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Create a PowerPoint chart/graph with 2 Y axes and 2 chart types

PowerPoint Tips

How do you create a chart in PowerPoint that looks like this? Here’s what the data looks like in Excel. chose Column. Click OK. 4. ” 9.

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Back of the Napkin to Head of the Class – Introducing Dan Roam’s Napkin Academy

Duarte Blog

Learn to think faster, sell better, and see the invisible by thinking in pictures. annual registration fee. Dan Roam.

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Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

I recently worked with a client who speaks on a very sensitive topic. She said she felt she should be more reverent. particularly like Courtney A.

Just a thought … Are you living, or being lived …?

Pivotal Public Speaking

“What is it that makes all of us end each day with the sense that we have not lived our time, but have been lived, used by what we do?”

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Why the Massive Move to Mobile Computing Changes Content Marketing Rules

Content Marketing Today

Rethink Your Content Marketing by Aiming at Billions of Buyers on the Move. Smartphones Soar. billion units by 2016. Tablets Triumph. to play games.

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Infographic | The Gold Standard of Content Marketing via NewsReach

Content Marketing Today

Content Marketing is about the most effective way to harness content’s ubiquity and power. See on

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Accept Applause but Don’t Expect It

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers.  His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.   His Squidoo Lens is also worth a look. Isn’t it a key part of the experience? The louder, the better, I say!

So What's the Right Way to Use PowerPoint?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Readers of this blog will know that I often take on PowerPoint (and its cousins) as detrimental to speech giving.    It’s probably time for a corrective blog, especially after my “Imagine there’s no PowerPoint” spoof of last week.    Let’s be clear.    Slides, done right, can greatly strengthen a presentation. 

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Stage coaching checklist: 6 reasons you should get time on stage before you speak

The Eloquent Woman

Do you take the time to get on stage before you speak--preferably the stage on which you'll be speaking? I ask because it's a step overlooked by many speakers, or one dismissed by some organizers, probably because it sounds too simple. Why would you need some orientation to the stage before you speak? What are you sight guidelines? From the wings?

LinkedIn Will Outlive Facebook. Here’s Why via

Content Marketing Today

Written by Geoffry James. . Facebook’s latest $1 billion acquisition smacks of a desperation that LinkedIn consistently manages to avoid.

Power Presentations Tip 60: Focus on Success Not Perfection

Executive Speech Coach

Focus on Success Not Perfection I believe that the perfect presentation doesn't exist. Don't chase perfection in your speaking. Keep doing that.

There's No Such Thing as a Motivational Speaker

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

A friend sent this funny video dispelling the myths of motivational speakers.    It has a good time poking fun at the occupational hazards of the job.    But let me take the idea here one step further.    There is no such thing as the job category, “Motivational Speaker.”    Why, you say? 

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Florence Nightingale and the rise of the pie chart

The Eloquent Woman

The pie chart, perhaps the only presentation tool that reminds you of dessert, is older than you think. The New York Times magazine took a look at the founder of the pie chart, William Playfair , who first used it in 1801. Pie charts didn't catch on until the middle of the 19th century, however. Congratulations, Emily

Give Your Presentation Skills a Pilates Workout

DeFinis Communications

Joseph Pilates, the man who created and promoted the Pilates method of physical fitness, may not have been a public speaker, but all presenters can still learn a thing or two from him. In the course of his work, Pilates formulated six key principles to improve the quality of your physical strength and endurance. Breath. Concentration. Control.

How to Keep Attention of Your Audience When Presenting: video tips

Executive Speech Coach

You can't hold the attention of your audience throughout your presentation. You need to keep recapturing it.

How Speakers, Authors and Thought Leaders Can Capture More Leads, Make More Connections and Close More Sales

Succeed Speaking

How are you doing with that? Online event registration forms. Mobile text messages. Voice recognition phone registrations. QR codes.

Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

I recently worked with a client who speaks on a very sensitive topic. She said she felt she should be more reverent. particularly like Courtney A.

Missing the Mobile Inflection Point! Disruptions: With New Comforts, Growing Complacent

Content Marketing Today

Written by Nick Bilton on the NYT Bits Blog. have a theory on why they both have been slow to capitalize on the shift to mobile.

How to Deliver Superior Presentations video

Executive Speech Coach

Enjoy this 19 minute video of George Torok delivering his "How to Deliver Superior Presentations" to HAPPEN in Mississauga. Notice the use of pausing.

Politics and Debate Performance: What to do in a crowded field

DeFinis Communications

What do you do when you are one of twelve panel members given just one minute to answer questions in an hour and a half political debate? Which sound bites do you perfect? How do you deliver with just the right amount of information so when you do get the spotlight you perform well? And I hate to say it, but that’s exactly what happened here.

Public Speaking Tips - Keep the Conference Room Quiet

Great Public Speaking

[link] Tom shows you a quick and easy way to keep the conference room door from slamming

The language 'surfacing' from James Murdoch at today's Leveson Inquiry

Max Atkinson

At about 1.00 today, I was asked by a leading Scottish newspaper to write a 400 word piece on James Murdoch's performance at today's Leveson Inquiry - deadline 6.00 Tight though this was compared with the usual deadlines I work to, I agreed. Then, at about 4.30 But I can never resist the chance to collect examples of how and how not to do it.

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How an Assistant Can Help Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Working with a Presentation Assistant An assistant can help your presentation in several ways. In either case give them clear instructions.

Interview: What motivates you to write?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

What motivates you to write? Is it the promise of money, fame, power, recognition, self-fulfillment or something else? And other questions and answers on 'motivation to create'. Freelance Writing - General motivate to create motivation

Tom Antion Helps Public Speakers Make More Money

Great Public Speaking

[link] Tom Antion will pay YOU to use this book. Proven results from a man who knows

Are parents of of young children fit to run the country?

Max Atkinson

A 43 year old father of two teenagers recently got me thinking about the age of our our leading politicians' children: "I really don't think that all these blokes with young children are in any position to govern effectively." Now consider what you job were doing (or are doing now) while bringing up children aged between 2 and 13. Should we worry?

If you don't want the relationship, don't ask for the favor

Speak Schmeak

In this blog post , John Greathouse describes a phone call from someone seeking referrals to contacts in John's field. They feel special.

Commencement Addresses

The Communication Blog

[link]. Those who cover special occasion speaking in a public speaking course should find this little piece interesting. It covers a wide variety of commencement addresses that are up and coming. link]. commencement addresses special occasion speeches Public Speaking

Presentation Skills - Interplay

Great Public Speaking

I love to interact with the audience. It is much easier now that wireless microphones are so readily available. I can go right into the audience, I can sit in one of their chairs, I can sit on an audience member's lap if I want to (by now you should have realized that I am inclined to be totally irreverent if I know the audience can handle it).

Charisma & Complex Times: Is the force of personality an anachronism?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I have been looking around at the business enviroment, ranging from startups to public companies. 

Another startling interview: "I haven't seen or heard what the PM said, but I agree with it"

Max Atkinson

Politician answers a question: an exception that proves the rule A Labour leader with no interest in spin!


The Communication Blog

In a recent NYTimes article ( [link] ) Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist at the University of Virginia and the author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — and How to Make the Most of Them Now, notes that c ohabitation has increased from 1960 with 450,000 cohabitating couples, to the present with 7.5 million cohabitation couples. link].

Overcome obstacles and convey your message with confidence, poise, and persuasiveness

Pivotal Public Speaking

The 7 Principles of Public Speaking. Richard Zeoli. books public speaking The 7 Principles of Public Speaking

No Fall of the House of Murdoch

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Enemies, critics, and competitors of News Corp are gleefully enjoying the head Rupert Murdoch squirm and blame in the ethics hearing in the UK.