Buy Microsoft Office 2007 now and get 2010 free later

PowerPoint Tips

You buy Office 2007 now and you can then upgrade to 2010 for free. Using 2007 even for a couple of months will help you get used to the new ribbon interface and learn many of the new tools. Tags: Events Resource PowerPoint 2007 PowerPoint 2010 webinar

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Link to a specific PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 slide from Microsoft Word or Excel

PowerPoint Tips

Suppose you want to link from Word or Excel to Slide 2 in a PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 presentation. Hyperlinks Excel hyperlink link PowerPoint 2007 PowerPoint 2010 PowerPont 2003 slide Word

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Review of my PowerPoint 2007 video course in Toastmaster magazine

PowerPoint Tips

Great review of my video course PowerPoint 2007: Make the Upgrade Easy! Tags: E-Store PowerPoint 2007 Toastmaster Just found out! in Toastmaster magazine [link].

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Public speaking: talent or skill?

Speak Schmeak

Is public speaking a talent or a skill? Talent : a special natural ability or aptitude Skill : the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc.,

2007 160

Finding commands in PowerPoint 2007

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Microsoft has created a web based tool to help users find PowerPoint 2003 commands in the new PowerPoint 2007 ribbon interface. You navigate in this tool to the command using the existing PowerPoint 2003 menus, then they show you where to find that command in the PowerPoint 2007 ribbon interface. On January 30th, the new version of Microsoft Office goes on sale to the public and will be the version that you get pre-installed on a new computer.

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How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2007 & PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. Follow these steps: In PowerPoint 2007 or PowerPoint 2010, click the Design tab. I have more detailed information on shadows in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 here and here.

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What if your worst public speaking fear comes true?

Speak Schmeak

Let's talk about those things that hold many people back from enjoying public speaking. You may have mad skills, you may have a great personality, you may be a snake charmer with the ability to hypnotically attract everyone in the audience to you.

2007 137

6 Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions Through Public Speaking

Speak Schmeak

40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. Are you one of them? Most New Year's resolutions are about health, fitness, money management, time management and ending bad habits like smoking. And more than half of people who make resolutions have given up by summer.

2007 133

Audience participation ideas

Speak Schmeak

Depending on the size of your group, and especially when you're conducting a workshop or longer training, you will want to encourage participation from your audience. There are always some participants who participate more and some who participate less.

Happy New Year!

Speak Schmeak

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2008 to all of you! 2008 already feels like it's going to be a spectacular year! Is it just me, or are big things going to happen this year for you, too

2007 130

Voice care #2 - how's your pitch?

Speak Schmeak

As a follow up to my post about voice care from the other day, I want to talk about something that is a typical bad habit of speakers in the US, yet many are completely unaware of doing it. Are you a low talker? Many of us speak at a lower pitch than is natural for us.

2007 130

Braithwaite pronunciation

Speak Schmeak

I saw this search term in my keyword stats, and thought, "How delicious! Someone wants to know how to pronounce my name!" Mispronunciation of my name has been a lifelong annoyance, and the reason that I make an extra effort to get other people's names right.

2007 130

Just like a kid

Speak Schmeak

Christmas Eve, hubby and I were late arriving at his parents' house for dinner, and everyone was already eating. Space at the table was tight, so I sat at the kids' table with six of my husband's nieces and nephews, ranging in age from 11 to 17.

2007 130

Santa watch

Speak Schmeak

Meet Kitty, Sister and the Baby. They didn't realize that Santa only comes at night. What do you expect? They're cats.

2007 130

Take care of your voice

Speak Schmeak

If you've wondered how to care for your voice when you're doing a lot of speaking, here are some resources that will be helpful to you. Here's an article on teachers learning to minimize voice strain.

2007 130

If you believe in something, you can talk about it

Speak Schmeak

"If you believe in something, you can talk about it. All my life I have been very, very shy. To get in front of a crowd drives me nuts, but I have a message to deliver.

2007 130

Invest in yourself

Speak Schmeak

When all the Christmas shopping is done, and you're basking in the glow of the big pile of gifts you've wrapped, now is the time to think about a gift for yourself: the gift of public speaking! Take a class in your community, pick up a book, take my e-course , or contact me about coaching.

2007 130

Unexpected = Sticky

Speak Schmeak

In this post , I briefly mentioned the principles of sticky ideas from the book, " Made to Stick."

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What do you do when no one shows up?

Speak Schmeak

If you've been speaking for any length of time, you've experienced an occasion when fewer people showed up than expected. Like Peter Delmar in this article , I've had speaking engagements where I expected many more attendees than actually appeared.

2007 130

Contest winners announcement

Speak Schmeak

Thank you to everyone who entered to win a copy of my e-course, "7-Week Shortcut to Public Speaking Confidence." I really appreciate the thought everyone put into their entries! The winners have been chosen, and they are Stephanie Garnes, Ron Kirkland, and Andrew Dlugan.

2007 130

A presentation that works

Speak Schmeak

Recently I wrote about some short presentations I've experienced where the speakers did not seem prepared , even though they had plenty of time.

2007 130

Last day to enter the contest!

Speak Schmeak

Today is your last chance to enter to win a copy of my e-course , "7-Week Shortcut to Public Speaking Confidence" that's relaunching in January, along with some other goodies. Contest ends at midnight EST tonight! Contest prizes, details and rules here.

2007 130

Prepared vs. over-prepared

Speak Schmeak

Cam Beck asked me this question the other day in response to my post about your worst public speaking fear coming true : "So how do you know the difference between preparing and over-preparing?" First of all, here's what it looks like to be unprepared.

2007 130

Who's in the room?

Speak Schmeak

Rhett Laubach posted a nice overview of how to read your audience members and how best to connect with them, based on their motivations for being there. Hostage Harriet" is particularly challenging; here's an excerpt: "I am here because I was forced to be here. I didn't have a choice.

2007 130

Free shipping on CafePress

Speak Schmeak

(They keep changing the date, so I'm going to keep this live until the promotion runs out!) CafePress is offering free shipping on orders of $75 or more - and they keep revising the date, so just go to the site and look for the promotion! Use code SHIP07 at checkout.

2007 130

Are you lifting too much weight?

Speak Schmeak

I go to a gym on the campus of our local community college. There are lots of young, inexperienced guys in the weight room, lifting heavy weights with poor form. Why do they do it? Why do these guys all have too much weight in their hands? So much so that they are unable to lift it without cheating?

2007 130

Shyness, social phobia, or none of the above?

Speak Schmeak

In a recent Washington Post article , the question of what constitutes social anxiety disorder is explored. I posted about public speaking fear vs. phobia a while back, and this article brings up, again, the question: When does plain old shyness or minor anxiety become a psychological disorder?

2007 130

Little boy in the dragon's den

Speak Schmeak

From Rowan Manahan's blog , here's a fantastic video of a young man (9 years old, to be exact), pitching his business idea to the Dragon's Den (a group of investors on a BBC reality tv show), in hopes of winning £5,000. He's prepared. He has a great opening and closing. He takes questions.

2007 130

Happy Thanksgiving!

Speak Schmeak

Thank you all for inspiring and motivating me every day to be a better speaker and coach!

2007 130

Perfection, paralysis and procrastination

Speak Schmeak

Lisa Wells has an article on her blog today about perfection paralysis , that illness that strikes as we're trying to write the perfect blog post or craft the perfect presentation.

2007 130

Seven ways to practice public speaking at work

Speak Schmeak

Think you don't need public speaking skills? Along with the results of its 21st annual Jobs Report Survey of 9,290 IT professionals, Computerworld published this article entitled " Nine Nontechie Skills that Hiring Managers Wish You Had." #3 3 is "an aptitude for public speaking."

2007 130

New design in Speak Schmeak shop

Speak Schmeak

And now for part three of the trio of announcements today: I've got a new design in the Speak Schmeak shop on CafePress. " Old speakers never die. they just go on and on. Credit for this goes to. my husband! Yep, he's pretty clever, that hubby of mine.

2007 130

New audio clips on my website

Speak Schmeak

I've launched a new audio page today! Click here to listen to four short clips from some of my presentations. So what do you think - does my voice match my face? Do I look like I sound? Have you thought of adding audio to your site? Send me a link if you have one!

2007 130

Breaking the rules

Speak Schmeak

We could say something similar about speakers. Knowing all the rules can make you a decent speaker, but knowing which rules to break - and how - can make you an outstanding and memorable speaker. Personally, I'm against the "no ums and uhs" rule. Which rules do you break?

2007 130

Presentation visual that's a sweet treat

Speak Schmeak

Check out this fact sheet from the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency. Thanks to No Impact Man for the original post.) As a PowerPoint slide, this would have too much going on, but as a model for how to create an interesting visual or handout, take note.

2007 130

Talk benefits, not features

Speak Schmeak

When you're promoting your business through public speaking, it's tempting to talk about all the things you offer: great customer service, cheapest rates in town, convenient hours, fast response times, high quality, yada yada yada.

2007 130

Need your silly speaker sayings!

Speak Schmeak

Thanks to those of you who responded to this post by sending me sayings for the items in my CafePress shop ; some are hilarious, some are goofy, and some make me wonder, "Who are these people?" Weird sayings aside, I appreciate all the suggestions!

2007 130

Your speech is a gift

Speak Schmeak

Here's a nice little post by Seth Godin about apologizing before you speak. How many times have you apologized like this? In Seth's post, he talks about speakers who said things like, "I know you're hungry, but. " or "I know it's late, but. before they began their speeches.

2007 130

What is your objective?

Speak Schmeak

There's one simple step to ensure that your presentation stays focused and clear. Unfortunately, many speakers neglect this step, which is why their presentations drift, roam and seem to follow no logical path. Determine your objective What is the purpose of the presentation?

2007 130

Less is more

Speak Schmeak

As I mentioned in my last post , sometimes a speaker gets caught up in the need to give the audience too much information. In preparing a presentation, she starts working on her outline, and quickly realizes that there's no way, in an hour, she can share everything she knows on her topic.

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