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

Presentations: When to Take Questions

Manner of Speaking

Questions from the audience are an integral part of most presentations and speakers should look forward to them. Questions mean that the audience is interested and wants to know more. And even if someone wants to challenge you on a point, at least it means that they were paying attention!

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Review of PowerPoint 2013–the beta of the next version of PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Everyone can now see what the next version of PowerPoint– Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 – will look like. There may be some minor changes and they may be holding back some goodies, but what you see now is a very good idea of what you’ll see later, in my opinion.

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I'm my own worst audience member

Speak Schmeak

I went out of town to attend a two-day workshop over the weekend. There were a few snags along the way. During the six-hour drive I realized I had forgotten to pack underwear, so there was a side trip to an outlet mall (thank you, Calvin Klein, for the $15 coupon I was carrying in my purse).

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Metaphor made easy

The Presenter's Blog

Metaphor and simile bring speaking to life by creating comparisons between objects and concepts. In normal speech we all use them constantly, yet when we attempt to consciously develop them for presentation purposes, those pesky little metaphors just seem to run and hide beneath the rocks.

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Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety - Focusing on the Positive

Professionally Speaking...

This is a guest post by Ryan Rivera, Publisher and Founder of Calm Clinic. Public speaking anxiety tends to be self-sustaining.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 139)

Manner of Speaking

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist, Philosopher and Poet. “Put the argument into a concrete shape, into an image, some hard phrase, round and solid as a ball, which they can see and handle and carry home with them, and the cause is half won.”

Public speaking, your workout, and your calendar. What?

Speak Schmeak

What do working out and your calendar have to do with improving your public speaking? Watch this short video and find out! Check out my YouTube channel here! Quick Fixes Preparation Video

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Add Context, Not Just Content, to Your Next Speech

DeFinis Communications

Quoddy Headlight, most Eastern lighthouse in the US. While vacationing in Maine, my husband and I ventured to Lubec, Maine, the gateway to Campobello Island , New Brunswick, Canada—the once popular summer colony for wealthy Americans and Canadians, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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University Crisis Management – Lessons from the Penn State Crisis

Matt Eventoff

“Our goal is not to be just punitive, but to make sure the university establishes an athletic culture in which football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people. The gut-check message is do we have the right balance in our culture….or or are we in a position where hero worship and winning at all costs has subordinated our core values?”. Mark Emmert, NCAA President.

Tips on how to be more creative by John Cleese

Presentation Zen

Assembling talking points, lists, and tedious outlines is a rather drab exercise that neither challenges your creative abilities or leads to a rewarding experience for you or your audience.

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Being Single

The Communication Blog

Our interpersonal communication texts give (perhaps) too much attention to relationships and too little attention to being single. Here is a corrective for that imbalance--7 advantages of being single. link] [link]. single relationships

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Putting things in threes: 2 great video examples from women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

We've talked before about why crafting your message in an outline of three points works so well. It's almost hardwired in humans as part of our ancient oral storytelling tradition, and in modern times, it's an easy way to organize your content for brevity and clarity when you speak.

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How are you using improv skills to build credibility?

More than PowerPoint...

True story: I haven’t formally interviewed for a job since 1999. So when a local university called to ask if I could conduct a training session about interviewing skills, I politely declined. I haven’t interviewed for a real job since 1999.

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Are you a visual learner?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

One of the clichés I hear all the time in defense of slides, or in support of adding something visual to a presentation, is the claim that “I’m a visual learner.”    Back in the last century, a bit of pop science proclaimed that there are visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners, and each needed to be catered to. 

DIY Public Speaking Tune-Up: Attend Alcoholics Anonymous open speaker meeting

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We are moving from being totally on the web and our smartphones to wanting to be back with people again, in person.    That means powerful brandname organizations like the West Hartford, Connecticut Chamber of Commerce  might be extending invitations for professionals to speak. 

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Famous Speech Friday: Devon Brooks talks about her sexual assaults

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Vancouver-based speaker coach Janice Tomich of Calculated Presentations worked with speakers at TEDxChange in that city earlier this year. I asked her to share this speaker's story as a Famous Speech Friday.) On two occasions Devon Brooks was raped.

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Presentation Tip: Prepare for questions or concerns

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

It would be rare for a business presentation to be given and have no questions from the audience during or after the presentation. I am not talking about keynote style presentations from the big stage, I am talking about the regular presentations we deliver in our offices and to clients. A presentation should be a conversation with the audience that includes questions being asked. In this article I want to look at how we can prepare for the questions the audience may have.

101 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer About His Tax Returns Before the Issue Goes Away

TJ Walker Interactive

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Facebook. Brand Millennial takes a hit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In after hours trading, Facebook stock sunk to its lowest ever - about $25.    That's down about 10% from before it announced earnings. 

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Who are you? What are you looking for on this blog?

The Eloquent Woman

(This post is an update of one from 2010 that asked the same questions and got some great answers--including some that went on to be the basis for the blog's most-read posts to date. I'm looking forward to more of the same from you this time.)

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Delivering Powerful Presentations with or without Slides 

Pivotal Public Speaking

The Naked Presenter. By Garr Reynolds. When we learn to present naked, we reach our audiences by communicating the essence of the message, stripping away all that is unnecessary and embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion.

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More Top Stories for Friday

TJ Walker Interactive

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McDonald's: Losing to Casual Fast Food Panera

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

McDonald's is losing its magic.    This past quarter its earnings were down 4.5%.    And it's at a time when its direct competitors such as Taco Bell are increasing their own earnings. 

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How to Pronounce English Words Correctly

Executive Speech Coach

English Accent Coach Here is a helpful tool for you if English is not your first language. Learn the proper tongue placement, jaw position and hear the sounds. It's simple and seems to be free. I hear from some folks who want to remove their foreign accent. Most of the time the accent is an advantage because it make you sound exotic and listeners tend to listen closer when they notice an accent.

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Public Speaking Marketing - Example Of An Autoresponder Message

Great Public Speaking

Hi, (firstname) Your Wake 'em Up Course will ship right away and you should have it in a few days if you are in the US. If you are outside the USA your customs department will hold the large box we are sending for sometimes up to three weeks. It will take you a little while to go through this in depth course. Take your time and implement a few of the techniques each time you speak. Don't try to revamp an entire presentation at once.

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Am on America’s Radio Network talking about Chick-Fil-A and Gay Marriage

TJ Walker Interactive

Press Room

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Wrinkles Therapy: GLOBE zeroes in on Camilla's, Bill Clinton's wrinkles

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Time has been cruel to Camilla and Bill Clinton.    At least that's how it looks in today's issue of the print tabloid GLOBE.

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Giving a speech in Sweden? Or Japan? Or India?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Or any other country, for that matter? Search, by country, to learn what happened on a particular date in history: [link

Public Speakers: Reach a World-Wide Audience with Podcasting

Great Public Speaking

Reach a World-Wide Audience with Podcasting If you are thinking about adding new tools to your marketing strategy, consider podcasting. Here’s why: It’s fast. You can record audio from practically anywhere and then publish it to share with subscribers with just a few clicks of the mouse. It’s cheap. You don’t need any expensive equipment to get started. If you have a microphone and an Internet connection, you can start podcasting. It’s convenient.

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My Take on the Jackson Family for Inside Edition

TJ Walker Interactive

Here is the transcript. Will post video later. Press Room

Ann Taylor: Will Kate Hudson get Baby Boomers out of the consignment stores?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The sweet spot in shopping these days, at least for us Baby Boomers, is the consignment shops.    In Connecticut they have all the brands we used to buy in retail pre-2008 and even in sizes 12 and over. 

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Public Speaking tip – The Mental Blank

Pivotal Public Speaking

That terrible moment when someone loses complete track of what they are saying – there is a blank, their face drops, and then becomes more and more frantic. This is painful not only for the speaker but for the audience. Develop a strategy now so that if, despite your best preparations, a blank happens, you have something to say. You could remark, “Oops I’ve lost it” and maybe you can add some appropriate humour (“Must have left the speech in front of the mirror!”)

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Marketing Strategies For Public Speakers - Advertorials

Great Public Speaking

The key is to get people to your sales page , but to make sure they don’t know it’s a sales page until they have had the chance to see all the benefits of the product. You make them think they are simply reading a bunch of tips or an article. This is called an “advertorial”. Give them tips and let them know what it is going to mean to them if they don’t have these tips. You scare them a little bit and get them salivating for this information BEFORE you let them know that they can buy it.

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NCAA Allows Penn State Football to Live on

TJ Walker Interactive

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America's Tragedy Default: For whom the bell tolls

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

America's mindset seems to have defaulted into tragedy.    Today, the NEW YORK POST covers the story that St. Paul's will ring its bell to remember the victims in Colorado. 

Alum news: Award of Excellence

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Congratulations to Ira Apfel, a speechwriting seminar alum, who received an Award for Excellence in the 2012 APEX Awards. He submitted his organization’s magazine (one of 601 entries in that category) and earned top honors.

What’s Funny When Nothing Is Happening?

Humor Power

We had a challenging cartoon for the July caption contest. It was a simple drawing of a man and a woman standing next to a window. Often a cartoon will have a built-in twist which will be the obvious center-point of the humorous caption.

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