Sat.Mar 03, 2012 - Fri.Mar 09, 2012

7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

This is a guest post by Leon Potgieter. Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” – Dave Barry.

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Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

Manner of Speaking

In this post, I return to one of my favourite themes that run through this blog: the importance of storytelling. Past posts on the subject include this one and this one.

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Wear a looser dress

Speak Schmeak

Photo courtesy of fixedgear On last week's American Idol, the top 12 women performed. One singer, Baylie Brown, wore a lovely and flattering dress, but after her performance, confessed that it was too tight. She said that she had had trouble breathing and that she could feel her heartbeat.

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TED Talks, #illustraTED

Duarte Blog

It’s no secret that Duarte has a big crush on TED. As presentation people, and lovers of all things story, TED is the man of our dreams. This year, we declared our love by hosting #illustraTED, a tweet-stravaganza dedicated sharing content inspired by #TED talks.

Slowing down to appreciate what's important

Presentation Zen

About two years ago, the rate of new blog posts to presentation zen declined a bit. It was not for a lack of ideas; I have folders full of ideas and samples that I would like to share.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 120)

Manner of Speaking

Bill Gates - American Philanthropist and Business Magnate. “What I do best is share my enthusiasm.” ” — Bill Gates. Photo courtesy of European Parliament. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates enthusiasm passion Public Speaking Quotations quotes

Dynamic transitions help you connect two slides

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s a common scenario. You have a table of Excel data and you need to discuss it in detail at a meeting. But there’s no way it will fit on one slide. What are your options? You could print out the data so people can see it up close. I recommend doing this when necessary. You could split the data onto 2 slides and use a dynamic transition between them. Dynamic transitions are new for PowerPoint 2010. What’s a dynamic transition?

Speaking up about silencing women

Speak Schmeak

Don't miss these excellent posts by fellow coaches Denise Graveline and Marion Chapsal about the long and insidious history of attempting to silence women who speak out (or just speak ) by calling them whores and sluts.

When Is Rehearsing a Presentation a Bad Idea?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When is rehearsing a presentation a bad idea?    Clients often try to talk themselves out of rehearsal, because they’re pressed for time, because they don’t like the feeling of rehearsal (you’re not in control yet), or because they argue that rehearsal will make them stale.    Those are bad arguments.    People who ‘wing it’ usually betray their lack of preparation in their body language.    They don’t think they do, but they give themselves away. 

Famous Speech Friday: Evita Peron's 1951 Renunciamiento

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: For Women's History Month, our Famous Speech Fridays will focus on historic famous speeches by women. Freelance writer Becky Ham contributed this one.) Eva Duarte de Perón's most famous speech wasn't made on a balcony, despite what you might have learned on Broadway.

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How to sound really natural when delivering a fully scripted speech

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Recently I came across a great post by fellow presentation skills trainer Cordelia Ditton. It covers the thorny topic of how to deliver a speech from a script. I loved Her step by step take on how to make the speech sound like it was yours and I thought you might find it useful too. Thanks to Cordelia for allowing be to republish it in full. Imagine the scenario: a friend is taken ill, it’s [.]

12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

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! Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. But remember, this is all about getting out of your comfort zone.

Presentation Tip: Use pre-made slides to cut prep time

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In a consulting assignment I am working on with a client in New York, we are developing a set of slides that can be re-used in many different presentations. It is a good idea because it cuts preparation time dramatically. In addition to creating your own slides, you can also download pre-made slides from different sources. In this article I want to discuss some sources of pre-made slides and what to do once you have downloaded them.

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From the vault: When the last-minute speaker needs to wing it

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: This post from 2009 recounts a speech that still has audience members coming up to me, years later, to say how much they enjoyed it. I haven't changed much, but fortunately, the procedure described here is no longer so widely recommended.)

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Elmo's Secrets to Speaking Success

Speak and Deliver

I hate Elmo. With a passion. That annoying voice. The stupid laughing followed by "Ooh, that tickles". The fact that I trip over two or three of them anytime I walk into my four-year-old's room. But I found myself watching " Being Elmo " on Netflix Monday night.

Wear a looser dress

Speak Schmeak

Photo courtesy of fixedgear On last week's American Idol, the top 12 women performed. One singer, Baylie Brown, wore a lovely and flattering dress, but after her performance, confessed that it was too tight. She said that she had had trouble breathing and that she could feel her heartbeat.

Terry Canfield's Testimonial for the "Ultimate Guide To Professional Speaking"

Great Public Speaking

[link] Terry Canfield explains how Tom Antion's Ultimate Guide has helped him

Communicate in the Language of Your Audience

Executive Speech Coach

Adjust your vocabulary to suit each particular group to which you present. If they are shareholders, bankers, or accountants and your topic is leveraged buyouts, you require a different vocabulary than if you are talking to marketing people or account executives on strategic selling. Each audience has its own unique language, familiar expressions and sense of humour with which you must be comfortable or you will not gain credibility. Be careful of semantics.

Congratulations to the winners of the “stickout” photo contest!

PowerPoint Tips

In my blog post, “ 6 steps to create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint ,” I explained a dramatic technique to create photos that “stick out” from a background. I held a contest (the deadline was 3/5/2011) and it was my most popular contest ever!

The inner workings of a mediocre presentation

Speak Schmeak

Happy Friday! Here's an entertaining take on the most common flaws of ineffective presentations (and, for that matter, inconsiderate audience members). I feel sorry for speakers like this one, because I truly believe that they do what they do not because they don't care (okay, maybe some don't care), but because they don't know what else to do. If you've been having lackluster speaking engagements like the poor fella in the video, call me. Speakers Pet Peeves Fun Stuff PowerPoint Humor

Interview: Rod Dunican – Wikipedia expert

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Rod Dunican is an accomplished senior manager and trainer, whose entire career has been centered on delivering exceptional results with a positive, “can do” attitude. With more than 25 years of experience, Rod shares his thirst for learning, managing and personal growth to help individuals and organizations thrive. Professionally, he has served in the roles [.]

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Toastmasters Friday: Whattya Mean You're Going Into Leadership?

Speak and Deliver

Yes, hell has frozen over and I'm in line to be the next Area Governor here in my local geographic cluster of clubs known as D26/F/2.

Beyond Bullet Points Online Course is Ready to Go!

Beyond Bullet Points

We’ve launched our Beyond Bullet Points 101 Online Course and we wanted to tell you about it! The BBP 101 course takes you step-by-step through the process of creating an example presentation beyond bullet points — and help you to build your own personal presentation along the way.

Scripted & unscripted presidential victory speeches: Putin v. Obama

Max Atkinson

If you've been following the debate about scripted versus unscripted speeches ( HERE ), Putin's victory speech gives us a chance to review two comparable examples.

Power Presentations Tip 57: Two Laws of Answering Questions

Executive Speech Coach

Two Laws of Answering Questions You don't need to answer the question now. You don't need to answer the question. These two laws are important because most of us were taught just the opposite for most of our life. First our parents and then our teachers drummed into us that we must respond immediately to their questions. And some of us went through that defiant period. But it's still difficult to shake that tyranny of responding to questions.

PREPARING FOR INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS: The Humor Perspective

Great Public Speaking

When presenting to foreign audiences you must check your humor carefully so you don't accidentally offend someone. In some countries you may hear people openly joking on television about subjects that would be taboo in the U.S. That doesn't mean you can attempt to joke about the same subjects in your presentation. Even if your humor is OK, you need to become familiar with other customs in the country in which you are presenting. Customs are quite different around the world.

Speaking up about silencing women

Speak Schmeak

Don't miss these excellent posts by fellow coaches Denise Graveline and Marion Chapsal about the long and insidious history of attempting to silence women who speak out (or just speak ) by calling them whores and sluts.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: First English translation of Putin's victory speech

Max Atkinson

At the end of my previous blog post, I complained that the Western media - including newspapers like The Times , which used to boast that it was a 'newspaper of record' - hadn't bothered to publish an English translation of Vladimir Putin's victory speech ( HERE ).

Communication Strategies: Positiveness

The Communication Blog

Positiveness in interpersonal communication has to do with the use of positive rather than negative messages. For example, instead of the negative “I wish you wouldn’t ignore my opinions,” consider the positive alternative: “I feel good when you ask my opinions.” Instead of the negative “You look horrible with long hair” consider the positive: “I think you look great with short hair.”

Using Humor in Your Presentation? Here’s a Checklist for Success

DeFinis Communications

For the last six months I’ve been working with an accountant in our Executive Immersion program. As his coach, I’ve helped him polish his presentation skills, strengthen his image, project personal presence and build self-confidence. Most recently I helped him prepare for an internal presentation he was giving to five hundred division managers. Today I received his email report card. “My My presentation was a success,” he wrote. “I I received countless compliments.

12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

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!

Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Book review: Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds – Scott Berkun. This eclectic series of short essays discusses ideas, questions and concepts that make you think. Sometimes he challenges conventional thinking (why being a follower can be good), and other times he just questions our actions (should you pray for your team to win), there is some advice. And the rest of the time it is just plain interesting.

Job Growth: 3 months in a row = trend

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sweet.    The job growth that is.    And since it's the 3rd consecutive month of it, we can call it a trend. The Labor Dept. reports that in February 227,000 jobs were created.      The decline in angst is palpable. 

Sweep clean

Pivotal Public Speaking

“If each of us sweeps in front of our own steps, the whole world would be clean.” ” – Goethe. quotations inspiration

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