December, 2009

Make a fool of yourself to reduce stage fright and be a more engaging speaker

Speaking about Presenting

At the New Media Atlanta conference this year, Chris Brogan was the last keynote of the day. He’d watched all day as the backchannel drowned in snark : After watching speaker after speaker get slammed via the Backnoise application, I was terrified, because I’d be the last speaker on the stage.

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Presentation Tip: How To Tell A Story

Professionally Speaking...

Everyone has heard the advice about incorporating stories into a presentation to make your message more " sticky " and easier to understand. So we're all on board there. But if you're not a natural story teller [and I count myself firmly in this camp].you you know, the person who always has an anecdote, a colorful example or a yarn to spin.then how exactly do you go about telling a story? Think back to some of the stories you heard as a child or perhaps read to your own child.

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Review: Viewfinder

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

If you’re like me, you like to take advantage of the power of visuals to not only get your point across, but also increase retention of that very message.

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I have seen the worst slide in the world

PowerPoint Tips

I’ve see lists of bad slides, but this one takes the cake! I wouldn’t have said anything if this diagram had been called a document, but it was called a slide. I expect military documents to be complicated. But I don’t expect them to make slides of these documents.

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Communicating with Twitter - don't waste the opportunity

Dahle Communication

 For a while last year I really got into Twitter. It offered someone like me a chance to communicate with people from around the world without having to e-mail them, facebook them, comment on blogs or anything else.

5 ways to tweet like you mean it

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. Twitter is like talking. It's a lot like public speaking, in fact. And it's a lot like in-person business networking. I've been on Twitter now for a year and a half and have read lots of "etiquette" articles and "how to" articles on the proper use of Twitter.

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New research suggests a way to reduce fear of public speaking

Speaking about Presenting

Earlier this morning Martin Shovel tweeted about new research hailed as a breakthrough by the Guardian News. It occurred to me that it might have some application to reducing the fear of public speaking.

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More Trending

PowerPoint wishlist – “mini master slides”

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Master slides in PowerPoint provide a very effective mechanism for all of your slides to have a similar look and feel. Now imaging if you could extend the concept to have several different master slides in your presentation?

Create a swinging bell or pendulum in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever received a greeting card created in PowerPoint? Maybe I receive more of these than most people, but I get them several times a year. A nice effect, especially for holiday and New Years’ greetings, is a swinging bell or pendulum.

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Using a video camera can be a painful, but enlightening, way to improve speaking skills

Dahle Communication

 One of the toughest parts about communication is knowing what you do right and what you do wrong. Working with a speech coach is important and can help you improve - but if you really want to see what you are doing there is a simple step -- use a video camera.

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Post-Crisis Communication – Going Away Works

Matt Eventoff

There is no way to “come back&# if you don’t “go away.&# . When a public figure emerges from a crisis or scandal, it is imperative to disappear from the public spotlight for a while. . For more proof, look no further than former President George W. Bush. In October 2008, within a month of the end of his Presidency, President Bush had an approval rating of 25% as reporter by Gallup.

8 tips to make your eye contact more powerful

Speaking about Presenting

Even a newbie at public speaking knows they should make eye contact. But the term eye contact is rather vague. It can infer just making fleeting “contact” with a person then moving on. Don’t make eye contact – make “eye connection&#. Eye connection means spending time with each person so that person feels like you’re just talking to them.

5 ways to tweet like you mean it

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. Twitter is like talking. It's a lot like public speaking, in fact. And it's a lot like in-person business networking. I've been on Twitter now since mid-2008 and have read lots of "etiquette" articles and "how to" articles on the proper use of Twitter.

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How To Design For Mobile

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

I’m on my way to get lectured by my dentist and as my lovely wife is driving, I decided to get caught up on some tech news. Much to my surprise, C|Net News is now iPhone-friendly. This is a welcome change. In my opinion, their iPhone-friendly design is second only to Ars Technica’s.

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What do you do when you run out of time?

PowerPoint Tips

What do you do when: Your talk goes longer than you expected? Your host cuts your time? Most presentations have a time limit. You’re allowed 20 minutes to speak, let’s say. Here’s a quick tip when you’re in this type of emergency situation. Before every presentation, memorize the last slide number. This was an idea that someone suggested at the PowerPoint Live conference in October.)

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Destroying a Brand the Tiger way

Dahle Communication

Over the past two weeks I have witnessed quite possibly the fastest destruction of one of the best brands in all of history - the fall of the Tiger. As Bill Simmons at ESPN put it: it transformed our collective perception of a famous person and made us re-evaluate every opinion we had about him Your brand is everything. People buy into you and your product, service or company based on the brand.

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Tiger Woods and President Obama

Matt Eventoff

Define yourself before your opponent, or anyone else defines you (and if you don’t define yourself first, someone WILL take the opportunity to define you). Whether you are campaigning for elective office, to get/keep the public trust, to get promoted, to get a job, to keep your job – it is paramount to define yourself before anyone else does. How do you define yourself? Messaging. President Obama understood this.

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How to propose a toast

Speaking about Presenting

Propose a toast: Image by Waldo Jaquith. Give the gift of public speaking this holiday season. It’s the time to show your love and appreciation for your family and friends. Here are some tips for proposing a toast: 1. Plan your toast in advance.

Fun Friday -- Musical introduction

Speak Schmeak

Here are a couple of regular IT guys who are more comfortable singing in front of an audience than speaking. Check out their musical introductions at our local Chamber of Commerce meetings to promote their business. Wanna get out of your comfort zone? Try singing your message!

What Matters Now: free ebook

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Internet Guru Seth Godin has compiled and released a free ebook containing thoughts and ideas from some very big thinkers. He says. Here are more than seventy big thinkers, each sharing an idea for you to think about as we head into the new year. From bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert to brilliant tech thinker Kevin Kelly, from publisher Tim O’Reilly to radio host Dave Ramsey, there are some important people riffing about important ideas here.

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Please join me in the Campaign Against Death by PowerPoint!

PowerPoint Tips

As you may know, I’ve launched a new web site, www.tellnshow.com , and with it a new project – the Campaign Against Death by PowerPoint. This post is especially to those of you in the presentation/speaking community, but anyone can participate.

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What drives speechwriters to drink?

Successful Speeches Blog

This short video from Ragan.com is priceless. If speechwriters work for you, please watch this. If you’re a speechwriter, I know you’ll be able to identify with the others in this video. Speechwriters …what drives you to drink?

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate

Matt Eventoff

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate – some men you just can’t reach…&# – Strother Martin as &# The Captain&# – Cool Hand Luke. The attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines Flight 253 has shaken our collective confidence in national security, and communication or the lack of communication is once again a central issue.

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Happy New Year!

Dahle Communication

I just want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and hope everyone has a great New Year! Over the next week, we'll do a year in review; whats to come in the next year and a 1-year anniversary! Take care everyone - be safe and we'll see you in the next decade

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Uncertainty is the mother of creativity

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. On a recent episode of the show Iconoclasts , actor/comedian Mike Myers talks with physician/philosopher Deepak Chopra about the connection between humor and spirituality.

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Are you prepared for anything?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

As a speaker, there are many things that can go wrong, and potentially derail your presentation. It is not a case of it something goes wrong, but of when it will go wrong. The difference between a minor incident and a major catastrophe comes down to one simple thing: preparation. Some of the things that can typically happen are: Equipment failure. Computers crash, projectors stop working. Mains power trips. And my favourite, laptop and projector refuse to speak to each other.

Review of the Targus wireless remote/laser pointer

PowerPoint Tips

Targus wireless remote. I use this inexpensive remote because it’s very simple. It’s small so your audience will hardly notice it and it fits easily in the palm of your hand. You just plug the USB adapter into your laptop and it works. Click the right button to go to the next slide.

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Analysis: President Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan: December 1, 2009

Successful Speeches Blog

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Let’s put politics aside for a moment, shall we? I know it’s hard to objectively view a speech when the stakes are high, but the purpose of my post isn’t to debate whether President Obama’s decision is right or wrong. Instead, I would prefer [.].

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Tiger Woods is Right

Matt Eventoff

. This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible. – www.tigerwoods.com. T iger Woods is right. False, unfounded and malicious rumors are wrong, period. However, when innocent until proven guilty may exist in the courtroom, in the living room the opposite often holds true.

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A Holiday Presentation Poem

Professionally Speaking...

I'm participating in Angela DeFinis' Blog Carnival on Public Speaking and the Holidays. Head on over to check out other authors' tips and insights. . Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hall the well-rehearsed speaker kept her audience in thrall. Her metaphors were crisp, her words well chosen, on her the attention of the people was frozen. The slides on the screen had been created with care; no over-used templates or bullet points there.

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Uncertainty is the mother of creativity

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. On a recent episode of the show Iconoclasts , actor/comedian Mike Myers talks with physician/philosopher Deepak Chopra about the connection between humor and spirituality.

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Presentation Zen: 10 non-PowerPoint books that can help you create better presentations

Presentation Zen

To learn how to design and deliver better presentations, we need to pull from many educational sources. Books are good, but which ones?

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Press release goes live for Campaign Against Death by PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

The press release for the Campaign Against Death by PowerPoint is now online ! According to PrWeb statistics, it received 647 full-page reads in the first day. For more information on the campaign, and to learn how you can participate, go to www.tellnshow.com.

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Public Speaking and The Holidays

DeFinis Communications

The Holidays are a time to celebrate the many joys of the season and to enjoy the company of those you cherish. In addition to my wonderful family, relatives and friends, I am grateful for my colleagues and clients and the many new connections that I’ve made this year through my blog. . So I’d like to say thank you to YOU, our wonderful readers, and give you the gift of our first “blog carnival.” Below you will find eleven blog posts by an outstanding group of public speakers.

Cats have 9 lives. Do Tigers*?

Matt Eventoff

*Pardon the joke, and I believe that this Tiger can still resurrect his career. Even a gas leak at his home is newsworthy ! It is impossible to escape the nonstop headlines , blog posts and breaking cable news stories about Tiger Woods and his alleged dalliances. Every day (often every hour) brings new allegations, rumors, stories and general drama. . From a crisis management standpoint, I believe that this week has been Tiger’s best.

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What Will You Remember Most?

Successful Speeches Blog

When you look back at 2009, what will you remember most? Will it be an amazing vacation? A mind-numbing move? The purchase of your first house? The birth of your first child? The death of a loved one? The start of a promising relationship? 2009 was a transitional year for me. I moved from my place of birth (Toronto) to the unfamiliar, [.].

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How to overwhelm an audience

Speak Schmeak

You might have seen images of this map, which I've taken from a post by Richard Engel , NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent. It's a map of the US military's counter insurgency strategy in Afghanistan. Click on the image to see it full size.)

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