April, 2012

Lost in Translation – Ten Tips for Working with Interpreters

Manner of Speaking

Lost in Translation is a terrific film that received critical acclaim when it was released in 2003. Starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanson, it’s the story of an aging actor and a young college graduate who meet in Tokyo and develop a touching friendship.

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Presenter View: Your secret presentation tool

PowerPoint Tips

Presenter View is a secret view that only you see! It’s a way of seeing your notes and upcoming slides while your audience sees only the current slide as usual. Here’s what Presenter View looks like. What can you do with Presenter View?

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Clearing up throat-clearing: Guest post by Joanna Cazden

Speak Schmeak

While I'm on vacation in Sonoma, stuffing myself with cheese and wine, I've got a couple of guest posts lined up for you! The last is from voice therapist and author Joanna Cazden , on how to avoid unnecessary throat-clearing. Enjoy! Don't clear your throat—it's bad for your voice."

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Resonate Is Hot Off the iBook Presses!

Duarte Blog

Resonate has made the leap from book to iBook ! A significantly enhanced version of the best-selling business book is currently on an iBookshelf near you.

How to Be the Highlight of Any Meal: Tips for Making the After Dinner Speech

DeFinis Communications

Most presenters shy away from being the one to give an after dinner speech. If you’re not careful, talking when people are full and tired can be a recipe for disaster.

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"We don't deal with emotion"

Speak Schmeak

"For Browning Allen, City Hall's head honcho when it comes to transportation planning, maybe it qualified as a nice-try-but-no-cigar moment.

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Back of the Napkin to Head of the Class – Introducing Dan Roam’s Napkin Academy

Duarte Blog

Learn to think faster, sell better, and see the invisible by thinking in pictures.

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Imagine There's No PowerPoint

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Imagine there's no PowerPoint It's easy if you try No screens before us No piles of printed slides Imagine all the people focusing on you. Imagine there's no clip art It isn't hard to do Nothing clichéd or stupid No dumb cartoons Imagine all the people focusing on you You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And conferences will be more fun.

Santorum out. But can Romney learn to like himself?

The Presenter's Blog

The personal characteristics that enable others to believe in us the most, are often the ones coached out of us as being most likely to frighten the horses. The Republican nomination process for the candidate to face President Obama this November, has demonstrated this supremely. Candidate Rick Santorum spoke from the tightly constructed belief system of a 17th century religious fundamentalist. He knew what he stood for, and had that stand consistent.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 127)

Manner of Speaking

Carl Frederick Buechner - American Author and Theologian. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ” — Carl Buechner. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

Create professional-looking 3D effects with bevels

PowerPoint Tips

The single most effective way to add a professional look to shapes on a slide is to add a bevel. What’s a bevel, you may ask? A bevel is a 3D effect on the edge of a shape. The bevel makes the shape look raised.

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Make the product unique, not the packaging

Speak Schmeak

My hubby, a marketing manager and buyer for a specialty foods store, was visited by a vendor with a new product, a product that is similar to other products in its category, except for one thing: the size of the packaging, which is a good 1-2 inches taller than the other packaging in the category.

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Instead of wincing, 10 things to look for on that video of your speech

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: This post is an update of one from 2010, and I promised to post it this week for the many speakers I worked with at TEDMED--they'll be seeing video of their talks in about a month, and wanted to know what to look for.

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Why Ignoring Body Language Is Like Betting on an Inside Straight

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Every presentation is two conversations, and I find it ironic that speakers spend a great deal of time thinking about their content – the first conversation – and hardly any time at all thinking about their body language – the second conversation.    And yet the communications research has shown for a long time that if the two conversations are not aligned, people believe the second conversation every time.    That’s gambling against the house, and against long odds. 

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Triangulate your rate before you quote

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

When it comes to writing and editing services, there is no 'one rate fits all' rate. Yet many clients want cost certainty--and I don't blame them--so you have to give them a quote. Unfortunately, too many writers and editors are blind-folded and playing pin the quote on the client - hoping to hit a quote that is worthwhile -- to them and the client!

You Have a Great Voice, Now What?

Manner of Speaking

When we think about public speaking, images of standing on stage in front of an audience usually come to mind. But there are many forms of public speaking. With the right voice, you could be a voice actor and even make a living at it. Today’s post is from Sarah Stockton.

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Do you have an iPad? Do you want to present from it?

PowerPoint Tips

I’ve been a fan of myBrainShark for a long while as a way to share your presentations online. Now, the same company has developed SlideShark, a combination of online storage and an iPad app that lets you present from you iPad.

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Acting techniques for everyday life: Guest post by Jane Marla Robbins

Speak Schmeak

While I'm on vacation in Sonoma, stuffing myself with cheese and wine, I've got a couple of guest posts lined up for you! The second is from actress and author Jane Marla Robbins , on how to use acting techniques to improve your presentations. Enjoy!

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Sharpen your Skype, conference call & Hangout speaking skills: 8 tools

The Eloquent Woman

There are new worlds to conquer when it comes to the conference call.today, in addition to speaking on a speakerphone or using videoconferencing, you might be using Skype or Google+ hangouts to communicate with far-flung colleagues.

Do You Need an Elevator Pitch?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

For my blog today, I'm pointing to a new eBook , How to Craft Your Elevator Speech, I've just written on those brief forms of business haiku known as elevator speeches or pitches -- why you need one -- or two, what they're for, how to create a good one, and some good and bad examples.

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Chicken soup for the Presenters’ soul (without harming chicken)

The Presenter's Blog

There is a New York Times article that will inspire you. It’s short. It’s morning-air crisp, and in one brief column will transport you to a place you can scratch. It’s a place full of chickens. And the daily life of chickens.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 128)

Manner of Speaking

His speeches to an hourglass, Do some resemblance show, Because the longer time they run, The shallower they grow. Author Unknown. Photo courtesy of Michael Himbault / Riebart on Flickr. Filed under: Humour , Quotes for Public Speakers.

15-minute webinars on Microsoft Office–every Tuesday

PowerPoint Tips

Microsoft’s Office.com website is sponsoring 15 minute webinars every Tuesday. Not all of them are applicable to PowerPoint, but you probably use other Office programs, too. You can read more here, including a list of past webinars and instructions for tuning in live.

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12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

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Famous Speech Friday: Jane Goodall's "What Separates Us From the Apes"

The Eloquent Woman

Most people find it difficult to name a living scientist , and even tougher to name a woman scientist, dead or alive. But if you've flipped through a magazine or watched a nature documentary in the past 50 years, you'll recognize this one: Jane Goodall.

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Giving a Presentation? Don’t Tell ‘Em What You’re Going to Say

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The oldest chestnut in public speaking advice is to “tell ‘em what you’re going to say, say it, and then tell ‘em what you said.”    The idea is that repetition will hammer things home to your audience and help them remember. Unfortunately, that’s bad advice today for a number of reasons.    First of all, the only thing that your audience will get when you go at them with a hammer is a headache. 

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Ancient Danish monarch: Alive and well in Paris

The Presenter's Blog

Paris is becoming politically plastered. Last-minute election posters are popping up everywhere. One of them has particularly caught my attention: “La France Forte Avec Nicolas Sarkozy” “A strong France with Nicolas Sarkozy” Sarkozy’s choice of visual metaphor for these closing stages of the campaign has him standing against a backdrop of the ocean; He is the valiant protector, guarding the virtue of the nation. But guarding it against what exactly?

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 129)

Manner of Speaking

Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955) American Writer and Lecturer. “Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.” ” — Dale Carnegie. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

April is Humor Month in Speak & Deliver

Speak and Deliver

In honor of my FAILED humor on Sunday, April Fool's Day, I am declaring April HUMOR MONTH here in Speak & Deliver! In case you missed it, my Facebook Status on the 1st announced that my wife was pregnant with our 7th child.

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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.

Stage coaching checklist: 6 reasons you should get time on stage before you speak

The Eloquent Woman

Do you take the time to get on stage before you speak--preferably the stage on which you'll be speaking? I ask because it's a step overlooked by many speakers, or one dismissed by some organizers, probably because it sounds too simple. Why would you need some orientation to the stage before you speak? I have 6 reasons you should get on stage before you step out there to speak: Lighting for you: Getting on stage will help orient you to where the lights are in relation to you while you speak.

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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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Think free or die

The Presenter's Blog

Because presenting is inventing, constantly check yourself for dogma. Dogma sets up unchallengeable absolutes, and has a simple purpose: to castrate. By castrating the ability to question, it shuts down the chance to innovate. Public speaking without innovation becomes mere preaching by rote, the same cold meat served day after day until the intellectual hunger of the speaker becomes numb.

2012 20

Accept Applause but Don’t Expect It

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. His Squidoo Lens is also worth a look. In this blog post from 25 April 2012 , Seth lays down a simple rule that every public speaker should take to heart: Don’t expect applause.