Five Lessons from the 2015 Miss Universe Mix-up

Manner of Speaking

If you were looking for an awkward television moment to close out 2015, Steve Harvey has handed it to you on a silver plate. At the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, it came down to the final three contestants: Miss Colombia, … Continue reading → Uncategorized Mark Critch Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach public speaking Steve Harvey

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Finally, a 2015 trend you can really use

Kate's Voice

The year in review from the standpoint of Google searches tells a lot about what interests people. Although my own little year in review is based on searches too, I admit that it cannot compete with the search trends that lead to results such as the Kardashians’ lips or pumpkin seed recipes. No, people find […]. Musings mask resonance practicing vocal power Happy Holidays

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Trending Sources

A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. I was watching here in my office in Colorado as you literally smoked the competition. But this post is for the rest of you. The losers.

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2015's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts

The Eloquent Woman

In 2015, your most-read Famous Speech Friday speeches took place at TED and on television, at awards ceremonies and (figuratively) in an elevator. Monica Lewinsky at TED 2015 looked back on her early experience with online shaming and bullying, and its impact on her and her family.

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Famous Speech Friday: Dame Stephanie Shirley at TED 2015

The Eloquent Woman

Now that timeline of accomplishment for Stephanie Shirley includes a TED talk, given at the 2015 conference. She's been decorated by the Queen of England. Earned and given away hundreds of millions.

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My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

It''s the most wonderful time of the year! And it''s also the time of the year, when I update my annual list of speaker gifts, to help you find the best gifts for the speaker in your life -- who might just be you!

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Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

PowerPoint Tips

A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. There are other possible variations, such as a light border, but dark is more common. Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. .

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Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint Mix is a new PowerPoint add-on by Microsoft, now in beta (not finalized). What is PowerPoint Mix? PowerPoint Mix is a PowerPoint-based tool for creating interactive online lessons. The basic process is simple: You create slides and can record audio and video. You can add quizzes.

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Create an animated announcement

PowerPoint Tips

Do you announce new events, training programs, or products? Would you like a simple-to-use animated video that makes the announcement? I recently created one for my monthly training program members. That program is called Power Pointers Quarter Hour.

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Add power to your message with better slide titles

PowerPoint Tips

Add action verbs to your slide titles. When I work with clients, I sometimes find that their slide titles are boring and even meaningless. We work together to make the slide titles more powerful. Use verbs when writing slide titles.

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Side-by-side speaker video and slide content for a live presentation feel

PowerPoint Tips

Start by watching this short video. What do you think? https://s3.amazonaws.com/ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/powerpoint-tips-video-slide-content-side-by-side.mp4.

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Turn a presentation into a report or e-book

PowerPoint Tips

You might find it valuable to create a report or e-book from a presentation. While you may be familiar with creating handouts, you might want something longer or more structured. For example, you might want to include a table of contents and a cover.

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Video tutorial: Create a theme in PowerPoint from scratch

PowerPoint Tips

In my clients’ presentations that we make over (usually together), I see a lot of themes and slide masters that aren’t well prepared — sometimes not prepared at all.

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What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

PowerPoint Tips

It’s time for me to talk about PowerPoint 2016, since it’s been out for a few weeks now. Here’s a screenshot of it. So, what’s new? Actually, nothing major, in my opinion. but here’s a rundown. You might find something that’s just what you need.

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Icons are hot now — how to get, make, and use icons

PowerPoint Tips

Iconography is hot in design now. Here is an example from one of my websites. The above icons are colorful and have some depth to them, but you often see icons that are flat and monochrome. Here’s an example from urbangap.com/urban12/dicembre. I often see icons that are all gray.

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The Famous Speech Friday All-Stars to start 2015

The Eloquent Woman

From activists and an aviator to a poet and a prime minister, these are the famous speeches by women that are most-read on the blog.

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Create a quiz in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that you can create a quiz in PowerPoint? You can create a simple quiz in PowerPoint using just hyperlinks. It’s simple because it doesn’t require any programming and you can’t grade it. Students take the quiz in Slide Show view.

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2015's top 5 Famous Speech Friday collections

The Eloquent Woman

Collections have been a popular form of Famous Speech Friday post, and never more than in 2015. Tomorrow, we'll have the most-read individual Famous Speech Friday speeches from 2015.

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Create a screenshot and screen recording in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you create training presentations, especially technical ones, you often need to include screenshots (static images of the screen) and screen recordings (videos showing activity on the screen). In PowerPoint 2010 and later, you can take screenshots from within PowerPoint.

The why of presentations–getting results

PowerPoint Tips

To get the best results from a presentation, you need to think about the “why.” ” Why are you doing the presentation? If someone else assigned it to you, why? What is the goal of the presentation? There are lots of possible goals.

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3 tips to make your slides more persuasive

PowerPoint Tips

It’s not only sales people who need to persuade. Perhaps you need to get approval for a proposal. Recently, a subscriber used principles I taught to get approval from an State Legislature committee for an important proposal that will help children in that state.

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Handouts for data-heavy presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it. While I do think that presenters sometimes dump more than necessary on their audience, consider this scenario. The setting. You’re a market research associate.

Quickly create a grid of tiled images

PowerPoint Tips

Can you imagine creating this slide in under 5 minutes? Well, you can. Using SmartArt picture layouts. Few people use or even know about the SmartArt picture layouts. They help you lay out multiple images in a preset pattern. They even crop the images for you!

Create a system for your message

PowerPoint Tips

A presentation doesn’t stand by itself. Your presentation started out with a reason, a goal, need, or a situation that led to the presentation itself. Here are some examples: Employees in your company are not getting the desired results, so they need training.

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Stay weird.

Speak Schmeak

Our favorite, and most effective, awards show speeches tend to go one of two directions: Humor or passion. Both kinds of speeches have the same effect, to trigger an emotional response in the audience. The response to the humorous speech is laughter, if only a chuckle or an internal giggle.

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Save PowerPoint customizations for the Quick Access Toolbar and ribbon

PowerPoint Tips

Do you customize the Quick Access Toolbar? The QAT is that row of icons above or below the ribbon.) How about the ribbon? If not, you should because you’ll work faster. I explain how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in “Work Faster in PowerPoint.”

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Create a table from Excel data in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Recently, a subscriber asked me about how to put a table of data from Excel on a slide. You can do this in a couple of ways. First, think about whether the data will be readable if it will be projected on a screen.

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PowerPoint on an Android phone

PowerPoint Tips

Microsoft recently made PowerPoint (and Word and Excel) available as an Android phone app. It’s my understanding that the same app works on Android tablets as well. Your experience with the menus and options will adapt with the size of your screen.

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Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2015 Convention in Las Vegas

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2015 International Convention, to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Aug. 12-15.

8 secrets for a presentation that makes an impact

Manner of Speaking

My friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, has created this slide deck that is currently featured on the home page of SlideShare. Timo asked me and seven other speaking professionals from around the world for one tip to help … Continue reading → Slide Presentation presentations SlideShare Timo Sorri

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Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides

PowerPoint Tips

It’s often useful to create a menu for your first or second slide. Here are some scenarios: To facilitate easy navigation to anywhere in your presentation. To allow your audience to choose the order of the content, for a non-linear, live presentation.

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

. “What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. - Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877. Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.

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Use PowerPoint like a flip chart–draw as you speak

PowerPoint Tips

A flip chart can be a great way to present. You write or draw as you talk. Yes, people have to wait until you finish writing or drawing, but the process is very engaging to the audience. If you’re old enough, you may remember teachers writing on the blackboard as they taught.

Don’t use placeholders for images, unless…

PowerPoint Tips

I was working on a client’s presentation and she used content placeholders for all of her pictures. She would click the Picture icon in the content placeholder to insert the image.

Create a numbered list with shapes

PowerPoint Tips

I recently saw an interesting slide that had a unique numbered list and I thought I’d show you how to create a numbered list with shapes. It’s hard to get numbered lists that have a graphic look to them because SmartArt doesn’t do numbers.

Famous Speech Friday: Monica Lewinsky at TED 2015

The Eloquent Woman

Monica Lewinsky opened her 2015 TED talk by talking about silencing herself as a speaker. "You''re looking at a woman who was publicly silent for a decade. Obviously, that''s changed, but only recently."

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Money Talks: Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here in California, the rush for wealth long ago shifted from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where the 49ers panned for gold, to the Sand Hill Road offices of Silicon Valley venture capitalists (V.C.’s). ’s).

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Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

Presentation Zen

But this is 2015, so of course the twitterverse erupted in condemnation (and support) for the Broadway star who botched the final note of one of the year''s most familiar songs. Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) January 2, 2015.

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Lose the jargon

Manner of Speaking

One of the podcasts that I listen to regularly is The Good Life Project hosted by Jonathan Fields. The Good Life Project is “a global movement that inspires, educates, connects and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected … Continue reading → Grammar Language Carmine Gallo Chris Anderson Ernest Hemingway George Orwell Good Life Project jargon Jonathan Fields Martin Shovel Mission Impossible simplicity

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Rhetoric Made Easy – Bringing Back the Magic

The Presenter's Blog

2000 years ago our Greek and Roman presenter-ancestors left us an awesome inheritance — the formulae for magic. They left us scrolls and manuscripts full of magical word-spells. Spells that help us to bond with an audience. Spells that create indelible soundbites.