March, 2012

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7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

This is a guest post by Leon Potgieter. Understand cultural assumptions – yours and theirs. Work with your interpreter. Speak to 12 year olds.

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Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

Manner of Speaking

In this post, I return to one of my favourite themes that run through this blog: the importance of storytelling. Below is Stanton’s TED Talk.

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Famous Orators – 5 Lessons from William Bourke Cockran

Matt Eventoff

Today is a special day in the world of public speaking and communication. Today is the 89th anniversary of the death of William Bourke Cockran, who in my estimation may be one of the greatest speakers of all time.  And who was Churchill’s oratorical role model? Rhythm – Every speech should have a rhythm, although most don’t. 

You deserve to shine

Speak Schmeak

Was there a job you should have applied for? A guy you wanted to date? An adventure you turned down? book proposal you never submitted?

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Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Presentation Zen

Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school. Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world.

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Executive Communication Skills: Tech Habits

Matt Eventoff

Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on. Smartphones, net books and tablets have enabled our ability to work faster, cheaper, more efficiently and often more productively. This is often where it gets tricky. Be aware of that when you pull one out in a meeting; so, #2 Tell us! It matters.

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor.

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Meetings are Presentations Too

Professionally Speaking...

have to go to meetings.". sentiment we can all likely identify with. Yet meetings are a fact of business life. What topic is being discussed?

Visuals are Valuable: A Hypothesis Proven by History

Duarte Blog

From Copernicus to Kerouac, diagrams have been helping people see what they’re saying for the past 16,5000 years. Design by James Nepomuceno.

138 Top Tweets from the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 14 – 16, 2012 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Over 200 professional speechwriters met for two days and attended a series of main stage keynotes and break out sessions. Unlike other Ragan Conferences I’ve attended, where I had to select a small number of “top [.].

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Speak with Conviction

Manner of Speaking

It’s always great to see young people who are interested in public speaking and willing to take the plunge to share their ideas with others.

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Tech Habits Can Crush Careers: 10 Steps to Take Today

Matt Eventoff

Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on. Smartphones, net books and tablets have enabled our ability to work faster, cheaper, more efficiently and often more productively. This is often where it gets tricky. Be aware of that when you pull one out in a meeting; so, #2 Tell us! It matters.

You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

I get why you love your stats, your graphs, your charts so much. You put your blood, sweat and tears into the research. Your data is brilliant. Enjoy!

Great Content Marketing Ideas for Using Google Plus

Content Marketing Today

When Google+ was unveiled last year, a lot of content marketers wondered if they really needed another social media platform to develop and maintain.

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TED Talks, #illustraTED

Duarte Blog

It’s no secret that Duarte has a big crush on TED. As As presentation people, and lovers of all things story, TED is the man of our dreams. This

The wonderful Selection pane lets you easily hide objects, select them and even rename them

PowerPoint Tips

A subscriber reminded me about the Selection pane and I realized that I don’t have a tip on it. To find it, click the Home tab. Warning!

Podium vs. Lectern

Manner of Speaking

No, today’s post is not about a new sci-fi movie. Rather, it’s about the distinction between two mainstays of public speaking: the podium and the lectern. podium   (pl. podiums or podia) is the raised platform on which the speaker stands to deliver his or her speech. “Podium” is derived from the Greek word  ????  Small.

Slowing down to appreciate what's important

Presentation Zen

About two years ago, the rate of new blog posts to presentation zen declined a bit. It's a cliché to say, but children change everything.

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Are you inviting dialog or shutting it down?

Speak Schmeak

wonder. if people are having these kinds of interactions on Facebook, is this the way they're talking to their audiences, too? Come on, people!

Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

Doing a formal introductory speech, like what Meryl did, can be challenging. It’s something that’s automatically on her schedule. Meryl was right.

How to Make a Favorable First Impression

Duarte Blog

Kate Middleton received a lot of press attention this week for delivering her first public speech as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Public Speaking Day – 5 Lessons from William Bourke Cockran

Matt Eventoff

Today is a special day in the world of public speaking and communication. Today is the 89th anniversary of the death of William Bourke Cockran, who in my estimation must be one of the greatest speakers of all time.  And who was Churchill’s oratorical role model? Rhythm – Every speech should have a rhythm, although most don’t. 

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 121)

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin - American Entrepreneur, Author and Public Speaker. “The purpose of an elevator pitch isn’t to close the sale. The The goal isn’t even to give a short, accurate, Wikipedia-standard description of you or your project. And And the idea of using vacuous, vague words to craft a bland mission statement is dumb.

6 things extroverted public speakers can do for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

But I know the reality: While I have a bit of an extroversion edge and I do get energized by being around people, I need my alone time, too. Don't.

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Wear a looser dress

Speak Schmeak

Photo courtesy of fixedgear On last week's American Idol, the top 12 women performed. Jennifer's "duh" response: " Wear a looser dress." to a point.

Infografik: The anatomy of content marketing – the heart of online success – Infographics

Content Marketing Today

The anatomy of content marketing – the heart of online success. Via www.contentplus.co.uk.

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How to have a conversation with your audience

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Audiences long for presenters to be real with them, and just have a conversation.    That’s hard for speakers to do. 

Create a looping ending for your PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint Tips

A reader asked me how to create a looping ending.  In another post, I explain how to create a looping introduction. Uncheck On Mouse Click.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 124)

Manner of Speaking

Gonzalo Álvarez - Spanish Telecommunications Engineer and Ph.D. in Computer Science. ”). Gonzalo Álvarez.

How Rush Limbaugh is helping me celebrate Women's History Month

The Eloquent Woman

I have to confess: I struggle with Women's History Month. Every year when March rolls around, I'm reminded how tough it is to write about an issue like women and public speaking when, as Kathleen Hall Jamieson so succinctly put it, "History has many themes. One of them is that women should be quiet." He did me an enormous favor. if you're 12.

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Here's one way that you may have perpetrated, or perhaps experienced as an audience member. So you sat down, opened them all up, and started cutting and pasting slides from the previous presentations into a new one? Did you feel confused, lost or frustrated? Period.

Justina Chen: The Heart of Storytelling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This is one of the longest blog postings I’ve done on a single presentation. believe that there was sufficient content in Justina Chen’s keynote to justify the cost of attending the entire 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. Speechwriting justina chen microsoft Ragan Speechwriters Conference story telling storytelling

From Creative Process to Global Politics: Insights from SXSW Interactive

Duarte Blog

SXSW is an event like no other. Memorable Messages from SXSW Interactive. View more presentations from Duarte Design, Inc. Eliminate distractions.

Visual aid – The Swinging Ball of Death

Pivotal Public Speaking

… a wonderful example of using a visual aid – Who needs PowerPoint?!! Watch the language he uses, and the use of pause.