January, 2012

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Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

You’ll see a tremendous variety in approaches – from business focus, to scientific rigor to aesthetics. Rick Altman, Better Presenting.

10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012

Presentation Zen

Over the last 10-20 years scientists have made many remarkable discoveries concerning the brain and how it works. This book is quick and easy to read.

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A quick way to design better photo slides–the 3-side rule

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s a quick way to improve the design of slides that include some text and a photo. This type of slide is very common.

Surviving the mini-presentation: Your self-introduction

Speak Schmeak

Last night, hubby and I attended a dinner hosted by one of the distributors he works with in his job at a specialty foods store. Including my husband.

10 Mobile Apps for Highly Creative People

Duarte Blog

Adobe Ideas. vector app for iOS and Android that lets you finger paint and sketch. link]. Source: [link]. Adobe Photoshop Touch. link]. Source: [link].

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Discover 3 reasons most presentations fail and 3 easy ways to fix them

PowerPoint Tips

I did a webinar for Brainshark.com and mybrainshark.com , a presentation-sharing website. ” Over 500 people attended!

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Greetings and Happy New Year! Today is the day we kick off 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 ! Now, for our first challenge: Make Eye Contact. Nice car!"

Quit Talking and Start Thinking

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam explains why we talk too much, and how we can use our predilection for vision to become better problem solvers.

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Analysis of a Speech by Alberto Cairo

Manner of Speaking

Alberto Cairo is the head of the orthopedic program run by the International Committee of the Red Cross  (the “ICRC”) in Afghanistan.

Three Great Presentation Skills that Make the Winning Difference |

Speaking Freely

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New: Presentation Zen (2nd Edition)

Presentation Zen

Four years ago my first book Presentation Zen was published by Peachpit Press. Above: The front and back covers (click for larger view). Is this true?

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Create cool, subtle backgrounds with Background Styles

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint 2007 introduced background styles, which are solid or subtle gradient backgrounds based on some of the colors in your theme colors.

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A message to those who create presentations for others

Speak Schmeak

This post is for you: the boss, the marketing director, the corporate honcho. The person who creates a presentation for someone else to deliver.

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Interview with Olivia Mitchell

Duarte Blog

know you struggled as a presenter for a long time. Can you talk a little bit about what that journey has been like to transform yourself?

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 113)

Manner of Speaking

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. “We make progress by eliminating things, by removing the superfluous.”. Steve Jobs. Photo courtesy of Kazuhiro Shiozawa / Flickr. Quotes for Public Speakers Design public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

Famous Speech Friday: Actress Viola Davis: "What keeps me in the business is hope"

The Eloquent Woman

For Davis, the night started when someone on the red carpet asked the star of The Help what set her apart from everyone else there.

6 Presentation Links Worth Clicking

Speaking about Presenting

When I was in the States last year, I met up with Nancy Duarte… and she interviewed me. She’s now written up the interview on her blog.

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My Challenge to Professional Communicators

Successful Speeches Blog

I have a challenge for my colleagues who proudly use the title “Professional Communicator” to describe their occupation. Tonight, as you’re watching the State of the Union address, put your personal and political feelings aside and do a professional critique.

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Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

When we think of public speaking, the traditional image that comes to mind is a person standing in the front of a room full of people. common denominator at most speaking engagements is that the speaker or speakers tend to stand in front of the group. But sometimes speakers are seated. How do you know if you should sit or stand?

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In Honor of MLK

Duarte Blog

To honor one of one of the greatest communicators of all time, we’d like to re-post a popular blog from last year: The analysis of Rev.

What We Can Learn From Josh and Grace

Manner of Speaking

Every once in a while, you come across a simple story that brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye; a story that makes you realize what is important and gives you hope for the future. Today I discovered once such story on Facebook from two young fellow Canadians, Josh and Grace. Josh is 18 years old and has Down Syndrome. Humour is good.

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Are You a Natural at Social Media Marketing?

Content Marketing Today

Written by Melanie Brooks. They raised $100,000 for their wedding and $20,000 for a charity. Dave Kerpen. Via freelanceswitch.com.

What's the big idea? What those TED-like talks are looking for

The Eloquent Woman

You want to give one of those big talks someday, maybe soon. An Ignite talk, a Moth presentation, a TEDx or TED talk--that kind of big talk.

Confidence tricks: The thawed paws pause

The Presenter's Blog

Hold a warm cup of tea. Or coffee. Or hot chocolate. It doesn’t matter. Hold a warm cup, and as you savor the heat radiating into your hands, a wonderful sense of calm comes with it. Do this shortly before a presentation and you’ll get exactly the same reaction. Stress seems to mysteriously drain out of you. This sets off a chain reaction.

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Speaking on Skype: They can still see you.

Speak Schmeak

More and more of us are using Skype and other video chat platforms to hold meetings and coaching sessions. It's convenient, we don't have to leave the home or office, and it allows us to converse with people in different cities, states and countries. Here are a couple of tips to help you make the most of your next video chat. 1. Dress appropriately.

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Obama’s SOTU: What Is, and What Could Have Been

Duarte Blog

Last night President Barack Obama delivered what could be considered the biggest presentation of the year. So how did he do? What is. What could be.

Rhetorical Devices: Hypophora

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Hypophora.

How to Make Google Reader Your Content Marketing Partner

Content Marketing Today

A Great Video Points the Way to Effective Use of RSS. Written by Paul Mosensen.

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C-Level Presentation Tip #2: Link to Business Issues

Professionally Speaking...

Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. LINK TO BUSINESS ISSUES. 2.0.  .

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Famous Speech Friday: Jane Fonda's TEDxWomen talk on "Life's Third Act"

The Eloquent Woman

"We're living, on average today, 34 years longer than our great-grandparents did. Think about that," Fonda told the TEDxWomen event in 2011.

How is a speaker like a cinnamon roll cake?

Speak Schmeak

Hubby and I have known the owners, Paul and Kathy Shields, for many years, and we love to support our friends and local businesses.

How to Say More Than Words

Pivotal Public Speaking

The study of vocalics or paralanguage deals with the non-verbal qualities of speech. These qualities include pitch, amplitude, rate, and voice quality. Linguists argue that the way in which a person says something often means more than the actual words being spoken. Read more => [link]. voice in public speaking

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 112)

Manner of Speaking

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) British Prime Minister, Historian, Author and Orator. “He is one of those orators of whom it is well said, ‘Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.’”

State of Social Media Marketing Report | Socialnomics

Content Marketing Today

Their focus will shift to active social media management for increased lead generation and sales. Via www.socialnomics.net.