July, 2010

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

Your presentation handout is the lasting concrete manifestation of your presentation. It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards.

Dzie? dobry!

Manner of Speaking

That’s “Good morning&# or “Good afternoon&# in Polish. Just in case you don’t speak Polish.). Polish is not an easy language for Anglophones. The first thought that ran through my head when I saw some Polish text was that the country is su ffering from a shortage of vowels!

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Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

When you see a list of skills a presenter should cultivate, listening isn't usually one that's near the top. For presenters, there is more focus on the mouth than the ears. Yet as the wise Greek philosopher, Epictetus , said, "We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak."

8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

I've talked to several people on different occasions recently who have had trouble asserting themselves in a professional setting.

Book Review: Everyone Communicates, few connect by John Maxwell

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Everyone Communicates, few Connect by John Maxwell. Published by Thomas Nelson. look below for a free copy. Many of us have intentions to read more self-development books, but by the end of the work-day we are simply too tired, so we end up in front of the TV or reading a light novel.

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How to Blow Up Your Business

Matt Eventoff

Not only does everything you do send a message – that message is received, and usually remembered – often for a long, long time. Recently, my wife and I made a large purchase. I happened to show up directly after working out, so I was in gym attire. Our experience involved two saleswomen, one who was a gem, and one who was rude and quite nasty.

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How Jason Alexander overcame his stage fright

Speaking about Presenting

And as the curtain rose on the first night, I had a flash of intense vertigo, like I was going to pass out and couldn’t find my center. It sent me into a cold-sweat panic.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Presentation Skills Course

Professionally Speaking...

Dear Presentation Skills Course Participant: Now that you are scheduled to attend a training course to improve your public speaking skills, I know that you are looking forward to being transformed into a brilliant presenter upon completion.

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4 tips for better vocal projection

Speak Schmeak

Cynthia Tedore, a long-time Speak Schmeak reader (and an expert on arachnids!) sent me this question: " How does one project one's voice, yet still sound natural when public speaking (and not like you're yelling)? "

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You Can Be-Come Anything You Want to Be. |

Speaking Freely

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How To Botch A UI

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

via 37signals.com. First of all, note the two-line app name. Not a wise design decision for a device with a limited screen size * Email icon for Text Messagin' * Different names for the same app: "Text Messagin."

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Three good reasons to distribute your handout after the presentation

Speaking about Presenting

In my last post on presentation handouts I suggested that it’s best to distribute your handout before your presentation. The comments to that post identified three situations when it makes sense to distribute your handout after the presentation. As not everyone wades through comments I’ve decided to highlight them in this post: 1. Surprise. Mike Slater. Personally I don’t like giving out handouts in presentations as there is usually some element of “surprise”.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 41)

Manner of Speaking

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) American Author. “We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ‘Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it.

Using Props in Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Hearing the word prop may evoke an image of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. And while I'd be the first to suggest that a good presentation does have an element of magic, props in a business presentation serve a much more worldly purpose: to aid the audience's understanding and involvement.

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8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

I've talked to several people on different occasions recently who have had trouble asserting themselves in a professional setting.

206 Top Tweets from #nsa10

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual National Speakers Association Convention was held July 17 -20, 2010 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Over 1,500 professional speakers met for the four days and attended a series of main stage keynotes, break out sessions and informal workshops Attendees generated over 4,300 tweets under the hashtag #nsa10. 3,100 of these were posted [.].

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WTF Barnes & Noble?

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

I was walking by a Barnes & Noble, trying to browse news.cnet.com and instead of getting the page I requested, I got this. Not cool. Sent from my iPhone. Posted via email from Mike Pulsifer's posterous.

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How to stop worrying about forgetting what you want to say

Speaking about Presenting

Do you have a fear of missing out something critical from your presentation? This concern can sabotage your presentation in three ways: To alleviate your concern you put everything you want to say on your slides. You write a script and read from it. You spend the whole presentation worrying instead of connecting with your audience. There’s a simple way of dealing with this: Have only one thing that is really important to say. And then make it impossible for you to forget to say it.

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The Number One Rule for Speech Contests

Manner of Speaking

In less than two weeks, the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention will begin in Palm Desert, California. As always, the highlight will be the International Speech Contest. There will be nine Semi-finals, each featuring nine contestants. The nine winners will square off against each other in the Final. Of the 81 contestants who have survived the previous four rounds of the International Speech Contest process, only one will be crowned the 2010 World Champion of Public Speaking.

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Fear of Public Speaking

Professionally Speaking...

One of the consistent issues that many participants bring to my presentation skills classes is fear of speaking in front of an audience. In some people, this fear may manifest itself as mild anxiety while in others, it shows up as a nearly paralyzing force.

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

You may not be a professional speaker, but there's no reason not to act like one. If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence.

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505 Top tweets from Cisco Live!

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Cisco Live! Conference was held June 27 – July 1, 2010. The big Cisco event came in two flavors – Cisco Live in person at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Cisco Live virtual offered those of us who could not travel a (greener) alternative to Vegas and an opportunity to [.].

A Proper Use Of A Friday

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Sent from my iPhone. Posted via email from Mike Pulsifer's posterous.

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Transforming Negativity into Joy! |

Speaking Freely

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 39)

Manner of Speaking

Dorothy Sarnoff (1914 - 2008) American Musical Theatre Actress and Image Consultant. “Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.&# – Dorothy Sarnoff.

10 things to never say to a customer

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is a brief extract from an interesting list of 10 things to never say to your customer. It is from&# the amazing service guy&#. How many of these have been said to you? “We’d We’d like to help, but it’s our company policy…”. You’ll have to talk to the corporate office about that.”. “No No one else has complained about…”. How many of them have you said yourself? The full list is here. Related posts: 47 Phrases to avoid when speaking This list is from the book Talks on Talking by.

3 tips for when an audience member dominates Q&A

Speak Schmeak

How many times have you sat in the audience during the Q&A portion of a presentation (either live or on the Web or phone), and felt frustrated by one audience member dominating the questions?

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Book Review: Everyone Communicates - Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

Dahle Communication

Throughout this book, the focus is on connecting with others at three different levels: one-on-one, in a group, and with an audience. John C. Maxwell stays true to this statements in his new book " Everyone Communicates, Few Connect " that I have had the privilege to read over the past couple of weeks. Sadly, I wanted to write about this a few weeks ago when I first got a copy, but I tend to read books a little too thoroughly.

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Who’s this interrupting my commute?

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Posted via email from Mike Pulsifer's posterous.

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Public Speaking Tips: Waiting For Fireworks

Successful Speeches Blog

On Sunday night, I had the chance to witness 4th of July fireworks for the first time in my life. I couldn’t wait to test the “fireworks&# setting on my new Kodak EasyShare Z915. As we waited for the fireworks show to start at Lakeshore Park in [.].

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 40)

Manner of Speaking

James Beggs (1926 to Present) American Former Administrator of NASA. “What we say is important, for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.&# – James M. Beggs.

Be afraid of our customers

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Heard in a presentation by (the other) Michael Jackson. Yes, you should wake up every morning terrified with your sheets drenched in sweat, but not because you’re afraid of our competitors. Be afraid of our customers, because those are the folks who have the money. Our competitors are never going to send us money.”. Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon.com. Remember who could be sending you money, and do everything to gain their trust, respect and business.

4 tips for better vocal projection

Speak Schmeak

Cynthia Tedore, a long-time Speak Schmeak reader (and an expert on arachnids!) sent me this question: " How does one project one's voice, yet still sound natural when public speaking (and not like you're yelling)? "

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LeBron, Decision #2…Speech Coach?

Matt Eventoff

Dear LeBron, Umm. Over 20 times. The first (non) word of every answer. One of the most visible personalities on the planet. Millions watching you decide where to play, live. Only 25 years old. The hero of who knows how many young men and women. A celebrity who seems to truly understand the power you wield over the lives of those who look up to you. And the decision is… ummm. The President publicly courted you over seven times. The President! Thirty foot billboards. Six cities courting you.

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Very Well Put…

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The following is a reply to a comment. View the comment thread. by Galeforce10 July 26, 2010 2:13 AM PDT. Quote from another forum. I apologise because I cant remember the posters name and I don't know if it was original or he copied it from somewhere: "This is where I think most analysis goes off the rails. It seems logical to think that the person who knows the most about phones (technology) should be the one who can best guide us in buying a phone. But in reality, the opposite is often true.

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Emotion in Speeches

Successful Speeches Blog

I just came across this interview with retired professor of speech writing, Jerry Tarver. Tarver speaks from experience, not theory, so I enjoy hearing what he has to say. In this 13-minute video, he brings up some nuggets of wisdom that every speaker, speechwriter and communications professional will benefit from. Enjoy.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 42)

Manner of Speaking

Evan Esar (1899 - 1995) American Humorist. “Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.&# - Evan Esar.