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Master the Art of Presenting 2016

Manner of Speaking

I am excited to announce that the third annual Master the Art of Presenting will take place on 20-21 October 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2016 Convention in Washington, D.C.

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2016 International Convention, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.,

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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.

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Toastmasters International Convention – 2016

Manner of Speaking

The 85th Annual Toastmasters International Convention will be held in Washington, D.C. this August. The International Convention is the highlight of the Toastmasters year and I am delighted to have been chosen as one of ten speakers who will present … Continue reading → Toastmasters improv Renegade Saints Toastmasters International

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Master the Art of Presenting 2016

Manner of Speaking

I am excited to announce that the third annual Master the Art of Presenting will take place on 20-21 October 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Our top 10 posts on women & public speaking for 2016

The Eloquent Woman

Enjoy the most popular posts from the year just past: My 5 favorite fixes for your public speaking are deceptively simple. Find out what to do instead.

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2 reasons and 5 easy steps to convert a PowerPoint presentation to EXE

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Brian Tarr of iSpring. A PowerPoint PPTX file is what you use most of the time for your presentations. This is from iSpring.

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How to Speak & Deliver in 2016

Speak and Deliver

And of course, from yourself - where will YOU Speak & Deliver in 2016? Great Caesar's Ghost! Has it really been since September 7th, 2015?

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10 tips for modern design in 2017

PowerPoint Tips

Recently, I worked with a client who was presenting to millennials. He wanted the design to look modern. Nothing here is hard to do. Use a flat design.

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Integrating Live Power BI Dashboards into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

For this example we will be using PowerPoint 2013 under Windows 10, but the same process applies for PowerPoint 2016. Introduction. Power BI.

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: An analysis of their speeches

Manner of Speaking

The 2016 Presidential election in the United States is over and Donald Trump has emerged as the winner. As I write this post, the votes are still being counted in some states, but the results will not affect the outcome; Trump … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Donald Trump Hillary Clinton public speaking US election

4 Ways to Become a Charismatic Speaker

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Accessed April 12, 2016. Accessed April 12, 2016. April 12, 2016. Accessed April 12, 2016. Develop a Speaking Voice.

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I want to see the speaker, not the coaching

Speak Schmeak

I recently attended an event with a long lineup of speakers. I'm like a kid in a candy store at events with lots of speakers!

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Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden

PowerPoint Tips

This is a review of a blog post by Craig Hadden , who blogs about presenting at Remote Possibilities. In fact, he starts his blog post strong.

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Your (Executive) Presence is Required

Kate's Voice

How you look, how you […]. Executive Presence Presence mask resonance perception public speaking tips vocal power

The Potent Simplicity of Donald Trump

Manner of Speaking

As election year 2016 rolls along in the United States, we can no longer ignore the very real possibility that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President.

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Analysis of a Speech by Khizr Khan

Manner of Speaking

Of the 204 speeches that were delivered at the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions in the United States—71 by Republicans and 133 by Democrats—one has stood out. I refer to the speech by Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who was killed in Iraq.

You talk funny…and so do I

Kate's Voice

Preparation to facilitate a workshop in India got me thinking about the differences in how we humans communicate with each other, and how that influences the kind of relationships we have with each other. Every culture has its unique language, both verbal and non-verbal. The culture may be that of a country, a state, a […].

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Famous Speech Friday: Hillary Clinton's 2016 concession speech

The Eloquent Woman

You don't have to like the topic of a speech to give it well. election cycles. But rarely are they at once momentous and well-done, as this one was.

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Aristotle’s Three Pillars of Rhetoric

Manner of Speaking

On 1 June 2016, I announced the launch of a new digital magazine for public speaking professionals: Presentation Guru. I am proud to be one of the co-founders of the site. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation … Continue reading → Presentation Guru Aristotle Ethos Logos Pathos rhetoric

Anticipate the next slide with transitional statements

PowerPoint Tips

In writing, it’s good practice to create transitional statements between paragraphs or sections. ” The same is true when you speak.

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2016 World Championship of Public Speaking - A Serial Contestant's Perspective

Speak and Deliver

The 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking surely was an impossible task - to compete in, and to judge. Therefore, I better write it.

6 Steps to a Great Introduction

Manner of Speaking

On 1 June 2016, I announced the launch of a new digital magazine for public speaking professionals: Presentation Guru. I am proud to be one of the co-founders of the site.

Create cool animation with Morph in Office 365

PowerPoint Tips

Here are the requirements: You need Office 365: If you are paying a monthly subscription for Office 2016, you have Office 365. Need training?

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Breathing Easy

Manner of Speaking

Today (1 March 2016) is a special day for me. It marks the one-year anniversary since I left the World Health Organization—where I worked as an in-house lawyer—to become a full-time professional speaker, trainer and coach.

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Format quotations to get attention

PowerPoint Tips

I see a lot of presentations with quotations on them and they’re almost always boring. Here’s a slide that a client gave me. Add a photo.

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Don’t join Toastmasters? Seriously?

Manner of Speaking

While skimming through my Twitter feed the other day, a Tweet caught my eye. It contained the link to a post on Entrepreneur by Jonathan Li entitled 10 Mistakes Successful Speakers Never Make Again. I was intrigued. I thought, I make mistakes; I … Continue reading → Toastmasters John Zimmer practice presentations public speaking

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It's my tenth blogiversary!

Speak Schmeak

Ten years ago this week, I started blogging. My first post was published on October 9, 2006. I can't emphasize the benefits of blogging enough!

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How to start a presentation

PowerPoint Tips

The first minute after you start speaking is crucial. Your audience wants you to succeed, but they also judge you pretty quickly. Your topic.

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RHETORIC. The app is here!

Manner of Speaking

My friend and business partner, Florian Mueck and I are thrilled to announce the launch of the app for Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. It has been an incredible journey.

The Day TED Might Have Died

Manner of Speaking

I recently wrote a post in which I shared an article written by Seth Godin. That article mentioned the (then) upcoming book on TED Talks by TED Curator, Chris Anderson. The book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, … Continue reading → TED Chris Anderson

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Launch of Presentation Guru!

Manner of Speaking

In his blog post today, 1 June 2016, Seth Godin wrote: [R]eading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on. The last great online bargain.

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6 Ways To Counteract Your Audience's Short Attention Span

Professionally Speaking...

I recently read an updated statistic about people’s attention span. As presenters, this should be very worrisome. Ask lots of questions.

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Guest Posting: How to Write and Deliver a Great Speech, by Simon Lancaster

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Simon Lancaster is one of the world’s top speechwriters. He first became a speechwriter in the late 1990s, working for members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet.

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3 Speakers Added! Decision Makers Guide to Emerging Speakers to Watch in 2016

Speaker Launcher

Our Most Promising Speakers to Watch out for in 2016 It’s summer and these speakers are hot, hot, hot! Our […].

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 247) – Mark Twain

Manner of Speaking

“Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.” — Mark Twain. Quotes for Public Speakers Humour language Mark Twain public speaking quotes quotes Samuel Clemens

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5 Presentation Design Hacks

Manner of Speaking

Adam Noar, founder of the firm Presentation Panda, recently sent me the infographic below. It offers five simple, but effective, design hacks that you can use to improve the quality of your slide presentations.

128 Words to Use Instead of ‘Very’

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to Luke at Proofreading Services for creating this very interesting (OK, OK, captivating) infographic: Click here for full-sized view. Speechwriting

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The Holy Grail of Good Design

Manner of Speaking

When it comes to slide presentations, I am a believer in good design, even though I am not a design specialist.

Powerful Sentence Structure for Your Speech

Manner of Speaking

Here is a little gem of advice from writer Gary Provost. The highlighting is mine.) Vary Sentence Length This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening.

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