March, 2014

PowerPoint Surgery: Tips to create presentation slides that make your message stick, not suck -- Guest post by Lee Jackson

Speak Schmeak

There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world and it''s estimated that there are a million presentations happening right now. But most of them are dull or even bad. It''s bizarre, and it can really hurt your career. But there is hope. There is a better way.

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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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Create a video zoom effect from photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You’ve probably seen videos which are just a series of photos that zoom in or perhaps move a little. You can create this in MovieMaker or a similar low-end video editor but you can also do it in PowerPoint.

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Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech.

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Women’s Voices in Business: Strategies for dealing with 3 common issues

Kate's Voice

This week, I attended a conference for women presented by one of my corporate clients. There was a lot of discussion around Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, of course, and lots of tips on how to do that.

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Why corporate storytelling sucks

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A provocative article by Andrew Hill in Tuesday’s FT skewers the current focus on storytelling in executive communications blogs (like mine!).

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Diet Coke: Just say no

Speak Schmeak

An actress prepares to audition. A student prepares to speak in front of her class. A groomsman prepares to make a speech at a wedding. Taylor Swift prepares to perform. But before they take the stage, each one takes a swig. Of Diet Coke.

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Presenting = Communicating = Training

PowerPoint Tips

If you’re a trainer or teacher, the title of this blog post if an obvious statement for you. But if you do more persuasive presentations, it may not be obvious.

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Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A.

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The Next Step With My Photography

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The other day, I read an article about Because I Said I Would. This gave me the swift kick in the rear end that I needed. For years, I told myself, “this is the year I start a business.” ” Yet it never happened.

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Immigration reform: Nancy’s hurling lemons – here’s how John can make lemonade

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Watts. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Speaker John Boehner might want to remember that advice when Nancy Pelosi unveils her discharge petition for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill at a press conference tomorrow morning.

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Come see me this weekend in Santa Barbara!

Speak Schmeak

Sneak peek at what''s in my Speakers Survival Kit! Are you going to be around Santa Barbara this weekend? I''ve got two events coming up (well, one is technically on Monday), and I would love to have you join me! On Friday and Saturday, I''ll be at the Women''s Festival at Earl Warren Showgrounds.

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How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, these are the words that are heard next: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be here with you today. My name is __, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.”.

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How to show paper forms or software screens on a PowerPoint slide

PowerPoint Tips

Do you have to reproduce paper forms or software screens on PowerPoint slides? This is common for training. For example, one of my clients created a training session to help K-12 school administrators complete important forms for the state Department of Education.

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Guest Posting: The West Wing Whirlwind, by Jan Sonneveld and Rune Kier

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jan Sonneveld and Rune Kier are government speechwriters in Holland and Denmark respectively. Rune Kier Nielsen is on Twitter and on LinkedIn. Jan Sonneveld is on Twitter and on LinkedIn. This article is reprinted with their express permission.

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Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech.

2014 206

Rand Paul at Berkeley: Why his speech worked

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Watts. Senator Rand Paul is a hero. Or at least that’s how several of the nation’s news organizations would have it. Just for once though, we’re not talking Fox News.

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"You are all rock stars. literally!" Speech lessons from Oscar winners.

Speak Schmeak

Today I want to give a shout out to Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, for their fun and engaging Oscar speech last night. The pair won the Best Song Oscar for "Let it Go," the hit single from the animated film "Frozen." Here''s why this was one of my favorite acceptance speeches. Teamwork: Most pairs or groups who take the stage to accept their awards aren''t prepared.

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Use Contrast in Your Presentation For Better Memorability

Professionally Speaking...

We humans love contrast. We employ it in decorating [current hot trend: purple and green]; in fashion [current hot trend: Placid Blue and Hemlock Green with a dash of Radiant Orchid ]; in story [long time trend: good vs. evil]; and even in decision making [long time trend: pros and cons]. The reason contrast is so universal is because it highlights and creates memorability. Aren’t you more likely to remember a stunningly decorated room in purple and green than one in all grey? [OK,

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Results of Extreme Shapes contest!

PowerPoint Tips

A few weeks ago, in my newsletter, I announced a contest based on my blog post, “ Customize slide objects to the extreme.” ” With a great prize — the winner would get a choice of one of my twp $97 products. What, you aren’t a subscriber? You can subscribe here.

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Presentation Skills for New Leaders

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of running a workshop on presentation skills to a group of 17 Fellows of the New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley.

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How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message. Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message.

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How to Encourage People to Speak the Truth

Speaking Freely

Have you experienced that people sometimes give you excuses rather than reasons? They respond, but somehow it just doesn’t ring true? Maybe their answer just does not satisfy you? I walked into the women’s restroom at my favorite pizza kitchen last week. A lovely young black woman was in the restroom talking on a cell phone. [.].

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Richard Feynman on the Scientific Method (in 1 minute)

Presentation Zen

There is not a device invented that can measure the joy I have in watching a Richard Feynman lecture. The man was not only a brilliant, Nobel Prize winning scientist, he was a great teacher and communicator of science as well.

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Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A. Imagine getting a better “read” on what your listeners are thinking or understanding about your topic and not having to solely rely on their non-verbal cues, which may not always be accurate. Imagine having an audience truly engaged from your first word to your last, because you know without a doubt that you’re delivering the information they find most useful.

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Add multiple images to an existing presentation

PowerPoint Tips

A reader wrote: “Love your web site! I found it during a Google search for help and I hope you can solve my problem. How can I insert a large number of photos into an EXISTING PowerPoint 2003 presentation?

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Standing Out from the Crowd: The Secrets of Interactive Meetings

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Saturday meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association featured two interactive sessions that helped professional speakers stand out from the crowd. Sarah Michel: How to be The Session Everyone is Talking About!

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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” ” This article written by Emilia Benton, a copy editor from the Special Publications of Houston Chronicle Media Group, features some of my ideas about the value of public speaking skills for career development. Benton [.].

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There's no shame in falling. The key is in getting up!

Presentation Zen

Penguins are one of the most fascinating animals on the planet. Quirky, odd, and yet always well dressed. What inspires me most about this flightless bird is their resilience.They make the best of a difficult situation with what they have.

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The Amazing World of Speechwriting

OnSpeechwriting

So I heard an amazing story last week at the Ragan Speechwriters’ Conference. OK, maybe not amazing but it’s a story every speechwriter and everyone who uses a speechwriter should hear. I was there to mingle with some of the best people in the world: speechwriters who “get it.”

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Book 9 of 52 in 52: The Message of You - Judy Carter

Speak and Deliver

I named ''The Message of You'' as one of my top books of 2013 - and vowed to re-read it this year. Mission Accomplished - and frankly, I''ll probably be reading it again before years'' end. It''s THAT good. For years, I struggled to find a program that could teach me how to write a great keynote.

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Guest Posting: Speaking Up – Surviving Executive Presentations, by Rick Gilbert

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Rick Gilbert is the founder of PowerSpeaking, Inc. and the primary developer of PowerSpeaking (the workshop), HighTechSpeaking, and Speaking Up: Presenting to Executives. He is the author of Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations and has authored articles in over 100 national publications on communication. Before starting PowerSpeaking, Rick held management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Amdahl. [.]. Business Communication c-Suite executive presentations rick gilbert

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Presentation Insight: Numbers only measure a story

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Why do presenters use so many spreadsheets and tables of numbers in their presentations? The answer I get from participants in my workshops is that the numbers and analysis are important. The audience needs to see all the numbers.

Communication Secret to Getting Your Way

Speaking Freely

Marian Bell of www.MarianBell.com demonstrated the most powerful communication skill I know – she asked me gently for what she wanted me to do. I buy delicious food from her each week which she delivers to my house every Monday. In order to get her food, I have to place an order each week. She really wants customer’s [.]. Authenticity Communication Speaking from the Heart Transparency Connection Persuasion self-expression

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Sam Berns presents "My Philosophy for a Happy Life"

Presentation Zen

Three years ago, HBO produced a documentary about Sam Berns called "Life According to Sam." I had not seen the documentary until earlier this year. It''s a remarkable story.

2014 114

The Professional Speechwriters Association: Welcome to a Brand New World

OnSpeechwriting

David Murray, long-time speech hound and editor of the invaluable V ital Speeches of the Day , is at it again. Actually doing stuff that others had only dreamed about. This time? Two major events. First, he''s co-founded the Professional Speechwriters Association.

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