September, 2006

Robin Williams is a Genius

Executive Speech Coach

My friend and I were watching, “Robin Williams On Broadway”. We both were laughing and enjoying the antics of Robin Williams when my friend exclaimed, “Robin Williams is a genius.” And without thinking I replied, “Yes he is a genius and a skilled master.” My friend responded, “He is a genius.”

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When a Graph is better than a Table

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In working on a presentation for a client this week I realized again the importance of using PowerPoint slides as a visual support for your message. In this case, the original slide that the executive had was a table of figures showing revenue growth over five years. It was factually accurate, but did little to convey the message strongly. I converted the data to a graph, just a simple bar graph, and the message of strong revenue growth leapt off the slide.

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Lasting Impressions

Raise Your Profile & Your Profits!

My family sold our house recently and moved away from some dear friends. Last night we stopped by our old neighbors house to say goodbye. Deb Murphy is a dear friend and saying goodbye was very difficult. Deb is someone hard to leave and much too hard to forget. I spend a great deal of time in my business helping professionals stand out, raise their visibility and make a lasting impression.

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Speaker Steals Intellectual Property

Executive Speech Coach

How would you like that to be the headline after your speech? But sometimes people steal without realizing it - especially intellectual property. However ignorance has never been a valid legal nor ethical defense. Of course stupidity and arrogance are not acceptable arguments either. I witnessed this speaker as she clearly used copywrited music and video in her presentation, (popular music, TV Theme song, Video commercials, main stream movies).

The Power of a Great Visual

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

My wife just got back from a convention last night and when we talked about the sessions, one experience stood out for her. She described how the head of the organization started the conference by painting a gate on a fence on the stage. She went on to explain how leaders need to deal with problems and that involves getting messy. What she did next shocked everyone. She started painting her clothes and body with the red fence paint to illustrate how leaders need to get messy.

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Two voices

Executive Speech Coach

Have you tried to listen to two people talking to you at the same time? You don’t hear either one. When you speak be sure that your listeners are hearing one voice at a time. Don’t talk to them while you want them to read. Don’t talk to them while you want them to listen to an audio track. Don’t talk to them while you want them to think. If you want people to listen when you speak – speak only when they can listen.

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Presentation Skills Success

Executive Speech Coach

How to prepare, write, rehearse and deliver your speech, presentation or public speaking program from the “Speech Coach for Executives” – George Torok. Your presentation is the vehicle for delivering your message and to create results. A successful presentation is one that moves people to action. You know it was a success if.

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PowerPoint Tip - Equipment Connections

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In my webinar this week on Setting Up for a Worry Free Presentation, one of the items I will be covering is how to connect the equipment you will need for your presentation. I'll go into more details onthe webinar, but want to outline some of the most important basics today. The two most important pieces of equipment you will likely be using are a projector and your computer. The most obvious connection is to connect the display port of the computer to the display input of the projector.

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Public Speaking Problem

Executive Speech Coach

Q: Hi, I do a lot of public speaking. My problem is that unconsciously my eyes flutter when I speak. I speak often so I do not feel nervous, but when I watch myself on tape I am stunned at how fast my eyes flutter. Is there something I can do to correct this? Thanks, Mike A: Hi Mike, A curious condition. Hard to be sure without seeing you speak and flutter. I wonder if your eyes tend to flutter at other times.

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Picture your Audience in their Underwear

Executive Speech Coach

Years ago the advice given to nervous public speakers was to picture their audience in their underwear. What stupid advice. I understand the reason for this misinformed advice. The speaker was anxious and possibly feeling intimidated by the audience. So if the speaker could picture the audience in their underwear that might feel less intimidating. But think about it – do you really want to see your audience in their underwear? There are only two possibilities to this question.

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Quotations about Communicating

Executive Speech Coach

Enjoy these powerful quotations about communicating. Learn from them, and if you repeat them be sure to quote the one who first spoke these words. Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. Sir Winston Churchill If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur. Doug Larson He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

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PowerPoint Tip - Photo Entrance Loop

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Summer is over for most as the kids are back in school and we look forward to the last third of the calendar year. I hope many of you were able to take some time off in the last few months to recharge and rest up. Most people take photos while they are on vacation and with the popularity of digital cameras, the number of photos we take has exploded. We were away for 20 days last month and took almost 2,000 pictures!

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Presentation Skills Coaching

Executive Speech Coach

Is Presentation Skills Coaching right for you? It depends. It depends on how important your presentations are to the success of your career or business. If you want to get there faster – then a presentation skills coach can do that faster than any other means. It depends on how important your time is to you. There are other means of improving your presentation skills; seminars, Toastmasters and books on presentation skills.

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