April, 2009

May, 2009 Resource of the Month - PowerPoint Ninja

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint Ninja is a new blog that offers great tips and tricks on PowerPoint. The goal is to move you from apprentice to ninja

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Little-used methods to make the delivery of your PowerPoint stand out

Speaking about Presenting

There’s a revolution in the design of PowerPoint slides, but not the delivery. Most speakers still rely on their slides to cue them. They click, they talk, click, talk, click, talk… Here are five methods that will make the delivery of your PowerPoint presentation stand out.

Does a standing ovation equal success?

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, the best indicator of a successful speech or presentation is a standing ovation. Right? Wrong. Sure, we'd all love one. It feels fantastic, it boosts our ego, it shows that that audience was entertained and enjoyed themselves, and it gives us that Sally Field moment: "You like me!"

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Twitter vs Facebook - Why Simplicity Matters

Dahle Communication

I have essentially stopped going to facebook on a regular basis. I check things when I get a message sent to me. Once I'm done with that message I might spend a minute looking at things, but then I leave.

Sacred Cow #6: The Audience Wants A Detailed Agenda

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

We’ve all seen slides like this. It’s your standard title and bullet list slide. The title is “Agenda” and below it is a detailed list of each topic that will be discussed. Oh, don’t forget the Q&A at the end. Why do we see these slides all the time? They’re not really helpful.

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Susan Boyle - 5 Public Speaking Lessons

Matt Eventoff

Click here to view the embedded video. Susan Boyle’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent has the world abuzz and has generated name i.d. and popularity for Ms. Boyle that any politician, public figure or CEO dreams about (aside from the current President, in a good way, and Bernie Madoff, in a bad way.). Five lessons that every speaker can learn from Ms. Boyle: 1. Everyone is Nervous - Unfortunately, Susan’s way of handling it is not normal.

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Winner of Animation for Entertainment contest

PowerPoint Tips

Congratulations to Barry Whetstine for his winning submission for the Animation for Entertainment contest. He says, "I teach a workshop that provides tools for people seeking career direction. They may have been laid off, under-employed or looking for a career change but have no idea how to determine what they want to become, thus the slide attached. As you will see the slide utilizes animation, music, Shapes, and Power Clip Art from Animation Factory.I

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Payment vs. exposure

Speak Schmeak

Some of you get paid to speak; others hope to get paid one day. One thing that we all face as paid speakers is the issue of payment vs. exposure.

Mantras versus Mission Statements? How about a Passion Statement

Dahle Communication

In Guy Kawasaki's book Reality Chec k (as well as his blog ), Guy talks about putting together a Mantra for your business versus a mission statement. He states simply that "A mantra is three or four words that explain why your product, service, or company should exist."

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POWERPOINT: VISUAL POWER

Professionally Speaking...

It's no secret that I think visuals should dominate words in a presentation where any type of slideware is used. But if the word 'visuals' immediately makes you think 'pictures' or 'photographs', reconsider.

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Communicating Bad News - Seven Steps for CEO’s

Matt Eventoff

How does a CEO communicate change that may be perceived as negative? How does a CEO message bad news? Today found great blog posts from venture capitalist and owner of Union Square Ventures Fred Wilson , who blogs at www.AVC.com ; Charles Day, who blogs at www.thelookinglass.com ; and Josh Kopelmen, who blogs at Redeye , discussing this, and all raised excellent points. Communicating or delivering negative or “bad&# news is without question an art form. (I

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Sacred Cow #7: All You Need Is An Afternoon

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

“Get your presentation, complete with slides done this afternoon. You need to present tomorrow morning.&#. I’m sure we’ve all had this thrown on us. Slap something together and deliver it. PowerPoint’s easy to use, so why would you need more than an afternoon, right?

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Be inspired to speak by Susan Boyle

Speaking about Presenting

I first wrote this post in a state of great excitement when I first saw Susan Boyle singing on Britain’s Got Talent.

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Who are you trying to be?

Speak Schmeak

In asking a new client about his public speaking challenges, one person kept coming up as a role model: his boss. His boss is authoritative and commanding, while my client feels that he comes off as passive and too easygoing.

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Keep Their Focus - A Lesson From Amsterdam

Dahle Communication

If you haven't seen the urinals that they use in the Amsterdam airport, here is a picture. There is a black fly etched into the urinal. You might be asking yourself: why? Why would they etch a fly onto a urinal?

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Interview with Dorian Haarhoff

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I recently reviewed the book “ The Halo and the Noose “, by Dorian Haarhoff and Graham Williams. Here is an interview with Dorian in which we discuss the book, storytelling and stories in business. If the book sounds interesting, you can order it here.

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New Book ? It's Your Time to Shine: How to Overcome Fear of Public.

Speaking Freely

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Sacred Cow #5: If the Audience Is Technical, They Want To See Detailed Diagrams

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

This sacred cow is roaming the halls where I work. It’s old. It’s loud. It smells. It’s abusive. It’s obnoxious, and it rudely disrupts nearly every technical presentation I have to sit through. Unfortunately, we’re not unique in our suffering.

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Three levels of presentation openings - which should you use? : Speaking about Presenting

Speaking about Presenting

I get frustrated at presentation advice which says you have to do something clever or dramatic at the beginning of a presentation to grab your audience’s attention. That’s for three reasons: 1. You don’t have to grab the audience’s attention at the start. You have their attention at the start. The challenge is to keep it. (I’ve

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You thought you could never do it

Speak Schmeak

I was standing at the top of the stadium steps yesterday, letting my heart rate slow before heading back down to do another set, when I had a surprising recollection. Probably ten years ago, a friend of mine used to climb the stadium steps for her workout.

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Are You Focused on the Right Things?

Dahle Communication

A great web program called Wordle allows users to type in words or a website and create a Word Cloud from the text. You can personalize it, change the colors, the style, how many words you want to use, etc. There are two things that I really like about the program: 1.

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Chairman Blankfein, Code Pink & Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

Earlier today, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein addressed the Council of Institutional Investors conference in Manhattan. The content of the address has received fairly intense scrutiny, both positive and not so positive (including this comparison to the recent Alex Rodriguez mea culpa , courtesy of Jessica Pressler over at New York Magazine). From a communications perspective, there were definitely lessons to be learned.

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Create a video effect

PowerPoint Tips

You think of most presentations as being made up of slides, and most presentations look like that. But you can create a presentation that looks like it's all one slide. The technique is time consuming, because you need to get the timing just right, but it's not difficult, and it's a lot cheaper than making a video. It's excellent for sales presentations. The key is

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Sacred Cow #4: Using {feature} Or {plugin} Will Make Me Look Savvy.

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

This sacred cow is such a no-brainer that it begs the question of whether it is in fact a sacred cow or that it’s just poor amateurish judgement. It’s one of the reasons why many people hate slideware. The answer to this isn’t so clear-cut. In many cases it is the latter.

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8 states of mind that will make you a more compelling presenter : Speaking about Presenting

Speaking about Presenting

I believe in the inside-out method of presenting. Rather than thinking about what I’m doing on the outside eg: a specific gesture or movement, I choose what’s going on inside - my state of mind. My state of mind is the biggest influence on how I come across. Different states of mind work for different people. So here’s a selection of states that may work for you. Experiment with them and see what works best for you. If you’re nervous. Speak as if you’re in your seat.

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33% off "7-Week Shortcut to Public Speaking Confidence" CDs

Speak Schmeak

Hey friends! I'm having a 33%-OFF SALE on my "7-Week Shortcut to Public Speaking Confidence" CDs. The packaging is bare bones, and I now have a better system for labeling and packaging, so I'd like to clear these out to make room for the new, more professional-looking batch.

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Do Something Daring: Steal Home Plate!

Dahle Communication

I'm not a huge Major League Baseball fan (outside of cheering for the Twins). I would rather spend my time watching the NFL, playing Golf or maybe going to a minor league game with my kids. However, there are certain stories that I enjoy following because that story is compelling.

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Crisis Communications - Pork Wins, Politicos Get The Flu!

Matt Eventoff

Monday and Tuesday were voluminous with brewing crises — one of the biggest political party switches in history, a new potential pandemic, and a decision to fly Air Force One over Ground Zero — all offered valuable, and contrasting, examples of communicating during an early stage of a crisis, and just how critical getting out in front with a central message is. So what can we learn so far this week?

May, 2009 PowerPoint 2007 Theme - dun-aqua

PowerPoint Tips

By request, I'm offering my first PowerPoint 2007 theme. It's the same look as last month's background, but it's a THMX file. To find out where to save it, open PowerPoint 2007, click the Design tab, and click the More button at the right of the row of themes from the Themes gallery. At the bottom, choose Save Current Theme, and PowerPoint automatically places you in the right folder. You should be able to see the path to the folder, which you might want to write down.

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Sacred Cow #3: My Slides Need To Function As Handouts

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

I’ve discussed this particular sacred cow before , but it bears repeating. All too often, meeting organizers distribute copies of the slides ahead of time. Many even consider slides an official record of what was discussed.

Seven tips and one quibble from Joey Asher's book "How to Win a Pitch" : Speaking about Presenting

Speaking about Presenting

If you give sales presentations I recommend you read “ How to Win a Pitch “ I admire Joey Asher’s blog Talking Points , so I did expect to be impressed. And I was. The book has the same discipline as a well-planned presentation. Joey Asher distills five key fundamentals that will help you stand out in a competitive situation. Here’s three reasons to read this book: 1. Joey Asher is an experienced pitch coach.

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Thought Trap #10: Labeling and mislabeling

Speak Schmeak

Thought Trap #10: Labeling and mislabeling Continuing on in the series on Thought Traps. This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your error, you attach a negative label to yourself: "I'm a loser."

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Is Twitter Getting too big? A lesson for your speeches

Dahle Communication

A recent post by Brett Duncan of Marketing In Progress really made me think about twitter. It wasn't even the post so much as his comments at the bottom of the page. When discussing the growth of twitter he states " Early adopters like a product as long as they are the early adopters for it.

Africa Rising

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Professor Vijay Mahajan (author of “Africa Rising”) will be in South Africa in June for the World Economic Forum and he has agreed to do 2 business briefings. CAPE TOWN. Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2009. Time: 08:30 - 11:00. Registration: 07:30. Investment: R 950.00 + VAT. Early Bird: R 750.00 + VAT. Venue: Market Hall, GrandWest. . JOHANNESBURG. Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2009. Time: 08:30 - 11:00. Registration: 07:30. Investment: R 950.00 + VAT. Early Bird: R 750.00 + VAT.

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Slideboxx (slide management system) review and special offer

PowerPoint Tips

I've started using a slide-management program called Slideboxx. It lets you search for slides based on file name and content; you can then copy the results to the Clipboard (to paste into an existing presentation) or use them to create a new PowerPoint presentation. With over 10,000 slides on my computer, I need some help! Slideboxx works in your browser, which is unusual; it's actually a Flash application. It features a Search box where you enter keywords to find the slides you need.

Sacred Cow #2: It’s OK If I Sit Over There…

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Public speaking can be terrifying. Many fear standing up and speaking before an audience more frightening than even death itself. Many people in my neck of the woods, and I’m sure yours too, make the conscious decision to speak sitting at the conference table as a way of coping with that fear.

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PRESENTATION NERVES: UNMASK THOSE PERCEPTIONS

Professionally Speaking...

As Mark Twain said, "There are two types of speakers -- those that are nervous and those that are liars.". The panic about having to present or speak in public goes by many names: stage fright, jitters, performance anxiety, nerves. But whatever you call it, this feeling can range from mild anxiety, where you may experience a racing heart and sweaty palms, to downright dread, where flight seems the only viable course of action.

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