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. For three years straight, I have been Googling and tracking the term "Death by PowerPoint". I want to see how many pages the big G will deliver for this tired cliche.

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Holidays 2008

Speaking Of...

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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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. Scores: Keynote: 20 , PowerPoint 2008: 17, OpenOffice: 5. This section is pretty subjective, and everyone will probably have different opinions here, especially with Office 2008’s ribbon interface.

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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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Republican Convention 2008

Speaking Of...

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

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Independence Day 2008

Speaking Of...

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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Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2008

Speaking Of...

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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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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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. That "Careerist" columnist Vivia Chen is shocked that Hillary Clinton didn't discipline Burns Strider. Here is Chen's article. It seems schoolgirlish for Chen to even assume that a female boss will behave more ethically than a male one. Sure, Hillary has been an advocate of female empowerment.

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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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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. However, the flip side of this is the "crutch phrase," a word or expression, repeated over and over, that someone leans on because they can't think of anything better to say.

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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. The comments are as fascinating as the post itself, as readers make their cases for and against Bert's choices. Fellow speaker Andrew Dlugan has posted his disagreements on his Six Minutes blog.

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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."  "  Anyone who had decided to not avoid looking at their brokerage statement for March 2018 experienced that reversal of fortune on a personal level.    In terms of the careers, the impacts could be tragic.

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Hong Kong Model United Nations Conference

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

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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. Photo from Smith College) 2008 Smith College Commencement Margaret Edson from Smith College on Vimeo. Folks who work at universities have heard more commencement speeches than the rest of us--that's part of the job.

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ON TELLING STORIES

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comWhat did Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all have in common? They used their gut to deliver their ideas and make that magic connection with their audiences. Every successful professional speaker knows that the way to impact their audience is through their story, a story that persuades/inspires the listener to "feel" the truth of your message.

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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! The American Association for the Advancement of Science believes that "the human body is an excellent medium for communicating science -- perhaps not as data-rich as a peer-reviewed article, but far more exciting." To encourage collaboration between scientists and artists, and to promote the engagement of the public with science, the AAAS held a "Dance your Ph.D."

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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. The teenager who wants to train to be a vet gets a part-time job in an actual vet's office. The writer lands a contract to ghostwrite a book for a celebrity. Part of the impact of "over the moon" was that we Americans poached it from the British.

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ON STRONG SPEAKERS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comHere is what I have noticed about "strong professional speakers:" They don't talk about being a speaker until they ask about the other person. They have a first-class media kit that reflects their fee level. They do some no-fee programs each year. They have a database of professionals whom they can refer to others. They give lots of client "extras." They take care of themselves and model the life their audiences want. The Coach asks.

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ON ENTHUSIASM

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comThe present economy, financial crisis, and mortgage meltdown disturbs, angers and frightens many of us. And, yet, we still can choose to be enthusiastic about our role in making things better for ourselves, our business, our families, our communities. Enthusiasm is a much better option than despair. And, besides,enthusiasm is contagious!

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ON GARRISON KEILLOR

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comDo you Garrison Keillor fans notice that he never appears to invent or imagine a story? He just dredges it up from the depths of his collective memory. He mixes accurate expression with a generous dose of humor. The lesson here for the professional speaker is that you can deliver through your voice what the page can not convey.

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ON GENUINE HAPPINESS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C) 2008 www.schrift.comPhysician, Albert Schweitzer shares an important truth. Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Lesson here - the more you give or serve others, the happier you will become. Ghandi also believed, "even as we serve others we are working on ourselves."

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ON HEAD AND HEART

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comI know things work better when I balance my mental thoughts with the emotions of my heart. When I am only in my head, I can become hard and cynical. Too much heart makes me soft and gullible. So I strive for a balance between my head and heart in my relations with people and when making decisions. I think we all want to live mindfully and live from awareness, wisdom and goodness. Isn't that our birthright?

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ON THE ENERGY OF SILENCE

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comIf you are like me, you will often be annoyed by your “monkey mind.” The mind that is always thinking thoughts, both positive and negative. Peruvian thinker, Carlos Castaneda, says; “When we are quiet, we realize someone (or something) is trying to teach us. Whenever we manage to stop our inner dialogue, something happens in our lives. We discover things we never thought of consciously but are there ready to help us.

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Submit your top ten speakers

Speak Schmeak

For the last couple of years, Bert Decker has been compiling a list of the Top Ten Best and Worst Communicators , and he's looking for your input for the 2008 list, which will be announced on December 31. Here's his 2007 list , and his 2006 list. Who do you think should be on the lists? Don't forget to post your list on Bert's blog!).

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ON THE BOLD SPEAKER

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comI have been booking and coaching speakers since 1982 and here is what I have observed: The best speakers do not fill the air with a lot of words - they make the space for audience to tell them what they need to know. The best speakers ask, "what do you need to really hear from me to give you what you came to hear?" The best speakers are brief and clear and make the most of a short period of time.

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A 90-minute show in two minutes

Speak Schmeak

For those of you celebrating today, Happy Thanksgiving! Here's some holiday fun from a real performing pro. Whether or not you like his music, he's got his comic timing down. And did you know he could do impressions? Impressive! Justin Timberlake hosts an entire episode of Saturday Night Live in just over two minutes (it helps if you've seen previous skits on SNL to get some of this, but it's not necessary): Tags: Fun Stuff General Comments Entertainers

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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. I came across an article the other day that stated, "Statistics show that influence on an audience is determined as follows: 7 percent by what we SAY; 38 percent by how we SPEAK; and 55 percent by how we LOOK AND BEHAVE."

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ON LISTENING TO CALLAS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comWhen I listen to recordings by deceased opera singer, Maria Callas, I am not having a passive experience. I feel like I am having a conversation with her and finally myself. That's because Callas speaks to us when she sings. She tells us her secrets, her pains, her joys - and we feel a connection. She may express despair or much happiness. And I find myself answering, "so have I!" Callas sings meaning and phrases in paragraphs. She makes wonderful noises.

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ON BEING LIKED

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comThe book, How to Win Friends & Influence People, is often second only to the Bible in sales. Dale Carnegie outlines - in very simple steps and examples - how to be nice without letting yourself get walked on. Here are six traits kind people of the world share: Become interested in other people. Smile. A person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. Be a good listener and encourage people to talk about themselves.

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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." And today I read this: "You can learn a lot about marketing from grandmothers. And you thought they were just great for baking cookies."

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ON THE BARD

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C) 2008 www.schrift.comIf you really want to succeed in business, study the masters: Warren Buffett, Bill Gates. and William Shakespeare. Yes, the Master of the Universe or so says Britain's Cranfield University, which has teamed up with Shakespeare's Old Globe Theatre and the late Laurence Olivier's son to offer courses that mine the playwright's works for advice on climbing the corporate ladder. To weather acts of betrayal, you might turn to "Julius Caesar."

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ON SPEAKING NUGGETS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comI have been attending speaker conferences since 1986. Here are a few of the many wise words that have inspired me and moved me to action: What creates success is your conviction that what you are doing makes a difference. Provide ways for people to have the courage to change their behavior. Never give up when prospecting a client. Just say NEXT! Rejection is a myth. The more things you try, the more things will work. 90% of things are habitual.

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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. The orientation is typical in its length, in the fact that there are various untrained speakers involved (sexual harassment, fire safety, benefits, etc.)

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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? Have you ever sat down to eat lunch and, because you were so busy doing other things on the computer or talking on the phone, you suddenly realized your food had vanished and you barely remembered eating it?

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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.

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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. She says, "I've never had to speak in front of this many people in my life, and I'm going backstage like I'm Michael Jackson or something. And I am freaked out."

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ON SPEAKING POINTS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comIf you speak for a living, whether you are part time, full time or BIG time, you need to be guided by strategies that get you the bookings. Here is what my 20 plus years booking and coaching speakers has taught me. Speak on a topic you have passion for AND others need to hear. you can't lose with topics like wealth, health and relationships) Be a perceived expert on what you speak about.

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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." But a few fillers here and there make me sound unintelligent? That just makes me laugh. If a few ums are capable of completely obscuring the intelligence of my presentation, that's more your problem than mine!

2008 126

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. This time I was merely a participant, scoping out products and attending educational seminars as the "vice president" of my husband's company which is in the process of opening a tea shop. There was the usual mix of engaging speakers, dreary speakers, and horrible PowerPoint.

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ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

C)2008 www.schrift.comHere are some tips to reduce speech anxiety that I have gleaned from working with professional speakers over the last 24 years. Visualize your success at the lectern. When you visualize your success, you will be successful.' Arrive early and become familiar with the room in which you will give your presentation. Check the audio/visual equipment as needed. Greet your audience as they arrive in the room. Then the group will not feel like strangers to you.

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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. We're all selling something. I worked in nonprofits for sixteen years, providing community outreach and education to youth and adults for several organizations.

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