2017

It's hard to be human

Speak Schmeak

Pretending to be a giant at the Christmas tree lot Most of my clients aren't afraid of speaking. They're well past the point where they avoid speaking engagements or rush to get them over with.

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Create a soft look with semi-transparent images in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can’t make an image itself transparent in PowerPoint, but there’s a workaround. Why would you want to make an image transparent? For a soft look. To overlap images. To let text show through. You might have other reasons — if so leave a comment! It’s a matter of choice.

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Four Public Speaking Lessons – and a Drone!

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Barcelona for work and pleasure. The first week was spent at IESE Business School where, once or twice a year, I join four others to teach public speaking and communication … Continue reading → Delivery Conor Neill Feedback Florian Mueck gestures IESE pause public speaking Tobias Rodrigues Tony Anagor

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How to open your talk with a question

Speaking about Presenting

Do you sometime struggle to decide how to open your presentations?

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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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Five Things You Didn’t Know PowerPoint Could Do

Presentation Guru

PowerPoint has come a long way since the days of bullets and text, but how many people actually realise just how much is possible with this most widely used presentation software? Taking the time to learn just that little bit more than everyone else will make your presentation instantly stand out.

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Listen Only to Those who Speak with Gravitas

Speaking Freely

I made a decision this morning to listen only to people who speak with gravitas. The last couple days I have been watching the news on CBS This Morning. Yesterday Samantha Powers sat with the CBS This Morning hosts, Charlie Rose, Nora O’Donnell and Gayle King.

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How to inspire others

Kate's Voice

What makes a talk or conversation inspiring? Is it magic? Is it power? Is it beauty that inspires? Is it joy, pain, or sorrow? Leaders often feel a need to be inspiring because they want to get people to embrace their ideas and follow their lead.

2017 40

Two-time Academy Award winner needs an acting coach?

Speak Schmeak

Billboard Daily Blog Are you a fan of "Grace and Frankie," the hot Netflix series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin? My husband and I arrived late to the party, but are now all caught up and attempting to savor season 3 instead of bingeing, like some of my friends have done.

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Using a slide layout template for infinite variations

PowerPoint Tips

Once you create a great slide layout for a presentation, you can use that slide over and over by changing the text and the image. This technique will save you an amazing amount of time and make your workflow easier. For example, this slide is simple but useful for many situations.

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When is your next public speaking engagement?

Manner of Speaking

It doesn’t have to be a TED Talk or a formal presentation at a conference. It could be a five-minute status report on your project at the next team meeting; it could be saying a few words about a colleague … Continue reading → Motivation Leonardo da Vinci Nike public speaking

Kerrie Campbell - Will She Be Gretchen Carlson of Legal Sector?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The class action gender lawsuit against Chadbourne & Parke could become the analogue of Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment litigation against former Fox head Roger Ailes.

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Infographic: The Do’s and Don’ts of Presenting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The good people at Walkerstone in the UK (a team of professional trainers who are also business writers and marketers) have produced a great infographic, with an informative preamble, on the Do’s and Don’ts of Presenting. This content appears with their express permission. The Do’s And Don’ts of Presenting There are two elements to making […]. Business Communication Public Speaking Infographic

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4 tips and 1 Tool That Will Help You Perfect Your Slide Design

Duarte Blog

A good presentation depends, at least partly, on good slide design. Surprisingly, if you want to make great presentation slides, it helps to understand a little bit about the human attention span. Let’s start with you. Picture yourself arriving at the last presentation you attended.

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Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Presentation Zen

In cooperation with the Khan Academy , Pixar and Disney have been offering Pixar in a Box , an on-going series of behind-the-scenes lessons taught by Pixar's professionals (storytellers, animators, directors, artists, etc.).

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

2017 34

How to Design a Presentation that will Convince Investors

Presentation Guru

Investors are a special type of audience. I have been creating investor presentations for my clients for the last decade, and would like to share with you some of the things I have learned along the way.

2017 39

Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop Overcomes Life-Long Discomfort of being Center of Attention

Speaking Freely

The Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop teaches you to convert public speaking fear, tension and anxiety into free flowing energy and excitement to speak. You really can overcome life-long discomfort about being the center of attention! When you do, speaking becomes fluid and easy. A participant in a recent Sandra Zimmer Method weekend workshop said, “Had I known […].

2017 38

Clean Up Your Presentation – There’s an App for That!

DeFinis Communications

Use your smartphone to improve your public speaking skills. Most business professionals have some brand of smartphone by now. And every day we can learn new ways to use them to increase productivity. But did you know your smartphone can also help you improve your public speaking skills? It’s true!

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You have a platform, but are you making it count?

Speak Schmeak

Whenever a celebrity—whether actor, singer, athlete or other entertainer—takes the opportunity at an awards ceremony or other public event to speak out about a political issue, certain segments of the public immediately begin scolding and lashing out. It's inappropriate!" they say.

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Timesaving PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts using Shift and Ctrl

PowerPoint Tips

Like all software, PowerPoint has keyboard shortcuts — in fact a lot more than I will cover here. It’s always worthwhile to learn a few shortcuts that you’ll use often because you’ll save time and aggravation.

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Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Manner of Speaking

On 20 July 2017, Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He takes office at the end of the most acrimonious campaigns in recent history, and with Americans deeply divided, as witnessed by the … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Donald Trump Epistrophe inaugural address public speaking Rhetorical device

You Are Not Your Slide Deck

Kate's Voice

When I was first introduced to presentations in the business world I was appalled. I realized that people thought that their slide deck was their presentation.

Free PDF book giveaway: Books on writing and business of freelance writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

To kick off the New Year, I am giving away PDFS of my books–any of my books that might be of interest to you. In short, if you are interested in books on business, promotional, article or non-fiction book writing , or the business of freelance writing , or even my book of short stories, go to [link] , pick the book that is of interest to you and email paullima.com@gmail.com and request a free PDF of the book of your choice. That is all you have to do.

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4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Marketing That Have Nothing to Do With Heart Wrenching Videos

Duarte Blog

So many of the articles about storytelling in marketing today focus on brand storytelling. They typically explain the storytelling marketing techniques that we can use to stir up emotion via beautiful advertising videos. Have you ever watched video ads released by Nike, or Google, or Airbnb?

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Bill Murray: How Art Can Change Your Life.

Presentation Zen

Bill Murray is a wonderful storyteller. A couple of years ago, I linked to this wonderful interview with Bill Murray by Howard Stern. In this radio interview, Murray said the key to being funny was being able to tell stories. How, then, does one become a good storyteller, Stern asked. "Is

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What made this one of TED's most popular talks in 2016?

The Eloquent Woman

I was pleased, but not at all surprised, to see Judson Brewer's TEDMED talk from 2015 about "an easy way to break a bad habit" on TED's list of the 10 most popular TED talks in 2016 , with more than 6 million views and counting.

2017 31

The Relationship Between Incontinence, Credibility, Trust and Value

Presentation Guru

You read it right. Here’s the back story. Whenever I’m a guest lecturer or conducting training, I’ll frequently start out with a story. And just for the record, I’ve been telling stories long before it became a recognized sales tool!)

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Practice Breathing to Manage Public Speaking Fear

Speaking Freely

Breathing to manage public speaking fear really works. However, it only works if you practice it regularly and integrate conscious deep breathing into daily activities. It is often called mindful breathing.

2017 28

Public speaking: Working with a professional speaker

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Many organizations go to a great deal of work/expense to hire a professional speaker for their conference – but then let the ball drop by overlooking the final travel logistics. You want your speaker to arrive fresh/rested at the podium. Leave nothing to chance.

June is Effective Communications Month!

DeFinis Communications

The month of June is dedicated to highlighting the importance of using successful communication skills to enhance your personal, team and workplace development. For public speakers, communicating in a clear, powerful and engaging manner is essential to effectively connecting with an audience and achieving your intended result.

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Working with multi-speaker presentations

PowerPoint Tips

I just finished work for a client on a multi-presenter presentation. It was a presentation that will be given to nurses at a nursing school and I thought I’d share my experiences with you.

2017 58

Some “very” good advice

Manner of Speaking

Mark Twain once gave the following advice to writers: Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. American novelist and columnist Florence King was … Continue reading → Grammar Florence King grammar Mark Twain public speaking very writing

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Anti-Semitism Lite - I Was Taken for Jewish in Tucson, Arizona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Anti-Semitism seems to have returned to the supposed melting pot: the U.S. Yesterday, there were 11 bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers (JCC) reported. The U.S.

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