2016

10 tips for modern design in 2017

PowerPoint Tips

Recently, I worked with a client who was presenting to millennials. He wanted the design to look modern. His designer told him that he should use thin fonts, meaning that the font stroke is thin. He asked me to consult with him on the overall impression of the slides.

2017 251

8 insights from Malcolm Gladwell that made him a better speaker

Manner of Speaking

Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist author and speaker. He has written five books: The Tipping Point; Blink; Outliers; What the Dog Saw; and David and Goliath. All five made it to the New York Times Bestseller List. I have … Continue reading → Interviews Malcolm Gladwell Niall Ferguson public speaking Tim Ferriss

2016 217

I want to see the speaker, not the coaching

Speak Schmeak

I recently attended an event with a long lineup of speakers. I'm like a kid in a candy store at events with lots of speakers!

2016 207

A conversation with Bob Lehrman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday September 1, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with with renowned author, speechwriter and professor Bob Lehrman. Robert A.

4 Ways to Become a Charismatic Speaker

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Communicating your presentation idea alone won’t be enough to convince your audience. You should also have the charismatic appeal to enhance your credibility and complement your central message. A likeable image is what leaves them swayed, in awe, and wanting more.

2016 194

5 ways to improve your voice in 2017

Kate's Voice

Many of us start the New Year with goals and promises to improve our lives. Of course, old habits die hard, and new ones may not stick.

2017 176

No Excuse For Scary Slides

Professionally Speaking...

Scary may be a good thing for Halloween decorations and theme park rides but certainly not for presentation slides.

2016 177

More Trending

Are the Belgians Trolling American Beer Drinkers?

Dahle Communication

I know it's been sometime since I've posted here (is a 3 year hiatus a bad thing.) but I've been wanting to get back into writing more consistently, so why not talk about beer. And not just any beer, but America!

2016 141

Public Speaking Trends

The Communication Blog

Here’s an interesting article that I just ran across while researching trends in public speaking. Lisa B. Marshall identifies 7. I paraphrase these in brief but the article is worth reading especially if you’re teaching public speaking. Public speaking in the business world is becoming more casual.

2016 141

Gravitas – The Missing Quality for Powerful People who aren’t Being Promoted

Speaking Freely

About Gravitas Gravitas is about using your personal power in service to others and giving up the pleasure of asserting your power with a sharp voice tone. contacted me and shared that he is strong technically, reports to the highest leaders in his company and gets great feedback that his expertise is valuable. He has […].

2016 135

Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden

PowerPoint Tips

This is a review of a blog post by Craig Hadden , who blogs about presenting at Remote Possibilities. Craig is an instructional designer living in Sydney, Australia. Currently, the main tool he uses at work is Articulate Storyline. He loves “the way presenting is both a science and an art.”

2016 206

Rhetoric for Persuasive Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Dukascopy Bank is a Swiss online bank that provides trading services, particularly in the foreign exchange marketplace. One of its subsidiaries, Dukascopy TV, broadcasts shows about business matters on the Internet. I have been interviewed there a few times, for example … Continue reading → Rhetoric Aristotle Business Donald Trump Dukascopy Hillary Clinton John Zimmer public speaking rhetoric

It's my tenth blogiversary!

Speak Schmeak

Ten years ago this week, I started blogging. My first post was published on October 9, 2006. Since that time, I've published 1,475 posts, I've saved 86 drafts that are still waiting to be finished and published, and I'm turning about 60 of them into a book to be published by the end of this year.

2016 206

The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

An interesting post in OZY explains why the next hot job in Silicon Valley is speechwriting.

2016 202

What I talk about when I talk about running

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Haruki Murakami is best known as the author of “Norwegian Wood”, and the “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” – and many other books. If you haven’t read his books I highly recommend you check them out.

2016 151

The Aging Voice: Thicker middle, thinner voice

Kate's Voice

If you are over 50, you may have noticed your voice growing weaker, or phlegmier, or sounding more tired than it used to. Sorry to say, but the process that makes your knees sag also makes your vocal folds get thinner and lose strength and tone.

2016 168

It's Not What You Say

Professionally Speaking...

There would be people who'd disagree with the premise of Michael Parker's new book, It's Not What You Say. I would not be one of them.

2016 158

George Orwell – Public Speaking Expert

Matt Eventoff

“It’s a beautiful thing, the Destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well.”. George Orwell, 1984. George Orwell, public speaking expert?

2016 151

Marco Rubio Is Repeating Himself… and So Should You (Public Speaking Tips)

Succeed Speaking

Embed from Getty Images. While most people are still talking about the Super Bowl this morning–it was awesome!!–I –I keep thinking about the Republican Presidential Debate. Yes, that probably says something about me.). Two things in particular struck me.

2016 130

The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Here is something I'm very proud of. Thank you Champ Ravirath. Champ Ravirath Yesterday at 2:00am · Bangkok, Thailand · การพัฒนาความสามารถในการสื่อสารระหว่างบุคคลโดยใช้โปรแกรมฝึกอบรมเชิงจิตวิทยา • Thesis • 267 pages • Joseph DeVito Your IC approach was published in Thailand as training methodology!

2016 130

Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course

Speaking Freely

Gravitas is a power that comes from inner authority to express your wisest thoughts for the good of the whole group. Gravitas commands attention, respect and admiration, not because it is flashy, but because it is wise and thoughtful.

Integrating Live Power BI Dashboards into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Introduction. At SlideModel.com we create professional PowerPoint Templates to help our subscribers save time creating professional presentation decks. An important segment of our customers is interested in presenting business data and require professional visualizations for this task.

2016 207

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: An analysis of their speeches

Manner of Speaking

The 2016 Presidential election in the United States is over and Donald Trump has emerged as the winner. As I write this post, the votes are still being counted in some states, but the results will not affect the outcome; Trump … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Donald Trump Hillary Clinton public speaking US election

Fear of success is real, and it sucks

Speak Schmeak

At last month's Shake Up Your Speaking retreat, I gave the attendees an exercise that involve picking a temporary tattoo out of a bag, applying it to their arm, and then applying the message on the tattoo to where they were in their speaking journey.

2016 206

Improving Communication is Key to Closing Millennials’ Workplace Skills Gap

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It’s universally acknowledged that employers seek applicants with strong speaking and writing abilities. Despite being highly educated and armed with technical skills, many millennials lack the soft skills to compete in the workplace.

2016 184

A thought on pseudoscience…

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Would you use a soap containing drain cleaner as a key ingredient? If you won’t, then you probably won’t use any soap. One of the best drain cleaners is sodium hydroxide. The reason it is so good at cleaning drains is that it dissolves fat. But what happens when the fat dissolves?

2016 141

How to be more expressive

Kate's Voice

Some people are just more expressive than others. When you listen to an expressive person, you hear lots of pitches and pace changes and even more pauses than someone who is not as expressive. For years, in American business, people were taught to get rid of their vocal variety.

2016 161

Brain Science Supports More Visual Slides

Professionally Speaking...

Research on how our brain works and how it responds to information gives us a better understanding of human behavior. What is becoming increasingly agreed upon is that images (a.k.a. visual cues) used instead of, or in addition to, words make information clearer, easier to access and more memorable.

2016 130

ABC News: Fry-day, Fry-day: Is pop music frying our vocal cords?

Matt Eventoff

Fry-day, Fry-day: Is pop music frying our vocal cords?

2016 130

Marco Rubio Is Repeating Himself… and So Should You (Public Speaking Tips)

Succeed Speaking

Embed from Getty Images. While most people are still talking about the Super Bowl this morning–it was awesome!!–I –I keep thinking about the Republican Presidential Debate. Yes, that probably says something about me.). Two things in particular struck me.

2016 130

The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Cultural Identifiers Here's a good example of the value of learning the appropriate cultural identifiers and the embarrassment that follows from not learning/using them from the Olympics. In brief: the announcer said: “She gives a hug to Lili,” Marlowe [the sports announcer] said.

2016 130

Illuminating the Public Speaking Skills of Susan B Anthony

Speaking Freely

Rashid Kapadia, a former student and now my great friend, is an evangelist for public speaking. Rashid is an avid reader who is masterful at drawing out public speaking and presentation lessons from all kinds of books. His latest blog post brilliantly recalls how Susan B.

2016 130

How to start a presentation

PowerPoint Tips

The first minute after you start speaking is crucial. Your audience wants you to succeed, but they also judge you pretty quickly. So don’t be boring in that first minute! Don’t… …say “My name is x and my topic is y. Let’s get started.”

2016 204

Zen and the Art of Public Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was published in 1974. The book has sold more than 5 million copies and is widely considered a modern philosophical classic. In Zen, Pirsig discusses the metaphysics of quality. He explores the subject over the course of … Continue reading → Audience Preparation audience Presentation public speaking Robert Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

2016 207

You're not just competing with other speakers

Speak Schmeak

In the entrepreneurial world, and especially in the speaking and coaching worlds, we like to say "There is no competition." You see, we all have something unique to offer, we each have a unique voice and message, and no one else can do what we do in exactly the same way we do it. And this is true.

2016 202

Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2016 Convention in Washington, D.C.

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2016 International Convention, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., 17-20. Ten dynamic speakers will share their insights and expertise on a variety of topics.

2016 182

Lessons from David Grier

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

A few days ago, I listened to David Grier giving a speech. David does crazy runs that make my marathons look like a walk around the block. He ran across the entire Great Wall of China (4200km), across Cuba (1800km), and a bunch of other crazy runs.

2016 141