December, 2011

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?” ” 6. If I cannot answer that question, I will find a new message. Or a new audience. I will arrive early for my speaking engagements.

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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?” ” “How can I be more inspirational when I present?” ” I am asked some semblance of these questions on a regular basis.

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

Presentation Zen

One thing we need to constantly remind ourselves is that slides and other forms of projected visualization—no matter how "cool" they may be—are not appropriate for every context.

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. In the Tell ‘n’ Show SM method , you put a meaning title that tells the point on the slide. Then you add an image, graph/chart, or diagram that shows the point.

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The Christmas music made me do it.

Speak Schmeak

On Saturday night, I was sitting in my living room lit by candles and Christmas tree lights, snuggled in a blankie and enjoying a book and some wintry tunes on Pandora while my husband participated in poker night with some friends.

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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. Technologies such as our laptops, iPads, and cool software packages are wonderful tools that can, when used well, increase the quality of communication and engagement.

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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. What can you do to help your audience understand and remember what you say? I think there are four steps you can use to get the best results. Simplify.

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A public speaking lesson from NORAD

Speak Schmeak

Have you heard of NORAD? North American Aerospace Defense Command "is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America.

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

Succeed Speaking

If you watch the news and listen to the right (wrong) people, you’ll be led to believe that you need to hide your money under the mattress and turn and run from your speaking business as fast as you can — because “things are bad!!”

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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. Many times, you'll get the sense right away that being the "other" in a group is uncomfortable, without the shared experience you might expect from a room with women in it.

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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. Quotes for Public Speakers George Carlin Public Speaking Quotations quotations

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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].)    What he’s learned is surprising, and has an important lesson for public speakers and communicators everywhere.

Finish quickly with selection shortcuts

PowerPoint Tips

I started working with a new client doing a series of 1-on-1 coaching sessions. In the first session, we were going over a slide and I needed to select 2 objects to move them together. Use the Shift key to select more than one object.

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Is the barrier real?

Speak Schmeak

On my regular 3-mile walk, I have started cutting through the Earl Warren Showgrounds property near my neighborhood, because it shortens the distance I have to walk along the shoulder of a busy thoroughfare.

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? It's a great question, and can help us find our ultimate motivations. Yesterday, I talked about defining your speaking dream more specifically by deciding where you want to speak.

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.

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

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. How can you be the exception? By learning these public speaking techniques to stay in control.

Make your communication personal with photos

PowerPoint Tips

I see lots of presentation files and have started to notice that when people start designing slides, they go into a formal mode that makes the presentation less personal — and less effective.

Do you have a memorable one-liner?

Speak Schmeak

One of my regular networking groups gives several opportunities to practice speaking each month. We go around the room introducing ourselves, once at the beginning and once at the end, delivering what's called our "30-second commercial."

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. This young man was ready for his in October, 2010. What can we learn from Sam Hollyman? - Be Willing.

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Meryl Streep on Margaret Thatcher and public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Public speaking was a hallmark of Margaret Thatcher's career, long before she became Britain's prime minister--and public speaking is emerging as a strong theme in the new movie The Iron Lady , which debuts January 6 in the UK.

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. Today I want to address the issue of whether to present a little or a lot of your work in a presentation.

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.” ” After playing around a little more, I had another thought: “This is too much.”

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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. While a small number of classical Christmas pieces were included, the majority of Kuan’s program choices were non-traditional. Hanukkah rhythms. Tchaikovsky re-arranged as big-band jazz.

Another tip for reading from a script

Speak Schmeak

My "Our Town" script from 8th grade I wrote last year that speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted , and I gave some tips on how to sound more natural.

4 Engineering Communication Tips

Matt Eventoff

Having worked with technical professionals (engineering communication) ranging from top IT executives to Ivy League scientists to internationally ranked engineers, I fancy myself a cocktail party technologist – I understand enough about a wide spectrum of technical disciplines to discuss them for a minute or two, but can barely hook up Wi-Fi in my own house.

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. She went ahead, anyway, in order to reduce the stigma and secrecy around schizophrenia, publishing The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.

Morgan’s 10 Holiday-inspired Rules for Public Speaking - Especially When Things Go Wrong

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Over the years I’ve learned that there are no cosmic rules in Public Speaking.    There are answers to challenges and speaking problems – and then better answers.    But the mistakes most people make come from silly rules they’ve learned long ago, half-remembered, and applied incorrectly. That said, there are tips that, judiciously applied, will make your life better as a public speaker particularly when responding to speaking crises. 

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 110)

Manner of Speaking

Steven Covey - American Author, Speaker and Management Consultant. “Prepare your heart and mind before you prepare your speech.” ” — Steven Covey. Photo courtesy of Abras2010. Quotes for Public Speakers Motivation Preparation Public Speaking Quotations quotations Steven Covey

K.I.S.S.’ing-off complexity

The Presenter's Blog

Keeping it short and simple is never stupid. This week finds me in Dubai with a balcony view of Burj Khalifa, the 163 storey spike of glass and light that is the world’s tallest building. We erroneously associate size with status. Whatever you build, I can build bigger. The Burj might be the world’s tallest building today, but cities suffer acute architectural envy and before long it will be overtaken, becoming the world’s second tallest building.

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. Joining them were more than 100 simultaneous TEDx events around the world showing the live stream as well as introducing local speakers. I attended the closest local event, TEDxOjaiWomen.

Eric Thomas – 10 Lessons on Motivational Speaking

Matt Eventoff

I see hundreds of motivational speeches every year. Very few warrant a second look, even fewer a third. I have watched this speech over twenty times in the past week. The first 3:30 of this speech should be a staple in classrooms. . This is not an orthodox speech.

The top #publicspeaking and presenting posts of 2011

The Eloquent Woman

From inspiring women's speeches to checklists, visuals and sexist speaking situations, 2011's most-read posts offer you a glimpse at what you and other readers found most valuable this year.

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