2011

A Public Speaker’s Checklist – Free PDF File

Manner of Speaking

Last year I wrote a post about logistical items that speakers should remember for a speaking engagement. Reader response was so good that I created an addendum. To put these ideas into a more practical format for you, I have reworked the checklist into a single-page PDF file.

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What to do when you’re losing your audience

Speaking about Presenting

Your audience’s attention will fade over time unless you take specific steps to keep them engaged.

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The Power of Words – 108 Seconds Changes Everything

Matt Eventoff

This video clip delivers more power, emotion and education in less than two minutes than the majority of programming can deliver in two hours: This video isn’t even a video, it’s an advertisement, and the most effective advertisement I have seen in years.

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5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

On Saturday, I paid a visit to my local Costco. I walked in for a package of kitchen sponges, and walked out with a Vitamix. Okay, it wasn't really that simple. I had been eyeing the Vitamix for years, and I knew that Costco regularly held "road shows" for the blender.

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Post your PowerPoint presentation as a video to YouTube

PowerPoint Tips

I get lots of requests for information on how to post a presentation as a video to YouTube. Here are some options: Use PowerPoint 2010. It outputs to WMV format. Choose File> Save and Send> Create a Video. Then choose from a couple of options, as you see here.

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Presentation Tip: Powerful Closings

Professionally Speaking...

Jimmy Durante , one of America's most popular personalities of vaudeville and early television, used to sign off each of his radio and TV programs with, "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." Shrouded in an air of mystery [who is Mrs. Calabash?**], this line became his signature.

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How to write a keynote speech – secrets of masterful presenters

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve just spent four intense days attending my 7th National Speakers Association (NSA) convention, held July 30 – August 2nd in Anaheim, California. Over 1,500 attendees heard from some of the world’s top world’s professional speakers in an event themed Influence ‘11. Fellow NSA Northern California member Susan RoAne wrote on Facebook: “In my [.].

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TED talk analysis: Ron Gutman “The Hidden Power Of Smiling”

The Speaker Point

Ron Gutman delivered a nice little talk at this year’s TED conference about the Power of Smiling. His talk was short and sweet, coming in at only 7:26 seconds, but it was packed with tidbits and interesting nuggets that helped make his point memorable. Let’s go through the talk and reveal what worked and what

How to Relieve a Tired Voice (when you must keep talking)

Kate's Voice

I was rehearsing a client who had a keynote speech to deliver at a conference. It had been a long day of meetings, and his speech was the next morning. We had just grabbed a bite to eat backstage, and were about to do a final run-through at 10PM. The problem was that his voice [.]. vocal health straw technique tired voice voice problems

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Does our Educational System Need Changing?

Dahle Communication

It's that time of year again - millions of students are either starting or getting ready to start the school year, which is why this post is going to be more about education than communication. Here in Sioux Falls, students begin today and will finish around mid-May with their year.

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Ten Tips for Using Props in a Presentation

Manner of Speaking

In my previous post , I looked at some of the ways in which a prop can add some real value to a presentation. In this post, I want to give some suggestions when it comes to using props. To this end, I offer ten tips for your consideration.

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10 tips for overcoming the fear of being bold

Speaking about Presenting

I’m working on being bold – whether it’s in a one on one conversation or in a presentation. In the past, I’ve often watered down what I say to avoid upsetting anyone. And I’m not alone. Many of the people that I coach are concerned about being bold.

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Steve Jobs – Public Speaking, Preparation & Practice

Matt Eventoff

The speed at which information travels has rendered most news dated within hours; days if a story really has “legs.” ” To last through multiple news cycles is very rare. The passing of Steve Jobs has done just that, and for good reason.

21 tips to improve your presentations right now

Speak Schmeak

Adding to one's public speaking "bag of tricks" is a constant effort.

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5 new webinars in June! Get high-value training in presentation skills

PowerPoint Tips

I invite you to join me for 5 Wednesdays in June, when I’ll do live training webinars on high-interest topics: June 1: How to Use Animation for High-Impact Communication. June 8: How to Create Clear, Professional Charts and Diagrams. June 15: 19 Steps to Prepare for a Successful Presentation.

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Presenting Yourself: The Elevator Speech

Professionally Speaking...

I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love (teach presentation skills) in both my professional and volunteer lives.

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41 Reasons Good Speakers Give Bad Speeches

Successful Speeches Blog

This year, I didn’t even think about it. Well, I did think about it, but I didn’t think about doing it. If you subscribed to my newsletter more than a year ago, then you know what I’m referring to. On my birthday, I usually attempt to do the number of push ups that equals my [.]. Opinion PowerPoint Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Uncategorized

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It’s time for some good news about your speaking business — opportunities abound in 2012

Succeed Speaking

If you watch the news and listen to the right (wrong) people, you’ll be led to believe that you need to hide your money under the mattress and turn and run from your speaking business as fast as you can — because “things are bad!!”

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7 lessons from wordcamp

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Last week I spoke at WordCamp, Cape Town (the WordPress conference), and I watched many of the other sessions as well. Here are a few lessons I learned from my and the other sessions: Keep the sessions short and sharp.

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Cisco Social Media Conference: Teaching elephants to dance

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Ragan Communications Social Media Best Practices for Communicators Conference, hosted by Cisco Systems, wrapped up on Friday. The 3-day event promised to share ways to “engage employees, build strong customer relationships and create brand buzz online&# using social media. Workshop and presentation topics included: How video is reshaping employee communications Social media tools for PR. Social [.]. Social Media Ragan Communications

On Effective Communication - Inc. Magazine's interview with Peter Guber

Dahle Communication

I've always preached the idea that communication is first and foremost something that everyone needs to do well if they want to succeed. It doesn't matter what business you are involved in or what you are planning on doing for a living, if you can communicate well, you will be successful.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 97)

Manner of Speaking

Steve Jobs - American Businessman, Inventor and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

Speaking about Presenting

I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet.

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“I Have A Dream” – 7 Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King

Matt Eventoff

Irene wreaked havoc yesterday, leaving 21 dead, billions of dollars in damages and millions without power and water. The destruction caused by Irene also allowed us to see humanity at its best, with neighbors helping neighbors, strangers assisting strangers, and heroes saving lives.

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5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

On Saturday, I paid a visit to my local Costco. I walked in for a package of kitchen sponges, and walked out with a Vitamix. Okay, it wasn't really that simple. I had been eyeing the Vitamix for years, and I knew that Costco regularly held "road shows" for the blender.

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Highlight one part of an image in color

PowerPoint Tips

Highlighting a part of a grayscale image in color really makes it stand out! Ric Bretschneider wrote a blog post a while back that uses a similar technique to create a blurred background. It uses the Remove Background feature of PowerPoint 2010.

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Presentation Tip: First Impressions Matter

Professionally Speaking...

According to bestselling author, Malcolm Gladwell, in Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking , "Snap judgments are.enormously quick: they rely on the thinnest slices of experience.".

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What is your vocal variety saying about you?

Kate's Voice

Vocal Variety is a term used by many speakers to describe variations in the sounds created by speaking. Other terms for this are inflection, expression or prosody. Vocal Variety is generally thought to be good. It creates interest and helps a speaker to have more influence over the audience. Toastmasters has a vocal variety speech [.]. vocal delivery vocal image vocal power delivery Expression vocal impact vocal variety

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Speaking of Speaker Fees… Are You Worth It?

Succeed Speaking

A well-established speaker wrote to me a few weeks ago to share his thoughts about speakers raising their fees “beyond what they are worth” — before they have “earned” their fee level.

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PowerPoint, Speaking or Sex?

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

A recent Zogby poll commissioned by Sliderocket , a PowerPoint rival, found that “respondents would rather do the following miserable activities than sit through a PowerPoint presentation: o    24 percent would forego sex tonight o    21 percent would rather do their taxes o    20 percent would rather go to the dentist o    18 percent would rather work on Saturday”.

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Interview: Manuela Pauer – Life Coach

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Manuela Pauer, CPCC is a Certified Professional Coach and workshop leader. She is an authority in personal leadership and self empowerment. She works with clients who are stuck doing what they think they “should” be doing, rather than what they want to be doing. Her specialty is helping people fall in love with themselves [.] Manuela Pauer, CPCC is a Certified Professional Coach and workshop leader. She is an authority in personal leadership and self empowerment.

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A touching and inspiring speech

Dahle Communication

This is one of the most touching and inspiring speeches that I hear every year. Jimmy Valvano was a college basketball coach and in 1993 created The V Foundation , which funds cancer research. A few weeks after giving this speech he died from his battle with cancer.

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Basic Speech Geometry

Manner of Speaking

Many people think of a speech as something that is linear: introduction; development of the main points; and conclusion.

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The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

Speaking about Presenting

I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet.

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How to Open a Speech or Presentation

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, this is what is heard to open the speech or presentation: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be hear with you today. My name is _ _, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.&#.

Want to improve as a speaker? Change your attitude!

Speak Schmeak

I came across the following status update on Facebook this morning, from an old friend who's just moved to another state and started a new job: "Not sure what I think about getting ready for work at 4:30 am." My first thought -- of course -- was UGH. I'm not a morning person.

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Create a video from photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Do you have some business photos that you would like to highlight in a presentation or post on your company’s website as a video? Or perhaps you just want to show some friends your personal photos. Either way, you can use PowerPoint’s Photo Album feature.

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