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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High-ticket speakers have some of the worst habits

Speak Schmeak

You''ve seen them. The keynote and motivational speakers on the big stages who pull out the stagiest, old-timey shtick. You can''t relate to them at all, and in fact, you cringe through half the presentation.

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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.

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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10 Tips for Becoming a More Effective Corporate Storyteller

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

David Lavenda’s August 8 “Leadership Now” column in Fast Company online lists 10 Storytelling Tips from Israeli-based Susan Fisher. Fisher acknowledges the fear some executives have about telling stories since they might be seen as manipulative and emotional.

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13 great books to help you succeed, create, & communicate better in 2013

Presentation Zen

Recently I read legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's autobiography. One of the many things from his book that resonated with me was his strong belief that voracious reading was a key to his creativity. I've forgotten who it was that said creation is memory," kurosawa said. "My

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The Most Talked About Super Bowl Commercial Was a Presentation in Disguise

Duarte Blog

During Sunday’s Super Bowl, a presentation went undercover, posing as a commercial. The commercial featured a slideshow of photographs, accompanied by the recognizable voice of radio personality Paul Harvey.

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Follow @NoWomenSpeakers to track conferences with few or no women on program

The Eloquent Woman

I just gave a speech about women and public speaking in which I pointed to the tweets I see on Twitter, every day of the week, in which people are complaining about the lack, or dearth, of women speakers on conference programs.

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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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Excuse #923: "I'm not a presenter."

Speak Schmeak

Okay, I haven''t actually numbered the excuses people give for bad presentations, but maybe I should start. Watching a recent episode of " Shark Tank ," I thought the entrepreneurs'' presentation was terrible.

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Compare options with the Balance SmartArt layout

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever looked for a way to show advantages and disadvantages of 2 options? One way to compare options is with the Balance SmartArt layout. It looks like a scale.

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How to Have a Good Voice for Public Speaking and Group Communication

Speaking Freely

Most people don’t know they can have a really good speaking voice. Many are surprised when they hear themselves on a voice recorder. People often tell me they don’t like the sound of their voices. And they think they are stuck with the voice they have been used to using. Having a beautiful voice quality [.].

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101 Top Tweets from the 2013 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 20 – 22, 2013 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. I was not able to attend this year, but, like anyone who has access to Twitter, I enjoyed following the conference virtually via the hashtag #raganspeech.

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Sales pitch strategy

The Presenter's Blog

Match your character to the customer. Audiences like to believe that presenters see, hear, and feel the world as they do. When this occurs they become more inclined to give credibility to the presenter’s sales message.

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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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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.

No excuse for boring an audience: Advice on giving technical presentations

Presentation Zen

Long before "death-by-powerpoint" or vertigo-by-prezi , there were bad presentations. Really bad presentations. So don''t blame the software. The genesis of painfully dull or muddled presentations predates the computer.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – The “King” of Visual Communication

Duarte Blog

Among the many amazing features of Dr. King’s numerous classic speeches – including, of course, his iconic, “I Have a Dream” speech – was his use of “visual communication”… his talent and ability to paint pictures with words.

Why (and how) you should publish your speeches

The Eloquent Woman

If you give a speech, but don't take steps to publish or preserve it afterward, did you make a sound? The answer could be contributing inadvertently to silencing women all over the world.

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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Speakers: dress the part

Speak Schmeak

I don''t typically subscribe to generic rules about how to dress as a speaker. It all depends on the audience, the venue, the topic, your personal style, your message and the image you want to convey.

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Use the 4 principles of meaningful communication

PowerPoint Tips

When you first find out that you have to give a presentation, you need to think about what you’ll say. Here are 4 principles of communication — guidelines that you should use to ensure that your audience will find what you say valuable and meaningful. Add value.

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Open Your Heart to Speak from your Heart at Weddings

Speaking Freely

Once in a while, I have the pleasure of working with someone who is giving a speech at a wedding. If any speech should come from the heart, it would be a wedding toast. Last week a delightful man, I’ll call him Daniel, came for help with giving the speech of his life at his [.].

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.

Book review: Your Best Just Got Better

The Presenter's Blog

It’s a pleasure to review a book that has changed not only how I achieve results, but most importantly has affected the results that I choose to achieve. This is a book that you can immediately gain from.

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How to create a strong voice, Part 4: Practice

Kate's Voice

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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The storytelling imperative: Make them care!

Presentation Zen

Pixar Studios filmmaker Andrew Stanton gave a good TED talk about a year ago where he states that one of the key aims of any good story is that it must make the audience care. Make me care," he says.

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In Love Poems and Presentations, Less is More

Duarte Blog

The latest installation in our Duarte Gallery is a series of blackout poems. Specifically love poems, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

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What I Learned From Ryan Avery: 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Ryan is Really Tall - at least compared to me. Rich, did you learn anything from Ryan today?'' I was asked this question a couple of times yesterday, and it was difficult for me to answer.

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Fear of Public Speaking: Reframing “Fear”

Matt Eventoff

“The only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.” ” - President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fear and anxiety surrounding public speaking is nothing new. Google “Cure for the Fear of Public Speaking” and you will return over 2 million results. 2 million! Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting.

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The #1 thing you need to be taken seriously as a speaker

Speak Schmeak

Do you know what the #1 thing is that allows you to convey and demonstrate authority and expertise to your audience? Confidence. There''s just nothing like confidence to make an audience sit up and listen when you''re on stage.

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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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Good Habits Make Good Speakers

DeFinis Communications

During a recent executive speech coaching session I was working with a client and having him repeat a single line from his speech over and over. I wanted him to develop the habit of saying a key phrase a certain way so he would get a particular response from his listeners.

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