January, 2012

Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

Are you looking for a presentation designer? I’ve been asked so many times if I could recommend a presentation designer that I’ve decided to publish a list of PowerPoint and Keynote slide design companies and freelancers.

Speakers: It’s About Time (and How to Manage It)

Manner of Speaking

A while back, I wrote a post about why speakers should stay on time when giving a speech or presentation, and how failing to do so is a sign of disrespect. I encouraged speakers to finish on time or, if possible, before their allotted time is up. In recent months, a few presentations that I attended ran over time (in one case, significantly over time). So I thought that I would revisit the issue.

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A quick way to design better photo slides–the 3-side rule

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s a quick way to improve the design of slides that include some text and a photo. This type of slide is very common. But it doesn’t look very striking. Here’s the principle: Make the photo touch 3 sides of the slide. When you do this, your slide will look bolder and clearer.

Surviving the mini-presentation: Your self-introduction

Speak Schmeak

Last night, hubby and I attended a dinner hosted by one of the distributors he works with in his job at a specialty foods store. We've been at a trade show for the past few days, and this is a typical evening: cocktail party hosted by one vendor, dinner hosted by another.

10 Mobile Apps for Highly Creative People

Duarte Blog

With an increasing number of mobile design options emerging by the day, creative people are finding new and powerful ways to flesh out their visual concepts while on the move.

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Discover 3 reasons most presentations fail and 3 easy ways to fix them

PowerPoint Tips

I did a webinar for Brainshark.com and mybrainshark.com , a presentation-sharing website. It was called “3 reasons most presentations fail and 3 ways to fix them.” ” Over 500 people attended! The 1-hour webinar included makeovers of slides that attendees submitted.

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Greetings and Happy New Year! Today is the day we kick off 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 ! If you are a Lite member, you can follow along with the discussion on my 12for12 group on Facebook.

Quit Talking and Start Thinking

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam explains why we talk too much, and how we can use our predilection for vision to become better problem solvers. “Vivid Thinking” is one of the many gems in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH. .

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Hans Rosling: The Jedi Master of data visualization

Presentation Zen

Hans Rosling is one of my presentation heroes; he's been featured or mentioned in all my books and several times on presentationzen.com over the years. If there is a Jedi Master of presenting data clearly, visually, and simply, then it is Hans.

Famous Speech Friday: Actress Viola Davis: "What keeps me in the business is hope"

The Eloquent Woman

I keep a search open on Twitter for "eloquent woman," and recently, @bevysmith's tweet showed up, saying "I'm a student of Viola Davis speeches, she is the most eloquent woman." A recent example happened at ELLE magazine's Women in Hollywood awards last October.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 113)

Manner of Speaking

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. “We We make progress by eliminating things, by removing the superfluous.”. Steve Jobs. Photo courtesy of Kazuhiro Shiozawa / Flickr. Quotes for Public Speakers Design public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

Create cool, subtle backgrounds with Background Styles

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint 2007 introduced background styles, which are solid or subtle gradient backgrounds based on some of the colors in your theme colors. You can use them alone, or in conjunction with your theme. Use background styles on their own.

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A message to those who create presentations for others

Speak Schmeak

It occurs to me this morning that the reason so many presentations are bad is that the speaker is at the mercy of a supervisor or another department and has no control over the material or the agenda.

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Interview with Olivia Mitchell

Duarte Blog

Recently I had a chance to sit down with Olivia Mitchell, the sole blogger for Speaking About Presenting , and one half of the presentation coaching team at Effective Speaking , based in Wellington, New Zealand. I know you struggled as a presenter for a long time.

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New: Presentation Zen (2nd Edition)

Presentation Zen

Four years ago my first book Presentation Zen was published by Peachpit Press. Since then I wrote two other presentation books and a sketchbook/storyboard book and a DVD (plus an additional DVD/Book just for Japan).

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6 Presentation Links Worth Clicking

Speaking about Presenting

When I was in the States last year, I met up with Nancy Duarte… and she interviewed me. She’s now written up the interview on her blog.

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What We Can Learn From Josh and Grace

Manner of Speaking

Every once in a while, you come across a simple story that brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye; a story that makes you realize what is important and gives you hope for the future. Today I discovered once such story on Facebook from two young fellow Canadians, Josh and Grace. Josh is 18 years old and has Down Syndrome. Grace is his older sister and best friend. They have a message that they would like to share. They need no help from me.

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My Challenge to Professional Communicators

Successful Speeches Blog

I have a challenge for my colleagues who proudly use the title “Professional Communicator” to describe their occupation. Tonight, as you’re watching the State of the Union address, put your personal and political feelings aside and do a professional critique. Can you do that? I’m issuing this challenge because I’m tired of reading the bull [.].

Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

When we think of public speaking, the traditional image that comes to mind is a person standing in the front of a room full of people. However, there are a variety of formats for what can be considered public speaking, such as leading a meeting, making a sales call, participating in a panel or round table discussion, or speaking to individuals at a networking event. A common denominator at most speaking engagements is that the speaker or speakers tend to stand in front of the group.

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In Honor of MLK

Duarte Blog

To honor one of one of the greatest communicators of all time, we’d like to re-post a popular blog from last year: The analysis of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ’s speech from the March on Washington.

What's the big idea? What those TED-like talks are looking for

The Eloquent Woman

You want to give one of those big talks someday, maybe soon. An Ignite talk, a Moth presentation, a TEDx or TED talk--that kind of big talk. And there's just one thing standing between you and that goal: One big idea.

Confidence tricks: The thawed paws pause

The Presenter's Blog

Hold a warm cup of tea. Or coffee. Or hot chocolate. It doesn’t matter. Hold a warm cup, and as you savor the heat radiating into your hands, a wonderful sense of calm comes with it. Do this shortly before a presentation and you’ll get exactly the same reaction. Stress seems to mysteriously drain out of you. There is a whole lexicon of words such as “toasty” that evoke the pleasure of warm hands and feet, and there is a physiological reason why we’ve developed them.

Rhetorical Devices: Hypophora

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 : Hypophora. Origin : From the Greek ???????

C-Level Presentation Tip #2: Link to Business Issues

Professionally Speaking...

Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. Stakes and visibility are both high. But with a few tweaks to your presentation practices, you can successfully navigate any C-Suite waters. LINK TO BUSINESS ISSUES.

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Speaking on Skype: They can still see you.

Speak Schmeak

More and more of us are using Skype and other video chat platforms to hold meetings and coaching sessions. It's convenient, we don't have to leave the home or office, and it allows us to converse with people in different cities, states and countries. Video chat comes with its own set of rules and etiquette that parallel public speaking rules in some ways, and are completely unique in other ways. Here are a couple of tips to help you make the most of your next video chat.

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Obama’s SOTU: What Is, and What Could Have Been

Duarte Blog

Last night President Barack Obama delivered what could be considered the biggest presentation of the year.

Three Great Presentation Skills that Make the Winning Difference |

Speaking Freely

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Famous Speech Friday: Jane Fonda's TEDxWomen talk on "Life's Third Act"

The Eloquent Woman

"We're living, on average today, 34 years longer than our great-grandparents did. Think about that," Fonda told the TEDxWomen event in 2011. That's an entire second adult lifetime that's been added to our lifespan."

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 112)

Manner of Speaking

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) British Prime Minister, Historian, Author and Orator. “He is one of those orators of whom it is well said, ‘Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.’” ’” — Sir Winston Churchill.

How to Say More Than Words

Pivotal Public Speaking

The study of vocalics or paralanguage deals with the non-verbal qualities of speech. These qualities include pitch, amplitude, rate, and voice quality. Linguists argue that the way in which a person says something often means more than the actual words being spoken. Paralanguage instantaneously conveys information such as gender, education, origin, mood, and our relationship with the person being spoken to. Read more => [link]. voice in public speaking

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How is a speaker like a cinnamon roll cake?

Speak Schmeak

Kathy Shields' cinnamon roll cake at Savoy Cafe Yesterday I met a friend for an afternoon treat at one of my favorite Santa Barbara eateries: Savoy Cafe and Deli. Hubby and I have known the owners, Paul and Kathy Shields, for many years, and we love to support our friends and local businesses.

Retiring the retirement speech

The Presenter's Blog

Retirement speeches are due for retirement. A blend of good luck and bad means that retirement is becoming a thing of the past. The good luck is that we live longer, fitter lives. The bad luck is that retirement funds haven’t kept up with us. Today we more often work a series of downsize careers before finally retiring after a period of part-time employment. With classical retirement on the way out, the appropriate speech therefore needs rewriting.

My Biggest Blunders of 2011

Speaker Launcher

I think it’s healthy to learn from your mistakes, don’t you? And in this situation, by sharing, I might help you avoid some of my biggies. So let’s get right to it: FIRE, BEFORE READY AND AIM.

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Stroke victim who's learning to speak again by singing vows public speaking career

The Eloquent Woman

Lots of singers who also are public speakers and presenters will tell you they see a strong connection between singing and speaking. But so do the medical professionals who work with stroke victims to help them regain the power of speech.