December, 2008

Illustrate your message with dance?

Speak Schmeak

I don't know how many of you have broken out into dance in the middle of a presentation, but maybe it's not a bad idea!

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ON GENUINE HAPPINESS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Physician, Albert Schweitzer shares an important truth. Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Lesson here - the more you give or serve others, the happier you will become. Ghandi also believed, "even as we serve others we are working on ourselves."

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Death by PowerPoint Watch: 2008

More than PowerPoint...

For three years straight, I have been Googling and tracking the term "Death by PowerPoint". I want to see how many pages the big G will deliver for this tired cliche. In 2006, Google delivered 55,000 page s that mentioned this oft-used phrase.

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What did Santa say before "Ho, ho ho"?

Max Atkinson

I’ve just received an email with Christmas greetings from the White House Writers Group in Washington D.C., which contains a nice little ditty: Santa called the other day. "I I need a speech and right away! It should sound new, but somehow old; A message sweet, yet still quite bold.

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December 16/08 Slide Makeover now 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, online or through my YouTube channel.

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Eric Feng Just Passed Away (Memorial Details Below)

The Public Speaking Blog

I have unfortunately passed away, and it has taken a great deal of effort to reach out to my readers from the afterlife. I’ve managed to possess someone and am now typing this from an Internet café as we speak. Metaphorically.). Okay, just kidding.

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Six ways to improve the training environment

Speak Schmeak

During a session with a client the other day, we talked about the delivery of his company's new employee orientation. He was looking for ways to make his message more clear and to keep his diverse audience's attention through a day-long training.

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Using Old Presentation Technology in the New Year

More than PowerPoint...

When was the last time you used an overhead projector and transparencies? photo credit: Cappellmeister When I posed this question at Twitter yesterday, I half expected scorn. Overheads and transparencies? Such old presentation technologies! I haven't seen an overhead projector since the 1900's.

what to do when you're losing the audience

The Eloquent Woman

I just trained a group of nearly 100 scientists in speaker skills and message development for public audiences, at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

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December 2/08 Slide Makeover Video Podcast now 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, online or through my YouTube channel.

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The Office Christmas Party Speech: roads to failure and success

Max Atkinson

One of the advantages of being self-employed is that I’m normally spared from the annual rigours of the office Christmas party. Sometimes, however, you simply can’t escape from being dragged along to one as the spouse or partner of an employee. Once when this happened to me, the boss came up to me during the pre-dinner aperitifs, apparently to ask my advice. Ahh -”he said, “you’re supposed to be an expert on public speaking, so how about a few tips for my speech.”

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Job interviews: two quick tips

Speak Schmeak

I won't go into detail about job interviewing; that's better left to the experts like Rowan Manahan over at Fortify Your Oasis. But I have two simple tips today that I promise will put you slightly more at ease in an interview setting. You are not the only one in the hot seat.

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ON HEAD AND HEART

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

I know things work better when I balance my mental thoughts with the emotions of my heart. When I am only in my head, I can become hard and cynical. Too much heart makes me soft and gullible. So I strive for a balance between my head and heart in my relations with people and when making decisions. I think we all want to live mindfully and live from awareness, wisdom and goodness. Isn't that our birthright?

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PowerPoint, Propaganda, and You

More than PowerPoint...

This is Your Brain on PowerPoint. Our brains have 2 lobes. Loosely speaking, the left handles data, facts, and analysis. The right handles emotions, art, and intuition. When it comes to experiencing a PowerPoint presentation, there's only so much your brain can process.

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Marathon-Themed Table Topics Questions « The Shy Speaker's Guide.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. - The marathon can humble you. - Run like hell, and get the agony over with. - If I were to run a marathon… - We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on

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Pace, Pause and Passion

Executive Speech Coach

Pace, Pause and Passion Improve your presentation delivery by varying your delivery. Practise your presentation delivery with this phrase. - 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; - Voice drills are most effective when you preform them several times and exaggerate individual aspects. That way you hear and feel the differences.

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Gordon Brown's gaffe shows what Gail Jefferson meant by a 'sound formed error'

Max Atkinson

Yesterday, I was phoned by a BBC radio station and asked to comment on Gordon Brown’s gaffe about how he had ‘saved the world’ when he’d apparently meant to say ‘saved the banks’.

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Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling

Speak Schmeak

Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling Continuing on in the series on Thought Traps. You predict that things will turn out badly, and you feel convinced that your prediction will be 100% correct. This seems to be an appropriate thought trap to address on this last day of 2008.

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ON THE ENERGY OF SILENCE

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

If you are like me, you will often be annoyed by your “monkey mind.” The mind that is always thinking thoughts, both positive and negative. Peruvian thinker, Carlos Castaneda, says; “When we are quiet, we realize someone (or something) is trying to teach us. Whenever we manage to stop our inner dialogue, something happens in our lives. We discover things we never thought of consciously but are there ready to help us.

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Note what works & what doesn't work

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

At our recent Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Convention, one of the keynote speakers, Darci Lang, shared an idea that has helped her improve. She is a great speaker and she said that one of the things she does after every presentation is to take a few minutes to note down in a journal what went well that presentation and what didn't work so well. This is an important practice for presenters to follow. I'll share how I would adapt it when thinking about your slides.

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Here Are 3 Things Your Speech Can’t Do Without

The Public Speaking Blog

Remember Pareto’s Principle? Where 80% of the results comes from 20% of your effort. Or 80% of your revenue generated by 20% of your customers. This principle works here in public speaking as well. If you are tight for time, and you want to know what you can do minimally to cause maximum results, this is it. The 20% work that will make a huge positive difference in your upcoming speech or presentation. One Powerful Message.

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Does Your Preview Video Get You the Gig?

Speaker Launcher

In some cases, the speaker booking process might. look something like this: 1. The client decides they need a speaker. If they don’t already have someone in mind, they shop around online based on the topic or call. a speaker’s bureau for suggestions. They view all of the speaker’s materials and. preview videos. They narrow their list and perhaps set up a. phone call with the 3 or so speakers who have made. the short list.

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Sales Presentation Tips

Executive Speech Coach

Make Your Case By Kelley Robertson At an industry conference this past week, I saw and heard several different sales presentations as sponsors of the conference presented their products and services. Unfortunately, most of them missed the mark. Yet, delivering an effective sales presentation is critical if you want to succeed. Here are few key points to consider. Start with impact. Don't waste valuable time talking about your company or its products, services or solutions.

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Move your audience to stimulate their learning

Speak Schmeak

Following up on last week's post on six ways to improve training , PowerPoint and AutoCAD expert Ellen Finkelstein sent me a link to the videos on the Brain Rules website.

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Name your price: the curious language of television advertising

Max Atkinson

More and more British television advertisements are referring to prices in a way that bears little or no relationship to the way we talk about prices in everyday life.

The Visual Slide Revolution named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Yesterday I was proud to see my latest book, "The Visual Slide Revolution" named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008 by Canada's leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. You can see the full article at [link]. The publicity caused the book to reach the top 500 of all books sold at one point yesterday on Amazon.ca. If you'd like to learn more and order your own copy, go to [link].

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exhibit: Americans who tell the truth

The Eloquent Woman

When you're defining what it means to be eloquent, those who use their platforms to speak truth to power often come to mind--few speaking tools are as powerful as the bravery of a speaker who says the unpopular, but true, point.

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Holidays 2008

Speaking Of...

To all speakers and blog followers--happiest of holidays this year and much success in 2009. Set those BIG goals, and get to work--after some much needed relaxation and renewal time. holidays

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Power Presentations Tip 16: Open with Pizzazz

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations Tips 16 Open with Pizzazz Your presentation is composed of three parts - the opening, the body and the close. Your opening is important because it should do three things for you: Grab the attention of your audience. Establish rapport with your listeners. Introduce your topic. Grab attention Instead of blowing a whistle, clapping your hands or shouting, "Hey people!" try this. Stand at the front of the room, look at the group and say nothing.

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Optimism -- pass it on

Speak Schmeak

Commercial: A young boy walks onto the baseball diamond with his bat, balls and glove. He proclaims, "I'm the greatest hitter in the world!" He tosses the ball three times, swings, and misses each one. Strike three." He looks dejected. Suddenly, his face lights up.

Neutrality in the Queen's Christmas speech

Max Atkinson

In an earlier blog entry (12 November 2008), I looked at the way the Queen’s speech at the state opening of parliament each year is a model of how to read out someone else’s words (i.e. the government’s legislative plans for the coming year) with complete neutrality.

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PowerPoint Tip: Take time to update your slides

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In the next few weeks as my travelling starts to slow down and I have more time in the office, I'll be doing something that I suggest you do as well. I'll be reviewing and updating the slides that I use in my workshops. Today's tip is about why you should update your slides and how to do it.

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Happy Holidays. Join Amy Grant with this "singalong" to Winter Wonderland

PPT - Powerful Presentation Techniques

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Holiday Beauty--Conversation

Speaking Of...

Foxwoods Resort & Casino Getaway! We just returned from our now annual winter getaway to Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Mashantucket, CT. Again, a winter storm blew through New England, and we planned an additional day's stay to avoid the worst on the roads.

Power Presentations Tip 15: Move on Purpose

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations Tip 15 Move on purpose Should you move when you present? It depends on what you want to accomplish with your movement. Our eyes are attracted to movement. Military snipers must learn this pinciple in order to survive on a mission. It is movement that reveals their position. You can use this principle to your advantage when you present. Move when you want to catch the attention of your audience. You could stride across the front of the room. You might wave your hands.

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Merry, Happy

Speak Schmeak

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate! Whatever you celebrate at this time of year (even if you don't celebrate anything), I wish you good cheer! Can't we all use a little more of that?

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Take the Lead

The YouBlog

IF YOU WANT TO BE REALLY EFFECTIVE in influencing or persuading others, it's critical that you tune into their needs, issues, and goals. But sometimes it's not enough to ask them "What's your pain?" or "Tell me about your situation." Sometimes, that gets you too deep in the weeds toooo quickly.

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