Tangible examples always win

Speak Schmeak

Use an example or a comparison to something that your audience is already familiar with. Here's an example I found in our local weekly paper. What examples have you seen of turning numbers and data into engaging stories and examples for audiences?

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Public Speaking Example

The Communication Blog

Here’s a great public speaking example to illustrate how to make large numbers real to an audience, courtesy of the HuffingtonPost.com: Walmart’s CEO earns an annual salary of $20.7 example numerical data Public Speaking million. To make the same amount of money, it would take an average Walmart worker (earning $12.67 per hour, working 40 hour weeks, 52 weeks a year, without paying any taxes) 785 years. link].

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Confirmation Examples

The Communication Blog

These are all perfect examples of confirmation and "cherishing behaviors" and should help make concepts that are often overly abstract, more concrete and useful. Many are also good examples of politeness--another indication that politeness is an essential component of interpersonal communication, though ignored in many of our textbooks. Here's an interesting piece that is intimately related to much of what we talk about in interpersonal communication.

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A public speaking example

The Communication Blog

9.02.2009 A public speaking example In a recent ad to defeat the debt there’s an interesting example of using statistics (just numbers, actually) and making the numbers real for the audience, something we always tell our public speaking students. In this example, the $9 trillion debt for the next ten years is made real in this way: How big is a trillion?

50 great examples of data vizualization

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to Scott for sharing this link to 50 great examples of data visualization and tools for creating your own visualizations, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter. Another source that I blogged about back in 2006 is Gapminder. As I said at the time “A picture sometimes [.].

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For example or for instance?

Executive Speech Coach

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 For example or for instance? For example or for instance? Choose well Do you use examples in your presentations? An "example" is a hypothetical occurrence. "In This is an example of what may or might have happen. The distinction between instance and example is a minor one, but I find that preachers, teachers, moralists, bureaucrats, censors, politicians, etc., If you want to base your argument on emotions, use examples.

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Creative Presentation Agenda Examples

Pivotal Public Speaking

Is your audience getting lost during your big presentation? The issue might be in the clarity of your presentation agenda. Learn 5 creative ways to provide a clear and memorable agenda to your presentation. => [link]. PowerPoint public speaking

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Sound Bites: Give Specific Examples | Media Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized Media Training sound bites

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When Colorful Language Overshadows Accomplishments – The Carol Bartz Example

DeFinis Communications

This is just one example of why I stress the need for executives and anyone who does public speaking to use distinctive language that’s free of jargon, slang, non-words, and hostile language. After two and one-half years as Yahoo’s CEO, Carol Bartz was let go last week.

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Even famous speakers are made, not born: 4 examples

The Eloquent Woman

She''s a great example of how that preparation pays off. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. President Bill Clinton. Lady Bird Johnson, a First Lady of the United States. Susan Cain, TED speaker.

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Speakers' great examples of the invisible visual

The Eloquent Woman

A reader recently asked for more examples of what I call "the invisible visual" --not a hidden slide or image, but something the speaker describes so vividly that the audience members can picture it in their mind's eye.

Selling with a slide deck – a great example

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is a great slide deck illustrating how to use visuals to portray a story. It is an advert of John Maxwell’s new book “ Everyone Communicates, Few Connect “ I will be reviewing the book shortly, so watch this space. In the mean time, enjoy the slides. It shows that you can easily tell a story with lots of pictures, and few words. Related posts: How NOT to use PowerPoint Barack Obama?s s "Yes We Can" speech injustice in PowerPoint This.

Rotten Tomatoes - Yet Another Example of How We Resist Traditional Marketing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The impact of Rotten Tomatoes is yet another example of how irrelevant the company's own promotions are. Rotten Tomatoes is the go-to site and probably the only one we check before deciding to pony up the money for a film. It aggregates all the consumer and critic reviews.

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What Do You Want? – Al Sharpton Video Example « TJWALKER INTERACTIVE

TJ Walker Interactive

– Al Sharpton Video Example When preparing to speak to the media it’s important to not only think of what interests the reporter but also what you want. News analyzed from a communication perspective.

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Repetition is the Key - Using Twitter as an example

Dahle Communication

One of the key methods of public speaking that I learned early is the idea of repetition - you have to repeat yourself a lot when speaking because there is a good chance that people either didn't hear you the first time or they weren't paying attention. When speaking, you have to repeat yourself to ensure that the key ideas you want to get across are remembered. This can apply to Twitter as well. In fact, I am going to use twitter in two ways to describe what I am talking about.

A quotable challenge: Let's use more examples of women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

Just as women find it difficult to get on the program as speakers at major conferences , time and again, I get inquiries asking, "Are there any top women speakers of today that I can use as examples? Will you start using examples and quotes from women's speeches?

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Digital Journalism - Fast Route To Stardom, For Example, Players At Abovethelaw.com

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Examples range from Abovethelaw.com's Gang of Four to Gawker.com's "Wonkette" author Ana Marie Cox. Few journalists who start out in establishment media, like The New York Times, will make it big.

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Putting things in threes: 2 great video examples from women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

Luckily, I have two great video examples for you to watch, both by women speakers: Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, and Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

2009's great examples of women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

This week, reader and speaker coach Claire Duffy from Sydney, Australia, shared how a search for examples of women speakers brought her to this blog: I got onto your blog when a 14 year old student was entering a competition where she needed to present a speech by a famous Australian. I don't have examples of great women speakers from Australia to offer, but welcome readers' ideas and suggestions to share with Claire and her trainees.

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An Example of Robert Fripp’s “Attributed” Charisma

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

An example of Robert Fripp’s “Attributed” Charisma. See the previous 2 THE Executive Speech Coach posts). At the American Payroll Association’s Congress Pay Heroes we were lucky to have APA’s First Husband Patrick Obertin as our moderator and introducer.

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Another example where 100% of the communication is 'non-verbal'

Max Atkinson

A more elegant example where 100% of the communication is non-verbal is to be found in the way conductors interact with the orchestra during a concert.

Public Speaking Marketing - Example Of An Autoresponder Message

Great Public Speaking

Hi, (firstname) Your Wake 'em Up Course will ship right away and you should have it in a few days if you are in the US. If you are outside the USA your customs department will hold the large box we are sending for sometimes up to three weeks. It will take you a little while to go through this in depth course. Take your time and implement a few of the techniques each time you speak. Don't try to revamp an entire presentation at once.

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"Good" visual examples to get you thinking

Presentation Zen

My aim, as always, is not to say that you should do it exactly like these examples on GOOD, but simply to suggest that you watch a few of these and ask yourself in what ways did the visuals work, in what ways do they need improvement, what could you copy, and so on.

Jeff Zucker - We ghostwriters will be citing him as fresh example of leadership

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  For example, THE DAILY BEAST has published a laundry list of the changes already being made, including axing political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin. And we ghostwriters anticipate we will be citing Zucker as a fresh example of how to lead in tough turbulent times. 

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Jeff Kindler: Extreme example, perhaps, of low emotional intelligence

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a prime example of high EI. At Pfizer, chief executive officer Jeff Kindler couldn't sell the organization on what it would take to get unstuck and moving again in the direction of being a pharmaceutical powerhouse again.    In 2010, reports FORTUNE , he was pressured to resign. 

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Another example of Poor Color Contrast

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I was at the gas station the other day and I saw another example of poor color contrast on a visual display. This gas pump was one of the new ones where they play ads on a TV screen above the pump as you are filling up. In addition to the ads, they have a page of news and a page of sports headlines in the rotation.

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Talbots, Penney, Staples: Will these join Circuit City or follow Wal-Mart's example for survival?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Why do some retailers like Wal-Mart survive and keep growing and others like Circuit City wither and die?    The answer seems to be in how they deal with change, both the internal kind for their own operations and the external kinds such as what's going on in the marketplace.

Good example of calling an audible and other presenter lessons

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Recently, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a law enforcement trainer, went to the UAE to do some training. She documents her experience in an article on the Police One web site. There are a few lessons we can all learn from her experience. First, a strict focus on the audience. She knew this would be a different audience, so she committed to do the research necessary to be prepared. How much time do most presenters devote to studying the audience? Not enough in my experience.

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An example of rhetorical virtuosity from rhetoric denier Tony Benn

Max Atkinson

ICONIC GESTURES The sequence also provides more examples of the way 'iconic gestures' come before the word(s) to which they relate, as discussed in earlier posts ( HERE and HERE ): Benn's swinging hand movements get under way quite a while before the word ‘swinging’ comes out of his mouth – whereupon his hands start moving to his left just before the words ‘stock market’ and to his right just before he say’s the word ‘Brighton’.

Good example of Effective Use of Agenda

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

A great example of using a graphical agenda slide is in a presentation from this past summer by Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft. I think that almost every presentation can benefit from using a clear agenda. It gives you as the presenter a structure to your message and helps the audience understand your message easier (according to research done by Prof. Richard Meyer).

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PowerPoint Slide Makeover #70: Using proportional diagrams (example from Pres. Obama SOTU)

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Below I’ve posted a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution". In the recent State of the Union address, President Obama used some visuals in the enhanced broadcast on the web. One of those visuals was a proportional diagram.

Gordon Brown's model example of how to express condolences

Max Atkinson

In earlier posts, I have commented on the importance of funeral orations and have also sometimes been critical of Gordon Brown's speech-making. But, when it came to his offering condolences to the leader of the opposition on the death of his young son, Brown's short statement in the House of Commons last week was about as moving as these things can get - and was deservedly recognised as such in parts of the media that are not normally known for supporting the Prime Minister or the Labour Party.

The swinging ball of death: another example of using objects as visual aids

Max Atkinson

This is the latest in a series of posts on the effectiveness of using an object as a visual aid (for a selection of others, see the links below) and comes from one of the Royal Institution's Christmas lectures for children by Professor Chris Bishop.

How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

Here are some examples: “In order to guarantee that we save _ tomorrow, we need to _ today! Here are two examples: “What choice will you make when you leave here today? You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message.

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Remembering John F. Kennedy – Speaking Lessons from a Heroic Orator

DeFinis Communications

Examples of Powerful Performers Examples of Powerful Speakers Famous Speakers Historical Speakers Political SpeakersWhen asked to describe John F. Kennedy, many people mention the phrase “great speaker.” It’s true.

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How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

For example if you’re sharing an inspirational story, you could start by saying, “What if I told you that you can be greater than you know how to be? For example, “What is the most important thing that has ever happened to you?” The audience is seated.

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Good Example of Non-Linear Presentation from UPS

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

They have a great example of a non-linear approach to their information. UPS, the package delivery people, have a current ad campaign going on centered around a man drawing on a whiteboard. I like many of the ads because they use effective graphics to visually make the point. I went over to the campaign web site at [link] and found something even more interesting.

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How rhetorical techniques work: an example from last night's Question Time

Max Atkinson

It's not often that television editors let us see members of an audience visibly anticipating one of these completion points, though I've already posted a very clear example of a woman anticipating the answer to a question being posed by David Cameron ( HERE ). On BBC Question Time last night, there was a similar example of a listener anticipating the third item in a three-part list as the person in front of her was putting a question to the leader of the BNP.

Remembering John F. Kennedy – Speaking Lessons from a Heroic Orator

DeFinis Communications

Examples of Powerful Performers Examples of Powerful Speakers Famous Speakers Historical Speakers Political Speakers JFK John F. When asked to describe John F. Kennedy, many people mention the phrase “great speaker.” It’s true.

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How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

Public Speaking Tips great speech closings how to close a presentation how to close a speech how to get your audience to act how to improve public speaking public speaking coach public speaking course speech closing examples ways to close a speech

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