Sat.Jun 23, 2012 - Fri.Jun 29, 2012

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Robert McKee: Persuasion through storytelling trumps statistics

Presentation Zen

"As a method of persuasion, I am not a big fan of PowerPoint presentations," says the legendary screenwriting guru Robert McKee.

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President Obama’s speech responding to Supreme Court decision: Analysis

The Presenter's Blog

Health care is one of America’s most emotive issues. Opinions on either side of the debate are heartfelt, sincere, passionate, and frequently entrenched. Today’s outcome in the Supreme Court was critical to President Obama.

Analysis of a (Very Short) Speech by Hans Rosling

Manner of Speaking

Hans Rosling is a Swedish doctor, statistician, public speaker and Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is also one of the best known presenters at TED.

Presentation Nerves and Our Lizard Brain

Professionally Speaking...

Imagine yourself walking into the executive boardroom, armed with your carefully crafted slides, about to make the important presentation that you've been dreading for weeks.

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Going analog: sketching with an erasable pen

Presentation Zen

As much as I love digital technology, I still prefer using a whiteboard or paper for brainstorming and sketching out ideas.

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Slides that pop! Using the 3rd dimension on a PowerPoint slide–Part III: Collages and 3D scenes

PowerPoint Tips

In previous posts of this series, I’ve covered shadows as well as bevels and 3D rotation. In this last post of the series, I’m going to talk about how to make slides look 3-dimensional with collages and 3D scenes. Creating collages in PowerPoint.

Presentation books: The Pin Drop Principle

The Presenter's Blog

The Pin Drop Principle. by David Lewis and G. Riley Mills. Published June 5th, 2012. Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”.

Video: Get the response you want from your audience

Speak Schmeak

Remember this blog post about asking questions in a way that you get the response you want from the audience? Well, now it's a video! And updated , to boot. Check it out. Engaging the Audience Video Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

What gets in the way of presence?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

We all know we need that mysterious quality 'presence' when we’re in front of an audience.    It’s something about charisma, and being there, in the moment, for the audience, focused, and completely ‘on’.   But what gets in the way of presence?   Most people would say that it’s nerves.    You’ve got so much to think about – worrying about things going wrong, hoping that things go right – the basics of stage fright.

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A problem-solving approach to finding women speakers from @SarahM

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Sarah Milstein is the author of The Twitter Book and has been a general manager for several high-tech conferences. She also is a great friend of this blog. Based on her firsthand experience with the difficulties of finding women speakers, she published this problem-solving approach to the issue on her own blog. I knew I had to reprint it here to continue and expand our discussion on this important topic, and it appears with her permission.

What Do You Call an Excellent Presentation?

DeFinis Communications

Nothing is more professionally satisfying to me than having long-term client relationships. I delight in the personal connections that develop over time. And as a people person, it’s thrilling for me to not only see people grow and change, but also to have a hand in it. Teaching is one of my life-long passions. And it is especially satisfying to teach other teachers. That’s why I love my students at San Francisco’s, The University of the Pacific, The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

If you have to apologize, don't do it in the first place

Speak Schmeak

I've said before, " never apologize. " The audience doesn't need to know if you're nervous or if you have no experience. If you're apologizing for not preparing or not having enough time to cover all of your information, you need to keep that to yourself as well.

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My take on the BBC’s coverage of Arab Spring for Russia Today TV Network

TJ Walker Interactive

Press Room arab spring BBC news coverage

From the vault: Finding your voice as a speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Writers are urged early on to start “finding your voice” – I know, I started out as a writer–but I’m not sure that speakers are. That, for most of us, makes an out-loud voice seem like thin ice on which to wander. Find your voice? In a room full of hundreds of people looking at you, expecting wisdom?

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Obamacare: 5 to 4 decision

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today was a significant victory for Barack Obama the political candidate and the Harvard trained lawyer.    The cornerstone of his progressive agenda - Obamacare - was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court today.    The ruling was close - 5 to 4 - but it was on his side. 

Panic SUCKS!

Speak Schmeak

If you've ever had a panic attack, or even experienced anxiety that lingered a bit too long, then you know how hard it is to shake. I've been there. I've had little panic attacks, I've had big panic attacks.

Tom Antion Endorses Daniel Hall's Speakers Cruise Free

Great Public Speaking

[link] Trade your talents for free luxury cruises

4 Tips to Avoid “Premature Elaboration”

SpeakerSue Says...

Maybe it’s the whole Fifty Shades thing (book 2 completed) but when I read this term that Jill Konrath used, I had to steal it. What is Premature Elaboration? The desire to tell your customer everything she never wanted to know about your product or service. It’s the intense pleasure received from delivering features and facts when a prospect makes the mistake of showing just a bit of interest in you or your wares. This is an actual prospecting call (pre-training).

Presentation Tip: Create presentation visuals based on lessons from grade school

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This is the last week of school for our kids and many kids in North America are finishing or have just completed their school year. Some of the fundamental concepts we learn in grade school stay with us forever. As presenters, we can tap in to this shared knowledge base when designing visuals that are easy for our audience to understand. In this article I want to share some of these grade school lessons and how we can apply them to creating presentation visuals.

If you have to apologize, don't do it in the first place

Speak Schmeak

I've said before, " never apologize. " The audience doesn't need to know if you're nervous or if you have no experience. If you're apologizing for not preparing or not having enough time to cover all of your information, you need to keep that to yourself as well.

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Public Speaker Marketing Tips - Television

Great Public Speaking

Television Running infomercials and appearing as a guest on television shows can attract a wide range of customers to your online business. With traditional television appearances you will want to keep track of which audience members got to your website from which market. If you have just one website address for them to go to, it's impossible to tell which market was better than another.

Detecting a Relationship Fake

The Communication Blog

[link]. Here’s an article from Best Dating Sites that I was asked to consider mentioning. This one is a great classroom discussion generator and concerns the signs of a “fake gentleman”. Here are the signs—see the original article for more on these signs: He always knows exactly what to say. He’s never ruffled or agitated. He always has an excuse. He’s evasive about his past. You’ve caught him in a few lies. He’s surgically attached to his cellphone. He steers the subject away from commitment.

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - Starting over

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mostly because of financial circumstances, a bunch of British pensioners respond to an ad about retiring in India.    Only one takes that road less traveled because he needs to make peace with the gay Indian lover from his youth. 

Panic SUCKS!

Speak Schmeak

If you've ever had a panic attack, or even experienced anxiety that lingered a bit too long, then you know how hard it is to shake. I've been there. I've had little panic attacks, I've had big panic attacks.

Russia Today TV: Here’s my take on “The Newsroom”

TJ Walker Interactive

Press Room "the newsroom" HBO

Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis's commencement speech "Go on and live!"

The Eloquent Woman

Many actors dread public speaking, mainly because they prefer to work from scripts and memorization. Not so Viola Davis, who makes every speech a thrilling performance--mainly because it's clear she isn't acting.

Tom Cruise Brand: Will it wither and die w/o young Katie Holmes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise marriage was on the border of a May/December one.    But many expected it to last because aging Cruise needed the prop of a youngish wife and the child produced. Now, the Cruise brand is in danger. 

Video: Get the response you want from your audience

Speak Schmeak

Remember this blog post about asking questions in a way that you get the response you want from the audience? Well, now it's a video! And updated , to boot. Check it out. Engaging the Audience Video Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

MICHAEL SAVAGE: ‘ROBERTS EPILEPSY MEDICATION AFFECTS HIS COGNITION’.

TJ Walker Interactive

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Treasury lamb to the Paxman slaughter

Max Atkinson

Just occasionally, from the plethora of forgettable TV and radio interviews that punctuates our day in this age of 24 hour news coverage, one will stand out as being so memorable as to be worth watching again.

What Bubble? They huffed and puffed and couldn't blow higher ed away

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like taxes (which there will be more of with Obamacare) and death, higher education will never go away.    The more education the better is embedded in the post-World War II DNA when the GI Bill opened college to the masses.

… but I want it now!!

Pivotal Public Speaking

“Impatience never commanded success” -Edwin H. Chapin. quotations inspiration

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CNN and Fox Botch Supreme Court-Obamacare Story

TJ Walker Interactive

Speaking Lesson from Hollywood

Green Room Speakers

In the recent New Yorker profile of Ben Stiller, Tad Friend describes what a movie needs to have in order to be successful. He writes: "Then you need a whiz-bang ending, one that sends audiences out of the theaters, texting in rapture." How often do you leave a speech "texting in rapture?"