September, 2007

Stayed and stood

Speak Schmeak

Have to get another pet peeve off of my chest. Have you heard people use the word "stood" as the past tense of "stay?" So, instead of saying "I stayed out too late," they will say "I stood out too late"?

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Life is Like Driving « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Life is pretty much like driving. We're allowed to look back once in a while through the side and rear view mirrors. Yet, in order to navigate safely through traffic, to reach our destination, we have got to keep our eyes peeled on the

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The Infinite Ascent

The Arrowood Curve

My love for the discipline of facilitating and public speaking always gets me.

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A new way to distort graphs

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

As I was flipping through a magazine today I came across a new way to distort graphs that I had not seen before. They used some statistics from the KPMG consulting organization. Here is the original graph that KPMG created: Well designed and clear.

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Presentation Tip: Deeper Voice

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tip: Deeper Voice Speaking in a deeper voice always sounds more credible. Read this powerful tip from Jeff Mowatt, the Master of Influence with Ease. Speak lower than the previous person This is such an easy technique to enhance credibility - it's almost embarrassing.

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Your Phone Voice

Speaking Of...

During the past week I've been listening to recordings of several audio classes, in anticipation of participating in a class myself next week. During these hours of listening I had the chance to closely listen to different people's telephone voices.

2007 52

To read or not to read - handouts

Speak Schmeak

I watched a video yesterday of a speaker who gave a handout during his talk. As he pointed out content in the handout, he asked for the audience's attention and said, "I hate to have people reading while I'm speaking.

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More Trending

Kick Them When They're Up

The Arrowood Curve

Bo Schembechler, head coach at the University of Michigan from 1969 to 1989, has a label on leading teams that I love. He calls it Kick them when they're up. It is pretty self-explanatory. Basically, when a team is performing well, find the little things to improve versus kicking back and being self-congratulatory. It's kaizen, those constant and never-ending improvements. It reminds me of the concept of Playing To Win versus Playing Not To Lose. That and Don Henley's song, Dirty Laundry.

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Dealing with poor projectors

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I have been corresponding over the past few weeks with a subscriber in an Asian country who is having challenges with projectors. He is trying to educate builders in his country about the need to make buildings accessible for those with disabilities. He is in a wheelchair, so he has great credibility when speaking on this topic. He uses photos that are powerful demonstrations of the points he is making.

Preparing Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Preparing your Presentation Purpose of your presentation Imagine that you have been scheduled to speak to a group. An important question for you to review is “Why am I delivering this presentation?” Don’t answer, “Because I was asked.” Instead ask why does this group need to hear from you? What message is so important that you must take their time to speak to them? You must be clear on the purpose of your speech before you can write it. Please don’t give a speech just because you are the boss.

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The Kite Runner

Speaking Of...

I just learned that the movie version of the Kite Runner will debut in late November, 2007. What makes this film especially poignant is that it isn't being shown in Afghanistan, where the story takes place, according to newspaper reports. Because the content is too controversial and may incite violence there. The irony of this controversy is that the actors portraying the leads come from the actual tribes the novel's characters come from.

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National Punctuation Day

Speak Schmeak

I'm a little late to the party, but for all you word nerds out there, happy National Punctuation Day ! The celebration was actually on Monday.)

2007 130

PSB's 10 Most Influential Bloggers on Public Speaking

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Dear Loyal Readers, After an entire month's research and evaluation of 40 public speaking sites, The Public Speaking blog has released its list of the Top 10 Most Influential Bloggers on Public Speaking! Here Are the Results: 1

2007 40

An Infinite Activity

The Arrowood Curve

I was thinking about decision making today. Not so much making the decision as the process of considering what decision to make. It struck me that when we think in the most basic, limited way, we think in yes/no, right/left, up/down options - options in front of us that everyone can see. But when we think more openly we break the frame, venture outside the borders and consider far more unique options.

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PowerPoint Tip: Throw out some slides

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Like most professionals, you are an expert in your field and you are asked to speak on the same or similar topics frequently. To save the time of recreating all your slides from scratch, you have a file that you usually use and it works pretty well. Let me encourage you today to throw some of those slides out. Because I know (and you do too) that you have improved and you can think of more effective ways of presenting certain points. So why keep using the same old slides?

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Presentation: how to buy a new car.

Speak Schmeak

I enjoyed this presentation on the Get Rich Slowly blog about how to buy a new car without getting screwed. It's about five minutes long, simple, fun, and gets the point across.

2007 130

Is it a speech or a presentation?

Speak Schmeak

There are a lot of words for what I do when I have a speaking engagement. I give presentations, talks, workshops, seminars and keynotes. I speak on panels and I give speeches. There are still more names for public speaking, but the format I enjoy the least is the "speech." You know what a speech is.

2007 130

Public speaking: performance vs. connection

Speak Schmeak

I read an article recently where the public speaking expert said that public speaking is not a performance; it's about making a connection with the audience. I find this comment a little baffling. Is it possible that a person can only perform or connect, but not both?

2007 130

A lesson from Mr. Rogers

Speak Schmeak

More from the amazing Mr. Rogers.

2007 130

Do you insult your audience?

Speak Schmeak

Sometimes, as speakers, we want to show everyone how clever and witty we are. We want to make the audience laugh and we don't think our humor through first. Or we ask something of the audience members that makes them uncomfortable.

2007 130

Emmys speeches

Speak Schmeak

Watching the Emmys last night, I heard several kinds of speeches. Some were well-constructed, while others were a series of "ums" and awkward pauses. Some were emotional while others were flat. Some were funny while others were dull.

2007 130

Introduce yourself

Speak Schmeak

When you're asked to introduce yourself in a group setting, here are a couple of quick tips to make sure that everyone hears what you have to say. Stand up completely before you begin speaking.

2007 130

Public speaking touchdown

Speak Schmeak

I don't watch football, so I don't know the strategy, but while snacking on a lovely Boddington's ale and some fries Sunday in a local restaurant, I caught a few highlights of the weekend football games.

2007 130

More about thanking the audience

Speak Schmeak

I got a couple of e-mails the other day from Grant Bjornson, president of the Lindsay Toastmasters in Canada, that reminded me of the issue about thanking your audience. Hello Lisa, You have a super website and the ideas work.

2007 130

How does the audience know when you're done?

Speak Schmeak

On Sunday, I watched a performance of a competitive cheer team (I don't think they call it cheerleading any more. ). Their routine was astounding, as they tossed tiny girls into the air like tennis balls. The tiny girls kicked, rolled and flipped in midair like it was nothing.

2007 130

Seth Godin on public speaking

Speak Schmeak

I was reading an interview with Seth Godin today and in it, he talked about the the differences between a book, consulting, and public speaking in creating change. Here are some excerpts: "When I started doing what I do now, I asked myself, 'If I am going to make change, how am I going to do it?'

2007 130

Good people

Speak Schmeak

This has nothing to do with public speaking, but I'm feeling so optimistic today I'm going to post it anyway. It's a little long. On Thursday morning, a giant German Shepherd puppy ran down our driveway and onto our back deck, snuffling around and freaking out all 8 cats on the property.

2007 130

Best presentation ever?

Speak Schmeak

Watch these presentations (below) by Hans Rosling from TED. Thanks to Garr Reynolds at Presentation Zen for the tip.) Not only does Rosling present data in a completely new and refreshing way (demonstrating that yes - it can be done ), but he also infuses his own personality and subtle sense of humor throughout - and closes his 2007 presentation in a truly memorable way. These are presentations about poverty in developing countries, which could be dry and also depressing.

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Albert Einstein on PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

Okay, maybe he wasn't talking about PowerPoint: " Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction. Typically, it's hard to verify quotations, and there are several versions floating around the Web. If you know of a source for this or the correct quote, please let me know! Violent, you say? I've seen PowerPoint presentations that made me want to strangle someone, so yes.

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Books for trade

Speak Schmeak

If you're looking for books on public speaking, coaching, consulting, marketing or any other aspect of your business (or if you're just looking for a trashy novel to read on the plane), I recently found a goldmine of books that can be had for the price of first-class postage. On PaperbackSwap.com (not just paperbacks, by the way), you upload your own books for trade and enter into the system the ones you want in return.

2007 100

PowerPoint survey

Speak Schmeak

Dave Paradi is doing a survey on what audience members find annoying about PowerPoint presentations. If you'd like to put in your 2 cents, get on over there and participate! And while you're there, read his post on how we can learn valuable lessons from how cavemen communicated with stories and pictures.

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Podcast: Speaksmart 2

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Popular Podcast offering listeners insights and ideas on how we could improve our public speaking performances is back with Part 2! As with the first installment, I found this podcast to be highly comprehensive and insightful

2007 40

Finding Your Voice--On A Global Scale

Speaking Of...

Khaled Hosseini 's brilliant first novel, The Kite Runner, is now added to my short list of audio books that I'll never forget. I was fortunate enough to get an unabridged version of the book from a local library, which I'm about two thirds of the way through right now. The novel is one that is particularly well suited to the audio medium. Other books in this category, include the entire Harry Potter series, voiced by the incomparable Jim Dale.

2007 40

A Platform for Falling, Practicing and Growing

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

It's been an eventful, enlightening and enriching experience since I joined the Toastmasters movement a year ago. Back then, I was still a green nervy young Toastmaster. Totally unpolished and unpoised. Yet, a year on, who would've

2007 40

If You Have to Face It Someday, Why Not Today?

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

A friend of my mine from the Toastmasters once shared with me a conversation she had with her son. She was trying very hard to get him to join the Toastmasters Club in NUS when he said, “I don't want to join it because I don't want to

2007 40

If You Have to Face It Someday, Why Not Today?

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

A friend of my mine from the Toastmasters once shared with me a conversation she had with her son. She was trying very hard to get him to join the Toastmasters Club in NUS when he said, “I don't want to join it because I don't want to

2007 40

Annoying PowerPoint Survey Now Open

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Every two years I repeat my survey on what audience members findanoying about bad PowerPoint presentations. This month the 2007version of the survey is taking place. It only takes two minutes tofill out and the results will be first announced at the ThinkOutside The Slide workshop in Seattle. The benefit of participatingis that you will help all of us avoid making key mistakes in thefuture. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the shortsurvey at: [link

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