March, 2013

How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint Tips

Do you create posters for personal or business use? Many people use Microsoft Word for this purpose, but PowerPoint offers more graphic features and greater flexibility in placing your text and images. Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2013.

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Sales presentation strategy

The Presenter's Blog

You’re there to sell! What is your primary goal in making a sales presentation? It’s to sell something. So why do so many sales-presenters try to conceal the fact? You might be amongst them.

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11 Tips: When Technology Comes to Work

Matt Eventoff

Technology in the workplace has certainly become a proverbial “double-edged sword.” ” While it is making life easier on many levels, sometimes easier actually becomes harder.

DEVONThink or Evernote?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I have been a paid user of Evernote for a couple of years and have always found it to be a very good service.

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Speaking lessons from a social entrepreneur

Speak Schmeak

I had the great pleasure of hearing Zhena Muzyka speak at a luncheon yesterday hosted by the Santa Barbara chapter of NAWBO.

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Body Language Practicum II - Hand Gestures

Professionally Speaking...

A big challenge for many students in my presentation skills courses is what to do with their hands. When standing at the front of a room, suffering from nerves, one's hands seem like unwelcome and awkward appendages.

How to display equations and formulas in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Sometimes, you need to display a complex formula or equation in PowerPoint. For years, PowerPoint has had this capability, but not many people know about it. The feature is called the Equation Editor and since PowerPoint 2010, it has been incorporated into the ribbon.

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How to book more business and own your niche

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

NSA/NC Meeting Report: Saturday March 2, 2013 The Saturday meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association featured two savvy businesswomen who shared ways professional speakers and information entrepreneurs can book more business and own their niche markets.

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How will the New Pope Fare as a Public Speaker?

DeFinis Communications

Public speaking is an important success trait for anyone, including the person filling the Pontiff seat. After all, when you’re charged with leading 1.18 billion people around the world, you must be able to communicate effectively to keep the flock aligned. How will the new Pope fare?

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Handling the pressure onstage

Speak Schmeak

I've spoken to several clients this week about their concerns with thinking on their feet. This is the wild frontier of public speaking, the great unknown: "What if they put me on the spot and I don't know how to respond?"

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C-Level Presentation Tip #7: Anticipate Tough Questions

Professionally Speaking...

Executive level presentations can strike fear into the hearts of even the most courageous business presenters. The conditions can be stormy and the likelihood of obstacles high. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your.

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Collaborate on a PowerPoint file by inserting comments

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint doesn’t have as complete a set of collaboration tools as Microsoft Word does. For example, you can’t track changes. But you can insert and reply to comments like you can in Word. Here’s one scenario: You can send your presentation to your boss, who inserts comments.

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Sales presentations: Understatement makes a great big statement

The Presenter's Blog

“Brits aren’t the most uncivilised people in the World.”. Imagine you’re at a cultural event where representatives of national travel agencies are pitching their various tourism opportunities. How would you react when you heard that British sales statement?

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101 Top Tweets from the 2013 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 20 – 22, 2013 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. I was not able to attend this year, but, like anyone who has access to Twitter, I enjoyed following the conference virtually via the hashtag #raganspeech.

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The world needs you to stop being boring

Presentation Zen

Inspiration and a great story can come from anywhere. Today it comes from a 9-year-old child named Robbie Nova, a dynamic young man who is wise beyond his years.

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A simple tip to keep the nerves at bay

Speak Schmeak

Do you ever sit in a meeting or at an event, dreading your turn to speak?

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Listen: Can you hear me now?

Kate's Voice

I discovered active listening while going through a divorce. For a moment, I had the illusion that active listening could save my marriage. After all, our main problem was bad communication. Well, it didn’t save the marriage.

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Share presentations online to create instant meetings

PowerPoint Tips

Online meetings are more and more common these days. They save the cost and time of travel. You can set them up without much notice, compared to the hassle of arranging travel for people in far-flung locations to come together. You can use these meetings to sell, discuss, and collaborate.

Review: “HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations” by Nancy Duarte

The Presenter's Blog

If you track the world of presentation skills, then you’ll know the name Nancy Duarte as a multi-channel celebrity of the public-speaking world. Duarte’s Guide to Persuasive Presentations is incredibly concise. There are no surplus words, no surplus ideas, and no time is wasted in reading it.

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Interview: Emiko Hori, Musician and Speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“Speech is my Music. Music is my Speech” – Emiko Hori A native of Japan, Emiko Hori grew up in California.

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Eric Mazur: confessions of a converted lecturer

Presentation Zen

Eric Mazur is a well known physicist at Harvard University who is also a leader in science education. In the early '90s he developed an instructional approach to teaching called peer instruction. In 1997, he published a book on the subject called Peer Instruction: A User's Manual.

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Does experience = complacency for speakers?

Speak Schmeak

A little too comfortable? Photo Credit: BakkoBrats via Compfight cc I wrapped up my "SpeakUP! 8 Daily Challenges to Build Your Confidence Muscles at Work, at Home, and in Front of an Audience" program yesterday with a group call to capture the learning and successes of the members.

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How will the New Pope Fare as a Public Speaker?

DeFinis Communications

Public speaking is an important success trait for anyone, including the person filling the Pontiff seat. After all, when you’re charged with leading 1.18 billion people around the world, you must be able to communicate effectively to keep the flock aligned. How will the new Pope fare?

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Which two little words can kill your confidence?

More than PowerPoint...

When I act as an editor for an opinion piece, I frequently strike the phrase “I think.” I remove those two little words because they can actually kill a speaker’s confidence! Let’s take a look at an example, taken from an attempt to persuade a client.

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Policed presenters lack yahoo moments

The Presenter's Blog

Successful presenting requires empowerment. Because no two audiences are alike, every presentation must be crafted for its unique audience and the presenter must feel assured of having the freedom to do so.

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Meeting Report: Silicon Valley IABC

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Collaboration Done Right – The secrets of a successful project between corporate staff and outside consultants, by Ian Griffin and Kate Peters At the March 21, 2013 meeting of the IABC Silicon Valley Chapter vocal impact coach and author Kate Peters and freelance speechwriter Ian Griffin reviewed lessons from a two-year collaborative project at Cisco. [.]. Business Communication Freelance Work Public Speaking Cisco George O'Meara IABC Kate Peters

Education and 21st Century Presentation

Presentation Zen

One of the problems with 20th century approaches to education, according to learning activist and Tokyo International School founder Patrick Newell , is that children are taught what to learn but not how to learn, "and they are slowing educated out of their innate curiosity and creativity."

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Do you have a parental attitude toward your audience?

Speak Schmeak

As speakers, we often approach our audiences like children. We know what's best for them. We know what they need, and we're going to deliver it to them. Sometimes we think we know what they need more than they know what they need. And you know what? Maybe we're right some of the time.

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Benefits of Studying Nonverbal Communication

The Communication Blog

The following is an edited version of a discussion that will appear in The Nonverbal Communication Book to be published soon (Kendall Hunt). But, I thought it might be of interest more generally--to anyone teaching or taking or contemplating taking a course in nonverbal communication. The exercise at the end should prove useful for stimulating class discussion. The Benefits of Studying Nonverbal Communication.

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What’s the exact opposite of what you’re saying?

More than PowerPoint...

When you edit a business presentation that offers a numbered list or step-by-step instructions, here’s a fun way to make your content more satisfying. In your head, ask yourself, “what might the exact opposite of that action be?”.

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PowerPoint slide synchronisation. My interview with Indezine

The Presenter's Blog

This week it’s been my great pleasure to be interviewed by Geetesh Bajaj at Indezine. We discussed the level of synchronization that should take place between a presenter and their slide deck. What happens if a presenter becomes over-synchronized, and how can you avoid this risk as you plan and prepare for your presentation? Indezine is packed with ideas and tips for anybody who finds themselves using PowerPoint.

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Why Does “Real” Sell?

Speaker Launcher

One of the greatest moments at this year’s Oscars was when Jennifer Lawrence, who won for “Silver Linings Playbook,” fell up the stairs on the way to her acceptance speech. During the subsequent standing ovation, she said “you guys are only.

A great story: curiosity & creativity inspire child inventor

Presentation Zen

Here's a great short presentation which tells a wonderful story about a child in a challenging situation who applies creativity to engineer a smart solution to overcome a big problem. The presentation by 13-year-old Kenyan Richard Turere was delivered last month at TED in Long Beach.

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Is your communication toolbox lacking?

Speak Schmeak

Glenda Watson Hyatt , a web accessibility expert and motivational speaker with cerebral palsy, recently did an excellent job of illustrating the tools she uses to communicate with friends, colleagues and audiences while navigating a significant speech impairment, including navigating the speech, hearing and vision impairments of others. She describes how she uses technology to help her communicate, for example, text chatting on Skype (typing with her left thumb) and using her iPad with text-to-speech software. And when technology isn't helpful, she goes manual: to finger-spelling! How many of us would know how to do that? I still remember the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet that I learned when I was a kid, but spelling out individual words would probably take me all day. Glenda figures out which communication method is warranted in each situation, and then figures out how to accomplish it. Unfortunately, many speakers unconsciously impose communication impairments on themselves - figuratively speaking - and are either unaware of their condition, or are aware but too afraid or reluctant to branch out and add new tools to their toolboxes. I don't mean pulling out your iPad and using text-to-speech software. Unless you need that to communicate, it's probably not appropriate. What I mean is using your full range of vocal and facial expression, using your full range of movement and gestures, and using images, props, audio, video and other creative avenues to get your message across. This may include using technology, like PowerPoint, but not necessarily. I wrote a post recently about how speakers rely too much on words to convey our messages. Words alone are not enough to persuade, educate or motivate your audience, and if you want them to retain your message and do something with the information afterward, you will need to use more of your communication tools. 1. Are you using vocal variety to bring the audience into your story, to add dramatic flair when needed or to make a point with different pitch, tone or volume? 2. Are you using your hands, arms and body to paint pictures in the audience's minds, to help them imagine sizes, shapes and distance, or to nail down an idea with a strong gesture? 3. Is your face animated and flexible, changing with the the emotional flow of your talk, or do you have the same frozen expression, smile or frown the whole time? 4. And how about giving the audience something tangible to look at, hold, smell, taste, hear or see that makes your topic more relevant and concrete to them? Glenda isn't the only speaker with impaired communication, but she's aware of her challenges and uses all the tools at her disposal to communicate as effectively as possible. Many speakers don't bother to vary their communication methods, due to fear, ignorance, or just plain laziness. How about you? Are you making full use of your communication abilities? Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Communication Voice

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25 Interpersonal Skills

The Communication Blog

Here is a list of 25 skills of interpersonal communication--25 things a competent interpersonal communicator should know how to do--that I used on the inside cover of my Interpersonal Messages book. But, I thought such a list might be useful more generally as a starting point for discussing what students can expect to learn to do or learn to do better than they now do it from a course in interpersonal communication. Needless to say the list is incomplete.

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A writer dies and reaches the Golden Gates …

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

A writer dies and reaches the Golden Gates. one of the best writer jokes I've ever heard. Freelance Writing - General writer joke

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SXSW Interactive: Amazing from Every Perspective

Duarte Blog

When we came home from SXSW Interactive last year, we vowed to return. So, this year we came back in full force to soak up Austin’s creative energy, learn from all the brilliant people around us, and, of course, spread the word about creating compelling presentations.

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