Holidays 2008

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To all speakers and blog followers--happiest of holidays this year and much success in 2009. Set those BIG goals, and get to work--after some much needed relaxation and renewal time. holidays

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Death by PowerPoint Watch: 2008

More than PowerPoint...

In 2008, we see the biggest increase: from 82,400 to 366,000. In spite of a new and improved version of PowerPoint (2007) and the popularity of countless books and blogs on the topic of presentation design and delivery -- PowerPoint casualties continue to climb throughout 2008.

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Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2008

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Person of the Year, 2008. Was there really any doubt who this would be? It's no accident he happens to be a skilled speaker

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2008 - It Was a Different Time & Hillary Was Pragmatic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During her 2008 campaign, that staff member allegedly sexually harassed a subordinate. In 2008, it was the smart course of action to ignore sexual misconduct.  Shock.

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The Queen's Speech, 2008

Max Atkinson

If you read my observations on The Queen's Speech:an exception that proves the ruler (12th November blog entry) and would be interested in seeing her latest performance, click on the title above to watch her delivering this year's speech, or here if you'd like to read the full script

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Memorable Speeches-Democratic Convention 2008

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I confess, I didn't watch the 2008 Democratic Convention from gavel to gavel. Instead, I relied on You Tube to watch and listen to the speakers I wanted to hear, after reviewing the entire list of scheduled speakers. So my ranking below isn't all inclusive, it's a short summary of why I thought each speaker scored (or not) with the audience. Bill Clinton-my ranking: A. Clinton connects with people in a way most speakers envy, even if they don't share his political views.

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NUS COMMENCEMENT 2008! « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Posted: July 30, 2008 by Gary in Events & Experiences , Personal Development , Public Speaking , The Shy Speakers Guide , Thoughts and Reflections 3 The National University Of Singapore (NUS)’s convocation ceremony, commonly known as the Commencement ceremony, was held from 7th – 15th of July 2008, at the NUS University Cultural Centre. What made you apply/try out for the position of Live Presenter for NUS Commencement 2008?

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Slideware Shoot-Out: Keynote ‘09, PowerPoint 2008, & OpenOffice 3 Impress

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Having only Keynote on my laptop wasn’t going to cut it, so I bought a copy of Office 2008 and downloaded OpenOffice 3.0 PowerPoint’s template choices in the 2008 version are light-years ahead of those in PowerPoint 2004.

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Best and worst communicators of 2008

Speak Schmeak

It's time again for Bert Decker's annual top ten lists of best and worst communicators. Barack Obama is at the top of the list of best communicators, while George Bush tops the list of the worst.

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Back to 2008 - and 1929? Older (Highly Paid)Employees Most Vulnerable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Dark clouds have been hanging over much of the world economy, just as they did in 2008 - and 1929. "U.S. stocks had their worst April start since 1929, according to data complied by Bloomberg." 

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What's your crutch phrase?

Speak Schmeak

We can all think of a catch phrase that identifies a person or character (the Fonz said "Aaayyyy;" Emeril says "Bam;" Homer Simpson says "Doh") and becomes their signature word, phrase or, in the case of these three, more of an utterance.

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The Visual Slide Revolution named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Yesterday I was proud to see my latest book, "The Visual Slide Revolution" named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008 by Canada's leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. You can see the full article at [link]. The publicity caused the book to reach the top 500 of all books sold at one point yesterday on Amazon.ca. If you'd like to learn more and order your own copy, go to [link].

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Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling

Speak Schmeak

This seems to be an appropriate thought trap to address on this last day of 2008. Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling Continuing on in the series on Thought Traps. You predict that things will turn out badly, and you feel convinced that your prediction will be 100% correct.

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"Over the Moon" - Way Back in 2008, Already Over-Used BuzzPhrase

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was the situation way back in 2008. "Over the moon" had once been a cool phrase to describe a naturally induced state of euphoria. For example, a woman who had difficulty conceiving gives birth to a healthy child.

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SPEECHGATE! Did Melania Trump "Steal" Passages from Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC Address?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Several passages of Melania Trump's WOW speech closely mirrored passages from Michelle Obama's address at the 2008 DNC. SPEECHGATE! It can blow up the gains made by Donald Trump on the first day of the RNC.

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Breathe

Speak Schmeak

The other day, I was on a teleseminar where the speaker was out of breath the whole time. It wasn't that he was talking fast; it seemed more like he was holding his breath. It was exhausting for me to listen to him. I felt like *I* was out of breath the whole time. My tip of the day: Breathe.

2008 138

Illustrate your message with dance?

Speak Schmeak

I don't know how many of you have broken out into dance in the middle of a presentation, but maybe it's not a bad idea!

2008 134

Coming from behind to win

Speak Schmeak

Smith hadn't yet achieved the Olympic "A" standard for the 800 during the qualifying period of January 2007 through July 2008, meaning that he had to cross the line in at least 1:46.00

2008 130

I'm not afraid

Speak Schmeak

Emily at Library Revolution decided that, instead of resolutions, she would choose a mantra for 2008 instead. This blog post at Library Revolution reminded me of my post back in October about an article by Martha Beck called " The Cure for Self-Consciousness."

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Famous Speech Friday: Margaret Edson's 2008 Smith College commencement address

The Eloquent Woman

So when reader Kathy Schuetz, a communicator at the University of Maryland, wrote to suggest Margaret Edson 's 2008 commencement speech at Smith College and called it "remarkable," I took notice.

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Stand Up Inside Yourself

Speak Schmeak

My client, Susan Hyatt , is one of six life coaches leading seminars in an upcoming weekend event hosted by Martha Beck in Scottsdale, Arizona May 17 & 18, 2008.

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Self-interview

Speak Schmeak

What do you think will happen to your blog in 2008? I've been tagged by Jacki Hollywood Brown at Adventures in Organizing to interview myself about my blog. Here you go! What is the story behind the name of your blog? I wanted to call it something a little silly.

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Move your audience to stimulate their learning

Speak Schmeak

Following up on last week's post on six ways to improve training , PowerPoint and AutoCAD expert Ellen Finkelstein sent me a link to the videos on the Brain Rules website.

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Optimism -- pass it on

Speak Schmeak

Commercial: A young boy walks onto the baseball diamond with his bat, balls and glove. He proclaims, "I'm the greatest hitter in the world!" He tosses the ball three times, swings, and misses each one. Strike three." He looks dejected. Suddenly, his face lights up.

Merry, Happy

Speak Schmeak

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate! Whatever you celebrate at this time of year (even if you don't celebrate anything), I wish you good cheer! Can't we all use a little more of that?

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We can't know the future

Speak Schmeak

If you saw the movie "Charlie Wilson's War," you heard a variation on the story below at the end. There was once a poor farmer who could afford to own just one horse. He took very good care of it, but one night it broke through a weak fence and ran away.

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Six ways to improve the training environment

Speak Schmeak

During a session with a client the other day, we talked about the delivery of his company's new employee orientation. He was looking for ways to make his message more clear and to keep his diverse audience's attention through a day-long training.

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Explain this.

Speak Schmeak

Following up on my recent post on the curse of knowledge (from the book " Made to Stick "), Crystal Edwards posted her own example of explaining a complicated concept.

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Behind the scenes of a championship speech

Speak Schmeak

So you already have a bunch of public speaking books that tell you what to do with your hands, where to look with your eyes, and how to persuade with your voice.

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Build the audience into your presentation

Speak Schmeak

Here's a quick tip to make your audience more receptive to your presentation: use their names in your talk! Last week at my networking group meeting, one of the speakers managed to mention five or six people in the room as he went through his ten-minute presentation.

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Don't try and you won't fail

Speak Schmeak

Following up on my recent blog post about sucking it up , Olivia Mitchell pointed out this post on Stepcase Lifehack about challenging our children. When you see challenges as "bad," you avoid them. You fear failing, so you never even try.

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Soon you'll be walking out the door

Speak Schmeak

If you feel that taking on your anxiety about public speaking is going to be too overwhelming, so you just don't do anything at all, I have some words of wisdom to share with you. As Kris Kringle said to the Winter Warlock: "Put one foot in front of the other."

2008 130

No opportunity is too small

Speak Schmeak

Any chance you have to give a presentation is a chance to improve your skills, confidence and effectiveness. Thursday at my networking group meeting, Ellen shared more about her business in her 30-second introduction than many people do in a 30-minute presentation.

2008 130

Expectations

Speak Schmeak

I've been speaking or performing for 30 years and guess what: I still get nervous. Part of the problem people have with public speaking is their expectation. They expect that, once they start doing it, they will never be nervous again.

I wish someone had told me to suck it up

Speak Schmeak

A client was telling me how she managed to make it all the way through school without ever having to give a presentation. She spoke once in sixth grade and another time to give a Spanish report.

2008 130

Good communicators make good speakers

Speak Schmeak

If you want to be a better speaker, start working on your one-on-one communication skills.

2008 130

Identify this concept and win my e-book!

Speak Schmeak

Here's the partial transcript of a conversation I had the other day on Twitter with fellow speaker Chris Elliott. Chris is being a good sport allowing me to post our conversation here. Make sure to visit his blog and add him to your Twitter tweeps.

2008 130

Name-drop with care

Speak Schmeak

Last year, I had a conversation with a colleague about a possible business partnership. During the conversation, he dropped the names of at least ten Internet marketers he knows.

2008 130

Job interviews: two quick tips

Speak Schmeak

I won't go into detail about job interviewing; that's better left to the experts like Rowan Manahan over at Fortify Your Oasis. But I have two simple tips today that I promise will put you slightly more at ease in an interview setting. You are not the only one in the hot seat.

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Calmness -- innate or learned?

Speak Schmeak

According to a New York Times article , calmness in the face of stressful situations is linked to neuroticism levels and emotional regulation.

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