R.I.P. Hans Rosling (1948 – 2017)

Manner of Speaking

I was saddened to learn of the death of Hans Rosling early this morning. Rosling was a Swedish doctor, statistician, public speaker and Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He was also one of the best known presenters at TED. … Continue reading → Hans Rosling presentations public speaking

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The 2017 Best Speaker Website Contest Winner is Announced!

Speaker Launcher

The post The 2017 Best Speaker Website Contest Winner is Announced! Best Website Contest Speaker Marketing 2017 best speaker contest winner 2017 best speaker website contest elaine froese speaker website website marketing

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Happy New Year 2017 (and a new book!)

Manner of Speaking

I hope that 2017 is a happy, healthy and successful one for you and for those whom you hold dear. I want to wish all readers Happy New Year. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you might … Continue reading → Book Review Der TED-Effekt Florian Mueck

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Happy New Year 2017 (and a new book!)

Manner of Speaking

I hope that 2017 is a happy, healthy and successful one for you and for those whom you hold dear. I want to wish all readers Happy New Year. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you might … Continue reading → Book Review Der TED-Effekt Florian Mueck

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Introducing the 2017 Presentation Guru Conference

Presentation Guru

Bring an idea and leave with a world-class Pitch. We set up Presentation Guru (the “Guru”) to help people share their expertise, skills and knowledge with the world. The Guru is all of the people who make up our amazing community.… … Presentation Guru Conference Conference featured

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10 questions to make you a more resilient speaker in 2017

The Eloquent Woman

I would take the answers to what gave you the fun and the most meaning, how you became more authentic as a speaker, and what you learned about your speaking self, and figure out how to build those factors into your speaking gigs and opportunities going into 2017.

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Create a soft look with semi-transparent images in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can’t make an image itself transparent in PowerPoint, but there’s a workaround. Why would you want to make an image transparent? For a soft look. To overlap images. To let text show through. You might have other reasons — if so leave a comment! It’s a matter of choice.

The 2017 Best Speaker Website Contest Finalists Are Announced and It Is Time To Vote!

Speaker Launcher

A few weeks ago we announced our 2017 Best Speaker Website contest and asked you to share your nominees of speaker sites you think ROCK! The post The 2017 Best Speaker Website Contest Finalists Are Announced and It Is Time To Vote! Best Website Contest Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing 2017 best speaker website contest 2017 BEST WEBSITE CONTEST best speaker website contest

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It's hard to be human

Speak Schmeak

Pretending to be a giant at the Christmas tree lot Most of my clients aren't afraid of speaking. They're well past the point where they avoid speaking engagements or rush to get them over with.

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Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Manner of Speaking

On 20 July 2017, Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He takes office at the end of the most acrimonious campaigns in recent history, and with Americans deeply divided, as witnessed by the … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Donald Trump Epistrophe inaugural address public speaking Rhetorical device

Using a slide layout template for infinite variations

PowerPoint Tips

Once you create a great slide layout for a presentation, you can use that slide over and over by changing the text and the image. This technique will save you an amazing amount of time and make your workflow easier. For example, this slide is simple but useful for many situations.

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Two-time Academy Award winner needs an acting coach?

Speak Schmeak

Billboard Daily Blog Are you a fan of "Grace and Frankie," the hot Netflix series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin? My husband and I arrived late to the party, but are now all caught up and attempting to savor season 3 instead of bingeing, like some of my friends have done.

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Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis accepts an historic 2017 Oscar

The Eloquent Woman

It's no secret that I consider actor Viola Davis to be among the best speakers around, featured as she has been five times so far in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women.

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Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech

Manner of Speaking

Yesterday, 10 January 2017, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago. It is the end of an era. Obama brought intelligence, dignity and character to the White House. As the first black President, Obama broke a barrier that seemed impenetrable … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Barack Obama Donald Trump public speaking

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The life-changing magic of tidying up your presentations

Manner of Speaking

As I write this post, my wife and I are approximately three weeks into a massive effort to tidy up our home. This is no ordinary, annual clean-up; this is a methodical full-on assault to go through all of our … Continue reading → Book Review Preparation audience content Marie Kondo Presentation public speaking The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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How to open your talk with a question

Speaking about Presenting

Do you sometime struggle to decide how to open your presentations?

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Timesaving PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts using Shift and Ctrl

PowerPoint Tips

Like all software, PowerPoint has keyboard shortcuts — in fact a lot more than I will cover here. It’s always worthwhile to learn a few shortcuts that you’ll use often because you’ll save time and aggravation.

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Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Manner of Speaking

On 20 January 2017, Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He takes office at the end of the most acrimonious campaigns in recent history, and with Americans deeply divided, as witnessed by the protests … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Donald Trump Epistrophe inaugural address public speaking Rhetorical device

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 257) – Dorothy Parker

Manner of Speaking

“Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience.” — Dorothy Parker. Quotes for Public Speakers Dorothy Parker public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Four Public Speaking Lessons – and a Drone!

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Barcelona for work and pleasure. The first week was spent at IESE Business School where, once or twice a year, I join four others to teach public speaking and communication … Continue reading → Delivery Conor Neill Feedback Florian Mueck gestures IESE pause public speaking Tobias Rodrigues Tony Anagor

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Book Review: The Compelling Communicator, by Tim Pollard

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The true value of Tim Pollard’s excellent new book is conveyed by the subtitle: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design. While much of the literature on what makes a ‘compelling communicator’ focuses on cultivating delivery skills and stage presence, Pollard rightly consigns these topics to a brief Epilogue. Rather, his focus on […]. Public Speaking Speechwriting presentation design

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Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech

Manner of Speaking

Yesterday, 10 January 2017, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago. It is the end of an era. Obama brought intelligence, dignity and character to the White House. As the first black President, Obama broke a barrier that seemed impenetrable … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Barack Obama Donald Trump public speaking

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Why almost all presentations should be persuasive

PowerPoint Tips

Do you think of yourself as a persuasive presenter? If you are a trainer or educator, perhaps not. If you present project updates, maybe not. But you should. As a colleague of mine, T.J.

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What Should I Do With My Hands?

Presentation Guru

Many people will naturally feel uncomfortable when speaking in public, with all eyes upon them. But while we may be concentrating hard on our words, our hands could be sending out the wrong message without us even realising it.

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Working with multi-speaker presentations

PowerPoint Tips

I just finished work for a client on a multi-presenter presentation. It was a presentation that will be given to nurses at a nursing school and I thought I’d share my experiences with you.

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Four Lessons from the Mountain for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— A few weeks ago, my friend Timo … Continue reading → Presentation Guru Presentation public speaking Stories Timo Sorri

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Like Riding a Bike

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. I love cycling. And living … Continue reading → Seth Godin practice Presentation public speaking

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Own your speech

Manner of Speaking

Recently, I was working with a group of people over a couple of days to help them improve their public speaking skills. For one exercise, I asked them to give a short (5-minute) speech on something that they cared about. The first … Continue reading → Motivation Presentation public speaking Speech

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"Sunday Night" June 9, 2017 - Megyn Kelly's Ratings Stuck (unlike Oprah, she's not one of us)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was none of the editorial bite which provides the theatrical experience audiences in 2017 expect to be our due. For Megyn Kelly's fifth "Sunday Night," essentially the ratings remained stuck, both for total viewers and the coveted 10-49 demographic.

Boost Your Public Speaking Skills by “Sounding” Confident!

DeFinis Communications

If you’re feeling nervous about giving an upcoming presentation, use your voice to your advantage. In other words, as you speak, make your voice sound like you are enjoying yourself even if you’re under stress. Easier said than done? Perhaps.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 255) – Mark Brown

Manner of Speaking

“Our stories are the key to connecting. They don’t have to be sensational; they just have to be sincere.” — Mark Brown. Quotes for Public Speakers Mark Brown public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Stories storytelling

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You have a platform, but are you making it count?

Speak Schmeak

Whenever a celebrity—whether actor, singer, athlete or other entertainer—takes the opportunity at an awards ceremony or other public event to speak out about a political issue, certain segments of the public immediately begin scolding and lashing out. It's inappropriate!" they say.

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4 Tips and 1 Tool That Will Help You Perfect Your Slide Design

Duarte Blog

A good presentation depends, at least partly, on good slide design. Surprisingly, if you want to make great presentation slides, it helps to understand a little bit about the human attention span. Let’s start with you. Picture yourself arriving at the last presentation you attended.

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When is your next public speaking engagement?

Manner of Speaking

It doesn’t have to be a TED Talk or a formal presentation at a conference. It could be a five-minute status report on your project at the next team meeting; it could be saying a few words about a colleague … Continue reading → Motivation Leonardo da Vinci Nike public speaking

Movie Magic: How to Sync With Your Audience

Duarte Blog

Studies from Princeton professor Uri Hasson show that certain movies can actually synchronize the brains of the audience. The article reports that viewers “tend to blink at the same time ,” and that, “Even their brain activity is, to a remarkable degree, synchronized.”.

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4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Marketing That Have Nothing to Do With Heart Wrenching Videos

Duarte Blog

So many of the articles about storytelling in marketing today focus on brand storytelling. They typically explain the storytelling marketing techniques that we can use to stir up emotion via beautiful advertising videos. Have you ever watched video ads released by Nike, or Google, or Airbnb?

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 253) – Dale Carnegie

Manner of Speaking

“Practise, practise, PRACTISE in speaking before an audience will tend to remove all fear of audiences, just as practise in swimming will lead to confidence and facility in the water. You must learn to speak by speaking.” — Dale Carnegie. Quotes for Public Speakers Dale Carnegie practice public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

Duarte Blog

“There’s this one guy at my company who…”. So began my in-flight conversation about presentations and presentation mistakes. This happens a lot. The surprising thing about this conversation was the rest of the sentence. “…is is way too exuberant when he presents.”. Wait, what? Nobody says that.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 252) – Jack Kerouac

Manner of Speaking

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac Photo courtesy of Tom Palumbo. Quotes for Public Speakers TED Jack Kerouac public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes simplicity

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Changing the order of items in a chart

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever seen this when you created a chart in PowerPoint? Look at the order of the items in the datasheet and in the bar chart itself. They’re the opposite of each other! If you care about the order of the data in your chart, this can be very frustrating!

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