2017

The Public Speaking Fear Grid

Manner of Speaking

It’s no secret that many people are afraid of public speaking. As Jerry Seinfeld has said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! This means, to the average person, if … Continue reading → Nerves Psychology of Public Speaking Jerry Seinfeld Mark Twain public speaking

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How to transform your relationship with nervousness

Speaking about Presenting

I still get nervous about public speaking. But I’ve transformed my relationship with nervousness. It is now a friendly companion, not an evil stalker. There are many aspects to this transformation, and there’s just one that I want to talk about in this post. And that’s what your nervousness says about your confidence. In the past, I assumed that my nervousness meant that I wasn’t confident.

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3 techniques to copy formatting in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can spend a lot of time formatting a shape or some text in PowerPoint and you certainly don’t want to have to repeat that process if it isn’t necessary. The good news is that PowerPoint has several techniques to copy formatting and animation. If you aren’t using them, you’ll soon wonder how you got along without them. 1) Format Painter and Pick Up/Apply Style. This is actually 2 techniques but I’m putting them together because they’re similar.

On running and pacesetting

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

year ago I started paceseting for races in Cape Town. My first race was the UCT 10k. I drove a (somewhat empty) 60 minute bus, and arrived at 59:10. Over the past year I have been a pacesetter for 20 races with a total distance of 704km (ok so I love numbers; I freely admit it). Even though it has only been a year, pacesetting has taught me about running in a bus, and about running in general, and my busses are a lot more full. Here are a few tips. I hope they help. When running in a bus.

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You don't need a stage to need stage presence

Speak Schmeak

I was recently contacted by a woman who manages a small team of young, inexperienced salespeople. She was primarily concerned with their lack of self-awareness; their behaviors in front of clients and prospects were less-than-stellar. One person bites their nails in meetings. Another person avoids eye contact. Another is a pen-clicker. And yet another makes elaborate faces when trying to conceal a yawn. Most of us have habits we're not aware of.

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Practice Breathing to Manage Public Speaking Fear

Speaking Freely

Breathing to manage public speaking fear really works. However, it only works if you practice it regularly and integrate conscious deep breathing into daily activities. It is often called mindful breathing. Every article you read on managing fear and anxiety for public speaking will suggest learning to breathe deeply and diaphragmatically. I concur that breathing is helpful, but […].

2017 163

Book Review: The Compelling Communicator, by Tim Pollard

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The true value of Tim Pollard’s excellent new book is conveyed by the subtitle: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design. While much of the literature on what makes a ‘compelling communicator’ focuses on cultivating delivery skills and stage presence, Pollard rightly consigns these topics to a brief Epilogue. Rather, his focus on […]. Public Speaking Speechwriting presentation design

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This Is Why No One Understands What You’re Saying

Matt Eventoff

If you’re not getting the results you want or if you’re having meeting after meeting and you’re not getting the response you want from your team, it’s time to look at how and what you’re communicating, says Matt Eventoff… Read More. » » Read more. The post This Is Why No One Understands What You’re Saying appeared first on Princeton Public Speaking. Current News

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Boost Your Public Speaking Skills by “Sounding” Confident!

DeFinis Communications

If you’re feeling nervous about giving an upcoming presentation, use your voice to your advantage. In other words, as you speak, make your voice sound like you are enjoying yourself even if you’re under stress. Easier said than done? Perhaps. But the sound of your voice will convey confidence so that even if you are nervous you won’t sound nervous. A recent study looking at “vocal emotion” showed that a person’s voice carries a great deal of emotional information.

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Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Presentation Zen

In cooperation with the Khan Academy , Pixar and Disney have been offering Pixar in a Box , an on-going series of behind-the-scenes lessons taught by Pixar's professionals (storytellers, animators, directors, artists, etc.). Subjects have included color science , animation , effects , sets & staging , character modeling , and so on.

2017 86

Some “very” good advice

Manner of Speaking

Mark Twain once gave the following advice to writers: Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. American novelist and columnist Florence King was … Continue reading → Grammar Florence King grammar Mark Twain public speaking very writing

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Why most public speaking advice doesn’t seem to work for you

Speaking about Presenting

There’s a book called “What to Say When…You’re Dying on the Platform” by Lily Walters. It’s full of clever quips and responses for when things aren’t going your way during a presentation or speech. My partner Tony loves it. I could never use any of it. He’s an extrovert. I’m an introvert.*.

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Create a soft look with semi-transparent images in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can’t make an image itself transparent in PowerPoint, but there’s a workaround. Why would you want to make an image transparent? For a soft look. To overlap images. To let text show through. You might have other reasons — if so leave a comment! It’s a matter of choice.

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Do you backup?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I just read an email about an author from Port Elizabeth who has lost over 200 pages from a book that she is busy writing after her laptop was stolen. These are over 200 pages of the only draft! While I feel sorry for her, I hear this kind of story almost every week. How simple is it to really backup your files? I am sure that right now, she is thinking that perhaps she should back up on a more regular basis.

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Communication requires presence: Why I won't have a meeting with you while driving

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who are of the opinion that talking on the phone while driving (sometimes with yelling or fighting kids in the back seat) makes more effective or productive use of your time, I doubt you'll change your habits after this one post. But let me share why you'll rarely have a conversation with me while I'm driving—especially a business meeting.

2017 162

Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop Overcomes Life-Long Discomfort of being Center of Attention

Speaking Freely

The Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop teaches you to convert public speaking fear, tension and anxiety into free flowing energy and excitement to speak. You really can overcome life-long discomfort about being the center of attention! When you do, speaking becomes fluid and easy. A participant in a recent Sandra Zimmer Method weekend workshop said, “Had I known […].

2017 151

Infographic: The Do’s and Don’ts of Presenting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The good people at Walkerstone in the UK (a team of professional trainers who are also business writers and marketers) have produced a great infographic, with an informative preamble, on the Do’s and Don’ts of Presenting. This content appears with their express permission. The Do’s And Don’ts of Presenting There are two elements to making […]. Business Communication Public Speaking Infographic

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Exercise: How to jump start your voice without saying a word

Kate's Voice

I don’t have to tell you that your voice is attached to your body. And I probably don’t have to tell you that your body needs exercise. But what kind of exercise makes your voice work better? And how does a full-body workout compare with vocal warm-ups for getting your voice going? Will weight training […]. Executive Presence Vocal Health aerobics breathing exercise vocal health yoga

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6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding

Duarte Blog

Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch. You’ve generated solid research and big ideas – but now you have to distill and communicate your plan for investors to see the full potential. Enter: the pitch deck.

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5 Amazing Music Performances That Will Make You a Better Public Speaker

Presentation Guru

What’s your favourite song and can you remember the first time you heard it? As both a professional singer and a speaking coach, Shola Kaye has found that pop singers and their songs are often far more memorable than famous speakers and their speeches. … Inspiration Performance Role Models Understand your Audience Audience Connection featured inspiration

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Want to be a better presenter? – Then don’t copy your colleagues

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

DON’T BE A MONKEY! I write lots of posts about how to be a better presenter or speaker but am continually frustrated that I still see so many poor presentations. Why is it that, despite being well into the 21st Century, many people still bore the pants of their audiences? The number one reason for poor presentations is, as far as I can see, that human beings are hard-wired to learn by modelling other people. Or to put it another way “Monkey see, Monkey do.”

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Some “very” good advice

Manner of Speaking

Mark Twain once gave the following advice to writers: Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. American novelist and columnist Florence King was … Continue reading → Grammar Florence King grammar Mark Twain public speaking very writing

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How to open your talk with a question

Speaking about Presenting

Do you sometime struggle to decide how to open your presentations?

2017 162

Using BIG circles on slides to make a bold, modern statement

PowerPoint Tips

One way to create a modern look is to use BIG shapes. Recent design trends often use large shapes with lots of white space. You can see this on some websites. In this post, I show you 2 ways to use circles to create a bold, modern statement. Use a circle for a numbered list. Here is one treatment for a list of time wasters when creating PowerPoint slides. Each slide contains one item of the list, leaving room for a big circle, which is only partially on the slide.

2017 134

Lessons from Gary Bailey

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Gary Bailey plated goalkeeper for Manchester United for almost 300 games, and being South African he is considered something of a local hear. Here are some lessons from him: On Manchester United: Is a $1 billion business. Delivers weekly. Has 300 million customers. Lessons. Be tough and learn to takes knocks. Build on gratitude. Appreciate staff and all those around you. Things go wrong for everybody at some time. It’s how you deal with life, not what happens to you that makes a difference.

2017 126

Big fish or little fish. what's right for you?

Speak Schmeak

It's a new year, and with a new year comes lots of marketing hyperbole. Lots of "New year, new you!" and "Step into your greatness!" kinds of posts, articles and of course, paid programs. Every January, I feel the pressure. Do you feel the pressure? To be bigger, bolder, more recognized, more successful (on someone else's terms.)? I feel the pressure to have big events, make big money (used to be just six figures—now I'm seeing a lot more seven figure pressure), get big name clients.

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Learn to Speak Up in Public and Life Will Bring Opportunities to Share Your Gift

Speaking Freely

If you are feeling dissatisfied with your life, it could be because you have not learned to speak up in public in order to fulfill your soul’s desire to make a difference. I believe we each have a gift to give the world. We each have some contribution to make that adds value to humanity […]. The post Learn to Speak Up in Public and Life Will Bring Opportunities to Share Your Gift appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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Infographic: How to deliver a world-class presentation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kudos to Hong Kong based Malcolm Andrews for publishing a great infographic on how to deliver a world-class presentation. Malcolm is UK national who has been involved over the last 10 years in the development of business management and communication skills for companies across Asia. As well as corporate programmes, he has conducted 1:1 Executive […]. Public Speaking Presentation Skills

2017 126

How to inspire others

Kate's Voice

What makes a talk or conversation inspiring? Is it magic? Is it power? Is it beauty that inspires? Is it joy, pain, or sorrow? Leaders often feel a need to be inspiring because they want to get people to embrace their ideas and follow their lead. Performers want to capture the moment to bring an […]. Musings be inspirational engagement inspiration perception vocal power

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6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

Duarte Blog

“There’s this one guy at my company who…”. So began my in-flight conversation about presentations and presentation mistakes. This happens a lot. The surprising thing about this conversation was the rest of the sentence. “…is is way too exuberant when he presents.”. Wait, what? Nobody says that. We talked for a while. I explained how to fix the problem. Then we talked about how rare that problem is.

2017 84

The World’s Worst Research Presentation

Presentation Guru

Is this the world’s worst ever research presentation? We are indebted to Marc Jadoul for discovering this little gem. The renowned researcher, Dr Fisher-Katz, addresses an audience of undergraduates on her specialist subject, Nano Electronics. Trust me, it’s a lot more fun than you think it could be!… … Case Studies Performance Elsewhere on the Web Presentation Mistakes

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Can Exercise Make You a Better Public Speaker?

DeFinis Communications

Most people know that exercise is good for you, both physically and mentally. Physical activity can be a great stress reliever too. However, when it comes to bulking up the brain, not all exercise is created equal. A new study examined three different types of exercise, running, weight training, and high-intensity interval training, to see which of the three created the most positive impact on brain cell growth.

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10 Lessons from Jim Carrey for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I recently came across the six-minute film, Jim Carrey: I Needed Color. It is a beautifully shot and wonderfully told story about Jim Carrey’s fascination with art, particularly painting. The movie shows a side of Carrey with which many people … Continue reading → Motivation Psychology of Public Speaking Art Emotion Florian Mueck Jim Carrey Luciano Pavarotti Olivia Schofield Oscar Wilde public speaking storytelling

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7 Mental Strategies to Help you Recover from a Presentation Disaster

Speaking about Presenting

The complaints started within the first half hour of the course: “I don’t understand what this means” “This is too hard for us” “This doesn’t work for the presentations that I have to do.” ” By the end of the day I was exhausted and dispirited.

2017 158

How to insert 3D into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

3D is here! Yes, you can now insert certain types of 3D models into PowerPoint, rotate them and even animate them. At the end, I’ll show you a video of an animated 3D model in PowerPoint. To be clear, to get this new feature, you have to have Office 365, which is the subscription version. Office 365 is continually updated and Microsoft adds new features almost monthly. If you paid a one-time fee for Office, you have a static product, and you won’t get the new features.

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Servant leadership in a restaurant

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

An example of servant leadership happened in a restaurant last night. My wife and I were enjoying a meal in a local restaurant. We were not enjoying our drinks, because even though we had repeatedly asked for them, the drinks failed to arrive. A waitress, Jade, who was working another table saw that we were having a problem. When we told her she went off to the bar, spoke to the barman and came back immediately with our drinks.

You have a platform, but are you making it count?

Speak Schmeak

Whenever a celebrity—whether actor, singer, athlete or other entertainer—takes the opportunity at an awards ceremony or other public event to speak out about a political issue, certain segments of the public immediately begin scolding and lashing out. It's inappropriate!" they say. Celebrities should keep their opinions to themselves!" "We We pay you to act and entertain us!"

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