Sat.Jul 31, 2010 - Fri.Aug 06, 2010

10 Tips on Moderating a Panel Discussion

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Have you noticed? Panel discussions are replacing keynotes and solo break-out sessions by experts at conferences. Rather than a rock-star presenter, who might disappoint, meeting planners are choosing to put a panel onstage and hear from multiple points of view. It’s a refreshingly democratic approach to conference content – safer than having all the eggs [.].

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Tips for creative success from Pixar

Presentation Zen

Randy Nelson is Dean of Pixar University and gives a really nice 9-min talk below with important content for all professionals and students. The talk is called Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age.

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Free PowerPoint tutorials

PowerPoint Tips

GCF Learn Free is a website that offers free tutorials, both in text and video format. People often ask me where they can learn PowerPoint from scratch, and this is a good place to start for the basics. Go to the Computer Training page , choose PowerPoint, and choose the version you want. They have tutorials from 2000 through 2007 (PC only). If you try these, let me know what you think. Do you know of other free PowerPoint tutorials

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Great Moments in Presentation History: The Architect and the Egg

Duarte Blog

In the early 1400s, Florence, Italy was a hotbed of artistic competition. There were cathedrals to be built, giant baptistery doors to be sculpted, and lots of artists wanting to get in on the action. Up-and-coming sculptor and architect, Filippo Brunelleschi , was one of those artists.

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Learning Styles: What every presenter ought to know

Speaking about Presenting

Before Copernicus we believed that the the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around the earth. That’s what it looked like and it made sense. But science showed us that it’s not the case. Today, many people believe in learning styles theory.

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How Much Money Are You Losing Because of Poor Public Speaking Skills?

Successful Speeches Blog

How much money are you losing because of poor public speaking skills and lack of preparation? How much credibility are you losing because your speeches are boring? How badly is the reputation of your organization suffering because the executives are simply horrible when they give a speech? I ask those questions because I attended a [.].

Customers don't always enter through the front door

Speak Schmeak

I've been enjoying the recent upgrades to La Cumbre Plaza , Santa Barbara's oldest shopping mall (or "outdoor lifestyle center," if you like), which opened in 1967. And I don't necessarily mean adding upscale stores like Tiffany and Louis Vuitton to balance Sears and Claire's.

How do you convince your colleagues to present well?

PowerPoint Tips

Lisa Braithwaite has written a post, “ Hitting a brick wall with resistant clients ,&# in which she says, the following: My fellow presentation experts Olivia Mitchell , Laura Bergells , Dave Paradi , Garr Reynolds , Cliff Atkinson , Jan Schultink , Jon Thomas , Jennifer Kammeyer , Ellen Finkelstein and others have been putting out bucketloads of excellent content about how to make PowerPoint effective for audiences and why.

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Speechwriters who blog tell exactly why they do it

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Vital Speeches of the Day has a great list of reasons why speechwriters blog, by Cynthia Starks.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 42)

Manner of Speaking

Evan Esar (1899 - 1995) American Humorist. “Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.&# - Evan Esar.

How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

As I seem to be slightly under the weather this week (perhaps I'm having a mental block due to being at 997 blog posts.), I'm going to introduce you to Kristin Arnold, president of the National Speakers Association.

Executive Speech Coaching in Fripp's Virtual Office

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Based on constant demand I have found myself delivering speech coaching on the phone. We are getting serious about talking this to the next level. Check out a little of my virtual office.  Stay tuned.go visit Fripp Virtual.

Another example where 100% of the communication is 'non-verbal'

Max Atkinson

Regular readers will know that I'm not over-impressed by 'experts' who exaggerate the importance of body language and non-verbal behavior, and especially those who continue to spread the Mehrabian myth that 93% of communication is 'non-verbal' (for more on which, see links below).

More on Speech Contests

Manner of Speaking

Greetings from sunny Tunisia where I have been enjoying a much needed holiday with my family. The blue sky, warm sea, cold drinks and wonderful people have brought life to a pleasantly sloooooow pace. My regime has also included staying off the computer for days at a time, which accounts for the recent inactivity on this blog. However, the itch to write is too strong not to scratch, so I am nipping in with a short post. Last week I wrote about my number one rule for speech contests.

How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

As I seem to be slightly under the weather this week (perhaps I'm having a mental block due to being at 997 blog posts.), I'm going to introduce you to Kristin Arnold, president of the National Speakers Association.

Speaking science: Speaker speed limits

The Eloquent Woman

Over on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , Meg Mobley is wondering: “Does anyone else notice gender differences in speaking speed?” Does anyone else notice gender differences in speaking speed?

600 Blogposts: thanks, reflections and requests

Max Atkinson

I’ve just noticed that the previous post was the 600th since I started the blog in September 2008. Without a steadily increasing number of visitors, I doubt if I’d have carried on for this long – so many thanks to all of you who've given me an incentive to carry on (at least for a bit longer).

Public Speaking: How to Bring Your Characters to Life

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Tonight’s World Champion’s Edge TeleSeminar is on. "How to Bring Your Characters to Life"   You may be interested in my opening comments. As a speaker we need audience to see our characters.

Public Speaking: Diverse Groups

Great Public Speaking

If you are not familiar with your intended audience, you might ask in your pre-program research, or questionnaire How diverse is your group? What are some of the characteristics of the members from each of the countries represented?

Getting would-be candidates to speak up, at #BlogHer

The Eloquent Woman

At this year's BlogHer conference, I spent today at a special session jointly presented by BlogHer and The White House Project , designed to help women bloggers think about taking the next step on their issues by running for public office.

Lawrence Lessig on remix (redux)

Presentation Zen

I've been a fan of Lawrence Lessig and his unique style of presenting for a very long time. His own method is not for everyone.

PowerPoint Slide Makeover #57: Revealing infographics one portion at a time

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.

Physical Preparation for Successful Public Speaking

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  Physical Preparation for Successful Public Speaking. Physical Preparation: Warm up and relax your body and face. If you're wearing high heels take them off. Now, stand on one leg and shake the other.

Who are the top plain-speaking government officials?

The Eloquent Woman

Speaker coach Claire Duffy asked for our help in finding videos of government officials discussing rules and laws clearly. I'm still hopeful our readers have more ideas, but in the meantime, here are three that caught my eye and ear.

The passionate scientist: Doing Q&A like Neil deGrasse Tyson

Presentation Zen

Communication experts such as Jerry Weissman and Granville Toogood suggest that presentations should be delivered less like performances or speeches and much more like conversations.

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Tom Antion: Humor In Sales Presentations

Great Public Speaking

If anytime is critical to create excitement in a presentation, this is it. If you can't get someone excited about your idea, product, or service, it is unlikely you will ever be great in sales. I'm not necessarily talking about the wild excitement you see at some multilevel sales rallies.

Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations: Body Language.

Executive Speech Coach

Body language can convey emotion, intensity, perpsective, humor, and action. Your gestures, hands, posture, facial expressions and body movement (or lack) screems volumes about your message. George Torok · Presentation Skills Training

On the way to BlogHer, musing about women's speaking vs. writing voices

The Eloquent Woman

There's something about this Verizon ad, part of its "Rule the Air" campaign, that strikes me as only a part of the story.

Social Media And JOBS

Communication Steroids

Looking to land a new job? Want to put your best foot forward as you compete for that big promotion? Need to add a management employee, or fill a position that requires customer contact? If so, then chances are you're going to be

English - Not one of the college majors which ruin our lives

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Shock.   Majoring in English, which many of us writers did in college and might have went on to get advanced degrees in, did not ruin our lives, careers, and earning power.    On Gawker, Richard Lawson explains which majors supposedly do and English is not among them.    What are the killings majors?      Here  you will read that having majored in social work, religion, or even interior decorating deep-sixed plenty for you. 

Alum success: Another publishing credit

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Phil Johnson, a freelance business writer and executive speechwriter based in Texas, had another article published. Here’s the link to his byline in Intelligent Utility : . [link

Looking for video of a good government communicator

The Eloquent Woman

Reader Claire Duffy , a presentation and speaking coach based in Sydney, is looking for a few good government communicators--on video. Can we help? Here's what she posted on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook: Help! I'm looking for a You Tube example of someone who makes regulations, rules, laws etc.

If you're a professional speaker, who is your customer?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I often blog that the way to a successful speech is via the audience -- in other words, start with understanding your audience, and make the speech about its issues.    Solve the audience's problems and they'll reward you with fierce loyalty.    But over the long term, a professional speaker has to take care of at least one other 'audience' just as carefully:  the meeting planners that hire her. 

Sad Thing: Amy Fisher "Long Island Lolita" could have made it in journalism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thanks to her infamous brandname, Amy Fisher had a fast start in journalism when she was released from jail.    And she was in the slammer for shooting in the face her lover Joey's wife Mary Jo Buttafuoco.      Fisher could have gone far as a writer.    She nailed down a real job at a newspaper.    Her book wasn't great but it showed a young woman who had the capacity for reflection.