June, 2013

The #1 thing you need to be taken seriously as a speaker

Speak Schmeak

Do you know what the #1 thing is that allows you to convey and demonstrate authority and expertise to your audience? Confidence. There''s just nothing like confidence to make an audience sit up and listen when you''re on stage.

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Use the 4 principles of meaningful communication

PowerPoint Tips

When you first find out that you have to give a presentation, you need to think about what you’ll say. Here are 4 principles of communication — guidelines that you should use to ensure that your audience will find what you say valuable and meaningful. Add value.

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Meeting Report: Silicon Valley Speechwriters hear about the Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Carmine Gallo was the featured speaker at today’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable. Gallo is the author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Gallo is a communications coach for the world’s most admired brands.

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Free PowerPoint templates

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is a pretty cool website that I have been looking at: Slide Hunter , an online collection of free PowerPoint templates. I am not sure exactly how many there are, but at about 40 pages of 7 templates I estimate at least 280 or so templates (and they are all free).

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Presentation Tip: Carve Every Word

Professionally Speaking...

Speak clearly if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes. When making a presentation, the clarity of your diction , or lack of it, affects how you''re perceived.

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Ideas for the weekly team meeting

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Watts. What to talk about at the weekly team meeting? It’s a seventh-day conundrum. Yet again it’s Monday morning. Yet again it’s that darned team meeting, and yet again, as the person chairing it, you’ve got no idea what to talk about.

Help me help Daisy, and get a special deal for yourself!

Speak Schmeak

If you''ve ever had a furry friend, you know how disheartening it is to discover that she or he has health problems. You want the best for your loved ones, whether human, canine, feline, or other fuzzy, feathered or scaly family member.

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Relevant Resources: Speaker Magazine and Voices of Experience

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Anyone interested in the world of professional speaking should check out two relevant resources from the National Speakers Association (NSA). Note: This is the NSA that speaks, not the NSA that listens! SPEAKER Magazine Published 10 times a year this house magazine of the NSA is sent to all members.

The Nonverbal Communication Book Preface

The Communication Blog

Recently, I published The Nonverbal Communication Book with Kendall Hunt. Here is the preface; the TOC will follow in another post. Welcome. The Nonverbal Communication Book. The Nonverbal Communication Book is one of many textbooks currently available for the popular Nonverbal Communication course. This book, however, is different in several important respects. Here I explain the focus of the text, its plan and organization, and the ways it may be used. Focus of The Nonverbal Communication Book.

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Body Language Practicum III - Facial Expressions

Professionally Speaking...

In many ways what''s happening on your face when you''re presenting trumps everything else: the words you speak; the way you stand and move; what you do with your hands.

delusions of inferiority

The Presenter's Blog

Reblogged from fool (with a plan): Hold back, keep it muted, don’t stretch, stay safe. We tell ourselves we don''t deserve it. Bigger, better, faster, louder, that’s all for someone else. If we don’t try, we’ll never fail. Never have to regret the misstep, only what might have been. Funhouse distortions. Twisting, obscuring, cloaking, masking, blurring what we really are. We buy the myth we can be anything and then choose so much less. Read more… 310 more words.

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Remember your successes to build speaking confidence

Speak Schmeak

Here''s a simple trick for mustering up some confidence before your next presentation: Recall positive memories of public speaking from your past.

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Use PowerPoint to create buttons for slides or a website

PowerPoint Tips

Buttons are graphics that you click to go to another location (perhaps another slide or another presentation), buy a product, subscribe to a newsletter, and so on. Most often, we think of buttons as being on a website, but you can put them in PowerPoint, too.

Guest Posting: Presentation Tips from TV’s Shark Tank & Dragons Den, by Roger Kethcart

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Roger Kethcart is a reality TV junkie with an amateur interest in the art of public speaking. He almost made his trade the dissemination of information by becoming a public school teacher, but the lure of writing about TV all day long was too much for him to resist. You can find his writing at [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking television

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Follow @NoWomenSpeakers to track conferences with few or no women on program

The Eloquent Woman

I just gave a speech about women and public speaking in which I pointed to the tweets I see on Twitter, every day of the week, in which people are complaining about the lack, or dearth, of women speakers on conference programs.

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Textbook Changes

The Communication Blog

You may have noticed (or will soon notice) a number of changes in your textbooks and I thought I’d note some of these here. Quotations that often introduce our chapters or that appear in margins will be a thing of the past unless they’re very old; contemporary quotations will be gone. The reason: permission problems. The same is true of quotations from research studies that occur within the basal text.

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How to make a good PowerPoint presentation

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Why do you think so many people still ask me to tell them how to make a good PowerPoint presentation? Surely by now everyone would have worked out that the typical corporate PowerPoint Presentations don’t work!

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Your first mistake is comparing yourself to someone else

Speak Schmeak

What actions steps will get you what you want? How often do we do compare ourselves to others in our daily lives? Not just about our speaking skills, but about everything?

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Hide background graphics for design flexibility

PowerPoint Tips

I have a client whose organization requires a watermark logo on every slide. It’s awful and he knows it. So he cheats. (I’m I’m keeping his name private so he won’t get into trouble.).

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Interview: Alicia Berberich – parent / child coach

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

How many professional speakers do you know that go to work in their bathing suits? Well, that is exactly what Alicia Berberich does! Besides speaking to parents groups around the Bay Area, she teaches water aerobics at the San Francisco Presidio YMCA. She has over 10 years of experience teaching a diverse group of students [.] How many professional speakers do you know that go to work in their bathing suits? Well, that is exactly what Alicia Berberich does!

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Famous Speech Friday: Robert Kennedy on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Eloquent Woman

If I''m going to blow up the rules for Famous Speech Friday, it will be for this speech. I saw it broadcast live 45 years ago, and it stands among the best impromptu speeches I know.

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The Nonverbal Communication Book TOC

The Communication Blog

Here is the Table of Contents for The Nonverbal Communication Book. The Nonverbal Communication Book. Contents in Brief. Welcome to The Nonverbal Communication Book. Part One. Foundations of Nonverbal Communication. Introducing Nonverbal Communication. Part Two. The Codes of Nonverbal Communication. Body Messages. Facial Messages. Eye Messages. Artifactual Messages. Space Messages. Touch Messages. Paralanguage and Silence Messages. Time Messages. Part Three. Putting It All Together.

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Why do you need a building to get an education?

More than PowerPoint...

A few weeks ago, I went to tour the new Seidman Business School Building on the downtown GVSU campus. Reports say the new building cost around $40 million. All that money for a business school building! Accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing — fields like that.

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Take every opportunity to be uncomfortable

Speak Schmeak

On Thursday, I was on a train headed to San Diego for a live training on video and stage charisma by my colleague, speech and media coach Ruth Sherman , when I saw a note from her on Facebook that she might need me to introduce her.

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Adjust the location of the X (horizontal) chart axis in a PowerPoint chart

PowerPoint Tips

Sometimes, you need to fine-tune charts, because they just don’t look right. One situation I saw recently was the horizontal chart axis not appearing in the right location. I needed to create a chart from this data for a client: Systolic blood pressure. Diastolic blood pressure.

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150 Resources to help you write better, faster, and more persuasively

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s an incredibly comprehensive listing of 150 resources for writers compiled by Claire Morgan and published on the Open Education Database website. It includes everything writers need, from proper citation and grammar guides to organizational tools, legal help, news digests, media resources, and much more. Business Communication Speechwriting reference material writers

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TEDMED editor Lisa Shufro on fear and the first-time speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Lisa Shufro on the TEDMED stage In a Huffington Post essay, TEDMED managing editor Lisa Shufro shares an insight into fear and the first-time speaker -- and while it may seem to be a story about magician David Blaine and how he prepared for a TEDMED talk, it''s about Shufro, too.

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TGIF, Negativity, and Optimism

The Communication Blog

The other day I got a call from a person who wanted to sell me marketing services. In our “hello, how are you” phase, he responded with “very good, after all it’s Friday.” And so I thought about what he intended to communicate with this TGIF reference.

Presentation Tip: Eliminate 75% of the numbers

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Information overload is the single biggest issue in presentations today according to audience members I have surveyed. In my book, Present It So They Get It , I devote a chapter to five strategies for laser focusing your information to avoid the overload problem.

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How do you get rid of the "ummm" word?

Speak Schmeak

I enjoyed sharing my perspective on "ums" and "uhs" in this article by Gavin McMahon on his blog Make a Powerful Point. Gavin asked me and three other speaking experts this question: "How do you get rid of the ummm word?" You might be surprised by the answers!

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What I Learned From Ryan Avery: 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Ryan is Really Tall - at least compared to me. Rich, did you learn anything from Ryan today?'' I was asked this question a couple of times yesterday, and it was difficult for me to answer.

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Recommended: 10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your next Presentation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s a presentation that is both beautifully designed and contains excellent information on the use of gestures and body language when presenting. 10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your next Presentation from SOAP Presentations. Public Speaking Presentation tips

From the vault: 7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: Published last year, this post is one of the most-read-ever on the blog--and it''s one I share with my trainees again and again, in the hopes they''ll discover these bonuses for themselves.)

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Where were you when the tech went out?

More than PowerPoint...

Well, it happened again. The event coordinator gave me a firm 50 minutes to speak — no wiggle room! — and a nifty state-of-the-art presentation system. I love walking into a building with shiny new equipment!

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TED Talk: Mastery & the Passion Imperative

Presentation Zen

I asked Patrick Newell below for an example of a Japanese presenter he had worked with who greatly improved over the years.

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Friday Fun: Graham Norton red chair survivor!

Speak Schmeak

Wanna know if your story is any good? Sit down in Graham Norton''s red chair, and if you walk away without being tossed out on your head, you''ve told a good story!

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Allyson Portnoy Wins Three Swimming Medals in Special Olympics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Being in Special Olympics gives me the chance to socialize with my friends." "   That's how Allyson Portnoy describes what motivated her to join and stick with the Special Olympics for about a quarter of a century.  The socializing has paid off in special friendships.  That's great.  But just to listen to her describe her wins shows that she has also derived great confidence from participating in the sports.

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