Martinsburg – a set on Flickr

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via flickr.com. Posted via web from Mike Pulsifer's posterous.

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Flora – a set on Flickr

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via flickr.com. Some photos I’ve recently gotten around to uploading. Posted via web from Mike Pulsifer’s posterous.

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Antietam – a set on Flickr

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

via flickr.com. Took these a while ago and recently fixed up, knowing what I know now and didn’t then. Posted via web from Mike Pulsifer’s posterous.

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What now … Death by Flickr Musak?

Pivotal Public Speaking

But I did see a disturbing trend – the overuse of flickr photos and other interesting images. This great post from Olivia Mitchell. Are your slides ‘Visual Musak’? I saw very few bullet-point presentations at the SXSW conference. These photos sometimes feature stunning photography, they’re quirky and interesting. The problem is … … [link].

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 299) – Adam Duritz

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’“ — Adam Duritz Photo courtesy of Taylor Spaulding / Flickr. “People ask me if I have stage fright. I say, ‘God, no, I’m completely comfortable there. I have rest-of-the-day fright.’“ Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Adam Duritz Counting Crows public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 113)

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Photo courtesy of Kazuhiro Shiozawa / Flickr. Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. “We We make progress by eliminating things, by removing the superfluous.”. Steve Jobs. Quotes for Public Speakers Design public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

Miscellaneous Photos

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Some stuff I once had on SmugMug, now back online, but now on Flickr: Tags: Grab Bag

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500px

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This is another free (with upgrades available to those willing to pay) social photo sharing site that sort of fits between flickr and Smugmug. This site seems to attract more quality photographers and photographs than other sites I've visited, especially flickr. Lately, there's been a lot of noise in the photography community around 500px.com.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 125)

Manner of Speaking

Photo courtesy of Kazuhiro Shiozawa / Flickr. Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. ”. Steve Jobs. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Excellence public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Steve Jobs

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 128)

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Photo courtesy of Michael Himbault / Riebart on Flickr. His speeches to an hourglass, Do some resemblance show, Because the longer time they run, The shallower they grow. Author Unknown. Filed under: Humour , Quotes for Public Speakers. Humour Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes

Podium vs. Lectern

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Photo courtesy of Nathan Colquhoun ( nathancolquhoun / Flickr ). Photo courtesy of Andrew Feinberg ( Andrew Feinberg / Flickr ). Photo courtesy of Jeff Hitchcock ( Arbron / Flickr ). No, today’s post is not about a new sci-fi movie. Rather, it’s about the distinction between two mainstays of public speaking: the podium and the lectern. A podium (pl. podiums or podia) is the raised platform on which the speaker stands to deliver his or her speech.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 126)

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Photo courtesy of Angela George / Flickr. Liz Smith - American Journalist. Begin somewhere; you can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do. ”. — Liz Smith. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers James Russell Lowell Liz Smith Motivation public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

Productive Photo Walk Today

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

To see everything I'm putting out there, just hop over to my flickr page. Yeah, it's been quiet on this blog. That doesn't mean I haven't been productive. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm posting more of my most recent work from this morning's stroll through Martinsburg, WV. To see what I consider to be my best work, follow the link below to my little home on 500px. mikepulsifer on 500px. Grab Bag

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 121)

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Photo courtesy of Joi Ito ( Joi / Flickr ). Seth Godin - American Entrepreneur, Author and Public Speaker. “The purpose of an elevator pitch isn’t to close the sale. The goal isn’t even to give a short, accurate, Wikipedia-standard description of you or your project. And the idea of using vacuous, vague words to craft a bland mission statement is dumb.

Remembering the Presentation Brilliance of Steve Jobs

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Photo Credit: flickr/COG LOG LAB C.C. The world lost a visionary, Apple lost a leader and the public speaking world lost a role model with the death yesterday of Steve Jobs. Jobs' ability to captivate an audience, the elegance of his "one big idea", his passion, his focus on the visual and his rehearsal ethic are all worthy of imitation. Over the next days, weeks and perhaps months, the media will offer an abundance of clips and excerpts from Jobs' many presentations. Listen. Watch.

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Better Listeners Get Better Speakers

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Photo Credit: flickr/e_monk C.C. When we think of a presentation -- whether a formal one on a stage with slides and a microphone or an informal one around a boardroom table -- we think of the presenter 'giving' and the audience 'getting'. The presenter gives her wisdom, experience, data, opinions, recommendations and the audience gets precisely those elements. But savvy audiences know it's not a one-way street. Presenters feed off the energy and attention of their audience.

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Clear Communication: A Must-Have Job Skill in 2013

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Photo courtesy of 05com / Flickr. I just came across a recent article by Ruth Mantell in the Wall Street Journal entitled Must-Have Job Skills in 2013. The four skills are personal branding, flexibility, productivity improvement and … clear communication (which is listed first). According to Mantell, employees will need more than basic competency if they want to advance.

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C-Level Presentation Tip #4: Beware of Too Much Detail

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Photo Credit: flickr/sponng C.C. Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. The risk of drowning is high. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your presentation practices so you can successfully navigate through any C-Suite waters. TIP #4: BEWARE OF TOO MUCH DETAIL. Drowning in detail is a surefire way of getting into trouble in an executive presentation.

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Presenting Through the Fear

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Photo Credit: flickr/An Introvert's Bag of Books C.C. I recently read an essay in The New York Times Book Review by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. I've been wanting to read the book but what drew me to the article was that it detailed her preparation for a TED Talk.

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Happy Holidays

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Photo Credit: flickr/Christmas Ornament C.C. . ''Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hall. the well-rehearsed speaker kept her audience in thrall. Her metaphors were crisp, her words well chosen, on her the attention of the people was frozen. . The slides on the screen had been created with care; no over-used templates or bullet points there. She had stories and eye contact, confidence galore, the audience loved her for she was no bore. .

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Review: Viewfinder

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To get those visuals, you can use your own photographs for the ultimate in originality, stock photography for professional, yet expensive and unoriginal images (if you use the popular ones, that is), or go to flickr for an image with a Creative Commons license you can live with. Searching for the images at the Creative Commons portion of flickr can be time consuming as you’re sifting through the stuff that just won’t cut it.

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Speeches from the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

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Photos courtesy of DonkeyHotey / Flickr. The hoopla is over, the streamers and confetti have been swept up and the delegates have returned home. Yes, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the United States have concluded, but not before treating us to a Smörgåsbord of speeches. The speeches were full of stories of personal triumph over adversity, rhetorical barbs directed at opponents, the occasional bending of the truth, and an overall trust-us-not-them flavour.

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No Excuse For Scary Slides

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Flickr :: A wide selection of images, some whimsical or amusing. Scary may be a good thing for Halloween decorations and theme park rides but certainly not for presentation slides. With all things scary taking center stage as we get ready to celebrate Halloween, it's a good time to ensure that we have some tools to engage our presentation audiences rather than scare them with our terrible PowerPoint slides.

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C-Level Presentation Tip #8: Don't Use All Your Time

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Photo Credit: flickr/Airbourne Supremacy C.C. Executive level presentations can threaten the equilibrium of even the most skilled business presenters. A planned delivery can be tossed upside down as unexpected interruptions, questions and dialogue usurp the allotted time. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your. presentation practices so you can maintain your balance successfully in the C-Suite. TIP #8: DON''T USE ALL YOUR TIME.

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Meet Me At ArtBerkeley’s Exhibit At the Dunn Building

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If you can’t make it, you can see my submissions, which I pulled from my Black & White set that can be found on flickr & SmugMug. This Saturday, from 1-4 I’ll be joining other local artists at the Dunn Building (count offices) for the opening reception for the Dunn Building Exhibit and hosted by ArtBerkeley. This is the first time I’ve had any of my artwork on public display and I feel privileged to be a part of this.

4 ways to change a picture in PowerPoint without losing formatting

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It lets you search on Bing and in connected online services like Flickr. The Change Picture feature in PowerPoint is very powerful because it lets you substitute another picture but keep the most of formatting. You might want to change the picture because: You made a mistake and inserted the wrong picture. You’ve changed your mind and decided that another picture would work better. You duplicated a great slide and now just want to change the text and substitute another image.

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C-Level Presentation Tip #6: Beware of Too Many Slides

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Photo Credit: flickr/Visit Anchorage PR C.C. Presentations to senior executives can seem a lot like ice climbing -- the terrain is slippery, it's hard to get a solid grip and the drop is a long way down. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your. presentation practices so you won't slide sideways in those executive presentations. TIP #6: BEWARE OF TOO MANY SLIDES.

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C-Level Presentation Tip #7: Anticipate Tough Questions

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Photo Credit: flickr/On the Helm C.C. Executive level presentations can strike fear into the hearts of even the most courageous business presenters. The conditions can be stormy and the likelihood of obstacles high. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your. presentation practices so you can navigate successfully in the C-Suite. TIP #7: ANTICIPATE TOUGH QUESTIONS.

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3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations

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Photo Credit: flickr/Aztec Greenstone Mask C.C. Since the days when we were mere babes in arms we have used facial expressions to convey what we feel, what we want, what we think. It has been such a successful way of communicating our emotions over the evolutionary years it''s not surprising that we''ve never put much emphasis on cultivating a neutral expression [except perhaps for poker enthusiasts], one that doesn''t convey any particular emotion.

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C-Level Presentation Tip #2: Link to Business Issues

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Photo Credit: Flickr/Blacktip Shark, Moorea, French Polynesia C.C. Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. Stakes and visibility are both high. But with a few tweaks to your presentation practices, you can successfully navigate any C-Suite waters. LINK TO BUSINESS ISSUES.

2012 117

When NOT To Give Thanks

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Photo Credit: Flickr/The Texas Collection, Baylor University C.C. As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States, we find ourselves giving thanks.for our family, for our good fortune, for our freedom. And that all seems like a good idea. Where giving thanks isn't such a good idea is when we're giving a presentation. Too many presentations open with "Thank you for inviting me to speak to you," or "I'm delighted to be here today."

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C-Level Presentation Tip #1: Start with Conclusions

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Photo Credit: Flickr/Shark Fin C.C. Executive level presentations can strike fear into the hearts of even the most courageous business presenters. Both stakes and visibility are high. But with a few tweaks to your presentation practices, you can navigate successfully in the C-Suite. C-Level audiences are results focused. So play to this by starting your presentation with the conclusion. Don't keep them in suspense or you'll lose them.

C-Level Presentation Tip #5: Analyze Your Audience

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Photo Credit: flickr/Deetrak C.C. Executive level presentations can entail all the challenges of scaling Mount Everest : the footing is slippery, balance is critical and the drop is a long way down. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your presentation practices so you can perform successfully at the altitude of the C-Suite. TIP #5: ANALYZE YOUR AUDIENCE.

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POWERPOINT: VISUAL POWER

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Attribution: katiescrapbooklady, Flickr ). . Attribution: sidehike, Flickr ). Attribution: urbanwild, Flickr ). It's no secret that I think visuals should dominate words in a presentation where any type of slideware is used. But if the word 'visuals' immediately makes you think 'pictures' or 'photographs', reconsider. Charts are an elegant way of graphically representing many types of information, making it easier for the viewer to grasp not only meaning but context as well.

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Once Upon A Data Point: Using Stories To Make Your Facts More Memorable

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Image Credit: flickr/Sherlock Holmes C.C. If you''re familiar with the character of Sherlock Holmes -- whether from literature, the BBC''s production starring Benedict Cumberbatch or the CBS series, Elementary -- you know that Sherlock is a data junkie. The facts and evidence he collects about a crime are fodder for the story he weaves to communicate his uncannily accurate conclusions. He gives meaning to the assorted bits of data he''s collected.

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Using Twitter to Enhance Audience Engagement

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Photo Credit: flickr/Brianfit C.C. . There's an intriguing article in this morning's New York Times about elementary and secondary school educators using Twitter or other " backchannels " in the classroom to increase student involvement and participation. And when you think about it, educators have much the same aim as we presenters: to keep the audience interested and to encourage involvement and engagement with the topic.

In Presentations, Less is More

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For another perspective, take a look at this video where Guy Kawasaki , in his charmingly blunt style, gives us the 10-20-30 rule for simplifying presentations: Photo Credit: Flickr /Andreas H. In this age of information overload, any time you can streamline the message you present, your audience will be thrilled. Now I'm not suggesting that you strip it down to the point that you leave out meaningful or relevant information. But most presentations include way too much detail.

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Body Language Practicum II - Hand Gestures

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Photo Credit: flickr/Hands In Pockets C.C. A big challenge for many students in my presentation skills courses is what to do with their hands. When standing at the front of a room, suffering from nerves, one's hands seem like unwelcome and awkward appendages. To make matters worse, many presenters remember some misguided advice they've heard somewhere along the way -- 'don't talk with your hands.'

Repetition in Your Presentation

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Photo Credit: flickr/Repetition C.C. Repetition has long been heralded in advertising, politics and public speaking as a device which can add emphasis and impact to key thoughts and phrases. But too much repetition in a presentation becomes annoying rather than powerful. I recently attended a webinar given by a well-known author – whose name you would recognize – and he repeated so much of his presentation I felt I was hearing it all twice.

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Body Language Practicum I - Power Poses

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Photo Credit: flickr/pullip_junk C.C. What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson]. In any presentation, body language -- also known as non-verbal communication -- can strengthen your message or undermine it. Your audience reads clues from a myriad of things about you other than what you say: how you stand; your facial expressions; gestures; eye contact.

What Bugs Your Audience

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Photo Credit: flickr/Writing a Letter C.C. Dear Presenter, You suck. Sincerely, Your Audience. Luckily most of our audiences are too polite or professional to write such a letter but that doesn''t mean they don''t want to. Business audiences across the globe complain about the same presenter shortcomings, yet somehow we presenters don''t get the message. If our too-polite audience could tell us their concerns directly, what would they say? Please don''t read the slides to me. I can read.

How To Avoid a Scary Presentation

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Photo Credit: flickr/Jack o'' Lanterns C.C. The frightening ghosts and goblins who will be afoot this Halloween are no match for the scary things that can happen [or you imagine can happen] during your presentation. Let''s take a look at three common presentation scares and see how to avoid [or at least manage] them. Scare #1: You get to the front of the room and your mind goes completely blank.

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Presentation Myths

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Photo Credit: flickr/The Unicorn C.C. Of the various titles I’ve held in my career, myth-buster actually hasn’t been one of them. Yet when I teach the Association for Talent Development''s (ATD) Presentation Skills Certificate program and other presentation courses and workshops, I find myself “busting” a lot of myths about presentation practices.

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