February, 2010

How to handle a heckler

Speaking about Presenting

Most hecklers are made, not born. If people don’t feel listened to they will turn into hecklers. So the critical step to avoid making hecklers out of people in your audience is to listen. At the Presentation Camp in LA last year I facilitated a session on handling a heckler.

Should you say “thank you” at the end of a presentation?

PowerPoint Tips

There’s a great discussion going on at The Official Toastmasters International Members Group on LinkedIn. Because you can’t access the group unless you join, I thought I’d summarize the opinions and see what you think.

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Is it a good fit?

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. Last week I decided that I was not going to take on a particular client. It wasn't a personality issue or a coaching issue I'm not qualified to address.

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Dilbert mocks bad PowerPoints

Dahle Communication

Saw this cartoon today and had to share it. If you read Dilbert you know that Scott Adams has been spending several years lampooning the business world and all that is wrong with it. Here, he takes a humorous look at PowerPoint presentations and how bad they can be. Enjoy.

The Power of Intention: The secrets your voice reveals

Kate's Voice

I am often surprised by the lack of research in the area of voice as a barometer for the psyche, but we all know it is. I got a voice mail from my daughter the other day. All she said was, “Hi, Mom. Call me,” but I knew something was wrong. Fortunately, it was [.]. communication intention Speaking vocal image

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Distill Your Message for a More Impactful Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

Distill. It has such a nice sound. It suggests that something is being made purer or more concentrated or more essential. It is a word and activity presenters should learn to embrace. Most presentations sound as though their creators never heard of the word "distill".

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How to manage feedback from the presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

In my eBook How to present with a backchannel I recommend that the first time you present with a backchannel, you shouldn’t try and monitor or respond to feedback in real-time (the term backchannel refers to an online conversation taking place at the same time as people are talking live).

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Super Bowl SUCCESs

Speak Schmeak

Even if you didn't watch the Super Bowl, you can still see one of the better ads right now on YouTube. There are a lot of reasons this commercial for Google worked. I'm going to approach it from the perpective of Chip and Dan Heath's " Made to Stick.

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Fear of Public Speaking, Pt. II – Breathing Techniques

Matt Eventoff

In Pt. I of this series I went over a number of tips and tactics to deal with the fear of public speaking. One of the tactics was breathing, which sounds so simple, and is often anything but the night before, or the hour before, you are to give a speech or presentation. Today will focus 0n a few of my favorite breathing techniques to use prior to presenting or giving a speech: 1. Three Deep Belly Breaths – Sounds like what it is.

Piano Stairs - Why messaging is important

Dahle Communication

If you look at almost any statistic out there, America is not a very healthy nation. The Obesity Society's research shows that 49 out of 50 states have over 20% of residents listed as obese and 3 states have over 30% of their residents are obese - needless to say, not good. Why is this?

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Speaking with a Teleprompter

Professionally Speaking...

Teleprompters are a relatively recent addition to the field of oratory. The producer of the I Love Lucy TV show claimed credit in the 1950s for the idea and was awarded a U.S. patent for its invention. Since that time, scores of political figures and business people have used teleprompters to deliver speeches. The tool's convenience is unquestioned; its effectiveness, however, is very dependent on the user's skill.

The Only Thing I Know

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

via youtube.com. The last few years, I’ve made an effort to manage my allocation of time better as it comes to games. I used to be a core member of a serious World of Warcraft guild. The hours spent each night is just not a commitment I’m prepared to make at the expense of real life.

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Review of two books on speaking

PowerPoint Tips

I recently read two books on speaking and thought I’d review them together. TJ Walker’s Secret to Foolproof Presentations was sent to me by the Jess Todtfeld, complete with a sticker that says, “Autographed by the author.&#

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Is there enough white space in your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

I have a client who's verbose. It's the first thing he told me when I asked him about his challenges with public speaking. But he didn't have to tell me; I couldn't get a word in edgewise in the first ten minutes of our conversation. He says he "hates it." Here's one way to look at it.

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IT Executives – You Are At Risk!

Matt Eventoff

Whether you are a CIO or a front line IT professional, if you can not explain to other professionals, either in IT or on the business end of your organization, exactly what you do and what you deliver for the organization, you will have a problem in this economic climate. Period.

Before giving a presentation try to get an idea of what they want

Dahle Communication

Next week I am going to be giving a presentation to Sioux Falls Up & Coming - a group of young professionals that meet weekly to "pursue common goals and inspire great change." " Luckily, I know most of the members of Sioux Falls Up & Coming and follow them on Twitter.

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What will be socially acceptable 100 years from now?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to Sociological Images for an eye-opening display of vintage ads for cocaine and opium products. This is normal today That was normal back then They note that what is considered socially “acceptable&# changes over time: it’s no secret that products with cocaine, marijuana, opium, and other now-banned substances were at one time sold openly, often as [.]. Culture Shock

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Five Ways to Polish Your Vocal Image

Kate's Voice

On this long weekend, you might want to take some time to work on your vocal image while you have some time. Here are five ways you can use the time to your advantage (Note: This also might be just what you need to add the icing to the cake when you are speaking with [.]. vocal power intention vocal image

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Two Peter Block workshops you should attend

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Flawless Consulting workshop with Peter Block and Symphonia Leadership Development. Flawless Consulting” is often called ‘The Consultant’s Bible’. It is the ultimate guide to getting your expertise used, whether you are an internal or external consultant! Being a true consultant doesn’t just happen, anymore than quality just happens. It has to be learned. Quality consulting means partnering equally with line management and clients.

Getting the resistant on board

Speak Schmeak

The other night, during a discussion on image-based PowerPoint, one of my public speaking group coaching members asked me how she can convince her colleagues -- who are resistant to change -- to try a new approach. Here's my response. A speaker always needs to think first about the audience.

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Crisis Communication – What Toyota Should Do Now

Matt Eventoff

What Mr. Toyoda (and any executive in a similar situation) should do now: 1. Develop your Message – Today! – The Prius was a groundbreaking achievement, Lexus is a leader in the luxury class, and Toyota has always been dependable; A week later, there is no message, which is a message.

Are Super Bowl Ads Worth The Cost? Maybe, but what can we learn from them?

Dahle Communication

This year if you wanted to advertise during the Super Bowl, you had to pay CBS almost $3 Million dollars for 30 seconds worth of time. That's a lot of money for only 30 seconds - but you do get to advertise to almost 100 million viewers. However, with only 30 seconds, you better have a great elevator pitch! To me the answer is easy - it is worth the cost, if you get it right.

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What’s your worst experience watching or delivering a PowerPoint presentation?

PowerPoint Tips

I had to share this comment from a discussion going on in the LinkedIn Learning, Education and Training Professionals Group group. There have been many great comments, but I got permission from Dr. William Brantley to share this one: “The worst PowerPoint presentation I ever attended was given by a senior professor in the Education department of a major university. His speech, ironically, was on how to gain and maintain student interest in the classroom.

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Never Read a Speech.Badly

Professionally Speaking...

I'm the first one to advise against reading a speech. It usually is tricky to maintain decent eye contact, a struggle to sound authentic, challenging to create any kind of connection with the audience.and just plain boring to listen to. Yet you may be faced with some of these situations: Perhaps your comments have been through legal or regulatory approval and need to be delivered precisely as written. Perhaps there are slander concerns.

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Is Your Speech Any Good?

Successful Speeches Blog

On my most recent trip to Whole Foods, I came face to face with a huge display of free, organic orange samples. I used the tongs on the display to get a piece of orange and bit into it. It was the sweetest orange I had ever tasted. It was so good I couldn’t help [.].

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Words speak louder than actions

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. We've all heard the expression "Actions speak louder than words." Most of the time, we expect people's behavior to reveal their true self, even when their words speak otherwise.

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Interview: Jack Sramek - Land Banker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jack Sramek is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps Fighter Pilot. He flew 125 combat missions in Vietnam as a member of the famous “Blacksheep Squadron” and served as the personal aide to Lt. General Lewis W. Walt, commander of all Marines in Vietnam. Upon leaving [.] Jack Sramek is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps Fighter Pilot.

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Justin Timberlake and the Art of Presenting Well

Duarte Blog

Driving in my car, listening to Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSound, I realized that J.T. has a really good handle on what it means to deliver a great presentation. Take a look. Take some of his advice and you, too, can be a presentation rockstar!

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Smart, Well Dressed Teenagers - Our Future is in Good Hands

Dahle Communication

This coming weekend is a pretty big weekend for a lot of students in the Rushmore District of the National Forensics League. It is the tournament that determines who gets to go to the National Debate Tournament in June. Officially it is called the District Qualifying Tournament, but to debaters, we call it simply "Quals." " Quals is by far the most intense tournament of the year for a lot of school across the nation.

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IT Executives – You Are At Risk!

Matt Eventoff

Whether you are a CIO or a front line IT professional, if you can not explain to other professionals, either in IT or on the business end of your organization, exactly what you do and what you deliver for the organization, you will have a problem in this economic climate. Period.

The Don't Miss This List, Edition 6

Professionally Speaking...

The blogosphere -- fascinating world that it is -- consists of blather, banality and some brilliance. Luckily, when it comes to presentation advice, examples of brilliance aren't hard to find: KATE PETERS , in Who Let the Frogs Out , shares practical remedies to deal with the voice that tickles, tremors or croaks during a presentation, just when you're about to make your most important point.

Where was this commercial during the Super Bowl?

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. The Man Your Man Could Smell Like." This commercial has it all, but mostly what it has is humor. Most commercials for men's fragrances and body care products are geared toward men and have pretty much the same message: "Women will throw themselves at you if you wear this."

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Heckling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“I think heckling is something the people of Britain can well be proud of…&# - Joseph Strick, documentary film maker, 1966 A BBC documentary film caught priceless moments in the 1966 British election. Politicians mixed it up with vocal members of the electorate who have no compunction about joining in the debate from the audience in [.]. Public Speaking harold wilson

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News Alert: Bill Gates is officially redeemed from presentation purgatory

Duarte Blog

Wow, Gates did a great job at TED this year. Why is he suddenly a great communicator and presenter? What has driven his transformation? I think it’s because he moved from presenting about his job to presenting about his passion, and suddenly he communicates well.

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4 myths to stop about women & public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

You've heard them. You may have even repeated them and believed them. But it's time to slay these 4 myths about women and public speaking.

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“The Adversary”: A powerful presentation technique

The Presenter's Blog

“In every classic story, the hero fights the villain.”. In a key section of his book “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” , Carmine Gallo invokes the plot-line of every childhood story we grew up with, in order to reveal a powerful device for mobilizing an audience: the Adversary. A clear presentation tells a story. It should be stirring, clear, and memorable. It should contain qualities that stand out in clear black and white rather than in obscuring shades of grey.

Is Your Speech Any Good?

Successful Speeches Blog

On my most recent trip to Whole Foods, I came face to face with a huge display of free, organic orange samples. I used the tongs on the display to get a piece of orange and bit into it. It was the sweetest orange I had ever tasted. It was so good I couldn’t help [.].

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