2014

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How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, these are the words that are heard next: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be here with you today. My name is __, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.”.

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Presentation design trends

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author. Over the last 22 years, he created thousands of presentations that results in improved success rates for his clients.

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PowerPoint Surgery: Tips to create presentation slides that make your message stick, not suck -- Guest post by Lee Jackson

Speak Schmeak

There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world and it''s estimated that there are a million presentations happening right now. But most of them are dull or even bad. It''s bizarre, and it can really hurt your career. But there is hope. There is a better way.

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Seven speech-techniques powering Obama’s UN Address

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. Powerful speeches contain powerful content. For that content to shine though, it must be mounted into a powerful structure. Barack Obama’s speech today at the UN General Assembly contained both.

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Speechwriting secrets for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This is the first of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. On Saturday we heard from two communications experts: Speechwriter Pete Weissman and visual thinking expert David Sibbet.

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15 ways I use @evernote for public speaking & coaching speakers

The Eloquent Woman

If you read my other blog, don''t get caught , on social media and communications, you already know I''m a big fan of using the note-taking program Evernote for business travel, blogging and more.

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7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

Have you ever found yourself sitting in the center seat of a packed auditorium—hemmed in on both sides by people and laptops—listening to a keynote speaker who is supposed to be imparting knowledge and wisdom, but instead is droning on and on? You want to run, but you can’t. So you endure what seems like torture. You probably think this only happens in large university lecture halls, right? Not so.

Toastmasters Friday: My Road to DTM - CHECK!

Speak and Deliver

I''ve been a Toastmaster for almost 15 years. I''ve competed on the world stage. Twice. I''ve even been invited to keynote or speak in 13 different districts. Yet, my typical conversation when I meet Toastmasters outside of my district typically go like this: Them: "You''re a DTM, right?"

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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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Make your webinars super interactive

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post from Brenda Bence , who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert. She wrote this as a tip for Speaker Net News subscribers and gave me permission to reprint it. You can read more about her at www.BrendaBence.com.

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Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

Speak Schmeak

I''m currently participating in the Bloom Your Online Relationships Challenge , a 30-day free program to encourage relationship-building with our online communities, and today''s challenge dovetails perfectly with a post I''ve been wanting to write.

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Why Giving a Thanksgiving Toast is Like the Macy’s Parade

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. Thanksgiving morning, and if you’re lucky enough not to be in the kitchen wrestling a turkey, then maybe you’re reclined in front of the TV and watching the floats glide down 6th Avenue. Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely American holidays.

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8 Presenter Principles To Master: A Guest Posting by Jeff Hurt

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jeff Hurt is the Executive Vice President, Education and Engagement, at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. In 2012, he was recognized as the PCMA 2011 Educator of the Year.

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7 things good communicators must not do

Presentation Zen

In this simple but informative TED Talk , Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list.

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How to design your talks to engage an audience without resorting to nudity

Kate's Voice

When I saw my first business presentation 18 years ago, I was afraid that, in my attempt to apply my performing arts skills to business, I had fallen from grace into a pit of darkness and boredom.

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Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” ” This article written by Emilia Benton, a copy editor from the Special Publications of Houston Chronicle Media Group, features some of my ideas about the value of public speaking skills for career development. Benton [.].

Book journal: Credibility and the feminine rhetorical style

The Eloquent Woman

Representative Michele Bachmann was described as giving a "statesmanlike" speech in England. Hillary Clinton did the "seemingly unthinkable" when tears came to her eyes as she spoke with voters during the 2008 presidential campaign about the difficulties of running for office.

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Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A.

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Winning Anyway in Kuala Lumpur - A Look Back

Speak and Deliver

I''ve been back for about 8 days - and I''ve had a chance to more fully digest the 2014 Toastmasters Convention, and specifically, this year''s World Championship of Public Speaking. Here''s the rundown: FIRST - the results - I didn''t place in my semi.

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How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message. Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message.

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Presenting = Communicating = Training

PowerPoint Tips

If you’re a trainer or teacher, the title of this blog post if an obvious statement for you. But if you do more persuasive presentations, it may not be obvious.

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Your stats are paralyzing your audience

Speak Schmeak

When you''re using statistics in a presentation, it''s really easy to get caught up in the numbers. And unfortunately, just because those numbers are meaningful to you, it doesn''t mean they''re at all fathomable to your audience.

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The Straw Man Fallacy

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. As the big bad wolf will gladly confirm, it’s way easier to blow-down a house of straw. And so it is with arguments. An argument made of straw is easier to demolish than one that’s made of stone.

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Guest Posting: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking, by Kyle Ingham

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kyle Ingham is the founder of The Distilled Man, a website that helps men learn essential “gentlemanly” skills. Like knowing how to cook a perfect steak. How to mix a cocktail. Or how to give a toast.

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10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen

Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies of all time.

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Help for Tired Voices: The 5 Habits of a Healthy Voice

Kate's Voice

It’s 4pm on a Thursday, and it’s been another long week of phone calls, meetings and non-stop talking. There is one more meeting on the calendar and your voice is so nearly gone that it actually hurts to speak. It takes a lot of effort to get through the frog in your throat to find […].

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Leaders Need Comfort in the Skin for Public Speaking

Speaking Freely

What is often misnamed as fear of public speaking is one of the best-kept secrets of corporate leaders. It is surprising how few leaders feel really comfortable speaking in public settings and being the center of attention. Much has been written about fear of public speaking, but what I think has not been clearly understood is that the problem […]. The post Leaders Need Comfort in the Skin for Public Speaking appeared first on Speaking Freely.

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Talk About the Talk: Caroline Goyder on confident speaking at @TEDxBrixton

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: I''m launching a new series, Talk About the Talk, in which I''ll ask speakers I''ve worked with to share their perspectives about giving big or important talks. First up is Caroline Goyder , who spoke this autumn at TEDxBrixton on "the surprising secret to speaking with confidence."

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Superior Presentations 75: The Most Striking PowerPoint Slide to Include in Every PowerPoint Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

If you use PowerPoint slides to accompany your presentation, you might like this powerful technique to distinguish your talk from the ocean of PowerPoint presentations. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create this slide. This is such a simple technique that many presenters overlook it.

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Speak & Deliver in Kuala Lumpur

Speak and Deliver

I''ve been busy - a bit too busy, perhaps - getting ready for the semi-finals of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur on August 21. Lots of practices, lots of fundraising, all on top of regular life with six kids.

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Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs – 3 Tips for a Successful Pitch

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking for entrepreneurs? Absolutely! The reality is that a presentation, a pitch or “casual” conversations about your company all qualify as examples of public speaking. When I ask entrepreneurs about public speaking, I often hear “I don’t have to give speeches.”. There are 3 universal ideas every entrepreneur should remember while pitching their startup: 1) You are Presenting for Your Audience, not Yourself.

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Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

PowerPoint Tips

Would you like to create shapes like this in PowerPoint? I like them because they look informal, hand drawn. They don’t come with PowerPoint, but you can easily create them using the Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature. This feature is not well known because it isn’t on the ribbon.

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Technology is a luxury, not a necessity

Speak Schmeak

Via ABC News By now, you''ve probably seen the short video of Michael Bay walking off the stage at Samsung''s Consumer Electronics Show. In short, the teleprompter stopped working, he got flustered, and took off.

Spice speech

The Presenter's Blog

Peter : Over the years, I’ve killed my throat. Or toughened it up – it all depends on your perspective. You see the thing is – I love spice.

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