June, 2012

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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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!)

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Slides that pop! Using the 3rd dimension on a slide–Part II: 3D rotation

PowerPoint Tips

In this post, I explain in detail how to use 3D rotation. In Part I of this series, on shadows , I showed you how to use shadows for both subtle and dramatic 3D effects.

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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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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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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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Robert McKee: Persuasion through storytelling trumps statistics

Presentation Zen

"As a method of persuasion, I am not a big fan of PowerPoint presentations," says the legendary screenwriting guru Robert McKee.

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Your Audience’s Audience

Duarte Blog

In 2006, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stood in front of an audience of software developers and thanked them for building applications that run on Windows.

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.

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

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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.

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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4 for 3 special is back in time for summer!

Speak Schmeak

In December, I offered a limited-time holiday special that gave clients four sessions for the price of three, and it was so popular, I decided to offer it again as a windup to summer. Do any of these sound familiar? You're tired of giving mediocre presentations that just don't make an impact on your audiences. You'd like to get new clients, new contacts, and new business opportunities as a result of your presentations.

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What is your intention?

Presentation Zen

In the world of presentation visuals, I often have new students in university or clients in the business world who are very eager to come to me to show off their "visual masterpieces."

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.

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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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.

The growing Twitter buzz about conferences with few (or no) women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

Here's a fun fact to know: About 150 days into 2012, you can say that, on average, more than a tweet a day can be found complaining about the lack of women on conference programs. On some days, that means dozens of tweets; on others, just a few. But the drumbeat is persistent, and growing.

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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

Fun Friday: When not to take the stage

Speak Schmeak

"I'm a political leper, and I'm an emotional time bomb. So here's an idea: let's put me on stage." ~ Julia Louis-Dreyfus, " Veep ". TV inspired Fun Stuff

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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.

Ichi ju san sai: A lesson in less-is-more

Presentation Zen

A couple of years ago, two of my students created a presentation extolling the virtues of eating a traditional Japanese diet and encouraged their fellow students—with evidence and anecdotes—to eat much less fast food.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.”.

7 more unusual books on public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

My recent post Not the usual suspects: 8 books that make me think differently about public speaking proved so popular that I've turned back to the bookpile for more finds that public speakers--particularly women--can put to use this summer.

Speaking of Your First Move.

Speak and Deliver

"How do I get started?" This is the question that invariably comes up from speakers I coach. My answer is always the same: "Well.what do you want to say?" Reactions range from silence to confusion to quick lists of 3-10 topics to the scariest of all: "I can speak about anything!"

Going analog: sketching with an erasable pen

Presentation Zen

As much as I love digital technology, I still prefer using a whiteboard or paper for brainstorming and sketching out ideas.

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.

An evocative slide show

Speak Schmeak

Something I rarely see at conferences are slides like mine: image-based, minimal text, one idea per slide. So imagine my delight when Kevin Gascoyne started his presentation at the World Tea Expo with the following evocative slides.

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.

6 secret advantages of the newbie public speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Are you "just a beginner" at public speaking? Good for you! No, really, I mean that: Beginning public speakers and presenters have advantages over the rest of us who've been doing it for a long time. I love to coach beginning speakers, because they all come to the task with these talents.