2015

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. You upload the final result to the Mix website and share it with anyone you want, such as your students. You get statistics about who watched the Mix as well as quiz scores. How to get started.

2015 206

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

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Acronyms can seriously suck

Manner of Speaking

The importance of simplicity in a presentation cannot be overstated. One way to simplify is to eliminate jargon. One way to eliminate jargon is making sure that the audience understands any acronyms in the presentation. These days, acronyms are everywhere. Here is one list of … Continue reading → Language Slide Presentation abbreviations acronyms Design Elon Musk presentations public speaking Robin Williams

2015 176

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. More than 15 years later I am still a member, and I am asked why? Here is the answer.

2015 163

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. It has been such a successful way of communicating our emotions over the evolutionary years it''s not surprising that we''ve never put much emphasis on cultivating a neutral expression [except perhaps for poker enthusiasts], one that doesn''t convey any particular emotion.

2015 159

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

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. They developed a fix for the problem. A simple and elegant and beautiful fix. Whether you are writing or persuading or presenting, it’s time to bring it back.

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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? Does one speaker have more name recognition than another? […]. Public Speaking body language

2015 203

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 I used that one on my hubby when we were still getting to know each other.) Did/do you find dating stressful? Scary? Uncomfortable? Nervewracking? Did/do you feel like you were on display? Being judged?

2015 198

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. Experienced performers learn to enter a performance state. […]. The post Get into a higher state for public speaking appeared first on Speaking Freely

2015 183

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. When they choose the wrong answer, they go back to the question to try again. When they choose the right answer, they go to the next question. Create the slides.

2015 199

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. Princeton was also home to a public speaking expert and a student of the art of public speaking. This expert also happened to be a President. In Princeton, the fingerprints of President Woodrow Wilson are evident everywhere. President Wilson is known for many successes.

2015 179

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

Free resources from Udemy

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

The folk at Udemy have put together good collection of youtube videos focusing on public speaking. The videos are short, and give good examples and advice on become a better speaker. Udemy also has a several online public speaking courses for sale. But like many learning sites you may have to look around to find the one that best suits you (hint: click on the courses and check out the table of contents).

2015 125

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. As I reflect on all the things in my life I am grateful for it occurs to me that as presenters we have some special bounty for which to offer thanks: 1. The gift of our audience's time.

2015 141

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

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. West was a Queen of the soundbite. She was also a Queen of chiasmus — a little rhetorical device that adds style to any presentation or piece of writing.

2015 150

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. I guess that’s what you call reaching “critical mass,” because that’s about the time I went from knowing about Periscope to not being able to get away from it.

2015 178

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. The Toastmasters International Speech Contest begins with participants practicing and giving their presentations in local clubs as they polish their oratory skills while advancing to area, division and district levels. […]. Public Speaking Dananjaya Hettiarachchi Darren Lacroix Mark Brown Patricia Fripp Toastmasters

2015 188

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? How exactly can I keep my eyes on the road if I'm also trying to look into two rear-view mirrors? And how exactly do I change the radio station while keeping both hands on the wheel?

2015 193

Two Extra Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview

Speaking Freely

Interviewing is more than a set of questions. It is a stepping stone to your future, and you want to take that step with confidence. If you have made it to the interview, you have already demonstrated qualities and experience for which the company is looking. Of course, you will prepare yourself to respond to […]. The post Two Extra Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview appeared first on Speaking Freely.

2015 177

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. While much commentary (include a funny riff by Conan on TV) focus on the line art, the text of the blog post makes it clear that photos will also disappear. When? I don’t know. The blog post makes it sounds as if it’s already gone, but I’m still seeing all of the clip art — both photos and line art. How about you?

2015 194

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

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

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. For us, energy efficiency is the ability to focus nerves, adrenaline, thought, talent, hopes, dreams, worries, feelings, […]. Delivery Executive Presence Vocal Production energy focus posture vocal power

2015 172

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. There are broadly two ways in which I often run: either just going out and enjoying the run, or by watching my watch all the time – checking my pace, heart rate etc. But while I am almost always working towards a goal, I still want to enjoy the experience of the actual run, and to just be in the running moment.

2015 116

The Constitution of United States ca. 2015 (what’s left of it)

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The decision handed down by the US Supreme Court in King vs. Burwell, redefined what the word “the State” means. As such, here is the Constitution as rewritten by the Supreme Court (illegally as written in what was Article V). Rewritten text is in red.

2015 109

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. Whether you want the audience to perceive something as being bigger or smaller, the ability to manipulate perceived scale is as much a part of the presenter’s arsenal as it is the filmmaker’s.

2015 136

Relationships and Divorce

The Communication Blog

Here's a great post on divorce. In addition, there's a wonderful summary of research on a variety of topics relating to divorce and relationship breakup. link]. divorce interpersonal relationships relationship breakups relationships

2015 144

Speech Coaching to Simplify Your Job & Electrify Your Executives with Patricia Fripp

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Patricia Fripp for a webinar on ‘Speech Coaching to Simplify Your Job & Electrify Your Executives’ A full video recording of the event is available. Please ignore the terrible delay on my video which makes it seem as if I’m heavily medicated – there is no delay on Ms. […]. Public Speaking Speechwriting FrippVT Patricia Fripp

2015 184

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. The responses to passionate speeches can vary. Some speeches make us cry, others make us angry. Some make us want to stand up and shout, "Hell yeah!"

2015 192

How to Respond to the Money Question when Interviewing for Jobs

Speaking Freely

Be prepared to handle the money question strategically when interviewing for jobs. Here are some tips about how to handle the money question to allow for the best outcome. If you’ve read about how to handle the subject of money during a job interview, you’ve likely learned that you should never bring it up. Most interview experts agree […]. The post How to Respond to the Money Question when Interviewing for Jobs appeared first on Speaking Freely.

2015 163

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. It looks a little different. With each release, the look is a little different. The tab titles are no longer all upper case and have returned to the 2010 (and previous) initial caps.

2016 189

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. » Read more.

2015 100

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 214) – Epictetus

Manner of Speaking

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” — EpictetusFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Epictetus public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

2015 156

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!) and added a new sparkle to his voice. And […]. Presence engagement perception public speaking tips vocal power

2015 169

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.

2015 130