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Madeleine Albright: "Learn to interrupt"

The Eloquent Woman

Speaking up in meetings continues to be, for many women, the most common public speaking challenge they face. This fresh advice from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offers you a shortcut to rising to that challenge.

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Sorry to have to ask. Will you please stop apologizing?

DeFinis Communications

I recently had lunch with a friend who I haven’t seen in a long time. It was a wonderful reunion and great to catch up with her. As we sat and talked I realized that my friend spent a great deal of time apologizing. Once I heard this pattern emerge I listened more carefully. Here’s what she said: “I’m sorry to tell you this.” This might not be something you want to hear.” “I’m sorry, I know this sounds silly.” “I know you’ll think I’m nuts.” “Please don’t think I’m crazy.”

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Improve your slide design by trying layout variations

PowerPoint Tips

In my “Create an Outstanding Presentation&# workshops and self-study course , I teach four layouts that always look good. I taught them again recently in a presentation skills class for college students. I find that many presenters who create their own slides struggle with slide design.

What’s my best presentation tip for the presentations that you do?

Speaking about Presenting

Every type of presentation has its own challenges. As part of a “Public Speaking and the New Year” blog carnival organized by Angela de Finis, I’ve identified what I see as the major challenge or trend for each presentation type in 2010 and given you my best presentation tip to overcome it.

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Winning entry in the Shadows contest

PowerPoint Tips

In my blog post, “ Add drama with PowerPoint 2007’s shadows ,&# I had a contest for the best 3 entries. I got permission to show you the entry of the 1st place winner, John Sanders, so here it is.

Presentation Resolutions: Embrace Technology

Professionally Speaking...

Although we only have three hundred and forty-four days left in 2010, I, for one, don't think it's too late to create some New Year's resolutions for the year.

YouTube Launches Limited HTML5 Support

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

via techcrunch.com. Hopefully, this is the opening salvo in what will mean the end of plug-in driven sites using Flash and Silverlight. Flash leaks memory like a colander and Silverlight is just another means for Microsoft to try to turn the web into its own proprietary playground. ENOUGH!!!

Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. I just spent the past three days at a specialty foods trade show. My favorite exhibitors by far (even if I didn't love the product), were the ones who had stories to tell and engaged with the attendees. Here are some that I did love.

Conversational Coolers and Warmers

The Communication Blog

Here is a brief article I wrote that appears in the current issue of Etc: A Review of General Semantics, 66, no. 3 (2009), 248-253. What I tried to do was to identify the characteristics of effective and ineffective conversations

Investing in Your Vocal Image: A Tale of Two Strategies

Kate's Voice

Investing in Your Vocal Image: A Tale of Two Strategies Recently, a female executive, we’ll call her Joann, came to me, complaining that too often at the end of a long day she left the office with a hoarse voice and a feeling of utter exhaustion. All she wanted to do was to go home, curl [.]. Speaking vocal delivery vocal health vocal image vocal power voice lessons gender characteristics of speech intention tired voice

ON FOLLOWING UP

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

A study by the Association of Sales Executives revealed that 81% of all sales happen on or after the fifth contact. If you are a business owner and making only one or two follow-ups, imagine all the business you're losing. Not following up with your prospects and customers is the same as filling up your bathtub without first putting the stopper in the drain! David Frey) A follow-up allows you to ask good questions to learn about your potential client's needs and challenges.

Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

Download audio here. I just spent the past three days at a specialty foods trade show. My favorite exhibitors by far (even if I didn't love the product), were the ones who had stories to tell and engaged with the attendees. Here are some that I did love.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results — Health Care

Humor Power

We had a lot of fun entries for our January Cartoon Caption Contest. The cartoon featured professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month, alternating months. New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month, alternating months.

Five Predictions for 2010

Duarte Blog

Last year was our first year for making predictions: [link]. I’m late to the party again this year, but I feel pretty excited about what 2010 will bring. In the year 2010…. Presentations and social media will blur. Audience and presenters will have 2-way communication.

Who should get women speaking opportunities?

The Eloquent Woman

If there are no women speaking on the program for a conference, meeting or presentation, who's supposed to change that?

Back tomorrow!

Speak Schmeak

Sorry for having been out of touch this week. I'm out of town at a specialty foods trade show with hubby and I'm eating my way around the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I'll be back at my desk tomorrow, happy to give my feet and stomach a rest

Cartoon Caption Contest Results — Health Care

Humor Power

We had a lot of fun entries for our January Cartoon Caption Contest. The cartoon featured professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month, alternating months. New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month, alternating months.

Public Speaking: Frequency Check

Great Public Speaking

It is pretty common to have multiple wireless microphones going during the same public speaking engagement. The AV crew that sets everything up usually makes sure that they are all on different frequencies so that no cross over occurs. You should still double check it anyway. BUT WHAT ABOUT MICE?

Meet Your Audience Where They Are

Green Room Speakers

The Folsom Prison scene from Walk the Line is so fantastic, I had to use it again. The prison warden cautions Johnny Cash (Joaquin Pheonix) not to sing a song that reminds the prisoners they are in prison. Cash looks up and says

Back tomorrow!

Speak Schmeak

Sorry for having been out of touch this week. I'm out of town at a specialty foods trade show with hubby and I'm eating my way around the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I'll be back at my desk tomorrow, happy to give my feet and stomach a rest

Will the 2010 UK general election be the first one to leave us speechless?

Max Atkinson

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Five Things To Learn From Heston Blumenthal: Part 2

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

What can you learn about presentations from a TV chef who puts vibrators into a giant, luminescent jelly to make it wiggle as it arrives at the table? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Today, the second half of what presenters can learn from chef Heston Blumenthal. A Sense Of Theatre.

Gillibrand gets a vocal critique

The Eloquent Woman

Every day in January brings news coverage of speeches, as elected leaders give their "state of the." pronouncements and special elections require stump speeches.

PowerPoint Slide Makeover - Making a list connect with an audience

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.

Joaquin Phoenix Shows Us How to Use Prop

Green Room Speakers

From the Green Room: Try using a prop - and one prop only - to visualize and concretize your message. If you do it right, it could be the most memorable and powerful moment of your presentation

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Senator Scott Brown shows how to use a newspaper as a visual aid

Max Atkinson

Scott Brown, the Republican who's just won the seat in the US Senate formerly held by the late Teddy Kennedy, has been hailed as an accomplished speaker - as in Bert Decker's blog under the heading New Communicator Bursts on the Scen e. His victory speech included another nice example of how effective it can be to use an object, even something as simple and mundane as a newspaper, as a visual aid (for more on which, see below the video clip).

3 steps to find your vocal image: part 2

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: I asked vocal trainer Kate Peters to share a guest post on one of her specialties, helping speakers develop a great vocal image--and she's generously provided enough material for a three-part series. The author of Can You Hear Me Now?

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Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the trial of Scott Roeder, accused of murdering Dr. George Tiller, the term "abortion" is not being used by the prosecutors, reports  Stephanie Simon in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.    Moreover, Roeder's defense lawyers did not provide an opening statement.    I have a hunch that both sides are attempting to bypass the power of words and leverage the evidence.    The defense has the edge in that no gun had been found.

A PC on Your Dashboard?

Speaking Of...

What were they thinking? Profit$, I guess. Now car manufacturers and computer makers are rushing to install a mini computer on your car dashboard. In the spot they now position a GPS, or what I call a direction finder. They call this an enhanced driving experience. I call it a recipe for MORE distracted driving. The silence of my car is one of the few places I can voluntarily turn off distraction, and listen closer to my own thoughts and creative ideas. I also practice speaking in the car.

Presentation lesson from George Clooney’s Up In The Air movie

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

A number of people have mentioned to me recently that I needed to go see the latest George Clooney movie Up In The Air. It is about an executive with an outplacement firm whose job it is to fire employees for bosses that don’t want to do it themselves. He travels over 350,000 miles a year and because I do some travelling, people thought I would like the movie. So this past weekend we went to see it. Now I don’t travel anywhere near the amount that the character in the movie does.

Where do the best speakers go to get better?

Executive Speech Coach

If you are a good profesional speaker and you want to get way better - where do you go for help? Attend the "Get Better Get Busier Boot Camp" hosted by two globe trotting professional speakers, Warren Evans and Kit Grant

NATIONAL ENQUIRER - Excellence in investigative reporting

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What's the difference between the investigative reporting that the team at the WASHINGTON POST did during Watergate and the kind that the employees at the NATIONAL ENQUIRER did during Edwardsgate?    None.    The refusal of the Pulitzer Prize leaders to recognize that is a sad commentary on the narrow definition of journalism.    Unfortunately, much of legal thinking shows that same insularity of the understanding of 21st century media.

Blogger video bug news (i.e. none)

Max Atkinson

Two days on and videos uploaded to Blogger (like most of them on this blog) still aren't working. The collective frustration of the 73 (so far) who've managed to find somewhere to 'communicate' with Blogger's 'customer service' - quite a feat in itself - can be inspected HERE. One that stood out for me offered a simple practical solution to the problem that they haven't acted on: 'Two days, blogger - pretty unacceptable.