Sat.Apr 28, 2012 - Fri.May 04, 2012

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Fear of Public Speaking: A Definitive Guide to Managing and Moving Forward

Matt Eventoff

* Pt I of a 3 part series, as seen on CNBC.com. random internet search for cures for fear of public speaking produces over 2 million results. That is a shame. No matter how many books, courses, DVDs, websites or snake oil salesmen promise to “cure” you of your fear of public speaking; it is never that simple, or that easy.

Why You May Be Screwed If You Don’t Take Google+ Seriously

Content Marketing Today

Pay  Careful Attention to the Upper Right hand Corner of Google Search Results. cannot imagine that advertisers are overly pleased by that. Yikes!

Design a first slide that stands out and matches your brand

PowerPoint Tips

I really like slides with a solid background, usually white or black. They’re neat and clean. They don’t distract from the message.

Use W5 to help you communicate effectively

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Whether you are writing or talking, communicating effectively is important. To demonstrate the point, I often tell the story of the golf course groundskeeper who hired a young trainee. The day the trainee showed up, the groundskeeper said, “See those bundles of sod on the truck? If you want to know what happened, please read the blog post!

Speakers: To persuade, get concrete. To inspire, be abstract.

The Eloquent Woman

Should you try to inspire your audience--or persuade them? Are you speaking about why your audience should do something--or how to pull it off? New research suggests that decision depends on the timing of your message and what the audience has to do next, whether that deadline is in the future or next week. Consider that, graduates!

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French students are revolting

The Presenter's Blog

Sarkozy supporting students are on the street, leafleting anybody within 20 paces. They rush off as excited as if heading for a rock concert.

Review: Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson

PowerPoint Tips

This is the 3rd edition of this very successful and well-known book. The 3rd edition is significantly reworked and improved, in my opinion. Review

From the vault: Easy ways to avoid copyright problems with your slides & handouts

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: This 2010 post has been updated and is still essential today--a trainee just asked me a similar set of questions last week!) An event planner I know emailed me this week to ask about a speaker's upcoming event. Especially if we're giving it out as handout material? Here are some of my favorites: Give up the paper handouts.

“Creativity Is Just Connecting Things” via LifeHacker

Content Marketing Today

Written by Adam Dachis. “Creativity is just connecting things. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” ” ~ Steve Jobs.

Ancient Danish monarch: Alive and well in Paris

The Presenter's Blog

Paris is becoming politically plastered. Last-minute election posters are popping up everywhere. But guarding it against what exactly? With France’s two coastlines being south and west, the threat indicated must lie in one or both of these directions. and America. In either interpretation, the story didn’t end well.

Why - and How - Your Audience Matters. #4 of 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?    But that question requires more than a one-word answer.    It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.    04.

Famous Speech Friday: Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard at ANZAC Day

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: S ydney-based speech and communications coach Claire Duffy , who has a special interest in women and young speakers, is back with a recent speech from Australia's prime minister. I'm happy to have this contribution as another international entry for Famous Speech Friday.) ANZAC Day (April 25 th) , commemorates Australians at war.

Inbound Marketing: How to Make It More Effective via Inc.

Content Marketing Today

Written by Geoffrey James. With inbound marketing, the customer comes to you, but you still have to move the opportunity forward.

Think free or die

The Presenter's Blog

Because presenting is inventing, constantly check yourself for dogma. Dogma sets up unchallengeable absolutes, and has a simple purpose: to castrate. By castrating the ability to question, it shuts down the chance to innovate. Freshness and humility. What a killer combination on stage.

Why - and How - Your Audience Matters - #2 of 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?    But that question requires more than a one-word answer.    It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.    04.

Insights & Inspirations from SF SketchCrawl

Duarte Blog

My first drawing consisted of two ninjas fighting on top of a dragon in the hills of Miami. There wasn’t a script, deadline, or agenda to follow.

Secrets of Power Presentations Book Review

Executive Speech Coach

Secrets of Power Presentations by Peter Urs Bender This book first published in 1991 and I first read it around that time. When you’re green you grow.

Presentation and Public Speech Closings

Great Public Speaking

One of the worst mistakes you can make as a presenter is talking too long. Not only will you send some folks to never, never land, you will make some of them downright mad. It doesn't matter if your entire talk was brilliant and the audience came away with information that will change their lives. Don't let this happen to you!

Why - and How - Your Audience Matters. #3 of 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?    But that question requires more than a one-word answer.    It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.    04.

On motivation – You can lead a horse to water…

Onlignment

Part 1 of a short series on motivation. have been prompted by a discussion on Clive’s Blog to revisit some articles I wrote on motivation a little over 5 years ago. I was not surprised to find that much of the content is still valid, and so I’m refreshing it and will publish it in parts here. Here’s part 1. Soup”, I thought.

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How to Attract the Eyes in Your Multi-Media Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Two Key Principles of Eye Movement Let’s look at two important principles of presenting with a computer and screen. But don't use white on black.

Presentation Tip: Choose a boring font

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

A lot of presentation designers have made comments in the last year or two about what font you should choose for your PowerPoint slides. Almost every designer suggests that you abandon the built-in fonts like Arial or Calibri. They claim that by using a standard font, you won't stand out. In the world we live in, a downloaded font is a bad idea.

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Why – and How – Your Audience Matters. 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?    But that question requires more than a one-word answer.    It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.    04.

"An Atheist in the Foxhole" - But, gossip is a tricky business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Does Boy Rogue Producer Joe Muto know how to play the volatile gossip game?  But the gossip business is not an easy business. 

Be confident in becoming a Speaker, not a PowerPointer

Pivotal Public Speaking

So much is written about the problems of PowerPoint. There are so many lists of dos and don’ts for PowerPoint presentations. But in the end, the answer to producing an engaging, successful presentation actually does not originate in the use of PowerPoint itself. It originates in the speaking skills. Her speaking skills will make the difference.

May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! But remember, this is all about getting out of your comfort zone.

Why - and How - Your Audience Matters - Emotion. #5 of 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?    But that question requires more than a one-word answer.    It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.    05.

Use social media to build sales

SpeakerSue Says...

Is a connection a conversation or a fantasy? Always-on/always-on-you devices provide three powerful fantasies: that we will always be heard; that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be; and that we never have to be alone. From a sales perspective, this is both good and better. Sorry for that shameless plug.).

My Birthday: Globally acknowledged, thanks to Facebook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Animal companions don't do birthdays.    So the last of my three dogs and seven cats - 16.5 From the get-go, interviews came in.

Best Website Contest is Back!!

Speaker Launcher

Simply comment below if you’d like to nominate a website. So what are we looking for? 1. unique, fresh and original site. link].

"Top 20 Seminar Scams" Webinar

Great Public Speaking

Complimentary Public Service Webinar No Sales offer at all. Top 20 Seminar Scams" (I WILL be naming some names) Wednesday, May 2nd 8:05 PM Eastern time https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/987035078 You will learn: = 21 Ways Professional Level Con People can cheat you at seminars. = Why you should still go to seminars.

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How to stay motivated when the road is long…

SpeakerSue Says...

My two nieces, ages 10 and 11, ran in the KidsRock marathon. It’s 25 miles of individual running spread out over time and a 1.2 mile race, with the neighboring schools, run on the same course that the 1/2 and full marathon will be run the following morning. when you run? Me: Ummm. I was embarrassed to not have a quick answer. compete.

Breathe Life Into Your Talk

Kate's Voice

It’s the day of your presentation. You eat your favorite day-of-talk breakfast.  You warm up your voice and say a prayer.  When you arrive, you shake lots of hands, set up your merchandise at the back of the room, and get yourself motivated to talk.  When they call your name, you tell the obligatory joke [.].

Joe Muto's book: Will anyone buy "The Atheist in the Foxhole?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Joe Muto aka Fox Mole did get his book contract.  The question is if the book will sell.    Muto had been a bit player at Fox.