March, 2018

How to animate 3D objects in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you have Office 365 (the subscription version) and the Creative edition of Windows 10, you can insert 3D objects into PowerPoint. I explained this feature in an earlier blog post, “ How to Insert 3D in PowerPoint.”

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How to handle feedback that makes you go “Ouch!”

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve done it, and if you’ve ever got a stack of feedback forms after a presentation, you’ve probably done it. You go through all the feedback forms ignoring the “Great job” “Learnt a lot” comments and go straight for the form that declares: “That was a load of mumbo jumbo” And then you flagellate yourself. You obsess over it. You can not let go of it. It’s the human brain at work.

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Simplicity is the key to brilliance

Manner of Speaking

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask … Aristotle Frédéric Chopin Chip and Dan Heath Steve Jobs Bruce Lee Charles Mingus Pablo Picasso Dieter Rams Ken Segall Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Robin Sharma Simplicity isn’t simple. It takes thought and … Continue reading → Uncategorized Aristotle Bruce Lee Frédéric Chopin Pablo Picasso presentations public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

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To Become A Powerful Public Speaker Master These Qualities

Duarte Blog

Once you have a compelling story and breathtaking visual design, presentation preparation eventually comes down to one final thing: you. You stepping up, taking the stage, and communicating with your audience.

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10 Tips for… Creating Great Visual Aids

Presentation Guru

We’ve boiled down all of our advice about visual aids into ten golden rules – follow these and you’ll always have your audience’s attention for the right reason. 1) Do the slides last.

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Gamification can help overcome public speaking nerves

Manner of Speaking

I have written before about Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, the board game and app that Florian Mueck and I co-created. You can read recent posts here and here. Recently, I was interviewed about the game on Dukascopy Swiss Financial … Continue reading → Nerves Dukascopy Florian Mueck gamification public speaking Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game

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Performance Anxiety No More: How to Stop Stuttering When You Present

Duarte Blog

Recently we received a tweet from a follower of @Duarte requesting advice to help a stuttering presenter. The presenter is competent with the material,” the message said, “but gets nervous and begins to stutter on stage.”

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The Three Dimensions of Feedback: Poison, Chocolate and Lemon

Presentation Guru

Giving feedback should not be just a tick box exercise. Not all feedback is created equal and in this article, Florian Mueck describes the different types you may give and how, without proper consideration, some may actually be doing more harm than good.

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Boomerang Employees - Burning Bridges Not Smart

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a time when being pushed into retirement, laid off, or fired turned former employees against employers. The push-back could range from flaming them in social media to making whistleblower reports. That was then.

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Body Language for the Epic Keynote with Mark Bowden

Speaker Launcher

As a professional speaker, your body language on stage plays a big part in how the audience receives you. The way you present yourself and the movements you make, either purposefully or subconsciously, can say more at times than the words leaving your mouth.

Quality Feedback Is Critical For Self Improvement

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of inspiring Oxfordshire Project members in Abingdon on the power of quality feedback. I received excellent feedback from the event and was delighted to learn that this topic had resonated so deeply with the audience. As a result, I thought I’d capture the key messages in a blog post so that more people could access them. . The purpose of feedback?

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IABC Heritage Region Conference: Call for speakers

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Calling all Speakers! IABC Heritage Region Seeking Speakers for the 2018 Region Conference being held at the Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA, November 11-13, 2018 Suggested topics cover nearly 20 content areas of interest to business communicators. Topics may be strategic or tactical and targeted at the senior-level, mid-career level, or entry level or for […]. Career info Professional organizations

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Welcome Duarte’s New CEO, Joe Terry!

Duarte Blog

Last year, I hired a leadership coach to help me learn to be a stronger leader, to strengthen how I drive consensus, help me with composure, and help me reinvent into a more glorious Nancy 2.0 Executive. How’d that go? I hired someone to replace me, and I’m SO thrilled. I’ve always hired people smarter [.] continue reading. The post Welcome Duarte’s New CEO, Joe Terry! appeared first on Duarte. Business Culture News ceo culture duarte leadership team

2018 76

10 Tips for…Building a Strong Story

Presentation Guru

The story is the thing – understand that you’ve got a strong message and everything else will follow. So many business presentations have little or poor story structure. Here are the 10 steps to follow to help you to make your points interesting and memorable for every audience you address.…

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Troy Schueller - He Had Had Enough

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Troy Schueller committed suicide.    He had been principal at Coeur d'Alene high school in Idaho.    Some time before he fatally shot himself he made a public statement about the difficultly of going on living after experiencing so much trauma. Here is the media coverage.

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Are You In For The Long Haul? Commitment Makes all the Difference

Speaker Launcher

Patience. It’s not my strong suit. Is it yours? I have a few clients who want things to happen quickly. I’ve always thought that I completely lacked patience in my business, but when I look back over my dozen years as an entrepreneur plus nearly 20 more in this industry, I realized I’ve always been in […]. The post Are You In For The Long Haul? Commitment Makes all the Difference appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Master the Slide Master

Presentation Guru

You don’t need to be a professional to be able to take advantage of some of the time-saving tricks PowerPoint has to offer. I might be a self-proclaimed PowerPoint wizard, but anyone can master the really easy ways to speed up your presentation-creation time.…

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Podcast: Using Storytelling Structure To Create Motivating Presentations

Duarte Blog

Our CEO and Chief Presentation Guru, Nancy Duarte, was recently interviewed on The Narrative: A Podcast About Building Business Stories by Prezi.

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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Just Cut and Paste

Presentation Guru

Is it ever a good idea to copy/paste text and tables directly out of a publication? In Dr Oliver Hauss’s previous article, he pointed out the dangerous lure of simply reusing slides and, especially, visuals premade for scientific print publications or slide documents.

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How to Add Images into Your Text in PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

There are a several Text Fill options in PowerPoint that work pretty much the same way as the Shape Fill options do.

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10 Tips for… Starting Brilliantly

Presentation Guru

So many people ask us how to start well in a presentation and how to make the maximum impact in those crucial first few minutes.

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Let’s look at Interactive Digital Whiteboards

Presentation Guru

With the advent of digital whiteboards, the days of chalk and markers might just be over. While many of us might still be fond of whiteboards, they might soon change in ways we might not have imagined.

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Book Review – Visual Thinking by Emma Bannister

Presentation Guru

If you want to make better presentations, and I think most of us do, Visual Thinking is a presentation design book aimed at real people with a message to share. A resource for people who have presentations to create as part of their work or studies, and who aren’t professional designers.

7 Tips From SXSW That Will Make You a Better Presenter

Duarte Blog

It’s that time of the year again: South by Southwest (SXSW). We here in the Silicon Valley can always tell when this annual event rolls around, because the Valley just seems a little less crowded. SXSW is one of the largest professional gatherings in the world, with 421,900 attendees in 2017. So if you’re an [.] continue reading. The post 7 Tips From SXSW That Will Make You a Better Presenter appeared first on Duarte. Event News Presentations presentation sxsw

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How to Throw a Memorable Corporate Event

Duarte Blog

“Corporate Event.” It’s a phrase that might send shivers down your spine, or might make you well-up with positive emotion, depending on the last experience you had at a large business conference or meeting.

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The Past Is Never the Past

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You can read William Faulkner's "Requiem for a Nun." " And contemplate that existential reality. Or, you can take an action step and leverage yours. Read Chapter 3 of this free book  Download Over50ebookpioneersinwildwildwest.

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Would You Rather: Have a Well-Paying Job or Run a Growth Business?

Speaker Launcher

My husband is an electrical contractor and owns his own business. His company has had slow, steady growth for 30 years and, basically, he’s now got himself a very well-paying job. His focus these days (at age 60) is really directed more towards winding down and planning for retirement. And I support that because it […]. The post Would You Rather: Have a Well-Paying Job or Run a Growth Business? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Anna Wintour and Conde Nast - Aging Entities Needing Coaching

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For five years Anna Wintour has had the big job of artistic director of publishing empire Conde Nast. But that has been during a time of growing digitalization. Conde Nast is the house built on print. The high-priced glossy kind.

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Working in 21st Century - No Times-Off Tolerated

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A distraught lawyer in her 50s contacted me today for coaching. She was stunned. A headhunter informed her that she didn't make the second round of interviews because she hadn't been employed recently.

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Oral History - That Used to Be Known As Sitting on Grandparents' Laps, Listening to Stories

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Oral history is an official discipline in academia. At Columbia , there is a Master of Art degree in it.    But many of us remember that entity fondly as sitting on our grandparents' laps and hearing stories.

2018 52

Over-50: Emergency Introduction to Porcupine Power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We Baby Boomers and the oldest members of Generation X had been socialized to be polite. Oriented towards others. In the event of a conflict, we were to be willing to listen patiently and compromise.    That was then. The world of business and of even personal interactions has changed.

SmallTown OH - Did Road Rage Really Happen Here?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Austintown, Ohio is right out of Norman Rockwell. The big weekend event is high school athletics. Deer cross the main street. And everyone at PNC bank knows your name.    Yet, as rush hour was starting, a young female was likely a victim of road rage.

2018 52

"S.W.A.T." - A Blessing for Shemar Moore's Career If Show Folds

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tonight's episode of "S.W.A.T." " was significantly better than the opening ones. But, "S.W.A.T." " is still in big trouble. It's not yet up to the quality of scripting and acting of a series associated with former "Criminal Minds" star Shemar Moore. 

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Andrew Bosworth - He Should Have Known Not to Put Damning Material in Memo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Memos get leaked all the time. Media and government agencies have become the typical drop boxes. The fun of following Abovethelaw.com is all the leaked documents it receives from unhappy law firm associates. They are authored by pompous law partners. 

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