March, 2012

7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

This is a guest post by Leon Potgieter. Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” – Dave Barry.

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Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

Manner of Speaking

In this post, I return to one of my favourite themes that run through this blog: the importance of storytelling. Past posts on the subject include this one and this one.

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You deserve to shine

Speak Schmeak

I want you to think for a moment about all the things you haven't done or tried because of fear of failing, fear of embarrassment, or fear of looking foolish. Was there a job you should have applied for? A guy you wanted to date? An adventure you turned down? A book proposal you never submitted?

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Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Presentation Zen

Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school. Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world.

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Duarte’s Diagrammer™: 4,000 Diagrams at Your Fingertips for 99 cents each

Duarte Blog

Where there is madness, Nancy Duarte finds method. This is how twenty years of sketches and infographic concepts became Diagrammer™ , a searchable taxonomy of over 4,000 PowerPoint®-ready diagrams, available for you to download for just 99 cents each.

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How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor. Sure, a couple of people on the panel made jokes here and there, and the audience laughed from time to time.

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Meetings are Presentations Too

Professionally Speaking...

In a classically funny John Cleese video entitled Meetings, Bloody Meetings , Cleese's wife says to him, "Why can't you do your work while you're at work?" He replies, "There isn't time. I have to go to meetings.". A sentiment we can all likely identify with. Yet meetings are a fact of business life.

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Visuals are Valuable: A Hypothesis Proven by History

Duarte Blog

From Copernicus to Kerouac, diagrams have been helping people see what they’re saying for the past 16,5000 years. Find the perfect diagram to visualize your info at [link] , and download the PowerPoint®-ready file for just $0.99. Design by James Nepomuceno. Research by Amanda Dyer.

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Executive Communication Skills: Tech Habits

Matt Eventoff

Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on. Smartphones, net books and tablets have enabled our ability to work faster, cheaper, more efficiently and often more productively. Through social media we are able to meet people we might never have met and develop working relationships we would have been unable to develop years ago.

138 Top Tweets from the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 14 – 16, 2012 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Over 200 professional speechwriters met for two days and attended a series of main stage keynotes and break out sessions. Unlike other Ragan Conferences I’ve attended, where I had to select a small number of “top [.]. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference Twitter

Speak with Conviction

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the good fortune of working with a number of teenagers to help them with their public speaking and presentation skills for leadership roles that they have in their youth group.

You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

I get why you love your stats, your graphs, your charts so much. You put your blood, sweat and tears into the research. Or at least into finding other people's charts to paste into your slides. Your data is brilliant. It makes your case. It explains everything you want to say.

The wonderful Selection pane lets you easily hide objects, select them and even rename them

PowerPoint Tips

A subscriber reminded me about the Selection pane and I realized that I don’t have a tip on it. The Selection pane is so useful, especially for complex and animated slides, that I decided to immediately write a tip on it. The selection pane was introduced in PowerPoint 2007.

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TED Talks, #illustraTED

Duarte Blog

It’s no secret that Duarte has a big crush on TED. As presentation people, and lovers of all things story, TED is the man of our dreams. This year, we declared our love by hosting #illustraTED, a tweet-stravaganza dedicated sharing content inspired by #TED talks.

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Tech Habits Can Crush Careers: 10 Steps to Take Today

Matt Eventoff

Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on. Smartphones, net books and tablets have enabled our ability to work faster, cheaper, more efficiently and often more productively. Through social media we are able to meet people we might never have met and develop working relationships we would have been unable to develop years ago.

Slowing down to appreciate what's important

Presentation Zen

About two years ago, the rate of new blog posts to presentation zen declined a bit. It was not for a lack of ideas; I have folders full of ideas and samples that I would like to share.

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Podium vs. Lectern

Manner of Speaking

No, today’s post is not about a new sci-fi movie. Rather, it’s about the distinction between two mainstays of public speaking: the podium and the lectern. A podium (pl. podiums or podia) is the raised platform on which the speaker stands to deliver his or her speech. “Podium” is derived from the Greek word ???? pothi) which means “foot” The word “podiatrist” (foot doctor) comes from the same source.

Are you inviting dialog or shutting it down?

Speak Schmeak

This post, about shutting down your audience, was inspired by interactions I've experienced on Facebook, where someone demonstrates that it's more important to be right and to denigrate other people's ideas than to have a two-way conversation. I wonder.

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6 things extroverted public speakers can do for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

It will surprise most of the people who know me to hear that, according to official measures, I am only slightly extroverted.which is to say, not as extroverted as they think I am.

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How to Make a Favorable First Impression

Duarte Blog

Kate Middleton received a lot of press attention this week for delivering her first public speech as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

Meryl Streep just won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the movie The Iron Lady , and in my view she deserves an equally prestigious award for her introduction of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Women in the World Summit 2012 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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How to have a conversation with your audience

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Audiences long for presenters to be real with them, and just have a conversation.    Sure, they want a focused, smart conversation, not a rambling, pointless one like so many real conversations. 

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 121)

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin - American Entrepreneur, Author and Public Speaker. “The purpose of an elevator pitch isn’t to close the sale. The goal isn’t even to give a short, accurate, Wikipedia-standard description of you or your project. And the idea of using vacuous, vague words to craft a bland mission statement is dumb.

Wear a looser dress

Speak Schmeak

Photo courtesy of fixedgear On last week's American Idol, the top 12 women performed. One singer, Baylie Brown, wore a lovely and flattering dress, but after her performance, confessed that it was too tight. She said that she had had trouble breathing and that she could feel her heartbeat.

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How Rush Limbaugh is helping me celebrate Women's History Month

The Eloquent Woman

I have to confess: I struggle with Women's History Month. Every year when March rolls around, I'm reminded how tough it is to write about an issue like women and public speaking when, as Kathleen Hall Jamieson so succinctly put it, "History has many themes. One of them is that women should be quiet." Not a great start for a post celebrating the month, but true.

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Create a looping ending for your PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint Tips

A reader asked me how to create a looping ending. In another post, I explain how to create a looping introduction. Although the technique that I came up with is different from the one for a looping introduction, it’s quite easy.

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Justina Chen: The Heart of Storytelling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This is one of the longest blog postings I’ve done on a single presentation. I believe that there was sufficient content in Justina Chen’s keynote to justify the cost of attending the entire 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. In a spectacular closing keynote at the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference, Justina Chen celebrated The Heart of Storytelling. [.]. Speechwriting justina chen microsoft Ragan Speechwriters Conference story telling storytelling

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From Creative Process to Global Politics: Insights from SXSW Interactive

Duarte Blog

SXSW is an event like no other. Where else can you hear Rainn Wilson’s thoughts on spirituality, Ray Kurzweil on artificial intelligence, Anthony Bourdain on social media, and Al Gore and Sean Parker on democracy? Memorable Messages from SXSW Interactive.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 124)

Manner of Speaking

Gonzalo Álvarez - Spanish Telecommunications Engineer and Ph.D. in Computer Science. “Si tu presentación no produce un cambio en la audencia, es una pérdida de tiempo para todos.”

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Here's one way that you may have perpetrated, or perhaps experienced as an audience member. First, let's talk to the perpetrator: Have you ever had to create a new presentation for a meeting or conference and decided that you had all the information you needed in several previous PowerPoint slideshows?

Visual aid – The Swinging Ball of Death

Pivotal Public Speaking

… a wonderful example of using a visual aid – Who needs PowerPoint?!! Watch the language he uses, and the use of pause. public speaking videos visual aids

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When Is Rehearsing a Presentation a Bad Idea?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When is rehearsing a presentation a bad idea?    Clients often try to talk themselves out of rehearsal, because they’re pressed for time, because they don’t like the feeling of rehearsal (you’re not in control yet), or because they argue that rehearsal will make them stale.    Those are bad arguments.    People who ‘wing it’ usually betray their lack of preparation in their body language.    They don’t think they do, but they give themselves away. 

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16 Tips from Top Speechwriters

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The final day of the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference ended with a Speechwriter’s Survival Guide Panel session: Caryn Alagno (CA), SVP, Corporate Issues at Edleman Mike Long (ML), Freelance Speechwriter Colin Moorehouse (CM), Freelance Speechwriter David Murray (DM), editor of Vital Speeches of the Day Pete Weissman (PW), Freelance Communications Strategist and Speechwriter Fletcher Dean, [.].

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Famous Speech Friday: Annie Oakley's Libel Cases

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: For Women's History Month, our famous speeches series turns to historic women's speeches. Writer Becky Ham gives us this look at sharpshooter Annie Oakley's series of courtroom speeches, defending herself and her reputation against libelous accusations, early in the 20th century.)

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