Product Review: Logitech Spotlight Remote

Manner of Speaking

Slides are a staple of most presentations. And if you use slides, you should use a good remote to go through them. My latest remote is the Logitech Spotlight. I have been using it for the past couple of months and am … Continue reading → Slide Presentation Logitech presentations Spotlight

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Day One review

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Here’s my review. Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary review copy from Day One. Products Web/Tech reviewsIf you use a Mac and keep any sort of journal this is an app to look at. If you are a Windows user this is one more reason to make the switch. I have been a user of Day One version 1 for several months, and it is an excellent tool for journaling. They pay attention to detail in both the design and the features.

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Book Review: Speechwriting In Theory and Practice

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kjeldsen, Amos Kiewe, Marie Lund and Jette Barnholdt Hansen Reviewed by Neil Hrab, Rhetoric Editor, Vital Speeches of the Day A Book We’ve Long Awaited Speechwriters have hoped for a long time to see a book like this appear in print. Speechwriting Book ReviewSpeechwriting In Theory and Practice, by Jens E.

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Book review: The Healthy Programmer.

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Disclaimer: I was given a free review copy, and I run 20km+ races on a regular basis. Books agile programming review This book is a practical guide for computer programmers (or any office worker) who want to get more fit and healthy.

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Book Review – Visual Thinking by Emma Bannister

Presentation Guru

… Book Reviews Design Principles Resources Visuals books featured Presentation Design Reviews Visual Aids Visual LanguageIf you want to make better presentations, and I think most of us do, Visual Thinking is a presentation design book aimed at real people with a message to share. A resource for people who have presentations to create as part of their work or studies, and who aren’t professional designers.

Book review: Your Best Just Got Better

The Presenter's Blog

It’s a pleasure to review a book that has changed not only how I achieve results, but most importantly has affected the results that I choose to achieve. Tips From The Top book review business inspiration Jason Womack performance productivity public speaking Wiley Your Best Just Got BetterThis is a book that you can immediately gain from. Training to give presentations that make a powerful impact on audiences is akin to training as an athlete.

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Book Review: The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Cultural Differences Speechwriting Book ReviewIn a book that is in part the machinations of The Good Wife and in part the political farce of Yes Minister, Barton Swaim shares insights he gained into the life of a speechwriter during the second term of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. The author of The Speechwriter does not dwell on the series […].

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Review: “HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations” by Nancy Duarte

The Presenter's Blog

Now for the confession: This wasn’t the Nancy Duarte book that I initially wanted to review. Presentation Structure Presenting Tips From The Top Visuals book review Harvard Business Review HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations Nancy Duarte persuasive presentations PowerPoint presentation skills book presenting public speaking quality visuals sales skills slides tips visual layout visuals

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Big speeches of 2016 reviewed

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s a concise review of the major speeches of 2016 on both sides of the Atlantic by FT columnist Sam Leith. Public Speaking Sam Leith

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Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

For anyone who has worked in the speechwriting, executive communications or PR business and supported an executive who has presented at a major event, much about the new movie Steve Jobs will seem very familiar. No matter how truthful a portrait it is of the man (played by Michael Fassbender) who founded Apple — debate […]. Business Communication Keynotes product launches Silicon valley

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Book review: Obstacle Illusions

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Books deaf reviewObstacle Illusions: Transforming Adversity into Success. Stephen J. Hopson was born deaf but quickly learned to speak and began attending public school. At five years old, he told his parents he would become a pilot and was dismissed as being foolish, but as an adult he made aviation history by becoming the world’s first deaf instrument-rated pilot. He says “As a transformational speaker, my audiences expect no less from me.

Hackers: book review

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Thanks to the folks at O’Reilly for the review copy. Related posts: Book Review – Speak Up! Book review – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership I have just finished reading a remarkable book – The. Tags: Books Resources computers hackers hardward review software Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution – 25th Anniversary Edition Steven Levy.

Breaking Comedy’s DNA: Review

Pro Humorist

The post Breaking Comedy’s DNA: Review appeared first on Pro Humorist. Comedy Reviews Comedy Writer comedy writing humor Stand-up ComedyI’ve been on author Jerry Corley’s mailing list for a couple of years now. I really enjoy what he has to say. And there’s a lot to be learned, for free, on his blog. He’s always entertaining and insightful.

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Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

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Social Media Book Review The Circle is a dystopian view of Silicon Valley set in a future time that could be, oh, sometime the day after tomorrow. Dave Eggers has crafted a story set in the corporate campus environment of a fictional social media company that will seem all too familiar to anyone who has spent time in the [.]. Culture Shock!

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Book Review: Disrupted, by Dan Lyons

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Cultural Differences Technology Book Review start upsPeople in Limerick like to point out that Angela’s Ashes is more a story of Frank McCourt’s life in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father than it is about growing up in the Ireland of the 1930s. I’d like to point out that Dan Lyons has written more of a story about one dysfunctional […].

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Review: Viewfinder

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

If you’re like me, you like to take advantage of the power of visuals to not only get your point across, but also increase retention of that very message. 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.

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Review: Cloudberry online backups

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I have far too many friends that just don’t create backups, and far too many that backup to an external drive that lives next to their computers, which while marginally better is still basically useless. Online backups are such a simple solution to this problem, but I have (until now) struggled to find a solution that really meets my needs. In my quest to find the ultimate online backup solution, here are my requirements: Compression of files before they are sent to the cloud.

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After Life: mini review

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

If you like series written by and starring Ricky Gervais, you will love After Life, a six episode comedy (and I use the word “comedy” loosely) on Netflix. In After Life, the wife of main character, Tony (Ricky Gervais) dies after a prolonged battle with illness.

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Charteo review – create custom slide decks

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

PowerPoint Products reviewsHere is an interesting way to create your presentations. It’s an online tool called Charteo, which allows you to create a custom slide deck based on a selection of over 10000 online slides. In summary, you pick and choose your slides and create a custom desk. Select whatever slides you need, and once you are ready, checkout and it will create a downloadable PowerPoint presentation containing all your slide which you can then edit and customise as you wish.

Speaking PowerPoint by Bruce Gabrielle — A review

PowerPoint Tips

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review. I’m embarrassed to say that I received the book many months ago and am only now getting around to writing the review. ReviewSpeaking PowerPoint: The new language of business , by Bruce Gabrielle is an important book. Why do I say that? It covers “boardroom presentations&# exclusively. These in-house business presentations are undoubtedly the most common type of presentation given today.

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Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: Review

Pro Humorist

Note: This is a version of a review I posted on Amazon. The post Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: Review appeared first on Pro Humorist. Comedy Jokes Reviews Comedy Writer Late Night Stand-up ComedyI don’t believe you can learn to be funny. Some reading this (when I say some I mean all one of you), will disagree with me. Some suggest you can learn to be funny.

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Book Review: Leonardo’s Brain, by Leonard Shlain

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Deep End Book Review Leonardo da Vinci Leonard Shlain’s latest, and final, book is a tour-de-force. Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius follows from the spirit of the author’s previous books, most notably The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image and Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light. Taken together, the three books examine […].

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Review: Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson

PowerPoint Tips

ReviewThis is the 3rd edition of this very successful and well-known book. Cliff Atkinson was one of the first major presentation experts to talk about ridding slides of bullet points and with the 1st edition of the book, he launched a revolution in slide design. The 3rd edition is significantly reworked and improved, in my opinion. Beyond Bullet Points is not only a book; it is a system of creating PowerPoint presentations.

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Book Review: Cash Out, by Greg Bardsley

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Book ReviewAll these people that you mention Yes, I know them, they’re quite lame I had to rearrange their faces And give them all another name – Desolation Row, Bob Dylan Fear and Loathing in Silicon Valley Greg Bardsley does for Silicon Valley what Hunter S. Thompson did for Las Vegas. His new novel, Cash Out, [.]. Culture Shock!

I’m feeling lucky – book review

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Books google reviewI’m Feeling Lucky. The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59. Doug Edwards. This book is for anybody looking for an inside view into the growth of one of the biggest brands in the world. Marketers, techies or anybody wanting to learn what it is like working at Google should ready this book. He tells a personal story, describing his own misgivings, challenges and successes as an early employee.

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Managerial Guide to After Action Review (AAR)


In a nutshell, that’s what is AAR (After Action Review) entails. This after-action review is then reduced to writing, in an after-action report, so that it is available for future reference. After each exercise, there was a review to assess successes, failures, and flaws in both strategies and implementations. Project Post Mortem vs. After Action Review: Key Differences . The after action review format also assumes scheduling multiple meetings, not just one.

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Timeline 3D: A Review

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

This surely doesn’t seem like a glowing review. If you’re a Mac user like me, you might be aware of those software bundle deals like Mac Heist and MacUpdate Promo. I bought the promo bundle last year, which gave me $500 of legit, full-featured (not demo) software for $50. It’s hard to beat that. This year’s bundle wasn’t as impressive dollar-wise ($376-worth of software for $50), but what caught my eye was Timeline 3D from BeeDocs. Normally, this is $65.

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Confessions of a Public Speaker – review

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Thanks to the Folks at O’Reilly for the review copy. How to introduce a speaker The other day I head a speaker being introduced, Book Review – Speak Up! Tags: Books Communication Speaking book review Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Burken. When I received a copy, my initial reaction was that it was yet another publich speaking guide. Paging the book, I quickly realized that I was wrong.

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How to Write an Effective Quarterly Business Review


The Quarterly Business Review is an important concept you would need to ponder upon. Let’s take a quick look at what these reviews are and their importance. What is a Quarterly Business Review? A Quarterly Business Review, or QBR , is a discussion meeting that you have with your customers on a quarterly basis. With a quarterly business review, you get a chance to understand the client’s vision and a window to craft your plan to help them out.

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Book Review: Keynote Mastery, by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My recent review on Amazon of the new book, Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker was incomplete. I need to explain in more detail the many positive elements of Patrick’s story as well as clarify why I referred to it on Amazon ‘flawed’ and show where other emerging speakers can learn from […]. Freelance Work Public Speaking

Book Marketing Made Simple – A Review

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Product Review book marketing made simpleHaving published by first book The Presenters Edge, back in December 2016 and, having made loads of book marketing mistakes along the way, I was keen to read Karen Williams Book Marketing Made Simple. My first reaction after reading this useful publication was – “I wish I had read this before I published my first book!”

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Book Review: Influence and Persuasion (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)

Duarte Blog

The post Book Review: Influence and Persuasion (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series) appeared first on Duarte. Audience Book Reviews Message book empathy HBR Nancy Duarte presentation speechIf you want to be a leader who can consistently convince a team to get behind your cause, you need to be a master of influence and persuasion. After all, only by getting people to share your viewpoints and champion your ideas can you make your goals a reality.

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Book Review: Cold Cream, by Ferninand Mount

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A memoir by a shy and retiring British aristocrat with the unlikely title Cold Cream: My Early Life and Other Mistakes would not usually grab my attention, or warrant a review in this blog. However, Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mount’s autobiography is a delightful book filled with tales of a vanished world. He grew up a member […]. Cultural Differences Speechwriting Margaret Thatcher

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Before Keying in Negative Review - The Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, those online reviews have power. With so much choice available, would anyone check out an apartment in Tucson, Arizona that, two online reviews claim, is the hangout for cockroaches? But, leaving a negative review can have serious legal consequences.   After Tom Lloyd posted a negative review of DeLand Animal Hospital , that business owner filed litigation. They contends your negative review represent retaliation.

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Book Review: Discover Your CEO Brand, by Suzanne Bates

PowerPoint Tips

I reviewed Suzanne Bates’ first book, Speak Like a CEO , because it was so related to presenting. I was impressed with the thoroughness with which she researched and covered a topic, so I’ve continued to review her books, even though they are less related to presenting. Review brand CEO Suzanne Bates

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Book Review: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

Professionally Speaking...

:: Grab your audience's attention with a powerful opening. :: Maintain eye contact. :: Don't read your PowerPoint slides. :: Encourage the audience to ask questions throughout your presentation. These are all great techniques to improve your presentation effectiveness, but all the techniques on the planet aren't much help when you are paralyzed by the fear of presenting.

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Book Review: The Compelling Communicator, by Tim Pollard

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The true value of Tim Pollard’s excellent new book is conveyed by the subtitle: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design. While much of the literature on what makes a ‘compelling communicator’ focuses on cultivating delivery skills and stage presence, Pollard rightly consigns these topics to a brief Epilogue. Rather, his focus on […]. Public Speaking Speechwriting presentation design

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Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden

PowerPoint Tips

This is a review of a blog post by Craig Hadden , who blogs about presenting at Remote Possibilities. The post Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden appeared first on PowerPoint Tips Blog. Craig is an instructional designer living in Sydney, Australia. Currently, the main tool he uses at work is Articulate Storyline. He loves “the way presenting is both a science and an art.”

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Review of a new e-book: Visual Presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Review Design Ramgopal Visual PresentationsI recently received a free copy of a new e-book, Visual Presentations: Boring Slides to Visual Presentations in 3 Easy Steps, by M.S. Ramgopal. The author owns a company, Metamorph Training, and has a website at He and his wife are experienced at helping people present more effectively and decided to write an e-book about their system. Yes, there is a system. It’s the system that is so interesting.

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Mini review: On Writing Well

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

On Writing Well , 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. by William Zinsser. If you write, or aspire to write, long-form non-fiction, go forth and get this book. Today. Any writer will benefit from the book, but it’s primarily aimed at long-form non-fiction writers. If you write long-form non-fiction, then On Writing Well is your book. The author has an impeccable resume — as a writer and instructor. Solidly written book with lots of excellent examples.

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Book Review: The Freelancer’s Bible, by Sara Horowitz

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Freelance Work Book ReviewHaving heard Sara Horowitz interviewed on KQED Radio I immediately ordered her book The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms. An excellent reference for all freelance workers The primary value of this well-designed 462-page book is as a one-stop reference for new freelancers [.].

2013 119

Book Review: Everyone Communicates, few connect by John Maxwell

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the (signed) review copy. Related posts: Book review – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership I have just finished reading a remarkable book – The. Book Review – Speak Up! Hackers: book review Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution – 25th Anniversary Edition. Tags: Books Communication Leadership & Management Speaking connections John Maxwell leadersiph review Everyone Communicates, few Connect by John Maxwell.

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Review of PowerPoint 2013–the beta of the next version of PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Review PowerPoint 2013Everyone can now see what the next version of PowerPoint– Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 – will look like. There may be some minor changes and they may be holding back some goodies, but what you see now is a very good idea of what you’ll see later, in my opinion. You can download the beta here. There are lots of changes, but nothing big–at least not if you’re focusing only on PowerPoint itself.

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