February, 2008

Rules for the sake of rules

Speak Schmeak

Someone disagreed with my opinion on fillers the other day. Among other things, the person said, "Fillers make people sound very unintelligent." Fillers can certainly make a person sound unprepared , if every other word is "um," "uh," and "y'know."

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ON FILLER WORDS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Why do most people use these words? oops) um, okay, anyway, you know what I mean, uh, so, well, but. I mean (oops) these are real bad habits, right? The first step is to become aware that you use these words – get feedback from your friends and colleagues. Toastmasters uses an effective technique to help you become aware of the filler words. It is called the Ah Counter – every time you say a filler, someone uses a buzzer or clicker to remind you.

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What Does it Mean to “Be Strong” « The Shy Speaker's Guide to.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I've been hearing the words “You've got to be strong” pretty often lately. And for a good reason too. You see, my mother was recently warded at the Singapore General Hospital, for a long time ailment – Cancer – and her condition took a

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Top 10 Best Presentations Ever at KnowHR Blog

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BEST OF KNOWHR 10 Tenets for The New HR Top 10 Best Presentations Ever 5 Things HR Needs to Do to End Pay Inequality Now 10 Ways to Know When Its Time to Get Out of HR 65 Things I Believe About HR RECENT POSTS Interview Question of the Day: Do You Drive a Hummer?

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Valentine Hearts - Last Minute Reminder

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You didn't forget Valentine's Day -- or did you? Oh, how could you! It's not like you haven't been bombarded with commercials and ads for the past few weeks! But just in case you forgot, you can make your own glorious PowerPoint Valentine.

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Need Power in Your Speech? Emulate Your Teenager

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Teenagers are adept at punctuating their conversations with nonverbal signals. This habit is especially annoying to parents, but it can also be instructive for your next business presentation. A classic example involves a teenager at dinner. The parent asks, “What happened at school today day?” The teenager shrugs and grunts, “Nothing.” That one shrug suggests plethora of meaning. It suggests apathy, lack of engagement, distrust of the parent, a drawing into self…. A shrug suggests.

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How thick is your skin?

Speak Schmeak

Last year I attended a conference where one of the speakers was Arianna Huffington. I posted about her comment that she doesn't believe in developing a thick skin, because a thick skin keeps out the good as well as the bad.

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Public Speaking Boot Camp with Yuan Ching Sec

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I had recently concluded a successful training session with the Students from Yuan Ching Secondary School. And how did it go? Well, let's just say that… I LOVED IT! =) I must say that this workshop was probably one of the best training

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Storytelling Power

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Khaled Hosseini, master storyteller, his second best seller Have you ever thought about how you would give an impromptu speech? One effective way to have a speech ready at your fingertips is to structure it around a story.

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Jott Yourself a Reminder

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I love the online service called Jott. Currently in public beta, Jott is free, and oh, so useful! With Jott, I send email to friends and colleagues - without typing. Here's how Jott works: I call a toll-free number. The automated Jott bot asks, "Who do you want to Jott?" I mention a name in my email address book, which I've already uploaded to Jott. Then I leave a 30 second (or under) message.

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Power in Your Presentation: Cut Your Word Count

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Copywriters know there is power in brevity. For example, Coke–it’s the real thing! These are five memorable words that have carried the brand a long way. Verizon’s, it’s the network, is even less. As a speech coach, one my biggest challenges is to encourage people to cut words, especially when telling a story. When preparing a story for one of my own speeches, I write the entire story out.

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Two minutes of thank yous?

Speak Schmeak

I read an article the other day about delivering a ten-minute speech that gave this instruction: "Begin with a two-minute opening of thank yous, acknowledgments and possibly a little background on yourself and the organization." 20% of a ten-minute speech devoted to thank yous and acknowledgments?

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PowerPoint Tip: Radio station WIMTT

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Have you been listening to radio station WIMTT lately? You aren't familiar with that station? Worried that it doesn't broadcast in your local area? Well it is available in every local radio market in the world and it is the single most important station for presenters to listen to. The programming is key to effective presentations, but far too many presenters ignore the valuable content it provides. What is station WIMTT?

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Communication Congruence – How to Organize Your Ideas to.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I've been spending much of my time analyzing and studying some of the most impressive and impactful presentations that I've seen for awhile, trying to identify a generic structure or pattern that most effective presenters use

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Public Speaking: Fun Speech Topics

Great Public Speaking

who does the speaker remind me of?

The Eloquent Woman

We're always looking for ways to define eloquence, and the ability to persuade an audience does impact the speaker's perceived eloquence.

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Winners Stretch Themselves!

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Giants 17, Patriots 14--'nuff said aoljpictureUpload , aoljpictureUpload_1

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Happy Leap Day!

Speak Schmeak

When I was very little, we had a neighbor, Mrs. Conchi, who was a leap year baby. I thought she was incredibly silly to say that she was sixteen years old, when it was clear to me that she was older than my grandmother! Happy birthday to those of you who only get your day once every four years!

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Candidate for worst presentation I've ever seen

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In sorting through some notes from last year's conferences that I attended, I was reminded of one presentation that is a strong candidate for the worst use of PowerPoint I have ever seen. Folks, I can't make this stuff up if I tried. The presenter clearly did not understand the tool at all. He only had two slides, but apparently did not know that you could have more than one slide in a file. So he had two different files for his two slides. He opened both files before he started his presentation.

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Body Language in Action « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I chance upon this gem whilst I was randomly surfing for Body Language on Youtube. Here, we get to see three politicians campaigning and having their body language critiqued by body language expert Mark Bowden

Speech Coach Interview

Executive Speech Coach

Speech Coach Interview Enjoy this Interview with executive speech coach, George Torok, about delivering business presentations. Q: Why should a business executive consider working with a coach? Executive Speech Coach: To use a golf analogy, because you can’t see your own backswing.

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competent or likeable, but not both

The Eloquent Woman

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof today offers a look at women rulers and leaders, and uses psychological research findings about public perceptions of male and female leaders to suggest why female leaders in modern democracies have more trouble with public prejudices than did, say, Queen Elizabeth I.

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Public Speaking : SPEAKER HUMOR

Great Public Speaking

** You will remember our next speaker for life. if you get run over in the parking lot. ** Our speaker tonight needs no introduction. He / she did not show up. ** Our next speaker will talk about taking control of your life, mastering your own fate and asserting yourself in the world. That is what his / her agent told him / her to talk about anyway. ** When you don't know the answer to a question: I am glad that question came up.

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It's okay to be a beginner

Speak Schmeak

People forget that there's a first time for everything. People forget that we're not born knowing what to do in all situations.

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Skipping ahead

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I was on the road last week presenting and am heading to the airport again this morning, but thought I'd share a tip that helped me last week. I was doing a new custom program for a client and wasn't sure of the amount of material that I needed. It really depended on how much discussion the group wanted to get in to. So I added an exercise close to the end that I could use if we looked like we were going to end too early.

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Storytelling Power--In Business

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My fellow blogger Trevor Gay did an incredibly kind thing by recently sending me copies of his three small books. One is entitled, "I Wanna Tell You a Story." link] fSearch = trevor +gay& fSearchFamily =0 "I wanna tell you a story is a perfect example of the importance of storytelling in the leadership and management of any company. Trevor Gay offers a colorful matrix of stories that can help you better understand the complexities of work and leadership."

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Presentation Skills - not talent

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Skills – not talent Bad News and Good News – it’s not about talent. If you are a good presenter and don’t know why – beware. If you are a poor presenter and want to get better – take heart. The reason is the same for both. Good presenters are skillful presenters – not talented presenters. The ability to deliver good and great presentations is based on using presentation skills. Skills can be learned and honed. All it takes is study, practice and training.

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finding your voice in a big crowd

The Eloquent Woman

Super Tuesday's New York Times focused on Hillary Clinton's success in speaking before small groups --roundtables, town hall meetings and the like--in moving, emotional ways that connect with the group, versus her large-rally speeches, seen as less successful.

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Public Speaking: Unheard of high Google rankings in hours

Great Public Speaking

You have a Time Sensitive Audio Postcard(TM). There is a great opportunity to get your site high up in the search engine rankings in a matter of hours. I have no idea how long this window of opportunity will last so click the link below right away for details. To get your Audio Postcard, turn up your speakers, and click on this link: [link] Listen for me. Tom Antion

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Who are you performing for?

Speak Schmeak

Here's another interesting example from American Idol of a performer who has a completely different perception of himself than the audience (or at least different from the judges - but I have to assume that if all three judges agree, then many viewers must agree as well).

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PowerPoint Tip: Is Your Font Big Enough?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

One of the questions that comes up often in my workshops is "How big of a font should I use?" The answer is. It depends. You certainly don't want to do what I have seen twice in the past 18 months. These two presentations have set the record for smallest font used on a slide in my experience. They used a five point font. No, that is not a typo. Five (5) point! And they expected the audience to be able to read it. So how do I answer the font size question?

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Speaking Helps You Grow

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Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900. Regarded as one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian Era, Wilde wrote and produced nine plays. Why did I take up the study and practice of learning to speak better? Originally it was because I'd moved across the US and had no friends or contacts in the small town I moved into. I figured that connecting with good speakers would help me find friends.

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Power Presentations: The Environment

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations: The Environment The place and conditions in which you present have an important influence on how well your message is received. If the environment isn’t right, participants won’t pay the required attention and will become irritated. To do a truly great job, it is very important that you be familiar with your presentation room in advance. Where will it be? Will you be in a board room at head office or a district branch? At a hotel, a college, or a conference centre?

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using 'women's work' to add eloquence

The Eloquent Woman

Susan Cooke Kittredge combines heritage with eloquence -- and uses needlework, specifically mending -- to do so in a "This I Believe" essay broadcast this morning on National Public Radio. You can read the essay and hear the audio of Kittredge reading it here.)

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Professional Speaking: Here's one of the best resources I've ever found

Great Public Speaking

Check this out. There are tips from tons of professional speakers.

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Women's Festivals

Speak Schmeak

The Women's Festivals will celebrate the accomplishments and nurture the dreams of women in an interactive, multi-cultural, and multi-tracked format focusing on the five critical areas of women's lives: Personal, Professional, Philanthropic, Political, and Planet— otherwise known as the "5 Ps."

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Katherine Heigl apology

Speak Schmeak

"Please forgive me. I'm unbelievably nervous. I'm not very good at this." ~ Katherine Heigl, presenting at last night's Academy Awards Yep, even actors can be afraid to speak in public !

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