2015

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5 Patterns of Popular TED Talks

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Ever wondered why some TED talk recordings on YouTube gather a respectable few hundred thousand views while other go viral and attract many millions?

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Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

PowerPoint Tips

A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. .

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

. “What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. - Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877.

2015 99

Stay weird.

Speak Schmeak

Our favorite, and most effective, awards show speeches tend to go one of two directions: Humor or passion. This bridge was built on hope. Yes, you do.

2015 73

Five Lessons from the 2015 Miss Universe Mix-up

Manner of Speaking

If you were looking for an awkward television moment to close out 2015, Steve Harvey has handed it to you on a silver plate. At the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, it came down to the final three contestants: Miss Colombia, … Continue reading → Uncategorized Mark Critch Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach public speaking Steve Harvey

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Would it help if I sounded like a man? 5 Techniques for Quiet Talkers

Kate's Voice

Many women think that a powerful voice is a low voice. Perhaps believing this to be the case, as women have stepped into more and more leadership positions in business, politics and the community, the average pitch of women’s voices in the western world has dropped significantly. On the average, women now speak only 2/3 […].

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Feb. 12 webinar: Public speaking scares me. Should I do it, anyway?

The Eloquent Woman

I''m happy to say I''ll be presenting on the topic "Public speaking scares me. Should I do it, anyway?" I''m looking forward to a lively discussion.

2015 47

5 Reasons Every Speaker Should Write a Book (and How to Write Yours in 90 Days)

Succeed Speaking

Thank you for reading.]. If you’re a speaker, or if you want to speak, you should write a book. You’ve probably heard that before.).

2015 46

Changing the Corporate Conversation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Or walk out angry that we’ve wasted another precious hour and accomplished nothing? What makes for a good conversation, or a meaningful meeting?

Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint Mix is a new PowerPoint add-on by Microsoft, now in beta (not finalized). What is PowerPoint Mix? You can add quizzes. How to get started.

2015 100

Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Matt Eventoff

The next legend in a series on public speaking experts is one of the greatest orators ever, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a legendary orator. We are lucky enough to have video clips of Dr. King to view, study and learn from. Dr. King inspired, and continues to inspire people with the power of his speech and the power of his actions.

2015 68

Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

One solution to the drought: Succulents! On my walk, I saw lots of green lawns. But I also saw brown lawns. Great! Love the sound of your own voice?

8 secrets for a presentation that makes an impact

Manner of Speaking

My friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, has created this slide deck that is currently featured on the home page of SlideShare. Timo asked me and seven other speaking professionals from around the world for one tip to help … Continue reading → Slide Presentation presentations SlideShare Timo Sorri

2015 86

The Dirty Rhetoric Guide to Horrifying Writing

The Presenter's Blog

As times of the year go, Halloween is terrible. Wonderfully terrible. Ghoulishly terribly. Fantabulously terrible. I like Halloween! Tips From The To

2015 52

Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

Presentation Zen

A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. Yes!" 1) Reciprocity.

2015 60

The 4 Hallmarks of a Good Editor

Duarte Blog

Getting feedback is one of the most important steps in my creative process. Then, I ship off what I’ve created to a trusted editor for feedback.

2015 45

Two Extra Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview

Speaking Freely

Interviewing is more than a set of questions. It is a stepping stone to your future, and you want to take that step with confidence. If you have made it to the interview, you have already demonstrated qualities and experience for which the company is looking. Of course, you will prepare yourself to respond to […].

2015 44

Public speaking pet peeves from frequent speakers & speechwriters

The Eloquent Woman

Steer clear of these bad habits, tactics and ideas: "Overreliance on PowerPoint." That's his pet peeve as a speechwriter. Not good. Apologizing."

2015 45

Lose the Grocery List

Kate's Voice

Have you ever noticed that many people treat the first part of their presentation as if it’s merely a list of what you need on a camping trip?

Money Talks: Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

’s). Legions of young hopefuls pitch their ideas to shrewd investors ready to back the next new thing to the […].

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Create an animated announcement

PowerPoint Tips

Do you announce new events, training programs, or products? Would you like a simple-to-use animated video that makes the announcement? Need training?

2015 92

7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

Have you ever found yourself sitting in the center seat of a packed auditorium—hemmed in on both sides by people and laptops—listening to a keynote speaker who is supposed to be imparting knowledge and wisdom, but instead is droning on and on? You want to run, but you can’t. So you endure what seems like torture. Not so.

2015 61

Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

Speak Schmeak

The message is delivered in 30 seconds, through visuals, music and exactly two spoken sentences. I dare you to try!

2015 50

Lose the jargon

Manner of Speaking

One of the podcasts that I listen to regularly is The Good Life Project hosted by Jonathan Fields.

2015 86

A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. But this post is for the rest of you. The losers. I've lost at club. 3rd Place.

2015 42

Star Wars VII trailer: Storytelling & the invisible structure

Presentation Zen

The Star Wars storytelling universe has always provided many lessons for storytellers of all kinds. His reaction is beautiful, heartfelt, and honest.

2015 58

Like Yoda You Must Be

Duarte Blog

Despite being famously grammar-challenged, Master Yoda has a thing or two to teach us about being a powerful presenter. No, it’s not sharing profound thoughts like: “Always in motion is the future… ” (You don’t say!) Yoda’s secret is his role as a mentor. The hero is the central figure who performs the heroic deeds that drive the story.

2015 41

Your Voice Matters – An Interview with Dr. Nick Epley

Matt Eventoff

When was the last time you sent an email, or a text, rather than making a phone call. Chances are, it was within the last 24 hours. It is often easier, takes less time and takes less energy. It is also less effective. Our voices matter, and make an impact on how our message is received. It can impact who gets hired, and who doesn’t.

2015 41

8 storytelling tips from my other blog

The Eloquent Woman

Alert readers know that I post about communications, speechwriting, and social media strategy on the don't get caught blog. Who should find the story?

2015 43

6 steps to harness energy for vocal power

Kate's Voice

How Green is Your Voice? We all want to be green. But as Kermit so wisely said, “it’s not easy being green.”

2015 43

Karen Jacobsen: The GPS Girl

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

No member of the National Speakers Association speaks to as many people on a daily basis as does Karen Jacobsen. Oh Say Can You See? Accelerate!

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Add power to your message with better slide titles

PowerPoint Tips

Add action verbs to your slide titles. When I work with clients, I sometimes find that their slide titles are boring and even meaningless. Why is that?

2015 90

How to do Chiasmus

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. West was a Queen of the soundbite. Mae West isn’t alone in her crush on chiasmus. I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

2015 39

Do people want to call you back?

Speak Schmeak

How often do you think about how you sound on the phone? Not often enough, I''d bet. Make them feel glad they picked up the phone.

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