2014

The Speechwriting Secrets of Jon Favreau

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

There’s only 24 hours in a day, which is why President Obama, despite being an accomplished writer and orator, needs help with his speeches.

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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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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.

2014 201

A tale of two wineries -- and what speakers can learn from them

Speak Schmeak

Municipal Winemakers and Saarloos & Sons are two of my favorite wineries. Of course, I love their wines, and their wines are one of the ways they differentiate themselves among the many, MANY wineries in Santa Barbara County.

2014 199

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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Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech.

2014 206

The Next Step With My Photography

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The other day, I read an article about Because I Said I Would. This gave me the swift kick in the rear end that I needed. For years, I told myself, “this is the year I start a business.” ” Yet it never happened.

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How Did Josh Shipp Build an Empire of Impact as a Youth Motivational Speaker?

Succeed Speaking

Josh Shipp is a young man who has done remarkable things. In this interview with Jaime Tardy , he shares — very candidly — some of his keys to success as a youth motivational speaker. Want to learn more from Josh?

2014 130

Guest Posting: How Not to Introduce a Speaker, by Adam Grant

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest full professor and single highest-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, and one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers.

2014 186

Embedding fonts in a presentation with non-standard fonts

PowerPoint Tips

Are you a font freak? Do you just LOVE interesting fonts? I must admit that I’m a font idiot who can hardly tell the difference between Arial, Tahoma and Verdana, unless they’re right next to each other. Even then, I won’t know which is which.

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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.

2014 191

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.

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Improve your voice over the holidays

Kate's Voice

Designed to help you stay in the game, this is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication. WHAT YOUR VOICE NEEDS IS A GOOD WORKING VACATION Many of you are planning to take some time off over the next couple of weeks. In fact, some of […].

2014 185

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.

2014 169

Asking a Favor

The Communication Blog

One of the most difficult of all conversational tasks is to ask someone for a favor. Of course, it depends on the favor and on the relationship you have with the person from whom you want the favor.

2014 130

Once Upon A Data Point: Using Stories To Make Your Facts More Memorable

Professionally Speaking...

If you''re familiar with the character of Sherlock Holmes -- whether from literature, the BBC''s production starring Benedict Cumberbatch or the CBS series, Elementary -- you know that Sherlock is a data junkie.

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Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech.

2014 206

Accent Reduction: Why Pronouncing Consonants is More Important than Pronouncing Vowels

Speaking Freely

Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ There is no fast and easy way to reduce or modify an accent. If you are going to learn to reduce your accent, it is going to take considerable time and effort to practice. OK, now I have said it! I don’t mean to discourage you, but I do mean to help [.].

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Relay For Life: Spotsylvania

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

On April 12, I’ll be in Spotsylvania donating my time and talent to the Relay For Life of Spotsylvania. I’ll be there to photograph the event, provide free portraits (digital) to participants, and make the “Why I Relay” photos. It’s a good distance, but it’s part of my commitment to, no matter how much business I do or don’t have in a year, that I give to worthy causes like this. If you’re in the area, come join the fight against cancer.

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Book Review: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins by Rob Biesenbach

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Rob Biesenbach is an independent corporate communications pro, actor, author and speaker. He is a former VP at Ogilvy PR Worldwide and press secretary to the Ohio Attorney General. His first book, Act Like You Mean Business: Essential Communication Lessons From Stage and Screen was published in 2011.

2014 182

Create a checklist graphic in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I often create a slide that talks about x number of items: 6 tips for stunning slides. 10 ways to organize your time. 5 steps to a slide makeover. When I think how to visualize the concept of such a slide, I often (perhaps lamely) come up with a checklist.

2014 181

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 _.”.

2014 191

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.

2014 184

Women’s Voices in Business: Strategies for dealing with 3 common issues

Kate's Voice

This week, I attended a conference for women presented by one of my corporate clients. There was a lot of discussion around Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, of course, and lots of tips on how to do that.

2014 185

Antithesis: An easy way to sound profound

The Presenter's Blog

Naughty gets you straight into presentation heaven, and antithesis proves it. Antithesis injects poetry into your presentation. In the words of Mark Forsyth, author of the fabulous “The Elements of Eloquence” , it lets you sound profound even when stating “the bleeding obvious”.

2014 169

Nonverbal Cues to Lying

The Communication Blog

Here’s an interesting article on lying and the nonverbal cues that often (but, not always) reveal that a person is, in fact, lying. The author correctly points out that the first thing one needs to know is how the person behaves normally—what we call establishing a baseline of behavior.

2014 130

Presentation Myths

Professionally Speaking...

Of the various titles I’ve held in my career, myth-buster actually hasn’t been one of them.

2014 141

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.

2014 174

The Alchemy of Public Speaking: Turning Performance Anxiety into Presence

Speaking Freely

Alchemy is a term for turning a less valuable substance into a more valuable one. In our physical body, we can alchemically transform performance anxiety into presence. The human body is a laboratory for transformation of consciousness. Performance anxiety is a distressful reaction to energy trying to flow through the body when we become the [.].

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How Did Josh Shipp Build an Empire of Impact as a Youth Motivational Speaker?

Succeed Speaking

[leadplayer_vid id=”52CC79F19D169″]. Josh Shipp is a young man who has done remarkable things. In this interview with Jaime Tardy , he shares — very candidly — some of his keys to success as a youth motivational speaker. Want to learn more from Josh? He reveals how you can start building your own “empire of impact” as a youth speaker in his brand new (and FREE) Youth Speaker University video series !

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Magnifying the Impact of a Speech with Social Media

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Last week I was in the UK visiting family and took the opportunity to present to the Northwest Region of the Professional Speaking Association. Over 20 people attended at the conference center in Manchester.

Sync animation with a video or audio

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever wanted to synch animation with a video or audio file so that the animation happens at a specified point? Starting with PowerPoint 2010, you can add bookmarks to video or audio files.

2014 181

12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

Matt Eventoff

“I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” ” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” ” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis.

2014 164

My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

It''s the most wonderful time of the year! And it''s also the time of the year, when I update my annual list of speaker gifts, to help you find the best gifts for the speaker in your life -- who might just be you!

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