March, 2007

When to unplug your remote or mouse

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I had a good conversation with a client this week about a struggle they had during a presentation. Things were going along well until an unknown problem caused every attempt to advance to the next slide to cause the pen pointer to come up on the screen. They eventually made it go away but were unsure what they did to stop the problem. With another presentation coming up this week, they wanted some ideas of what to try in case this strange behaviour happened again.

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Feedback--Part 4 of 4 Delivery

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How you deliver the content of a speech or presentation is the other important facet of speaking. Is your voice pleasing? Do you naturally move your body to emphasize what you're saying? Do you hold the audience's interest? Speaking is really a performance. We can judge how well a message comes across by how skillful the performer is when speaking or using his body to communicate. Many speakers know this instinctively and give all they can using all their skills.

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Speech Anxiety: Freud, Jung & Alder

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Freud: We are born naked and helpless. Sigmund Freud on anxiety. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, placed great emphasis on the fact that we are born naked and helpless. From birth we experience panic and we express it in cries and in tears. As adults we may not express the panic directly by crying out loud or weeping in public, but we still feel this initial sense of dread when we have to "expose ourselves" before the eyes of others.

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Good Example of Non-Linear Presentation from UPS

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UPS, the package delivery people, have a current ad campaign going on centered around a man drawing on a whiteboard. I like many of the ads because they use effective graphics to visually make the point. I went over to the campaign web site at [link] and found something even more interesting. They have a great example of a non-linear approach to their information.

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Feedback--Part 3 of 4 Content

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The content of a speech is the material between the opening and the close. Compelling and well organized content holds your attention and uses various techniques to do this. Speaking and storytelling are close kin. It is really the story, told over and over again, that was the basis of all knowledge, history and folklore. The best speakers constantly hone their stories by retelling them countless times.

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Reminder of the importance of presentation structure

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During a workshop I was giving yesterday, we had the teams spend some time applying the ideas that were taught to their own slides. Each team had a laptop and got to work immediately. Except for one team in the back corner. When I checked on them part way through the time, they hadn't even opened PowerPoint yet. Here's what happened. They were working on a presentation for next week and figured that they'd just jump right in and get going.

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Feedback--Part 2 of 4 Structure

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The core essentials of any prepared or impromptu speech are the structure, content, and delivery. When giving feedback to a speaker notice how the speech is structured. Is there a definite and strong opening? Are the points or theme mentioned at the beginning clearly supported by stories, examples and research? Is the closing strong and memorable as well? Is the speaker using his or her natural gifts in a way that makes sense?

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Speech Anxiety: Lawrence Olivier

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Speech Aniety: Lawrence Olivier Imagine Sir Lawrence Olivier nervous before his performance Speech Anxiety experienced by Sir Lawrence Olivier. There are many other approaches to the feeling of unease we experience when required to perform in public. For instance, Marshall McLuhan, the philosopher of communications, had a distinct "take" on this condition.

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Shyness: Zimbardo

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The Shyness factor Zimbardo : The Root of Speech Anxiety is Shyness. Philip G. Zimbardo , the well-known cognitive psychologist, has devoted decades to the study of the "shyness factor" as it affects people of different ages, backgrounds, businesses, and cultures. He found that shyness figures in everyone's life.

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Speech Anxiety

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Speech Anxiety: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking By John Robert Colombo This article addresses these questions about speech anxiety and the fear of public speaking. 1.Why do we fear public speaking? Is speech anxiety normal? What can we do to face our public speaking fear and speech anxiety? Fear of Public Speaking or Speech anxiety is a general term for the sense of fear or panic that overtakes a person when he or she is called upon to speak or otherwise perform in public.

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Presentation Jokes

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Presentation Jokes No jokes please. If you are performing stand up comedy – tell jokes. That’s what the audience wants. They want to be entertained. They don’t want a message. When you are delivering a business presentation don’t tell jokes. Your audience did not come to hear jokes. They came to hear your message. Remember that the purpose of your presentation is to get a particular message across in a convincing way that moves your audience to act in the way that you desire.

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Feedback--Part 1 of 4

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When giving or receiving feedback on someone's speaking there are three areas to consider. First is the overall structure of what they say. As we know you can't build a house or a car with out a framework. Does the speech or presentation have a definite framework? What is the opening part about and what techniques are used? How does the speaker transition to the body of the speech? Is the ending or closing unique and memorable? Second is the content.

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How Was My Speech? The Importance of Feedback

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In every Toastmasters club meeting speakers who give prepared speeches get feedback from another club member, both verbally and in written form. This is one of the most valuable reasons to join Toastmasters. In everyday life we receive feedback on our 'performance' all the time.Tuning into this feedback takes careful attention. There is a lot of static around us, sometimes called interruptions. That is why as a speaker you can never have enough 1. Stage Time and 2. Feedback.

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How ambient light affects your slides

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

At a recent conference I realized the impact that ambient light can have on how the audience views your slides. It was a small conference, about 50-60 people in all and the room had two sides with windows. At the start of the day, it was bright outside and the room was bright because of the light coming in from the windows. The white background of the speaker's slides wasn't distracting. Well, during the day, it started to rain and the ambient light coming into the room decreased dramatically.

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Graphics for the jury

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This morning's newspaper had a story on the upcoming trial of Conrad Black in Chicago. He is accused of a variety of charges related to complex financial transactions. The prosecutors have a challenge. How to explain complex financial dealings to a jury of regular folks who don't deal with those type of corporate terms or ideas? The story this morning tells of how they plan to use graphics, including pictures and charts, to illustrate these complex ideas in simple form.

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Are your presentations delivering valuable information?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

A recent survey by Accenture of more than 1,000 middle managers in the US and UK found, among other findings, that 53% of the respondents said that less than half of the information they receive is valuable. With presentations becoming an increasingly popular way to communicate information, this suggests to me that many presentations are not effective at communicating information that managers can use.

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"Sell The Sizzle"

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If you're like most professionals you get notices for conferences and workshops that invite you to attend for educational purposes. To the audience an event brochure is like an advertisement and as we know the best ads work on several levels to get you to buy the product or service. Today I was looking at the meeting brochure for a nearby state professional event. What caught my eye were the session titles and the short descriptions, or blurbs as they are called.

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PowerPoint Tip - What The Audience Really Needs

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Too many times presenters assume they know what their audience needs. And too many times they are wrong. I remember a presentation I did a couple of years ago where I made this mistake. I had a conversation with the person who had booked me and I felt that I knew what they wanted. I prepared my presentation but as I was on the stage, I could see that I wasn't hitting the mark. And the evaluations showed it.

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Networking

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Pictured here on the right is my friend Millie, whom I consider to be a master networker. Nurse and professional speaker Pat is on the left. Millie has changed careers several times, from teacher to nurse and now a business and life coach. The idea of networking as a power skill came to me after hearing Millie give several speeches about it. We all meet new people at parties, in local stores, at work, when traveling , etc. But do we know how to strike up a conversation with strangers?

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Presentation Content

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Presentation Content The content of your presentation is important. Yet, it is not only what you say that makes the difference, it is how you present it that determines if and how your message will come across. Understanding is the test of effective communication. If your concept is not grasped, you did not do a good job. Content It is unfortunate that the way we communicate often distorts what we are trying to say. Your topic is not everything. It is what you do with it that really counts!

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Lessons from an Academy Award winning presentation

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Last week the movie "An Inconvenient Truth", based on a presentation by the same name, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Film. Earlier this year I watched the movie and wrote an article on what lessons presenters can learn from the presentation and how the message is being spread by Al Gore and others his organization has trained to deliver the presentation. Check it out at [link

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Walley

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Originally today's message was going to be about the power of networking. Worthy topic. Looking through some old photos I came across the one above and had to include it. Walley Brown, pictured here with master networker Millie Calesky, suddenly died this week. He was 67 years old. Walley was someone for whom friendliness and genuine caring about others was second nature. He traveled some distance to attend the social event pictured here.

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Why some templates don't work very well

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

A recent presentation showed once again why many of the built-in template that come with PowerPoint should not be used. The template that the presenter used was one that had graphics at the top of each slide. When you have graphics at the top, the slide title is below or inside the graphics and the content of the slide is pushed further down the slide. Here's the problem.

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Questions for your Speech Coach

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Questions for Your Speech Coach If you know that you need a speech coach, then here are some questions you might ask your prospective speech coach. Tell me about your most unusual or most challenging presentations that you have delivered. Tell me about some of the books that you have read recently on presentation skills. Tell me about some of your speech coaching triumphs. Tell me about your experience working with executives and executive issues. Show me what your clients say.

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