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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. Hint – not well!). Too long is wrong. . Smile!

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Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying?

How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2007 & PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. Do you create posters for personal or business use? Set the page size.

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How to fight the urge to overload your audience

Speaking about Presenting

Alec’s drive is to deliver maximum value to his audience. You can deliver value to your audience in lots of other ways.

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Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. You also improve the collective experience of the audience. Be specific.

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. You also improve the collective experience of the audience. Be specific.

Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). Audience analysis.

How to simplify your presentation without dumbing it down

Speaking about Presenting

Your job is to make the complex easily graspable to your audience by arriving at that simplicity. What is simplicity. Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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

PowerPoint Tips

This is a common situation when you’re in a large room or just want to move around among the audience members. Click Create From File.

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

Audience members will have a concrete reminder making your presentation more memorable. Audience members can easily contact you later.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? And that results in information overload for the audience.

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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. Here, Lincoln signals the challenge.

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?

16 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. Use more visuals. Rehearsal.

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

Speaking about Presenting

Now your prospective audience member is thinking “I better know what those three critical concepts are”. Photo credit: bravenewtraveler.

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Six Secrets from a Professional Speaker on Audience Participation

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I wrote about the challenge of the third era of presenting: the era of the audience. Set the tone for audience participation.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. Money. Human. Be bold.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. Money. Human. Be bold.

Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). Audience analysis.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? And that results in information overload for the audience.

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Get your audience’s attention by adding anticipation

PowerPoint Tips

A presentation that communicates well uses a slide to help the audience understand and remember your point. So, instead of a slide like this.

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

Speaking about Presenting

But most of the time (exceptions below), it’s more effective to tell your audience your conclusion near the beginning of your presentation.

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

Speaking about Presenting

Your audience is the hero. Nancy says: Audience insights and resonance can only occur when a presenter takes a stance of humility.

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

Speaking about Presenting

You audience is the hero. Nancy says: Audience insights and resonance can only occur when a presenter takes a stance of humility.

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How to keep your audience’s attention

PowerPoint Tips

Chris Atherton (and more about her here ) has a great blog post on how to give a presentation that keeps your audience’s attention.

18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. Use more visuals. Rehearsal.

The Psychology of Storytelling

Manner of Speaking

Another Audience Captivated. Audiences crave them. But stories aren’t just for the young. As Allyn notes: Story connects us all.

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Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying?

The Top 5 PowerPoint Slide Makeover videos of 2010

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The slides end up being read to the audience. I still see far too many slides that are really speaker notes instead of visuals that promote a conversation with the audience. This makeover shows that definitions can be interesting if you connect with the audience and leave them with a definition they will remember.

Two Slides You Can Lose

Manner of Speaking

The best way to thank your audience is to say “Thank you&#. slide. None of them is necessary. It’s more personal. L ose ’ em!

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A long time ago, before death by PowerPoint

Presentation Zen

Stand with your visuals, becoming a clear part of the visual experience from your audience's point of view.

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Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted

Speak Schmeak

Or you may choose to use a script when your audience can't see you; for example, when you're giving a webinar. Writing is meant to be read.

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

The Eloquent Woman

non-technical for a mixed audience? Check (out) your audience at the door: 8 reasons speakers should. How do we balance technical v.

Should you say “thank you” at the end of a presentation?

PowerPoint Tips

The belief exists that the audience should be thanking the speaker for taking the time to prepare and share their thoughts. ’&#.

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6 presentation tips from a professional speaker

Speaking about Presenting

I stand up at my desk, imagine an audience around me, and present exactly as it were the real thing. Scott Berkun speaking at the Web2.0

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

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Every time I start a presentation I joke that I will not force my audience to sit through boring slides so I won’t be using PowerPoint today.

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Who let my mom in? Or, Don't guess when you dress

Speak Schmeak

Oh yeah: Make sure you know who is in the audience. Will the audience be in suits? For whatever reason, you just didn't belong? Ooops.

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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. 1) Bend but don't break. Look at me.

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The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.

Speak Schmeak

Audiences respond better to someone who doesn't come across like a diva. If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker. But.*

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The Number One Rule for Speech Contests

Manner of Speaking

In less than two weeks, the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention will begin in Palm Desert, California. Of the 81 contestants who have survived the previous four rounds of the International Speech Contest process, only one will be crowned the 2010 World Champion of Public Speaking. Focus on your message to the audience. *.

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