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?

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Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

PowerPoint Tips

A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. There are other possible variations, such as a light border, but dark is more common. Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. .

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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

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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.

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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.

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Feb. 12 webinar: Public speaking scares me. Should I do it, anyway?

The Eloquent Woman

I''m happy to say I''ll be presenting on the topic "Public speaking scares me. Should I do it, anyway?" on February 12 at 4pm EST. The webinar is sponsored by Medium and organized by the editors of Technically Speaking, which covers public speaking tips and opportunities in the tech world.

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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.

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On goal setting and running

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is a thought about running and goal setting. It is very seldom that I don’t have a big race coming up in the future, hence a lot of my runs are training runs for that race.

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Changing the Corporate Conversation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

There are over 11 million corporate meetings every day in the United States, yet how often do we walk into a corporate meeting wondering why we are there? Or walk out angry that we’ve wasted another precious hour and accomplished nothing?

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.

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8 secrets for a presentation that makes an impact

Manner of Speaking

My friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, has created this slide deck that is currently featured on the home page of SlideShare. Timo asked me and seven other speaking professionals from around the world for one tip to help … Continue reading → Slide Presentation presentations SlideShare Timo Sorri

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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.

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Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

One solution to the drought: Succulents! On my walk today through one of Santa Barbara''s more affluent neighborhoods, I made mental notes of all the ways the residents are dealing with California''s historic drought.

The Dirty Rhetoric Guide to Horrifying Writing

The Presenter's Blog

As times of the year go, Halloween is terrible. Wonderfully terrible. Ghoulishly terribly. Fantabulously terrible. I like Halloween! So – while I head off to prepare my pumpkins, allow me to leave you with this little offering inspired by the literary heights of horror.

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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 60

The 4 Hallmarks of a Good Editor

Duarte Blog

Getting feedback is one of the most important steps in my creative process. As I’ve described in my books , one of my favorite ways to get feedback is to post my presentations and slidedocs on a wall and let a group of people I trust spend time critiquing them.

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Public speaking pet peeves from frequent speakers & speechwriters

The Eloquent Woman

Inside Voice is the interview series in which we ask speakers and speechwriters to share their public speaking insights, lessons learned, and best practices.

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How to Make a Comeback When You Mess up Your Presentation


It was a sign of worse things to come when nobody laughed at your opening joke. The large room that could comfortably hold 100 people and their pet elephants now has only 13 bored-looking stragglers who apparently wandered into your workshop by mistake.

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Lose the Grocery List

Kate's Voice

Have you ever noticed that many people treat the first part of their presentation as if it’s merely a list of what you need on a camping trip? …and every statement is spoken with “up-speak?”

Money Talks: Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here in California, the rush for wealth long ago shifted from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where the 49ers panned for gold, to the Sand Hill Road offices of Silicon Valley venture capitalists (V.C.’s). ’s).

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Handouts for data-heavy presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it. While I do think that presenters sometimes dump more than necessary on their audience, consider this scenario. The setting. You’re a market research associate.

Lose the jargon

Manner of Speaking

One of the podcasts that I listen to regularly is The Good Life Project hosted by Jonathan Fields. The Good Life Project is “a global movement that inspires, educates, connects and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected … Continue reading → Grammar Language Carmine Gallo Chris Anderson Ernest Hemingway George Orwell Good Life Project jargon Jonathan Fields Martin Shovel Mission Impossible simplicity

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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.

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Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

Speak Schmeak

It's been a while since I posted about a TV commercial (ah, the beauty of the DVR), but here's one I came across recently that perfectly demonstrates the concepts of concise, compelling and clear storytelling.

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A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. I was watching here in my office in Colorado as you literally smoked the competition. But this post is for the rest of you. The losers.

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Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography

Presentation Zen

The greatest presentation lessons will never be found in a book on using PowerPoint (or any other presentation tool). Advice and lessons are found in different places. I have always said that some of the greatest advice on presenting on stage comes from the world of stand-up comedy.

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Like Yoda You Must Be

Duarte Blog

Despite being famously grammar-challenged, Master Yoda has a thing or two to teach us about being a powerful presenter. No, it’s not sharing profound thoughts like: “Always in motion is the future… ” (You don’t say!) Yoda’s secret is his role as a mentor. As a mentor, he has vast knowledge – after all he has trained Jedi knights for 800 years – but he’s not constantly spouting off about his own achievements or skills.

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8 storytelling tips from my other blog

The Eloquent Woman

Alert readers know that I post about communications, speechwriting, and social media strategy on the don't get caught blog. A recent series, Tell It Better , has focused on the core components of storytelling--not just in public speaking, but in all areas of communication.

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Eight Tips to Touch the Hearts of your Audience


Over the last 20 years, a growing body of scientific research suggests that people remember more if their emotions are engaged.

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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.

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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.

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Create an animated announcement

PowerPoint Tips

Do you announce new events, training programs, or products? Would you like a simple-to-use animated video that makes the announcement? I recently created one for my monthly training program members. That program is called Power Pointers Quarter Hour.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 212) – William Butler Yeats

Manner of Speaking

“Think like a wise man, but communicate in the language of the people.” — William Butler YeatsFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes simplicity William Butler Yeats

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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.

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