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Five Lessons from the 2015 Miss Universe Mix-up

Manner of Speaking

If you were looking for an awkward television moment to close out 2015, Steve Harvey has handed it to you on a silver plate. At the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, it came down to the final three contestants: Miss Colombia, … Continue reading → Uncategorized Mark Critch Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach public speaking Steve Harvey

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Finally, a 2015 trend you can really use

Kate's Voice

The year in review from the standpoint of Google searches tells a lot about what interests people. Although my own little year in review is based on searches too, I admit that it cannot compete with the search trends that lead to results such as the Kardashians’ lips or pumpkin seed recipes. No, people find […].

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A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. But this post is for the rest of you. The losers. I've lost at club.

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2015's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts

The Eloquent Woman

In 2015, your most-read Famous Speech Friday speeches took place at TED and on television, at awards ceremonies and (figuratively) in an elevator.

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Famous Speech Friday: Dame Stephanie Shirley at TED 2015

The Eloquent Woman

Now that timeline of accomplishment for Stephanie Shirley includes a TED talk, given at the 2015 conference. And eventually, the work came in.

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My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

It''s the most wonderful time of the year! There are also oldies but goodies here that are my go-to items, so take a look and have fun shopping.

2015 78

Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

PowerPoint Tips

A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. .

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

. “What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. - Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877.

2015 99

Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint Mix is a new PowerPoint add-on by Microsoft, now in beta (not finalized). What is PowerPoint Mix? You can add quizzes. How to get started.

2015 100

Create an animated announcement

PowerPoint Tips

Do you announce new events, training programs, or products? Would you like a simple-to-use animated video that makes the announcement? Need training?

2015 92

Side-by-side speaker video and slide content for a live presentation feel

PowerPoint Tips

Start by watching this short video. What do you think? On YouTube (or another video sharing site) for marketing or for clients. ”).

2015 86

Add power to your message with better slide titles

PowerPoint Tips

Add action verbs to your slide titles. When I work with clients, I sometimes find that their slide titles are boring and even meaningless. Why is that?

2015 90

Turn a presentation into a report or e-book

PowerPoint Tips

You might find it valuable to create a report or e-book from a presentation. For example, you might want to include a table of contents and a cover.

2015 83

Icons are hot now — how to get, make, and use icons

PowerPoint Tips

Iconography is hot in design now. Here is an example from one of my websites. Here’s an example from urbangap.com/urban12/dicembre.

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What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

PowerPoint Tips

It’s time for me to talk about PowerPoint 2016, since it’s been out for a few weeks now. Here’s a screenshot of it. A treemap chart.

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Video tutorial: Create a theme in PowerPoint from scratch

PowerPoint Tips

Setting up the theme and slide master, while it might seem time consuming, is actually a time saver because you avoid having to fiddle with each slide.

2015 85

2015's top 5 Famous Speech Friday collections

The Eloquent Woman

Collections have been a popular form of Famous Speech Friday post, and never more than in 2015. It's a great short history in its own right.

2015 13

The Famous Speech Friday All-Stars to start 2015

The Eloquent Woman

From activists and an aviator to a poet and a prime minister, these are the famous speeches by women that are most-read on the blog. famous speeches

2015 18

Create a screenshot and screen recording in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

In PowerPoint 2010 and later, you can take screenshots from within PowerPoint. If you have all of your updates, you should see it. Take a screenshot.

Create a quiz in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that you can create a quiz in PowerPoint? You can create a simple quiz in PowerPoint using just hyperlinks. Create the slides. Click OK.

2015 87

The why of presentations–getting results

PowerPoint Tips

To get the best results from a presentation, you need to think about the “why.” ” Why are you doing the presentation? Inspire action.

2015 77

Handouts for data-heavy presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it. The setting. How many girls? Say how you got it.

Quickly create a grid of tiled images

PowerPoint Tips

Can you imagine creating this slide in under 5 minutes? Well, you can. Using SmartArt picture layouts. They even crop the images for you! Click Insert.

Save PowerPoint customizations for the Quick Access Toolbar and ribbon

PowerPoint Tips

Do you customize the Quick Access Toolbar? The QAT is that row of icons above or below the ribbon.) How about the ribbon? Use multiple configurations.

2015 71

3 tips to make your slides more persuasive

PowerPoint Tips

It’s not only sales people who need to persuade. Perhaps you need to get approval for a proposal. Make images big. Portray emotion.

2015 74

Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2015 Convention in Las Vegas

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2015 International Convention, to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Aug.

PowerPoint on an Android phone

PowerPoint Tips

Microsoft recently made PowerPoint (and Word and Excel) available as an Android phone app. You can go to the Google Play Store to download the app.

2015 70

Create a table from Excel data in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Recently, a subscriber asked me about how to put a table of data from Excel on a slide. You can do this in a couple of ways. Copy and paste.

2015 76

Stay weird.

Speak Schmeak

Our favorite, and most effective, awards show speeches tend to go one of two directions: Humor or passion. This bridge was built on hope. Yes, you do.

2015 73

8 secrets for a presentation that makes an impact

Manner of Speaking

My friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, has created this slide deck that is currently featured on the home page of SlideShare. Timo asked me and seven other speaking professionals from around the world for one tip to help … Continue reading → Slide Presentation presentations SlideShare Timo Sorri

2015 86

Lose the jargon

Manner of Speaking

One of the podcasts that I listen to regularly is The Good Life Project hosted by Jonathan Fields.

2015 86

Famous Speech Friday: Monica Lewinsky at TED 2015

The Eloquent Woman

Monica Lewinsky opened her 2015 TED talk by talking about silencing herself as a speaker. Obviously, that''s changed, but only recently."

2015 13

Create a numbered list with shapes

PowerPoint Tips

I recently saw an interesting slide that had a unique numbered list and I thought I’d show you how to create a numbered list with shapes.

Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides

PowerPoint Tips

It’s often useful to create a menu for your first or second slide. To allow viewers to navigate through an online presentation. Click OK.

2015 70

Don’t use placeholders for images, unless…

PowerPoint Tips

I was working on a client’s presentation and she used content placeholders for all of her pictures. Did you find this post useful? Need training?

Create a system for your message

PowerPoint Tips

A presentation doesn’t stand by itself. You created a product and want to sell it. So you create a presentation that meets the need.

2015 66

Money Talks: Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

’s). Legions of young hopefuls pitch their ideas to shrewd investors ready to back the next new thing to the […].

2015 65

Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

Presentation Zen

Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) January 2, 2015. With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves.

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Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Matt Eventoff

The next legend in a series on public speaking experts is one of the greatest orators ever, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a legendary orator. We are lucky enough to have video clips of Dr. King to view, study and learn from. Dr. King inspired, and continues to inspire people with the power of his speech and the power of his actions.

2015 68

Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

One solution to the drought: Succulents! On my walk, I saw lots of green lawns. But I also saw brown lawns. Great! Love the sound of your own voice?