March, 2009

Why most attempts at audience participation fail and what to do about it

Speaking about Presenting

Yesterday I had a skype conversation with Twitter follower Todd (@TJList) on how to include audience participation in a presentation. He’s presenting on getting through the economic downturn to an audience of small business owners.

Images are not fluff

Speak Schmeak

I've heard this several times from clients who've come to me for help with their slide shows: "My boss/conference organizer/client wants me to take all the images out of the PowerPoint. He says they're 'fluff.'" This comment always irritates me, but what else should I expect?

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The Halo and the Noose - stories in business life

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I recently attended the book launch of The Halo and the Noose - the power of story telling and story listening in business life, written by Dorian Haarhoff and Graham Williams. The book uses stories to illustrate the stories being told in the corporate and business world - meta stories, so to speak.

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The Future of Capitalism

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A week into the Financial Times’ “major new series&# on the future of capitalism and my head is about to explode. What is it called - cognitive dissonance - when two contradictory ideas live side-by-side? That’s what reading the FT feels like these days. They still print on pink paper. There’s still the stock, commodity [.]. Adi Da Samraj capitalism crisis Financial times Karl Marx Not-Two is Peace

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Successful Speeches Blog " 39 Things I've learned About Public Speaking

Successful Speeches Blog

Every year, I challenge myself on my birthday by doing consecutive. push-ups to match the birthday I’m celebrating. As you can imagine, the task becomes more difficult every year. Last year, I felt. fortunate to have eeked out the 38th push-up. Today, on my 39th birthday, I realize there’s a. chance I may not be able to meet the challenge, but I’ll be damned. if I can’t pump out 39 of something. So with that in mind, I’ve.

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The President, Public Speaking, Presence, and uhhh….

Matt Eventoff

President Obama’s Press Conference has just concluded and a lot of questions have been asked and answered. There are a number of public speaking and communications lessons that can be learned from watching both the President and those questioning him. Among the lessons is one that every corporate, non profit and political leader can, and should, implement immediately. The President is a talented communicator.

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How to present like Michael Wesch

Speaking about Presenting

Michael Wesch studies YouTube the way David Attenborough studies insects and lizards. Along the way he’s developed a superbly engaging presentation style.

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More Trending

Charity Gig Invite - Craig and Lois (1 night only)

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Hi Friends. You have been asking us when we are going to play next, so now you have an answer, next month! I hope that you will be able to join us (more details below the advert). Craig. Lois and Craig Strachan will be playing a selection of covers and their own songs. Saturday 25 April.

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What does a Trillion Dollars look like?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Imagine you had to give a presentation on the current economic crisis. We read, for instance, that the Federal Reserve will purchase securities up to $1.25 trillion this year. How would you convey the scale of this to an audience? One option might be to say that the if these were $100 bills a stack [.].

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Recording Your Keynote-based Presentation

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Sometimes, we may find ourselves in a situation where we want to make our presentation (at least the audio part) and slides available for viewing at a later date. Fortunately, Keynote allows you to do this, by recording your presentation with the appropriately named option in the “Play&# menu.

Embracing Authenticity: Who Are You Able to Be In Front of Others? |

Speaking Freely

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Why do you have a fear of public speaking? : Speaking about Presenting

Speaking about Presenting

From my own personal experience, from working with thousands of people face to face, and from asking my blog readers what they find hardest about presenting, I know that the fear of public speaking is a biggie. And not everyone who suffers from the fear of public speaking has suffered a humiliating public speaking experience. So why do do many people have a fear of public speaking? The theory of evolutionary psychology.

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What is the best way to.

Speak Schmeak

write a speech? practice a speech? use notes? get the audience's attention? I get these kinds of questions on a regular basis. It reminds me of all the crazy diets people go on in order to lose weight fast and with no effort. What's the "best" way to lose ten pounds in a week?

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Former GM CEO Rick Wagoner - 5 Communications Lessons

Matt Eventoff

Click here to view the embedded video. News Flash - Richard “Rick&# Wagoner resigned as CEO of General Motors yesterday at the behest of President Obama. Was it the right thing to do? Was it fair? Was he a scapegoat? Why has no one else receiving bailout money been removed? Why notbankers? I can’t, and won’t attempt to, answer any of these questions. I write about communications and messaging.

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Interview: Michael E. Lara MD

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Michael E. Lara, MD maintains a private psychiatry and psychopharmacology practice in Belmont, California, where he specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and memory disorders. He earned his undergraduate and master?s s degrees at Stanford University and Harvard University respectively, then his doctorate of medicine at the University of California, Los [.].

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POWERPOINT FIRST AID: A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Professionally Speaking...

In many presentations, a thousand words is what it feels like as slide after bullet point-laden slide goes by. When I teach and consult on how to use PowerPoint effectively, I always encourage people to ditch the bullet points wherever feasible and replace them with visual images. graphs, charts, pictures. I recently came across a couple of very cool tools that help with this. WORDLE.

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Enjoy Being Yourself in Front of Others |

Speaking Freely

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7 time-saving tips for planning your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

In my last post, I wrote about why it’s worthwhile to spend time preparing a presentation. But it’s also possible to waste time preparing a presentation, by not going about it in the right way. So here are my 7 time-saving tips to help you prepare a presentation efficiently. Always be preparing. Professional public speakers have always advised aspiring speakers to be collectors of stories. But now also collect images, videos etc which could be useful.

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Thought Trap #9: "Should" statements

Speak Schmeak

Thought Trap #9: "Should" statements Continuing on in the series on Thought Traps. You try to motivate yourself or others with should and shouldn't, must and ought. You have a list of ironclad rules about how you and other people should act.

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Cramer/Stewart: 3 Communication Commandments

Matt Eventoff

Very rarely do you see a media personality who appears on television a minimum of 5 hours a week look like a proverbial “deer in highlights.&# That was the case when Jim Cramer appeared on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, following what has been described as one of the best cable TV feuds. Thanks to the folks over at Comedy Central’s Indecision Forever, the entire “interview&# is available, including the third that didn’t make it onto television.

Book Review: Counselor, by Ted Sorensen

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen’s book Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History is required reading for anyone calling themselves a speechwriter. Sorensen witnessed many historical moments in his 11 years as JFK’s chief speechwriter and Special Counsel to the President. This book reveals the challenges and rewards of such unparalleled access to one [.].

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April, 2009 background - Turquoise border

PowerPoint Tips

This subtle border adds a hint of color without being obtrusive. You can use it on the title and last slides, or on all slides. Insert the PNG file onto the slide or slide master, right-click, and send it to the back (Order> Send to Back, or just Send to Back

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The Mystery of Persuasion |

Speaking Freely

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ON QUESTIONS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Professional and public speakers before delivering their presentations to any group, need to ask many questions of the program chair so that their material is relevant to that audience. Here are a few to consider: Who will be attending this program? sexual mix, age range, work titles) What are the goals and objectives of this meeting/program? What results do you expect from me? Will this audience respond to my interactive exercises? How much content, how much entertainment?

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Conversation vs. confrontation

Speak Schmeak

I received a private message yesterday from a Twitter connection, disagreeing with a point of view I had expressed in one of my "tweets." But instead of starting a dialogue that could have led to some interesting discussion, the person decided to be confrontational and insulting.

Secretary Geithner - 7 Communications Lessons

Matt Eventoff

Click here to view the embedded video. Click here to view the embedded video. It is never a good week when one of the most highly regarded investors of all time, Warren Buffett, declares that the economy “has fallen off a cliff&# after previously stating that the financial crisis is an “economic Pearl Harbor.&#.

Land of the free, home of the brave?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Word is that American’s are not feeling quite so brave these days. At least not down in Texas. Many of them are buying guns and lobbying to be allowed to carry firearms on their morning commute. They fear an increase in crime sparked by the economic downturn. This according to the Financial Times: In November last [.]. firearms gun ownership guns

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THE POWER OF LANGUAGE, PART I

Professionally Speaking...

"Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.". Rita Mae Brown, American writer. . Language.something we use everyday; something we take for granted; yet something that has enormous power in helping us effectively and persuasively communicate our ideas. According to the dictionary publisher, Merriam-Webster , there are roughly one million words in the English language and we have access to pretty well all of them when we create a presentation.

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tuesday’s child perform charity gig

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Person: Craig Strachan. Company Name: The John Whiffen Golden City Memorial Trust. Phone Number: 082 789 3899. FAX Number: 021 788 3884. Email Address: craig@johnwhiffen.co.za. Website URL: www.johnwhiffen.co.za. Lois and Craig Strachan from the popular Cape Town band tuesday’s child will be performing a selection of cover and original music to raise funds to assist physically and mentally disabled people. Cape Town, 23 March, 2009.

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A Tale Of Two Brown Bags

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

At the place where I earn my living, we’ll sometimes have someone in the office give a “brown bag&# presentation during the lunch hour. The idea is that any meetings during this hour are completely optional for all of those who are invited, which is everyone in the division. They’re informational or educational in nature, where someone in the office is choosing to share what they know, what they’ve learned, or the product of their R&D project.

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What's missing? Part 2

Speak Schmeak

Following up on yesterday's blog post about what's missing in the paint commercial: Thanks to my readers for jumping in with your thoughts! I wrote about benefits vs. features quite a while ago, and I thought it was time to approach this topic again.

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Groundhog Day - The new AIG bailout, the same old messaging

Matt Eventoff

This morning brought the announcement that AIG (American International Group), already the largest recipient of bailout (TARP) funding, set to receive another $30 billion dollars of Federal funding. This comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this morning that AIG announced a loss of over $61,000,000,000 (billion!!) dollars this past quarter, the largest quarterly loss ever by a corporate entity. .

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Practice, practice, practice

Kate's Voice

“Practice. If you don’t, someone else will!” ” This is attributed to Igor Stravinsky and is a great reminder that there are always other people out there whose dreams and aspirations are not terribly different from your own. At the same time, practicing is more than just something you do to keep up; it is something [.]. vocal power

Obama’s glass crutches

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

News that Obama is being criticised for relying too much on a telepromter should not surprise professional speakers. The President seems to require the twin panes of glass be there whenever he speaks. Critics rightly claim it strips him of authenticity. Communications expert Bert Decker has noted that it causes a metronome-like quality to his delivery [.].

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10 Tips from Craig Valentine to improve your next speech

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Craig Valentine has created a list of ten things that you can do to improve your next speech. Here is a summary of just a few tips. Facial Expressions. Gestures. Emotions. Movement with a purpose. Smile. You can read the full list on Craig’s website.

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PRESENTATION TIP: THE CURSE OF KNOWLEDGE

Professionally Speaking...

Are you afflicted by the curse of knowledge? No, this isn't the latest bit of Harry Potter wizardry. It's a phenomenom that many presenters suffer from, to the detriment of their audiences. Popularized in Chip and Dan Heath's book, Made to Stick , the curse of knowledge is when you can't remember what it was like not to know the things you now know. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR AUDIENCE?

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What's missing in this commercial?

Speak Schmeak

There's a commercial I hear daily on local radio that fails to convince me to buy their product. To summarize their key points: >> When you buy paint from other stores, it's probably been sitting on the shelf at the manufacturer, then at the distributor, then at the store for a long time.

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