November, 2012

12 Public Speaking Lessons from “Comedian”

Manner of Speaking

I just finished watching, for the second time, Comedian , a terrific documentary about the efforts of Jerry Seinfeld to get back into stand-up comedy after a decade of starring in one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld.

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8 steps to add branding to your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

When I do corporate training or public webinars, I usually ask attendees to submit a couple of slides. After covering basic principles of how to transform presentations (and the reasons behind those principles), I show makeovers of the submitted slides.

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November 12for12 Challenge: Pump up your opening and closing

Speak Schmeak

We are in the home stretch of 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 ! We've been building "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

When Communication Matters Most: 5 Crisis Communication Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Matt Eventoff

The effectiveness of any leader is not determined during a campaign appearance or positive earning announcement, but rather during a time of crisis. Three days ago my hometown was decimated. My place of employment as a teenager now resides in the Atlantic Ocean. Much of where I spent my childhood no longer exists. Where I married the love of my life now rests in the Atlantic.

Want to Get Booked to Speak? Answer Five Questions Correctly to Dramatically Increase Your Odds!

Succeed Speaking

It’s no secret that there are LOTS of “professional” speakers — at least 10,000 or more — bidding for speaking engagements these days. How do you stand out from the crowd? Having assisted thousands of meeting planners and working with many of the world’s best speakers since 1999, I believe it comes down to how effectively you answer FIVE questions that every prospective client is asking.

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Interview: Paul M. Wood – Transmedia Storyteller

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Transmedia storytelling is a hot topic. It’s a form of storytelling where multiple platforms tie together to tell a common story. It has been heralded as “a new storytelling form that is native to networked digital content and communication channels.” ” UCS professor Henry Jenkins coined the term transmedia storytelling, and defines it as representing: “…a [.] Transmedia storytelling is a hot topic.

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Clear Communication: A Must-Have Job Skill in 2013

Manner of Speaking

I just came across a recent article by Ruth Mantell in the Wall Street Journal entitled Must-Have Job Skills in 2013. The four skills are personal branding, flexibility, productivity improvement and … clear communication (which is listed first).

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More Trending

Every presentation is an opportunity to start fresh

Speak Schmeak

How many of you avoid speaking? And how many of you avoid speaking because of something that happened in the past that you perceive as negative? A lot of you have built up fears about speaking based on imaginary worst-case scenarios. Here's a blog post for you.

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Book Review: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

Professionally Speaking...

:: Grab your audience's attention with a powerful opening. :: Maintain eye contact. :: Don't read your PowerPoint slides. :: Encourage the audience to ask questions throughout your presentation.

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Seasonal variation in presentation

The Presenter's Blog

We’re hardwired to think in seasons. For our ancients ancestors, there was a time to plough, a time to plant, a time to reap, and a time to party round a fireside because outside the snow was deep and crisp and even. Think of sport: Different seasons have their different games.

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Five Tips to Deliver Exciting Speeches

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I received this article in Patricia Fripp’s email newsletter, and I have reposted it with her permission. Five Tips to Deliver Exciting Speeches. Open Hot, Close Hotter. To grab audience attention and be remembered, start the presentation with a bang, not a limp “Thanks, it’s nice to be here.” ” The first (and last) 30 seconds have the most impact on the audience.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 151)

Manner of Speaking

Olivia Schofield – Speech Coach, Trainer and Inspirational Speaker. “An actor is an expert at being someone else. A speaker is an expert at being themselves.” ” — Olivia Schofield. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

3 changes you should make in the Options dialog box of PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I’m starting to use the upcoming PowerPoint 2013 a lot and doing so has reminded me of some of the default PowerPoint settings that I hate. Here are 3 simple changes you can make that I think will make you a happier PowerPoint user. They apply to PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 as well.

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Turning the negative into positive

Speak Schmeak

I recently caught an episode of Oprah's Lifeclass , not something I would typically watch, but I know a lot of people who are fans, so I recorded it.

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When NOT To Give Thanks

Professionally Speaking...

As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States, we find ourselves giving thanks.for our family, for our good fortune, for our freedom. And that all seems like a good idea. Where giving thanks isn't such a good idea is when we're giving a presentation.

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How to Reach Decision Makers and Close a Sale

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Professional speakers, freelance speechwriters and entrepreneurs must learn the sales strategies and techniques that will secure appointments in today’s volatile economy. That means getting past gatekeepers and getting to decision makers. Armies of executive assistants and the sub-second attention span of crazy-busy executives are barriers to overcome. Attendees at Saturdays’ meeting of the Northern California [.]. Business Communication National Speakers Association Sales technique

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Add Alltop.com to Your Speaker’s Toolbox

DeFinis Communications

Whether you’re looking for an intriguing story, an interesting example, or a new data point to build out the content of your presentation, Alltop.com is an excellent resource to use and one I recommend to my clients. Rather than a search engine, Alltop is a content aggregator.

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The Right Number of Slides

Manner of Speaking

People often ask, “How many slides should I use in a 20-minute (or 30-minute, or 40-minute, etc.) presentation.” ” I always respond the same way: “I don’t know. Maybe three, maybe 20, maybe 50, maybe 100, maybe none.” ” There is no right answer.

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Using PowerPoint for Best Educational Outcomes

PowerPoint Tips

Teachers use PowerPoint a lot! But how many use it well? How many of you have been students in a class during which the professor bored you with slide after slide of text? What type of presentations do the students of these teachers create when they go out into the world and get a job?

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Are some presentations less important than others?

Speak Schmeak

Are some presentations less (or more) important than others? You might think that your two-minute introduction of a speaker at an event is less critical than your one-hour training presentation on your topic at a conference. But you never know what impact you might have on an audience.

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Streaming Speech: 9 Keys to Thinking on Your Feet

Speaking Freely

Thinking on your feet is “streaming speech.” Just like video streams over the internet, streaming speech is flowing your words, thoughts and feelings unimpeded by mind control. People who are in a position to have to think on their feet usually have a deep well of knowledge and experience. Yet they often don’t trust [.]. Confidence public speaking Thinking on Your Feet Uncategorized Presentation

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Interview: Monique Martineau – Wellness Wisdom Catalyst

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Monique Martineau’s mission is to share profound insights learned during her own pursuit of health and happiness. She’s had several painful “wake up calls” ranging from childhood crisis to having a baby at 19, giving him up for adoption, and meeting him as an adult. At 26, she lived the dark-year-of-the-soul, when doctors couldn’t figure [.] Monique Martineau’s mission is to share profound insights learned during her own pursuit of health and happiness.

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What It Really Means to Share the Stage

DeFinis Communications

If you want to see a good example of partnership, collaboration, and sharing the stage, then take notice of the current interactions between President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 149)

Manner of Speaking

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) Third President of the United States. “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” ” — Thomas Jefferson. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

The Value of Following Your Passion and Never Quitting

Succeed Speaking

Guest Post by Alan Bryan. Many people dream of being the next successful Titan of Industry. Entrepreneurs get to be their own boss, set their own schedules, and control their own destiny.

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What's hiding in your presentation closet?

Speak Schmeak

Many of my clients come to me with existing presentations that need freshening up, tweaking, revising, and improving. One of the simplest ways to freshen up a presentation is to rearrange it.

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Abe’s Honest Voice – How Daniel Day Lewis Captured Lincoln’s Voice

Speaking Freely

No one knows how Abraham Lincoln sounded. But history has it that his voice was high-pitched and nasal. While it was not pleasant to listen to, his sound was able to cut through the noise of large crowds. It has been said that his voice floated over the crowds which would have made him [.]. acting self-expression stage presence Voice

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The 2012 Presidential Election: Transmedia Storytelling in action

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Today’s US Election can be seen as the culmination of the most expensive transmedia storytelling campaign in history. Unlike the year-long Why So Serious? campaign that Warner Bros. funded to promote the Dark Knight Batman movie, and was reported to involve 10 million players, the United States Democratic and Republican Political Parties funded a multi-year [.]. Culture Shock! Marketing 2012 Presidential Election Politics

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Obama vs Romney: Too Late for PowerPoint?

DeFinis Communications

I was giving a presentation yesterday to a group of 30 major account sales professionals from a global company. For many in the room, English was their second language, so there was somewhat of a gap in our communication.

2012 U.S. “Prezi”dential Election Recap

Manner of Speaking

I came across this presentation on Prezi that provides a recap of the recent election in the United States. If you are not familiar with Prezi, have a look. Click the image below and you will be taken to the presentation on the Prezi home page.

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Product Placement Exercise

The Communication Blog

The recent release of Skyfall and the news that Heineken spent $45 million dollars to have James Bond drink its beer makes a perfect introduction to the issue of product placement. The following is a brief discussion of product placement and an exercise I developed for the artifactual communication chapter in my nonverbal communication book—still in manuscript. I thought this might be useful to those teaching the nonverbal communication course or a unit in an introductory course.

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Quick tips on using a microphone

Speak Schmeak

Happy Friday! Here are some quick tips on using a microphone. Enjoy! You'll have to crank up the sound on both your computer and YouTube; it recorded at a very low volume.). Quick Fixes The Business of Coaching Voice

Raise Your Voice! Music gives voice to special needs children

Kate's Voice

There is another Kate’s Voice on the Web. In fact there are two others, and both are noble causes. This month, I am highlighting www.katesvoice.org. A couple with a special needs daughter, Kate, recognized that her love for music was a path to developing a wide range of skills. It gave her a voice in [.]. Raise Your Voice vocal power singing vocal health

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Hosting Toastmaster Time Television

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmaster Time is a long-running San Francisco Bay Area monthly television program, produced by members of Toastmasters International clubs in District 57. Shows are broadcast on local television community access channels and a complete archive of the past eight years are available for viewing on the Toastmaster Time website. The show presents talks by Toastmasters, [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking television studio

What is the new Microsoft Office? 2013? 365?

PowerPoint Tips

Most of you have a version of Office that you installed on your computer. You know it as Office 2003, 2007, 2010 or (if you have a Mac) 2004, 2008, or 2011. Now, there’s a new number, 365. What is Office 365? Previously, Office 365 was an offering for businesses that supported online tools like. Sharepoint (online storage). Exchange (online email). Lync (a conferencing/webinar/messaging tool). But that’s changing.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 150)

Manner of Speaking

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) British Prime Minister and Author. “Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours.” ” — Benjamin Disraeli. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Benjamin Disraeli public speaking quotes quotes

How to Thrive in a Challenging Public Speaking Situation

DeFinis Communications

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Carolyne Stayton, the Executive Director of Transition US. Transition US is a resource and catalyst for building resilient communities across the United States that are able to withstand severe energy, climate, or economic shocks while creating a better quality of life in the process. Carolyne was scheduled to give a speech at the Bioneers conference in Marin County, CA, and she needed help with her preparation.

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