Sat.Jan 28, 2012 - Fri.Feb 03, 2012

Are You a Fox or a Hummingbird? Dan Roam Explains Your Brain

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam uses an animalistic metaphor to explain how your brain processes information, and reveals how to help facilitate communication between our verbal and visual minds. That and more in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH.

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Presentation nerves

The Presenter's Blog

Beating presentation nerves can seem like a battle; a no-holds-barred FIGHT to overcome your fears. Bosses and colleagues, like drill sergeants, urge us from the trenches and up onto the no-mans land of the stage. “You’re team needs you. Get out there soldier!” ” This approach is completely wrong. First point to be aware of: Presentation nerves can never be eliminated, and it would not be desirable to do so. Controlled nervous tension can promote excellence.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

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!

Famous Speech Friday: Diana Nyad on dreams, determination and defeat

The Eloquent Woman

I was lucky enough to see this talk in person at TEDMED 2011, and I've been waiting for the chance to bring it to readers of The Eloquent Woman ever since.

Quit Talking and Start Thinking

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam explains why we talk too much, and how we can use our predilection for vision to become better problem solvers. “Vivid Thinking” is one of the many gems in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH. .

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Creative Like a Fox! Dan Roam and I Compare Notes on Creative Process

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam schools me on creative process. His new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH , offers awesome tips on how to utilize visual and verbal concepts to refine ideas to their most pure state. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH creative process Dan Roam fox hummingbird

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Why both stories and a storyline are important for your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

A lot of people are talking about telling stories during a presentation. Why is that? Stories are. A powerful way to evoke emotions and people remember emotionally-charged experiences better and longer. An age-old way of making a topic interesting, so the audience pays more attention.

Bill Gates and the head posture -- can you get away with it?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Bill Gates was all over the news last week in the UK talking about his charitable programs, taxes, and eradicating disease.    Here’s a brief sample clip of the billionaire in action on the BBC.    Bill's public persona presents a fascinating dilemma for communications coaches like myself, because he’s doing one important thing wrong – but it doesn’t really matter.    What’s up? 

Readers & I share small speaker confidence-boosters

The Eloquent Woman

I think of speaker confidence as a muscle, something you have to train over time to make it strong and resilient. But readers of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook reminded me that sometimes, just like a muscle, a quick move or two at the last minute also provides that rocket-boost for your bravery. I asked readers: " What's something small you do to boost your confidence when you're going to speak or present in public (before, during or after)?"

Grammar Ain’t Just for Words Anymore

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam used the rules of verbal grammar to build a Visual Grammar Graph that bridges the gap between verbal and visual concepts. Vivid Grammar is featured in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH Dan Roam Visual Grammar Graph Vivid Grammar

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Don't say "you" when you mean "I"

Speak Schmeak

In this interview with Ellen Degeneres, Seal talks about his separation from his wife, Heidi Klum. Notice his use of second person ("you") narrative in telling his story in this clip, rather than the more appropriate first person ("I"). Here are a couple of quotes: "You go into these things with the greatest intentions." When you say 'I do,' when you say, 'Till death do us part,' those vows hold value, they're not just words." "You You just grow apart after awhile.

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Silent Impact - The Speaker's Frustration

Speak and Deliver

I know how you feel. You spoke in front of a large this morning, delivered a message you've labored over for weeks, months, in some cases, YEARS, and.nothing. Yes, they applauded. But, other than that, NOTHING. No one came up and said you were brilliant. That you've changed their life. In fact, they all pretty much scattered, leaving you with, at most, a quick handshake and what seems like a courtesy smile. You've failed. Utterly and completely. Or have you?

Questions To Ask Your Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach

When you are selecting your public speaking or presentation skills coach - here are some important questions that can help you select the best speech coach for you. Tell me about your most unusual or most challenging presentations that you have delivered. Tell me about some of the books that you have read recently on presentation skills. Tell me about some of your speech coaching triumphs. Tell me about your experience working with executives and executive issues. Show me what your clients say.

Secrets of Successful Independents: Toronto, March 7

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Join the IABC panel of successful communicators as they share insights and tips to help you achieve your business goals. You will learn: How to extend your brand into new areas; How to market yourself to attract the clients you want; How to generate “passive” income from self-publishing. Workshops, Seminars & Online Courses Secrets of Successful Independents

Presentation Tip: The Audience's Gift to You

Professionally Speaking...

When someone gives us a gift we generally feel: happy. grateful. excited. humbled. honored. touched. But this is not how we generally feel when we are standing in front of an audience and delivering a presentation. In this situation we're more likely to feel anxious, resigned, bored or detached.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 115)

Manner of Speaking

Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475 - 1564) Italian Renaissance Sculptor and Painter. “If If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” — Michelangelo. Quotes for Public Speakers Michelangelo Michelangelo Buonarotti public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotations

Interview: Timothy Tosta – transformative listener

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Timothy Tosta is a cancer survivor, a seasoned hospice volunteer and a widely acclaimed speaker and lecturer. He is the author of two books and a featured columnist of the Daily Journal, California’s leading daily legal newspaper. Tim is an executive coach to legal and business communities. He also is recognized as one of California’s [.] Timothy Tosta is a cancer survivor, a seasoned hospice volunteer and a widely acclaimed speaker and lecturer.

Four reviews for Everything You Wanted To Know About Freelance Writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Here are four reviews for Everything You Wanted To Know About Freelance Writing. The book is now being used for the University of Toronto’s online version of The Freelance Writing Business as well as courses offered by The University of Western Ontario and Humber College. Review: I found your book, Everything You Wanted To Know About [.].

Effective Presentations - Organization

Great Public Speaking

Being able to find humor, stories, quotes and other speech material when you need it is very important. It is very frustrating to know you have a piece of material, but you can't find it. Some type of system of organizing all this material is essential to efficient preparation. A file and cross-reference system will help you keep track of your material. I use both a computer and hard copy filing system. Both have advantages, so don't worry if you don't have a computer.

eSpeech Coaching is Here

Executive Speech Coach

eSpeech Coaching - expert presentation coaching when you need it Good news for you if standing and speaking before a group is critical to your career or business success. Contrary to some opinions, the best public speakers are not naturals. The best speakers learned how to develop their presentation skills. The first step to becoming a better public speaker is to recognize that speaking is a skill not a talent. The three steps to developing any set of skills are: 1.

Urban Life in Modern China: rush-rush to crush-crush

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In 1985, controversial French sociologist Michel Maffesoli created the term “urban tribe” to describe groups of people who share common interests. The current issue of The Economist has a fascinating article about the subdivisions of urban China into various improbably named tribes (or zu in Mandarin). These include: Yi zu, or ant tribe—recent graduates from [.]. Culture Shock! chinese tribes

[video] 2012 Goals

Speaker Launcher

We’re already in month two of 2012, how’d that happen? Here are 3 quick tips that will help ensure that you’re going to reach your goals this year! Most Recent Post

Public Speaking Skills - The Size of the Audience

Great Public Speaking

The size of your audience has a direct effect on the types of humor which are most appropriate, the expected audience response and the timing of the presentation. Members of very small business groups tend to be too self-conscious to laugh much. Use short one-liners.

Presesntation Tip #53: Passion

Executive Speech Coach

Passion Add passion to your presentation to be more effective. Passion can help energize you to prepare and deliver your presentation - especially if you need to deliver your message repeatedly or to challenging audiences. Passion as perceived by your audience can help engage and persuade them. You need to use emotion to persuade and passion can be a window to display your emotion. Passion can be infectious.

New Joke Contest — Being Single

Humor Power

It’s time for our Joke Contest for the month of February. The contest theme is Being Single. New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). The next caption contest is March 1, 2012. Your humor challenge is to compare Being Single with other things; objects, activities, institutions, etc. Here are some examples: Being single is like bath water.

Is the sound of music on TV getting more and worse?

Max Atkinson

Many outstanding movies have been greatly enhanced by outstanding music. Famous film scores by composers like John Willams , Enno Morrikone and John Barry have deservedly won a much wider audiences among listeners around the world. And, as I've noted before, even political speeches can occasionally be enhanced by suitable background music (e.g. HERE ). But what do we hear from our television screens these days? Is there more music than there used to be?

Too hot, too cold, or just right?

Speak Schmeak

I recently attended a conference with my husband, and in comparing notes afterward about the sessions we had attended, I realized we had a case of the Goldilocks. (If If you don't know the story, here's a brief version similar to the one I grew up with.)

Observation

Kuhnke Communication

Whether you’re speaking or not, you’re always communicating. Research consistently suggests that over 90% of a person’s thoughts, feelings and intentions are conveyed through non-verbal channels, including the voice and body language. Through careful observation you can gain insights into a person’s state of mind, emotions and attitude.

YOU on VIDEO Workshop – If Warren Buffett can do it so can YOU

Speaking Freely

Have you been holding back from making videos due to fear of making a fool of yourself? Maybe not looking good? Or seeming silly? Warren Buffett isn’t! You already know that video can boost your career, your product or service. And it is totally FUN! Take look at Warren Buffett having fun on video and [.]. Camera Presence Confidence Interviewing public speaking Video You on Video Making Videos Public Speaking Course public speaking training You on Video Workshop

Communication Currents

The Communication Blog

[link]. The new issue of Communication Currents is out. This is a publication of the National Communication Association and is addressed to the general public--its subtitle is: Knowledge for Communicating Well. Edited by Katherine Hawkins, the current issue contains articles on long distance relationships, small talk, communciation and success, and free speech. Take a look; I think you'll be pleased. link]. long distance relationships small talk Communication Currents

Don't say "you" when you mean "I"

Speak Schmeak

In this interview with Ellen Degeneres, Seal talks about his separation from his wife, Heidi Klum. Notice his use of second person ("you") narrative in telling his story in this clip, rather than the more appropriate first person ("I"). Here are a couple of quotes: "You go into these things with the greatest intentions." When you say 'I do,' when you say, 'Till death do us part,' those vows hold value, they're not just words." "You You just grow apart after awhile.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 115)

Manner of Speaking

Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475 - 1564) Italian Renaissance Sculptor and Painter. “If If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” — Michelangelo. Quotes for Public Speakers Michelangelo Michelangelo Buonarotti public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotations

YOU on VIDEO Workshop ? If Warren Buffett can do it so can YOU |

Speaking Freely

Ron Johnson: Can this Merchant Prince turn around J.C. Penney

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ron Johnson is the Merchant Prince who invented the concept for Apple Retail. Before that he was helping make Target totally experience economy. Now "Magic Johnson" is at J.C. Penney.    We all are wondering if he can wake up that tired retailer.