April, 2007

Quality Number Two--Trustworthiness

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Inspiring trust isn't a necessary ingredient for being effective as a speaker (think of a powerful political leader such as Hitler in the eyes of someone like Churchill). However being trustworthy is an all too rare quality in many circles today. Dilip Abayasekara (see photo below) is someone who inspires trust.

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Earth Day Tips to Reduce Paper Usage

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Two years ago I wrote an article on how to reduce paper usage from your computer. The full article is posted at [link]. In addition to the tips it contains, here are a couple more on Earth Day 2007. Print four slides per page in PowerPoint The common way to print slide handouts in PowerPoint is to use the three slides per page layout with lines beside each slide. This format forces your audience to take notes on the lines, which not everyone prefers and in general is too visually dense.

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Public Speaking : Tips for Speaking on Television, Videotape,

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Great Public Speaking: Public Speaking : Tips for Television, Videotape, Public Speaking Tips for Television and Video from Tom Antion When you are speaking before television or video cameras, what tips should you keep in mind so you can look your best? Tom Antion covers it nicely in this post on his blog about public speaking. He has listed some practical advice. When you are speaking before the camera, read these speaking tips from Tom Antion.

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Quality Number One--Speaker Expertise

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According to www. thefreedictionary. com exper tise is defined as: ex·per· tise ( k spûr-t z ) n. Expert advice or opinion. Skill or knowledge in a particular area Knowing your subject, and knowing it well because you've mastered it over a long period of time, makes you a candidate to be an excellent speaker. How does this work?

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Speaker Qualities--How Do You Rank Them?

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Accredited speaker and past president of Toastmasters International, Dilip Abayasekara , is pictured here. He embodies all of the qualities below. What are the Qualities of an Effective Public Speaker?

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The trouble with using a wireless mouse to change slides

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I saw it again last night. A presenter used a wireless mouse as a remote device to change their slides. Initially, this sounds like a good idea. You already have a wireless mouse, and if you click the left mouse button, it is just like pressing the arrow key or spacebar to advance your slide show. But in practice, it usually doesn't work out so well.

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Presentation Skills for Engineers

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Presentation Skills for Engineers Engineers are not normally applauded for their presentation skills. Maybe that’s why they got into engineering. They don’t want to talk to people. On the other hand do you want a person who designs bridges or rockets with a communication problem? Perhaps more engineering schools should teach and emphasize presentation skills.

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Power Presentations: Hold Attention

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Hold the attention of your listeners First be aware that you will never hold 100% of everyone’s attention. It is extremely difficult to hold 100% of the attention even when you are talking to one person. Because our brain processes information much faster than you can speak – we will often be starving for input. When we don’t receive enough input we daydream. So forget about holding the attention 100% of the time. Instead focus on grabbing their attention back.

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Passion

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I had the true pleasure of meeting Tony , an employee of the company I work for, last week on a trip to New York City. Tony has a genuine passion for what he does. You can see that shining through as he speaks about his work. He described to me that he has a goal of personally calling a customer each day to get their feedback on our products (web sites). In this way he learns first hand about the people who use our product, and why it works (or not) for them.

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Association Speaker

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Association Speaker Do you need a powerful speaker for your next association conference or convention ? George Torok speaks regularily for association events. Is George Torok the right speaker for your professional association? You decide. Review the list of associations and comments from them. When you are ready contact him directly to discuss your specific speaker needs. 905-335-1997 Does George Torok understand association needs? He has been an active member of many associations.

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Reports of the "Death of PowerPoint" greatly exaggerated

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The article I cited in my previous post from the Sydney Morning Herald has gained steam and has now been published across the world. Unfortunately, the paper they cite just doesn't support the conclusions that the media wants to draw. No matter, they will report on it anyways. If you want a balanced view that includes actual information from the paper, check out an article I just finished that examines what the paper really says and what the Professor has been quoted as saying.

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Coching for Success

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The value of having a coach can't be overestimated. A coach helps bring out the best in you, and uncovers talents that are already there. Lynn, my colleague and friend, pictured here, has been preparing a major presentation to be given before a large group in the upcoming weeks. The process of preparation, when it is done thoroughly, requires lots of time and effort. It's really a speaking journey.

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Presentation: Argument

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Presentation: Argument If you have a strong case – clarity is the key If you have a weak case – persuasion is the key Are you clarifying or persuading? How strong is your case? What do you need to do to get the message across? George Torok Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. boardroom business presentations public speaking

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Sydney research article - revolutionary or not?

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A number of online publications have picked up on a story this week in the Sydney Morning Herald about some research into the effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations ( click here to read the story ). Some commentators have suggested that this is breakthrough thinking and it supports why PowerPoint should be banned. I say let's just hold on a second here. First of all, the research points out what many of us have known for years - PowerPoint is not the problem, poor use of it is.

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Creating "movies" in PowerPoint

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This past week I helped a client synchronize a set of PowerPoint slides with a pre -recorded audio track. Getting the audio track to play across all the slides was relatively easy to do. What took the most time was making sure the slides transitioned on cue with the spoken audio track. When I sent it to the client, she found that the sync between the slides and the audio was off, even though it worked perfectly on my computer.

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PowerPoint Tip - Color Contrast Calculator

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One of the most common audience complaints about PowerPoint slides is that the presenter picked colors that don't have enough contrast. This means that text, lines, shapes or graphs can't be seen well on the slide and the message is negatively affected. If you don't have a background in design, how do you ensure that the colors you have chosen have enough contrast?

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The Details

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"They're just birds." A woman spoke these words when looking out a window at a large flock of first of the season red-breasted robins that perched on a nearby tree. No matter that someone else spied these birds from her office cubicle, their magnificence was still apparent.The devil is in the details, and she missed out on that. Your first warm spring day reveals beautiful sights like this, if only you are looking for them.

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Presentation Disaster

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Presentation Disaster To ensure that your presentation is a success you must prepare for presentation disaster. It might sound strange – but a good way to prepare for success is to be prepared for disaster. How can you ensure that your presentation will be a success? List the possible disasters then plan how you will deal with them. They might never happen but when they do – you will be prepared. And nothing showcases a leader more than taking charge during a disaster.

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