Sat.Apr 21, 2012 - Fri.Apr 27, 2012

Create a PowerPoint chart/graph with 2 Y axes and 2 chart types

PowerPoint Tips

How do you create a chart in PowerPoint that looks like this? It has: 2 different Y axes each with a different scale. 2 different chart types–column and line. I learned this feature of PowerPoint charts recently from my friend and fellow PowerPoint MVP, Echo Swinford.

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Back of the Napkin to Head of the Class – Introducing Dan Roam’s Napkin Academy

Duarte Blog

Learn to think faster, sell better, and see the invisible by thinking in pictures.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 129)

Manner of Speaking

Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955) American Writer and Lecturer. “Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.” ” — Dale Carnegie. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

I recently worked with a client who speaks on a very sensitive topic. It's the kind of topic that's painful for a lot of people and you've probably never heard a joke about it. So when I suggested that she lighten up her presentation a bit with some humor, she balked.

Just a thought … Are you living, or being lived …?

Pivotal Public Speaking

“What is it that makes all of us end each day with the sense that we have not lived our time, but have been lived, used by what we do?” ” – Jacob Needleman. quotations inspiration time

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So What's the Right Way to Use PowerPoint?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Readers of this blog will know that I often take on PowerPoint (and its cousins) as detrimental to speech giving.    It’s probably time for a corrective blog, especially after my “Imagine there’s no PowerPoint” spoof of last week.    Let’s be clear.    Slides, done right, can greatly strengthen a presentation.    So what’s the right way to use PowerPoint and the other slide software programs?    Think of musicals. 

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Stage coaching checklist: 6 reasons you should get time on stage before you speak

The Eloquent Woman

Do you take the time to get on stage before you speak--preferably the stage on which you'll be speaking? I ask because it's a step overlooked by many speakers, or one dismissed by some organizers, probably because it sounds too simple. Why would you need some orientation to the stage before you speak? I have 6 reasons you should get on stage before you step out there to speak: Lighting for you: Getting on stage will help orient you to where the lights are in relation to you while you speak.

Power Presentations Tip 60: Focus on Success Not Perfection

Executive Speech Coach

Focus on Success Not Perfection I believe that the perfect presentation doesn't exist. Don't chase perfection in your speaking. Instead, seek to be successful every time you speak. Perfection is unattainable and chasing it will slap you with a constant stream of frustration.

Give Your Presentation Skills a Pilates Workout

DeFinis Communications

Joseph Pilates, the man who created and promoted the Pilates method of physical fitness, may not have been a public speaker, but all presenters can still learn a thing or two from him. In the course of his work, Pilates formulated six key principles to improve the quality of your physical strength and endurance. While these principles were designed for physical fitness, they can also be applied to the discipline of public speaking…and ultimately to all aspects of life. Breath.

There's No Such Thing as a Motivational Speaker

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

A friend sent this funny video dispelling the myths of motivational speakers.    It has a good time poking fun at the occupational hazards of the job.    But let me take the idea here one step further.    There is no such thing as the job category, “Motivational Speaker.”    At least, there shouldn’t be, and you shouldn’t think of yourself as one, or even aspire to become one.    Why, you say? 

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Florence Nightingale and the rise of the pie chart

The Eloquent Woman

The pie chart, perhaps the only presentation tool that reminds you of dessert, is older than you think. The New York Times magazine took a look at the founder of the pie chart, William Playfair , who first used it in 1801. Pie charts didn't catch on until the middle of the 19th century, however. Then they were used in combinations with maps to convey additional data, and expanded in shapes to include rings and "doughnut" charts.

How to Keep Attention of Your Audience When Presenting: video tips

Executive Speech Coach

You can't hold the attention of your audience throughout your presentation. You need to keep recapturing it. Learn more in this Presentation Skills Tips video from George Torok.

How Speakers, Authors and Thought Leaders Can Capture More Leads, Make More Connections and Close More Sales

Succeed Speaking

As a speaker, author or thought leader, capturing leads, making real connections with those leads, and ultimately converting them into paying customers is the lifeblood of your business. How are you doing with that?

Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

I recently worked with a client who speaks on a very sensitive topic. It's the kind of topic that's painful for a lot of people and you've probably never heard a joke about it. So when I suggested that she lighten up her presentation a bit with some humor, she balked.

Politics and Debate Performance: What to do in a crowded field

DeFinis Communications

What do you do when you are one of twelve panel members given just one minute to answer questions in an hour and a half political debate? Which sound bites do you perfect? How do you deliver with just the right amount of information so when you do get the spotlight you perform well? These were the challenges twelve candidates running for the recently redrawn 2nd Congressional District of California faced at a debate held at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA last week.

How to Deliver Superior Presentations video

Executive Speech Coach

Enjoy this 19 minute video of George Torok delivering his "How to Deliver Superior Presentations" to HAPPEN in Mississauga. Notice the use of pausing. Note the facial expressions, change of voice and movement.

Public Speaking Tips - Keep the Conference Room Quiet

Great Public Speaking

[link] Tom shows you a quick and easy way to keep the conference room door from slamming

The language 'surfacing' from James Murdoch at today's Leveson Inquiry

Max Atkinson

At about 1.00 today, I was asked by a leading Scottish newspaper to write a 400 word piece on James Murdoch's performance at today's Leveson Inquiry - deadline 6.00 Tight though this was compared with the usual deadlines I work to, I agreed. Then, at about 4.30

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Interview: What motivates you to write?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

What motivates you to write? Is it the promise of money, fame, power, recognition, self-fulfillment or something else? And other questions and answers on 'motivation to create'. Freelance Writing - General motivate to create motivation

How an Assistant Can Help Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Working with a Presentation Assistant An assistant can help your presentation in several ways.

Tom Antion Helps Public Speakers Make More Money

Great Public Speaking

[link] Tom Antion will pay YOU to use this book. Read all of the techniques Tom has been using for years to create a passive income beyond the platform and to raise the fees for the speeches you already make. Proven results from a man who knows

Are parents of of young children fit to run the country?

Max Atkinson

A 43 year old father of two teenagers recently got me thinking about the age of our our leading politicians' children: "I really don't think that all these blokes with young children are in any position to govern effectively." The point he was getting at will be familiar enough to all parents, and especially those where both partners are working (or have have worked) in demanding jobs.

If you don't want the relationship, don't ask for the favor

Speak Schmeak

In this blog post , John Greathouse describes a phone call from someone seeking referrals to contacts in John's field. The caller basically does everything wrong, starting with forgetting a key factor in relationship-building: research.

Commencement Addresses

The Communication Blog

[link]. Those who cover special occasion speaking in a public speaking course should find this little piece interesting. It covers a wide variety of commencement addresses that are up and coming. link]. commencement addresses special occasion speeches Public Speaking

Presentation Skills - Interplay

Great Public Speaking

I love to interact with the audience. It is much easier now that wireless microphones are so readily available. I can go right into the audience, I can sit in one of their chairs, I can sit on an audience member's lap if I want to (by now you should have realized that I am inclined to be totally irreverent if I know the audience can handle it). You don't have to be as wild as I sometimes am to get the job done. You can calmly go into the audience with a wireless handheld microphone.

Charisma & Complex Times: Is the force of personality an anachronism?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I have been looking around at the business enviroment, ranging from startups to public companies.    What I'm asking about is the risk associated with the charismatic leader. 

Another startling interview: "I haven't seen or heard what the PM said, but I agree with it"

Max Atkinson

My thanks today to Jim Kelleher of IpsosMORI for alerting me to an essential gem for my collection of memorable interviews with politicians ( via Twitter @UncleBooBoo). Politician answers a question: an exception that proves the rule A Labour leader with no interest in spin!


The Communication Blog

In a recent NYTimes article ( [link] ) Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist at the University of Virginia and the author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — and How to Make the Most of Them Now, notes that c ohabitation has increased from 1960 with 450,000 cohabitating couples, to the present with 7.5 million cohabitation couples.

Overcome obstacles and convey your message with confidence, poise, and persuasiveness

Pivotal Public Speaking

The 7 Principles of Public Speaking. Richard Zeoli. With The 7 Principles of Public Speaking, Richard Zeoli makes the common sense, gimmick-free program he’s offered to business leaders and political candidates available to everyone. => [link].

No Fall of the House of Murdoch

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Enemies, critics, and competitors of News Corp are gleefully enjoying the head Rupert Murdoch squirm and blame in the ethics hearing in the UK. 

Rahm Emanuel: Raising Status through Stillness

Green Room Speakers

Watch last night's CNN interview with Rahm Emanuel: Notice the way Rahm Emanuel sits straight up in his chair, barely moving. Contrast that with Morgan, who moves more and leans forward, toward Emanuel.

Evidence that I would not have played cricket for Yorkshire

Max Atkinson

A while back, I posted news of how I might have played cricket for Yorkshire if only I'd known at the time that I needed spectacles - and that, had I done so, I might have had the miserable experience of spending a career opening the batting with Geoffrey Boycott ( HERE ).

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Quotation about public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

“No more than six words on a slide. There is no presentation so complex that this rule needs to be broken.”. Seth Godin. PowerPoint public speaking quotations about public speaking quotations

Microsoft Follows Apple into Retail

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Microsoft is fighting its way back to regaining what Evoke Communications head David E. Langston calls "brand heat."  "    In the WASHINGTON POST Farhad Majoo reports that it is following Apple into retail.  Right