October, 2013

3 Steps to Create a Voice for Your Costume

Kate's Voice

A few years ago, I published a post called “How to Disguise Your Voice.” Surprisingly, it continues to be one of the most popular posts on this blog. Part of me wants to take offense because that post is not nearly as scholarly as many of my other posts ; part of me thinks the […]. vocal powe

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Extend your reach as a speaker or trainer with webinars

PowerPoint Tips

Are you a public speaker or trainer? Right now, you might speak or train in front of a live audience. While that scenario isn’t going away, other options have been available for a while and are changing rapidly. You should know about the latest trends. In this post, I’ll explain.

Overcoming the fear of public speaking

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

There was a thorough overview of ways to overcome a fear of public speaking in Tuesday’s FT. They advise that practice makes all the difference. I agree. I like to point out that people who only play tennis twice a year are probably not very good at it.

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Top ten torments to terrify your audience

Speak Schmeak

On this oh-so-scaaaarrrry day, I''d like to share some appalling awfulness that makes me cringe in horror. Here are ten gruesome gaffes that have sent chills up my spine. Wailing like a banshee Listening to this speaker gives me the heebie-jeebies.

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9 Tips for Publishing Success — Expert Advice from Author 101 University

Succeed Speaking

Have you been thinking about writing a book — for years — but just can’t seem to make it happen? Are you writing a book right now and wondering how to get it published? Have you written a book that’s just not performing as well as you had hoped?

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Speaker Beware! Is Your Audience Saying “Boo!” or “Oooh”?

DeFinis Communications

When you deliver a presentation on Halloween or any other day of the year, your audience expects to be treated to a stimulating, thoughtfully designed, and well developed speech.

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Halloween horrors of putrid PowerPoints

The Presenter's Blog

It’s the time of year for poltergeists, potions, and possession by the cadaverously candy-crazed. But possession by PowerPoint?? ‘Tis true. ‘Tis hideous true. Forget Sleepy Hollow. Cast your gaze, and cast it nervously upon this creepy little Halloween number from my good fiend, errr. friend, Gavin McMahon over at the Make a Powerful Point blog. It’s cruel, AND unusual. Scary slides @powerfulpoint from @powerfulpoint. Tips From The Top Halloween PowerPoint presentation

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How To Avoid a Scary Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

The frightening ghosts and goblins who will be afoot this Halloween are no match for the scary things that can happen [or you imagine can happen] during your presentation. Let''s take a look at three common presentation scares and see how to avoid [or at least manage] them.

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Your questions about the Elite Speakers Mastery & Mentoring Program answered!

Speak Schmeak

Here''s a quick reminder that the deadline to submit your application for the Elite Speakers Mastery & Mentoring Program is TODAY, so if you''re still on the fence, you don''t have much time to make a decision.

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Have we lost our ability to communicate

Dahle Communication

Over the years we've seen dramatic changes in how we communicate with each other. We've gone from face to face conversations just 20 years ago (even 15 or 10) to texts, tweets and facebook posts.

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9 Tips for Publishing Success — Expert Advice from Author 101 University

Succeed Speaking

Have you been thinking about writing a book — for years — but just can’t seem to make it happen? Are you writing a book right now and wondering how to get it published? Have you written a book that’s just not performing as well as you had hoped?

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Speaker Beware! Is Your Audience Saying “Boo!” or “Oooh”?

DeFinis Communications

When you deliver a presentation on Halloween or any other day of the year, your audience expects to be treated to a stimulating, thoughtfully designed, and well developed speech.

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The flipped presentation

PowerPoint Tips

Let’s say that you’re giving a presentation that requires you to provide a lot of detailed information to your audience. Perhaps you’re. Training supervisors about vacation, sick day, and leave of absence policies.

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Power, ethics, and chairs

The Communication Blog

Here’s an interesting study I found in the current issue of the Harvard Business Review (November 2013). It should prove useful in nonverbal communication but really in any course in which ethics, power, or environment are considered. In brief, the study explored the relationship between the size of one’s chair (which allows for body expansion or encourages contraction) and the tendency to engage in unethical behavior.

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Where are you focusing your mental energy?

Speak Schmeak

I had some rockin'' laser coaching sessions with attendees at the NECF conference last week, and something that came up over and over in these short sessions was the Great "What If?", in the form of "What if I forget my place?" or "What if I get tongue-tied?" or "What if I can''t answer a question?"

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Have we lost our ability to communicate

Dahle Communication

Over the years we've seen dramatic changes in how we communicate with each other. We've gone from face to face conversations just 20 years ago (even 15 or 10) to texts, tweets and facebook posts. While these tools have given us a great ability to reach more people and do it more effectively it makes me wonder if we've truly lost the ability to talk to one another. The perfect example of this is the current situation in Washington D.C.

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When you're tempted to turn down a speaking gig: For women

The Eloquent Woman

I was corresponding recently with a reader--one who works as a professional communicator--who shared this: I did get a speaking request recently that I turned down. Have you written a post about why women say no? The organization asked me to speak in an area where I did not feel qualified.

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Do You Have Style?

Great Public Speaking

Many professional speakers ignore the fact that your style is just as important as having great content. Style and content work together in your professional speeches. As a professional speaker you must establish your own unique style if you want your audience to remember your important points.

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New book, Master Presenter, collects lessons from the world’s top presentation experts

PowerPoint Tips

I’m very pleased to announce a new book, Master Presenter, published by Wiley, which is a compilation of articles from presentation experts who have contributed to the Presentationxpert newsletter over the years. And yes, I’m one of them! I’m honored to be included!

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Public speaking, persuasion, leadership

The Communication Blog

The current issue of Inc. October 2013) has a wealth of information on public speaking, persuasion, and leadership that I think students will relate to easily.

You're good enough as you are

Speak Schmeak

I met with a client recently who had next to no speaking experience on his current topic. This is a fairly typical situation, where a client comes to me because they have expertise in another area, but are now required by their job to speak on a topic that is new to them.

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How can you positively frame your core message?

More than PowerPoint...

A number of people and organizations have gone out of their way lately to tell me that they are non-violent. They remind me of people who go out of their way to tell me that they are not racists. Not sexists. Not homophobic. It’s a tell.

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Famous Speech Friday: Christine Lagarde on "dynamic resilience"

The Eloquent Woman

I''ll just say it: There may be no better woman speaker in the world today than Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. And when she speaks as she does in this speech, she''s speaking in her first second language, English, rather than her native French.

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Toastmaster Sunday: Do I Still Get Nervous?

Speak and Deliver

Yesterday I competed at my first Division Contest in two and a half years. The nerves hit the moment I stepped through the doors of the conference area at St. Anthony''s Hospital in Lakewood, CO. My stomach cramped up. My breathing sped up.

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Avoid These Common Elevator Pitch Pitfalls, and See Your Business Grow

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I''ve been a regular Networker for almost 14 years, and I dread to think how many elevator pitches I''ve sat through. Sadly most just seem to drone in through one ear and out the other without making any impact.

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Packaging: Without it, most good ideas wither

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The gift industry taught us the power of packaging. Or should have.  Upscale stores such as Sephora usually establish a whole function focused exclusively to wrapping purchases.  A lot of ritual goes into it, creating an experience in itself.

Top ten reasons to join the Elite Speakers Mastery & Mentoring Program

Speak Schmeak

Photo Credit: sam_churchill 10. Review your overall professional package -- understand how you come across on stage and how your marketing materials, website and personal appearance help or hurt your brand. Set specific action items for accountability as you work to accomplish your goals.

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Lousy opening to your presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Lousy opening to your presentation The purpose of your opening is to build interest in your presentation. Your opening is like the opening paragraph of an article or the first chapter in your book. The question it should answer is “Why should the audience listen to your presentation?”

Famous Speech Friday: Leymah Gbowee's "Step out of the shadows"

The Eloquent Woman

Before you lean in, before you speak up, you have to step out of the shadows. That was the message that Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Liberia, hammered home in her 2013 commencement speech at Barnard.

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Insights from Audiences: Results of the 2013 Annoying PowerPoint survey

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I recently wrapped up my latest survey of audience members on what annoys them about PowerPoint presentations.

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4 Powerful Tips For Speaking Off The Cuff

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

If there is one thing that some people fear even more than public speaking, it is speaking off the cuff. Impromptu speaking can turn confident presenters into gibbering wrecks.

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Libraries: Already rebranding as Third Places

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On November 13th, I might swing by the North Haven, Connecticut Memorial Library to hang out at the "Cooking with Paula" free meetup.  There we will explore menu options from cultures ranging from Italy to China.

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Maintaining composure as your top falls off.

Speak Schmeak

Most speakers, no matter how experienced, still have the tiny thought in the back of their head: "What if something goes wrong?" It''s part of our preparation to know what we would do if we lost our place, the computer shut down, or a heckler challenged us.

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How to Make a Fortune Speaking at Fundraisers

Great Public Speaking

Are you serious about your speaking career? I want to invite you to join me tonight for a complimentary replay of one of my most popular webinars: "How to Make a Fortune Speaking at Fundraisers" I will be here LIVE to answer all your questions via email!

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Famous Speech Friday: British Olympic cyclist Nicole Cook's retirement speech

The Eloquent Woman

Because she isn''t Lance Armstrong, you may not have noticed British cyclist Nicole Cook''s retirement speech back in January. In fact, it occurred in the same week that Armstrong sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a "tell all" interview.

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Presentation Tip: Show steps in a process

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

When you need to explain a process, whether it is a manufacturing process, process for handling expense claims, or process for installing a new system, there are steps you want to walk the audience through.

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LBJ, Speechwriting and the Quest for Brevity

OnSpeechwriting

In my last post I lamented about writing coaches who encourage all writers to pare their work. Not all writing is created for the same purpose, I argued, and speeches need to be more expansive because audiences need time to hear – and interpret – the words spoken. Now for a different view.