July, 2006

Public Speaker

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How to Change the World A practical blog for impractical people. « The Education of a Late-Adopter Blogger | Main | Addendum to How to Get a Standing Ovation » January 18, 2006 How to Get a Standing Ovation When I started public speaking in about 1986, I was deathly afraid of public speaking--for one thing, working for the division run by Steve Jobs was hugely intimidating: How could you possibly compete with Steve? Its taken me twenty years to get comfortable at it.

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PowerPoint Tip: The Challenge with White Backgrounds

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I am often asked what color background someone should use for their PowerPoint slides. Many organizations use a white background because it prints well. That's fine if you only print your presentations, but if you will be projecting your presentation, a white background can cause problems. Here are a few observations from a recent presentation that used a white background.

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Twist Clichés

Executive Speech Coach

You might have read an earlier post about the sin of using clichés when speaking. Don’t use clichés; it is boring and unimaginative. Repeating clichés portrays you like all the rest. If you want to stand out, be different. You can still use clichés as a resource. But don’t repeat them the way you hear them. That is boring. Instead - twist clichés to make them more interesting, surprising and memorable.

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Your Brand is Everything

Raise Your Profile & Your Profits!

When it comes to building a successful business, your brand is everything literally. It is everything you do and everything you dont do. It is the smell of your lobby and the color of your menu. It is the friendliness of your staff and their response problems. It is the quality of your widgets and the cleanliness of your bathrooms. Too many in todays business environment think that their brand consists primarily of their logo and their clever tag line. But a brand is so much more.

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Why is shadow text so popular on PowerPoint slides?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

PowerPoint has a text feature that gives a shadow to text that is placed on a slide. I see it used regularly and it seems to me that the purpose in most cases is to make the text stand out more. But most times the shadow effect does not solve the problem because the presenter or slide designer doesn't understand what the real issue is. In most cases, the reason text is hard to see on a PowerPoint slide is that there is not enough contrast between the text color and the background.

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Bad News Lies

Executive Speech Coach

It is one thing to deliver bad news. It is another to lie while delivering it. They will know that you are lying so they will wonder what else is not true. When it is time to deliver bad news – deliver it as succinctly as you can. Leave out the editorializing. For example, don’t say " This will hurt me more than you " while you are announcing layoffs. It doesn’t hurt you because you are not laid off. So stop lying to people.

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Tell me a Story

Executive Speech Coach

Every time you speak your listeners are practically pleading with you to hear a story. Your listeners prefer to hear your message conveyed in stories. Because stories are engaging, instructive and memorable. The better you can tell your stories the more successful a speaker you will be. Learn how to create and tell your stories, thereby becoming a more compelling speaker. Learn more about the next teleseminar - July 27, 2006. Register for this teleseminar - How to Create and Tell Your Stories.

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PowerPoint Banned at Conference

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I am in Orlando at the start of the annual NSA Convention. In the same facility, a conference for education in an industry was just wrapping up. Knowing that this industry uses PowerPoint a lot, I stopped in to the show office to inquire about the conference and topics that would be relevant in the future. A couple of the organizers were in the office when I walked in.

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Where does your audience focus on your PowerPoint slide?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you have a dark background for your PowerPoint slides, where does the audience focus? I suggest that they will focus on the brightest spot on the screen if there is one. This is why using a background graphic that contains a bright spot, like a star or sun spot on a black or dark blue background, can be distracting to your audience. I saw a recent set of slides where the template used was a blue graphic background of the globe and a green graphic background for the title.

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Executive Speaking Skills

Executive Speech Coach

What is the difference between a good executive speaker and an embarrassing executive speaker? Clear purpose Attention to detail Appreciation for the skill of public speaking Preparing for the speech Embarrassing executive speakers don’t prepare. They believe that their presence or message is important enough to make up for their lack of preparation. Sometimes that might be true. But why take the chance? Why embarrass yourself? Why not prepare and develop better presentation skills?

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PowerPoint Tip: What to look for in a travelling projector

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I have been asked twice recently about what specifications or features I would consider when purchasing a projector to take with you to present to small to mid sized groups (2-100 people). Since this is likely of interest to more than the two people who asked, I thought I would share my response in case you are considering a similar purchase.

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Harvey MacKay on customer knowledge

Executive Speech Coach

Knowing something about your customer is just as important as knowing everything about your product. Harvey MacKay Bestselling author, CEO Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt George Torok The Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com

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Five Ways to Transform Your Overloaded Text Slides

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The most common complaint of audiences about PowerPoint presentations is that the slides are loaded with text and the presenter simply reads their slides to the audience. In the presentations I review, I see this all the time. I am not suggesting that you should never use text, because I think text is essential to many messages. What I am suggesting is that by adding more visual impact, your audience will better understand and remember your message.

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Add More White Space to Your Speech

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com

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Don't Make Your PowerPoint Slides Like The Circus

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

School is over for our kids, so we took them to the circus in town this afternoon. Here are a couple of ideas from today's performance that can help presenters. The first is something not to do. Twice during the show, they had two acts going on at the same time, one in each of two of the three rings. I was unable to watch both (who would), so I jumped between the two and missed most of the great tricks in each.

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Power Presentation Tip

Executive Speech Coach

Why are you speaking? Be clear on why you are speaking. Understand your purpose because that will help you be more successful. Before you speak ask yourself this critical question: "What do I want people to do, think or feel after I speak?" Whenever you deliver a business presentation you want to influence what your listeners do, think or feel. When you prepare to speak ask that question of yourself – and be honest. If you don’t know why you are speaking your presentation will fail.

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