2018

Analysis of a speech by Oprah Winfrey

Manner of Speaking

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night (7 January 2018). There were several highlights and many winners, but the overwhelming consensus is that Oprah Winfrey stole the show. Winfrey, a talk show host, actress and philanthropist was … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Epizeuxis Golden Globes Oprah Winfrey Polysyndeton public speaking Recy Taylor Rosa Parks speech analysis tricolon

4 layouts that always look good-video training

PowerPoint Tips

In my bestselling e-book, Slide Design for Non-Designers, I cover 4 layouts that always look good. These are for slides that have a title and an image. The layouts make it easy to quickly create a professional-looking slide. However, in this case, seeing me create the layouts might be more helpful than reading about them, so I thought you would find this 8-minute video helpful. Read more about the e-book, Slide Design for Non-Designers , here. Did you find this post useful?

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The Introvert’s Ultimate Guide to Speaking Up in Meetings

Speaking about Presenting

Speaking up in meetings is a useful thing to do both for your career and for your personal growth.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership Messages and Meetings

Speaking Freely

Story Telling is a powerful way to open up presentations, leadership messages and meetings of all kinds. Telling the right story produces astonishing results for you as a speaker and leader. If you’re not sure what a story is, it’s just what happened. That means it involves human beings doing or experiencing something. In case you don’t […].

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Four reasons to stop using PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

Many of my speaker colleagues reject the use of slides. They say slides are boring, prevent engagement, and distract the audience away from the speaker's message. And yep, they do. Especially when they look like this: or this: are loaded with cliches like this: or packed with bullets like this: or when the presenter looks like this: or when your images look like this: So here are four reasons to stop using slides: 1.

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Creative Video for Communicators

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This Saturday I attended the annual Presidents Day meeting of the National Speakers Association Northern California Chapter. As a past Chapter President (2008-09) I was invited to the meeting where the current national president, Brian Walter, CPAE, CSP held a brilliant workshop modestly titled ‘A Bazillion Extreme Ways to Use Video DURING Your Speeches’ This […]. Business Communication Technology video

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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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A Solid List is Better Than a Big List

Speaker Launcher

When is the last time you did some list hygiene? Pardon! List hygiene is putting your email list through a series of processes that ensure that people really want to be included. We did some research recently and realized over a thousand people on my list hadn’t been engaging. That meant they hadn’t opened […]. The post A Solid List is Better Than a Big List appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Move Your Presentation Audience With This Powerful Story Technique

Duarte Blog

You can probably recall the last story you heard, but you likely don’t remember the last presentation you sat through. A big part of this is because you physically react to story: your heart races, your eyes dilate, you get a chill down your spine, you laugh, you clap, you lean forward, you jump back. [.] continue reading. The post How to Move Your Presentation Audience With This Powerful Story Technique appeared first on Duarte. Message Speech Analysis Storytelling

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How To Do a Proper Thesis Defense Using the Right PowerPoint Presentation

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Writing a thesis is stressful but preparing an oral defense can be even more painful. But it doesn’t have to be, with proper preparation and a good presentation you will be able to better equip yourself come time to present your thesis defense. But what makes a good thesis defense? A proper presentation helps you with your thesis defense because it helps you to capture the panels attention and give you cues and reminders on what to say as well.

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Simplicity is the key to brilliance

Manner of Speaking

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask … Aristotle Frédéric Chopin Chip and Dan Heath Steve Jobs Bruce Lee Charles Mingus Pablo Picasso Dieter Rams Ken Segall Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Robin Sharma Simplicity isn’t simple. It takes thought and … Continue reading → Uncategorized Aristotle Bruce Lee Frédéric Chopin Pablo Picasso presentations public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

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Create beautiful numbered lists in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

SmartArt and the new Designer feature in Office 365 are great for simple lists, but numbered lists are another story. Designer has a few options, but you can easily create a couple of templates for beautiful numbered lists and use them over and over. Here’s one example and I’ll show you 2 more variations at the end. Start with a list. Start with a simple list, like this one. You can have as many items as you want, but too many will make the slide cluttered.

The Need to be Knowledgeable

Speaking about Presenting

When you have a big presentation coming up, do you say to yourself: “I must be knowledgeable.” ” “I must be the expert on this topic.” ” “I must be able to answer every question.” ” The problem with these statements. The first is the use of the word “must” This makes them into a demand – something that you must achieve. And demanding that you achieve something is likely to increase your nervousness.

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Tip for Finding Stories to Make Talks and Presentations Engaging and Compelling

Speaking Freely

Here’s a valuable tip for finding stories from your life that you can use to make talks and presentations more engaging and compelling. Both professional and personal stories can be used to illustrate ideas, make points and sell your services. If you read my last post on 6 Reasons to Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership […].

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10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these points about the benefits of the program to you! Author-led discussion: Most book clubs and study groups are not led by the author, the person who knows more than anyone else about the process for the book, the premise of the book, the core message and teachings, and the whys, whats and hows of the book.

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A Conversation with Jeff Davenport on Speechwriting, Screenwriting and Delivery Coaching

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Jeff Davenport in a free conference call. Jeff serves as an executive speaker coach and senior content developer at Duarte, the well-known communication design and consulting firm based in Santa Clara, founded by Nancy Duarte.

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Inside Higher Ed: Connecting With Your Class

Matt Eventoff

For many thousands of students, the new semester, and academic year, is about to begin. Many professors will be speaking to a rapt classroom with eager students who are consumed with their subject matter. Unfortunately, some professors will be teaching classes where establishing a connection with the class is as difficult as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Please read the original article here. Originally posted 2012-05-19 08:40:48. » » Read more.

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Five Resolutions to Make You a Better Speaker in 2019

Presentation Guru

As 2018 draws to a close, many people turn their minds to the year to come and what they hope to achieve. And with those thoughts come resolutions. If you are inclined to make New Year’s resolutions, and if you want to improve your public speaking skills, why not make a public speaking resolution or two for 2019?… … Build Your Skills Anxiety Confidence Experience Fear featured Practice Presentation Tips Public Speaking Role Models Storytelling

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What Are Your “Pinch Me” Moments?

Speaker Launcher

You’re standing in front of your ideal audience, you had them at “hello” and you rocked them all the way through until you close. As you exit the stage to thunderous applause, the leader of the organization pumps your hand and says “Thank you so much, that was exactly what my people needed to hear.” […]. The post What Are Your “Pinch Me” Moments? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

Duarte Blog

There’s a saying, “people don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.”. That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a. care”) you can give people information that truly matters to them. If it matters and it helps, they’ll be engaged. Basic human interaction principles, right?

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How to Create a Great Investor Pitch Deck and Close the Deal

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If you’re a start-up, then you probably already heard the term “pitch deck.” ” A pitch deck is a PowerPoint presentation and it’s intended to showcase your company’s product, opportunity, team to potential investors. Pitch decks are your companies elevator pitch in a presentation. Often used to help convince investors to raise capital.

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What happens when a speaker pauses for a few seconds?

Manner of Speaking

First, let’s talk about what doesn’t happen. The audience does not think that you’ve forgotten something. The audience does not hear your heart beating. The audience does not think that you are stupid. The audience does not think that you … Continue reading → Delivery Uncategorized pause pausing presentations public speaking

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How to animate 3D objects in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you have Office 365 (the subscription version) and the Creative edition of Windows 10, you can insert 3D objects into PowerPoint. I explained this feature in an earlier blog post, “ How to Insert 3D in PowerPoint.” ” Now, you can apply 5 special 3D animations to 3D models on your slides: Arrive: Fades in the object and turns it slightly. Turntable: Turns the object around. Swing: Rotates the object slightly back and forth.

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The first time is never the best

Speaking about Presenting

At the beginning of term, a ceramics teacher divided his students into two groups, Group A and Group B. To Group A he said: “I want you to make as many pots as possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the weight of your pots.”. To Group B he said: “I want you to make the best pot possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the quality of your pot.”.

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How to Think on Your Feet by Speaking from a Blank State of Mind

Speaking Freely

When asked to think on your feet, many people say there is nothing in their heads to talk about. They think they are frozen. They say they are “blank.” Worse, they judge themselves negatively, and think having a blank mind is wrong. It is not wrong to be blank. I believe it is the right place […]. The post How to Think on Your Feet by Speaking from a Blank State of Mind appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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I can do anything better than I can

Speak Schmeak

Maybe you've heard the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." It's a classic duet with the characters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler attempting to prove their ability to outdo each other in a variety of tasks. Some people are more competitive than others; I'm not a fan of my competitive side (I take competition a little too seriously, so I choose not to compete with others), but I do enjoy competing with myself!

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Speechwriters: Foxes or Hedgehogs?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing” — Archilochus I recently had a situation where a potential client in the technology industry preferred to hire a speechwriter with deep domain knowledge rather than go with someone with general writing skills. This is, in some ways, choosing the “hedgehog” who is a […]. Speechwriting

The Times – Princeton Public Speaking founder teaches and learns from Japanese students

Matt Eventoff

The U.S. State Department, on behalf of the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, sent Eventoff… to the Far East on a seven-day, five-city teaching tour geared toward coaching the island nation’s top-level business executives and university students on communication skills for effective leadership. Read More. Originally posted 2012-06-25 15:58:58. » » Read more.

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How to…. Tell Stories in Your Presentations

Presentation Guru

In the latest in my occasional “How to…” series, we’re going to discuss how to tell stories as part of your presentation. ‘Storytelling’ is perhaps one of the biggest management fads over the last few years, and it will therefore come as no surprise that it forms a key part of presenting too.… … Storytelling Uncategorised featured

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The Wealthy Speaker Gets Their Fee

Speaker Launcher

I have two types of clients. Client A – The speaker who will take every piece of business that comes towards them at any fee. And Client B – The speaker who “interviews” each piece of business to check for a good fit in terms of content, expectations, fee and budget. Which one are you? […]. The post The Wealthy Speaker Gets Their Fee appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Welcome Duarte’s New CEO, Joe Terry!

Duarte Blog

Last year, I hired a leadership coach to help me learn to be a stronger leader, to strengthen how I drive consensus, help me with composure, and help me reinvent into a more glorious Nancy 2.0 Executive. How’d that go? I hired someone to replace me, and I’m SO thrilled. I’ve always hired people smarter [.] continue reading. The post Welcome Duarte’s New CEO, Joe Terry! appeared first on Duarte. Business Culture News ceo culture duarte leadership team

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23 PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Creating Engaging and Interactive Presentations

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PowerPoint presentations are not usually known for being engaging or interactive. That’s often because most people treat their slides as if they are notes to read off and not a tool to help empower their message. Your presentation slides are there to help bring to life the story you are telling. They are there to provide visuals and empower your speech.

5 Books for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— Today, there are hundreds of books about … Continue reading → Book Review Presentation Guru books Presentation public speaking

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Use triggers to create interactive presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Audiences today want an interactive experience. As a presenter, you can: Ask them questions. Answer their questions. Organize small group exercises. But you can do more. You can also integrate your audience into the presentation itself. For example, you can create a menu slide that links to other parts of the presentation (or other presentations) and let your audience decide the order of the presentation. I explain one way to create a menu slide here.

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How to handle feedback that makes you go “Ouch!”

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve done it, and if you’ve ever got a stack of feedback forms after a presentation, you’ve probably done it. You go through all the feedback forms ignoring the “Great job” “Learnt a lot” comments and go straight for the form that declares: “That was a load of mumbo jumbo” And then you flagellate yourself. You obsess over it. You can not let go of it. It’s the human brain at work.

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Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers

Speaking Freely

“Be grounded and real…and don’t be afraid to be yourself,” says Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live. Jay gives us his best advice for both speakers and comedic performance in a video at INC.Video The Playbook. [link] Being grounded in your body and being real with your […]. The post Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills. Authenticity grounding Uncategorized

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Let go instead of holding on (to your content)

Speak Schmeak

"Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aircraft designer and author of The Little Prince I'm fortunate that, in most of my speaking, I'm not required to be particularly concise. My speaking engagements are mostly trainings that range from three hours to three days, and there's a lot of room for spontaneous stories and discussion built into my workshops.

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