June, 2008

The grandmother cliché

Speak Schmeak

Way back when I started this blog, I wrote about clichés , and specifically the expression, "It's not your grandmother's [insert item here]." Yesterday, I read this in an article: "I use the 'grandmother' rule. Put simply; present anything so that your grandmother would understand it."

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ON BEING LIKED

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

The book, How to Win Friends & Influence People, is often second only to the Bible in sales. Dale Carnegie outlines - in very simple steps and examples - how to be nice without letting yourself get walked on. Here are six traits kind people of the world share: Become interested in other people. Smile. A person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. Be a good listener and encourage people to talk about themselves.

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Presentation: Pecha Kucha

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation: Pecha Kucha : Get to the PowerPoint in 20 Slides This Pecha Kucha thing is different and interesting. If you present with PowerPoint - watch this video. If you have suffered through Death by PowerPoint - watch this video and send it to others.

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high-tech women get a speaker's bureau

The Eloquent Woman

Here's a site that uses technology to help women working in high-tech get closer to speaking opportunities : GeekSpeakr allows you to post a profile, including your topics and expertise, to help event organizers identify women speakers.

Finding Our Way

The Arrowood Curve

Writer Peter J. Boyer from the New Yorker : Kieth Olbermann’s success, like Bill O’Reilly’s, is evidence of viewer cocooning—the inclination to seek out programming that reinforces one’s own firmly held political views. People want to identify,” Phil Griffin says. They want the shortcut.

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Commencement Speeches

Speaking Of...

Author JK Rowling speaks to the Harvard Graduates, 2008 It's that time of year--graduation ceremonies, and words of wisdom for graduates, spoken by guest speakers, famous and less well known.

Tea made me a very sexy man.

Speak Schmeak

Over the past weekend we attended the World Tea Expo (see posts here and here from last year when I was a speaker there). So much better in Vegas than Hotlanta. Thank you.

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More Trending

Top 2 Reasons to Love Technical Difficulties

More than PowerPoint...

"There is something technically wrong." Those of us who participate at Twitter are frequently greeted with the above phrase for the past few weeks. The image accompanying the message is a flock of cheerful little birds trying to lift a whale.

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women in public life

The Eloquent Woman

Today's New York Times brings another columnist calling for a speech on gender discrimination --but this time, the author is a male, Nicholas Kristof , and he's suggesting Barack Obama deliver it--calling it Clinton's "missed opportunity."

2008 52

PowerPoint Tip: Playing Quicktime videos in PowerPoint

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

When you start incorporating video in to your PowerPoint presentations, you will likely hit one of the roadblocks that many presenters find frustrating. It has to do with video file formats. There are many video file formats. Some of the most popular ones you will see are AVI, WMV, and MOV. The problem is with the last file format, the MOV format. It is the Quicktime format created by Apple.

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Public Speaking : ENTRANCE VISUALS

Great Public Speaking

Some type of visual in the room as the participants enter is a good way to signal them that your presentation will be different. It could be an interesting picture or funny quotation on the overhead or PowerPoint screen or a nicely done color flip chart page. You could have helium balloons or colorful airbags lining the walkway into the seating area of your presentation. Use anything that makes the participants take notice. It will build their anticipation of your presentation

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Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

I just got back from a fabulous quickie trip to San Diego where I delivered a training at a gorgeous resort to a group of fun and willing participants (welcome, ECGMC blog visitors!).

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public speaker's notes? you can keep them!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

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Information Overload--is this Training?

Speaking Of...

How do audiences learn best? Having spoken with and trained many people over the course of my career, and listened to their feedback, here's my take on what makes training effective. First, inundating folk with information is not training. Here's a useful, short definition of training. training - activity leading to skilled behavior" To learn any skill requires lots of practice.

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Harriet McBryde Johnson: able advocate

The Eloquent Woman

The eloquence of facing your challengers and speaking the unspeakable takes a bittersweet twist this morning in a New York Times appreciation of author, attorney and advocate Harriet McBryde Johnson , who died June 4 at age 50.

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Presentation: Clarify your expertise

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation: Clairify your expertise When speaking to a group - being clear on what you don't know helps clairify what you do know. Don't pretend to be the all-seeing know-it-all. This tip from customer service expert, Jeff Mowatt, says it well. -- What I DO know is. "My

2008 40

Public Speaking : PUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE IN THE PALM OF THEIR HANDS

Great Public Speaking

If you have a book or specialized reports and articles you can have them formatted to be sold to millions of Palm Pilot and Visor users. This market is growing by leaps and bounds and there is no reason you can't tap it. Not only that. Just think of the possibilities when you are at meetings or on airplanes and you run into a hot prospect. Simply beam him/her your book. This sure beats the heck out of a simple business card

2008 40

Note to self: Never do that joke again

Speak Schmeak

As a follow up to this post about bombing , here's some more Eddie Izzard technique. I've never seen a comedian make so many jokes about his own jokes not working. And of course, when the audience doesn't get one and he acknowledges it, he gets even more laughs.

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Accent the positive!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

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Miscommunication: When “You're Wrong” Actually Means “You're Right.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I was sharing a meal with a couple a few days back and I got to witness a hilarious spectacle – they were arguing with each other. And it all began with the word “No.” Alright… it didn't really begin with the word “No

2008 40

Speaker updates: Kindle, audioconference tips

The Eloquent Woman

On our sister blog, don't get caught news & info , you'll find we often cover topics and tips of interest to women and public speaking.

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Technology--Friend or Foe of Good Communication?

Speaking Of...

Friend or Foe? iPhones , Blackberrys , GPS, Instant Message, Texting --are these your new Masters, and are you their Slave? Have you replaced the old fashioned verbal conversation with text, even when the person you communicate is steps away? Is silence, or being 'unplugged,' now unnatural to you? We all seem to have too much to do, and too little time. Speakers, beware. It is a subtle and seductive relationship. We embrace the technology, thinking it will save us time and make us more efficient.

2008 40

Public Speaking : REBOOT AND KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT

Great Public Speaking

A typical problem I see with presenters that use Power Point or other computer based presentations is that they forget to reboot before the presentation. Many conscientious presenters practice their presentation just prior to the actual delivery. They use up many of the computer resources before their presentation and when the time comes to deliver the program to the audience their computer crashes.

2008 40

Are you playing like a champion?

Speak Schmeak

What's your excuse for not giving it all you've got as a speaker? "I I do fine without practicing." (Oh Oh yeah? Says who?) "I I didn't have time to prepare." (I I bet you found plenty of time for Twitter.) "I'm I'm not 100% today." Your audience still needs 100% of you.) "I'm

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Historical laughter!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

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Speaking Without Fear – Are You Afraid of Yourself? « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I was taking a little walk the other day when I bumped into this young chap at a bus stop. He was slightly taller, well dressed and proper in his nice shirt and pants. I was in a red jersey, white sports shorts and sandals

2008 40

finding a quotable eloquent woman

The Eloquent Woman

"If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names ," said Elaine Gill, and I know how she feels.

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June 17/08 Slide Makeover Video Podcast available

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store or online. This video podcast shows the transformation of a simple slide from a Toastmasters leadership training presentation. The "after" slide connects better with the audience to make the point. If you are a member of Toastmasters, this is a great video to share with fellow members and with prospective members.

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Public Speaking : STORYTELLING TIPS

Great Public Speaking

=> Use stories during public speaking engagements to illustrate points and state the point in addition to telling the story. Always make your story relevant to the subject at hand. => Select stories to match the intelligence, experience, occupation, and age of the audience as well as the nature of the occasion.

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Following up after networking events

Speak Schmeak

In San Diego today and starting early. I hope my workshop is going well! Jane Pollak has a great post on how she follows up after networking events. I especially like how she culls the cards that are not a fit for her instead of hanging onto all of them forever (like I do).

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog :: A speaker's best warm.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

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You Make a Difference!

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead We go about doing many things in life. Sometimes, we get so used to doing certain things

2008 40

is it time for a gender speech from clinton?

The Eloquent Woman

Anna Holmes, managing editor of the blog Jezebel , makes the case for Hillary Clinton to address gender discrimination in an op-ed article today in the New York Times. Holmes offers this prescription for how such a speech could come about: The question is when, and how, she could do it.

2008 52

Making numbers easy to understand

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In chapter five of my book "The Visual Slide Revolution", I emphasize how important it is to create a visual that has context for your audience. Context for your audience means stated in a way that is familiar to their world. What if you have a really large number that most people would have trouble understanding because it is so much bigger than what they normally consider? Last week's newsletter by Daphne Gray-Grant gave excellent examples of how to do this.

2008 40

Public Speaking : DON'T GO TO THE BATHROOM

Great Public Speaking

I just spoke at an association meeting where I had set up all my equipment and got everything working just right. Before the event, I made the big mistake of going to the bathroom while other audio visual people were coming into the room. When I returned, my entire setup was moved. They actually picked my table up with my laptop and moved it about 8 feet closer to the screen which made the picture so small no one would have been able to see it.

2008 40

Does your appearance enhance your performance?

Speak Schmeak

"If you come out in jeans and a t-shirt, you better be good. If you come out in a big shiny suit, half your work's done." ~ Graham Norton Graham Norton is a comedian known for his flashy style, and he has the luxury of wearing whatever he wants as a performer; however, he makes a good point here.

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corps content

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

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