Sat.Jun 16, 2012 - Fri.Jun 22, 2012

Ten Tips on Using Body Language When Delivering a Speech

Manner of Speaking

Today’s post features some valuable advice about your body language when delivering a speech or presentation. It comes from my friend, Douglas Kruger. Douglas, who hails from South Africa, is a speaker, author and trainer. In his three-minute video below, Douglas demonstrates several simple but powerful techniques that you can use to enhance your message the next time you are on stage. . Great advice, D ouglas! (My My only complaint is the lighting!)

Are your questions just an excuse to talk about yourself?

Speak Schmeak

During my recent workshop on business networking at the World Tea Expo , there was a discussion about asking questions. Everyone agreed that open-ended questions are important in getting to know the people you're talking to, and building the foundation of a relationship.

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Your Audience’s Audience

Duarte Blog

In 2006, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stood in front of an audience of software developers and thanked them for building applications that run on Windows.

The Power-Cut Presenter

The Presenter's Blog

In the second that the lights pop there is a moment of perfect puzzled peace. Have you ever noticed? When the power cut hits and the lights all fail, everybody freezes. The only movement is that of heads twitching upward, sharply looking for the lights.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 135)

Manner of Speaking

Zhuangzi (??) (369 369 BC – 286 BC) Chinese Philosopher. “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker; a man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” ” — Zhuangzi (??). Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

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8 Points for Presentation Structure

The Presenter's Blog

Preparation is everything. While we focus on our content, and sometimes fuss about our slides, it’s essential we never forget about the framework holding everything together. How will we introduce and conclude? How should we segment the content into logical bite-sized pieces? How do we pull together our fundamental arguments? How can we handle the questions at the end?

Relevant Resources: AV supplies for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I help edit SPEAKER Magazine for the National Speakers Association (NSA). Each month I curate the Relevant Resources column – a list of time-saving tools and technologies. The June 2012 edition listed AV supplies for professional speakers. Speakers for speakers, so to speak… Professional speakers have a multitude of AV needs in their home offices [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Technology

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People I’m Grateful for #8: Nancy Duarte

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This blog is the eighth in a series of blogs on people that have added something important to the world of communications.    Today, my gratitude is for  Nancy Duarte.   The series is personal and partial, but I welcome nominations for those you think I’ve missed. 

Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

I read another article the other day that misrepresented Albert Mehrabian's research. This time, the author was using the statistic to demonstrate how important gestures are to our presentations.

Famous Speech Friday: Maria Shriver on "The Power of the Pause"

The Eloquent Woman

"What are you gonna do?"

Interview: Erik Hersman, TED Fellow & Founder of iHub

Duarte Blog

Michael Duarte interviews Erik Hersman, an influential blogger, TED Fellow, and founder of iHub, an organization designed to create a supportive hub for Africa’s tech community. Erik discusses his organization, and how presentations have affected his journey from startup to success.

Review of “Rebel in the Backseat”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Review of "Rebel in the Backseat". My Books Paul Lima Rebel In The Back Seat review Rebel in the Backseat short story collection

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Meet me in Las Vegas, October 9-10!

Speak Schmeak

What's the fastest, surest way to bore your audience to tears, destroy your own credibility, ruin any good points you have to make, and kill even the best presentation? Use PowerPoint. At least, that’s what a lot of people used to say, but not anymore.

People I'm Grateful for #7: Garr Reynolds

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This blog is the seventh in a series of blogs on people that have added something important to the world of communications.    Today, my gratitude is for Garr Reynolds. The series is personal and partial, but I welcome nominations for those you think I’ve missed.    I’m grateful to these people because understanding how we communicate is desperately important to bettering our humanity in both business and life. 

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Extroverts vs Introverts: Who at the better speakers?

Executive Speech Coach

Are extroverts better public speakers than introverts? It turns out that extroverts and introverts have different strengths and weaknesses. Both can be powerful public speakers if they manage those characteristics. George Torok discusses those differences and how to use them to your presentation advantage. What do you think?

3 Steps to Build a Six-Figure Speaking Business

Succeed Speaking

How do you build a six-figure speaking business? There are several ways to go about it, but I’ll give you my favorite one: Step One: Find someone who’s already done it. Step Two: Adapt and model your strategy based on what they’ve done. Step Three: Execute the strategy.

Are your questions just an excuse to talk about yourself?

Speak Schmeak

During my recent workshop on business networking at the World Tea Expo , there was a discussion about asking questions. Everyone agreed that open-ended questions are important in getting to know the people you're talking to, and building the foundation of a relationship.

Aung San Suu Kyi joins a distinguished club

Max Atkinson

In my lifetime, there haven't been many figures who've achieved world recognition for the particular cause they represent or represented. Nelson Mandela is one. Martin Luther King Jr was another. And Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest (and first woman) to become a member of this illustrious club. Today, she will address a joint session of the houses of parliament in Westminster.

DJ Skills Transferable to Other Business

Executive Speech Coach

Can DJ (disk jockey) skills be transferred to other business and careers? This question caught my attention in a discussion group. Here is my answer: What an interesting question. I was a DJ in the 70's playing records for dances. I now run my own business as a keynote speaker, presentation trainer and speech coach. What transferred?

5 secret advantages of the panel moderator

The Eloquent Woman

If you've been feeling kinda sorry for panel moderators, with such a small role to play, you're not alone--but you are mistaken. Panel moderators have some great, if secret, advantages up their sleeves.

Public Speaker Marketing - Blogging and Posting

Great Public Speaking

Post Frequently on Purpose The best way to drive traffic to your blog is to post frequently, at least 2 to 3 times a week. The more you post, the more traffic you attract. We have experimented with this and found that when we post every day, the number of visitors goes up dramatically. Where do you find enough stuff to write about? You will need to read other blogs to find sources and ideas for blog posts.

DIY: How to be your own speechwriter (Lesson 5)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The opening, many do-it-yourself speechwriters find, is the most formidable obstacle.    It's at this stage of putting together a talk that they become so overwhelmed that they give up.    They call in a professional speechwriter like myself.

Top Ten Scott Walker Leadership Lessons for Barack Obama and Liberals

TJ Walker Interactive

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Where are the editors when you need them?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I confess, I love the occasional humorous juxtaposition in newspapers, as in when two headlines on the same page collide or the headline of one article conflicts, humorously or ironically, with an image accompanying another article. Sometimes, I wonder if editors do it on purpose — although I suspect in most cases it’s accidental. An overworked, [.]. Freelance Writing - General

Tom Antion Teaching in Florida

Great Public Speaking

2 Day VIP Intensive Internet Marketing "Butt Camp" Training Featuring our Mentor, Tom Antion! July 28-29) Saturday July 28 - Our 50 VIP's will receive upfront seating. 9:00 am-Sign IN and Networking at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Seminar Training-10:00am-2:00pm-Buffet Lunch Included. Nine Different Revenue streams You can have on the Web.

Meet me in Las Vegas, October 9-10!

Speak Schmeak

What's the fastest, surest way to bore your audience to tears, destroy your own credibility, ruin any good points you have to make, and kill even the best presentation? Use PowerPoint. At least, that’s what a lot of people used to say, but not anymore.

Sheldon Adelson Injects More Cash Into G.O.P. Groups

TJ Walker Interactive

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Guest post: My Path to Print On Demand Poetry

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Poet uses print on demand to publish her poetry and raise funds for UNICEF. Self-Publishing & Print On Demand Heather Grace Stewart poetry and print on demand print on demand

Using Blogs and Articles to Find Targeted Prospects

Great Public Speaking

Guest posting on other people's blogs is a great way to find targeted traffic. Many major blog sites have been up and active for years, attracting thousands of page views a week and a ton of subscribers. They have done all of the hard work. By guest posting, you can give the blog owner fresh new content that they need and you can get a link back to your website that could drive thousands of readers to your services.

Changing Behavior

The Communication Blog

I was asked to participate in a “blog tour” of the book, Changing Behavior: Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy to Learn, Proven Communication Skills , by Georgianna Donadio and published by SoulWork Press of Boston. I was asked to do whatever I wished—which is always nice. So, I thought I would simply mention the book and its connection with communication.

Tell me a story

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Have you ever thought about how storytelling helps us create a better life and a better place in the real world? Storytelling is becoming increasingly popular, not just with the professional speaker, but with novices. We all have our stories to tell and we now realize that it helps feed our need for connection and more recently for social change. The story revival is over. The story revolution has begun.” I find audiences are listening to each other better when they have a direct exchange.

Kindle how to prep for media interviews avail. for.99

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

The Kindle version of Are You Ready For Your Interview? How to Prepare for Media Interviews (includes special sections on Social Media) is now available for.99 for a limited time. My Books prepare for media interviews

AT&T Wireless: Will it knock Staples out of the box as best buddy to small business?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 2012, a small business like my communications shop runs via the smartphone.    That's how I manage voice, email, video, research, and accessing the latest apps. 

Analysis of Rielle Hunter’s Publishing Potential

TJ Walker Interactive

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