with a blank screenSet up your computer and projector before your presentation.  Check your slides for…
  • Superior Presentations 74: Tell Colorful Stories Because...

    George Torok
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    Tell Colorful StoriesStories in your presentation can paint pictures in the minds of your audience and connect emotionally.Notice the visuals in this story and feel the emotional connection.At the age of seven my son, Chris, started playing mini soccer. The field was tiny to accommodate the youngsters' short legs, stamina and attention span. The goal posts were fluorescent orange pylons set about five feet apart. The kids hadn't grasped teamwork so they clustered around the ball like bees around a flower as the ball rolled aimlessly around the field. You almost never saw the ball but you knew…
  • This Annoys Intelligent People

    George Torok
    19 Feb 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Do NOT start your presentation with this trashy opening, “How is EVERYBODY today?” After the audience responds the speaker yells, “I can’t HEAR you!”It’s insincere, manipulative and offensive.The old “motivational speakers” used to do this (some still do) and it was corny then. It’s even more offensive today.If you want to connect with your audience treat them with respect. Just imagine having coffee with a friend. He asks, “How are you today?” After you answer he prods you with, “IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN DO?”Join the US Marines and they demand that you yell…
  • Back in Five Minutes – a lie?

    George Torok
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:48 pm
    This message on a post-it note was stuck on the office door. What does it really mean?A few thoughts that went through my mind were:Five minutes from when?Why is this person so vague?How long has this note been on the door?Why not post the time of your return?Was this note for the benefit of the reader or the writer?Was this note posted to be helpful or to provide an excuse?Does this mean “at least five minutes”?Does this five-minute promise resemble the same truth (lie) as the statement “just a sec”?Has this note been there since yesterday – or longer?What can this person possibly…
  • What does your audience want and need?

    George Torok
    2 Jan 2014 | 8:57 am
    What does your audience want and need?It was the Humor Conference. The speaker was a well known humor writer. He was scheduled to deliver a 45 minute presentation about writing humor. At least that’s what the program guide stated.  I attended this workshop because I wanted to learn HOW to write funnier stories.Anyone who registers for a Humor Conference is already convinced of the need to use humor in their work. The attendees at this conference included teachers, health care workers, consultants, writers, trainers and even business managers. I don’t recall meeting any bankers or…
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • The History of Business Casual

    Scott Schwertly
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Business casual is “the grey zone” of office dressing. It’s not a power suit, it’s not a sundress, it’s not a tie…what is it? Where did it come from? Any why does your Aunt Mandy want you to wear it to her wedding? Let’s take a look back into the history of the strange, confusing style known as business casual.Aloha FridaysBefore business casual dominated the workplace, there were two things: stuffy businessmen who wanted to escape the office on Fridays, and a little chain of islands we know as Hawaii. In 1966, the Hawaiian garment industry came up with the concept of…
  • Presentation Tech: The TouchPico

    Scott Schwertly
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We like staying on top of our tech game when it comes to new gadgets for presentations. That’s why we let out a collective cheer when we heard about the TouchPico, an interactive projector with touch interface and wireless streaming. Made by TouchJet in Singapore, it was voted one of the Top 25 Launches at CES ’14. Excited presenters will have to wait, however, since it won’t begin shipping until June 2014. So, what makes the TouchPico so special?The SpecsAt core, the TouchPico is a projector about the size of a smart phone, embedded with an Android 4.0 processor, SD memory, Wi-Fi, HDMI…
  • How to Utilize The Gestalt Principles

    Scott Schwertly
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are new to the world of presentation design, you may want to make yourself familiar with The Gestalt Principles. They are an invaluable guide when selecting and arranging icons and illustrations on a slide. Developed by the Berlin School, they explain that the mind likes to form a “global whole” when viewing objects. In other words, when you see a visual image, your brain naturally tries to tie all of the elements together. If it can’t perform this task easily, it will struggle with the quality of design. Here are the different laws and some tips about using them:Law of…
  • A Presenter’s Guide to Insoles

    Scott Schwertly
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    In a perfect world, all presentations would be ten minutes long with a mandatory table of doughnuts and coffee for everyone. However, if you are giving a lengthy presentation in the real world, you may want to consider something to make the process a little less painful: shoe insoles.The stock insoles that come with your shoes are usually made of inexpensive fillers and can often be removed. They aren’t built with comfort in mind, and in the case of most flats and sandals, they don’t even exist. Over-the-counter insoles usually cost between $40-$50 dollars, and come in two…
  • The History of Ties

    Scott Schwertly
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    So, why do we wear tiny nooses around our necks when we give presentations? Where does this unique menswear originate? Let’s take a look back at the brief (and strange) history of the necktie.It (Kind Of) Started In a TombFabric worn around the neck has been used to inform others of status, occupation, allegiance to a group or cause, and occasionally just to hide buttons or protect the neck.  The first known instance of someone sporting a tie was China’s first emperor, Shih Huan Ti, way back in 221 BC. How do we know? His eerie life-sized terracotta army that was buried with him in an…
 
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  • Three Fool-proof Ways to Manage Your Work

    Susan Trivers
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    How people fill their time, talk about their time and evaluate others vis à vis time is a key ingredient of a company's or organization's culture (attitudes that govern behavior). Thinking and attitudes about time come from the top. People do what leaders do, not what they say. If you always tell people to cancel previously scheduled plans whenever you want them to do something, they will do that to others. Nothing is sacred or important, nothing gets invested in, everything is merely urgent. Internal intranet calendars facilitate this unless leaders themselves don't allow…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Converting People to Your Point of View

    Susan Trivers
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    What causes people to object? I think there are many reasons and we'll never know which reason is at play for which objection at any given time. So let's look instead at how you can convert objectors to your point of view. Effectively dealing with objections is one of the skills of influence. You know you're hearing an objection when the person begins with something like:'"But, we don't..." or "How can you say that..." or "Our other vendor does..." or "What will happen if..." or "That won't work here" or…
  • Strategy is About Objectives Not Planning

    Susan Trivers
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Every time I hear the phrase 'strategic planning' I cringe. Why? Because strategy is not a plan, it is a vision, a goal, or an objective. I've made many clients very happy by helping them improve their language because language counts to make things happen--or not. And in terms of strategy, perhaps the right language counts most of all. Plans represent actions steps. Some are concurrent, some are consecutive, some have contingencies and others are independent. You have resources and schedules for each step and checklists to determine when a step has been completed.
  • Audience Attention on Steroids

    Susan Trivers
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    You know you're supposed to grab your audience's attention and hold it for however long you speak. But knowing and doing are different things. How do you do this? Tell stoies. Stories incite the emotional reaction of the audience. Emotion as in laughing, anticipating, wondering, being curious, sitting on the edge of their chairs. feeling happiness, sadness, pain, relief, a sense of satisfaction. Emotions range widely and the more you tap into them throughout your speaking itme, the more the audience will pay attention. The best part is that you can make great points with your…
  • When You Ask for Advice Listen!

    Susan Trivers
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
    As a consultant and coach I am asked for advice and recommendations. So it puzzles me when people ask and then don't listen and take action. When there were 10 days to prepare, a client engaged me to help them. This project is very similar to two others we did recently together that resulted in $40 million of new business. Yet each day they postpone their creation of the speaking and demo content while they work on their software. Instead of working in parallel on the speaking and software they are insisting on doing it consecutively. I'm seriously worried that they will fail with…
 
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    Public Speakers Blog

  • Daily Life of a Top Professional Speaker

    steve
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Wherever I speak in the world, people ask the same question: “What is the daily life of a top professional speaker?” Watch this short video I shot last week in the middle of an April snowstorm in Utah. The snow is coming down so hard I could barely talk! Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]
  • Professional Speaker Flexibility

    steve
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The life of a professional speaker is constantly changing. Our corporate clients are hoarding cash, reinventing themselves and doing their best to operate in a chaotic, unpredictable business environment. In order for us to thrive in this new climate, we need to be flexible and full of ideas. Watch this short video I taped during my media book tour in NYC and I’ll look forward to your comments. [See post to watch Flash video]
  • John Travolta’s Speaking Mistake at the Oscars

    steve
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
    I just arrived back in Florida after attending the Oscars, and I’m still shocked that a movie star of John Travolta’s caliber and experience would make such a simple mistake in front of a billion people watching around the world. Watch this short video I taped in Hollywood yesterday morning and I’ll look forward to your comments. [See post to watch Flash video]
  • Greatest Oscar-Winning Speech

    steve
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:16 pm
    I’m headed to Hollywood to attend the 86th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2, and I’ve been thinking about the greatest speeches ever delivered in Oscar-winning movies. I’ve selected one from acting legend Michael Douglass, whom I had the honor of walking the Red Carpet with at last year’s Academy Awards. Watch this short video and then click on the YouTube video below it to view my choice for the greatest speech in an Oscar-winning movie. [See post to watch Flash video]
  • What Differentiates You as a Speaker?

    steve
    9 Feb 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Notice how the same professional speakers dominate the industry year after year? A key reason is most new speakers fail to differentiate themselves and get swallowed in the abyss of the 50,000 people attempting to enter the industry every year in the United States. The solution is creating a unique point of view and the platform skill to deliver it at the professional level. Watch this short video I taped after my interview on The Morning Show in Jacksonville, Florida. YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]  
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    Speechworks: Atlanta Communication Experts | Public Speaking Specialists

  • Lessons from a Lousy Law Lecture; How a Law Professor Failed to Connect

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Lessons from a Lousy Law Lecture; How a Law Professor Failed to Connect  In my first year of law school, one of my professors scheduled a class for students that had missed his lecture on the Jewish holidays.  When I was the only person to show up, I had a sense that this would be interesting.   I was right. It was the strangest law lecture of my life and stands as a lesson in how not to be audience-centered. Being audience-centered means believing that the whole reason that we give presentations is to connect with the audience, answer their questions, and help them, even…
  • The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell: New Speechworks White Paper

    2 Mar 2013 | 3:07 am
    The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell:  New Speechworks White Paper The best leaders build credibility with stories.  In particular, they share examples of the times in their lives when their character and skills were formed through personal experience. These narratives illustrate to the listener what they can expect of a leader as well as what a leader will most likely expect of them. People remember stories long after they forget the policy book and the vision statement on the wall. There are five stories you should be able to deliver that will build your credibility as a leader.
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • Politics, Religion, Sex: How Do You Talk About This Stuff?

    drjim
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Some topics require special care in order to be talked aboutImage Credit Let’s face it: we all want to talk about politics, religion, and sex. The TV shows that we watch, what our politicians seem to spend their time doing, and what we read about in the paper all clearly show us these are the three topics that interest people the most. However, if we don’t go about doing it correctly, we can cause some serious problems… Know What You Want To Accomplish Every time that we deliver a speech, we’re doing it for a reason. There is some goal that we want to achieve and the only…
  • Have A Very Happy Easter!

    drjim
    15 Apr 2014 | 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
  • Every Speech That You Give Is About Selling

    drjim
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    In every speech that you give, you are really trying to sell somethingImage Credit Did you know that you work in sales? It turns out that if you are giving speeches, you do. For you see, in every speech that you give you are trying to sell something. It may not be a used car or a dishwasher, but it certainly is an idea or a way of looking at the world. What this means is that if you want to be an effective speaker, then you’re going to have to work on your sales skills. You Need To Learn To Persevere Let’s think for just a moment about how things are going to go the next time you…
  • When Speaking, It’s All About The Words That You Use

    drjim
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Heard a good word lately? Image Credit When it comes time to create your next speech, how many colors will you use? I’m not talking about paints, but rather words. For you see, every speech that we give is yet another opportunity to paint pictures in the minds of our audience. The supplies that you have to work with are words. Which words will you use in your next speech? The Power Of Words How does it feel to give a speech naked? Well, maybe you are (probably) wearing clothes but you are really standing up there with very little else despite knowing about the importance of public…
  • Create PowerPoint Slides, Go To Jail

    drjim
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Even speakers can end up breaking the lawImage Credit Argh! There never seems to be enough time to pull that next presentation together. Even though we know about the importance of public speaking somehow we always seem to find ourselves rushing around way too late in the process throwing our PowerPoint or Keynote decks together. We all know that images are important and so it’s all too easy to have Mr. Google go out and find that one perfect image or quote that so nicely sums up what you are trying to say. However, by doing this have you just broken the law? All About That Copyright…
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Campaign speech case is regulatory overkill

    George F. Will
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative? Read full article >>
  • Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution

    George F. Will
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty. Read full article >>
  • Michigan may be the GOP’s best answer to the ‘war on women’

    George F. Will
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    DETROIT Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term. Evidence that former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land might end this GOP drought is that Democrats are attacking her for opposing “preventive health care.” Read full article >>
  • D.C.’s shadow delegation: It’s not the money, it’s the strategy

    George Derek Musgrove
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Last week, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) released a budget for fiscal 2015 that contains $100,000 for the District’s shadow delegation to Congress, the city’s official statehood lobby. Though a pittance when compared with the $1.1 million that D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) proposed allocating for the same purpose last year, the budget line still would be unprecedented. The city has never directly funded the shadow delegation since the first elections for the positions in 1990. Read full article >>
  • Amend the Constitution to control federal spending

    George F. Will
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    PHOENIX From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other state legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed. Read full article >>
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  • Google Job Criteria

    Jerry Weissman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Google hires about 100 people every week and Laszlo Bock, the company’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, is the person who controls all those destinies. He shared his decision criteria with the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman who described them in his column yesterday. Two of Mr. Bock’s primary requirements, creativity and logic, are also required to develop successful business stories, messaging, and presentations. “But,” as he adds, “fewer people have this kind of structured thought process and creativity.” In addressing the nexus of these two requirements, Mr. Bock…
  • LBJ, Obama, and The Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Jerry Weissman
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Yesterday, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act 1964, President Obama delivered a speech at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, honoring his predecessor, the 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson. The media dutifully and respectfully reported on the speech, but it was almost lost on a very busy day for news: The Dow and NASDAQ both dropped triple-digits, Kathleen Sebelius resigned as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Hillary Clinton had a shoe thrown at her during a speech in Las Vegas, and Stephen Colbert was chosen as David…
  • Pitching for Entrepreneurs

    Tanya Fruehe
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Jerry presented at the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week conference last week. The local business press, City Business, reported on the conference and Jerry’s pitch. The post Pitching for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Double Oscars for Matthew McConaughey

    Jerry Weissman
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last night, Matthew McConaughey deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.”  He also deserves a second award for his acceptance speech, and not just because it stood head and shoulders above the usual rambling and self- or film industry-referential nature that such remarks are heir to. Simply put, he told us what he was going to tell us, told us, and then told us what he told us. Furthermore, he defined the structure of his speech as numerical—three people to thank: God, his family, and his hero—following the well-known “Rule of Threes,” i.e.,…
  • Obama Makes another Threat

    Jerry Weissman
    23 Feb 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Peggy Noonan, the Wall Street Journal columnist who, true to her Republican nature, has often criticized President Obama, found another opportunity to do so in his statement last week on the volatile situation in Ukraine. During a trilateral meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, Mr. Obama said, I want to be very clear that as we work through these next several days in Ukraine that we are going to be watching very carefully and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful…
 
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  • 12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

    Matt Eventoff
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    “I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis. Fear and anxiety before speaking publicly is nearly universal – it targets all of us, at different times and to varying degrees. Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting. Two of the greatest orators of the past two centuries, Sir Winston Churchill and President Abraham Lincoln, were both reported to have some…
  • How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

    Matt Eventoff
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message. Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. There’s no question; the majority of your audience agrees with what you’re saying. Empowered, the time has come to bring your speech to a close, at which point you exclaim: “In conclusion, I appreciate the time you spent listening about __________. Thank you.” …and then nothing happens. Everyone quietly claps, or just nods, and…
  • How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

    Matt Eventoff
    7 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, these are the words that are heard next: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be here with you today. My name is ___________, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _______.” Look around and you’ll see this: •People reviewing the program •People reviewing their notes •People reviewing the label on the sugar packet for their coffee •People texting on smartphones •People typing on laptops •People tapping on tables •People looking up…
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

    Matt Eventoff
    1 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers. The reality is that everyone gets a rush of adrenaline before presenting – it’s the normal “fight or flight” response. The key is to choose fight instead of flight, powering through and effectively utilizing your uneasiness. At Princeton Public Speaking, we coach clients to use numerous techniques to do this. Here are five of…
  • Public Speaking & Communication in the Middle East/North Africa

    Matt Eventoff
    6 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    By Ceem Haidar & Dalia Ghawi Managing Partners of The Commery The MENA region is vast, and there are over 20 countries that make up this part of the world. Yet, even with a common denominator present – namely the shared Arabic language – even that was a tough one to overcome. Each country has its own dialect and traditions, even hand gestures that a professional in the public eye must be aware of to not insult anyone. And so, here is a highlight of some of our direct experiences that we have come across in cross-cultural communications in the Middle East and North Africa. They are…
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  • Relay For Life: Spotsylvania

    Mike Pulsifer (a)
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    On April 12, I’ll be in Spotsylvania donating my time and talent to the Relay For Life of Spotsylvania.  I’ll be there to photograph the event, provide free portraits (digital) to participants, and make the “Why I Relay” photos. It’s a good distance, but it’s part of my commitment to, no matter how much business I do or don’t have in a year, that I give to worthy causes like this. If you’re in the area, come join the fight against cancer.
  • The Next Step With My Photography

    Mike
    22 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The other day, I read an article about Because I Said I Would.  This gave me the swift kick in the rear end that I needed.  For years, I told myself, “this is the year I start a business.”  Yet it never happened. Why? Fear.  Fear of rejection because other photographers are better than me (guess what, no matter how good you are, somebody’s better than you). Fear of making mistakes.  Fear of putting myself out there for all to see, for better or worse. OK, that last one’s pretty stupid.  They all are, but that last one’s pretty epic.  If I have no problems…
  • Abandoned In the Panhandle

    Mike
    14 Jul 2012 | 5:35 am
    I’ve taken the photos from my Abandoned In the Panhandle project and created a book.  Though I’m not done shooting abandoned places, I felt now was a good time to make a compilation.  Consider this Vol. 1. Details at my book page.
  • Productive Photo Walk Today

    Mike Pulsifer (a)
    4 Sep 2011 | 6:21 pm
    Yeah, it’s been quiet on this blog. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been productive. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m posting more of my most recent work from this morning’s stroll through Martinsburg, WV. To see everything I’m putting out there, just hop over to my flickr page.  To see what I consider to be my best work, follow the link below to my little home on 500px. mikepulsifer on 500px
  • 500px

    Mike Pulsifer (a)
    16 Jul 2011 | 8:35 am
    Lately, there’s been a lot of noise in the photography community around 500px.com.  This is another free (with upgrades available to those willing to pay) social photo sharing site that sort of fits between flickr and Smugmug.  The big differentiator (at least for now) is the quality.  This site seems to attract more quality photographers and photographs than other sites I’ve visited, especially flickr.  To check it out and see my work there, check the link below: mikepulsifer on 500px
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  • Use Contrast in Your Presentation For Better Memorability

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    We humans love contrast. We employ it in decorating [current hot trend: purple and green]; in fashion [current hot trend: Placid Blue and Hemlock Green with a dash of Radiant Orchid]; in story [long time trend: good vs. evil]; and even in decision making [long time trend: pros and cons].The reason contrast is so universal is because it highlights and creates memorability. Aren’t you more likely to remember a stunningly decorated room in purple and green than one in all grey? [OK, maybe that’s a female thing]. Contrast implies difference and difference is more memorable than sameness. We…
  • In Presentations, Normal Isn't The Same As Effective

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:34 pm
    New normal is a frequently heard phrase these days, describing everything from the tough economy to instability in the Middle East to the make-up of the modern family. I'm thinking maybe it's time for a new normal in presentations because the old normal isn't working very well. Too many times I hear my clients say, "...but that's the norm...that's what's expected...," when explaining why they continue to follow bad presentation practices. But when did the norm become synonymous with effective? Let's look at some of the worst "normal" practices and consider what might make for a new normal.
  • Happy Holidays

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    23 Dec 2013 | 8:48 am
      'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hall the well-rehearsed speaker kept her audience in thrall. Her metaphors were crisp, her words well chosen, on her the attention of the people was frozen. The slides on the screen had been created with care; no over-used templates or bullet points there. She had stories and eye contact, confidence galore, the audience loved her for she was no bore. And when she finished there was such a clatter, those outside the hall asked what was the matter. It was naturally assumed the audience was napping, but, no, behold! -- the noise was them…
  • Toasts for the Season

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    22 Nov 2013 | 3:27 pm
    With Thanksgiving kicking off the festive holiday season next week here in the US, many of you will find yourselves in numerous situations where a toast or a few words to a group will be in order. Just because you're at the company holiday party or at the dinner table with Grandpa Horace and Aunt Willamina, don't leave your presentation skills back in the office. TIPS FOR TOASTING A few tips to keep in mind as you toast the season: If you know you're going to be asked to say a few words, do choose your remarks in advance. Very, very few people are naturally good extemporaneous speakers. As…
  • How To Avoid a Scary Presentation

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    31 Oct 2013 | 3:08 pm
    The frightening ghosts and goblins who will be afoot this Halloween are no match for the scary things that can happen [or you imagine can happen] during your presentation. Let's take a look at three common presentation scares and see how to avoid [or at least manage] them. Scare #1: You get to the front of the room and your mind goes completely blank. Remedy: Practice your opening over and over until it becomes so internalized that you can call it from memory even when stressed. Put the first couple of things you want to say in bullet form on a note card and have it with you. Remember to…
 
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  • Proof of Things

    SANDY ROCHELLE SCHACHTER
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    You do not have to prove anything. Objects move or stay the same. The order of things do not matter. The bird’s wings catch fire in flight. Leaves change color to suit themselves- they owe Nothing to anyone. We live by whim.
  • Blow out the candles, Will.

    steve sangirardi
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Blow out the candles, Will. Steve Sangirardi Bard715@aol.com If against sung Shakespeare I would compete, as a son tries to best his better father, I’ll have to chew all my spinach, all my meat, and ignore rejections from The New Yorker. Plates from one hand will slice for plates on my left, like a Pharaoh feting his favorite slave, I’ll buttress pyramids in case my death puts an end to this crown I madly crave. I’ll spear my own name, at the same time pray the Bard’s dark ghost will play the clapper for the upstart crow, who if he had his way, would brave Kerith tallow…
  • All Fall Down–Except Michael Platt: Part I (Guest Post)

    Bob Grant - Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    We welcome anyone, who would like to submit an article for posting on our SWI site, to submit your piece (with title) for review and approval: On April 11, 1986, in Miami, FL, eight FBI agents got involved in a gunfight with two bank robbers. It lasted a little over four minutes. Both bank robbers were killed, two FBI agents were killed, and five of the remaining six agents were injured. The fight lasted a little over four minutes. As you might imagine, this event caused quite a ruckus. The press concluded that the FBI had been “outgunned” because they had fought with revolvers,…
  • Why We’re Still Attracted to the “Bad Ones”

    LarryAlton
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    It’s a cycle that’s played out since the beginning of time: There’s just something about a bad boy or a bad girl that’s hard to resist.  They come in many incarnations, but we’re supposed to “grow out of them” as we become adults and are told to find a “nice man or woman” with whom to settle down. Is this really something humans outgrow, or do we force ourselves to choose a nice person because it’s safe, and expected, and maybe our hearts have gone through a shredding one too many times? What’s the appeal of a bad boy or girl, anyway? It’s no secret that people love…
  • 4 Ways to Protect Your Family at Home with Mobile Tech

    LarryAlton
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Homeowners and renters now have access to affordable and portable tools that can help them secure their belongings and loved ones. There are innumerable threats that can strike your home at any time, and you can be prepared by having a few key mobile apps on your cellphone and tablet. Take a look at these four great ways to protect your family and your property. Security Systems  Many alarm companies have proprietary mobile apps that tie in directly with your home security system. If someone attempts to enter your property, you can get an alert notification sent to your cellphone. If you or…
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  • Lessons from a Lousy Law Lecture; How a Law Professor Failed to Connect

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Lessons from a Lousy Law Lecture; How a Law Professor Failed to Connect  In my first year of law school, one of my professors scheduled a class for students that had missed his lecture on the Jewish holidays.  When I was the only person to show up, I had a sense that this would be interesting.   I was right. It was the strangest law lecture of my life and stands as a lesson in how not to be audience-centered. Being audience-centered means believing that the whole reason that we give presentations is to connect with the audience, answer their questions, and help them, even…
  • The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell: New Speechworks White Paper

    2 Mar 2013 | 3:07 am
    The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell:  New Speechworks White Paper The best leaders build credibility with stories.  In particular, they share examples of the times in their lives when their character and skills were formed through personal experience. These narratives illustrate to the listener what they can expect of a leader as well as what a leader will most likely expect of them. People remember stories long after they forget the policy book and the vision statement on the wall. There are five stories you should be able to deliver that will build your credibility as a leader.
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  • 12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    '“I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” ” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” ” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis. Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Over: Game is to leverage the experience, eventually

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    'In America, optimism and endings usually can't occupy the same space. We expect the whatevers such as a plum assignment to continue, forever. But The Over happens.   Rarely do we like it, even if we put it into play. Yet, during The Over I stewed. imagined how things could have gone so my analytical abilities hadn't gotten fried.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • From NASCAR slides to "Any questions?": 8 kinds of slides to delete right now

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    'Lately, I''ve been coaching several speakers getting ready for industry conferences--hired either by their companies, or the conference organizers. As a result, I''ve spent an enormous amount of time telling speakers to ditch slide after slide after slide. This alarms the speakers (and their assistants and interns) no end. The main reason?Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Typepad Goes Down: Real-time help via Twitter

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    'Separate customer service departments may be over.  Instead they will be a continuum of myriad communications channels. Twitter has already become one of them.    During the past few days, blog platform Typepad had been sometimes down, sometimes flickering on and off.   On Twitter, we have been getting real-time updates.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • The Most Boring Speaking Advice in the World

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    'If you''ve been in a speaking class, a training room, a Toastmasters club, or even worked with many speaking coach, you''ve heard the following advice: Tell them what you''re going to tell them. Tell them. Then Tell them what you''ve told them. Makes sense, right? Repetition is good, isn''t it? It''s also BORING. Predictable. Easy to tune out.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
 
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    Les Posen's Presentation Magic

  • And the Apple love for Keynote and its users keeps coming…

    lesposen
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Just arrived in Sydney to be greeted by some positive comments about yesterday’s post about Keynote’s improved presenter display. While onboard UA839 for the 14 hour flight, I cracked open my MacBook Air with Mavericks 10.9.2 to play with some movies with transparencies I want to use for upcoming training workshops in Canberra. In a previous post last year lamenting the lost features which didn’t make the transition to Keynote 6.0, I mentioned alpha channel movies which appeared with their black, rather than transparent backgrounds. But onboard, it now seems this challenge…
  • Finally, Apple shows Keynote users more love: a significant point update includes the most requested Presenter display feature – real time viewing

    lesposen
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    On April 1, 2014 – just a few days after I had presented on Keynote 6 at Macworld in San Francisco – Apple produced significant updates for its three versions of Keynote – MacOS, iOS and iCloud. In addition to new builds, a topic I will explore when I get back to Australia (I’m currently in LAX waiting my overnight flight), and some other features, its Presenter display has undergone a major improvement. It’s one that pushes Keynote 5 (and before) further into history, and hopefully is a forecaster of more significant changes to come. Below is a video I created…
  • Advice for scientists who present: In this second blog entry, I look at a better use of charts and graphs, especially the use of Keynote’s MagicMove transition (with a special reference to Steve Jobs use of graphs)

    lesposen
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    In a previous post, I began an excursion into how science presenters can be easily and unwittingly seduced into giving very poor presentations by dint of their training and facilitation of their professional association’s publication standards. It was left with a complex diagram I often use in my workshops about IT where I try to persuade late adopter colleagues to review their relationships with technology and give thought to how best to bring themselves up to date (hint: buy an iPad). The diagram was designed in 2008 by Nick Felton at the request of two New York Times op-ed writers,…
  • The unwitting mistakes science presenters make, unknowingly facilitated by their professional Associations (Or: it’s time to move science presentations into the 21st century)

    lesposen
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Students in the Northern Hemisphere are by now half way through the college year. Freshman college students will have been exposed to a variety of presentation styles in their lectures, some better and some worse. Here in Australia, students are commencing their academic year, given we are coming to the end of our summer. For myself, my professional association, the Australian Psychological Society has  completed its annual conference in Cairns, in far north Queensland in October 2013, and has called for papers for its next conference the same time this year. I didn’t attend in 2013,…
  • What I wrote two years ago about the next version of Keynote (File under: Psychologist displays fortune telling skills)

    lesposen
    30 Oct 2013 | 6:52 pm
    In a response to a comment on a previous blog entry on Presentationmagic.com written two years ago here, I agreed with the commenter about our shared hopes for the next version of Keynote. At this point Keynote was almost three years without an update. Here’s what I wrote: <<<<<lesposen | October 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Reply | Edit It’s a good question (about Apple’s interest in updating Keynote) I’ve pondered too, and not just about Keynote. It’s likely Steve (Jobs) approved a roadmap for Apple’s future products four years into the future, at the…
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Create your own graphics with bursts and stars

    Ellen Finkelstein
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Do you need to create striking graphics for company newsletters, blog posts, posters, training materials, and so on? A nice way to do this is with one of the burst  or star shapes. Here you see an example. This is easy to create: Right-click off any object and choose Layout, Blank. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click the Shapes drop-down arrow and go to the Stars and Banners section. Choose any shape you like and drag it to the desired size on the slide. On the Format tab, use the Shape Outline button to format the outline. The burst you see here doesn’t have an outline; I…
  • Sync animation with a video or audio

    Ellen Finkelstein
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Have you ever wanted to sync animation with a video or audio file so that the animation happens at a specified point? Starting with PowerPoint 2010, you can add bookmarks to video or audio files. You can use a bookmark to quickly go to a specific location in the file but the real fun is when you use bookmarks to trigger animation. In this short presentation, I added video of me speaking to the left side of the slide and on 2 slides, synced animation so that it appeared at a specific point — a bookmark that I set — in the video. Watch it here — it’s only 2 minutes…
  • Format multiple headshots for consistency

    Ellen Finkelstein
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Sometimes you need to show a head shot of several people, such as a departmental team or the presenters for a presentation.  The problem is that you ask them for a head shot and they all look different, like this. What are you going to do? Don’t just resize them to make them the same size. Instead, you need to crop them so that they include approximately the same view, the same amount of head, shoulders, and body. Here’s the result after cropping. Can you see how each photo includes the head and a little bit of shoulder? Then you resize them to be the same height and align them…
  • Use black & white textured background images for infinite flexibility

    Ellen Finkelstein
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    A nice background is a texture that isn’t too striking. It provides some interest without distracting from your content. Whether you want to find one texture and use it a lot or you want to create a variety of backgrounds, a black & white texture can give you lots of flexibility. That’s because you can add a semi-transparent rectangle of any color on top of it. Or director “colorize” the image itself. These textures make your slide look artistic and hand-made and were created by fellow PowerPoint MVP Geetesh Bajaj. They’re amazingly inexpensive and cost only…
  • Create a quick texture background

    Ellen Finkelstein
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Starting with PowerPoint 2010, you can use Artistic Effects to create some cool effects for your pictures. You can convert a shape to an image and then apply an effect to that image. You can use the texture as a slide background or as an object on your slide. Here’s an example. Here’s how to create this texture: Insert a rectangle. You can drag it to cover the entire slide (or slide master) but you don’t have to — you can enlarge it later if you want. Unlike most images, textures are quite forgiving if you need to resize them because they’re so abstract. With the…
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  • Choose the right seminar room for your presentation

    Alessandra Cimatti
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When you are arranging a seminar in an external location, such as a hotel, be aware of room size, layout and lighting because these aspects can make a difference. It’s one thing to see a room well lit, with no people in the room, no projector, no speaker, no presentation. Only on the day of the event, when the presentation starts, will you see the problems. A long and narrow room, like the one in the photograph, with lights dimmed and a hidden presenter is not a good setup. People in the back will have a hard time following the event because of heads blocking the view, no view of the…
  • Third LinkedIn mistake: UPDATES

    Alessandra Cimatti
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is the third post in a series devoted to LinkedIn errors I see people make. It regards personal updates. LinkedIn allows members to publish updates which are then seen by all contacts in their news stream. Most people do not use this feature, but a few abuse it. Be careful: do not exaggerate with updates and do not publish too many frivolous or low value updates. I recently noticed one of my contacts that posted EIGHT Linkedin personal updates in ONE hour. These updates ended up appering in my news stream one after the other. And I have over 500 connections who could be posting updates,…
  • A second Linkedin error you should not make – LANGUAGES

    Alessandra Cimatti
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
    To continue on my series of posts describing common Linkedin profile errors, after last week’s post covering the profile photo, this week I will cover languages. 2. LANGUAGES I like the fact that you can specify the foreign languages you know on your LinkedIn profile. The system requires you to choose a proficiency level for a foreign language. The error that some non-native English speakers make is to write their profile in English, state a high level of knowledge of the English language, and then, when you read their profile, you immediately notice grammar and spelling mistakes. If…
  • 3 Linkedin errors that you should not make – PHOTO

    Alessandra Cimatti
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:54 am
    In almost 10 years of Linkedin usage and coaching companies on its use, I have seen many mistakes, some of which are easier to avoid than others. This series of 3 posts highlights 3 errors I see people make on Linkedin. Luckily, all three are easily fixed. 1. Personal Photo Linkedin is a professional social network, while Facebook is a multi-purpose social network that is primarily used to keep in touch with relatives, friends and various people we meet through the years. The picture you use in your Linkedin profile can be the same one you use in Facebook, but only if it a professional and…
  • Q&A with no questions? Don’t panic!

    Alessandra Cimatti
    29 Dec 2013 | 11:22 pm
    Keep calm and be ready Sometimes presenters are afraid they will not be able to answer the audience’s questions in the final Q&A session. If you are well prepared you should have no problems with all sorts of questions on your topic. Your preparation should include time to jot down possible questions or areas of possible disagreement, and draft appropriate replies.  If you get a very specific question that you don’t know the answer to, admitting it is better than making up an answer.  When this happens to me I write down the question and promise to get back to the person…
 
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    all about presentations

  • Telling a Story in your Presentation

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Human beings love stories. We read fiction and we watch movies. Stories convey information in an easily digestible fashion. Yet, few presenters share stories. Here is one simple way which will help you come up with stories for every presentation.Go back to your experiences and find out what shaped your current opinion (point of view).In every presentation you are sharing your point of view. You are presenting to your CEO and asking her to launch a new brand. You are presenting to your employees and asking them to follow some new rules. Why? What makes you believe in your argument?To discover…
  • How do you tell a story in your presentation?

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Every presentation book and blog asks us to say a story in our presentation. Easier said than done. Do you share stories in your presentation? How do you come up with these stories?I'll await your answers on this.To me saying a story is the toughest thing in a presentation.
  • Before and After: Replace all text with 1 image

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    A slide like this is normal. Full of text. Boring and dull.Remove every piece of text from this slide and replace it with an image which 'connotes' location. Use a large size image to cover the entire slide. Have no more than few words on the image. That's it.I have created a sample for reference purpose only. I have used an image from Google search. Ensure before you use an image, you check its usage rights.With this slide, you need to remember what to say on this slide. There is no list to save you. But with a little bit of practice the list would not be needed. Put in some hard work and…
  • Presentation Lesson from Night Safari, Singapore

    24 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last week I was in Singapore and I was attending the 'Creatures of the Night Show' in the famous Night Safari. The show was all about animals performing interesting acts on stage in front of a large audience. The show ended with an important conservation message. Such messages are usually boring and difficult to make people to care and act.In this case, the message was: segregating the waste. We should throw aluminium, paper and plastic in separate garbage bins.This message can be given simply. We request you to throw aluminium, paper and plastic in separate garbage bins. It is good…
  • 7 Secret PowerPoint Tips: Just4Fun

    10 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here are 7 PowerPoint tips no one knows. You can have some fun and can put it to good use. Check it out on slideshare here: 7 Secret PowerPoint Tips (Just4fun) from Vivek Singh
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • The Most Boring Speaking Advice in the World

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you've been in a speaking class, a training room, a Toastmasters club, or even worked with many speaking coach, you've heard the following advice:Tell them what you're going to tell them.Tell them.Then Tell them what you've told them.Makes sense, right? Repetition is good, isn't it? Prepare your audience, educate your audience, then make sure they've got it - and got it good. Indeed, this advice is as old as Plato and Socrates, and probably goes back to the age of cavemen.It's not the worst advice in the world, especially if you're a trainer, teacher, or drill sergeant. In fact, the…
  • Book 11 of 52 in 52: The Media Training Bible - Brad Phillips

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Media Training Bible was not on my original list of 52 Books in 52 Weeks, but when I was given a chance to read & review it, I couldn't pass up the chance. Speaking with the media takes a skill-set beyond public speaking, much like being a newspaper writer is different than a novelist. In addition, it's a skill I'm still working at mastering, as anyone who has heard an occasional long-winded podcast interview with me would know.Brevity and clarity are the two over-riding themes in the book, and Phillips has laid the book out in an ideal format - 101 tips, each just two pages. He…
  • Speaking of Manipulation by Speakers

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    "Listen to me! This is IMPORTANT!!!"Sounds like something a kid might say, right? Absolutely - as kids we can end up feeling ignored and minimized, and the only way to break through is to yell, to get dramatic, and sometimes....even CRY!Funny thing - we often carry those feelings, and those tactics, into adulthood - and if we're speakers, onto the stage.Are you shocked? Aghast? Don't believe it?When was the last time you heard a speaker literally tell you how important what they are saying is? When was the last time they lowered their voice, gnarled their face intensely, and shoved their…
  • Book 9 of 52 in 52: The Message of You - Judy Carter

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I named 'The Message of You' as one of my top books of 2013 - and vowed to re-read it this year. Mission Accomplished - and frankly, I'll probably be reading it again before years' end. It's THAT good.For years, I struggled to find a program that could teach me how to write a great keynote. The best advice I found was 'Have a great opening, make three points with three stories, and have a great close - and be funny'. I built my keynotes based primarily on those concepts - stringing together my best stories, trying to create a 'silver-thread' to connect them - and off I went.While I received…
  • Is Your Mess Stopping You From Sharing Your Message?

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:08 pm
    This is my 'Win Anyway Podcast' - but it crossed over into speaking this time around - so I thought I'd share with the rest of you!Are you getting mixed messages about your sharing your messy message?Tune in to today's Win Anyway Podcast and decide for yourself how much sharing your life, and your mess, with the world can help them, and YOU.
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 179) – Bill Bernbach

    John Zimmer
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    William (Bill) Bernbach (1911 – 1982) American Advertising Creative Director and Co-Founder of DBB “The truth isn’t the truth until people believe you, and they can’t believe you if they don’t know what you’re saying, and they can’t know what you’re saying if they don’t listen to you, and they won’t listen to you if you’re not interesting, and you won’t be interesting unless you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly.” — Bill BernbachFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • 12 Tips for Receiving Feedback

    John Zimmer
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect”. They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. His Squidoo Lens is also worth a look. This post is part of a series based on original posts by Seth. In his blog post from 11 January 2014, Seth discussed something that every public speaker wants—applause—and something every public speaker should want—feedback. Applause is important for a speaker. It is the best way in which the members of an audience…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 178) – Ancient Egypt

    John Zimmer
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    “Make thyself a craftsman in speech, for thereby thou shalt gain the upper hand.” — Inscription found in a 3,000-year-old Egyptian tomb Photo courtesy of Flickr / Sam and IanFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • “Speaking Bad”: Eight Tips from “Breaking Bad”

    John Zimmer
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    My daughter Alex had been raving about Breaking Bad for months. “Dad, you have to watch this show; it’s the best series I’ve ever seen,” she kept telling me. These days, I watch very little television—one evening a week at most—and I’m not all that keen about getting invested in a series.  But when Alex came home for Christmas, she asked me to watch the first couple of episodes with her and I was hooked. Breaking Bad has become my favourite series of all time. The plot, the character development, the wry humour and the sheer number of “Oh…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 177) – Frédéric Chopin

    John Zimmer
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:14 am
    Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) Polish / French Composer “Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” — Frédéric ChopinFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
 
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    Interruption Management

  • Multi-tasking = Contant Interruption

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, years back was quoted in Time Magazine and said:      "Decades of research, not to mention common sense, indicate that the quality of one's output and depth of thought deteriorate as one attends to ever more tasks.”
  • Interrupted by Bogus News?

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Before you believe or relay to others potentially bogus information, check out the story on your own:www.urbanlegends.about.comwww.thesmokinggun.comwww.quackwatch.orgwww.straightdope.comwww.snopes.comwww.truthorfiction.comwww.museumofhoaxes.comwww.skeptic.com
  • Making Smart Decisions

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Buy This Book and Pass It Along: As I mentioned a few weeks back, my colleague, Bob Wendover, has released a great little book on decision making called Figure it out! Making Smart Decisions in a Dumbed-Down World. This quick read got me thinking about all the times I need to do a better job of considering decisions before acting on impulse. Don’t we all? On top of all the great ideas, each chapter is augmented with a four-minute “deeper dive” video which helps you flesh out the concepts. To launch  the book, Bob is offering a special package on his website. If you go…
  • Want More Privacy?

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Here are some privacy related websites:* www.privacyrights.org* www.healthprivacy.org* www.usa.gov/topics/family/privacy-protection/online.shtml
  • Racing the Clock No More!

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:59 am
    A reader says, “No matter how conscious I am of saving time throughout the day, I still find myself racing the clock. What, if anything, am I doing wrong?Answer: Consider the following example: any one-hour activity that you undertake in the course of the day will consume one solid year out of the next 24 years of your life. One hour is to 24 hours as one year is to 24 years. With this realization, consider the cumulative effects of reading junk mail for only 30 minutes a day, or of spending 15 minutes a day in line at the bank which could be avoided if you judiciously used mail, phone, or…
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    Moving People to Action

  • India is Not Chaotic: Look at its Patterns

    Conor Neill
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Devdutt Pattanaik tells TEDx that if you know the patterns that you are looking for, India’s apparent chaos is actually order. The mythology of the West: kill the chaos-creating dragon, create order The mythology of India: liberate yourself from boundaries A beautiful western garden is ordered.  Weeds are weeds, trees are trees and flowers are in their rightful place.  But who says a weed is a weed?  It is the pattern of the gardener.  It is not the pattern of nature.  It is imposition of a western gardener’s view on the nature.  The imposition of boundaries. A western meal…
  • Kurt Vonnegut on The Shapes of Stories

    Conor Neill
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    Kurt Vonnegut, photo from nndb Kurt Vonnegut is an American writer (1922-2007) famous for his satire and humour in the face of desperate circumstances.  He has a wonderful theory on “the shapes of stories” – which he presents in the 4 minute video available below. Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Telling a Story In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root…
  • Jedi Productivity 11 of 11: We need you. The Jedi must Prevail over the Evil Empire and why you matter

    Conor Neill
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of the Star Wars Jedi Productivity blog post series.  There will be 11 posts coming weekly every Tuesday for… yes… just counted it… the next 11 weeks.  These posts will guide your journey from a wilful, novice young pretender who is controlled by time…  into a magnificent Jedi who uses time as her own power.  The full set of posts are available from here. We need you. The Jedi must Prevail over the Evil Empire and why you matter “Carpe Diem; Memento Mori” the salute to the victorious roman generals (“Seize this day; for…
  • Jedi Productivity 10 of 11: ”Luke! you switched off your targeting computer!” making time for yourself

    Conor Neill
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of the Star Wars Jedi Productivity blog post series.  There will be 11 posts coming weekly every Tuesday for… yes… just counted it… the next 11 weeks.  These posts will guide your journey from a wilful, novice young pretender who is controlled by time…  into a magnificent Jedi who uses time as her own power.  The full set of posts are available from here. ”Luke! you switched off your targeting computer!” making time for yourself “I am so busy” everybody’s excuse This week I am going to take a step back from Jedi…
  • #InspiringMondays: 3 Questions for the Week

    Conor Neill
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:14 am
    #InspiringMondays Do you remember art class?  Photo Credit: Nina Matthews My entrepreneurial friend David Tomas has a mission.  He calls it #InspiringMondays.  His mission is to build a company culture that has people as excited arriving to work on a Monday morning, as most people generally feel when they about to leave work on a Friday afternoon. On this (potentially) inspiring Monday, I have 3 questions for you: What will you do differently for the first time in a long time? Who will you take action to build a deeper relationship with? On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you use use your…
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    SIMS WYETH & CO.

  • Rehearsing Presentations: Is there a better way to practice?

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Creating 10,000 presentations in the course of your career, and rehearsing them all with great care, would not necessarily guarantee you presentation mastery. Neuroscience, and common sense, show that factors other than blind repetition must prevail. For example, if your golf swing isn’t any good, and you hit the driving range everyday of the summer, chances are that your swing won’t be any better on Labor Day. Why? Because you’re practicing the same thing over and over–and it’s a thing that doesn’t work. To put practice to work for you, neuroscientists have discovered that,…
  • Business Presentation Success: Hamlet the Speech Coach

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The inspiration for business presentation success can come from anywhere. Hamlet, for instance.  Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark in Shakespeare’s play called Hamlet, written around 1603. In the play, Hamlet retains a troop of actors to stage a play he’s written, and gives them coaching on how to speak their lines. Four-hundred and eleven years later, his words still pack a wollop. “Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.” In other words,…
  • Science and Business: The Story of a Lost Mousse

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Here in New Jersey, scientists grow on trees and work in laboratories, developing and testing molecules for bio-tech and pharmaceutical companies. Every day, they leave the known world to explore microscopic molecular places and witness scenes that quite possibly no human being has seen before.  They are the Lewises and Clarks of medicine. Like grizzled pioneers, they take their daily journey into the unknown for granted, and don’t express much awe and wonder about what they see.  Many are like airline pilots, whose aeronautical culture demands a steadytone of voice, even when tumbling…
  • Persuading others: Who should deliver the talk?

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    A presentation is a tool made of words and numbers, information and opinions. In many circumstances, it’s purpose is to help an audience make a decision or a prediction. But the source of those words, the speaker, must be trusted by the audience. One of the first questions we should ask ourselves when preparing a high stakes presentation is, “Who should deliver it?” A few years ago a client asked me to help prepare a presentation to a regulatory body in Washington, D.C. If the presentation was successful, it would earn the company hundreds of millions of dollars, and we believed,…
  • Two ways to structure a speech or presentation

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    I was looking for my childhood home on Google Earth, caught a glimpse of it from 30,000 feet, then zoomed in and saw my mother’s herb garden at the bottom of the lawn. My Mom and Dad are gone now, and I saw cars I didn’t recognize in the driveway. I knew the image was created in late fall or early winter because part of the lawn was brown: my father planted Zoisa grass in the early 1960s when he was waging war against crabgrass and dandelions, and Zoisa turns brown in the cold.  I also saw the leafless willow tree given to my parents when my sister died in 2001, more evidence of a cold…
 
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    Comments for John Sadowsky - Leadership & Storytelling

  • Comment on Speaking about “intercultural management” by Lucio López Prado

    Lucio López Prado
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I had the opportunity of dictating conferences about inter cultural management and how to increase the cultural intelligence in different settings (from project management conferences to insiders in my company). I’m amazed how a “simple” topic truly engages the public and speaker and sometimes is even remembered years later. I would love to hear you talking about it so, if you have any videos, they are truly expected. Cheers
  • Comment on Creating a group culture by Olivier Loëss

    Olivier Loëss
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:44 am
    Enjoyed this seminar one or two steps above our usual marketing or managerial economics topics. Thank you John.
  • Comment on Reflections on talent and character by Esther Vogelpoel

    Esther Vogelpoel
    18 Jan 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Coming to think of it after reading your blog, character is indeed very much undervalued these days. As a mother of 3 young children, I can see that this process starts at primary schools, where talent is praised (especially the ability to recognize numbers and letters at the earliest age possible) and good character is defined as how well you fit in. It seems to me that we should all take responsibility to balance out this process in favor of the refinement of character, our own and our children’s', and learn to recognize its importance.
  • Comment on The pope’s remarkable stories of inclusion continue, as he takes the church to the streets by Mike Dever

    Mike Dever
    11 Jan 2014 | 11:39 am
    Excellent article John. I especially like the idea of vision bouncing between leaders and followers in a mutual energising process.
  • Comment on How Abraham Lincoln mastered the art of storytelling: by Terry @ Fix em Up Rent em Out

    Terry @ Fix em Up Rent em Out
    29 Dec 2013 | 6:57 pm
    Hi John, Very nice article. I liked your description of how the adolescent Lincoln began to develop his powerful storytelling skills. I agree with you that the term “born storyteller” is not completely accurate. For your reading pleasure, I would like to humbly share an article that I recently penned entitled “What Mr. Lincoln Taught me About the Power of Stores” at http://fixemuprentemout.com/wordpress/2013/06/25/what-mr-lincoln-taught-me-about-the-power-of-stories/
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    Think Inc - Motivational Tid-bits

  • Oprah Winfrey

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” Sexually abused at 9; Ran away from home at 13; pregnant at 14; Beauty queen at 17; abused drugs in her 20s; first black American woman on National T.V in America and Millionaire at 32. Sounds strange but true. Zero to Hero: Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey one of the most respected Black American women in the world started out a deprived black American girl in the poor city of Kosciusko, Mississippi to unmarried lovers. She started her early education in the kitchen of grandmother because her maid mother…
  • ELISHA GRAVE OTIS

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    …From An Employee To Inventor Of Elevators…. Every time you visit a building and are able to travel effortlessly from floor to floor by using an elevator, you can silently offer your gratitude to a man by the name of Elisha Graves Otis. Otis started his life on a farm in 1811 in Halifax, Vermont. He was the youngest sibling of six children. At age 20, he left home and moved to Troy, NY, where he made a rough living as a wagon driver and carpenter. However, due to chronic poor health he could not carry on such demanding physical work. From 1838 to 1845 Otis lived in Brattleboro, VT, where…
  • Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Child

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    We all say the wrong thing sometimes, leaving our kids feeling hurt, angry, or confused. Read on for some of the most common verbal missteps moms and dads make, and kinder, gentler alternatives. 1.”Leave Me Alone!” A parent who doesn’t crave an occasional break is a saint, or someone who’s so overdue for some time alone she’s forgotten the benefits of recharging. Trouble is, when you routinely tell your kids, “Don’t bother me” or “I’m busy,” they internalize that message. They begin to think there’s no point in talking to…
  • Practice makes you better, not perfect

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    In life, every day one faces an opportunity to practice becoming better, instead of becoming bitter. Recently I had to travel from Delhi to Kota in an overnight train, and for me to get to Kota was very important. I was wait listed in the train, and didn’t get the confirmation. Since I had to reach Kota, I boarded the train, second A/C compartment with a general class ticket with the hope that the ticket collector will give me a berth. When I met the ticket collector, I showed him the general class ticket and requested him if he could allot me a berth. The Ticket collector flatly refused me…
  • Realty Kings

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:27 am
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    Presentation Dynamics

  • The Hardest Part of Teaching ……… and Speaking

    R. L. Howser
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Someone asked me the other day, “What is the hardest part of teaching?” My initial reaction was that it’s managing, grading and recording the students’ assignments and tests. It’s not my strongest suit, but I do try to be careful, because a trivial error can cause major problems for both student and teacher. It’s not really hard though. It just takes an obnoxious amount of time and attention. Care and feeding of the administration is certainly one of the most annoying parts of the job. But as long as I show up for class every day, turn in my paperwork on time and cause no more…
  • You Decide

    R. L. Howser
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:44 am
    It’s that time of year again and as I get ready for my annual assault on the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I find myself thinking a lot about last year’s winner. Unfortunately, it wasn’t me. My friend, Naoki Tamura, was the 2013 Toastmasters Japan Champion of Public Speaking. His speech, titled “You Decide”, was not only good enough to win the championship contest, it also taught me several important lessons about how to construct and deliver a powerful and memorable message. A Toastmasters speech is far too often, in Shakespeare’s words, “A tale told by an…
  • Toss out the baby AND the bathwater

    R. L. Howser
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:17 am
    There’s a problem that bedevils every writer that I know and it is particularly true of speech writers. We have a tendency to fall in love with our words. Once we spend the time crafting them and we see them on the paper or on the screen, they become the only way of saying what we are trying to get across. We’ll go back and tinker with them; polish the grammar, toy with the punctuation or agonize over word choices, but what we rarely do is question whether the approach we took was the best one. Much as a mother falls in love with her child, and can’t even imagine having any child but…
  • Find the Perfect Phrase

    R. L. Howser
    2 Jan 2014 | 12:53 am
    It’s better to burn out than to fade away – Neil Young   Burning out are much better than it fades away gradually – Japanese T-shirt There are always many different ways to put your thoughts into words. You can make different word choices, use different grammatical structures or change the order in which you present your ideas. Other than the obvious grammatical errors in the latter version, the two quotes above both make the same basic point. But I suspect you would agree that Neil Young phrased the point much more clearly, succinctly and powerfully than did the maker of the…
  • Bad Public Speaking Books

    R. L. Howser
    21 Dec 2013 | 10:02 pm
    “If you want to be a successful speaker”, the experts say, “you’ve got to write a book.” As with most questionable advice, this pernicious bit of conventional wisdom is based in the truth. It’s true that successful celebrity writers are always in demand as speakers and that they command high fees. Some best-selling writers even make more money from their speaking than they do from their writing. It’s also true that, with the advent of ebook readers and print on demand (POD) presses, it has never been easier to write, publish and market a book. Social media platforms have made it…
 
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    Digital Coach

  • 2014 Survey results are in! What we learned from you…

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    By Amy Wolff – Distinction Communication   What are the biggest pet peeves when people observe a communicator? What abuses of PowerPoint are the most irritating? You spoke. We listened. Every... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Lessons from the Shark Tank

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    So here’s the setting… Standing in the wings, a nervous entrepreneur has an idea.  And it’s not that they’re just looking at it as a quick path to personal wealth, but it also... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • The Two Minute $250,000 Presentation

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:51 am
        Could you persuade someone to donate a quarter of a million dollars in 120 seconds?     Last year one of our clients was in this situation. He shared his story with me last... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • The Art and Science of Confidence

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    14 Feb 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Probably one of the most attractive and arguably influential attributes of any communicator we observe is their personal confidence. Sometime it’s a quiet and understated confidence yet we get a... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Hope for Those Who Struggle with Presentation Fear

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    12 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    A note from Jim… Occasionally I come across someone who addresses a topic that’s so important for so many today.  Check out this great blog by author Allison Vesterfelt. She offers hope... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
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    American Speaker

  • Quick Tip: Organize your presentation like a diamond

    Columbia Books, LLC
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Think “diamond-shaped” when you prepare your next presentation: Start with a strong point, expand it with argument and example facets, then narrow to a concise close. [Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pareeerica
  • Speak with a personal touch

    Columbia Books, LLC
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    One of the best ways to grab audience attention is to tell a personal story. Here’s a list to help you remember real-life events to add to your next speech: What happened on your first date? Your first day on the job? Your first job interview? What’s the strangest thing that ever happened during a business meeting? At a restaurant? During vacation? In a dream? What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? What’s the saddest thing that ever happened to a friend? What made you the most embarrassed—or angry? What was the most inappropriate letter—or gift—you ever received? What…
  • Master the Q-and-A segment

    Columbia Books, LLC
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Maintain control of your presentation when you answer questions. Adopt these practices: Restate every question. Whether the person began speaking before reaching the microphone or rambled on, when you say the question everyone will hear and understand it. That also allows you to check whether you understood the person and to gain a few more moments to formulate your answer. Be patient, within reason. Don’t rush to answer before the person finishes speaking, but also don’t allow people to pontificate and run on. If you can leave the stage, go stand beside the person posing the question and…
  • Trends in public speaking

    Columbia Books, LLC
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Times are changing. If you want to continue to connect to your audience, be mindful of these trends in public speaking, says Lisa B. Marshall, author, writer, coach and host of The Public Speaker podcast. Presentations are becoming casual. People are dressing down so that they appear more approachable, likeable, real and trustworthy. Speech locations are also becoming less formal, steering away from large auditoriums to locations with couches and stand-up bar tables. Take a more casual approach by trading your suit for a business casual look or by changing your location from an auditorium to…
  • Quick tip: Omit this phrase from presentations

    Columbia Books, LLC
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:58 am
    At the beginning of your presentation, don’t tell your audience: “Don’t bother to take notes. I’ll provide you with a detailed handout when I finish.” That suggests to your listeners that they don’t need to focus on what you are saying as you speak. Besides, if everything is written down for them, do you really need to present at all? Better strategy: Provide them with a handout of the skeleton of your presentation and encourage them to take notes as they see fit. Or you make available through your website additional handouts and more in-depth material.
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    Rich Watts

  • ‘Why do it’ always beats ‘Just Do It!’

    Rich
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    ‘Just do it’ works brilliantly as an advertising line. It doesn’t work so well when you are telling a room full of people that they have to follow the latest company health and safety rule / procedure / idea. Truly persuasive speakers, managers and leaders don’t tell their audience to ‘just do it’, they provide relevant evidence and instead tell their audience ‘why we should do it’. That evidence can take so many forms – stories, statistics, analogies and ideas to name just a few. But, they all have one thing in common. They are a hundred…
  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes Agencies Make When Pitching

    Rich
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    There are five really obvious mistakes that I see made by agencies across the UK every single week. Rather than only reveal them to you once you’ve engaged with me, I’d much rather do something really kind and share them with you now, so that you can use them to increase the revenue you generate from your presentations and pitches in the coming months. When you find yourself receiving even more work from your clients by using these tips, then please do call me. I’d love to talk about helping you to increase the success of your presentations even further by delivering…
  • Thoughts on training expiry dates

    Rich
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    If we don’t go for a run each week, our fitness starts to decrease and we put on weight. So we run. If we don’t paint the fence, the wood starts to get damp and rot until it breaks. So we paint the fence. If we don’t MOT the car each year, our confidence in its ability to get us safely from A to B declines. So we MOT the car. Training and learning is exactly like keeping fit, painting the fence and maintaining the car. If we don’t keep it up, the quality of the product (our health, the fence and the car) begins to decline. Its effectiveness decreases. So why do we so…
  • If you want to engage your audience, move!

    Rich
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Standing behind a lectern is the easy option. It’s traditional, it’s expected and it provides a wonderful shield between us and the audience. How do our audience see a speaker stood behind a lectern? Traditional, expected and shielded from them. In other words, completely unengaging. If we want to really connect with our audience then we need to move. We need to move closer to our audience to engage them, and we need to move around to bring our stories to life. The lectern lends itself to neither of these things. So next time you have to stand up and speak, don’t stand…
  • Increasing your motivation to rehearse a presentation…

    Rich
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    The scariest rehearsal is always the first one. There are many reasons for this, but primarily, it comes down to one thing. Because we know the first rehearsal will be the worst rehearsal. The very essence of practice is that the more we do it, the stronger our performance becomes. And so, we avoid that first rehearsal because we know the initial output will be poor. We avoid it because we know that beginning means a commitment. A commitment to improving, a commitment to further rehearsal and a commitment to the hard work that this will entail. But here’s the flip side. Everything that…
 
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • Adding music and sounds to Prezi – should you?

    Lesley Barringer
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    After having a discussion in the office this week, I thought it would be useful to write a post on the Prezi – Add Music and Sounds feature. Jim watched a Prezi, and recommended I look at it as a good example of a well structured business Prezi. Although it was a great Prezi in terms of structure and use of visuals, it really made us consider the use of music in a presentation. We both watched the Prezi independently of each other. I found the music distracting and Jim said that he had turned it off altogether. Luckily, this particular Prezi was good enough to impress us, despite the…
  • #Prezi Screws the Pooch- Update Pooch unscrewed

    Jim Harvey
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:31 am
    In my last, testy, post I whinged about Prezi’s new Windows desktop app.  On paper it’s brilliant.  Unfortunately it’s installed on my windows PC’s.  It doesn’t work at all.  And as it overwrote the previous, working version of the app, I’m stuck. It’s like that Ferrari you’ve just bought, for which you’ve lost the keys, that’s just sitting on your drive, mocking you as the bank still takes the payments. To be fair to Prezi (And thanks to Amanda Richardson, Global Head of Product and Andrea Bado, technical genius, for all of…
  • Prezi Screws the Pooch- Prezi for Windows doesn’t work.

    Jim Harvey
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    ‘The Right Stuff’, was a brilliant film of the early 80′s.  It was based on the 1979 book of the same name by Tom Wolfe. It chronicled the chaotic, dangerous and charmed lives of the military pilots who became space travellers as a part of the Apollo missions of the 60′ & 70′s, the ordinary men who had the ‘right stuff’ to become the world famous  ‘astronauts’ of the public imagination.  Those fliers, who had been through wars, test piloting, accidents and all kinds of wrong stuff, had a saying for crashing and burning (sometimes…
  • Starting your speech with a gimmick – Lucy Kellaway crashes, burns then soars

    Jim Harvey
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    Here’s a really interesting article from Lucy Kellaway at the FT in London.  She tells a funny story about trying to launch her speech to 600 bankers with a costume change to help her make her point. It’s a good story and she draws her own conclusions about what she (and we) can learn from her mistake. She blames the audience and suggests the solution is to place stooges in the audience to help the speaker. The night before the talk I had dinner with the organisers. I warned them about the onstage outfit change and begged them to laugh and maybe clap. They looked a bit alarmed…
  • Free Prezi templates

    Rosie Hoyland
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    A quick squint around the internet and you can pretty soon find loads of Prezi templates to buy or download – including a lot of free ones from Prezi themselves. In fact the Prezi website is clogged up with businesses churning out templates by the dozen.  Some of the templates are useful, some look good, and just a few will actually help the presenter make his or her point. Download our FREE Graphics Packs  here. As we’ve argued before, the drive for all of this template thinking could well have been a desire to make Prezi more like Powerpoint, and more user-friendly, in terms…
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    Akash Karia

  • How Eminem became one of the best rappers of all time

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    When it comes to rap, Eminem is a genius. You may not like his songs, but you have to admire his talent at being able to make words rhyme. So, how did this high school drop out become one of the most successful rappers of all time? Check this out: Here are the interesting things I picked up: Eminem’s passion is words. He thinks about his passion all day, to the point it drives him insane. He’s so driven that he studied the dictionary. No matter what you think of Eminem, you’ve got to admire his obsession towards his craft. Akash The post How Eminem became one of the best…
  • [Free eBook] Anti Procrastination: 23 Tools to Stop Procrastinating

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    FREE Kindle book: Anti-Procrastination – 23 Tools to Stop Procrastinating Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1gSp7gX Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1enKzfd Do you find yourself often putting things off till “tomorrow”? That book you wanted to write? “Tomorrow”. That email you’re supposed to send? “Tomorrow”. That project you said you’d start yesterday? “Tomorrow”. Packed with twenty-three tools on how to stop procrastinating, get motivated and start getting things done, “Ready, Set, Procrastinate!” will prove to be an indispensible resource for those who want to get the most…
  • The Psychology of Success: One Simple Success Tip

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Want to triple your chances of success? Then check out this presentation I posted on Slideshare (http://slidesha.re/1i1ZGdO) based on my book, “How Successful People Think Differently“. Akash The post The Psychology of Success: One Simple Success Tip appeared first on Akash Karia.
  • My Surprising Public Speaking Discovery: What Great Speakers Do (and why many coaches are wrong)

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    I’ve dedicated my life to studying the art of public speaking. I’ve read over one-hundred books on presentation skills and persuasion. What’s the one tip I read in almost every book? Speak slower. Many public speaking coaches advise that if you want to be a powerful speaker, you should s-l-o-w down. This is true to some extent, especially if you’re someone who speaks super-super fast. “However, after studying great speakers, I’ve found that the best speakers don’t speak slowly: they speak at a relatively rapid rate. Why? Because it keeps the…
  • How to Wake Up Early: Trick Yourself into Becoming a Morning Person

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Waking up early is something that I’ve been struggling with, but a habit I’m trying to develop. It turns out, that’s a great habit successful people have: Christoph Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany, found that morning people are often more successful than evening people. Morning people are often more successful than evening people.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule So, how do you go about becoming a morning person? 1. Settle into a morning ritual  Wake up, exercise and eat at the same time every day, says Winter. The…
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  • When the right words create the wrong message

    Peter
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    by Peter Watts Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, Governor Chris Christie accidentally dropped a geographic f-bomb that left him apologizing to the gathering’s sponsor, leading GOP cash donor, Sheldon Adelson. And all that poor Governor Christie had done, was to use a perfectly correct term. What went wrong? How is it there are times in public speaking when using the correct words can be fatal to your message? The political goal of speaking at an RJC event is a simple one: Impress your pro-Israeli credentials on Sheldon Adelson, and the event held at Adelson’s Venetian Hotel in…
  • Immigration reform: Nancy’s hurling lemons – here’s how John can make lemonade

    Peter
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    by Peter Watts When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Speaker John Boehner might want to remember that advice when Nancy Pelosi unveils her discharge petition for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill at a press conference tomorrow morning. Immigration reform is a difficult topic for John Boehner’s caucus in the House. That’s exactly why Nancy Pelosi is so dramatically raising it and is also precisely why Mr. Boehner wishes that she wouldn’t. It’s not all bad news for Boehner though. There are specific communication measures that he can take to escape from the…
  • Rand Paul at Berkeley: Why his speech worked

    Peter
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    by Peter Watts Senator Rand Paul is a hero. Or at least that’s how several of the nation’s news organizations would have it. Just for once though, we’re not talking Fox News. The San Francisco Chronicle for example rejoiced with this morning’s headline: “Republican Rand Paul fires up a Berkeley crowd”, while the New York Times compared him with Ronald Reagan, who found Berkeley such a tough audience that he sent in the National Guard. All the applause would suggest that Senator Paul heroically entered a lion’s den and then persuaded the occupants to roll over and have their…
  • Hyperbole: A tool of jest, not of anger

    Peter
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:57 am
    by Peter Watts Hyperbole is a rhetorical weapon best used with tongue-in-cheek, and that’s a public speaking lesson Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana appears to have missed. During yesterday’s press-pack of the nation’s governors, Jindal broke free from the agreed statement in order to launch an outburst all of his own when he referred to President Obama’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage as “waving a white flag”. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy briskly intervened, taking the microphone and mocking Jindal’s comments. Other governors concurred. Jindal meanwhile,…
  • Cathy McMorris Rogers and the SOTU response. Yoda or Jindal?

    Peter
    27 Jan 2014 | 10:22 am
    It’s the most unenviable job in politics: delivering the response to the President’s State of the Union address. A high-wire act performed over circling sharks, the number one goal is simply to avoid coming out of it as chum. To emerge merely a chump can be considered success. The problem is that everybody remembers when it all goes wrong, but few remember when it goes OK. Bobby Jindahl’s train-wreck in 2009, and Marco Rubio’s water-bottle moment in 2013 both leap to mind, whereas Mitch Daniels workmanlike performance in 2012 has fallen off the radar. If delivering the SOTU response…
 
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  • Beautiful Infographic: Secrets Of World’s Oldest People

    Alex Rister
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Source I love so many things about this data visualization!  The “Where They Live” and “Centenarians In The U.S.” boxes are, by themselves, great examples of displaying data.  My favorite piece is the tiny “Age” graph. What is your favorite part of this infographic?
  • What The Speak Interview with Bryan Kelly

    Alex Rister
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Source As I mentioned earlier this year, Bryan Kelly interviewed me for What The Speak, his podcast series.  The interview is finally out!  Watch it here.
  • Dr. Emdin’s “Teach Teachers How To Create Magic”

    Alex Rister
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Dr. Christopher Emdin‘s hook got me.  He tells the story of an aspiring teacher writing a 60-page paper about a super old education theory developed by a long-dead man and wondering what in the world that paper has to do with her future career goals and aspirations. As a graduate student AND a full time teacher, this is something I’ve too often experienced.  I’ve found that research-based universities (the big universities such as the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida) are concerned with just that: research.  Teaching duties are secondary to…
  • Review: Dan Roam’s Show And Tell

    Alex Rister
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    When a book receives acclaim from Nancy Duarte, Garr Reynolds, and Guy Kawasaki, I know it’s going to be good.  After reading Dan Roam’s Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations over the weekend, I can confirm that yes, the book is good. Dan Roam is a communications expert who believes our presentations aren’t as powerful as they could be because we don’t use enough stories and pictures.  His two previous books, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures and Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t…
  • Three Slideshare Presentations For The Communications Expert

    Alex Rister
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sometimes, Slideshare is jam-packed with beautiful slide decks featuring not only good information but also good design.  Today, I’d like to share three top-notch Slideshare decks with you. The first comes from Carmine Gallo.  “Talk Like TED: 3 Unbreakable Laws of Communication” is such a powerful resource for communicators and presenters.  The Slideshare presentation serves as promotional material for Gallo’s latest book: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.  I love that TED has been become such an important part of pop…
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    How To Click With People

  • Natural Medicine or Crisis Medicine – Which Is Better Primary Care?

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    In the history of medicine, there never has been and likely never will be a more prudent approach to healthcare, the one likely to do the most good for the most people at the least cost, then the natural medicine approach long championed by naturopathic physicians. Today, our primary care system, fails to attend to this most important foundation of a healthy life. It’s not their fault, it just isn’t a part of their paradigm. A system that concerns itself with parts of the system rather than the whole system, body parts and organ systems, rather than the person, will inevitably…
  • Good Ideas Don’t Always Win, But Please Keep Having Them

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:47 am
    My musician friend, Roman Morykit, posted a link on his Facebook to an article on privacy this week.  He asked for friends to comment about someone’s very smart idea:  A ‘Do Not Track’ list for consumers, something along the lines of the ‘Do Not Call” list that Congre ss did make possible some years ago.  You can read the details of the idea here. That got me thinking about it.  And what I think is that it is brilliant in its simplicity and scope, and really ought to happen.  So here we have an example of a good idea, except for one small problem. Just like…
  • Are You Beginning 2014 With Intention And Commitment?

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    6 Jan 2014 | 12:01 am
    Here at The Art Of Change Skills For Life, we are all about making a difference, having an impact, and living lives of service to a better future. Change is inevitable, but progress is not.  You make the difference.  The biggest changes that ever have happened in this world were the result of people like yourself who showed up, stepped up, and took small steps forward towards an outcome they deemed worthy of their energy and time.   To master the art of change skills for life, you have to begin somewhere. And in this case, we begin this new year with the most pressing question:  What do…
  • Last Post For 2013, First Post For 2014, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    31 Dec 2013 | 12:09 am
    This is my last post for the old year (Bye, 2013, don’t let the door hit you on the way out), and the first for the new year (hello, 2014!  And may I say, you’re looking good!) On behalf of Lindea and myself, we wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2014 filled to overflowing with health and happiness! For me, 2013 was a great year, and 2014 looks to be even better.  I hope that’s true for you, too.  But I know 2013 wasn’t a great year for everybody all the time, and for some it was a terrible year.  If you had a rough year,  we sincerely hope that 2014 will be much…
  • Nobody’s Perfect! And That Is Perfectly Alright!

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    5 Dec 2013 | 11:11 am
    Every once in a while, I still feel like writing on my blog.  And as I’m on vacation with time on my hands, today seems to be a perfect day to write about perfectionism. I’ve battled my own perfectionist tendencies almost to a standstill.  I’ve pretty much won.  It wasn’t a perfect win, and I still have occasions where those tendencies muscle their way to front of my life for a moment, but I’ve learned an important lesson:   I no longer allow the ‘perfect’ to be the enemy of the good.  (Back to this in a few) Meanwhile, I keep meeting people who…
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  • The Unexpected Key to Successful Presentations (And 5 Ways to Do It Better)

    Michelle Mazur
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Giving a presentation without thinking about your audience is like going out on date and talking about yourself the whole time.  It’s squirm in your seat, clock watching, when can I go home and watch the Walking Dead, excruciating for your audience.  Who –  by the way – won’t be returning any of your calls. As a speaker, you’ve need to create a relationship – a bond even- with your audience. It’s the KEY to a great presentation. If you don’t, they’ll check their watch, check-out or check Facebook instead of listening to you. …
  • Afraid of Public Speaking? 2 Questions That Transform Fear

    Michelle Mazur
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    So you think you’re freaked about public speaking? The thought of standing up at a networking event, saying “hell yes” to that speaking opportunity, or even making yourself GO to that networking event, makes your heart pound like a timpani drum and your mind race with “I’m not going to remember what to say.” You’re not alone. Fear of speaking is natural. But here’s the problem: When your focused on the fear and not knowing what to say….in that moment you probably don’t have a clue about what you’re actually going to talk about. The fear stops you in your tracks. It never…
  • What Every Speaker Needs to Know to Go Pro

    Michelle Mazur
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    I’m not one for ice breakers, but if I must indulge in the activity – my favorite is two truths and a lie. In a room full of strangers, you tell 2 truths about yourself and 1 fabrication. Then the audiences ask you questions and try to guess which is the lie. Here’s mine: I’ve met Simon LeBon of Duran Duran multiple times and each time I was incredibly rude to him. I was rescued by the coast guard when my dad’s boat broke down on the Niagara river – near the Niagara Falls.  I met my fiancé  at speed dating, and he got my phone number in under 2-minutes.
  • Your Story Compels :: 3 Powerful Reasons to Tell Your Story to Grow Your Business

    Michelle Mazur
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    I curled up on the couch with my 2 cats and did something I never do. I binged watched True Detective (don’t worry no spoilers here). I could not get ENOUGH of Detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. Every episode left me wanting more. My mind cried out to find out what would happen next. The characters compelled me to order pizza and watch another episode.  I had stuff to do. I didn’t write. I didn’t work. I didn’t grocery shopping. I just sat on my couch mesmerized by the story (thank God it was only 8 episodes). I was addicted. The story invaded my mind.
  • Stand Up Straight to Influence Audiences and Improve Your Health

    Michelle Mazur
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    Today’s guest post is from Terrance Perez. Terrance is a motivational speaker and community activist. He loves to blog about local issues. Global communication organization Toastmasters International teaches its members that, when speaking in front of an audience, how you stand is just as important as what you say. Your posture reflects your attitude, and the correct stance conveys a sense of confidence and commands attention. The Correct Posture for Effective Public Speaking Toastmasters recommends following these steps to get into the correct posture for effective public speaking:…
 
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    Speak Up For Success

  • How to Give a Commencement, Valedictorian, or Graduation Speech

    Jezra
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    A graduation speech is part entertainment, part  inspiration — and the best way to win over any audience is to show your understanding of what entertains and inspires them.   So start to prepare your graduation speech by thinking about your audience. Step One: Know the Graduates You’ll Be Talking To If you’re the valedictorian of your class, you already understand your classmates’  hopes, fears, expectations, opportunities, and attitudes. But if you’re not well-versed in what today’s high school, college, and graduate students are thinking about and facing, now’s the…
  • What Public Speakers Can Learn from the Divergent Series

    Jezra
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    I’m deep into the second novel in Veronica Roth’s dystopian young adult series, Divergent,and the more I read, the more I see parallels with public speaking. ***SPOILER ALERT: The main premise of Divergent is about to be revealed.*** The Divergent novels (Divergent, Insurgent, andAllegiant) are set in a world that’s separated, Apartheid-style, into five “factions”: Candor train throughout their lives to detect and avoid telling lies. They’re blunt and insensitive, but you always know where you stand with them. Amity grow the food and maintain beauty in…
  • Public Speaking Coaching? Here’s What It Means to Me

    Jezra
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    Yesterday began with the incredible thrill of hearing myself quoted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. WNYC is our local NPR station. It has roughly a million unique listeners every week — more than any other public radio station in the U.S. (maybe the world!) — and popular morning host Brian Lehrer kicked off his show on coaching with this: People have been writing already on [coaching], on a wide range of what a coach can mean to our lives. One public speaking coach, Jezra Kaye from Speak Up for Success, writes to us about her approach and says, for her as a coach, “Public speaking…
  • Giving a TED-Style Talk? Here’s How They’re Different from Business Presentations

    Jezra
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    TED, TEDx, and other TED-style talks have become so pervasive and so popular that, even in business settings, speakers are often asked to give “a TED talk.” (And BTW, TEDx refers to independently organized events held for local communities, or communities of interest.) If you have a TED, TEDx, or TED-style talk coming up, here are the ways in which your talk will be different from a standard business presentation. What Makes a Talk Be a TED-Style Talk, Anyway?? First, let’s look at the superficial differences: TED-style talks are delivered without notes, from memory. THEY ARE…
  • Public Speaking Tip 48: For Public Speaking Success, Keep the Glass Half Full of Honey, Not Vinegar

    Jezra
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:41 pm
    You know the expression about seeing the glass as “half-empty” versus “half-full,” right? Half-full people tend to be cheerful and optimistic, sometimes to a fault. Half-empty people, like me, sometimes want to strangle them. How about this one: You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Leaving aside the question of why you’d want to catch flies (and yes, I know it’s a metaphor), this old expression refers to the fact that sweetness makes you more approachable than sourness — and therefore, more likely to get whatever you want! For Public…
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  • Alternatives to TED Talks in 2014

    jdonovan
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m a huge fan of TED Talks.  However, TED is not the only game in town for watching great speakers with great ideas.  Here are some other free options: 1. 99u Comment: I attend this excellent conference every year. It is nearly identical to TED and even features many of the same speakers.  Compared to TED’s broader mandate, 99u is a bit more focused on design, creativity, entrepreneurship, and personal development. 2. Big Think Comment: These are very short videos – typically under 5 minutes – focused on leadership and delivered by high powered executives and…
  • How to Pitch Your Startup to Investors

    jdonovan
    21 Jan 2014 | 6:27 am
    10 steps for crafting a story to pitch your entrepreneurial startup idea to investors using Square, AirBnB, and DropBox as examples. How to Pitch Your Startup to Investors from Jeremey Donovan  
  • How to Pitch An Idea

    jdonovan
    18 Jan 2014 | 10:31 am
    While TED Talks offer excellent examples of extended pitches, I’m always on the lookout for compelling examples of pitches that are more relevant to business, especially entrepreneurship.  I found a great example in the Stanford eCorner ‘Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders‘ series. The pitch is by Heratio Harts, a graduate of The Last Mile which is a controversial organization that teaches entrepreneurial skills to inmates so that they can make a successful transition from prison to living productively in society.  Heratio’s one-minute pitch begins at 52:30 of the video…
  • Charts Should Prove Your Point, No More and No Less

    jdonovan
    11 Jan 2014 | 2:10 pm
    One of my favorite blogs, 99u, recently called my attention to an excellent study conducted by Chegg and Harris Interactive. The study concluded, “there is a disconnect between students’ perceived proficiency of their soft skills like leadership, communication, and organization versus how hiring managers actually rate these critical workforce skills among recent college graduates.”  Take a look at the figure, reproduced below, and measure how long it takes you to clearly see that finding. (click figure to enlarge) It took me a while to see the conclusion because there is…
  • 10 Most Popular The Moth Stories Of All Time

    jdonovan
    20 Dec 2013 | 6:26 am
    Though not nearly as well known as TED, The Moth is gaining momentum as a platform for great storytelling.  The range of TED Talks is broadly inclusive of personal storytelling as well as high minded ideas grounded in social and scientific research. The Moth is more narrowly focused on emotional epiphanies drawn from life experiences – particularly those rooted in failure, frustration, futility, and fear. Note that many speakers have shared both stages including: Malcolm Gladwell, Janna Levin, and Ed Gavagan. The ones with an (*) at the end of the title are featured in The Moth’s…
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  • The Case For Visual Literacy

    Gavin McMahon
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    The way we’ve learned to communicate is wrong. Denizens of business, deep in the world of operations reviews, presentations and pitches, are communicating past each other, drowning in a sea of PowerPoint. It seems the general rule of corporate culture is to put that on a deck, or put some slides together. Many of you reading this will have lived through that ritual. We cannot speak to each other without consulting PowerPoint, talking in acronyms and using big words to confabulate our ideas. What we learn as soon as we put on lace-ups and a tie, or boot up our laptops and get to work,…
  • Presenting Better Webinar

    Jess Gozur
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    When giving a presentation, do you think about who you are presenting to? What’s in a good presentation? (Bullet points don’t count.) What about, how to be a better presenter? “It’s not rocket science” as Gavin says. The answer to these questions may seem fairly easy, but in fact they require some real thought up front. When thinking of your audience, remember that they want to hear about themselves, not necessarily you. Appeal to their logic, emotion, and self (or “Me” as Gavin calls it). Using words, structure, and pictures in the right way will set you up for a good…
  • What are the causes of good writing?

    Michael Erard
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    For a time in the 2000s, I worked as an in-house editor and writing consultant at a school of nursing, where I wrote grant proposals, edited research articles, and provided writing resources for people who didn’t train to become writers, but whose professional advancement depended on it. “Accidental writers,” I called them. While there, I was exposed to a paradigm of health care called “health promotion,” which (because I have a metaphorical mind) has influenced my thinking about good writing. Everything I’m going to say here also applies to good visual design, good presentations,…
  • Justin Foster’s Bacon Coterie: A Taste of Presenter Types

    Jess Gozur
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    “The world is built around the fact that the people who are good on their feet are the ones that get ahead…That cuts out 60% of the population.” I’m sure we’ve all felt or seen this in action at one point in our careers. In the interview below, Justin Foster talks to Gavin about how those of us who are introverts, not good on our feet, and break out in cold sweats just thinking about presenting can learn to overcome that. We can do that through knowing our Presenter Type and how to create a compelling message. Our presenter type represents the way we naturally build presentations…
  • The “What do I do?” Message

    Gavin McMahon
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    An old EDS superbowl commercial gave life to the expression, herding cats. In the spot, a grizzled cowboy (more properly catboy) faced the camera over a swelling western soundtrack and montage of cats roaming the dusty plain and being wrangled by ‘catboys’ and husked; Anybody can herd cattle. Holding together 10,000 half-wild short-hairs, why that’s another thing altogether. The feeling that expression and commercial evoked is one common to leaders at all levels. Ten’s, hundreds or thousands of people in your line of responsibility, who impossibly can’t seem to line up and take a…
 
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    Business School Presenting

  • What does your Presentation Appearance say about You?

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyYour Presentation Appearance sends a Powerful Message Oftentimes, we don’t consider that our physical presentation appearance transmits messages to those around us. Most certainly, the presentation appearance of a speaker before an audience conveys non-verbal signals.  This happens whether you are conscious of it or not. Your appearance sends a message to your audience, and you cannot decide not to send a message with your appearance. You cannot tell an audience to disregard the message your appearance transmits.  And you can’t dictate to an audience the message it…
  • Great Business Presentation Sites

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyYou have arrived at the most important website on the internet . . . . . . on delivering the great business presentation in business school. In fact, it’s the only site in the world in English devoted exclusively to business school presenting . . . and that’s out of almost 1 billion sites. One billion? Great Business Presentation Websites The internet should reach the 1 billion website milestone by the end of 2014.  And while no other site focuses on the challenges of business school presenting, plenty of other sites offer superb advice on this or that aspect…
  • Great Presentation Books

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley“Best of” lists are always popular, and it’s really an obvious exercise, isn’t it, compiling a list of Great Presentation Books? To recommend books chock full of presentation wisdom to hone our skill set! Great advice to lift our presentation to what we all sometimes refer to as “the next level.” And then the equally obvious thought occurred to me – that list already exists. The List of Great Presentation Books In fact, I’m certain that several lists are already out there making the rounds. And so I do the next best thing in this space . . . I offer you a…
  • Become a Presentation Colossus for Executive Presence

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Executive Presence is a quality we all wish we could have.  With it, you can become a presentation colossus! The good news is that we can develop executive presence . . . . . . it goes hand-in-hand with self-confidence. The Paradox of Executive Presence The paradox for some folks is that those with the most potential for especially powerful executive presence often intentionally diminish their capability for it. It’s a kind of self-sabotage that many engage in. One client I have from a foreign country has incredible charisma and the fundamental tools to develop personal…
  • How to Transition Between Speakers in your Business Presentation

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley One of the least-practiced aspects of the group presentation is how you pass the baton – the transition between speakers. Yet these baton-passing linkages within your presentation are incredibly important. They connect the conclusion of one segment and the introduction of the next. Shouldn’t this connecting link be as strong as possible, so that your audience receives the intended message?  So the message isn’t lost in a flurry of scurrying presenters moving about the stage in unpracticed, chaotic fashion? Don’t Lose Your Message! It sounds absurd, but group…
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  • Travel Light / Look Like A Pro: Using Ipad and Iphone To Run Your Presentations

    Sheri
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    By Guest Blogger Greg Niemi, Niemi Trust I now deliver presentations at large conferences using my iPad rather than lugging along my laptop PC.  I also use my iPad when making one to one sales presentations.   I installed a free app called SlideShark.  SlideShark enables you to present PowerPoint presentations from either your iPad or iPhone.   I installed their app on both my iPad & my iPhone.  With this app you can project your presentation from either your iPad or iPhone.  Or, you can use your iPhone as your remote to drive the presentation on your iPad.   Once your…
  • Rehearsal Time For Professional Speakers

    Sheri
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:25 am
    “I know my content so well, I’m better when I just kind of go with the flow.” “I don’t like to over-rehearse, it’s makes my speech sound impersonal.” If you’ve ever heard yourself utter these words, it’s time for a reality check. If you want to be a professional speaker, one who gets paid to stand on a stage and deliver an informed and inspired message, then you better except that part of your job is to be well rehearsed. I read an interview recently in which a well respected TEDx speaker claimed to have rehearsed more than 17 hours for…
  • What’s The Story Others Will Tell Of You

    Sheri
    20 Jun 2013 | 7:43 pm
    Today I attended the funeral of the father of three of my dear friends. These are friends who have been a part of my life for over 30 years. There is not a lot I don’t know about their family and their history. They are a very gregarious family who loves to live life to the fullest, loves to surround themselves with friends and loves to tell stories. The evening before the funeral friends and family gathered at a local bar to celebrate the life of the family patriarch and to share stories of his colorful life. There were no shortage of tales, laughs and tears. At times like that you…
  • Short Time Slot, Big Impact

    Sheri
    30 May 2013 | 12:09 pm
    Next month Way Beyond Ordinary Speakers will be sponsoring a speakers speed showcase put on by the MN Women In Networking organization. This is a great opportunity for organization leaders to hear what messages, talents and gifts the members can share with others – AND it’s a great opportunity for speakers to get their message out there and be heard by business leaders and event organizers.   The Challenge Each speaker has 4-5 minutes to shine. So, how do you deliver an informative, memorable, and moving speech in just 5 minutes? Here are a few simple tips to get you started…
  • Where Do You Find Inspiration For Your Work

    Sheri
    21 Apr 2013 | 8:34 am
    Earlier this week Christy and I made a decision on a whim to spend a night at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Sure we live in Colorado and travel all over the place (literally), but we hadn’t made the time to go to the Grand Canyon amidst our crazy travel schedule, until now.   In fact, we didn’t even have this stop planned until we were on the road last Sunday headed toward the greater Phoenix area. One of the things I love about Christy and our lives together is willingness to be spontaneous. This fine Sunday we decided to take a little detour and stop off at this…
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    BrightCarbon

  • Five PowerPoint Shortcuts That Will Change Your Life

    Hannah Brownlow
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    If you are a casual PowerPoint user and you’re looking for ways to speed up the sometimes arduous act of presentation making then this short list is for you: think of it as 5 life hacks for PowerPoint to avoid those #firstworldproblems. We’ve all spent our lunch breaks wiling away the time looking at lists of things like ‘16 horses that look like Miley Cyrus’, or ‘21 Brilliant British People Problems’, or, a personal favourite of mine ‘72 Truths Friends Taught You About Life in Your Twenties’. These are thoroughly entertaining but rarely useful. This, however, I hope will be…
  • Do Clichés Have a Place in Your Presentations?

    Richard Goring
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Should you ever use clichés in your presentations? What do you gain by using them, or by not using them, and how can you successfully integrate them into your stories? To cliché, or not to cliché: that is the question. Everyone hates a cliché, or so they say, particularly in presentations. The light bulb (bright idea), handshake (partnership), and puzzle piece (linkage) are probably the most commonly used, and boy are they used in all sorts of presentations, all over the world. Audiences are bored of them, and you run the risk of people thinking that they know what you’re going to say,…
  • Five Ways to Rethink Your Slides

    Hannah Brownlow
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m sure we’ve all had to endure some really dire presentations. Quite often we can’t put our finger on why we come out feeling so depressed about life, in fact when we start to think it through it transpires that we remember nothing from the entire presentation. It’s moments like this that I wonder if I was actually part of a big CIA experiment on mind-wiping rather than an attendee of a small-time business conference. But getting your presentations right isn’t mind-wipe science at all. Here are five ways you can improve yours just by doing some thinking… Yesterday I was at an…
  • PowerPoint for iPad – First Impressions

    Karl Parry
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:39 am
    Microsoft have finally released PowerPoint for iPad! With the iPad coming onto the scene in 2010, Microsoft have had almost 4 years to get their ubiquitous presentation platform ready for iOS. So what do I think? Here are my first impressions. Getting started So first things first, let’s get the PowerPoint app on my iPad. Amazingly, the first issue I found, was trying to find the app on the app store. On searching for ‘PowerPoint on iPad’ I was hit with numerous apps that offer a similar function, even a search for ‘Microsoft PowerPoint’ didn’t yield the…
  • PowerPoint for Android – Office Mobile

    Joby Blume
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:08 am
    If you are using an Office 365 subscription that includes the Office 2013 desktop applications, you can use Office Mobile to bring (an extremely limited version of) PowerPoint to Android. It’s now possible to view, review, and present PowerPoint – with animations intact – from an Android phone. Any Office 365 subscription plan that includes the full Office 2013 desktop applications also includes the license for Office Mobile. I’ve always thought that understanding Office 365 tiers and licensing could be a bit easier. From Microsoft’s own explanation, here is a list of the plans that…
 
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • [Quick public speaking tip] Data and story

    Bronwyn
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:52 pm
    I teach a lot about using stories. Stories are incredibly powerful speaking tools. I coach clients to choose stories that support a point, that supplement data and that make data come alive. But not always. The image above is, of course, Hans Rossling presenting data. It comes from the Superflux blog And Hans has a [...]
  • [Inspiration] Inexpressible comfort

    Bronwyn
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:08 am
    “Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are — chaff and grain together – certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath [...]
  • Into the Danger Zone – Getting your Tom Cruise on

    Bronwyn
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Cloak yourself in the attitude and face the danger zone of public speaking. Last night, at a presentation I gave on speaking your story, someone muttered “Yeah … public speaking – the greatest fear of all!” We all laughed and empathised, and then shared our stories – speaking in public but not “public speaking.” This [...]
  • How to be a Presentation God

    Bronwyn
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
      We’ve all been there: an Excel spreadsheet smeared across a projector screen as someone on stage mumbles into a microphone while you sneakily check your email on your phone just to stay awake. It’s presentation hell, and we’ve all been there before. But it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when you’re the [...]
  • [Public Speaking Quotation] Making it tingle

    Bronwyn
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    It’s such a lovely old-fashioned quote, isn’t it? “Whip with a switch” from the days of horses and horse carriages. And I would think that if you used a switch without leaves it would certainly tingle, though these days we shudder a little at the thought of beating the poor animal. Nevertheless, writing as he [...]
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    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence

  • Better Meetings Made Easy

    Shari\&#039; Alexander
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Shari\' Alexander Better Meetings Made Easy Better Meetings Made Easy I have to confess something. I hate pointless meetings. I’m sure I’m not alone in this and yet there are thousands of meetings happening right now and I’d bet that more than half of them are filled with bored, demoralized, and disgruntled employees. If you don’t want people dreading the idea [...] The post Better Meetings Made Easy appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Which is More Persuasive: Positive or Negative Influence?

    Shari\&#039; Alexander
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Shari\' Alexander Which is More Persuasive: Positive or Negative Influence? Which is More Persuasive: Positive or Negative Influence? When you need to be influential, chances are you will be faced with the question, “how can I frame my pitch to be more persuasive?”  In this quick video, I give you my best tip on how to prepare for that exact situation. The post Which is More Persuasive: Positive or Negative Influence? appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • One Influential Word That Can Make A Huge Difference

    Shari\&#039; Alexander
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Shari\' Alexander One Influential Word That Can Make A Huge Difference   One Influential Word That Can Make A Huge Difference In my recent article for Entrepreneur about The Art of Having a Productive Argument, I outlined ways that arguments can improve and strengthen your corporate culture and relationships. I wanted to follow up that article with a bonus tip for my blog readers. One of [...] The post One Influential Word That Can Make A Huge Difference appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Body Language and Influence – How to See What Others Miss

    Shari\&#039; Alexander
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:07 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Shari\' Alexander Body Language and Influence – How to See What Others Miss In this video I share some tips and insights about body language and influence. See what others miss and leverage it. Enjoy! The post Body Language and Influence – How to See What Others Miss appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Why Extroverts Need to Tone It Down: Lessons from Introverts

    Shari\&#039; Alexander
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:57 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Shari\' Alexander Why Extroverts Need to Tone It Down: Lessons from Introverts Just wanted to let you guys know that I have a new article up at Entrepreneur.com called “Tone it Down: 5 Introverted Lessons for Extroverts.” I hope you enjoy it. Within 1 hour of it being published, it become the #1 Top Story on the site! (And as I’m writing this, it still is the [...] The post Why Extroverts Need to Tone It Down: Lessons from Introverts appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
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    Donald Jenkins Now

  • In Studio with Dean Alexander

    Donald Jenkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Dean is a new artist with Warner who has just released his first single “Live a Little” that is climbing the charts! The post In Studio with Dean Alexander appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Westin Davis: Blood and Sand

    Donald Jenkins
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    New YouTube Version! One of the best songs I’ve heard from my boy Westin Davis! The post Westin Davis: Blood and Sand appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Dakota Bradley

    Donald Jenkins
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
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  • New Recording Artist with Warner Music: Michael Ray

    Donald Jenkins
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Got to meet new Warner Recording Artist Michael Ray after his studio session for a quick Interview. Michael has a lot of buzz on Music Row! Look for big things out of Michael in 2014!           The post New Recording Artist with Warner Music: Michael Ray appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Holly “Cruise” Video

    Donald Jenkins
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:54 pm
    My interview with Holly Barnard at her house talking about Modeling in the music video industry. Holly has had many lead roles in music videos for artist such as: Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and Nelly’s remix “Cruise” video. Holly can be booked by her agency The Block Agency.     […] The post Holly “Cruise” Video appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
 
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    The Brain Alchemist

  • How to enchant with your brand online in 20 seconds or less

    Anastasia
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Online communications are often devoid of facial cues and physical interactions. Therefore, they may feel impersonal.  Research shows that even most charismatic authors, speakers and experts may lose their attraction power via the Internet. In time when everyone can build a website, a blog and even produce their own movie, standing out from the crowd is more and more challenging. You no longer should shoot for mere “attention”, but for a strong emotional response to your brand and your services. You must strive to enchant your audience so they can trust and buy from you. Every second…
  • Our new book “SuccessOnomics” is out: Pathway to Success

    webdesign
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:14 pm
    You can define the word success. Webster did, he describes success as, “The fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame.” But, is that what it means to you? The strange thing is, we all perceive success differently. Each of us has different goals we aspire to achieve in life or business to define ourselves as successful. However, navigating down that ambiguous pathway to success isn’t always easy. Over the last eight months, I’ve united with successful entrepreneurs, professionals, and experts from around the world, including publisher of Forbes magazine, Steve Forbes, to…
  • My guest appearance on The Brian Tracy Show [Video Interview]

    Anastasia
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:01 am
    Last November, I had the honor of appearing as a guest on The Brian Tracy Show. I wrote about the amazing experience of meeting Brian Tracy, a legend of personal and professional development, and shared some photos from the event in my earlier blog post. Now I have the video portion of our interview: Want to develop your own multimedia course based on your book or expert content? Sign up for our complimentary consultation at http://bookphoria.com/register-for-your-complimentary-consultation/
  • 7 Facets of Book or Expert Content Trailers that INSPIRE [Infographic]

    Anastasia
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:36 am
    Book trailers are video promotions for a book, similar to those of movie trailers. In the age of short attention spans and information overload an author or an expert cannot afford not to implement the most innovative marketing techniques to stand out from the crowd. Professional book trailers can instantly attract audience’s attention and ignite their curiosity, allow you to be viewed as an expert and can even go viral. There are 7 main characteristics of a successful book trailer that one needs to take into account. We abbreviate them as INSPIRE. They apply not just to books but to…
  • The Speaker Transmedia Mindmap: Building Your Content Marketing Mosaic

    Anastasia
    17 Feb 2014 | 1:35 pm
    As a speaker, you may be wondering how multimedia solutions fit into the overall business marketing strategy. Creating compelling content is just one part of it.  You need to have appropriate distribution channels for your expert content, and it must engage your audience, prospects and clients. According to Canada Media Fund Keytrends Report 2014, “value is now generated by the relationship between audience and content” and “the intent is to give participating audiences the opportunity to add value to the content distribution process.” You want to meet your audience on the…
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    Expressive Degrees » Blog

  • Presentation Templates: How to Make A Presentation In 3 Minutes

    jonathanli_admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Here’s one of the best presentation templates for you to make a presentation in 3 minutes. Your Guide Of Influence, Jonathan P.S. Check out the Best presentation template for executives.  Click here to find out more. The post Presentation Templates: How to Make A Presentation In 3 Minutes appeared first on Expressive Degrees.
  • Persuasive Presentation How To Make A Persuasive Presentation

    jonathanli_admin
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:28 am
    Here’s the #1 element most business presenters don’t know. Use this simple strategy to make your business presentations 10X more persuasive.   Express your dreams, Jonathan P.S. Would you like me to personally double, triple or even quadruple your income… for FREE? Click here to find out more.     The post Persuasive Presentation How To Make A Persuasive Presentation appeared first on Expressive Degrees.
  • POWERFUL Presentations: Make Your Presentations More Powerful

    jonathanli_admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:51 pm
    What’s your No.1 tip on making business presentations more powerful? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Express your dreams, Jonathan P.S. Would you like me to personally double,triple or even quadruple your business… for free? Click here to find out more.  The post POWERFUL Presentations: Make Your Presentations More Powerful appeared first on Expressive Degrees.
  • Presentation Mistakes: Top 3 Business Presentation Mistakes

    jonathanli_admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Avoid these top 3 business presentation mistakes so you can stand out from your competitors and be on top of your industry. Express your dreams, Jonathan The post Presentation Mistakes: Top 3 Business Presentation Mistakes appeared first on Expressive Degrees.
  • 2 Basic Rules for Business Presentations

    jonathanli_admin
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:26 pm
    There are 2 basic rules to create powerful and persuasive business presentations. http://guide.ExpressiveDegrees.com  Apply these 2 rules in business presentations and see your influence GROW!   Express your dreams,   Jonathan Li The post 2 Basic Rules for Business Presentations appeared first on Expressive Degrees.
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    SpeakingSherpa

  • Alternatives to TED Talks in 2014

    jdonovan
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m a huge fan of TED Talks.  However, TED is not the only game in town for watching great speakers with great ideas.  Here are some other free options: 1. 99u Comment: I attend this excellent conference every year. It is nearly identical to TED and even features many of the same speakers.  Compared to TED’s broader mandate, 99u is a bit more focused on design, creativity, entrepreneurship, and personal development. 2. Big Think Comment: These are very short videos – typically under 5 minutes – focused on leadership and delivered by high powered executives and…
  • How to Pitch Your Startup to Investors

    jdonovan
    21 Jan 2014 | 6:27 am
    10 steps for crafting a story to pitch your entrepreneurial startup idea to investors using Square, AirBnB, and DropBox as examples. How to Pitch Your Startup to Investors from Jeremey Donovan  
  • How to Pitch An Idea

    jdonovan
    18 Jan 2014 | 10:31 am
    While TED Talks offer excellent examples of extended pitches, I’m always on the lookout for compelling examples of pitches that are more relevant to business, especially entrepreneurship.  I found a great example in the Stanford eCorner ‘Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders‘ series. The pitch is by Heratio Harts, a graduate of The Last Mile which is a controversial organization that teaches entrepreneurial skills to inmates so that they can make a successful transition from prison to living productively in society.  Heratio’s one-minute pitch begins at 52:30 of the video…
  • Charts Should Prove Your Point, No More and No Less

    jdonovan
    11 Jan 2014 | 2:10 pm
    One of my favorite blogs, 99u, recently called my attention to an excellent study conducted by Chegg and Harris Interactive. The study concluded, “there is a disconnect between students’ perceived proficiency of their soft skills like leadership, communication, and organization versus how hiring managers actually rate these critical workforce skills among recent college graduates.”  Take a look at the figure, reproduced below, and measure how long it takes you to clearly see that finding. (click figure to enlarge) It took me a while to see the conclusion because there is…
  • 10 Most Popular The Moth Stories Of All Time

    jdonovan
    20 Dec 2013 | 6:26 am
    Though not nearly as well known as TED, The Moth is gaining momentum as a platform for great storytelling.  The range of TED Talks is broadly inclusive of personal storytelling as well as high minded ideas grounded in social and scientific research. The Moth is more narrowly focused on emotional epiphanies drawn from life experiences – particularly those rooted in failure, frustration, futility, and fear. Note that many speakers have shared both stages including: Malcolm Gladwell, Janna Levin, and Ed Gavagan. The ones with an (*) at the end of the title are featured in The Moth’s…
 
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    Decker Communications

  • Establishing Executive Presence

    Ben Decker
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The phrase “executive presence” is not new, but it’s gaining traction. I heard it referenced in seven meetings with executives from seven different companies last week, alone. What does it mean? It’s a way to describe confidence. Not to be confused with arrogance, demonstrating executive presence means showing that we are comfortable in our own skin, that we can go anywhere, that we can handle anything we’re given, that we can ‘own it,’ and that we can be trusted. From your posture to the words you use, the way you convey ideas and the way you incite action, there are so many…
  • Literally – Just a Filler Word

    Ben Decker
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    If there were Survivor for words, I’d vote off “literally.” It’s inserted into sentences for no real reason. Consider: I am literally the hungriest person in the world right now. I am literally going to break this printer in a minute. The coffee machine is literally the slowest thing on the planet. Sound familiar? Maybe you even use it that way? You are not alone. Similar to “um” and “uh”, “literally” has become a common filler word – tossed into sentences unnecessarily. Others include: Just … Like… Actually… So… Honestly…  (as if you’ve been lying up…
  • Communicating Trust – and the NSA

    Ben Decker
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:06 am
    The NSA blew it, and Ed Snowden changed minds. What a difference communication makes! We were lucky to take part in TED 2014 last week. Of all the ideas shared, the most conversation-spurring topic was privacy: Do we want it? Do we have it? Is it eroding? Are we okay with that? What is the threat? The team at TED surprised everyone by introducing an unannounced speaker: Edward Snowden. Appearing from a remote location in Russia, Snowden engaged in a real-time conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson via video robot. It stunned the audience. Following a recent video-appearance at SXSW, Snowden…
  • Influence with a Point of View

    Ben Decker
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:07 am
    What’s your point of view? It’s not a “nice to have,” it’s a “need to have” – and let me tell you why: It’s hard to argue with getting better results. But don’t just take my word for it. Recently, a self-proclaimed “Decker Super-Fan” (for reference – she’s taken Communicate to Influence 10 times!) was reflecting on each new team and each new company. Even after delivering 12 keynotes last year, she maintains, “This isn’t a main-stage skill. I finally learned in my board meetings and my management meetings that it’s not about agreeing with others or stroking…
  • How to Rock an Acceptance Speech

    Kelly Decker
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Every time you speak, you create an experience for your listeners – whether they are your colleagues, kids, PTA or soccer team. In the case of Oscar acceptance speeches, it is no different. What is said and how it’s said combine to create either a this-is-a-great-time-for-a-bathroom-break or a riveting, tear-jerking, gut-busting, inspiring moment. Matthew McConaughey wisely did the latter. It wasn’t just closing the speech with the very line that he made famous “All right, all right, all right…” – which I hugely appreciated as Dazed and Confused is a favorite in my house.
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    PresentationLoad Blog

  • Vision and Storytelling: How to Use Mood Boards for Presentations

    Birthe Klementowski
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    Remember when you made collages as a child? I distinctly remember being proud of cutting small pictures of pop stars from magazines. Then I glued them on billboards and attached them on the wall over my bed. It was never “just” a poster. The collage reflected more: zeitgeist, love for music, and even personality. This is the principle of mood boards, helpful presentation tools used in the design and communication industry. They are perfect for brainstorming. This is why you can also use mood boards to create presentations as well. These boards are potpourris of things we like. Thoughts,…
  • Tutorial: How to Edit Your Presentation’s Images Without Leaving PowerPoint

    Jonathan Schikowski
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    If you use PowerPoint only occasionally, wondering how to edit photographs or graphics, then this tutorial is for you. I’ll show you a few simple steps for PowerPoint 2010 you can follow with ease. Contents: How to scale images proportionally How to convert images to black and white How to compress images How to crop images How to adjust contrast and brightness of an image How to add visual effects to images (“Picture Styles”) How to add 3D effects to your images How to recolor images How to scale images proportionally In order to scale images proportionally, select an image…
  • Download Free PowerPoint Templates for Science and Research

    Birthe Klementowski
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    Isn’t it annoying when you are invited to a symposium or a series of lectures and the presentations are visually more or less narcotic? No matter how good the topic is, without smashing design the presentation will hardly gain attention. Transmit knowledge more vividly and attractive. To simplify the creation of a professional speech, we have designed a collection of unique PowerPoint templates suiting research and science. This special set, available as free download includes 25 high-class templates. Transmit science more vividly With this selection of exclusive templates you can easily…
  • Happy Easter! Free PowerPoint Templates Ready for Download

    Birthe Klementowski
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:27 pm
    It’s springtime! Celebrate Easter with PresentationLoad’s free PowerPoint templates and send greetings and presentations to colleagues, friends, and family. Send personal greetings or a complete presentation to colleagues, friends, and your family to celebrate springtime! As an Easter special, we offer an exclusive selection of free PowerPoint templates. You will find a selection of animated Easter templates in our shop to create amazing PowerPoint presentations for your colleagues, friends, and family. Just click on the link below to download these beautiful ppt templates. They are…
  • PowerPoint Tutorial: Editing 3D Objects

    Jonathan Schikowski
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    In this tutorial, you will learn about working with 3D objects in Microsoft PowerPoint: How to rotate 3D objects How to color 3D objects How to give 3D objects a gradient fill How to fill 3D objects with an image How to add a shadow to a 3D object How to add text to a 3D object How to add an outline to a 3D object   Without further ado, let’s jump right in! How to rotate 3D objects Right-click on the object Select “Format Shape“ from the menu Choose “3-D Rotation“. You are now able to rotate the object using “Presets,” or you can rotate it in any direction with the…
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    Tweak Your Slides

  • How Eno Can Jumpstart Your Creativity

    tweakyourslides
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Brian Eno is one of the most prolific, creative, and influential artists and producers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Eno began as part of glam rock band, Roxy Music.  After becoming a solo artist, he experimented, grew his craft, and was responsible for founding and growing the ambient music genre. Eno’s prolific influence and impact are in great part due to Eno’s ability to think conceptually, to consistently evolve his creativity, and his willingness to think differently and actualize his wild imaginings. Image courtesy of cinetech Eno was the first to introduce…
  • Slideshare of the Day: The ten worst body language presentation mistakes

    tweakyourslides
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    SOAP presentations is definitely among my top Slidesharers to follow. Their decks are consistently useful, well-designed and engaging. Today’s Slideshare of the Day features a topic that is important to both live synchronous presentations and asynchronous video presentations. While we can debate just how much we say through body language vs. verbal language, no one can deny that an audience makes certain decisions about a presenter’s credibility and relationship to them based on non-verbals. As Amy Cuddy asserts, our body language can speak volumes about how others perceive us…
  • A superteacher’s perspective via What The Speak

    tweakyourslides
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I’ve had teaching and superteaching on the brain for days now, and this week’s Creating Communication offerings only helped reinforce thoughts of all things pedagogy and superteaching. Alex Rister recently sat down with Bryan Kelly of What The Speak to share her insights on teaching presenting in the 21st century. If you know me, you know I am Alex’s “hype girl,” biggest fan, and superteacher bff. I am proud of her pursuit of her bliss, awesome communication, and am inspired by her work ethic and passion! As a superteacher, Alex shares with What the Speak…
  • Data Display of the Day: How to choose the right job

    tweakyourslides
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The Professional Communication and Presentation reboot has entered the lesson-building phase; we’ve secured our new course textbook, developed assignments, and rubrics. Now, it’s time to craft lessons to help our students meet the objectives we’ve developed for the course. One of my primary tasks in creating lessons is drawing from and integrating strong sources related to our core outcomes. Today’s data display, courtesy of Daily Infographic and visual.ly, features a very important topic, how to find a job that will help you grow into your career. While this…
  • Slideshare of the Day: 7 Rules for Writing Blog Posts That Get Read and Shared

    tweakyourslides
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As a blogger, one of my main goals is gaining readership through meaningful and worthwhile effort. The blogs I love to read provide me with information I cannot find elsewhere or have conceptualized myself but not articulated.  This year, I committed myself to becoming that type of blogger. My first step was and is consistency–from what I’ve observed, blogging consistently at least three times per week not only grows the amount of relevant content I have to offer readers but also helps me continue to grow my skills as a writer. Blogging consistently has also helped me connect…
 
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