If you are a presenter you MUST watch this company: Prezi (new features just released) — Scobleizer

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

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The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning. I’ll be looking at how to avoid some of these presentation planning traps in a live webinar with Ellen Finkelstein next week.

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The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Today, 19 November 2010, marks the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. In one of the first posts on this blog , I compared Lincoln’s two-minute address with the two-hour oration by Edward Everett on the same occasion.

8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

I've talked to several people on different occasions recently who have had trouble asserting themselves in a professional setting.

Why I wear an eye patch!

Dahle Communication

I wear an Eyepatch because of the presentations that I have seen have caused me to stab myself in the eye so I didn't have to see half of the presentation. What caused this to happen: three things really: 1) People who put their entire speech on their slides then read it word for word.

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Presentation Tip: Don't Memorize

Professionally Speaking...

Memorization works well for a lot of things: telephone numbers, Latin verb endings, the song lyrics for the holiday concert. Memorization doesn't work so well for presentations. Yet far too many times, presenters -- novice and experienced alike -- resort to memorizing their material.

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How to become a good speaker

PowerPoint Tips

Part of presenting is delivering your talk; this is called speaking. Many presenters write great content, design excellent slides, but don’t speak well. As a result, they don’t get the results they want.

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10 Tips on Moderating a Panel Discussion

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Have you noticed? Panel discussions are replacing keynotes and solo break-out sessions by experts at conferences. Rather than a rock-star presenter, who might disappoint, meeting planners are choosing to put a panel onstage and hear from multiple points of view. It’s a refreshingly democratic approach to conference content – safer than having all the eggs [.].

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Ten Surefire Ways to Destroy Your Voice

Kate's Voice

Not too long ago, someone called me asking for help with his voice. He wanted to sound like Rod Stewart. Without batting an eye, I said, “You don’t need a lesson. Just yell a lot, smoke a couple packs a day and don’t get any sleep.” He thanked me and hung up. How about that? [.]. vocal delivery vocal health voice lessons laryngitis tired voice voice problems

2010 189

America-phile – Life Across the Pond

Pro Humorist

Hello, hey, bonjour, ciao… alright? I can’t believe that it’s been eight months. since I’ve written a post on here. Wowsers. trousers. A LOT has changed! As some of my friends and regular readers know in September 2009 I emigrated to the United States of America to marry my long term American girlfriend. I’m going to catch you up on the things that I’ve been involved with and I provide you with ten tips and food for thought along the way.

…but I did not shoot the Comic Sans

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

via failblog.org. Posted via web from Mike Pulsifer's posterous.

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18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve just completed my first large webinar as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop Webinar Series. Before doing my own webinar I attended webinars by webinar experts Ken Molay and Roger Courville.

Speeches from Film: The Pursuit of Happyness

Manner of Speaking

One of my favourite movies from recent years is The Pursuit of Happyness , starring Will Smith. Based on a true story, the movie is about Chris Gardner , a man in financial difficulty who is trying to raise his son alone after his wife leaves him.

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4 tips for better vocal projection

Speak Schmeak

Cynthia Tedore, a long-time Speak Schmeak reader (and an expert on arachnids!) sent me this question: " How does one project one's voice, yet still sound natural when public speaking (and not like you're yelling)? "

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Foursquare Badges Tell Stories - Which One Is Another Story

Dahle Communication

If you don't know what Foursquare is you are not alone. There are a little more than 3 million users currently on Foursquare. Now that is quite a jump from the 725,000 users in March , but it is still quite short of the 500 million users on Facebook. What is Foursquare ?

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Q & A in Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Each time you make a presentation, you have a decision to make about how to handle questions. Will you take them throughout your remarks? Will you ask people to hold their questions until you have finished delivering your information? Will you announce a specific time for Q & A?

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Should you say “thank you” at the end of a presentation?

PowerPoint Tips

There’s a great discussion going on at The Official Toastmasters International Members Group on LinkedIn. Because you can’t access the group unless you join, I thought I’d summarize the opinions and see what you think.

2010 211

Public Speaking Lessons – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Matt Eventoff

Today we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a leader, a visionary and a hero. He was also one of the greatest communicators of the past century. Dr. King was always relentlessly on message, and always spoke with passion and energy. This clip is important for a number of reasons.

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206 Top Tweets from #nsa10

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual National Speakers Association Convention was held July 17 -20, 2010 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Over 1,500 professional speakers met for the four days and attended a series of main stage keynotes, break out sessions and informal workshops Attendees generated over 4,300 tweets under the hashtag #nsa10. 3,100 of these were posted [.].

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This is why your communication doesn’t have impact

Kate's Voice

The spoken run on sentence is also full of run on ideas and thoughts that confuse our communication because we stop being able to concentrate when there is no conclusion and too much data in what we hear as one long string of sound after awhile so we stop listening. Get it? Well, that is [.]. Speaking vocal delivery vocal power cadence delivery public speaking tips

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A few lessons from Gary Bailey

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Gary Bailey. Some tips I picked up from Gary (ex goal keeper for Manchester United) at our Toastmasters conference. Enjoy! Manchester United: Is a $1 billion business. Has 300 million customers. Delivers weekly to its customers.

2010 158

Timeline 3D: A Review

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

If you’re a Mac user like me, you might be aware of those software bundle deals like Mac Heist and MacUpdate Promo. I bought the promo bundle last year, which gave me $500 of legit, full-featured (not demo) software for $50. It’s hard to beat that.

2010 163

How to write a presentation title that gets people flocking to your session

Speaking about Presenting

Get inspiration for your presentation title from magazines. Photo credit: bravenewtraveler. You might not give much thought to your presentation title for a conference presentation.

2010 285

The Psychology of Storytelling

Manner of Speaking

Earlier this year, Pam Allyn, the Executive Director of LitLife, a national organization specializing in innovative literacy education for schools and families, wrote an article entitled Storytelling Connects us All.

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Five ways to avoid reading from your slides

Speak Schmeak

Let's say you're stuck with a canned slide show. Let's say you have no control over your slides. They're sent to you by the marketing department, they're riddled with bullets, and that's what you have to work with. It's an unfortunate situation, but not impossible to improve.

2010 241

What Can Dilbert Teach Us About Communication?

Dahle Communication

Lot's of things - specifically that: 1) Most people will freak out if they have to give a presentation.         2) Others will get sick (not this bad I hope).         3) Businesses are not quite sure what a Public Speaking Class can do for them.

2010 195

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

When you see a list of skills a presenter should cultivate, listening isn't usually one that's near the top. For presenters, there is more focus on the mouth than the ears. Yet as the wise Greek philosopher, Epictetus , said, "We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak."

View 2 presentations side by side

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever wanted to compare two PowerPoint files side-by-side? You’ve probably done it in Microsoft Word many times. You just open the two Word documents and drag one of them to the side. But when you try that in PowerPoint, it doesn’t work. The entire application window moves.

2010 203

A Message from Zimbabwe – Sometimes Speech is Not Free

Matt Eventoff

On November 2nd, in between getting off the train and going to the gym, I pulled up to my polling location, ran in, voted, and ran back to the car. . All told, the entire process took less than four minutes – 240 seconds for Democracy. .

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505 Top tweets from Cisco Live!

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Cisco Live! Conference was held June 27 – July 1, 2010. The big Cisco event came in two flavors – Cisco Live in person at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Cisco Live virtual offered those of us who could not travel a (greener) alternative to Vegas and an opportunity to [.].

2010 191

Pause: Create a Powerful Presence Through Silence

Kate's Voice

In a non-stop world, we have become non-stop speakers. For this reason alone, silence is a powerful tool. Silence also allows you to breathe, and give your audience time to breathe as well. In our crazy world, silence is not easy to find, and it’s just not that easy to use either. Here are some [.]. Speaking vocal delivery vocal power breathing delivery vocal impact

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What is Speaking from the Heart?

Successful Speeches Blog

What does it mean to speak from the heart? What does it really mean? Does speaking from the heart mean you say whatever comes to your mind in the moment? Does speaking from the heart mean you don’t script what you want to say? Does speaking from the heart mean you don’t read your speech? [.].

2010 153

Too Many iPhone “Developers”

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Yesterday, I came across this gem on Daring Fireball where John Gruber discusses the change in the rules for developers: My reading of this new language is that cross-compilers, such as theFlash-to-iPhone compiler in Adobe’s upcoming Flash Professional CS5 release, are prohibited. This also bans apps compiled using MonoTouch — a tool that compiles C# and.NET apps to the iPhone.

2010 157

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

Your presentation handout is the lasting concrete manifestation of your presentation. It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards.

Two Slides You Can Lose

Manner of Speaking

Much has been written (in this blog and elsewhere) on ways to improve the quality of slide presentations by, for example, reducing the number of words on a slide, using good visuals, going easy on the bullet points, turning the screen black from time to time, etc.

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The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.

Speak Schmeak

If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker. If there's one thing that will make you a better networker (both online and in-person). If there's one thing that will make you a better businessperson, it's this: Show interest in others.

2010 237

Educators need some new branding

Dahle Communication

I'm in a bit of a dilemma. I love teaching and coaching speech and debate. While I am only a half-time teacher (working on Dahle Communication Group the other half) I do really enjoy my time at school working with those kids. Here is the dilemma: my daughter says she wants to be a teacher.

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