2008

What's your crutch phrase?

Speak Schmeak

We can all think of a catch phrase that identifies a person or character (the Fonz said "Aaayyyy;" Emeril says "Bam;" Homer Simpson says "Doh") and becomes their signature word, phrase or, in the case of these three, more of an utterance.

2008 207

ON GENUINE HAPPINESS

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Physician, Albert Schweitzer shares an important truth. Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Lesson here - the more you give or serve others, the happier you will become. Ghandi also believed, "even as we serve others we are working on ourselves."

2008 100

The Presentation Grand Finale: 3 Ways to Close with a Bang!

More than PowerPoint...

Most fireworks presentations feature a super-explosive Grand Finale. After 45 minutes or so of eliciting audience oooohs and ahhhhs, a fabulous fireworks show ends with an overwhelming sensory display that excites and mobilizes the crowd.

2008 88

when you don't know what to say

The Eloquent Woman

Every speaker encounters moments when the words you need don’t emerge on time. That’s especially true in question-and-answer sessions and media interviews, but it may happen to you in any speaking situation.

2008 72

What Does it Mean to “Be Strong” « The Shy Speaker's Guide to.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I've been hearing the words “You've got to be strong” pretty often lately. And for a good reason too. You see, my mother was recently warded at the Singapore General Hospital, for a long time ailment – Cancer – and her condition took a

2008 65

A Public Speaking Secret Revealed By Jonathon Harris (+ Find Out How You Can Win A $397 Ticket To My Public Speaking Seminar)

The Public Speaking Blog

The guy you see above is Jonathon Harris , an artist and computer scientist. In his TED presentation, he shared about his passion of collecting stories around the world.

2008 56

Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

The Independent on Sunday asked me to annotate Barack Obama’s victory speech last week, the results of which were published on 9th November. It hasn't been posted on their website, probably because the layout with red circles around lines from the speech linked to the notes caused problems in creating a readable web page.

2008 78

More Trending

Holidays 2008

Speaking Of...

To all speakers and blog followers--happiest of holidays this year and much success in 2009. Set those BIG goals, and get to work--after some much needed relaxation and renewal time. holidays

2008 52

Take the Lead

The YouBlog

IF YOU WANT TO BE REALLY EFFECTIVE in influencing or persuading others, it's critical that you tune into their needs, issues, and goals. But sometimes it's not enough to ask them "What's your pain?" or "Tell me about your situation." Sometimes, that gets you too deep in the weeds toooo quickly.

Lead 52

December 16/08 Slide Makeover now available

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store, online or through my YouTube channel.

2008 52

How you dress = 55% of your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

If you missed my article in August about the "7-38-55" rule of communication, please take a look. Once again, I find this statistic being used in a way that completely distorts its original intent.

2008 176

ON TELLING STORIES

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

What did Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all have in common? They used their gut to deliver their ideas and make that magic connection with their audiences. Every successful professional speaker knows that the way to impact their audience is through their story, a story that persuades/inspires the listener to "feel" the truth of your message. And, although it is your story, the audience has a connection with you and are only one step away from their own story.

2008 100

Presenting to the Twitter Backchannel

More than PowerPoint...

“Content isn't king. If I sent you to a desert island and gave you the choice of taking your friends or your movies, you'd choose your friends - if you chose the movies, we'd call you a sociopath. Conversation is king.

2008 88

what to do when you're losing the audience

The Eloquent Woman

I just trained a group of nearly 100 scientists in speaker skills and message development for public audiences, at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

2008 65

Make a better impression in the boardroom

Executive Speech Coach

Ten ways to make a better impression in the boardroom By Peter Urs Bender Under the gun and don't know what to say? Here's how to communicate like a pro under pressure. You're in a hard-nosed business meeting that has taken a turn for the worse? Your ideas aren't being understood.

2008 52

15 More Ways To Take The Stage And Sharpen Your Public Speaking Skills

The Public Speaking Blog

Photo credits to Slimmer Jimmer. Let’s set things straight. There is absolutely NO way you can learn how to swim or cook from just reading a book or attending a seminar unless you are a genius.

2008 56

What did Santa say before "Ho, ho ho"?

Max Atkinson

I’ve just received an email with Christmas greetings from the White House Writers Group in Washington D.C., which contains a nice little ditty: Santa called the other day. "I I need a speech and right away! It should sound new, but somehow old; A message sweet, yet still quite bold.

2008 74

Top 10 Best Presentations Ever at KnowHR Blog

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BEST OF KNOWHR 10 Tenets for The New HR Top 10 Best Presentations Ever 5 Things HR Needs to Do to End Pay Inequality Now 10 Ways to Know When Its Time to Get Out of HR 65 Things I Believe About HR RECENT POSTS Interview Question of the Day: Do You Drive a Hummer?

2008 52

Holiday Beauty--Conversation

Speaking Of...

Foxwoods Resort & Casino Getaway! We just returned from our now annual winter getaway to Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Mashantucket, CT. Again, a winter storm blew through New England, and we planned an additional day's stay to avoid the worst on the roads.

Do You See the Difference?

The YouBlog

LOGIC ALONE rarely persuades someone. And logic may also be out the window when we are preparing our presentation or pitch. "Huh?" " I hear you say. That's right.

2008 52

December 2/08 Slide Makeover Video Podcast now available

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store, online or through my YouTube channel.

2008 52

The grandmother cliché

Speak Schmeak

Way back when I started this blog, I wrote about clichés , and specifically the expression, "It's not your grandmother's [insert item here]." Yesterday, I read this in an article: "I use the 'grandmother' rule. Put simply; present anything so that your grandmother would understand it."

2008 164

ON HEAD AND HEART

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

I know things work better when I balance my mental thoughts with the emotions of my heart. When I am only in my head, I can become hard and cynical. Too much heart makes me soft and gullible. So I strive for a balance between my head and heart in my relations with people and when making decisions. I think we all want to live mindfully and live from awareness, wisdom and goodness. Isn't that our birthright?

2008 100

UnConference Versus Conference

More than PowerPoint...

It's a Conference. But not like we know it, Jim. The first rule of BarCamp? Talk about BarCamp. The second rule of BarCamp? Blog about BarCamp. Here are the other 6 BarCamp Rules.) photo credit: numberstumper I attended my first UnConference last week. BarCamp Grand Rapids. There!

2008 70

July 4 speaker, out, standing in her field?

The Eloquent Woman

New York Times columnist Gail Collins (who was the Times's first female editorial page editor) took a look back on July 5 at how women helped to change the ways we celebrate Independence Day and other political celebrations.

2008 63

Opening your speech

Executive Speech Coach

Opening your speech Imagine yourself at mission control; 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Speak! When the space shuttle blasts off - those first few seconds of lift are critical. It comprises a small portion of the total journey, yet if someone errors - they crash and burn.

2008 52

Eric Feng Just Passed Away (Memorial Details Below)

The Public Speaking Blog

I have unfortunately passed away, and it has taken a great deal of effort to reach out to my readers from the afterlife. I’ve managed to possess someone and am now typing this from an Internet café as we speak. Metaphorically.). Okay, just kidding.

2008 52

What’s Football Got to do with Speaking?

Speaker Launcher

Several things have popped up in my personal life. lately that have left me a tad stressed. I won’t bore you with all of the gory details, but. let’s just say that having a 15-month old move in. with you, renovating a basement and purchasing a.

2008 52

Finding Our Way

The Arrowood Curve

Writer Peter J. Boyer from the New Yorker : Kieth Olbermann’s success, like Bill O’Reilly’s, is evidence of viewer cocooning—the inclination to seek out programming that reinforces one’s own firmly held political views. People want to identify,” Phil Griffin says. They want the shortcut.

2008 52

Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2008

Speaking Of...

Person of the Year, 2008. Was there really any doubt who this would be? It's no accident he happens to be a skilled speaker

2008 52

Making the Most of a Q&A Session

The YouBlog

SO MUCH POTENTIAL — for good and bad — lurks in a typical Question & Answer period. But before I give you my thoughts, let me ask you how you handle these: · Do you finish your presentation with a slide that says "Questions & Answers" and just go from there? ·

2008 52

November 18/08 Slide Makeover Video Podcast now available

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store, online or through my YouTube channel.

2008 52

Rules for the sake of rules

Speak Schmeak

Someone disagreed with my opinion on fillers the other day. Among other things, the person said, "Fillers make people sound very unintelligent." Fillers can certainly make a person sound unprepared , if every other word is "um," "uh," and "y'know."

2008 164

ON THE ENERGY OF SILENCE

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

If you are like me, you will often be annoyed by your “monkey mind.” The mind that is always thinking thoughts, both positive and negative. Peruvian thinker, Carlos Castaneda, says; “When we are quiet, we realize someone (or something) is trying to teach us. Whenever we manage to stop our inner dialogue, something happens in our lives. We discover things we never thought of consciously but are there ready to help us.

2008 100

Open Source Webconferencing : Digging the DimDim Experience

More than PowerPoint...

Author Ellen Finkelstein and I were collaborating on a PowerPoint presentation design and script the other day. Ellen was in Iowa. I was in Michigan. We needed to show each other our work as we talked through our concepts. What to do? We decided to give Dimdim a whirl.

2008 61

what does it take to get on the program?

The Eloquent Woman

What does it take for a conference to feature more women speakers on the program? Women have been blogging, writing and researching the question "Where are all the women speakers?"

2008 60

Tim Gard Professional Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Tim Gard - professional speaker If you want to be a better speaker, watch and learn from other speakers - political, business and profesional. Notice the techniques that work or don't work and ask yourself, "Why?".