February, 2012

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Why your audience isn't participating

Speak Schmeak

One of the quickest ways to lose your audience is to pretend to want participation, but not really invite it. How do you do this?

The Visual Thinking Revolution is Here!

Duarte Blog

Source: MBA Career Service Professionals (click to enlarge). The panel I moderated with Business Models Inc. Want to create threat conditions?

Storyselling – The secret to a successful persuasive presentation is great storytelling.

Speaking Freely

I am in love with this word – storyselling!  It says it all about the power of stories to persuade listeners to buy products and services or buy into ideas. Storyselling is the act of telling the authentically persuasive story. It is sharing the story that excites others to say, “Yes, I want that!” [.].

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Insert a live Excel spreadsheet onto a slide

PowerPoint Tips

You can insert a live Excel spreadsheet onto a slide so that you can use Excel while in Slide Show view. Show me the spreadsheet.” Slick?

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A Lesson from Lang Lang

Manner of Speaking

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter, Kristen and I had the good fortune to attend a concert by Lang Lang at Geneva’s Victoria Hall. His performance was terrific. From the light melodies of Bach, to Schubert’s sombre Piano Sonata No. 21, to the moving and energetic Etudes op. 25 by Chopin, he he ld the audience transfixed for two hours.

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6 steps to create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Read to the end, because there’s a contest with a prize for 3 winners! First, watch their video. Here are the steps: 1. Duplicate the image.

“It’s Halftime in America” — An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Every year, the commercials during the Superbowl are anticipated with almost as much enthusiasm as the game itself. This year was no exception. One  commercial that caught my attention was Chrysler’s motivational offering entitled “It’s Halftime America” and featuring Clint Eastwood. The ad has not been without controversy.

How to Create a Sexy Voice

Kate's Voice

The other day, I was speaking with  a woman who has chronic laryngitis.  Her voice is very low and husky, and she gets lots of comments on “that sexy voice.”  To me, it sounds tired and unhealthy, but I know people who want that sound because they DO think it’s sexy.  So the questions I [.]. vocal image vocal power sexy voice Valentine's Day

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It's hard to describe.

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever gotten stuck while describing something and just couldn't quite put it into words? I'm not doing it justice," just doesn't cut it.

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Are You a Fox or a Hummingbird? Dan Roam Explains Your Brain

Duarte Blog

That and more in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH Dan Roam fox hummingbird metaphor verbal visual

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Famous vs Great

Speaking Freely

 Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted as saying, “Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service.” Does it seem to you that many of us in America are struggling with a misplaced desire to be famous? Do you harbor a secret wish to have your name [.].

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Get Great Content Ideas: Much Easier Than You Might Think

Content Marketing Today

Infographic from CopyBlogger Gives You Both Inspiration and Practical Tips . love visuals that communicate complex ideas simply.

How to resize and crop pictures in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

These are basic and important skills and you’ll use them even in other programs, because they are universal. How to resize an image. Guess what?

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Good Penmanship for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

The pen is mightier than the sword; but when it comes to public speaking, an empty hand is mightier than the pen. Sometimes, a speaker will take the stage holding a pen and deliver the entire speech or presentation without ever writing a single word. And if the speaker begins to fiddle with the pen, things can go from bad to worse.

What's the relationship between confidence and nervousness?

Speak Schmeak

Last week, I gave a 10-minute presentation based on some of the challenges in my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program. What do you think I said?

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Creative Like a Fox! Dan Roam and I Compare Notes on Creative Process

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam schools me on creative process. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH creative process Dan Roam fox hummingbird

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Speaking Freely

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Famous Speech Friday: Diana Nyad on dreams, determination and defeat

The Eloquent Woman

The story is one of dreams, determination, and ultimately, defeat--and how she handled it. You're swimming with the fogged goggles. On stage?

Why People Share: The Most Overlooked Part of Social Media Marketing

Content Marketing Today

A lot of great marketers make lousy social media marketers. Don’t get me wrong, we have great clients and they typically “get it.”

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 119)

Manner of Speaking

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) Chilean Poet, Diplomat and Nobel Laureate. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Chile Pablo Neruda public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

Friday Fun: Comedians

Speak Schmeak

I am constantly fascinated by how much speakers can learn from comedians. Most recent posts are at the top.) It's the candles, it's the smoke.

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Grammar Ain’t Just for Words Anymore

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam  used the rules of verbal grammar to build a Visual Grammar Graph that bridges the gap between verbal and visual concepts.

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Want to Speak like Steve Jobs?

Speaking Freely

I had never seen Steve Jobs talk before; but after he died, I heard lots of people rave about the way he spoke in public. It seemed like many people thought he was the epitome of a great speaker. Then I began reading his biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Before even finishing a [.].

5 Stupid Speaker Tricks

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Speakers do stupid things, like any other group of people.    The problem is that they subject whole audiences to boredom and, yes, pain as a result.    So it’s not only the speakers themselves who suffer.    In an effort to mitigate the suffering, here are 5 of the most egregious stupid speaker moves. 

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How One Comic Genius NewsJacked the Entire 2012 Oscars

Content Marketing Today

Sasha Baron Cohen Grabs the Spotlight with Only a Beard, a Uniform, 2 Pretty ‘Security Guards’, and the ‘Ashes’ of Kim Il Jung.

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New book on introverts advises finding your public-speaking "sweet spot"

The Eloquent Woman

Cain looks at cultural influences, genetics, personality factors and free will as factors in a more complex and thorough vision of introversion.

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? But remember, this is all about getting out of your comfort zone. Still. listen.

Duarte.com/edy Episode 2: Avoid Clichés

Duarte Blog

Bob and Finn are back for the latest Duarte.com/edy episode: Avoid Clichés. You just might hear back from Bob or Finn in person!

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Want to Speak like Steve Jobs? |

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Two Things Charles Dickens Can Teach Us About Successful Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Charles Dickens is 200 today, and in his honor, this blog will explore a little-known side of the great novelist:  his public speaking, and in particular 2 lessons the great Boz still can teach us today.   In addition, he gave many speeches at the meetings and dinners a popular public figure of the day was expected to attend. 

Pinterest: Will Guys Be Left Behind with the Burgeoning Social Media Tool?

Content Marketing Today

What is it that women seem to love and understand and guys don’t? about Pinterest, of course). Pinterest For Business: A Battle of the Sexes.

Does she or doesn't she have trouble getting asked to speak at conferences?

The Eloquent Woman

deeper dig past the headline, however, told me this news story wasn't really out of sync with reality--just describing a very narrow slice of it.

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Never can say goodbye

Speak Schmeak

Do you ever go to a party or family gathering and find it hard to leave? You start saying goodbye to people, and it's inevitable that there's someone you didn't talk to enough. So now you're getting caught up, and the clock keeps ticking. You try to say goodbye to everyone you know, here you are, 30 minutes later, still trying to leave.

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