February, 2012

Why your audience isn't participating

Speak Schmeak

One of the quickest ways to lose your audience is to pretend to want participation, but not really invite it. How do you do this? Ask the wrong kinds of questions. I love asking my audience questions.

The Visual Thinking Revolution is Here!

Duarte Blog

We are in the midst of a “Visual Thinking Revolution” and leaders in all types of organizations are embracing visual thinking as a literacy of the future. Source: MBA Career Service Professionals (click to enlarge).

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Storyselling – The secret to a successful persuasive presentation is great storytelling.

Speaking Freely

I am in love with this word – storyselling! It says it all about the power of stories to persuade listeners to buy products and services or buy into ideas. Storyselling is the act of telling the authentically persuasive story. It is sharing the story that excites others to say, “Yes, I want that!” [.]. Communication Persuasion public speaking Sales & Selling storytelling Presentation

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Insert a live Excel spreadsheet onto a slide

PowerPoint Tips

You can insert a live Excel spreadsheet onto a slide so that you can use Excel while in Slide Show view. There are other ways to get Excel data onto a slide, so why would you want an active Excel spreadsheet?

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A Lesson from Lang Lang

Manner of Speaking

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter, Kristen and I had the good fortune to attend a concert by Lang Lang at Geneva’s Victoria Hall. His performance was terrific. From the light melodies of Bach, to Schubert’s sombre Piano Sonata No. 21, to the moving and energetic Etudes op. 25 by Chopin, he he ld the audience transfixed for two hours. T here was one moment in particular that caught my attention, and it occurred before Lang Lang had played a single note.

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6 steps to create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

A subscriber turned me on to Before & After Magazine ‘s YouTube videos, showing great design tips. I thought I would show you how to create one of their effects in PowerPoint. Read to the end, because there’s a contest with a prize for 3 winners! First, watch their video.

“It’s Halftime in America” — An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Every year, the commercials during the Superbowl are anticipated with almost as much enthusiasm as the game itself. This year was no exception. One commercial that caught my attention was Chrysler’s motivational offering entitled “It’s Halftime America” and featuring Clint Eastwood. The ad has not been without controversy. However, I want to leave aside all commentary about politics and bailouts and analyze the speech on its own merits.

How to Create a Sexy Voice

Kate's Voice

The other day, I was speaking with a woman who has chronic laryngitis. Her voice is very low and husky, and she gets lots of comments on “that sexy voice.” To me, it sounds tired and unhealthy, but I know people who want that sound because they DO think it’s sexy. So the questions I [.]. vocal image vocal power sexy voice Valentine's Day

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It's hard to describe.

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever gotten stuck while describing something and just couldn't quite put it into words? If you're sitting around with friends and you can't quite explain the amazing meal you had at the Indian restaurant, it's no big deal.

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Are You a Fox or a Hummingbird? Dan Roam Explains Your Brain

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam uses an animalistic metaphor to explain how your brain processes information, and reveals how to help facilitate communication between our verbal and visual minds. That and more in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH.

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Famous vs Great

Speaking Freely

Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted as saying, “Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service.” Does it seem to you that many of us in America are struggling with a misplaced desire to be famous? Do you harbor a secret wish to have your name [.]. Authenticity public speaking self-expression Uncategorized being with audiences Public Speaking Course

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How to resize and crop pictures in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I’ve discovered that some people don’t understand how to resize images in PowerPoint and also don’t know how (or when) to crop an image. These are basic and important skills and you’ll use them even in other programs, because they are universal. How to resize an image.

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Famous Speech Friday: Diana Nyad on dreams, determination and defeat

The Eloquent Woman

I was lucky enough to see this talk in person at TEDMED 2011, and I've been waiting for the chance to bring it to readers of The Eloquent Woman ever since.

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Good Penmanship for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

The pen is mightier than the sword; but when it comes to public speaking, an empty hand is mightier than the pen. Sometimes, a speaker will take the stage holding a pen and deliver the entire speech or presentation without ever writing a single word. Yet all the while, the pen is omnipresent, moving up and down and back and forth like a miniature conductor’s baton. And if the speaker begins to fiddle with the pen, things can go from bad to worse.

What's the relationship between confidence and nervousness?

Speak Schmeak

Last week, I gave a 10-minute presentation based on some of the challenges in my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program.

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Creative Like a Fox! Dan Roam and I Compare Notes on Creative Process

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam schools me on creative process. His new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH , offers awesome tips on how to utilize visual and verbal concepts to refine ideas to their most pure state. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH creative process Dan Roam fox hummingbird

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Speaking Freely

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5 Stupid Speaker Tricks

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Speakers do stupid things, like any other group of people.    The problem is that they subject whole audiences to boredom and, yes, pain as a result.    So it’s not only the speakers themselves who suffer.    In an effort to mitigate the suffering, here are 5 of the most egregious stupid speaker moves.    If you know someone who perpetrates these, tell them!    Stop them! 

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New book on introverts advises finding your public-speaking "sweet spot"

The Eloquent Woman

Call it a quiet but powerful statement: The most-wished-for book on Amazon.com right now is a book about introverts, and public speaking plays a big role in the book's effort to describe introverts' strengths.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 119)

Manner of Speaking

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) Chilean Poet, Diplomat and Nobel Laureate. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song—but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.”. — Pablo Neruda.

Friday Fun: Comedians

Speak Schmeak

I am constantly fascinated by how much speakers can learn from comedians. They are masters of surprise, timing, storytelling, audience engagement, discipline, preparation, handling pressure, handling failure, taking risks, and many other techniques that speakers need to understand.

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Grammar Ain’t Just for Words Anymore

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam used the rules of verbal grammar to build a Visual Grammar Graph that bridges the gap between verbal and visual concepts. Vivid Grammar is featured in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH Dan Roam Visual Grammar Graph Vivid Grammar

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Want to Speak like Steve Jobs?

Speaking Freely

I had never seen Steve Jobs talk before; but after he died, I heard lots of people rave about the way he spoke in public. It seemed like many people thought he was the epitome of a great speaker. Then I began reading his biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Before even finishing a [.]. Authenticity Persuasion Presence public speaking stage presence Uncategorized grounding leadership Leadership presence Presentation style Public Speaking Course Steve Jobs storytelling

Two Things Charles Dickens Can Teach Us About Successful Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Charles Dickens is 200 today, and in his honor, this blog will explore a little-known side of the great novelist:  his public speaking, and in particular 2 lessons the great Boz still can teach us today. Dickens, a keen amateur actor, carried out several speaking tours of England and the United States during his later life, partly to indulge his love of theatrics, partly to raise money, and partly because he had more energy than a half-dozen ordinary people. 

Famous Speech Friday: Jennifer Granholm's 2005 tribute to Rosa Parks

The Eloquent Woman

We've said it before: Jennifer Granholm is a rock star of public speaking. And she's had plenty of practice, in her work as state attorney general and two-term governor of Michigan, and her new job as a cable TV host.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 117)

Manner of Speaking

Conor Neill - Irish Teacher at IESE Business School, Entrepreneur and Author. “Start strong with a ‘grabber’ A personal story, a quote from an expert or a shocking statistic — something that takes a hold of your audience and gets them hooked and opens their mind to your message. Give the audience a chance to see your personal connection to the topic.” ” — Conor Neill. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

Duarte.com/edy Episode 2: Avoid Clichés

Duarte Blog

Bob and Finn are back for the latest Duarte.com/edy episode: Avoid Clichés. If you like what you see, please share with your friends, and be sure to leave a note in the comments. You just might hear back from Bob or Finn in person!

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Want to Speak like Steve Jobs? |

Speaking Freely

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Storytelling-I. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I’m going to do a series of quick blogs about storytelling – 5 in 5 days.    Everyone seems to get these days that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all.    But we do remember stories.    They’re even more important than that.    They are how our brains work.   For example, they are why we all feel that it’s safer to drive than fly, even though the statistics prove the opposite. 

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Does she or doesn't she have trouble getting asked to speak at conferences?

The Eloquent Woman

"Speaking Opportunities Abound for Women Business Leaders, Finds Annual Weber Shandwick Study on Top Executive Conferences," said the press release headline.

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To read or not to read? That is the question for speechwriters - or is it?

Max Atkinson

Yesterday's conference of the UK Speechwriters' Guild was another stimulating treat, for which founder Bran Jenner deserves the thanks of all of us who were lucky enough to attend. As with the last one ( HERE ), he'd pulled yet more rabbits out of the hat, including speakers from Russia and the Netherlands, rounding it off with a memorable double act starring Graham Davies and Phil Collins (even though it was an extended plug for a forthcoming book that might compete with mine).

Never can say goodbye

Speak Schmeak

Do you ever go to a party or family gathering and find it hard to leave? You start saying goodbye to people, and it's inevitable that there's someone you didn't talk to enough. So now you're getting caught up, and the clock keeps ticking. You try to say goodbye to everyone you know, here you are, 30 minutes later, still trying to leave. Presentation closings are a little bit like saying goodbye at a party. Speakers have an incredibly difficult time saying goodbye to the audience.

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