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.

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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 ???????

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Does your audience have a reason to listen for another minute?

Speak Schmeak

I read this great quote in an article called " What Business Really Thinks of the MBA ," about what students are missing in current business school education.

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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.

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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.

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Relevant Resources: Books to Kick Off 2012

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 January/February edition lists books recommended by NSA members as inspiration for the New Year. Go Ahead and Laugh: A Serious Guide to Speaking with Humor, by Rich [.]. Business Communication Marketing Public Speaking Social Media Speechwriting Book Review

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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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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.

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.

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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 [.].

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Revealed! The Productivity Secrets of Laura Stack

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Laura Stack is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker. Her mission is to build high-performance productivity cultures in organizations by creating Maximum Results in Minimum Time®. She is the president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management training firm, specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations as well as the current president [.].

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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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Analysis of a Speech by Alberto Cairo

Manner of Speaking

Alberto Cairo is the head of the orthopedic program run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (the “ICRC”) in Afghanistan. A physiotherapist from Italy, he has been in Afghanistan for more than 20 years.

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.

Why both stories and a storyline are important for your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

A lot of people are talking about telling stories during a presentation. Why is that? Stories are. A powerful way to evoke emotions and people remember emotionally-charged experiences better and longer. An age-old way of making a topic interesting, so the audience pays more attention.

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Three Great Presentation Skills that Make the Winning Difference |

Speaking Freely

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RECOMMENDED: Death By PowerPoint, by Alexei Kapterev

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve just come across Alexei Kapterev’s 2007 slideshare presentation that has attracted over a million hits. Take a look: Death by PowerPoint View more presentations from Alexei Kapterev Kapterev will be presenting on February 23, 2012 at the UK Speechwriters’ Guild London Spring Conference. Business Communication Speechwriting Technology nancy duarte

C-Level Presentation Tip #3: Expect and Be Happy About Interruptions

Professionally Speaking...

Question: What's the relationship between sky diving and making executive presentations? Answer: Apart from the metaphorical comparisons of being at high altitudes, both activities routinely strike fear into the hearts of the people daring to attempt them.

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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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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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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Communication Strategies: Supportiveness

The Communication Blog

Continuing with my attempt to spell out the various communication strategies, here is a little item on supportiveness--taken from my Essentials of Human Communication which has the most complete discussion of Gibb's system. One of the best ways to look at destructive versus productive talk is to look at how the style of your communications can create unproductive defensiveness or a productive sense of supportiveness , a system developed by Jack Gibb in the 60’s.

Analysis: 2012 State of the Union Address

Successful Speeches Blog

Last night, President Obama delivered what could be his last “State of the Union” address. As I stated in my last blog post, I’m not going to express my feelings about his policies or discuss politics. My goal is to analyze the elements within the speech. Here are my observations: Length: Let’s get this one [.].

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Create a NICE opening and a RICH close, so…

Kate's Voice

Two of the most important components of great communication are how you start and how you finish. This is as true for a phone conversation or a WebEx as it is for public speaking. In the first few minutes, your audience or conversation partners are making judgments about how and who you are and they [.]. intention Speaking vocal delivery delivery Nancy Duarte opening and closing public speaking tips vocal impact

Every Presentation Ever?

Manner of Speaking

Here’s a clever video that rings true on many levels. And, as is so often the case with humour, there are lessons to be learned. See how many you can spot. Enjoy! Humour humor Keynote PowerPoint presentations public speaking

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Too hot, too cold, or just right?

Speak Schmeak

I recently attended a conference with my husband, and in comparing notes afterward about the sessions we had attended, I realized we had a case of the Goldilocks. (If If you don't know the story, here's a brief version similar to the one I grew up with.)

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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.

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Communication Strategies: Empathy

The Communication Blog

In this continuing effort to identify and explain (briefly and practically) the skills/strategies of interpersonal communication, here is a brief discussion of empathy. Empathy is feeling what another person feels from that person’s point of view without losing your own identity. Empathy enables you to understand emotionally what another person is experiencing. (To To sympathize, in contrast, is to feel for the person—to feel sorry or happy for the person, for example.)

Urban Life in Modern China: rush-rush to crush-crush

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In 1985, controversial French sociologist Michel Maffesoli created the term “urban tribe” to describe groups of people who share common interests. The current issue of The Economist has a fascinating article about the subdivisions of urban China into various improbably named tribes (or zu in Mandarin). These include: Yi zu, or ant tribe—recent graduates from [.]. Culture Shock! chinese tribes

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Do You Know The ABC’s? A Manifesto…

Matt Eventoff

What do Lincoln, Kennedy and Churchill have to do with communicating in 2012 ? Everything! We are a little over three weeks into 2012, with myriad communication disasters, from major crisis communication errors to communication errors that have directly resulted in a crisis. . Failure to remember the ABC’s of effective communication.

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Analysis of a Speech by Alberto Cairo

Manner of Speaking

Alberto Cairo is the head of the orthopedic program run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (the “ICRC”) in Afghanistan. A physiotherapist from Italy, he has been in Afghanistan for more than 20 years.

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.

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10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012

Presentation Zen

In the spirit of personal kaizen , I have listed below a few books that I read (or reread) over the past year that you may want to read as part of your own continuous improvement journey. Clicking on the book's icon takes you to Amazon.com.). (1)

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Communication and Success

The Communication Blog

Here's an excellent brief article on 15 characteristics that help make for success. Naturally, one is on communication which I quote: Whether you call it communication, teamwork, or interpersonal skills, this trait is often an essential component in what separates those who are successful from those who are less so. To get what you want, you need to be able to communicate your goals and ideas to others.

Guest Posting: Worst Brand Name Award of 2011, by Alexandra Watkins

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Alexandra Watkins is the Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Eat My Words, a San Francisco based creative naming agency known for creating unforgettable brand names. The following post originally appeared in her blog and is reposted here with her express permission. Announcing the most frightful brand name of 2011… the Head Scratcher of the [.]. Business Communication Cultural Differences Culture Shock! Eat My Words

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Presentation Skills: Do You Know The ABC’s?

Matt Eventoff

What do Lincoln, Kennedy and Churchill have to do with communicating in 2012 ? Everything! We are a little over three weeks into 2012, with myriad communication disasters, from major crisis communication errors to communication errors that have directly resulted in a crisis. . Failure to remember the ABC’s of effective communication.

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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