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Debate Preparation – Seven Rules for Success

Matt Eventoff

We have now officially entered silly season - the final weeks of the 2010 election season, and that means… debates, and lots of them! Campaigns spend an inordinate amount of time raising money to do one thing – deliver their message to voters, most often through paid media.

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Photo-editing features in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint 2010 added some new photo editing features that let you do a lot of your work right inside PowerPoint. In this video, I discuss 3 features on the Picture Tools Format tab: Corrections. Color. Artistic Effects. Watch this video to see how you can use these new features for your photos. Ellen Finkelstein can train you or your team to create high-impact, engaging, professional presentations for training, sales, business, or education.

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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Remove an image background in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

One of the new features of PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to remove the background of an image. PowerPoint 2010 lets you specify which parts of the image you want to keep or discard. You can download a 60-day trial of Office 2010. This is different from making one color in the background transparent, which you can do in earlier versions. (I I describe that process in a tip, “ Cool contour shadows.&# ).

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Shortcut to complex shapes with SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010

PowerPoint Tips

SmartArt is available in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. SmartArt is a great way to create diagrams, but you can also use them to create complex, custom graphics.

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Review: PowerPoint 2010 Bible

PowerPoint Tips

I received a free copy of PowerPoint 2010 Bible by Faithe Wempen. PowerPoint 2010 Bible is indeed very complete. It’s published by Wiley and is almost 800 pages. You think that’s a lot? I write the AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT Bible , and it’s almost 1300 pages! The point is, Wiley’s Bible series is meant to be very complete and the books are long. Generally, they’re reference books, not tutorials.

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Public Speaking for Professional Athletes, Pt I

Matt Eventoff

Tags: Uncategorized athlete interviews athletes and public speaking communication for athletes how to interview after sports messaging for athletes messaging for sports NFL Draft 2010 public speaking public speaking for athletes Public Speaking for Professional Athletes public speaking for sports sam bradford public speaking sports public speaking

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Famous Speech Friday: Brené Brown's 2010 TEDx talk on vulnerability

The Eloquent Woman

It must have struck a chord, because Brené Brown''s 2010 TEDx talk on vulnerability is, as of late 2013, the fourth-most-watched TED talk of all time. " Be thou vulnerable ," TED tells its speakers. But this famous speech was about vulnerability--in us and in the speaker.

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Public Speaking – Yale’s Shapiro Releases Memorable Quotes of 2010

Matt Eventoff

Fred Shapiro , who serves as Associate Librarian at Yale Law School, has just released his 10 most memorable quotes of 2010, which will be published in the next edition of the Yale Book of Quotations. . 13, 2010. Uncategorized 2010 2nd millennium associate Associated Press chilean miners quote christine o'donnell christine odonnell not a witch quote fred r.

How to simplify your presentation without dumbing it down

Speaking about Presenting

Making a presentation simple requires hard thinking. You might be concerned that in your quest to make your presentation simple, you’ll dumb it down.

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The best and longest list of new PowerPoint 2010 features

PowerPoint Tips

My friend, Echo Swinford, who’s a PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) has written up a great list of the new features of PowerPoint 2010. Before making a decision about whether or not to upgrade, read the list !

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How to use your remote to switch to another presentation in PowerPoint 2007 & 2010

PowerPoint Tips

In PowerPoint 2010, choose Animations tab> Animation Pane.You might be wondering, why the Animation pane? In 2010, choose Add Animation> OLE Action Verbs> Show and click OK.

90% of B2B Marketers Count on Content Marketing in 2010

Content Marketing Today

Here are some highlights to give you a flavor of why you need to get a copy of this free study : 90% of respondents are using content marketing in 2010.

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Top 10 Takeaways from the 2010 Content Strategy Forum

Content Marketing Today

Thanks to two info-packed days I spent at the April 2010 Content Strategy Forum , I’d like to give you a head start. Why An Effective Content Strategy is Fundamental to Effective Content Marketing. We hope you’re a firm believer in the value of content marketing.

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The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Today, 19 November 2010, marks the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. In one of the first posts on this blog , I compared Lincoln’s two-minute address with the two-hour oration by Edward Everett on the same occasion.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning. I’ll be looking at how to avoid some of these presentation planning traps in a live webinar with Ellen Finkelstein next week.

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13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

Your presentation handout is the lasting concrete manifestation of your presentation. It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards.

How to write a presentation title that gets people flocking to your session

Speaking about Presenting

Get inspiration for your presentation title from magazines. Photo credit: bravenewtraveler. You might not give much thought to your presentation title for a conference presentation.

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16 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve just completed my first large webinar as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop Webinar Series. Before doing my own webinar I attended webinars by webinar experts Ken Molay and Roger Courville.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

In my last post, I argued that you already have attention at the start of your presentation. The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

In my last post, I argued that you already have attention at the start of your presentation. The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement.

The Top 5 Communications Lessons from 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

One last item to tick off the list for last year before I get fully up to speed in 2011:  who were the best communicators in 2010 – and why?    Their list includes many that I agree with, but because it also includes some partisan political choices (really, there were no good Democratic communicators in 2010?   Instead, I’m going to talk about what makes a great public communicator and what lessons we can learn from those 2010 examples. 

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Speeches from Film: The Pursuit of Happyness

Manner of Speaking

One of my favourite movies from recent years is The Pursuit of Happyness , starring Will Smith. Based on a true story, the movie is about Chris Gardner , a man in financial difficulty who is trying to raise his son alone after his wife leaves him.

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The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning. I’ll be looking at how to avoid some of these presentation planning traps in a live webinar with Ellen Finkelstein next week.

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Fear of Public Speaking, Pt. II – Breathing Techniques

Matt Eventoff

In Pt. I of this series I went over a number of tips and tactics to deal with the fear of public speaking. One of the tactics was breathing, which sounds so simple, and is often anything but the night before, or the hour before, you are to give a speech or presentation. Today will focus 0n a few of my favorite breathing techniques to use prior to presenting or giving a speech: 1. Three Deep Belly Breaths – Sounds like what it is.

Presentation structure: Why it’s smarter to put your conclusion in your opening

Speaking about Presenting

A long time ago I attended a presentation on ostrich farming. It was pleasantly interesting because I love animals but I didn’t really get the point – after all I wasn’t planning on being an ostrich farmer.

18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve just completed my first large webinar as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop Webinar Series. Before doing my own webinar I attended webinars by webinar experts Ken Molay and Roger Courville.

5 simple rules for creating world-changing presentations

PowerPoint Tips

At the same time, the video is a showcase of what you can do in PowerPoint 2010. Tags: Resource Nancy Duarte PowerPoint 2010 Watch this video by Nancy Duarte on her company’s 5 simple rules for creating world-changing presentations.

The Top 5 PowerPoint Slide Makeover videos of 2010

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Every two weeks I record another PowerPoint slide makeover video showing lessons presenters can learn to improve the effectiveness of the slides they use. I publish my videos on iTunes, YouTube and Brainshark. If you subscribe via iTunes , you get every new video automatically downloaded to your iPod, iPhone or iPad. The viewers on YouTube and Brainshark have to make a more conscious decision to click and watch the videos, since there is less of an automatic viewing opportunity.

Five less-talked about gems from Nancy Duarte’s latest book “Resonate”

Speaking about Presenting

Resonate , Nancy Duarte’s latest book, is for the serious student of presentations. Resonate delves deep into the art of presenting and analyzes precisely what makes a presentation persuasive and memorable.

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Five less-talked about gems from Nancy Duarte’s latest book “Resonate”

Speaking about Presenting

Resonate , Nancy Duarte’s latest book, is for the serious student of presentations. Resonate delves deep into the art of presenting and analyzes precisely what makes a presentation persuasive and memorable.

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Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted

Speak Schmeak

Photo by Paula Bailey I generally don't recommend using a script or memorizing a presentation, but there are times when you don't have a choice, like when you're handed a script to read that was written by someone else.

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The Psychology of Storytelling

Manner of Speaking

Earlier this year, Pam Allyn, the Executive Director of LitLife, a national organization specializing in innovative literacy education for schools and families, wrote an article entitled Storytelling Connects us All.

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The Eloquent Woman's top 10 public speaking posts in 2010

The Eloquent Woman

Here are the 10 most popular posts from 2010 on The Eloquent Woman blog: "How do I establish credibility as a speaker when my age and looks work against me?" women and public speaking 2010 top posts

Two Slides You Can Lose

Manner of Speaking

Much has been written (in this blog and elsewhere) on ways to improve the quality of slide presentations by, for example, reducing the number of words on a slide, using good visuals, going easy on the bullet points, turning the screen black from time to time, etc.

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A long time ago, before death by PowerPoint

Presentation Zen

A long time ago - before PowerPoint was invented - in a galaxy far, far away, leaders gave presentations backed by large electronic wall displays. Below, for example, is a photo of General Dodonna (from Star Wars IV) briefing a packed room full of starpilots, navigators, and droids.

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If you are a presenter you MUST watch this company: Prezi (new features just released) — Scobleizer

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

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Be like the bamboo: 7 lessons from the Japanese forest

Presentation Zen

The forests that surround our village here in Nara, Japan are filled with beautiful bamboo trees. In Japan, the symbolism of the bamboo plant runs deep and wide and offers practical lessons for life and for work.

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My favorite posts from 2010

Dahle Communication

In fact, the Decker blog once again put Obama on the top 10 worst speakers in 2010. Two years ago I wanted to have a website up where I could talk about my ideas regarding communication. I've had a lot of ideas over those past two years and it is time for another year in review. If you want a quick run-down of my thoughts on communication, you can take the abridged version and check out last years top posts list and then check out this years.

Think less. Act more.

Speak Schmeak

My latest bulletin board addition Yesterday I came across a blog post by social media expert Mari Smith , about her use of an annual one-word theme to guide her through the year. Simpler than making resolutions, it's one word that serves as a touchstone for making decisions and achieving goals.

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