December, 2016

10 tips for modern design in 2017

PowerPoint Tips

Recently, I worked with a client who was presenting to millennials. He wanted the design to look modern. His designer told him that he should use thin fonts, meaning that the font stroke is thin. He asked me to consult with him on the overall impression of the slides.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 247) – Mark Twain

Manner of Speaking

“Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.” — Mark Twain. Quotes for Public Speakers Humour language Mark Twain public speaking quotes quotes Samuel Clemens

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5 ways to improve your voice in 2017

Kate's Voice

Many of us start the New Year with goals and promises to improve our lives. Of course, old habits die hard, and new ones may not stick.

2017 176

Guest Posting: How to Write and Deliver a Great Speech, by Simon Lancaster

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Simon Lancaster is one of the world’s top speechwriters. He first became a speechwriter in the late 1990s, working for members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet. Today, he writes speeches for the CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world, including Unilever, HSBC and Intercontinental Hotels.

2016 173

Tangible examples always win

Speak Schmeak

Speakers face some of their biggest challenges when it comes to presenting data. There is something about pie charts and diagrams that PowerPoint users are drawn to like moths to a flame.

2016 163

How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking in 6 Mostly Easy Steps

Presentation Guru

Presentation Guru is dedicated to helping professionals communicate with real impact in pursuit of whatever they do. We want designers to design, speakers to speak and teachers to teach to the absolute limit of their imagination.

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Why you present

PowerPoint Tips

I did a survey of my subscribers, asking them 3 questions. I think it’s fascinating to understand the variety of reasons why you present. I received 158 answers. I asked people to do the survey so I could know what type of content I can provide that will best help presenters.

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More Trending

You talk funny…and so do I

Kate's Voice

Preparation to facilitate a workshop in India got me thinking about the differences in how we humans communicate with each other, and how that influences the kind of relationships we have with each other. Every culture has its unique language, both verbal and non-verbal. The culture may be that of a country, a state, a […]. Musings conversations listening perception Trevor Noah

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Trevor Noah on the language of Donald Trump

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In a wide-ranging interview on Fresh Air, late night TV host Trevor Noah comments on the appeal of Donald Trump, specifically the language he uses.

2016 172

The 10 most important speeches by women in 2016

The Eloquent Woman

I've been asked many times to rank what I think were the most important speeches of the year by women speakers, but this is the first time I've turned myself to that task. And what I found in compiling this 2016 list was a mix of themes that are familiar to any woman who engages in public speaking.

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Present in Four Places at the Same Time

Presentation Guru

Technology has completely changed the way presenters can get their message out to an audience. New digital mediums have opened up opportunities for speakers to broadcast thoughts and ideas to the entire world from virtually anywhere.

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Wishing you & the world all the best in 2017!

PowerPoint Tips

Did you find this post useful? Get my free video training, "13 techniques that will make designing your slides EASY." Need training? Click here to find out about training to bring your presentations to the next level! The post Wishing you & the world all the best in 2017! appeared first on PowerPoint Tips Blog. Animation & transitions Events Happy New Year 2017

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4 Tips to Succeed Speaking in 2017

Succeed Speaking

Is it just me, or does it seem like there are more “professional speakers” than ever these days? I’m not sure if there are really more “professional” speakers, but there are definitely more people who call themselves speakers.

2017 100

Edward Tufte on Data, Analysis, & Truth

Presentation Zen

Edward Tufte is a leading expert in the data analysis and data visualization space. His books are classics and required reading for anyone interested in understanding how best to display quantitative information. I read his books just after I left Apple in 2003 to become a college professor in Japan.

Are you passionate about your job?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway gave the closing keynote at the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) conference in Dublin this last May. Her presentation starts by asking the audience ‘how many feel really passionate about what you do?’

2016 170

You are not throwing away your shot: Don't load up that big speech

The Eloquent Woman

"I am not throwing away my.shot!" is now famous thanks to the soundtrack of Hamilton , but it's also a kind of theme song for a certain group of infrequent public speakers.

2016 78

The Sales Presentation Paradox

Presentation Guru

For many businesses, the task of creating visual presentations can be seen as a chore – despite their importance. Far too often a weak set of slides is thrown together with little preparation which leads to disaster.

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Cover Letters - Holidays Best of Times to Send 'Em

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

'Tis the season to be merry. Except for many searching for work. You may be among those who assume that it's a waste of time to send cover letters during these weeks before Christmas and until the first week of January. WRONG.

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From the Authors Guild: 10 reasons books make great holiday gifts

Joan Detz Speaker Services

10 Reasons Books Make Great Holiday Gifts 1. Because you want to support your fellow Authors Guild members 2. Because they’re way better than fruitcakes 3. Because you want to help your favorite author make the New York Times bestseller list 4.

2016 70

Show More Courtesy for the Audience

Executive Speech Coach

Imagine that you’re attending a conference, arrived in the room early, sitting in your chair, waiting for the presentation to begin.

2016 63

Big speeches of 2016 reviewed

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s a concise review of the major speeches of 2016 on both sides of the Atlantic by FT columnist Sam Leith. Public Speaking Sam Leith

2016 163

Our top 10 posts on women & public speaking for 2016

The Eloquent Woman

On the blog, the posts you read the most included uncomfortable moments, skills to build, stretch goals, myths, and easy but oft-forgotten tips to make you a more eloquent and comfortable as a speaker.

2016 76

From Bullet Points to Visual Presentation – and Why It Matters

Presentation Guru

If you have tried in the past to use more pictures in your presentations but you’re not quite convinced, keep reading and take a second look at what’s possible and why it matters.

Ripperology - "Jack" Left the Best & Brightest with Big Mystery to Solve

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those brutal murders of London prostitutes in 1888 have never been solved. They required knowledge of human anatomy. One question is: Why didn't the victims scream? The supposed killer taunted police and the media.

2016 69

Happy New Year of Journaling in Scrivener

More than PowerPoint...

I keep a daily journal in Scrivener. I’ve been writing in a personal journal every morning for decades now. Yet I only started using Scrivener for my journal since October 2015. At that time, I looked for an online template to use, but I couldn’t find one.

2016 63

2 Great Visual Storytelling Books for Children

Presentation Zen

There is loads of evidence that reading to children at bedtime is not only good for their emotional well being, it also has long-term benefits for their cognitive development. We have a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy. Since they were babies they have been exposed to books.

2016 84

Past provincial life

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Half asleep on the evening ferry after a long day at work, half listening to a podcast of a recent episode of Start the Week, I was startled awake by a remarkable poem: In Wales, wanting to be Italian (from Over the Moon, by Imtiaz Dharker) Is there a name for that thing you do […].

2016 163

Famous Speech Friday: Dilma Rousseff's post-impeachment speech

The Eloquent Woman

We have so many expectations for our speeches, so many results for which we are hoping in advance--publicity, investors, votes, next steps, a crowd persuaded to our point of view.

2016 75

Ten Top Tips for your Speech to the Office Party

Presentation Guru

The Presentation Guru team would like to wish all of our readers Happy Holidays, and we couldn’t think of a better way to kick start the festivities than with a holiday speech article from Gavin and his colleague Peter Watts Paskale.

2016 72

World Economic Forum, Davos, January 17-20, 2017 - Connecting the Dots on Trumpism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Annually the global elite have their think-tank-like pow-wow at the World Economic Forum in Davos. But the event is really a platform for deal-making, including developing new business, and branding. Regarding

2017 69

Modern Presentation Design?

Executive Speech Coach

I was challenged to write about modern presentation design. The challenge was intended to focus on slide design. I choose to relate that to the overall presentation purpose and delivery. PowerPoint MVP, Ellen Finkelstein orchestrated this challenge to a group of presentation specialists. I was one of several who accepted her challenge. You can find the links within this article. If you’re planning to use PowerPoint slides in the next year, be sure to follow each link and read these posts. Vignette #1: Get to the Point

Duarte Blog

When presenting to executives, there are things that work and things that fall flat. Get to your point quickly, and you’ll avoid the trap that most presenters fall into. See more hilarious presentation lessons at or our YouTube channel.

2016 52

All the news…

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Now in my 8th week of fasting from the daily news (for reasons I explained back in October) I’m nevertheless fascinated by the stories I hear people around me discussing (many of which seem to involve the surprise election of a New York property developer). It’s obvious that most of my family and friends are […]. Culture Shock

2016 125

8 famous speeches by women before the U.S. Congress

The Eloquent Woman

Some would say there's no more high-stakes talk you can give than testimony or an address before the U.S. Congress.and that's true whether you're a senator or representative, a witness, an executive branch official, an expert witness, a citizen, or a foreign head of state.

2016 73

4 Ways To Win Over Every Audience

Presentation Guru

When it comes to public speaking, we pride ourselves on reaching out to the Guru community to find suggestions and advice from the top speaking experts in the industry.

2016 69

"Look at you now" By Liz Pryor - But Most of the World Had Known Our Supposed "Secret"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1979, 17-year-old Liz Pryor finds out she is pregnant. Thirty-six years later she tells that true story in her memoir "Look at you now." " Here you can order if Amazon. Pryor is too far along to have a safe abortion.

2016 68

The Challenge of the High Achiever

Speaker Launcher

Are you a high achiever? Many of my clients are. They are used to setting a goal, taking action and achieving that goal. However, there’s one complaint that comes up again and again. That is a lack of patience in achieving the goal. When someone tries to sell you something that says “you will have […]. The post The Challenge of the High Achiever appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaking Business Strategy goal setting high achiever reaching goals

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