Sat.Mar 31, 2012 - Fri.Apr 06, 2012

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"We don't deal with emotion"

Speak Schmeak

"For Browning Allen, City Hall's head honcho when it comes to transportation planning, maybe it qualified as a nice-try-but-no-cigar moment.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 127)

Manner of Speaking

Carl Frederick Buechner - American Author and Theologian. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ” — Carl Buechner. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

15-minute webinars on Microsoft Office–every Tuesday

PowerPoint Tips

Microsoft’s Office.com website is sponsoring 15 minute webinars every Tuesday. Not all of them are applicable to PowerPoint, but you probably use other Office programs, too. You can read more here, including a list of past webinars and instructions for tuning in live.

Giving a Presentation? Don’t Tell ‘Em What You’re Going to Say

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The oldest chestnut in public speaking advice is to “tell ‘em what you’re going to say, say it, and then tell ‘em what you said.”    The idea is that repetition will hammer things home to your audience and help them remember. Unfortunately, that’s bad advice today for a number of reasons.    First of all, the only thing that your audience will get when you go at them with a hammer is a headache. 

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12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

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"Memorable" doesn't necessarily mean "good"

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients, a medical doctor, sent me this amusing (and slightly disturbing) story of a memorable presentation at a urology conference, which took demonstration to a whole new level. If you question whether this really happened, there are references at the bottom of the blog post.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 128)

Manner of Speaking

His speeches to an hourglass, Do some resemblance show, Because the longer time they run, The shallower they grow. Author Unknown. Photo courtesy of Michael Himbault / Riebart on Flickr. Filed under: Humour , Quotes for Public Speakers.

Presentation smarts: Shorter slide decks get read

The Eloquent Woman

If you're cramming lots of detail and data into your slide deck, expecting that your audience will take the time to absorb it later when you circulate the deck, beware.

What Should You Wear for that Important Speech?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

If a women dresses in masculine clothes, she’s more likely to be hired.    A teaching assistant who dresses up will be taken more seriously than one who dresses down.    The clothes make the woman and the man.    We’ve known these things intuitively for a long time, and studies have proved them.    Now there’s a study that suggests that what we wear affects our own internal thought processes. 

April is Humor Month in Speak & Deliver

Speak and Deliver

In honor of my FAILED humor on Sunday, April Fool's Day, I am declaring April HUMOR MONTH here in Speak & Deliver! In case you missed it, my Facebook Status on the 1st announced that my wife was pregnant with our 7th child.

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Which presenter remote do you recommend?

PowerPoint Tips

If you presenter from a laptop, you probably have — or should have — a remote, so that you don’t have to be tied to your laptop to forward the slides. I use a small Targus presenter remote and I like it very much.

Famous Speech Friday: Dame Enid Lyon's "Strike a Human Heart" speech

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: S ydney-based speech and communications coach Claire Duffy , who has a special interest in women and young speakers, took me up on my request to help us find more international speakers for this series, and gives us a fine and moving example from her home country of Australia.

A Day in the Internet

Manner of Speaking

In the past, I have written articles stressing the importance of making data meaningful for our audiences. Drawing inspiration from such sources as Carl Sagan and the Long Island Initiative , I have tried to show examples of how statistics need to be put into context. As Chip and Dan Heath emphasize in Made to Stick : Statistics are rarely meaningful in and of themselves. Statistics will, and should, almost always be used to illustrate a relationship.

Watch the Body Language of Magician Marco Tempest

Executive Speech Coach

Perhaps magicians understand and illustrate body language best of all stage performers. When you want to improve the way you look during your presentation, you might be wise to observe a master magician perform.

Award-winning filmmaker Lou Douros plans a sequel on whale entanglement. Let’s help!

Duarte Blog

I love knowing people that have so much passion, they MAKE their dreams come true. On the heels of Lou’s successful work on whale entanglement with “In the Wake of Giants”, he has started a kickstarter campaign to create the sequel, “Northern Wake”.

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Do you talk yourself out of public speaking--or say yes to opportunity?

The Eloquent Woman

So many readers have observed that they see too few women as speakers on conference programs that I've begun asking meeting organizers: Do you have trouble finding women speakers, and why? The answer that surprised me most when I first heard it from a female meeting manager was "We make a point of identifying women speakers. And when we call them about being speakers, most of the time they refer us to someone else--usually a man." Then I heard it again, and again.

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Presentation Tip: The one question a sales presentation must answer

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Last week I was reviewing a sales presentation someone sent me. They are pitching their services to a major prospective client and they know that their competition will be strong. So how do they start their presentation? With slide after slide about their firm, with text and graphics copied from their web site. In this article I want to talk about why this type of presentation will likely fail, and what a sales presentation must answer in order to be successful.

Wanted: Person with Poor Communication & Presentation Skills

Executive Speech Coach

Ha, Ha, Just Kidding! Have you seen a job ad asking for poor or mediocre communication skills? Probably not. Think about that. What does that suggest to you? You've probably seen many job ads asking for good, advanced or superior communication skills. Let's be clear. Skills of any type are developed.

"We don't deal with emotion"

Speak Schmeak

"For Browning Allen, City Hall's head honcho when it comes to transportation planning, maybe it qualified as a nice-try-but-no-cigar moment.

Your out of office message just lost you a sale

SpeakerSue Says...

Out-of-office messages are great – when they help your prospects/customers/colleagues instead of making them want to tear their hair out. “I will be out of the office at a conference the week of 3/26 with intermittent access to email. If you need to reach me urgently or have a question, please contact …” Intermittent access ? What is that? I looked up the definition of intermittent and it means: Occurring at irregular intervals; not steady.

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Podcast: State of Social Media 2012

Communication Steroids

Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner (one of our favorites!) and Kipp Bodnar of Hubspot (ditto!) held a great webinar this week discussing the State of Social Media for this year. In the webinar they revealed interesting results from the surveys they did of over 3800 marketers. Tim Gordon and Roger Pike take a look at some of the results to see what they think of the whole thing. For a limited time, grab the report here.

Women in Leadership & Business Conference 2012

Executive Speech Coach

How to Deliver Superior Presentations: Attend the Women in Leadership & Business Conference to hear George Torok speak - Monday April 16.

Reviews for “Rebel in the Back Seat”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I’ve received two mini reviews for Rebel in the Back Seat, my recently released collection of short stories. “Rebel in the Back Seat is about fathers, sons, brothers and hockey … Lima draws a powerful yet gentle picture of coming of age, family and memory. Beautifully written stories with subtlety, humor and lasting power … [.]. My Books Rebel In The Back Seat short stories by Paul Lima

Public Speaking - Use Volunteers

Great Public Speaking

[link] Tom Antion shows you the value of volunteers. Get volunteers by letting them attend the event for free

Podcast: State of Social Media 2012

Communication Steroids

Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner (one of our favorites!) and Kipp Bodnar of Hubspot (ditto!) held a great webinar this week discussing the State of Social Media for this year. In the webinar they revealed interesting results from the surveys they did of over 3800 marketers. Tim Gordon and Roger Pike take a look at some of the results to see what they think of the whole thing. For a limited time, grab the report here.

Do you open your email the right way?

SpeakerSue Says...

Here is a quick tip: It takes about a second to start an email with a greeting. Instead of just writing, Sue-”, try: Hi Sue, Good morning Sue, Hello Sue, Good day Sue. If your company is a more conservative or luxury brand (particularly if you appeal to an older demographic), then go for: Dear Sue.

"Memorable" doesn't necessarily mean "good"

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients, a medical doctor, sent me this amusing (and slightly disturbing) story of a memorable presentation at a urology conference, which took demonstration to a whole new level. If you question whether this really happened, there are references at the bottom of the blog post.

Certified Speaking Professional

Great Public Speaking

[link] This is an earned designation of the National Speakers Association. Over 450 public and professional speaking videos

"Salmon Fishing in Yemen" - Power of the group, miracle of change

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Can there be salmon fishing in Yemen?    Once three human beings come to think that's possible they come together to test out the reality.    Since one of them is a sheik, money is not an obstacle.

Passover Speaking Lesson

Green Room Speakers

Passover begins tonight. Our family will gather together for the Passover Seder - the retelling and re-experiencing of the Jewish people's exodus from slavery in Egypt. Certainly, there's a lot of important information to cover.

12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. But remember, this is all about getting out of your comfort zone.

Public Speaking Humor - Dreaming

Great Public Speaking

Don't tell me what you dreamed last night for I've been reading Freud. Franklin Adams Insomniacs don't sleep because they worry about it, and they worry about it because they don't sleep. Franklin Adams He dreamed he was eating shredded wheat and woke up to find the mattress half gone. Fred Allen It is such stuff and nonsense that dreams are made of. Clifton Fadiman The smaller the head, the bigger the dream. Austin O'Malley My life's dream has been a perpetual nightmare.

Easter: Prevent holiday depressive syndrome by becoming a Buddhist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In terms of emotional pull, Easter is a relatively lightweight holiday.      In the Roman Catholic Church, it's the most important one because Christ's rising from the dead proved out his divinity.

Book to Read: Secrets Of Superstar Speakers

Pivotal Public Speaking

Secrets Of Superstar Speakers: Wisdom from the Greatest Motivators of Our Time. Lilly Walters. Top speakers such as Anthony Robbins and Lou Holtz reveal how they work their magic.