2012

Clearing up throat-clearing: Guest post by Joanna Cazden

Speak Schmeak

While I'm on vacation in Sonoma, stuffing myself with cheese and wine, I've got a couple of guest posts lined up for you! The last is from voice therapist and author Joanna Cazden , on how to avoid unnecessary throat-clearing. Enjoy! Don't clear your throat—it's bad for your voice."

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What Japan Can Teach the World About Communication / ?????????????????????????

Matt Eventoff

“When one teaches, two learn.” – Robert A. Heinlein. I recently returned from conducting workshops throughout Japan on behalf of the State Department, U.S.

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You people… Mrs Romney has a message

The Presenter's Blog

Ann Romney’s “you people” comments have today offered a privileged insight into the putative First Lady’s thoughts about the world beyond Planet Romney. Far more importantly however, they have given the rest of us (us people?)

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Announcing Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2012

PowerPoint Tips

I’m pleased to announce the 3rd annual Outstanding Presentations Worksho p! This year was have an almost-all-PowerPoint MVP* lineup, top experts who will give you the knowledge you need to transform your presentations.

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7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

This is a guest post by Leon Potgieter. Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” – Dave Barry.

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More Trending

10 steps to creating a really strong story

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Guest post by Jim Harvey. It sounds like a presentation trainer’s cliche, but it’s not. In business presentations, the story is the thing. There’s a skill and a structure to creating interesting and compelling narratives.

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Book Review: 5 Steps To Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint'

Professionally Speaking...

Anyone who reads this blog knows my viewpoint on PowerPoint in presentations: it's generally used as a crutch by most business presenters to make sure they remember what to say, rather than as a mechanism to add additional clarification and depth to the presentation content for the audience.

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WHAT IS YOUR BODY LANGUAGE SAYING ABOUT YOU?

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Your body language, nonverbal cues, tells a lot about how you perform at a job, career and on stage as a public speaker. Research suggests that nonverbal cues are more important than verbal ones.

Are you willing to have your beliefs challenged?

Speak Schmeak

This past weekend I attended the World Tea Expo to present a workshop on business networking. Also, to drink a ton of tea. This was my fifth or sixth time attending the conference and my second time speaking; what better way to combine two of my favorite things!

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Changing the World through Communication – Zimbabwe’s Nelson Chamisa

Matt Eventoff

*The second in a series on global communication in the 21st Century. Every person reading this has had a high stakes presentation or communication opportunity. There are few people for whom the stakes are higher when speaking then Minister Nelson Chamisa in Zimbabwe.

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Stories and social media; At the roots of success

The Presenter's Blog

My shopping list did not include a cardboard carton full of recycled coffee grounds, that if spritzed with the little water-spritzing thingy (included), would yield fresh crops of oyster mushrooms within 9 – 10 days. Why did I just buy one? Because somebody told me a story.

Insert a live Excel spreadsheet onto a slide

PowerPoint Tips

You can insert a live Excel spreadsheet onto a slide so that you can use Excel while in Slide Show view. There are other ways to get Excel data onto a slide, so why would you want an active Excel spreadsheet?

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Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

Are you looking for a presentation designer? I’ve been asked so many times if I could recommend a presentation designer that I’ve decided to publish a list of PowerPoint and Keynote slide design companies and freelancers.

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Publicity Tip: Five Ways to Be Your Interviewer’s Best Friend

Succeed Speaking

Usually when I speak with Robert Thompson , I’m asking him for his leadership advice — after all, he does have over 30 years of experience in the trenches as a leader, and he’s also author of The Offsite and a former member of The Tom Peters Company. (He’s

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200 Top Tweets from #NSA12

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual National Speakers Association Convention was held July 14 – 17, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis. I was not able to attend this year’s event, but took the opportunity to follow along on Twitter. Over 1,000 professional speakers met for the four days and attended a series of main stage keynotes, break [.]. Public Speaking Social Media Conference National Speakers Association

12 Public Speaking Lessons from “Comedian”

Manner of Speaking

I just finished watching, for the second time, Comedian , a terrific documentary about the efforts of Jerry Seinfeld to get back into stand-up comedy after a decade of starring in one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld.

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How to Create a Sexy Voice

Kate's Voice

The other day, I was speaking with a woman who has chronic laryngitis. Her voice is very low and husky, and she gets lots of comments on “that sexy voice.” To me, it sounds tired and unhealthy, but I know people who want that sound because they DO think it’s sexy. So the questions I [.]. vocal image vocal power sexy voice Valentine's Day

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C-Level Presentation Tip #4: Beware of Too Much Detail

Professionally Speaking...

Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. The risk of drowning is high. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your presentation practices so you can successfully navigate through any C-Suite waters.

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Five Tips to Deliver Exciting Speeches

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I received this article in Patricia Fripp’s email newsletter, and I have reposted it with her permission. Five Tips to Deliver Exciting Speeches. Open Hot, Close Hotter. To grab audience attention and be remembered, start the presentation with a bang, not a limp “Thanks, it’s nice to be here.” ” The first (and last) 30 seconds have the most impact on the audience.

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Lessons from a drag queen

Speak Schmeak

Our very own diva, Cassidy Live performers know that the best way to get the audience's engagement is to include them in the show, whether it's making them feel like a rock star when they sing along, asking them questions that they can answer with a cheer, or bringing them onstage to participate.

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The Fear of Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Rumor has it that Churchill practiced for one hour per one minute of speech content he was delivering. 5 minute presentation = 5 hours practice. How long are you practicing ? Check out the Room: Familiarity breeds comfort. Surprises the day of a presentation are not fun and ratchet up anxiety tenfold.

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Running with the Olympic Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius in London 2012

The Presenter's Blog

The biggest battle presenters face is the battle to push their comfort zones as speakers. Speaking to larger audiences, to more challenging audiences, or even taking those first few steps to speak at all can feel like enormous leaps.

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8 steps to add branding to your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

When I do corporate training or public webinars, I usually ask attendees to submit a couple of slides. After covering basic principles of how to transform presentations (and the reasons behind those principles), I show makeovers of the submitted slides.

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6 Presentation Links Worth Clicking

Speaking about Presenting

When I was in the States last year, I met up with Nancy Duarte… and she interviewed me. She’s now written up the interview on her blog.

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Do you embed YouTube videos on your website? If so, you need this (in my opinion)

Succeed Speaking

You’ve got video on your website, right? The overwhelming majority of clients and prospects have told me that’s the first thing they’re looking for when they come to a speaker’s profile.

Relevant Resources: AV supplies for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I help edit SPEAKER Magazine for the National Speakers Association (NSA). Each month I curate the Relevant Resources column – a list of time-saving tools and technologies. The June 2012 edition listed AV supplies for professional speakers. Speakers for speakers, so to speak… Professional speakers have a multitude of AV needs in their home offices [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Technology

12 Lessons from Pablo Picasso for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. His paintings are among the most recognizable of any great artist that has lived. However, Picasso was not just known for his art; he was also know for his wit and pithy sayings.

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Senator McGovern and Debate

Dahle Communication

Being from South Dakota, a state of only about 800,000 people, we have had our share of nationally prominent people. One of the greatest of those passed away this weekend, former Senator George McGovern. Most people know McGovern as the candidate who was defeated easily by Nixon in the 1972 presidential election. However, he was much more than this. I had the honor of meeting Senator McGovern three times in my life.

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Book Review: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

Professionally Speaking...

:: Grab your audience's attention with a powerful opening. :: Maintain eye contact. :: Don't read your PowerPoint slides. :: Encourage the audience to ask questions throughout your presentation.

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ARE YOU FULLY AWARE?

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

I have learned that full awareness in the present moment constitutes my meditation practice. And yet, my mind has a mind of its own – it wanders! Does yours? This is my first insight and I need to retrain my mind to stay in the present. moment by moment. This is a lot of effort.

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Death by infographic?

Speak Schmeak

There is no doubt that infographics are the hot new thing. Want to get your message across in a fun, snappy, visual way? Make it an infographic.

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Queen Rania and Public Speaking – 7 Lessons

Matt Eventoff

Queen Rania and Public Speaking – 7 Lessons. Some examples of great orators and public speakers of the 20th Century: Sir Winston Churchill. President Kennedy. President Reagan. President Clinton. Dr. King. please link King to [link] Mahatma Ghandi. Mother Teresa.

The Power-Cut Presenter

The Presenter's Blog

In the second that the lights pop there is a moment of perfect puzzled peace. Have you ever noticed? When the power cut hits and the lights all fail, everybody freezes. The only movement is that of heads twitching upward, sharply looking for the lights.

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My sound won’t play! Embed narration or music so you can send the PowerPoint presentation to others

PowerPoint Tips

A reader wants to send a PPS (a PowerPoint Show) file containing music via email but when he sends it, the viewer doesn’t hear the music. Know the difference between linked and embedded sounds. The reason is usually because the sound was linked, not embedded.

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