Announcing Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2012

PowerPoint Tips

Now I know I have resources to help me engage my audience. I’m pleased to announce the 3rd annual Outstanding Presentations Worksho p! This year was have an almost-all-PowerPoint MVP* lineup, top experts who will give you the knowledge you need to transform your presentations.

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London 2012. Olympic Opening Ceremony. 7 points for presenters

The Presenter's Blog

London 2012 delivered the opening of the 30th Olympic Games, and with it’s magnificent Opening Ceremony, also demonstrated seven olympic sized ideas for building presentations: 1. Hit the audience hardest with your hottest assets. What a show!

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Running with the Olympic Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius in London 2012

The Presenter's Blog

Speaking to larger audiences, to more challenging audiences, or even taking those first few steps to speak at all can feel like enormous leaps. The biggest battle presenters face is the battle to push their comfort zones as speakers.

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Video: 2012 Ragan Speechwriting Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

From first-time attendees to 10-year veterans, attendees at the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference were uniformly impressed with the event. Hear what a random baker’s dozen of the audience had to say. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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The Third Presidential Debate 2012. Analysis and Commentary. And Who Won?

The Presenter's Blog

on.cnn.com/Rhmurj #CNNdebate — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) October 23, 2012. " establishing the judging criteria, nice #TRDW — Jennifer Mercieca (@jenmercieca) October 23, 2012. RomneyWrong — Adam Fetcher (@AdamFetcherOFA) October 23, 2012.

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Why your audience isn't participating

Speak Schmeak

One of the quickest ways to lose your audience is to pretend to want participation, but not really invite it. I love asking my audience questions. In a recent presentation, I asked my audience if they've ever regretting not speaking up when they had something to say.

Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

You don't need to revere your audience. Revering the topic so much that your presentation is 110% earnest and serious will just bum out your audience. Make sure the humor is universal enough that the audience can relate to you.

October 12for12 Challenge: Increase audience engagement

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Now, for our tenth challenge: Increase your audience engagement. If there's one thing you've read on my blog over and over, it's "engage the audience." And it's not what your audience wants or needs.

Dealing with a distressed audience

Speak Schmeak

I'm talking about those times when your audience is in distress or distracted because of something that's happened (or is going to happen) at their workplace, in the community, or in the world. Sometimes we have to give a presentation under less than optimal circumstances.

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3 Presentation Lessons from Comic-Con 2012

Duarte Blog

but to say I’m probably not your ideal Comic-Con audience. At Duarte, the content development team spends a lot of time taking complex information, distilling it, and crafting it into a narrative that will appeal to audiences. Never pass up an opportunity to delight your audience.

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7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

The phrase “tough crowd” takes on an entirely new meaning, with deeper shades of terror-inducing nuances, when public speakers face an audience made up of individuals who do not share the cultural background and world-view of the person behind the microphone. Audience

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Does your audience feel welcome?

Speak Schmeak

When your audience members arrive, do they feel welcome? Do you introduce yourself to some audience members so you know a few people's names and can refer back to them during the presentation? Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience The Business of Speaking

You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

But guess what: Your audience doesn't love your stats, graphs and charts. Your chart doesn't tell your story, your graph doesn't persuade your audience, and your diagram doesn't motivate them to do anything. Technology Engaging the Audience PowerPoint Communication

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Using Humour When Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Manner of Speaking

One of the tips that I mentioned in that post was the importance of using humour carefully when addressing an audience of non-native speakers. A few people have asked whether I had an example of a situation when humour worked well when speaking to a predominantly foreign audience.

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Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

He was constantly asking the audience questions , inviting our participation. That was a little disappointing, and it reminded me how much audience members like to share ! Jason's method shows that the audience is patient, and will wait for you.

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Presentation Tip: The Audience's Gift to You

Professionally Speaking...

But this is not how we generally feel when we are standing in front of an audience and delivering a presentation. In fact, our audiences are giving us one of the most precious gifts of all -- their time. When someone gives us a gift we generally feel: happy. grateful. excited. humbled.

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Video: Get the response you want from your audience

Speak Schmeak

Remember this blog post about asking questions in a way that you get the response you want from the audience? Engaging the Audience Video Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

You people… Mrs Romney has a message

The Presenter's Blog

a reminder that despite our best efforts, our true attitudes towards our audiences will always, eventually, come out! It’s because even if we don’t necessarily like our audiences, it is a pre-requisite that at the very least we find it in ourselves to genuinely respect them.

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I'm my own worst audience member

Speak Schmeak

The audience was full of rabid fans, which I found annoying, having never even heard of the speakers before a month ago. And then I realized: I'm my own worst audience member. Do you ever have those audience members who just look resistant?

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Does your audience have a reason to listen for another minute?

Speak Schmeak

Sure, the audience is paying attention to you when you start your presentation; they've got no choice, really, unless you are so quiet and low-key that they literally do not realize you've begun. Engaging the audience is an ongoing prospect.

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Why your audience isn't participating

Speak Schmeak

One of the quickest ways to lose your audience is to pretend to want participation, but not really invite it. I love asking my audience questions. In a recent presentation, I asked my audience if they've ever regretting not speaking up when they had something to say.

Your Audience’s Audience

Duarte Blog

In 2006, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stood in front of an audience of software developers and thanked them for building applications that run on Windows. In many cases, it’s your audience’s audience that needs to hear your message.

Getting and keeping the audience's attention - interview

Speak Schmeak

We talked about how to get and keep the audience's attention. Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Interviews Mehrabian Speaking EngagementsIf you missed my interview by Sharyn Abbott on August 31, you can listen here. among other things. It's about an hour long. Listen to internet radio with VoARadio on Blog Talk Radio.

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Can the audience read your scribble?

Speak Schmeak

You may have great content, smooth delivery, great audience connection, a sharp outfit, well-groomed eyebrows and a well-rounded sense of humor, but if you're going to write on a flip chart, white board or overhead, your handwriting better damn well be legible.

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Seven points for powerful debating

The Presenter's Blog

Based on what we’ve just seen during the 2012 Presidential Debates, here is The Presenters’ Blog list of the top seven things to be aware of in order to raise your debating game: Answer the question on your own terms.

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Are you misleading your audience with your titles?

Speak Schmeak

But how about a subject line or title that sets up an expectation and then doesn't deliver -- to your audience? And if your title contrasts with your actual content in an unpleasant or disappointing way, you may not regain your audience.

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Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

You don't need to revere your audience. Revering the topic so much that your presentation is 110% earnest and serious will just bum out your audience. Make sure the humor is universal enough that the audience can relate to you.

Are you stealing your audience's time?

Speak Schmeak

We are all familiar with the concept of wasting time. We consider our time wasted when time has passed and we haven't made progress or achieved what we hoped because something distracted us or caused a delay that was out of our control.

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You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

But guess what: Your audience doesn't love your stats, graphs and charts. Your chart doesn't tell your story, your graph doesn't persuade your audience, and your diagram doesn't motivate them to do anything. Technology Engaging the Audience PowerPoint Communication

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Does your audience have a reason to listen for another minute?

Speak Schmeak

Sure, the audience is paying attention to you when you start your presentation; they've got no choice, really, unless you are so quiet and low-key that they literally do not realize you've begun. Engaging the audience is an ongoing prospect.

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The Right Number of Slides

Manner of Speaking

It depends on a number of variables, including the audience, the subject and the context. If you have 10 minutes and try to click through 500 slides, you’ll probably succeed in giving your audience a headache and not much else.

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Video: Get the response you want from your audience

Speak Schmeak

Remember this blog post about asking questions in a way that you get the response you want from the audience? Engaging the Audience Video Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

He was constantly asking the audience questions , inviting our participation. That was a little disappointing, and it reminded me how much audience members like to share ! Jason's method shows that the audience is patient, and will wait for you.

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Why do audiences applaud?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

One of the details that speakers often miss is what to do at the end of the presentation when the audience applauds.    Think of the audience.    Now, an audience is typically packed with people who like to be active.    It is the audience’s gift to the speaker – the audience’s way of giving back – and the audience’s chance to be active once again.    But don’t leave until the audience is done. 

C-Level Presentation Tip #5: Analyze Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

TIP #5: ANALYZE YOUR AUDIENCE. This is a fundamental best practice for all presentations, but nowhere is it more critical than with a C-Level audience. Do your homework before the presentation to discover how the executives in your audience like to receive information.

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Can the audience read your scribble?

Speak Schmeak

You may have great content, smooth delivery, great audience connection, a sharp outfit, well-groomed eyebrows and a well-rounded sense of humor, but if you're going to write on a flip chart, white board or overhead, your handwriting better damn well be legible.

Apps for iPad Speakers – December 2012 edition

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I use it to create my notes, and then put them up on the comfort monitors in front of me but hidden from the audience. It’s great for capturing audience feedback, ideas, and so on in a way that’s visible to the entire audience (assuming you have those giant screens on either side of the stage). . What are the essential apps for iPad presenters? I compiled a list a year ago; it’s time for an update.

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Are you stealing your audience's time?

Speak Schmeak

We are all familiar with the concept of wasting time. We consider our time wasted when time has passed and we haven't made progress or achieved what we hoped because something distracted us or caused a delay that was out of our control.

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Presentation European Seminars 2012 in London Nov 7 & 8

Presentation Zen

The audience that has signed up so far is extremely diverse and includes academics, designers, IT professionals, surgeons and other medical professionals, and business people from myriad fields. More information about the Presentation European Seminars 2012. ??

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5 Quick Lessons from the First Presidential Debate 2012

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  This is a very bad way of talking to a general audience.   Flinging an accusation with one number just sounds like lying to a jaded audience, who need to hear the full story.    When you’re in front of an audience, be wholly and completely there for that audience.    Remember Who Your Audience Is. I’m taking a short break from my discussion of virtual communications to talk about the debates. 

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Audience feedback!

Pivotal Public Speaking

audience in public speaking public speaking audience listening quotationsWe learn what we have said from those who listen to our speaking. Kenneth Patton.

Famous Speech Friday: Sally Field at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign dinner

The Eloquent Woman

So she removes her shoes, while narrating this for the audience--which eats it up, just as an audience of fans would do when getting to see a star act like a human being. Here, Field stuck to her assignment and the audience was rewarded.

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Famous Speech Friday: Michelle Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

The Eloquent Woman

First Lady Michelle Obama provided an example of this when she recently spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. That’s what engagement is, a moving dialogue that moves us, connecting what the speaker wants to say to what she wants the audience to think, feel, or do.

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