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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Republican Convention 2008

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Sorry, no comments about their speakers. Not impressed by any of them, or their messages.

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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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Independence Day 2008

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The original US flag To a speaker, the most cherished freedom is the freedom of expression. As we pause to celebrate our independence in the USA on July 4, consider how many of the peoples in the world struggle to speak their minds.

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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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Memorable Speeches-Democratic Convention 2008

Speaking Of...

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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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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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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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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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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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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How you dress = 55% of your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

If you missed my article in August about the "7-38-55" rule of communication, please take a look. Once again, I find this statistic being used in a way that completely distorts its original intent.

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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!

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The grandmother cliché

Speak Schmeak

Way back when I started this blog, I wrote about clichés , and specifically the expression, "It's not your grandmother's [insert item here]." Yesterday, I read this in an article: "I use the 'grandmother' rule. Put simply; present anything so that your grandmother would understand it."

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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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See, hear and taste your audience

Speak Schmeak

"When the mind is not present, we look and do not see; we hear and do not understand; we eat and do not know the taste of what we eat." ~ Confucius, "The Great Learning" Have you ever been driving, and suddenly realized that you were at your destination and you didn't remember the journey?

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Rules for the sake of rules

Speak Schmeak

Someone disagreed with my opinion on fillers the other day. Among other things, the person said, "Fillers make people sound very unintelligent." Fillers can certainly make a person sound unprepared , if every other word is "um," "uh," and "y'know."

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Four steps to controlling your fear

Speak Schmeak

In an episode of "Life in the Fab Lane," Kimora Lee Simmons is asked to speak in front of 30,000 people at a large trade show, to promote her new cosmetic line. She fears public speaking and especially the size of the crowd, but agrees to do it.

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Tea made me a very sexy man.

Speak Schmeak

Over the past weekend we attended the World Tea Expo (see posts here and here from last year when I was a speaker there). So much better in Vegas than Hotlanta. Thank you.

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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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9 things you can learn from a home shopping show

Speak Schmeak

You want to see a real public speaking pro at work? Watch a few minutes of a home shopping channel. In the five minutes that I watched QVC, I saw the host do just about everything we're taught to do as speakers. First of all, don't kid yourself that you're not selling something.

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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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The power of language (or, how I got in trouble for saying "pee")

Speak Schmeak

Back in June, I got in trouble with an audience member who e-mailed me to say that my language was inappropriate and to demand that I send an apology to the entire audience of 22 women. She felt that I was giving them the wrong message about how to present themselves as speakers.

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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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How to use a microphone

Speak Schmeak

Tomorrow I'll be spending the day providing mini-coaching sessions to the soon-to-be graduates of Women's Economic Ventures ' Self-Employment Training program. At graduation, each student gives her elevator speech onstage.

Shake up the status quo - try something new

Speak Schmeak

At my referrals group yesterday, two of the speakers tried something new and different, and delivered engaging presentations that successfully captured and kept the audience's attention. Changing up the opening Stephanie, an optometrist, decided to have fun with her opening.

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Who deserves your best?

Speak Schmeak

I have a problem. I save things for "special occasions" that never happen. My favorite perfume? Don't want to waste it. Favorite sweater or shoes? Too "nice" for every day. I have jewelry I don't wear, wine I don't drink, dresses I'm afraid to ruin.

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What's blocking your path? Part 1

Speak Schmeak

This post was getting long, so I split it in two and will post Part 2 tomorrow.

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Presentation or picture book?

Speak Schmeak

The winners have been announced in this year's " World's Best Presentation " contest at SlideShare.net. I have some issues with this contest, the main one being that none of these slideshows is a "presentation." For a presentation to happen, you need a presenter and an audience.

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How thick is your skin?

Speak Schmeak

Last year I attended a conference where one of the speakers was Arianna Huffington. I posted about her comment that she doesn't believe in developing a thick skin, because a thick skin keeps out the good as well as the bad.

2008 151

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

Baby steps to fighting fear

Speak Schmeak

In a recent post , I wrote about a speaker at an event I attended who sang "Over the Rainbow" and completely took the audience by surprise. I loved her chutzpah and her willingness to try something different to get our attention, even though she is not comfortable singing in front of an audience.

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Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

I just got back from a fabulous quickie trip to San Diego where I delivered a training at a gorgeous resort to a group of fun and willing participants (welcome, ECGMC blog visitors!).

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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

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Note to self: Never do that joke again

Speak Schmeak

As a follow up to this post about bombing , here's some more Eddie Izzard technique. I've never seen a comedian make so many jokes about his own jokes not working. And of course, when the audience doesn't get one and he acknowledges it, he gets even more laughs.

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Are you playing like a champion?

Speak Schmeak

What's your excuse for not giving it all you've got as a speaker? "I I do fine without practicing." (Oh Oh yeah? Says who?) "I I didn't have time to prepare." (I I bet you found plenty of time for Twitter.) "I'm I'm not 100% today." Your audience still needs 100% of you.) "I'm

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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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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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Which waiter are you?

Speak Schmeak

Waiter #1 approaches the table with a memorized patter of the specials, a pasted-on smile and a robotic shtick, always by the book. There's a distance between him and the diners as he's always mentally leaving for the next table before he's physically left.

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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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