Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint Mix is a new PowerPoint add-on by Microsoft, now in beta (not finalized). What is PowerPoint Mix? PowerPoint Mix is a PowerPoint-based tool for creating interactive online lessons. The basic process is simple: You create slides and can record audio and video. You can add quizzes.

2015 268

Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

. “What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. - Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877. Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.

2015 233

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3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Since the days when we were mere babes in arms we have used facial expressions to convey what we feel, what we want, what we think.

2015 207

It’s time for Dirty Rhetoric

The Presenter's Blog

A hundred-thousand voices screaming into an electronic echo-chamber. Welcome to modern communications. Your idea must be heard, but how? We’re not the first to face this test. Our communications ancestors competed in the (literally) screaming markets of the ancient world.

5 Reasons Every Speaker Should Write a Book (and How to Write Yours in 90 Days)

Succeed Speaking

[NOTE: This post contains affiliate links to free resources, which means I may be paid a commission if you choose to purchase any products for sale on the external sites. Thank you for reading.]. If you’re a speaker, or if you want to speak, you should write a book.

2015 266

5 Patterns of Popular TED Talks

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Ever wondered why some TED talk recordings on YouTube gather a respectable few hundred thousand views while other go viral and attract many millions? Is there a difference in content, facts and figures or information shared that is more compelling and pertinent to a wider audience?

2015 264

How is dating like public speaking?

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever been on a date? Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? You've probably had both experiences! Did you ask the other person out? Did they ask you out? Maybe you've just kind of eased into it by saying "We should do something sometime." (I

2015 258

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Get into a higher state for public speaking

Speaking Freely

Learn how to get into a higher state by expanding your inner awareness so you can be your best self for public speaking and presentations. Expanding your inner state frees you to be deeply relaxed, feel self-accepting and inclusive of others and to radiate a strong presence.

2015 237

Skin Color

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

With all of the yelling and screaming going on lately, there is something I believe needs to be said. My skin color is not powerful. It is not weak. It bears no pride or guilt. It is neither shameful nor shamed. It is neither an oppressor or oppressed. It does not owe and it is not owed. It is neither privileged or disadvantaged. Like all others, it has no culture, for cultures are learned and/or adopted. It isn’t poor or rich. It’s neither a blessing or a curse.

2015 156

6 steps to harness energy for vocal power

Kate's Voice

How Green is Your Voice? We all want to be green. But as Kermit so wisely said, “it’s not easy being green.” Especially for people who have to get up and speak or sing in front of others.

2015 224

Create a quiz in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that you can create a quiz in PowerPoint? You can create a simple quiz in PowerPoint using just hyperlinks. It’s simple because it doesn’t require any programming and you can’t grade it. Students take the quiz in Slide Show view.

2015 260

Your Voice Matters – An Interview with Dr. Nick Epley

Matt Eventoff

When was the last time you sent an email, or a text, rather than making a phone call. Chances are, it was within the last 24 hours. It is often easier, takes less time and takes less energy. It is also less effective. Our voices matter, and make an impact on how our message is received. It can impact who gets hired, and who doesn’t. But don’t take my word for it. Dr. Nick Epley is the John T. Keller Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

2015 182

Presenters, Be Thankful For These 4 Things

Professionally Speaking...

In the early 1600s around Plymouth, Massachusetts the pilgrims observed days of thanksgiving to offer gratitude for the bountiful harvests. Some 400 years later we celebrate a day of Thanksgiving to offer gratitude for our bounty -- friends, family, good health and good fortune.

2015 183

How to do Chiasmus

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. “ It’s not the men in your life that matters, it’s the life in your men “ One of Mae West’s celebrated phrases. Along with “ Come up and see me some time “, to read these words is to hear the sinuous drawl in which they were delivered.

2015 195

Speakers, You’ve GOTTA Get On Periscope!! (Says Who?)

Succeed Speaking

Maybe you’ve heard about this new social media/video streaming app called Periscope. Maybe it seems like you’re hearing about it everywhere.). Periscope launched in March and by early August they had surpassed 10 million user accounts.

2015 231

Toastmasters Kicks Off World’s Largest Speech Contest

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The world’s largest speech competition has launched with more than 30,000 contestants in 126 countries vying for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.

2015 246

Lessons from driving: Don't be a mechanical speaker

Speak Schmeak

(c) Jenny Rollo Do you remember what it was like when you were learning how to drive? There were so many things to pay attention to, so many details. Where do I put my hands and my feet? When is it too soon or too late to press the brake pedal? How much pressure do I put on the gas?

2015 251

Five Lessons from the 2015 Miss Universe Mix-up

Manner of Speaking

If you were looking for an awkward television moment to close out 2015, Steve Harvey has handed it to you on a silver plate. At the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, it came down to the final three contestants: Miss Colombia, … Continue reading → Uncategorized Mark Critch Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach public speaking Steve Harvey

2015 160

Why Toastmasters

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I was asked to write a short piece as to why I have been a member of Toastmasters for over 15 years. I have shared it below. My intention when I joined Toastmasters was to be a member for a few months – just long enough to improve my business speaking skills.

2015 212

The Solution to Stage Fright is Right Here, Right Now

Speaking Freely

Stage fright is life fright. It is fear of feeling in front of other human beings. Stage fright exists in us because we can’t relax and accept what is happening in the now moment.

2015 184

The Case for Cracking a Smile

Kate's Voice

Last week I was observing a wonderfully talented speaker. He was expressive, had an interesting voice, and used perfect pacing. However, there was something missing until…he smiled. It was a big, genuine smile that caused crow’s feet to blossom around his eyes (a Guy Kawasaki must!)

2015 219

Office Clip Art gallery is going away

PowerPoint Tips

According to the Microsoft Office blog , the Office Clip Art gallery is going away. I’m very upset by this, because I use its photos daily.

2015 253

Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Matt Eventoff

The next legend in a series on public speaking experts is one of the greatest orators ever, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a legendary orator. We are lucky enough to have video clips of Dr. King to view, study and learn from. Dr. King inspired, and continues to inspire people with the power of his speech and the power of his actions. His speeches should be staples on playlists and iPods as his speeches are inspirational even on dark days. He is unquestionably a public speaking expert.

2015 152

WVHDF Was Warned and Now Your Info May Have Been Stolen

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

For those who are not aware of what the West Virginia Housing Development Fund is, they’re a program that works with lenders to help state residents achieve the dream of homeownership. It may be fair to say that it helps to contribute to WV’s status as the state with the highest homeownership in the nation. A little-advertised element of the program is how it helps anyone in the state make critical repairs through low-interest loans.

2015 125

Amplification rhetoric. Getting words to go LARGE!

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Watts Paskale. Scale, as any filmmaker will tell you, is all about the optics. And good storytelling, as any thriller-writer will tell you, is all about scale. Treating words like camera-lenses and arranging them in a specific sequence plays directly with an audience’s perception of size.

2015 176

5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

DeFinis Communications

Last week I received a call from a sales manager whose team we worked with last year. He wanted a presentation skills “refresher” for his salespeople because their presentations were getting “sloppy” again.

2015 169

Karen Jacobsen: The GPS Girl

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

No member of the National Speakers Association speaks to as many people on a daily basis as does Karen Jacobsen. Her voice is one of the options on over 100 million GPS systems and 300 million smartphones.

2015 239

Stay weird.

Speak Schmeak

Our favorite, and most effective, awards show speeches tend to go one of two directions: Humor or passion. Both kinds of speeches have the same effect, to trigger an emotional response in the audience. The response to the humorous speech is laughter, if only a chuckle or an internal giggle.

2015 249

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 211) – Demosthenes

Manner of Speaking

“All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.” — Demosthenes Photo courtesy of Sting / Wikimedia CommonsFiled under: Motivation, Quotes for Public Speakers. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers Demosthenes Public Speaking Quotations quotes

2015 157

5 Reasons Every Speaker Should Write a Book (and a FREE Guide to Write Yours in 90 Days)

Succeed Speaking

[NOTE: This post contains affiliate links to free resources, which means I may be paid a commission if you choose to purchase any products for sale on the external sites. Thank you for reading.]. If you’re a speaker, or if you want to speak, you should write a book.

2015 164

How This Introvert uses the Power of Letting Go to Sell and Persuade

Speaking Freely

I have been selling my group speaking, voice and leadership presence courses and coaching for decades, longer than some of you may have been alive. If you ask me what my secret is, I will tell you it is the power that comes when I detach from the outcome during a sales conversation.

2015 183

An interview with your voice

Kate's Voice

How well do you know your voice? Seems like a funny question, right? Just today, I told someone what I do for a living and they said, “There’s nothing you can do about your voice. It is what it is.” And I responded, “Not true. There’s a lot you can do to create a voice […].

2015 198

What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

PowerPoint Tips

It’s time for me to talk about PowerPoint 2016, since it’s been out for a few weeks now. Here’s a screenshot of it. So, what’s new? Actually, nothing major, in my opinion. but here’s a rundown. You might find something that’s just what you need.

2016 247

Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

“What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. – Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877. Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.

2015 130

Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

Presentation Zen

A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others.

2015 114

TransCanada chief uses rhetoric to lay the blame on rhetoric

The Presenter's Blog

A well structured sound-bite is guaranteed to win you headlines. TransCanada president and chief executive, Russ Girling, knows this.

Lydia Pinkham

The Communication Blog

I want to bring to your attention a new book by a friend of mine; we went to graduate school together at the U of I. The book— Lydia Pinkham: The Face that Launched a Thousand Ads by Sammy R.

2015 163