June, 2015

How is dating like public speaking?

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever been on a date? Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? You've probably had both experiences! Did you ask the other person out? Did they ask you out? Maybe you've just kind of eased into it by saying "We should do something sometime." (I

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Rap on Trial, Charis Kubrin

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, U.C. Irvine, is a renowned specialist in criminology and law.

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Video tutorial: Create a theme in PowerPoint from scratch

PowerPoint Tips

In my clients’ presentations that we make over (usually together), I see a lot of themes and slide masters that aren’t well prepared — sometimes not prepared at all.

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The Large Impact of Small Talk

Kate's Voice

If small talk at the beginning of a presentation or conversation seems like a waste of time to you, you may be missing one of the most important parts of communication.

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Skin Color

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

With all of the yelling and screaming going on lately, there is something I believe needs to be said. My skin color is not powerful. It is not weak. It bears no pride or guilt. It is neither shameful nor shamed. It is neither an oppressor or oppressed. It does not owe and it is not owed. It is neither privileged or disadvantaged. Like all others, it has no culture, for cultures are learned and/or adopted. It isn’t poor or rich. It’s neither a blessing or a curse.

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Polite Messages: An Exercise in Interpersonal Communication

The Communication Blog

This exercise is designed to help explain the concept of politeness in terms of positive and negative face (Brown & Levinson, 1987; Cupach & Metts, 1994; Goffman, 1967; Goldsmith, 2007; Holmes 1995; Metts & Cupach, 2008). To Know In Brown and Levinson’s (1987) theory of politeness, based in part on Goffman’s (1967) concept of face, we all have basically two needs: (1) the need to maintain positive face and (2) the need to maintain negative face.

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Thou shalt hide thy weirdness: Guest post by Jason Kotecki

Speak Schmeak

Jason is a non-caped crusader fighting against Adultitis. I've been a fan of his work for years, and when he offered me this post, I jumped at the chance to share his writing with you.

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More Trending

Add pop-up text to explain a slide

PowerPoint Tips

Sometimes you need to explain a specific area of a chart or diagram. This is hard to do either by just talking about it or adding text, because neither points to the specific area you are referencing. One choice many presenters make is to use a laser pointer.

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Free resources from Udemy

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

The folk at Udemy have put together good collection of youtube videos focusing on public speaking. The videos are short, and give good examples and advice on become a better speaker. Udemy also has a several online public speaking courses for sale. But like many learning sites you may have to look around to find the one that best suits you (hint: click on the courses and check out the table of contents).

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Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

Presentation Zen

A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others.

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The Interpersonal Communication Book

The Communication Blog

I want to apologize to users of my Interpersonal Communication Book , 14th edition. A paragraph was omitted in the printing. The following paragraph would be inserted on page 130 before "Personal Distance." Intimate Distance. In intimate distance , ranging from actual touching to 18 inches, the presence of the other individual is unmistakable. Each person experiences the sound, smell, and feel of the other’s breath. You use intimate distance for lovemaking, comforting, and protecting.

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Virtual networking: Open the circle

Speak Schmeak

As I've written here before, I can be shy at networking events. But I've trained myself to put out my hand and introduce myself to people even if I feel inside like I want to run away.

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Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2015 Convention in Las Vegas

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2015 International Convention, to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Aug. 12-15.

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PowerPoint on an Android phone

PowerPoint Tips

Microsoft recently made PowerPoint (and Word and Excel) available as an Android phone app. It’s my understanding that the same app works on Android tablets as well. Your experience with the menus and options will adapt with the size of your screen.

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The Constitution of United States ca. 2015 (what’s left of it)

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The decision handed down by the US Supreme Court in King vs. Burwell, redefined what the word “the State” means. As such, here is the Constitution as rewritten by the Supreme Court (illegally as written in what was Article V). Rewritten text is in red.

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Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

Presentation Zen

When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution.

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Communication is Easy and Difficult: An Exercise

The Communication Blog

I'm developing this exercise for possible use in the new edition of Human Communication and I thought it might be of interest more generally for just about any course in speech communication or interpersonal communication. The ten items I have below can be changed and probably should be changed to better reflect the specific students in the class.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

DeFinis Communications

Last week I received a call from a sales manager whose team we worked with last year. He wanted a presentation skills “refresher” for his salespeople because their presentations were getting “sloppy” again.

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Guest Posting: HARO — A Speaker’s Secret Weapon, by Mickie Kennedy

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Mickie Kennedy founded eReleases PR back in 1998 when he saw how hard it was for independent startups and businesses to achieve really quality PR. For more, download some of Mickie’s free ebooks and whitepapers. HARO: A Speaker’s Secret Weapon, by Mickie Kennedy First of all, congratulations on being one of those people who don’t […]. Marketing Public Speaking PR

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Switch rows and columns in a chart

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever created a chart in PowerPoint from data in Excel and discovered that it was configured all wrong? For example, here’s some data in Excel and you want to highlight the change of each income stream from year to year.

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Famous Speech Friday: Julie Andrews's 1964 Golden Globes speech

The Eloquent Woman

As modern film award acceptance speeches go, it's a nanosecond long. The couple of minutes in which actor Julie Andrews received her 1964 Golden Globe award for her role in Mary Poppins encapsulate joy, thanks, and humor, as any good award acceptance does.

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When a bar chart can be misleading

Presentation Zen

Just because a chart is correct, it does not mean it's not misleading.

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How good are you at answering simple questions? Take this easy quiz.

More than PowerPoint...

As an intelligent business person, you might think you are excellent at answering simple, direct questions. But are you? Take this easy, 5-question quiz to find out: 1. A venture capitalist asks how much your new service costs.

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Your Risk vs. Reward Ratio

Speaker Launcher

Peter Drucker once said “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” As entrepreneurs, we have risk built right into our DNA <Click to Tweet> However that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to analyze our decisions carefully.

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7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

Have you ever found yourself sitting in the center seat of a packed auditorium—hemmed in on both sides by people and laptops—listening to a keynote speaker who is supposed to be imparting knowledge and wisdom, but instead is droning on and on? You want to run, but you can’t. So you endure what seems like torture. You probably think this only happens in large university lecture halls, right? Not so.

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How To Create a PowerPoint Presentation for Investors


If you are presenting a PowerPoint presentation before potential investors, it’s important to cater for each and every minor aspect of your presentation.

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5 famous speeches by women that made secrets public

The Eloquent Woman

It's one thing to slip up and spill the beans in a conversation. But sharing a secret in a speech is a bold, risky and very public move. Rarely is it unplanned. On the contrary, each of these speakers had time to consider and decide upon a speech as the best opportunity to divulge her surprise.

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7 and a Half Ways to Make Your Information Matter

Speak and Deliver

If you're a regular person with a regular job living a regular life, chances are the only times you get asked to speak is to share straight information.

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Ad Tech - Today Don Draper Would Be Chief Marketing Technologist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"'Marketing is rapidly becoming one of the most technology-dependent functions in business,' a CTO and marketing analyst for Gartner wrote in a Harvard Business Review article.

2015 76

Mini review: On Writing Well

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

On Writing Well , 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. by William Zinsser. If you write, or aspire to write, long-form non-fiction, go forth and get this book. Today. Any writer will benefit from the book, but it’s primarily aimed at long-form non-fiction writers. If you write long-form non-fiction, then On Writing Well is your book. The author has an impeccable resume — as a writer and instructor. Solidly written book with lots of excellent examples.

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11 Killer Tips to Stop Saying UM Forever

Executive Speech Coach

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Don’t be an Awesome Parrot on stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

As an audience member, have you ever heard an emcee on stage introduce or close an act by describing it as “Awesome”? That dance performance was … Awesome! Up next we will have an act that is simply … Awesome! That accounting presentation was so … Awesome! Based on these, it seems like everything is “Everything Is Awesome” … Continue reading Don’t be an Awesome Parrot on stage → Effective Emceeing (Tips!) Success on Stage

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Famous Speech Friday: Kron & Tesori's unseen Tony Awards speech

The Eloquent Woman

We've covered all sorts of ways of keeping women speakers off the program, but this year, the Tony Awards for the best in Broadway plays and musicals, and its broadcast network CBS, found a new way to steal that show.

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What’s Driving your Success?

Speaker Launcher

Have you ever gone through a period of time in cruise control? You’re just going with the flow. You know you could be doing better, but you’re feeling pretty chill about it. The phone rings, the emails come in, you deliver a pretty good product. And then something changes and POW! You shift it into […]. The post What’s Driving your Success? appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaking Business Strategy Jane Atkinson priority grid risk speaker launcher

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Chris Christie, Roger Ailes, Bob Dilenschneider, Et Al. - Fat As Attention Magnet

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Fat travels well, at least as an attention magnet. New Jersey governor Chris Christie, whose website  you can visit here, will have a distinct edge in presenting himself throughout the nation.

2015 76

Presentation Handouts – DO’s and DON’T’s

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

As a presentation skills trainer and public speaking coach, I often get asked about how best to use handouts during a presentation. In this post, I’d like to share my responses to the most common questions my students ask on the topic of presentation handouts. Should I give out presentation handouts, before my talk so that my audience can take notes on it while I speak? Pros: Some people (a minority in my experience) feel reassured when they have the notes beforehand.

How to Make Your Slides Memorable


A study shows that on the average – no matter how many slides you use in a presentation – the audience is going to remember only four of them, though they may have some vague memories of a few others. Four slides, you may think! That’s ridiculous.

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