Announcing Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2011!

PowerPoint Tips

I’m pleased to announce the 2nd Outstanding Presentations Workshop with a new group of top-tier presenters! Those of you who attended last year (we had over 1700 sign-ups from 49 countries!) will remember the high quality of the presentations. And it’s all free! Thanks to our sponsors.).

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Book review: Office 2011 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies

PowerPoint Tips

Office 2011 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You’ll also find information about recording, broadcasting (new for 2011), custom shows, and more. Review books Mac Office 2011If you use Office on the Mac, this book is for you!

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World Championship of Public Speaking, 2011

Manner of Speaking

The 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking , hosted by Toastmasters International in Las Vegas, Nevada is now history. Again, my sincere congratulations to all contestants in the 2011 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.

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Quick takeaways from Presentation Summit 2011–Day 1, Part 2

PowerPoint Tips

In the afternoon of the first day of Presentation Summit 2011, I heard 2 excellent presentations and wanted to share them with you. Events Carmen Taran Olivia Mitchell presentation summit 2011

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Four Presentation Predictions for 2011

Duarte Blog

Business News Strategy Technology Tips 2011 authenticity forecast future hand made Nancy Duarte predictions presentations tablet tablet war twitterverse

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2011 Annoying PowerPoint Survey results have been released!

Speak Schmeak

The results of Dave Paradi's Annoying PowerPoint Survey for 2011 have been released! Things are generally the same as in the past: Audiences find speakers who read the slides to them to be the most annoying aspect of PowerPoint presentations.

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Summer 2011

Manner of Speaking

I hope that you have been having an enjoyable summer. I have been traveling with my family in Canada for the past three weeks and taking a bit of break from the blog. W e return to Switzerland tomorrow, so look for new posts on Manner of Speaking in the near future.

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Summer 2011

Manner of Speaking

I hope that you have been having an enjoyable summer. I have been traveling with my family in Canada for the past three weeks and taking a bit of break from the blog. W e return to Switzerland tomorrow, so look for new posts on Manner of Speaking in the near future.

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NSA 2011 Convention: Advance Planning

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

At the end of the month, I’m off to Anaheim, for my 7th NSA Convention. The theme this year is Influence and the conference chair is NSA bad-boy Randy Gage. He rocked the house a couple of years back with a religion-bashing keynote that, for the first time ever, did not get a knee-jerk [.]. Public Speaking National Speakers Association

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Quick takeaways from Presentation Summit 2011–Day 3

PowerPoint Tips

Day 3 was the last day of the Presentation Summit and had fewer scheduled sessions. Nick Morgan on using stories to lead an audience to action. In the morning, we heard a keynote by Nick Morgan. His main point was that the only reason to give a presentation is to change the world.

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Quick takeaways from Presentation Summit 2011–Day 2

PowerPoint Tips

I owe you more of my thoughts about the Presentation Summit 2011 and it has been hard to get to it. After coming back from a conference, it’s so easy to get immersed in day-to-day work. But I want you to get as much benefit as possible from my attendance.

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Quick takeaways from Presentation Summit 2011–Day 1, Part 1

PowerPoint Tips

I’m at the Presentation Summit 2011 conference in Austin, TX and thought I’d share some quick takeaways from the speakers so far. I’m behind on posting, so you’ll see more content over the next couple of weeks. First, Austin is a pretty city on the Colorado River.

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Top Posts Get You Off to Great Start in 2011

Kate's Voice

How will you upgrade your voice in 2011? It’s January 6 and I have decided to participate in the WordPress challenge, Postaweek2011. Tomorrow is Friday. Time to get started. But how about you? How will you get started on your commitments this year? What is your intention? In looking back over the last year, I [.]. intention voice lessons postaweek2011

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Toastmasters Monday: The 2011 Convention

Speak and Deliver

2011 World Champion Jock Elliott Contests. 2011 Int'l President Michael Notaro Our organization has a LOT of politics - and I've been vocal in the past about my likes and dislikes. I'm baaa-aaack.! A delay in my flight brought me home in the wee hours of today, vs. last night.

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American Idol 2011 ? What We Can Learn about Being Grounded |

Speaking Freely

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2011 Annoying PowerPoint Survey results have been released!

Speak Schmeak

The results of Dave Paradi's Annoying PowerPoint Survey for 2011 have been released! Things are generally the same as in the past: Audiences find speakers who read the slides to them to be the most annoying aspect of PowerPoint presentations.

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Podcast: A Look Ahead to 2011

Communication Steroids

Podcast: A Look Ahead to 2011 [11:55m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download From → Communication Skills , Communication Steroids TV , Podcast One Comment Paul Castain permalink You guys not only rock but you make it abundantly clear that you are having a blast doing what you do.

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World Championship of Public Speaking, 2011

Manner of Speaking

The 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking , hosted by Toastmasters International in Las Vegas, Nevada, is now history. Again, my sincere congratulations to all contestants in the 2011 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Congratulations to all contestants, especially Jock Elliott (1st Place), Kwong Yue Yang (2nd Place) and Scott Pritchard (3rd Place). Left to right: Kwong Yue Yang, Jock Elliott and Scott Pritchard.

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VANITY FAIR, August 2011 - No Christopher Hitchens

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The August 2011 issue of VANITY FAIR has no commentary by Hitchens.  VANITY FAIR was the platform for iconoclastic author Christopher Hitchens to popularize his controversial theories.    One of the most famous was his "Missionary Position" article [and book]. 

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The top #publicspeaking and presenting posts of 2011

The Eloquent Woman

From inspiring women's speeches to checklists, visuals and sexist speaking situations, 2011's most-read posts offer you a glimpse at what you and other readers found most valuable this year.

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Interview with Sunni Brown: Doodler, Gameist and 2011 TED Speaker

Duarte Blog

She has a well-deserved spot on the 2011 TED stage this year too. Sunni Brown lives up to the promise of her name. She lights up a room.

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Cigar PEG 2011 Presents Pirates of the Podium

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized Cigar PEG 2011 Pirates of the PodiumParty Information: [link] Join the Cigar PEG: [link].

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Holidays 2011 - Less Packaging, Finally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the high-margin luxury niche, making packaging more eco-friendly had been a topic at the 2011 global Luxe Pack conference. This holiday season, we all might wind up with less packaging to open and less trash to deposit in landfills. 

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Big Time Internet Usage Stats From 2011

Communication Steroids

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Resolve to Speak.& Deliver in 2011

Speak and Deliver

That - above all else - will change in 2011. So here's my list of Speaking/Coaching Goals for 2011: 1. Coach/Mentor more speakers in 2011 than I have over the last 5 years combined.

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Famous Speech Friday: Toni Morrison’s 2011 commencement address

The Eloquent Woman

One of the things that made Morrison’s 2011 Rutgers address notable is that she was paid $30,000 for that appearance– a steep fee for anyone, but especially for a fiction writer. (Editor's note: Many readers know that my sister Elaine died this summer.

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Newsrooms: Hit hard with cuts in 2011

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During 2011, those lost jobs increased about 30% to 3775, versus 2920 in 2010. The typical newsroom is becoming the corridor of broken dreams. 

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Toastmasters International UK & Ireland: Communicator of the Year, 2011

Max Atkinson

Then I discovered that they had a surprise in store and were going to elevate me to Communicator of the Year, 2011 - " awarded by Toastmasters to individuals who have either helped promote public speaking/leadership or helped to develop understanding of the speaking and leadership worlds."

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PowerPoint Tips, Mistakes and Ideas from 2011

Executive Speech Coach

What are the best ideas that you can use to improve your PowerPoint Presentations? What if Your PowerPoint Slides Make You a Liar? The marketing director of a well known Internet company presented us with fascinating stats about Internet use and users. I was captivated by the numbers and percentages until he reached the graph slide in his PowerPoint presentation. One of my colleagues raised his hand to ask a question.

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It’s January 31, 2011: Do You Know Where Your New Year’s Resolutions Are?

DeFinis Communications

You took the time to think about the areas in your life where you’d like to make changes and you carefully crafted your 2011 New Year’s Resolutions. We’re in the infancy of 2011. Maybe you wrote them down, typed them up, put them on your wall, or shared them with your friends and family. Now, here it is a few weeks into the New Year. How are you doing on those resolutions? If you’ve already abandoned one or more of your goals, don’t feel bad; you’re not alone.

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The Year Ahead: Fearless Predictions for Communications in 2011

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

A calendar year is an arbitrary deadline and communication is never-ending; nevertheless it’s helpful to take stock of the kind of year in communications we’ve just had and look ahead to what we can expect in 2011.    I see five trends that will each undergo shifts in 2011.   In 2011, we’ll replace the long-winded with the nano-communication So information-saturated and attention-deprived are we as a culture that Twitter will begin to seem endless in 2011

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Who Are the Best and Worst Communicators of 2011?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Once again, my fellow communication coaches Decker Communications have published a “ 10 best and worst communicators for 2011 ,” and the list is fascinating both for those it includes and those it doesn’t, as well as what it says about us and where we are as a nation.    So, without further ado, are Morgan’s Reflections on the Best and Worst Lists of 2011.

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Commencement Speeches 2011: The best. and the rest

OnSpeechwriting

The Class of 2011 has (mostly) left the auditorium, in search of jobs and new apartments. All of which means it’s time again to commit ourselves to a reckoning of the best, the worst and the merely mediocre commencement speeches of 2011.

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Where to find your voice in 2011

Kate's Voice

As humans, we are passionately driven to communicate. We want to be heard. We want to be understood. But to be heard above all the noise of our culture, you must have a voice that others will listen to. There has never been a better time to develop that voice. Resources for study and practice [.]. communication Uncategorized Expression public speaking tips singing vocal impact

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Prose for Putin: Christmas speechwriting competition, 2011

Max Atkinson

The best laid plans of mice, men and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin don't always go as smoothly as intended (e.g. HERE ). So, for this year's Christmas competition, you are cordially invited to write a short speech of no more than 300 words outlining his message to supporters and/or opponents for 2o12.

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Video clips of the month, 2011

Max Atkinson

Regular readers will know that a regular feature of this blog is the inclusion of video clips to illustrate points discussed in different posts. So, as on this day last year , here's one from each month of the year highlighting themes that seemed worth blogging about: January 50 years since John F Kennedy asked not.

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Stamford, CT Fatal Christmas Fire, 2011 - Litigation Goes On

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Early Christmas morning, 2011, in Stamford, Connecticut, a fire swept through one of those This Old Houses. Ad executive Madonna Badger's three young daughters and parents died. Yes, that tragedy mirrors the plot in "Manchester on the Sea."

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2011 - No Year for the Winkleovss Twins

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 2011, the Winklevoss twins represent an old world of abstract principle which doesn't matter.  Obviously, the Winklevoss Twins can't get on with their lives.    They're still at it, still crying foul about Mark Zuckerberg's supposed stealing their idea for Facebook.    That's despite the reality that they received $60 million as a remedy for that supposed act.    Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has moved on. 

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Top Executive Speech Coach Blog Posts of 2011

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach Top Blog Posts of the year are: What’s the difference between a speaker’s bio and an introduction? Many people don’t realize the difference and often say bio when they mean introduction. And many non-professional speakers mistakenly supply their bio as an introduction. There is a big difference between these two documents in their purpose and hence their form. Function always drives form.

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My Biggest Blunders of 2011

Speaker Launcher

I think it’s healthy to learn from your mistakes, don’t you? And in this situation, by sharing, I might help you avoid some of my biggies. So let’s get right to it: FIRE, BEFORE READY AND AIM.

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Poignant Photos from Fatal Christmas Morning Fire, Stamford, CT (2011)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The early morning Christmas fire in 2011 which snuffed out five lives was the second major tragedy in Connecticut. The first was the invasion of the home of Dr. Petit which took three lives.

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Hardcover, paperback books: Sales down 18% in 2011

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The traditional book industry is in disarray.    According to the Association of American Publishers, reports MEDIABISTRO.COM , sales of hardcover and paperback books have been down 18% this year.    On the other hand, sales of books in digital formats continue to increase. 

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"Clients want value for money," THE ECONOMIST, June 2, 2011

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

THE ECONOMIST has published a chilling piece on the once-bulletproof consulting industry.    Many of us remember: The McKinsey army of MBAs would march into the corporation where we were employed full time or per diem and we will all shake in our boots. 

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