December, 2011

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

Some ideas to help you take your public speaking to the next level in 2012. In no particular order: 1. I will prepare. I will practice. I will have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence. I will always ask myself: “Why should the audience care about my message?”

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Executive Presentation Skills: Motivate Your Team

Matt Eventoff

. “How can I motivate my team when I speak?” ” “How can you motivate your team more effectively?” Very effective; 9.

Steve Jobs: "People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint"

Presentation Zen

This was a point that was made too by Steve Jobs in several of his interviews with biographer Walter Isaacson in his book called simply Steve Jobs. (In

Create quick, professional diagrams with SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 & 2010

PowerPoint Tips

SmartArt was a new feature of PowerPoint 2007 and is a way to quickly create professional-looking diagrams from bulleted text. Process. Cycle. Matrix.

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The Christmas music made me do it.

Speak Schmeak

Feeling warm, content and full of the holiday spirit, I thought to myself, " I should offer a holiday special! " Happy holidays!

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Progress and the intentional selection of less

Presentation Zen

Many people today talk about presentation technology as if it were a panacea for boring lectures and ineffective presentations.

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Keys to successfully teaching a complex subject

PowerPoint Tips

Many people present to teach or train and sometimes the topic is complex. It may be technical, have many parts, or just be difficult. Simplify. Repeat.

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A public speaking lesson from NORAD

Speak Schmeak

Have you heard of NORAD? Aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defense of the airspace of Canada and the United States.

10 Top Content Marketing Takeaways from ‘Get Content. Get Customers’.

Content Marketing Today

Get content. Get customers. has now sold more than 10,000 copies in its hardcover, paperback, and eBook editions. Drink your own Kool-Aid. Only $9.71

It’s time for some good news about your speaking business — opportunities abound in 2012

Succeed Speaking

Watch the video above and get some GOOD NEWS, like the fact: You’re operating in an $11 billion — and growing — market. There were 1.8

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How do I establish credibility when I'm the only woman in the room?

The Eloquent Woman

There are plenty of professions, meetings and situations where you'll find yourself the only woman in the room. Make it clear you know the score.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 108)

Manner of Speaking

George Carlin (1937 - 2008) American Stand-up Comedian. “You can’t be afraid of words that speak the truth. I don’t like words that hide the truth. I don’t like words that conceal reality. I don’t like euphemisms or euphemistic language.” ” — George Carlin. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Murphy.

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Finish quickly with selection shortcuts

PowerPoint Tips

I started working with a new client doing a series of 1-on-1 coaching sessions. Use the Shift key to select more than one object. Leave a comment!

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Is the barrier real?

Speak Schmeak

Entering the property from Entrance C, I encountered this closed gate. It made sense, but it was a little tight, especially with my backpack.

Shocking Headline Secrets from the NY Post

Content Marketing Today

How to Get Readers to Spend Serious Time with Your Core Content. Be brief. Be complete. Be Enticing. They are even more important online. Be complete.

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Embarrassed about being embarrassed? Don’t be. Embrace your humanity.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Dacher Keltner studies embarrassment, that moment when you feel, as he says, in a recent interview in the Boston Globe, “This is the worst moment of life. I have just given a talk with my zipper down, or I’ve just called this guy by the wrong name, or I farted in my yoga class.” (You You can see the full interview here: [link].)    04.

Famous Speech Friday: Lady Gaga's speech at Rome Europride

The Eloquent Woman

Not every speaker will ask her audience to "put your paws up," but then not every speaker is Lady Gaga. Her message was equally serious.

Getting Hired to Speak: What's Their Why?

Speak and Deliver

The self-help industry often focuses on the question "What's Your Why?" , as in why do you want to succeed? What do you say? What's THEIR Why? Not yet.

Make your communication personal with photos

PowerPoint Tips

Some presentations cry out for a personal touch. Insert a short video of yourself. Be sure to get their permission.

Do you have a memorable one-liner?

Speak Schmeak

One of my regular networking groups gives several opportunities to practice speaking each month. She sells healthy household products.

Maximize The Content Marketing Impact of Your Newsletter

Content Marketing Today

8 Ways to Extend Your Print or eNewsletter’s Reach Far Beyond Its Core Subscribers. That is obviously critical. Think outside the newsletter.

VIDEO: Creative challenges for the Holidays

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Holiday with the sincere wish that clients or managers at work don’t try your patience in the ways shown in these two hilarious videos. Do either of these creative challenges resonate with you? Viewpoint Creative – Holiday Card from Viewpoint Creative on Vimeo. Culture Shock! Shallow End Humor

Meryl Streep on Margaret Thatcher and public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Thatcher's hiring of an acting coach is noted in the interview. "H H er voice was sort of lighter, like mine is," Streep said. What do you think?

Public Speaking Techniques for Staying in Control: Effective Recovery From Interruptions

Pivotal Public Speaking

An aide comes in with a note. Someone’s cell phone rings repeatedly. A baby cries. Two people chatter. An audience member faints. The fire alarm goes off. For many presenters who haven’t had public speaking training, interruptions like these destroy their concentration, the mood they have set, and their overall impact. Use it.

Speaking of Don't Get Ready, Stay Ready.

Speak and Deliver

A great axiom I first heard from Craig Valentine. Don't get ready to speak, stay ready." You never know when your moment in the sun will come.

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Another tip for reading from a script

Speak Schmeak

The speaker, being on a webinar, hidden behind telephone lines and PowerPoint slides, knew that no one could see her. Wrong.

Capturing the essence of a brand on video via Web Ink Now

Content Marketing Today

Via – Content Marketing Now. Written by David Meerman Scott. The video is not a product pitch. And it is entertaining as heck.

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PowerPoint Tip: The audience wants the conclusion

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In my survey this fall of what annoys audiences about bad PowerPoint presentations, the clear message you sent was that too many presentations suffer from information overload. Whether it is text, numbers, or a combination of both, the excessive information causes confusion and lack of action by the audience. What does your work mean to them.

Slide Transitions: Everybody’s Changing

Manner of Speaking

I remember the first time I saw the features on PowerPoint that allowed you to animate text and slide transitions. I played around with it for awhile and soon had things zooming in and bouncing around and what not. My initial thought was, “This is neat.” And, depending on your content and audience, they might all be appropriate.

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Performing Arts Perform Inspiration

The Presenter's Blog

It might feel a little early for New Year resolutions, but here’s one I want to suggest right now: During 2012, go enjoy one live performance arts event every month. This past weekend I attended the annual Hartford Symphony Christmas Pops concert, led for the first year by new conductor, Carolyn Kuan. Hanukkah rhythms. Choruses in Cantonese.

Famous Speech Friday: Elyn Saks on her schizophrenia "Please do send flowers"

The Eloquent Woman

Elyn Saks had a family, a successful career as a University of Southern California law professor, and a secret: She's a schizophrenic. And while her condition is well-managed with a combination of psychotherapy and medication, she wanted to let the secret out, against the advice of her family, friends and colleagues. famous speeches

Relating to the audience, TEDxWomen-style

Speak Schmeak

How often do you get to hear one amazing woman after another speak on critical issues that affect us every day as individuals and as a global community? Not often enough. But yesterday's TEDxWomen brought 30+ women and men, in New York and Los Angeles, together through the magic of the Web. I attended the closest local event, TEDxOjaiWomen. moments.

Ho, Ho, Horrible: Worst Holiday eMail Campaign Ever?

Content Marketing Today

I don’t have to say too much, because this terrible email campaign is eloquently awful and speaks for itself. What the heck is it? 4 days only!!

4 Engineering Communication Tips

Matt Eventoff

There are a few tips every engineer can utilize to make communication with divisions, departments, clients and myriad others much easier. . Pronouns – I have been to hundreds of technical presentations in the past, and when hearing men present I often hear the same generic gender-specific pronoun usage – He, him, his, himself, etc.