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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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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.

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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

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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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. 

Transforming learning and development: the need


Do any of the following apply to you? Budgets for training are flat or reducing. The fact is that changes are necessary and sooner rather than later.

Speaking up about silencing women

Speak Schmeak

Powerful Guy! Public Woman? Prostitute! To them, it was the right to speak that was worth fighting for; the vote was a way to ensure it.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 120)

Manner of Speaking

Bill Gates - American Philanthropist and Business Magnate. “What I do best is share my enthusiasm.”  ”  — Bill Gates. Photo courtesy of European Parliament. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates enthusiasm passion Public Speaking Quotations quotes

When Is Rehearsing a Presentation a Bad Idea?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When is rehearsing a presentation a bad idea?    Clients often try to talk themselves out of rehearsal, because they’re pressed for time, because they don’t like the feeling of rehearsal (you’re not in control yet), or because they argue that rehearsal will make them stale.    Those are bad arguments.    A lot. 

7 New Facebook Changes Impacting Businesses

Content Marketing Today

The overall message was that Facebook is looking at pages as a “mission control” point (which is where the MC comes from in the conference title).

12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

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.

Dynamic transitions help you connect two slides

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s a common scenario. You have  a table of Excel data and you need to discuss it in detail at a meeting. But there’s no way it will fit on one slide. What are your options? You could print out the data so people can see it up close. recommend doing this when necessary. Dynamic transitions are new for PowerPoint 2010. Don’t you?

What’s Yours Is Mine – Copyright in the age of Social Media – Part One


Part 1 – The Shift to Sharing. If there is one concept that sums up the way we use the internet today it, would be “sharing” We share interesting articles and blog posts that we find. We use services like Foursquare to share our location and activity. We share reviews on everything from book purchases to holidays.

SweetBay: Shocking Shopping Cart Content Marketing Secrets

Content Marketing Today

It’s All About Making It Easier for the Customer to Buy. OK, I’ll admit it. I not the primary grocery shopper in the family.

Famous Speech Friday: Evita Peron's 1951 Renunciamiento

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: For Women's History Month, our Famous Speech Fridays will focus on historic famous speeches by women. Don't forget to pause.

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How to sound really natural when delivering a fully scripted speech

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Recently I came across a great post by fellow presentation skills trainer Cordelia Ditton. It covers the thorny topic of how to deliver a speech from a script. loved Her step by step take on how to make the speech sound like it was yours and I thought you might find it useful too. Thanks to Cordelia for allowing be to republish it in full.

Why training may not always be the right course of action – part 5


In Part 4 we gave a little thought to the matter of memory. Now we’ll ask why health professionals in hospitals still fail to observe simple rules of hygiene to avoid infection and cross-contamination. We’ll look at performance in hospitals in Britain and the USA. Behaviour patterns. Skill-based behaviour. One such is skill-based behaviour. Example.

Who Advertises on News Sites and How Much Those Ads are Targeted | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

Content Marketing Today

With digital ad revenue projected to overtake all other platforms by 2016, it is the key to the financial future of news. Are news organizations transitioning their legacy advertisers to online platforms? The digital advertising they do get appears to be standard ads that are available across many websites. Via

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From the vault: When the last-minute speaker needs to wing it

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: This post from 2009 recounts a speech that still has audience members coming up to me, years later, to say how much they enjoyed it.

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Presentation Tip: Use pre-made slides to cut prep time

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In a consulting assignment I am working on with a client in New York, we are developing a set of slides that can be re-used in many different presentations. It is a good idea because it cuts preparation time dramatically. In addition to creating your own slides, you can also download pre-made slides from different sources.

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Digital learning content: A designer’s guide – now on Kindle


We fully intend to produce a glossy, multimedia ePUB version for the iPad but that’s likely to take a while.

What Dr. Seuss can teach you about copywriting | SEO Copywriting

Content Marketing Today

Written by Heather Lloyd-Martin. Looking for some writing inspiration? Why not check out some Dr. Seuss books. Confession time: I love Dr. Seuss.

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Elmo's Secrets to Speaking Success

Speak and Deliver

I hate Elmo. With a passion. That annoying voice. The stupid laughing followed by "Ooh, that tickles". But, just like Capt. How did he do it? 1.

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.

Terry Canfield's Testimonial for the "Ultimate Guide To Professional Speaking"

Great Public Speaking

[link] Terry Canfield explains how Tom Antion's Ultimate Guide has helped him

B2B Marketing Directions: Why Provocative Content Works Best for Acquiring Leads

Content Marketing Today

Consistently acquiring enough new leads has become a major challenge for many B2B companies. Via

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Step 3: Decide what must be tackled formally


Over the past year we have been publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. We continue with the fourth part of chapter 11: You can now start to shape your solution, starting with those needs that are best addressed, at least in part, through formal learning interventions. Obtain your copy  of The New Learning Architect.

Communicate in the Language of Your Audience

Executive Speech Coach

Adjust your vocabulary to suit each particular group to which you present. If they are shareholders, bankers, or accountants and your topic is leveraged buyouts, you require a different vocabulary than if you are talking to marketing people or account executives on strategic selling. Be careful of semantics.

Congratulations to the winners of the “stickout” photo contest!

PowerPoint Tips

held a contest (the deadline was 3/5/2011) and it was my most popular contest ever! received many entries and I thank you all! Congratulations!

6 Things Your Home Page Must Do (to Keep from Sucking) | A Better User Experience

Content Marketing Today

Home pages. If you have a website, you have one of these bad boys. And no matter whether you’re selling real estate or racoon prevention (that’s really the entire spectrum there, right?) there are certain things that your home page MUST do if you hope to sell your product or service. Let’s break it down. The 6 Things Your Home Page Must Do.

The inner workings of a mediocre presentation

Speak Schmeak

Happy Friday! Here's an entertaining take on the most common flaws of ineffective presentations (and, for that matter, inconsiderate audience members). feel sorry for speakers like this one, because I truly believe that they do what they do not because they don't care (okay, maybe some don't care), but because they don't know what else to do.

Interview: Rod Dunican – Wikipedia expert

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Rod Dunican is an accomplished senior manager and trainer, whose entire career has been centered on delivering exceptional results with a positive, “can do” attitude. With more than 25 years of experience, Rod shares his thirst for learning, managing and personal growth to help individuals and organizations thrive.


Toastmasters Friday: Whattya Mean You're Going Into Leadership?

Speak and Deliver

Yes, hell has frozen over and I'm in line to be the next Area Governor here in my local geographic cluster of clubs known as D26/F/2. No - not at all.