2013

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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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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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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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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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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More Trending

DEVONThink or Evernote?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I have been a paid user of Evernote for a couple of years and have always found it to be a very good service.

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9 Tips for Publishing Success — Expert Advice from Author 101 University

Succeed Speaking

Have you been thinking about writing a book — for years — but just can’t seem to make it happen? Are you writing a book right now and wondering how to get it published? Have you written a book that’s just not performing as well as you had hoped?

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Everyday (but Sometimes Difficult) Conversations

The Communication Blog

Conversation is something we engage in everyday, often without thinking about the process itself. Yet, there are conversations that may create difficulty, apprehension, and an uncertainty about how to proceed. Here are a few such conversational situations: small talk, making introductions, giving and receiving compliments, giving and receiving advice, making excuses, and offering apologies.

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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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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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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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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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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Snow day

The Presenter's Blog

Simplification creates clarity. You see the proof on winter mornings: when you awake to snow covered everything, the world looks cleaner. Details that we seldom notice, can suddenly leap out. Snow blots out the chaos of visual details that surround us every day.

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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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Infographics Help Audiences Visualize Data

Professionally Speaking...

Most presentations are filled with truck loads of data, communicated through slide after slide of mind-numbing bullet points. The likelihood of your audience extracting the significant facts from this data dump is low. Data is dry and lifeless until you make it come alive. Enter the infographic.

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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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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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Persuasion, Persuasion, Persuasion

The Communication Blog

The current issue of Harvard Business Review (July/August, 2013) is devoted to “Influence: How to get it, How to use it.” One of the best articles is an interview with persuasion expert, psychologist Robert Cialdini who offers six principles of persuasion (as he has in his other excellent works, Influence: Science and Practice and Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive , with Noah Goldstein and Steve Martin): 1. Liking. You’ll be more persuasive if people like you.

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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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Eric Schmidt and Improv Theater

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

One of the rules of improv theater that I learned when I took classes at the Pan Theater in Oakland is learning to say “Yes, and…” in response to any suggestion from another actor who is a partner in a scene. For a story to be built, the players have to agree to the basic [.].

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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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Help me help Daisy, and get a special deal for yourself!

Speak Schmeak

If you''ve ever had a furry friend, you know how disheartening it is to discover that she or he has health problems. You want the best for your loved ones, whether human, canine, feline, or other fuzzy, feathered or scaly family member.

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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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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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Raise Your Voice! Autistic girl finds hers

Kate's Voice

In September, I was honored to coach a father/daughter team at TEDx OrangeCoast. The talk was about their experience with autism. You will be amazed by their story. The once-silent Leya is now blooming, and has become a vibrant, passionate speaker on behalf of children who are without communication.

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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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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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A List of the “Best of the Best” in Public Speaking Information

DeFinis Communications

In many career paths (business, media, PR, etc,), public speaking skills are essential. Whether giving a presentation to your boss, a group of your peers, or simply interviewing, knowing how to express yourself and your ideas clearly is critical.

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The Truth About Burnout

Speaking Out

It’s been a while. I’ve neglected my blog unhappily while writing to the subscribers of my Anger Newsletter. There are just so many hours in a day, have you noticed? But now I’ve found a way to get back in touch in a hopefully helpful way. Anger Newsletter? What’s with anger?

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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.

Interview: Emiko Hori, Musician and Speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“Speech is my Music. Music is my Speech” – Emiko Hori A native of Japan, Emiko Hori grew up in California.

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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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KFC + JDRF: Still a bad idea

Speak Schmeak

Did you follow the recent news about a fundraising partnership between a KFC franchise in Utah and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ? You may have seen this photo traveling around the Web and Facebook.

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