June, 2007

Effective Emcee-ing! « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I've learnt a great deal during my stints as Emcee over the last couple of months… and here are some insights for anyone who wishes to be an effective emcee or are just starting out emceeing themselves. Role of the Emcee

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How many features do you need to know?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Last night we had a family picture taken on my wife's side of the family. We assembled at her parent's house and a photographer we know, Larry, came to take the picture outside. Everything went exceedingly well - the weather was perfect and smiles abounded. After we were done, we all went back into the house for refreshments. One of the reasons we have used Larry in the past is his ability to touch up a photo using Photoshop.

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Team Presentations

Executive Speech Coach

Team Presentations Are you delivering a team presentation soon? You and two or three of your colleagues stand up and present the company message. First be clear on the overall message. Then decide how each person supports that message in their portion of the presentation without duplicating. Each presenter must have a clear yet distinct piece of the puzzle that supports the overall message. For example you are presenting your sales message to your prospect then and you have four presenters.

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Quality Number Eight--Ability to Identify with Audience

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Without a keen sense of who is in your audience--their needs and what is important to them, you will not connect as well as you could as a speaker.

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PowerPoint: Sometimes You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I wanted to Post this from Garr Reynolds' Presentation Zen a long time ago… but didn't due to several reasons. Most because I was very proactive at procrastinating. I'm sorry! But the good news is… it's here! I like this post because of

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The Beautiful Thing About Being Human…

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

One of the most beautiful things about being human, is human ability to learn something new. Wouldn't you agree? Ever since we were born, we've constantly been learning and growing with bombardment of information and knowledge

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Animate Your Message!

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

In a research report published years ago, it was noted that words constituted a considerably small portion of a message. Naturally, non-verbal messages such as our vocal tone, rhythm and body gestures form a considerably larger portion

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Conversation Starter: Crouching Cuppa, Hidden Dagger

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Like some great inventions, some great techniques in inter-personal relationships and communication are discovered by accident. I discovered on through such an accident today. I was helping out in school (yes, I'm still studying

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Maybe Someday…

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Maybe Someday, you'll start living every day true to the best that is within you and seriously pursue your most treasured dreams. Maybe Someday, you'll stop holding back and live the richness of every moment and show the world who you

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Presentation: Why are you Speaking?

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Most Important Presentation Question Creating your presentation starts with you asking and answering this important question, “Why are you speaking?” You need to answer this question before you create your presentation so you deliver the right message. If you don’t know why you are speaking – then shut up. You should be able to verbalize the answer to this question in one short sentence.

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A Heart to Learn to Love… « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I came across this quote while blog surfing (randomly of course!) and found it beautifully written by the author. A heart to learn to love and love to learn… piques my imagination and belief in the need for appreciation in life

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Pour Your Heart Into It!

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Where it comes to speaking and fulfillment of goals, it came to my attention that seldom does one succeed without enthusiasm, passion and belief. Like a laser beam, I believe that when we are able to focus all our energies - mental and

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PowerPoint Tip - Collaborating on Presentations

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In my consulting work, I get a chance to collaborate on developing presentations with people in many different geographic locations. Sometimes it is face-to-face and other times it is done virtually. Collaborating on presentations instead of doing it yourself is becoming more common. Today I have some tips for making collaboration work no matter if you are in the same room or oceans apart.

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Could Citigroup Save $47 million a year with this idea?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Saving Citigroup $47 million a year is a pretty bold statement. Especially when job cuts are not involved. How can it be done? By looking at ways to improve what professionals and managers are already doing in meetings. Click here to read this new article based on statistics by Microsoft to find out how Citigroup and your company can save potentially millions

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Don’t Miss a Golden Opportunity

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you get the opportunity to address a group on behalf of a charity that you are passionate about, don’t miss the opportunity to make the most of the chance you have been given. At a recent alumni dinner, the co-leader of a group was given the opportunity to address the gathering. Unfortunately, his presentation did not start well when he had trouble getting the slides to project on the screen. It didn’t get much better from there.

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Quality Number Six--General Competence

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Are you well qualified to speak your message? That's one definition of competence. Now this doesn't mean you know everything there is to know about any subject. None of us can do that. With the explosion of knowledge today, in all areas, you'd be hard pressed to be a true 'expert.'

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Quality Number Seven--Preparation of Topic

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What does thorough speech preparation mean? To carefully research a topic takes a natural curiosity and interest for the topic itself. Using a variety of resources enables you to see the topic from different viewpoints. My next speech, about the topic of summer wines, means I need to seek out a number of sources to have a working knowledge of what how these wines differ from others and what will make them interesting to my audience.

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