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.

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.

Public Speaking Lessons from the Old Spice Guy

Manner of Speaking

It’s Friday as I write this post, so time for something on the lighter side. Those of you who live outside North America (as I now do) might not be familiar with Old Spice men’s care products , but when I was growing up in Canada, I used to love the smell of my Dad’s Old Spice aftershave. In fact, when my parents came to Switzerland for a visit a couple of months ago, I asked my Mom to bring over some Old Spice deodorant as you cannot get it here.

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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."

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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I know it’s hot but your voice isn’t warm!

Kate's Voice

The thermometer is pushing three digits and the idea of warming up anything is probably just not on your mind. However, if you have to give a talk, you need to warm up your voice before you practice, and definitely before you go on stage or on camera. The question is, what do you do [.]. vocal delivery vocal health breathing intention public speaking tips

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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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More Trending

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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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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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 [.].

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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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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”.

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.

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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Interview – Allison Massari Ignites Rebirth, Vitality and Renewal

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Museum artist Allison Massari found peace, purpose and happiness after overcoming two extraordinary personal tragedies. In 1998, Massari survived a near fatal 60 mph car crash where she was trapped and burned severely. Just three years later, she was hit again at 60 mph and sustained a brain injury. The level of betrayal she [.] Museum artist Allison Massari found peace, purpose and happiness after overcoming two extraordinary personal tragedies.

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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 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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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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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.

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.

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

Speaking Freely

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Interview: Rory Vaden – Selling with Social Media

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Rory Vaden is a Self-Discipline Strategist who relates profound truths coupled with humorous anecdotes empowering professionals to conquer their fears and take immediate action in their businesses and their lives. Consulting with organizations, companies and individuals on leveraging self-discipline to create extraordinary performance, he has shared the stage with John Maxwell and conducted special [.]

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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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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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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Can You Hear Me Now? The ear-voice connection

Kate's Voice

To be a good communicator, you need to be a good listener. To be a good listener, you need to be objective and you need to want to hear what others have to say. Listening is essential to all communication. It supports the sharing of ideas and the expression of points of view. Good conversation [.]. communication vocal power Tomatis

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Transforming Negativity into Joy! |

Speaking Freely

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Interview: Marsha Egan – Inbox Detox

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Celebrated keynoter, facilitator, author and ICF-certified business leader coach, Marsha Egan is on a quest to help others save thousands of hours and reclaim their lives due to email mismanagement. She has been a featured guest on ABC Nightly News, FOX and Friends, and NBC talking about the 12 steps to curing email addiction [.]

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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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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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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.

Without a Voice: An Interview with @SilentClark Harris

Kate's Voice

Clark Harris (aka @SilentClark ) was only speaking using social media for the month of May in an effort to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of his mother. June 1, he decided to continue the campaign, having fallen short of his goal of raising $100,000, using only social [.]. communication Speaking vocal power voice problems

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How to Improve Presentation Skills workshop – The University of Chicago

Pro Humorist

Back at the end of May I did a how to improve presentation skills workshop for the University of Chicago. I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were a couple of things I hadn’t anticipated.

Interview: Michelle Cullison – Event Sponsorship with Social Media

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Michelle Cullison is a social media speaker and an expert in web technology. Together with her colleagues Myra Corrello, PhD and Jennifer Ledet she presented at the 2010 National Speakers Association Convention on How Social Media Can Help You Successfully Co-Produce a Major Public Event. Michelle successfully uses social media and technology tools to organize [.] Michelle Cullison is a social media speaker and an expert in web technology.

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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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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