June, 2012

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 133)

Manner of Speaking

Pythagoras (570 – 495 BC) Greek Philosopher and Mathematician. “Do Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few. ”. Pythagoras. Photo courtesy of Galilea. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2007 & PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Do you create posters for personal or business use? Many people use Microsoft Word for this purpose, but PowerPoint offers more graphic features and greater flexibility in placing your text and images. Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010.

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The Fear of Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Rumor has it that Churchill practiced for one hour per one minute of speech content he was delivering. 5 minute presentation = 5 hours practice. How long are you practicing ? Check out the Room: Familiarity breeds comfort. Surprises the day of a presentation are not fun and ratchet up anxiety tenfold.

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The Power-Cut Presenter

The Presenter's Blog

In the second that the lights pop there is a moment of perfect puzzled peace. Have you ever noticed? When the power cut hits and the lights all fail, everybody freezes. The only movement is that of heads twitching upward, sharply looking for the lights.

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Presentation Nerves and Our Lizard Brain

Professionally Speaking...

Imagine yourself walking into the executive boardroom, armed with your carefully crafted slides, about to make the important presentation that you've been dreading for weeks.

2012 173

Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

I read another article the other day that misrepresented Albert Mehrabian's research. This time, the author was using the statistic to demonstrate how important gestures are to our presentations.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 134)

Manner of Speaking

Nick Morgan – American Communications Theorist, Speaking Coach and Author. Speakers find joy in public speaking when they realize that a speech is all about the audience, not the speaker.

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Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Rumor has it that Churchill practiced for one hour per one minute of speech content he was delivering. 5 minute presentation = 5 hours practice. How long are you practicing ? Check out the Room: Familiarity breeds comfort. Surprise s the day of a presentation are not fun and ratchet up anxiety tenfold.

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Vocal power to project your pitch. YouTube site will show you how.

The Presenter's Blog

Saturday sunrise in our local farmer’s market. For vendors, successful selling is strongly dependent on vocal power. Wherever you look, there is a tangle of flats, shrubs, standards and climbers.

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How to Write a Bestseller – 10 Lessons Learned from Jack Canfield and Steve Harrison

Succeed Speaking

It’s no secret that a good book can help you achieve greater success as a speaker. When you write a book, you’re automatically seen as an expert — especially when you’re being compared to “Speaker B” who doesn’t have a book on the topic.

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Are you willing to have your beliefs challenged?

Speak Schmeak

This past weekend I attended the World Tea Expo to present a workshop on business networking. Also, to drink a ton of tea. This was my fifth or sixth time attending the conference and my second time speaking; what better way to combine two of my favorite things!

2012 240

Analysis of a (Very Short) Speech by Hans Rosling

Manner of Speaking

Hans Rosling is a Swedish doctor, statistician, public speaker and Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is also one of the best known presenters at TED.

Link to a specific PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 slide from Microsoft Word or Excel

PowerPoint Tips

In another tip, “ Hyperlink to a specific slide in another presentation, or specific location in another file ,” one of the topics I cover is how to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint that links to a specific location in Word or Excel.

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Executive Communication Skills: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Rumor has it that Churchill practiced for one hour per one minute of speech content he was delivering. 5 minute presentation = 5 hours practice. How long are you practicing ? Check out the Room: Familiarity breeds comfort. Surprise s the day of a presentation are not fun and ratchet up anxiety tenfold.

2012 170

Imagine “How creativity works”

The Presenter's Blog

“Our most important mental talent: the ability to imagine what has never existed.”. “Imagine” explores the latest mechanics of creative brain science; all our little grey cells and the zaps and flashes of insight zinging between them.

2012 171

WHAT IS YOUR BODY LANGUAGE SAYING ABOUT YOU?

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Your body language, nonverbal cues, tells a lot about how you perform at a job, career and on stage as a public speaker. Research suggests that nonverbal cues are more important than verbal ones.

Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

I read another article the other day that misrepresented Albert Mehrabian's research. This time, the author was using the statistic to demonstrate how important gestures are to our presentations.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 135)

Manner of Speaking

Zhuangzi (??) (369 369 BC – 286 BC) Chinese Philosopher. “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker; a man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” ” — Zhuangzi (??). Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

Slides that pop! Using the 3rd dimension on a PowerPoint slide–Part III: Collages and 3D scenes

PowerPoint Tips

In previous posts of this series, I’ve covered shadows as well as bevels and 3D rotation. In this last post of the series, I’m going to talk about how to make slides look 3-dimensional with collages and 3D scenes. Creating collages in PowerPoint.

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Relevant Resources: AV supplies for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I help edit SPEAKER Magazine for the National Speakers Association (NSA). Each month I curate the Relevant Resources column – a list of time-saving tools and technologies. The June 2012 edition listed AV supplies for professional speakers. Speakers for speakers, so to speak… Professional speakers have a multitude of AV needs in their home offices [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Technology

President Obama’s speech responding to Supreme Court decision: Analysis

The Presenter's Blog

Health care is one of America’s most emotive issues. Opinions on either side of the debate are heartfelt, sincere, passionate, and frequently entrenched. Today’s outcome in the Supreme Court was critical to President Obama.

3 Steps to Build a Six-Figure Speaking Business

Succeed Speaking

How do you build a six-figure speaking business? There are several ways to go about it, but I’ll give you my favorite one: Step One: Find someone who’s already done it. Step Two: Adapt and model your strategy based on what they’ve done. Step Three: Execute the strategy.

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June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

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!

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 136)

Manner of Speaking

Dianna Booher – American Author, Consultant and Speaker. “If If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour. ”. Dianna Booher. Photo courtesy of Booher Communications. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

Perfecting the Intangibles of Public Speaking

DeFinis Communications

I regularly write about the tangible aspects of public speaking (the concrete presentation skills), such as gestures, movement, language, and visual aids. But often, being a great presenter has a lot to do with that “certain something” the person possesses. Some people call it charm, energy, self-assurance, or charisma. Whatever you call it, it’s these intangible qualities that attract us to others.

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Conference Best Practices: The Tech Policy Summit

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The recent Tech Policy Summit at the Silverado Country Club in the Napa Valley was a well organized and engaging event. Too many conferences are painful to attend; lengthy keynote speeches in windowless hotel rooms, rubber chicken and endless PowerPoint conspire to dull the senses. This event was an exception. Here’s a list of the [.]. Business Communication Technology #TPS2012 Tech Policy Summit

Presentation books: The Pin Drop Principle

The Presenter's Blog

The Pin Drop Principle. by David Lewis and G. Riley Mills. Published June 5th, 2012. Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”.

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Who Let The Frogs Out?: 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions

Kate's Voice

Pulled from the archives, this post is still one of the most popular on this blog, along with its sequel, More Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions. We just added a new pic. You are just about to make your point, bringing your dynamic and well-prepared speech to its exciting climax, when you open your mouth [.]. vocal health vocal power delivery frog in throat laryngitis tired voice

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If you have to apologize, don't do it in the first place

Speak Schmeak

I've said before, " never apologize. " The audience doesn't need to know if you're nervous or if you have no experience. If you're apologizing for not preparing or not having enough time to cover all of your information, you need to keep that to yourself as well.

2012 188

Ten Tips on Using Body Language When Delivering a Speech

Manner of Speaking

Today’s post features some valuable advice about your body language when delivering a speech or presentation. It comes from my friend, Douglas Kruger. Douglas, who hails from South Africa, is a speaker, author and trainer. In his three-minute video below, Douglas demonstrates several simple but powerful techniques that you can use to enhance your message the next time you are on stage. . Great advice, D ouglas! (My My only complaint is the lighting!)

What Do You Call an Excellent Presentation?

DeFinis Communications

Nothing is more professionally satisfying to me than having long-term client relationships. I delight in the personal connections that develop over time. And as a people person, it’s thrilling for me to not only see people grow and change, but also to have a hand in it. Teaching is one of my life-long passions. And it is especially satisfying to teach other teachers. That’s why I love my students at San Francisco’s, The University of the Pacific, The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

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Guest Posting: The Five Roles of a Speechwriter, by Brian Jenner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Brian Jenner runs the European Speechwriters Network, an association that brings together international communicators to promote the craft and profession of speechwriting. The Network hosts conferences and organizes training; supporting like-minded individuals, working as freelancers, or within international organizations, to share expertise, exchange ideas and make new contacts. This is a transcript of a talk [.]. Public Speaking Speechwriting Brian Jenner European Speechwriters Network

The presentation came out of nowhere. What to do?

The Presenter's Blog

Presentations can strike without notice. A colleague gets hit by ill health and you get hit by their presentation. How to avoid that deer-in-the-headlights moment?

2012 155

Steve Jobs on life: change it, improve it, make your mark

Presentation Zen

Every year around this time I look for inspirational speeches, presentations, and other words of advice for graduating seniors. Last year, for example, I pointed to these three graduation speeches.

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Focusing on the Positive: Guest post by Ryan Rivera

Speak Schmeak

While I'm on vacation in Sonoma, stuffing myself with cheese and wine, I've got a couple of guest posts lined up for you! The first is from Ryan Rivera, editor of the site Calm Clinic , a site for anxiety and panic sufferers. Public speaking anxiety tends to be self-sustaining.

2012 188

Rhetorical Devices: Diacope

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Diacope. Origin : From the Greek ??????? thiakhopi), meaning “cut in two” In plain English: Repetition of a word or phrase broken up by another word or words.

The Most Unusual (and Amazing) Speech Preparation Story I’ve Ever Heard

DeFinis Communications

I just completed a week’s training with the faculty at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. This is my third year working with them, so we’re practically like family now.