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Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

I recently worked with a client who speaks on a very sensitive topic. It's the kind of topic that's painful for a lot of people and you've probably never heard a joke about it. So when I suggested that she lighten up her presentation a bit with some humor, she balked.

So What's the Right Way to Use PowerPoint?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Readers of this blog will know that I often take on PowerPoint (and its cousins) as detrimental to speech giving.    It’s probably time for a corrective blog, especially after my “Imagine there’s no PowerPoint” spoof of last week.    Let’s be clear.    Slides, done right, can greatly strengthen a presentation.    So what’s the right way to use PowerPoint and the other slide software programs?    Think of musicals. 

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Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

I recently worked with a client who speaks on a very sensitive topic. It's the kind of topic that's painful for a lot of people and you've probably never heard a joke about it. So when I suggested that she lighten up her presentation a bit with some humor, she balked.

The language 'surfacing' from James Murdoch at today's Leveson Inquiry

Max Atkinson

At about 1.00 today, I was asked by a leading Scottish newspaper to write a 400 word piece on James Murdoch's performance at today's Leveson Inquiry - deadline 6.00 Tight though this was compared with the usual deadlines I work to, I agreed. Then, at about 4.30

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Rahm Emanuel: Raising Status through Stillness

Green Room Speakers

Watch last night's CNN interview with Rahm Emanuel: Notice the way Rahm Emanuel sits straight up in his chair, barely moving. Contrast that with Morgan, who moves more and leans forward, toward Emanuel.