Book Review: 5 Steps To Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint'

Professionally Speaking...

Stepping off the PowerPoint treadmill requires courage," says Bergman, and to help guide us in this new direction, he provides a 5 step model: Put Your Audience First by tailoring the discussion to the audience's specific needs.

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July 12for12 Challenge: Get it on your calendar

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

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12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Today is the day we kick off 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 ! Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Greetings and Happy New Year!

October 12for12 Challenge: Increase audience engagement

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

July 12for12 Challenge: Get Creative With Your Voice

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

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September 12for12 Challenge: Make your ideas sticky

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

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12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

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My Public Speaking Year 2011: December - 5 festive talks and a Patrick in a society!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

I was originally booked to deliver my Patrick Campbell talk for the South Wesses Archaeological Society at Bournemouth's Kinson Community Centre on 16 April 2012 but they found themselves needing a short-notice speaker for 5 December 2011. The talk went well and what was really pleasing was that they kept the 16th April booking with me in their programme for 2012 - just with a replacement topic. South Wessex Archaeological Society, Bournemouth.

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Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

But by tailoring the quote or statistic to the organization I'm speaking to, which takes very little extra time , I show the audience that I created this presentation with them in mind, and that this is not a canned or thrown-together presentation. Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Here's one way that you may have perpetrated, or perhaps experienced as an audience member.

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Speaking and sport

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

You have to be careful with this - I don't always feel entirely comfortable with the way that some comedians pick on audience members to make fun of them - but gentle references to personalities at a speaking engagement can help to tailor your content. Public Speaking lessons from the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, media coverage, Paralympics Closing Ceremony and Olympics and Paralympics Victory Parade. Humour perfectly tailored for London.

Public speaking: acrimony, royalty, charity, Spinetti, simplicity

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

As far as the musical acts were concerned, as a speaker who is constantly blogging about tailoring content, it was interesting for me to see who chose to perform material that was actually appropriate. Public Speaking Tip #486: Just as tailored material makes a big impact, totally inappropriate content can stand out like a sore thumb! U3A lectures Women's Institute speakers quotations tailoring speechesSpeaking after an acrimonious meeting!

Public speaking from the Staines snowball to confidence-boosting in a cafe!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Public Speaking Tip #482: Tailored local references in presentations can also include somewhere nearby that you passed through on the way, not just the location of the venue itself. U3A lectures mayor-making presentation skills training press quotations tailoring speeches timing a speech venuesThe Civil Service Pensioners Alliance, Bournemouth and District Group.

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July 12for12 Challenge: Get Creative With Your Voice

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

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Want your data to go viral? Make it visual.

Duarte Blog

Since these projects were tailored to introduce several other presentations, Duarte built videos resembling self-animated slides that highlighted key data and findings in the reports. How do you turn an academic report into a viral video?

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12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Today is the day we kick off 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 ! Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Greetings and Happy New Year!

12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

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Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

But by tailoring the quote or statistic to the organization I'm speaking to, which takes very little extra time , I show the audience that I created this presentation with them in mind, and that this is not a canned or thrown-together presentation.

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June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

Adopt a “Pay it Forward” Mindset for Your Next Company or Industry Presentation

DeFinis Communications

Once you complete your due diligence, then you can tailor your presentation to focus on just one important area. This week is the National Speakers Association annual convention. While I did not attend this year’s event, it got me thinking about what it takes to present at a large scale annual meeting—whether for a company or an association/industry.

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Halloween: Best costumes for era of anti-hero

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Dressed in a custom-tailored suit with phones coming out all pockets. With fallen sports role model, convicted establishment types for insider trading, and a former iconic CEO who tweets away his legacy, the best Halloween costumes will embody the meme of the the anti-hero. 

May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

Facebook @25.83: Return of decorum

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The best college graduation gift might be sending the son or daughter to a tailor or professional shopper. The ferocity with which not only investors but so many other constituencies turned on Facebook tells us a lot of things. 

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12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

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Public Speaking success comes from knowing your audience

Pivotal Public Speaking

You will choose language that they understand, and that is not irritating or offensive to them, and subject matter to suit that audience – themes, supports, anecdotes all will be tailored to them. Your audience knows whether you are speaking to them, of just presenting information. They will either feel the connection or tune out very quickly.

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DIY: How to be your own speechwriter (Lesson 7)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A talk is a suit of clothes which must be tailored to fit you comfortably.  Now it's time to put the words on paper or key them into your word processing program.    Let's cut to the chase. 

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OnSpeechwriting - Untitled Article

OnSpeechwriting

Here’s something new for 2012 on www.TheSpeechwriter.com : the five-question interview. It is very important to be respectful of conference managers’ understanding of their attendees and be flexible in tailoring your messages to be synchronous with their agenda program plans. Throughout the year, I’ll run a series of short interviews with leaders in the fields of speechwriting and executive thought leadership. Some you may have heard of; others perhaps not.

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If you don’t want your humour to fall flat, get to know your audience

Pivotal Public Speaking

There you have a source for humour customised and tailored to work for this group. Think about your favourite speaker, or perhaps about a speaker you admire hugely. Chances are they use humour. Humour is certainly one of the elements of success as a speaker. Many successful speakers use it. That does not mean, however, that we should all use humour in every speech we give.

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Famous Speech Friday: Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard at ANZAC Day

The Eloquent Woman

If you are d ressing to look good from a distance, keep the outline tailored and uncomplicated. (Editor's note: S ydney-based speech and communications coach Claire Duffy , who has a special interest in women and young speakers, is back with a recent speech from Australia's prime minister. I'm happy to have this contribution as another international entry for Famous Speech Friday.)

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Observational Humor — Case Study #86

Humor Power

If the crowd is small and humor is not quite lifting the roof off the building, tailor your expectations. We recently had a Toastmasters meeting with low attendance. A small crowd can make the humor less effective. Humor is contagious, and fewer people in the room means less people to “catch the laughter wave.” ” It’s easy to have the mistaken feeling that “nothing funny is happening,” when it’s actually a problem with the energy level.

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When the right words create the wrong message

The Presenter's Blog

During his 2012 presidential run, Mitt Romney fell into the same trap. His speeches are tailored precisely to the audience. by Peter Watts.

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Famous Speech Friday: Simone Campbell and the Nuns on the Bus Tour

The Eloquent Woman

As the executive director of NETWORK , a national Catholic lobby for social justice issues, Campbell became a familiar face in the 2012 presidential race. What''s more, she is savvy about tailoring her speech to show how these numbers affect her Iowa audience.

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Micro Targeting: Facebook launches zip code advertising, sponsored articles

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The timing is just-in-time for 2012 political races.    The message can be tailored for the concerns of those in that area.    Given this addition to Facebook, the advent of Google+, and mobile communications, campaign 2012 will likely be a war fought in micro skirmishes. Call it part of the 80/20 or Pareto law. 

New Speechwriting Book Available

OnSpeechwriting

Readers learn how to analyze audiences and tailor their words. Though the book doesn’t officially go on sale until January 10, 2012, it can be purchased for $39.95 . It’s officially official.