2 reasons and 5 easy steps to convert a PowerPoint presentation to EXE

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This is a guest post by Brian Tarr of iSpring. Before finding an outlet for his talents – both tech-savvy and creative – Brian Tarr worked as an iSpring tech support pro for two years.

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Your (Executive) Presence is Required

Kate's Voice

How to demonstrate Executive Presence through your voice In 2012, the Center for Talent Innovation published a now-famous study about executive presence.

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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!

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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.

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6 Ways To Counteract Your Audience's Short Attention Span

Professionally Speaking...

I recently read an updated statistic about people’s attention span. According to research done at Kaiser Permanente, humans have an average attention span of 8 seconds [one second shorter than a goldfish!]. As presenters, this should be very worrisome.

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Five Essential Questions to ask Yourself

Presentation Zen

It’s graduation time around the United States, and while many speeches are forgettable, some of them stick. Dean James Ryan’s speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education ceremony was one such speech.

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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.

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How To Give A Great Presentation With Just Your Phone

Presentation Guru

Mobile devices are becoming increasingly capable of doing more than offering the means for checking emails, sending text messages, and playing frivolous games. And of course, they can also be used to make calls!

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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.

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You talk funny…and so do I

Kate's Voice

Preparation to facilitate a workshop in India got me thinking about the differences in how we humans communicate with each other, and how that influences the kind of relationships we have with each other. Every culture has its unique language, both verbal and non-verbal. The culture may be that of a country, a state, a […]. Musings conversations listening perception Trevor Noah

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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.

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How to Illuminate the Future and Inspire Others to Follow

Duarte Blog

To thrive in the long-term, organizations must continually reinvent themselves to avoid decay and decline. To envision the future is one thing; getting others to go there with you is another. By harnessing the power of persuasive communication, you, too, can turn your idea into a movement.

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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 […].

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Every time you have to give a speech or make a presentation, do this calculation

Manner of Speaking

Here’s a practice to develop with regard to your public speaking. It’s something that I started doing many years ago. It’s a simple calculation that should take 30 seconds (or less if you use a calculator) but the result is always … Continue reading → Motivation Preparation calculation Presentation public speaking Speech

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128 Words to Use Instead of ‘Very’

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to Luke at Proofreading Services for creating this very interesting (OK, OK, captivating) infographic: Click here for full-sized view. Speechwriting

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6 myths about slides that are holding you back as a speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Many presenters believe in a mythology about slides that's so strong, it's hard to shake. The result? Audiences all over the world are experiencing what's commonly known as "death by PowerPoint," although it can happen with any slide software.

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Perfectly imperfect & the art of making a connection

Presentation Zen

To be human is to be imperfect. Yes, we expect absolute perfection and precision when it comes to things like airplanes, automobiles, or the engineering behind the bridge we drive across everyday.

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What's the cost of a poor presentation?

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech Coach , Business presentation tips from George Torok , the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

10 Of The Best Tools For Hosting A Webinar

Presentation Guru

There are a number of methods used by individuals and organizations to reach a wide audience using the internet. These may include: advertising online using pay-per-click ads, social media marketing, posting a YouTube video of screencasts, demos and events, or simply, conducting a webinar.…

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4 secrets to choose the best images for your slides

PowerPoint Tips

You use images in a presentation for 3 reasons: To help your audience understand what you are saying. To help them remember what you are saying. To persuade them to change their mind and take action. How do you choose the best images for your presentation?

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.

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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.

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Trick or Treat: Costumes, Pumpkin Carving, Harry Potter Hogwarts School Halloween House Will Treat Visitors to Augmented Reality “Wizardry”

Duarte Blog

At Duarte, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and lets us flex our creative thinking and design skills every year – and this year is no exception.

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.

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RHETORIC. The app is here!

Manner of Speaking

My friend and business partner, Florian Mueck and I are thrilled to announce the launch of the app for Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. It has been an incredible journey. A few years ago, we looked for board games specifically designed … Continue reading → Public Speaking Resources Rhetoric Uncategorized Florian Mueck John Zimmer public speaking Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game

Book Review: Keynote Mastery, by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My recent review on Amazon of the new book, Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker was incomplete. I need to explain in more detail the many positive elements of Patrick’s story as well as clarify why I referred to it on Amazon ‘flawed’ and show where other emerging speakers can learn from […]. Freelance Work Public Speaking

My 5 favorite fixes for your #publicspeaking

The Eloquent Woman

Well-worn and tried and true, these five fixes are tactics I turn to again and again when I'm coaching speakers. No reason you can't start to put them in play, too--if only you will. While these are deceptively simple fixes, they can have a long-lasting, positive impact on your public speaking.

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Bill Evans on the Creative Process & Self-Teaching

Presentation Zen

Many years ago I spoke of Bill Evans and his great appreciation of simplicity, and his capacity for tremendous amplification through honest simplification.

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7 Sure-Fire Pre-Game Tips for Speakers


No matter if you’re presenting to a group of three coworkers or a venue full of 3,000 strangers, public speaking can feel akin to going out on the field for the most important game of the season. You’re anxious and hope you don’t screw up, or worse, get hurt.

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RHETORIC – The Game That Will Make Public Speaking Fun

Presentation Guru

RHETORIC–The Public Speaking Game™. Public speaking. The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill.

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.

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Do you tic when you talk?

Kate's Voice

When I was in high school, I had a French teacher who grunted between every few words; little pig-like grunts would come from her mouth even when she was not speaking. It was awkward for us, to say the least, and she was the brunt of many jokes.

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This is how the pros do it: Kelly Clarkson

Speak Schmeak

By now you've seen last week's performance by Kelly Clarkson on American Idol. It was an extremely moving performance, as we would all agree. What I want to talk about today, however, is her professionalism. This is what a pro looks like, whether performer or speaker (and usually, we're both). (

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Practice Makes Perfect, or what Oscar Telecast producers could learn from watching Leonardo DiCaprio

Duarte Blog

No more boring speeches. That was the pledge made by producers of the 88th annual Academy Awards when they announced that winners could list their “thanks yous” on ticker tape that would run live during the ceremony. Instead of subjecting audiences to endless lists of agents, producers, and supporting “teams,” speeches could be kept short, heartfelt, and meaningful. So did it work? Not really.

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