February, 2011

The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

Speaking about Presenting

I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet.

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Basic Speech Geometry

Manner of Speaking

Many people think of a speech as something that is linear: introduction; development of the main points; and conclusion.

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Post your PowerPoint presentation as a video to YouTube

PowerPoint Tips

I get lots of requests for information on how to post a presentation as a video to YouTube. Here are some options: Use PowerPoint 2010. It outputs to WMV format. Choose File> Save and Send> Create a Video. Then choose from a couple of options, as you see here.

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Acceptance speeches improved by strong openings

Speak Schmeak

" Why didn't I lose that 20 pounds? " ~ Robert Stromberg, accepting the Academy Award for Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland. As I believe most bloggers who write about the Academy Awards acceptance speeches today are writing about speeches as a whole, I've decided to focus on speech openings.

How to Give an Acceptance Speech

Matt Eventoff

(All five Oscar nominees are featured). And the Oscar goes to… Jane/John Doe. Wild Applause). “What an honor. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Before anything else, everyone please give a huge round of applause to the people that make this magical night occur… The audience.

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Cupid’s Arrow Valentine Giveaway: Free Voice Coaching Session

Kate's Voice

It’s time to say what you’ve wanted to say for a very long time. You have arranged for a romantic dinner, candlelight, soft music, flowers, and all the other trappings of the perfect Cupid storm on Valentine’s Day. I’m sure the little cherub is with you, but you may still be nervous to say what [.]. communication vocal power voice lessons postaweek2011 vocal health vocal image

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The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

Speaking about Presenting

I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet.

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A good introduction/opener

PowerPoint Tips

A good introduction to the delivery of your presentation is extremely important. The first minute or so sets the stage for the rest of your talk. You should start with an upbeat, positive mood. The first impression you make lasts.

Don't be a technology dinosaur

Speak Schmeak

I attended a conference last weekend where several speakers had technology issues that could easily have been solved in advance if they had any idea how their technology worked.

Beware of Being a Presentation Robot

Professionally Speaking...

I attended a presentation yesterday given by a woman I've been wanting to hear speak for a while. I'm fascinated by her topic; she is the author of two books on the subject and is frequently quoted as an expert.

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Best iPhone Apps for Public Speaking

The Speaker Point

The world of apps is a vast and inviting place, but it can easily get overwhelming. Just a quick search for “best apps” will return over 200 million results, and the results are not easy to sort through. If you're a professional public

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. The scientist’s duties were to pick the expert up at the airport, and then introduce her at the conference.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 76)

Manner of Speaking

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) American Orator and Political Leader. “I believe that one always does himself and his audience an injustice when he speaks merely for the sake of speaking.

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5 Teleprompter Tips

Matt Eventoff

The teleprompter has gotten quite a bit of recent attention. After witnessing many faux pas over the past few days, here are five quick tips to make the teleprompter experience a bit more rewarding: 1) Always bring a physical copy of the text with you. There is nothing worse than discovering that the text you had thought was loaded into the teleprompter was not loaded, or was loaded incorrectly.

Training vs. experience

Speak Schmeak

Last week I was a judge in a student speech contest. It was a bit nostalgic for me, as I was on the speech team in high school (when they still had speech teams), and I could see my former so-earnest self in these students.

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Global Ignite Week!

Dahle Communication

This week is Global Ignite Week around the globe. If you are in Sioux Falls or anywhere close, come on down to the Museum of Visual Materials and listen to some great speakers!

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Interview with Stephen Hopson: Author and Motivational Speaker

The Speaker Point

Stephen Hopson has been deaf since birth, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming an award-winning wall-street broker, a pilot, author, and a successful motivational speaker for over 10 years. I had the pleasure of interviewing

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. The scientist’s duties were to pick the expert up at the airport, and then introduce her at the conference.

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resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

Manner of Speaking

It’s been said that there are no new stories; there are only new ways of telling the old stories. The same holds true for public speaking and presentation skills. After all, people have been writing about public speaking since Aristotle penned Art of Rhetoric in the 4th Century B.C.

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Public Speaking and Palm-Reading: What Are Your Hands Saying?

Matt Eventoff

This week, I find myself in a fairly rare position of disagreeing with a blog post by a good friend and colleague, Brad Phillips. . Earlier this week, when discussing body language, Brad took the position that the “steepled” position for hands while speaking– where fingertips touch – is a body language faux pas, and can send signals of defensiveness and/or arrogance. Brad regularly produces fantastic content and has very perceptive observations on interacting with the media.

Outshine your slides with proper lighting

Speak Schmeak

While attending a presentation a couple of weeks ago, I noticed the A/V guy walk into the room and stand at the back, watching. The speaker was speaking, the audience was listening, everything was going smoothly. Then the A/V guy decided that something wasn't right.

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Use the Pareto Principle for More Powerful Presentations

DeFinis Communications

The 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, helps explain the power of simplicity. The 80/20 Rule is pervasive in our world. For example: 80% of traffic jams occur on the 20% of roads. 80% of beer is consumed by 20% of drinkers. 80% of profits come from 20% of customers.

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5 Colors for Vibrant Vocal Variety

Kate's Voice

Creating interest as a speaker is hugely important. Not only does it keep your audience tuned in to you, but it also helps them remember you and your message. That’s why Toastmasters lists Vocal Variety as one of the most important skills to develop as a public speaker. I call this using “color” in the [.]. communication Speaking vocal delivery Expression postaweek2011 public speaking tips The King's Speech vocal impact

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Guest Posting: The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing, By Roberta Guise, MBA

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Roberta Guise works with experts, small business owners and professionals who want to be extraordinarily visible and sharpen their marketing edge. She also enables successful women to become thought leaders. A marketing consultant and speaker, she is the founder of San Francisco-based Guise Marketing & PR. The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing By Roberta Guise, MBA There’s an [.]. Business Communication

Lessons from a Ukulele

Manner of Speaking

I have written about the importance of bringing creativity to our presentations. I have also written about the importance of being passionate when we appear before our audiences; for example, here and here. I recently discovered a young man who does both. Playing the ukulele.

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The Oscar Acceptance Speech Someone Should Deliver – Academy Awards

Matt Eventoff

(All five Oscar nominees are featured). And the Oscar goes to… Jane/John Doe. Wild Applause). “What an honor. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Before anything else, everyone please give a huge round of applause to the people that make this magical night occur… The audience. Long Pause). And on this night, I thank my family, cast mates, friends, colleagues and the Academy, but above all… the audiences around the world.

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Should you trust your inner quitter?

Speak Schmeak

The view takes the edge off the pain. I've written here before about trusting your gut, especially when your gut is telling you not to do something that might be a big mistake or might be harmful to you.

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The Communication Blog: Impolite Questions, What Are They?

The Communication Blog

We all know an impolite question when we meet one. They're easy to recognize when you're the person asked the questions; not so easy to recognize when you're the one asking the questions. One way of looking at impolite questions is in

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How to start an important conversation: An exercise in intention

Kate's Voice

Sometimes, it can be confusing to discover how you really feel about a relationship, and, therefore, how to talk to that person. This applies to all relationships: lovers, co-workers, and clients. However, if you are willing to get honest with yourself, conversational intent can be very revealing. In his terrific book on co-operative communication, The [.]. communication intention postaweek2011

The Power of Visual Information

The Speaker Point

We live in information overload. That's the downside of the internet, globalization, mobile technology and 24-hour news cycles. We've achieved unprecedented access to all kinds of relevant daily information through sheer technological

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23 Public Speaking Secrets from the Greats

Manner of Speaking

Today’s post comes from Carol Brown at OnlineCollege.org. Carol contacted me and suggested that I might find one of her articles interesting. I do, and I think you will too. Carol has gleaned 23 public speaking secrets from well-known people. As she says, while everyone has their favourite tip, nobody says it better than the great speakers. Each secret is accompanied by a quotation and a link where you can read more about that particular point. It is an excellent reference source.

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Super Bowl Ads Just Ain’t What They Used to Be

Dahle Communication

The following is a guest post by Brett Duncan of Marketing In Progress. I love Brett's stuff and he has been gracious enough to do a guest post here.   I must be getting old, because I find myself looking back on the “good ol’ days” at a much higher frequency than ever before. And I’m about to spring it on the ads for this year’s Super Bowl. Much like the NBA dunk contest, I think it’s time to face a simple fact: Super Bowl ads had a nice run, but their time has gone.

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Can audience introductions work?

Speak Schmeak

Here's an example of something that shouldn't have worked in an hour-long presentation, but it did. The topic was connecting regional food buyers with sellers, and the speaker was unveiling and demoing a site that will facilitate this process.

The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Increasing.

The Communication Blog

Successful communication depends largely on the accuracy of the impressions you form of others. Here are a few ways to increase your accuracy in impression formation. Analyze Impressions. Subject your perceptions to logical analysis

Life and Death Communication (Literally)

Matt Eventoff

This post is related to the most urgent form of communication – the communication between a person who is drowning and someone who may be able to save that person. . This article, written by Mario Vittone, is a must-read for everyone. Here is an excerpt: * Hat tip to Dennis Culnan for sending it over! Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning by Mario on May 18, 2010. The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water.

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3 Easy Ways to Calm the Nerves before a Presentation

The Speaker Point

We've all have the jitters right before we speak, and if they are uncontrolled, they can really make a mess of things inside our heads. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to ease any last-minute nerves that might pop-up

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 77)

Manner of Speaking

John Maxwell - American Leadership Expert, Speaker and Author. “If there is a more important key to communication than finding common ground, I certainly can’t think of it.