How To Prepare For A Job Interview: The Art of the First Interview

Matt Eventoff

First and foremost – Be Yourself! – In this day and age, when it seems every candidate has straight A’s, perfect test scores and has saved millions of lives in remote lands (all exaggerations!) the pressure to be someone you are not is great.

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Slide design rules–what are yours?

PowerPoint Tips

Slide design can be very subjective but there are some rules that are objective. These rules ensure that your slide is easy to understand and remember. When you use these rules, you can create clear slides that no one will struggle to comprehend.

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How to Design a Presentation like Apple

Manner of Speaking

Emily Stewart recently brought my attention to a short animated video that she and her team produced for OnlineMBA that illustrates some of the key values that Steve Jobs and his team espoused when designing products for Apple.

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Does your audience want to fast-forward you?

Speaking about Presenting

Maybe I’ve got spoiled by my TV set-top box but, in so many of the presentations I’ve attended recently, I would love to have a remote-control with a fast-forward button!

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Sales presentation strategy

The Presenter's Blog

You’re there to sell! What is your primary goal in making a sales presentation? It’s to sell something. So why do so many sales-presenters try to conceal the fact? You might be amongst them.

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Better Listeners Get Better Speakers

Professionally Speaking...

When we think of a presentation -- whether a formal one on a stage with slides and a microphone or an informal one around a boardroom table -- we think of the presenter 'giving' and the audience 'getting'.

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Guest Posting: Public Speaking for Introverts: 6 Essential Tips, by Susan Cain

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Susan Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which is being translated into 30 languages.

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More Trending

It's not how many words you use - it's how you use them

Speak Schmeak

Here''s an inspiring message for a Friday morning. Four things stood out to me as I watched Ashton Kutcher''s speech from the Teen Choice Awards (video''s at the bottom of the post): 1) It''s short but sweet. Remember: You do not need a lot of time or a lot of words to get your message across.

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5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

Kate's Voice

One of my clients, who is determinedly on track for a promotion in a fast-paced corporate environment asked me, “How can I insert myself more into conversations and meetings?” Was he asking about how to overcome shyness or how to get invited to the right meetings?

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Use the Power of Practice to Build Your Speaking Skills

DeFinis Communications

The psychologist and philosopher William James famously wrote: “99% of our activity is purely automatic; all of our life is nothing but a mass of habits.”

Malala Yousafzai and Public Speaking: 12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013

Matt Eventoff

Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations and delivered what can only be described as the best speech of 2013, as well as the most powerful address of this decade (so far.) Malala Yousafzai is a great global communicator.

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Prezi in PowerPoint? It’s called pptPlex!

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that Microsoft has a product that is similar to Prezi — sort of? It’s more structured, but still lets you give an overview of the entire presentation and then zoom into specific slides. ( I wrote about Prezi here.

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Reflections on Lance Armstrong’s Confession

Manner of Speaking

An awful lot of ink has been spilt over the past few days about Lance Armstrong in the wake of his confession to Oprah Winfrey. And more ink will doubtless continue to be spilt in the weeks, months and years to come. As it turns out, it really wasn’t about the bike.

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Calming Stage Fright: Exercise helps Anxiety

Speaking Freely

Performing arts training, of necessity, includes methods to develop relaxation, concentration and presence. Years ago, in acting school, I learned to do a voice and body exercise warm-up before auditioning or performing.

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Analysis of Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the UN General Assembly

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Watts. Shot in the head by the Taliban simply for going to school, Malala Yousafzai has not only recovered from appalling injuries, but has gone on to become a champion for the rights of children everywhere to be educated.

What Bugs Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

Dear Presenter, You suck. Sincerely, Your Audience. Luckily most of our audiences are too polite or professional to write such a letter but that doesn''t mean they don''t want to.

6 Tips for Getting a Communications Job in Silicon Valley

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The convocation speaker at the May 23, 2013 San Jose State University graduation ceremony for Communications, Journalism and PR students was René Shimada Siegel, the President and Founder of High Tech Connect. Rene shared six tips on getting a job in communications and PR in Silicon Valley.

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Free PowerPoint templates

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is a pretty cool website that I have been looking at: Slide Hunter , an online collection of free PowerPoint templates. I am not sure exactly how many there are, but at about 40 pages of 7 templates I estimate at least 280 or so templates (and they are all free).

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Speaking lessons from a social entrepreneur

Speak Schmeak

I had the great pleasure of hearing Zhena Muzyka speak at a luncheon yesterday hosted by the Santa Barbara chapter of NAWBO.

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3 Steps to Create a Voice for Your Costume

Kate's Voice

A few years ago, I published a post called “How to Disguise Your Voice.” Surprisingly, it continues to be one of the most popular posts on this blog. Part of me wants to take offense because that post is not nearly as scholarly as many of my other posts ; part of me thinks the […]. vocal powe

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Planning a Presentation? Make Sure Your Back-Up Plan Really Covers Your Back

DeFinis Communications

Many of DeFinis Communications’ sales and technical clients spend a lot of time on the road, delivering presentations to prospects, customers, and users near and far. As such, they often share their road warrior tales of woe during our classes.

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11 Tips: When Technology Comes to Work

Matt Eventoff

Technology in the workplace has certainly become a proverbial “double-edged sword.” ” While it is making life easier on many levels, sometimes easier actually becomes harder.

The difference between a persuasive and an informative presentation

PowerPoint Tips

I think that most presentations can be classified as persuasive or informative.These two presentation types can cover quite a range — more entertaining or less, informal or keynote,for example. What is a persuasive presentation?

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A Truly Heroic Speech

Manner of Speaking

Six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler was one of the victims of the 14 December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Four Tips to Crush Your Fear of Public Speaking

Succeed Speaking

A Guest Post from Catherine Joyner. You’re standing on a podium behind a lectern giving a speech to a packed house and you’re hands start shaking ever so slightly.

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Playing with audience perceptions of size

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Watts. Size is relative to the words you use. Those words will make your subject appear either dramatically bigger, or pathetically smaller. Rhetoric works by using word patterns.

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Presentation Tip: Don't Talk So Much

Professionally Speaking...

News flash for presenters.during your presentation, you don''t have to do all the talking. Most presenters have a difficult time accepting this concept.

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Laughing All the Way to the Bank: Ways to Add Humor to Speeches

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

NSA/NC Meeting Report: Saturday January 12, 2013 Last Saturday the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association hosted NSA National President Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP and Howard Putman, CSP, CPAE, former CEO, Southwest Airlines.

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Book review: The Healthy Programmer.

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

This book is a practical guide for computer programmers (or any office worker) who want to get more fit and healthy.

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Is your behavior consistent with your message?

Speak Schmeak

Does your professional organizer's desk look like this? It's typical for most of us humans to notice when others mess up, but to have a blind spot about our own flaws or inconsistencies.

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3 Essential Ingredients of a Meaningful Conversation

Kate's Voice

What I remember most about being home from college for the holidays is deep, meaningful conversations with people. My mom was the master of this art. One year I had a traumatic experience with a man- the kind that shapes you forever- and when I arrived home, I was sad and frightened.

How to Avoid These 6 Public Speaking Disasters

DeFinis Communications

Public speakers are everywhere, and no matter how hard I try to take time off from my focus on presentations skills, some of the topics I’m most interested in are often served up through this medium. So even when I’m on vacation I’m watching and listening to presentations.

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Nelson Mandela: Lessons for Future Orators

Matt Eventoff

* First appeared in The Atlantic Post. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” - Nelson Mandela, 1994.

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How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint Tips

Do you create posters for personal or business use? Many people use Microsoft Word for this purpose, but PowerPoint offers more graphic features and greater flexibility in placing your text and images. Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2013.

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Rhetorical Devices: Commoratio

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Commoratio. Origin : From the Latin meaning to delay or dwell on a point. In plain English: Repetition of the same idea using different words.

Have we lost our ability to communicate

Dahle Communication

Over the years we've seen dramatic changes in how we communicate with each other. We've gone from face to face conversations just 20 years ago (even 15 or 10) to texts, tweets and facebook posts.

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Stocking Inspiration: Your Holiday Party Speech

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Watts and Gavin McMahon. Will your Holiday speech be a Holiday stocking, with tempting surprises and interesting shapes? To help you to write one that has your team rocking, We’ve prepared a short list of some toys we’ve been stocking.

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