Thu.Mar 08, 2012

Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

Manner of Speaking

In this post, I return to one of my favourite themes that run through this blog: the importance of storytelling. Past posts on the subject include this one and this one.

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When Is Rehearsing a Presentation a Bad Idea?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When is rehearsing a presentation a bad idea?    Clients often try to talk themselves out of rehearsal, because they’re pressed for time, because they don’t like the feeling of rehearsal (you’re not in control yet), or because they argue that rehearsal will make them stale.    Those are bad arguments.    People who ‘wing it’ usually betray their lack of preparation in their body language.    They don’t think they do, but they give themselves away. 

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Dynamic transitions help you connect two slides

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s a common scenario. You have a table of Excel data and you need to discuss it in detail at a meeting. But there’s no way it will fit on one slide. What are your options? You could print out the data so people can see it up close. I recommend doing this when necessary. You could split the data onto 2 slides and use a dynamic transition between them. Dynamic transitions are new for PowerPoint 2010. What’s a dynamic transition?

Communication Strategies: Positiveness

The Communication Blog

Positiveness in interpersonal communication has to do with the use of positive rather than negative messages. For example, instead of the negative “I wish you wouldn’t ignore my opinions,” consider the positive alternative: “I feel good when you ask my opinions.” Instead of the negative “You look horrible with long hair” consider the positive: “I think you look great with short hair.”

Congratulations to the winners of the “stickout” photo contest!

PowerPoint Tips

In my blog post, “ 6 steps to create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint ,” I explained a dramatic technique to create photos that “stick out” from a background. I held a contest (the deadline was 3/5/2011) and it was my most popular contest ever!

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