April, 2011

The Power of Words – 108 Seconds Changes Everything

Matt Eventoff

This video clip delivers more power, emotion and education in less than two minutes than the majority of programming can deliver in two hours: This video isn’t even a video, it’s an advertisement, and the most effective advertisement I have seen in years.

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The Ripple Effect

Manner of Speaking

Have you ever tossed a pebble into a lake when the water was completely calm? Although the pebble is small, the effect is large. From that tiny “plop&# , ripples begin to spread out in all directions. And it never ceases to amaze me just how far they can extend.

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6 steps to create a quick PowerPoint makeover

PowerPoint Tips

This past month, I did two makeovers–one for a long-time friend who was presenting at an academic conference and the other for a partner.

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How to magnify your flaws: Try public speaking!

Speak Schmeak

As a personal development tool, public speaking can't be beat. If you don't learn a few things about yourself from the process of building and delivering a presentation, you may be self-awareness-challenged.

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41 Reasons Good Speakers Give Bad Speeches

Successful Speeches Blog

This year, I didn’t even think about it. Well, I did think about it, but I didn’t think about doing it. If you subscribed to my newsletter more than a year ago, then you know what I’m referring to. On my birthday, I usually attempt to do the number of push ups that equals my [.]. Opinion PowerPoint Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Uncategorized

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On Effective Communication - Inc. Magazine's interview with Peter Guber

Dahle Communication

I've always preached the idea that communication is first and foremost something that everyone needs to do well if they want to succeed. It doesn't matter what business you are involved in or what you are planning on doing for a living, if you can communicate well, you will be successful.

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How to kick the habit of too many filler words…and why you must!

Kate's Voice

So, I ‘m going to pick on the word “so.” So, it’s so common at the beginning of sentences that it doesn’t mean anything anymore. In fact, “so” appeared on the annual Lake Superior State University list of banished words as long ago as 1999. So, blogger Terry Odell writes of a software for [.]. communication vocal delivery vocal power delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tips

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A great resource for presenters–Indezine.com

PowerPoint Tips

I want to share with you a great resource for presenters– Indezine.com. This site is run by a great friend of mine, Geetesh Bajaj, and includes a vast amount of information on PowerPoint, presentation tools, and more. It also offers a huge number of backgrounds, both for free and for purchase.

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One special moment

Speak Schmeak

On the TV special "Talking Funny" the other night, host Ricky Gervais facilitated a conversation between fellow comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock.

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Listening: A Core Communication Skill

DeFinis Communications

I’ve been working with two different clients lately, of two different genders, in two different companies, from two different states who have two entirely different approaches to listening. One client actually listens too intently, and the other doesn’t seem to be listening at all.

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Communication Strategies: Impression Management

The Communication Blog

Impression management (some writers use the terms self-presentation or identity management) refers to the processes you go through to communicate the impression you want other people to have of you. This is a really strange area because it has so many ethical implications; in many cases these strategies are used to fool people. Impression management is largely the result of the messages communicated.

How to communicate social issues through art and parody

The Speaker Point

Art and parody is an effective way to challenge current paradigms

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Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

In a little more than a month’s time, I will fly to Lisbon, Portugal for the Toastmasters District 59 Spring Conference. It promises to be a fabulous time and I am looking forward to seeing many friends from across Europe. The organization for the conference has been superb.

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Free PowerPoint alternatives–Prezi

PowerPoint Tips

Prezi has created quite a buzz because it uses a completely new paradigm for presentations–a canvas rather than individual slides. It also has an innovative menu. To get started, follow these steps: Step 1: Start Prezi. Go to Prezi and choose Log In, or Sign Up Now.

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How to procrastinate on a presentation

Speak Schmeak

The topic of procrastination came up twice yesterday, so I think it was a sign that I'm supposed to write about it. I asked in a previous post, " What's the opposite of a procrastinator? " If there is such a thing, why is there no word for it in the English language? But that's beside the point.

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What’s your Laryngitis trying to tell you?

Kate's Voice

Years ago, I was performing a role in a show when I came down with a bad case of laryngitis. I did not have a cold, and it wasn’t clear to me how I had contracted laryngitis, but there was no doubt that my voice was gone. Since the show needed to go on and [.]. vocal health vocal power laryngitis postaweek2011

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Book review: Obstacle Illusions

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Obstacle Illusions: Transforming Adversity into Success. Stephen J. Hopson was born deaf but quickly learned to speak and began attending public school.

Speaker Profile: Seth Braun

The Speaker Point

Seth Braun is a professional speaker, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. Here he shares his insight with the Speaker Point readers

2011 146

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 84)

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin - American Business Guru and Author. “The market is not seduced by logic. People are moved by stories and drama and hints and clues and discovery. Logic is a battering ram, one that might work if your case is overwhelming. Wal-Mart won by logic (cheap!),

Getting a shiny Web 2.0 look in PowerPoint-Part I: Reflections

PowerPoint Tips

Maybe Web 2.0 is already an old look, but you still see a lot of it. Of course, Web 2.0 really refers to how a website functions–especially interactivity and sharing. But, along with Web 2.0 has come a type of design and one of its main hallmarks is a clean, shiny look. Why shiny?

Your presentation: The "So what?" factor

Speak Schmeak

You've got a great hook for your presentation. You've got a truly startling statistic. You've got a powerful theme. Or so you think. We tend to think our ideas are spectacular and that everyone wants to hear them. Which is one reason why it's so hard for a speaker to stick to her time.

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Communication Strategies: Listening Stages

The Communication Blog

Listening is actually a complex of processes and skills and so it’s convenient to divide the listening process into stages or steps. This is a five-stage model and seems to get at most, if not all, of the essential listening processes and, more important, enables us to identify the relevant skills at each stage. Here five stages are identified: Receiving, understanding, remembering, evaluating, and responding. Listening at the Receiving Stage.

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Professors and Public Speaking/Presentation Skills

Matt Eventoff

I have been fortunate to regularly lecture at colleges and universities around the country and am writing this post at 30,000 feet on a red eye flight returning from Boulder following a lecture at a conference at the University of Colorado. The presentation was entitled Know Your ABC’s, and you will be reading more about it in the coming months.

Featured Speaker: Jeff Zalaya

The Speaker Point

Jeff is business development specialist who runs online marketing workshops for businesses and college students. He is the Founder of Florida Public Speaking and runs the site bestpublicspeaker.com. I asked him about how he started and how he handles the challenges of public speaking. Who are you? Jeff Zelaya What do you do? I’m a

2011 144

Analysis of a Speech by Kathryn Schulz

Manner of Speaking

A new set of TED talks was released this week. One of them, by Kathryn Schulz , caught my eye. Actually, it was the title of her talk that caught my eye: “On Being Wrong&#. Kathryn is a journalist and author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.

Add design flair with a “belly band”

PowerPoint Tips

Sometimes, a simple design secret can dramatically improve your slides. A belly band is such a secret. Well, it really isn’t a secret to designers, because designers use them all the time (just look in any magazine), but non-designers don’t know about it.

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Be the one with the surprises

Speak Schmeak

I've heard this from several of my clients: "My information isn't interesting." They're bored before I even start." They don't even want to be there."

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PowerPoint Lessons at 30,000 Feet

DeFinis Communications

I was flying to Houston recently and sat next to a woman who was working on…you guessed it… her PowerPoint presentation.

Future Business Leaders of America – California State Leadership Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I was fortunate to volunteer as a speech contest judge for an impromptu speech contest for High School students held Friday and Saturday as part of the State Leadership Conference of the California Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). FBLA is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world. It promotes competent, aggressive [.]

41 Reasons Good Speakers Give Bad Speeches

Successful Speeches Blog

This year, I didn’t even think about it. Well, I did think about it, but I didn’t think about doing it. If you subscribed to my newsletter more than a year ago, then you know what I’m referring to. On my birthday, I usually attempt to do the number of push ups that equals my [.]. Opinion PowerPoint Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Uncategorized

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 82)

Manner of Speaking

"Shalom" ("Peace") in Hebrew. “Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village. Her nakedness frightened people. When Parable found her she was huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up and took her home.

Getting a shiny Web 2.0 look in PowerPoint-Part II: Highlights

PowerPoint Tips

In Part I , I explained some of the elements of Web 2.0 design and showed you how to create reflections. In this part, I’ll show you how to create highlights. A highlight is a reflection of light on a shiny surface. Here’s the slide that contains the highlights.

Paging. someone

Speak Schmeak

Sitting in the Denver airport last week waiting for my flight home, I noticed a handy passenger-communication system called visual paging.

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How Many Spokes on Your Content Wheel?

Succeed Speaking

This week’s newsletter is inspired by a statement from Mark Schoenwald, the new CEO of Thomas Nelson (the sixth largest American trade publisher and world’s largest Christian publisher, according to Wikipedia): We can no longer think of ourselves as just a book publisher, but as a content provider. That means that we have to be. Business Strategy Content Delivery Publishing National Speakers Association

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Presentation on Blogging: Tri-Valley Consultants

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I enjoyed presenting this morning to the breakfast meeting of the Tri-Valley Consultants Forum. There was a sold-out audience of 30 East Bay consultants in the room. My talk was titled BLOGGING TO SUCCESS: How blogs, podcasts, video,and twitter can promote your professional reputation. I discussed how new multimedia web-based technologies add exciting options [.]. Uncategorized blogging Social Media tri-valley consultants

How to Ask for a Raise

The Speaker Point

(Guest post by Sally M) Managing your career effectively can be a challenge. It’s hard to know which career move you should make next, and what steps you should take to make more money. If you have been working for the same employer for a long time without seeing a pay increase, it might be

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The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Guidelines for.

The Communication Blog

You may, on occasion, find yourself in a position where a friend, colleague, or romantic partner pressures you to self-disclose. In such situations, you may wish to weigh the pros and cons of self-disclosure and then make your decision