Images are not fluff

Speak Schmeak

He says they're 'fluff.'" Others may call it "fluff," but images and other kinds of visual, auditory, verbal and physical stimulation will keep your audience focused on you and your message, not using your presentation for every child's all-time favorite part of school: nap time. I've heard this several times from clients who've come to me for help with their slide shows: "My boss/conference organizer/client wants me to take all the images out of the PowerPoint.

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"Megyn Kelly Today" - Not the Morning Show Fluff Jane Fonda Was Expecting

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That was likely not the usual morning show fluff Fonda was expecting. What was she thinking? That's what we wonder yet again as we follow the puzzling saga of Megyn Kelly's morning show.    For two days too much of the programming was ME ME ME. That is, Kelly focused on herself. Now this. As we witnessed and as the New York Post reports, Kelly referred to Jane Fonda's alleged cosmetic surgery. Fonda is 79 years old. 

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Say it Straight « Elizabethkuhnke's Blog

Kuhnke Communication

Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.&# – Mark Twain Too often I hear intelligent, genuine and committed business people speak like morons. Elizabethkuhnke's Blog Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Home About Elizabeth Make a Change – Have Some Fun!

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How have you pushed the boundaries of your presentations?

Speak Schmeak

They fear that audience engagement activities will be perceived as "not serious," or presentation slides with images will be perceived as "fluff." Photo Credit: evansrobinson // Armchair Photography via Compfight cc A common concern of inexperienced speakers (and even sometimes for experienced speakers) is the fear of doing something "different" and standing out from the crowd.

2013 160

Pros and cons of making presentations more fun

Speak Schmeak

My boss would never go for something he considers "fluff." When I suggest making your presentations more fun , what comes to mind? For example: Pros: The audience will be engaged and pay more attention. The presentation will be memorable and stick in the audience's minds. Cons: I feel silly using toys, activities or music in my presentation. I'd love to hear your thoughts on whether or not you would consider making your presentations more fun, and why or why not?

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Get your Speaking Business off the Ground as a Side Gig with Alex Swire-Clark

Speaker Launcher

It can’t just be about facts and it can’t just be about fluff, it has to be a balance of both.” ~ Alex Swire-Clark. Have you been struggling to get your speaking business started while still working your “regular job”?

2020 49

70 years of history in three minutes

Speak Schmeak

If you think a story can only be told through words, and images are superfluous or " fluff ," check this out. I watched the movie "The Kingdom" the other day, and while the movie was average, the opening sequence was one of the most captivating I've ever seen. As a vehicle for information and setting up the backstory of the movie, the sequence, just over three minutes long, was stellar.

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"Desperate Housewives" - Is it desperate?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One wonders if the fluff that "Desperate Housewives" is housed on can survive this ugliness? We are being hammered on TV with promos for the next episode of "Desperate Housewives."  "  The coming attractions show "Criminal Minds" type twisted minds and aberrant behavior.    Gone, of course, is the original charm of the show. 

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Are you discounting when you don’t have to?

SpeakerSue Says...

It’s not fluff to add excitement, vision and inspiration to your emails. Though the word “discount” cheapens the value of the your offer ( special pricing or exclusive is so much better), research shows that only 7% of organizations never discount. Do you discount as a “sales strategy” or because you don’t know how to show value proposition distinction? The more you can differentiate your service or product, the less you have to discount.

Ups and Downs of English

Humor Power

Here are some of the things I came up with: Why fill a pillow with DOWN if you’re only going to fluff it UP? UPS and DOWNS of the English Language. I’m a fan of creating my own humor writing exercises. I saw a post online which discussed the crazy English Language. It got me going UP and DOWN the strange contrasts in our colorful language. Why do they say a bank robbery is going DOWN when they’re being held UP? If a balloon goes UP in flames, will it come crashing DOWN?

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6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding

Duarte Blog

No fluff, no hand waving. Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch. You’ve generated solid research and big ideas – but now you have to distill and communicate your plan for investors to see the full potential. Enter: the pitch deck.

2017 84

Two minutes of thank yous?

Speak Schmeak

Bottom line: there's no time for frou-frou and fluff in a 10- or 12-minute speech. I read an article the other day about delivering a ten-minute speech that gave this instruction: "Begin with a two-minute opening of thank yous, acknowledgments and possibly a little background on yourself and the organization." 20% of a ten-minute speech devoted to thank yous and acknowledgments?

2008 109

Eye can't see you

Speak Schmeak

More on PowerPoint here: Images are not fluff One idea, one image Slides are not handouts Is PowerPoint the new black? Download audio here. Waiting with my husband in the emergency room this morning (he's okay), I noticed three signs on the wall of the exam room, typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper in 12- to 14-point font. They were placed opposite the bed.

2010 100

Eye can't see you

Speak Schmeak

More on PowerPoint here: Images are not fluff One idea, one image Slides are not handouts Is PowerPoint the new black? Waiting with my husband in the emergency room this morning (he's okay), I noticed three signs on the wall of the exam room, typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper in 12- to 14-point font. They were placed opposite the bed.

2010 100

I'm my own worst audience member

Speak Schmeak

I wondered what percentage of pitch to content there would be, and I wondered if the content would be worth my drive, or if it was going to be a lot of fluff to fill the time in between pitches. I went out of town to attend a two-day workshop over the weekend. There were a few snags along the way. During the six-hour drive I realized I had forgotten to pack underwear, so there was a side trip to an outlet mall (thank you, Calvin Klein, for the $15 coupon I was carrying in my purse).

2012 146

Presentation Tip: President Obama and How to be Credible

Professionally Speaking...

Your credibility will take a much bigger hit when you try to side step a question or answer with a bunch of fluff the audience can see through. Participants in my presentation skills workshops typically cite concerns about not being credible to the audience as one of the key contributors to their presentation nervousness and anxiety. This worry gets expressed in a variety of ways: I won't be able to answer a question from the audience. I won't sound like I know what I'm talking about.

2009 100

If You Don't Write It, You Won't Say It

Speak and Deliver

Sloppy Stories - you may have the perfect story in mind, but your mind has a way of adding fluff and diverting your train of thought mid-sentence if you have sharpened your story in writing. I recently had a speech contestant ask me if I'd watch his speech at the contest that night and give him some feedback. Always happy to do that - it's my job, but also a passion to help other speakers when I can.

2012 75

My favorite fixes for public speaking: Write and learn a script

The Eloquent Woman

Yet these are the same speakers who find that they go over time by wasting time on asides, tell jokes that misfire, or otherwise fill the time allotted with fluff. As a speaker coach, it's my job to keep a lot of tools in my toolbox to help my clients improve their public speaking. But just like any craftsman, I have a few go-to tools, well-worn from frequent use. This is the third in a series of five favorite fixes I turn to all the time.

2016 50

Writing a Short Speech

Speaking Of...

These are the words people often remember--no filler or fluff words! Do you need to make a short speech, of say, less than 15 minutes or so? While it sounds simple, it can often be a greater challenge to do this. There are whole workshops that can teach you to do this, since editing your words can be one of the hardest tasks for a speaker. Here are my simple strategies.

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The New Fear of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

They bury their points in fluff, veer off message to chase rabbits, and often never even say anything with any more value than the title of their talk! There is a new fear spreading throughout the world. A fear that shuts us down, closes our minds, and can send us running from the room. The fear of Public Speaking. No, not the fear of DOING it - but the fear of HEARING it! The NEW fear of Public Speaking.

2011 72

Come on. Speed it Up!

Executive Speech Coach

When your audience pleads with you to speed it up, what they might really mean is: We are past that stage – move on You’re speaking fluff – say something more meaningful Your words haven’t challenged me yet – when will you get to something interesting? Imagine that you are presenting to a group. You are speaking at a moderate pace because you want to be understood. You are using pauses because you learned that is an effective way to create drama in your presentation.

2015 45

Motivated To Excel

The Arrowood Curve

Considering how much Hollywood fluff is out there (models > actors, bodies > minds), Cooper's devotion to his craft is inspiring. I just saw the movie Breach last night. It is about Robert Hanssen, the real life story of the most destructive spy against the US government who has ever lived. Chris Cooper played Hanssen. Although I have seen little of him, I always enjoyed Chris Cooper's acting. But after Breach, he is without question one of my favorite actors.

2007 40

Interview: Vickie Sullivan - Branding Queen

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Her presentation, Brand It And They Will Come: Build a High-Fee Brand When You Are Not Famous, was short on fluff and long on street-wise detail to help the average $1,000 - $5,000 speaker in the audience stand out from the crowd. Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as a top market strategist for experts. Specializing in branding for high-fee professional speaker markets, she has launched thousands of thought leaders since 1987.

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Speak Like a Winner - book review

Executive Speech Coach

Akash promised in his introduction that this book would not waste time on fluff. Speak Like a Winner How to Be Twice the Speaker in Half the Time By Akash Karia This book about public speaking was a fresh approach to a topic that has been written about and spoken about by many. The book was an enjoyable and easy read that took less than two hours to digest. Don’t let those characteristics fool you.

2013 47

How to Speak & Offend: Part I

Speak and Deliver

I recently took part in a Q&A with World Champion of Public Speaking Randy Harvey up in Toronto, and, in talking about fluff speeches, mentioned they were ''like Chinese food - always leaving you hungry an hour later''. I get questions , every now and again. Today I''ll tackle a recent favorite: "How do I avoid offending my audience?"

2013 73

Slideware Shoot-Out: Keynote ‘09, PowerPoint 2008, & OpenOffice 3 Impress

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Rather than giving points to the tools that have the most of whatever garbage they may offer, I’ll focus more on what is important and not count the fluff or garbage. It was with great joy that last month, I uninstalled Office 2004. The software, PowerPoint 2004 included, were getting on my nerves and there was nothing that suite could do to repair the broken relationship we had. It wore out its welcome.

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Interview: Vickie Sullivan - Branding Queen

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Her presentation, Brand It And They Will Come: Build a High-Fee Brand When You Are Not Famous, was short on fluff and long on street-wise detail to help the average $1,000 - $5,000 speaker in the audience stand out from the crowd. Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as a top market strategist for experts. Specializing in branding for high-fee professional speaker markets, she has launched thousands of thought leaders since 1987.

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Interview: Vickie Sullivan - Branding Queen

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Her presentation, Brand It And They Will Come: Build a High-Fee Brand When You Are Not Famous, was short on fluff and long on street-wise detail to help the average $1,000 - $5,000 speaker in the audience stand out from the crowd. Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as a top market strategist for experts. Specializing in branding for high-fee professional speaker markets, she has launched thousands of thought leaders since 1987.

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What Were the Best Speaking Programs/Books of they Year?

Speak and Deliver

Mostly emotional fluff, but good to charge yourself up occasionally. I''ve always loved reading. I grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown and The Great Brain and then the Robert Heinlein books for youth (and later his more mature material), C.S. Lewis, Tolkein, Bradbury, and every Star Trek book I could get my hands on.

2014 71

Come on. Speed it Up!

Executive Speech Coach

When your audience pleads with you to speed it up, what they might really mean is: We are past that stage – move on You’re speaking fluff – say something more meaningful Your words haven’t challenged me yet – when will you get to something interesting? What does that really mean? Imagine that you are speaking to a group. You are speaking slowly because you want to be understood. You are using pauses because you learned that that is an effective way to create drama in your presentation.

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Commencement Speeches 2011: The best. and the rest

OnSpeechwriting

Most was filled with the typical fluff and pith: follow your dream, be passionate, don’t be a cynic, we need your talents more than ever, etc. The familiar refrains of “Pomp and Circumstance” have faded. Mortar boards and gowns have been carefully folded and put away. The Class of 2011 has (mostly) left the auditorium, in search of jobs and new apartments.

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Presentations: Tell a Short Story

Executive Speech Coach

The presenter wrongly believes that what she wants to say is so important that there is no time for fluff. One of my speech coaching clients in the Heath Care sector told me that she did not tell stories in her presentations because she had so little time to convey tons of information. That is a common remark from my speech coaching clients. And a common trap. The reality is that no one really listens to what you say – until it is interesting to them.

2006 40

Are You a PowerPoint Terrorist? « The Shy Speaker's Guide to.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Comments Power presenter says: January 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm I’d rather lick the fluff out from between the keys on my keyboard than sit through a presentation like that. Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS! NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!:

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Observational Humor — Case Study #46

Humor Power

It’s more than fluff. Here’s an Observational Humor monologue used at the end of the first day of a Fripp Speakers School. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the workshop, before the monologue was delivered.). Fripp mentioned that a speaker was tall, and had long, pretty hair. An effective phrase as part of a speech opening might be: “In the next few minutes you’ll learn…&#.

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Designing Choreographies for the New Economy of Attention

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

His concept of "the economy of attention" is premised on the idea that all of the elements that comprise a situation — its business as well as its custard — are in the process of being reorganized by the emerging media and an underlying economy that privileges "fluff" over "stuff." But Lanham goes a step further and argues that fluff does not simply support stuff (i.e. the advertisement does not simply support the product), but the fluff itself becomes the commodity.

Fix 3: Rehash & improve your speaking

The Eloquent Woman

The first two minutes of my talk are painful, and I fill them with fluff until I get comfortable. Do you find yourself running into the same speaking problems again and again? Do you try quick fixes or on-the-fly solutions, without success? Then it's time to take the fix-3 approach to rehashing and improving your speaking.

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What Moves an Audience?

Speak and Deliver

Its easy to convince yourself that stories are fluff, that your audience just wants the bottom line. skip to main | skip to sidebar What Moves an Audience? Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Monday, September 21, 2009 Labels: Storytelling Youre passionate about the topic. You know what you want your audience to do. Youve developed the perfect catchphrase. You have statistics and famous quotes to back you up.