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It’s You or The PowerPoint

By Tom Nixon

Recently I got the chance to see a video of Elaine, the vice-president of the company I was beginning to work with, present to a room of prospective clients. Slide after slide went by, each filled with 5-10 bullets. Elaine read the full text on every one to her audience. I am sure those possible clients sitting in that room were neither impressed with Elaine nor with her message about her company.

Too much (bad) PowerPoint — not enough Elaine.

It is easy to create a mediocre presentation in PowerPoint. Simply take …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Jay Goldman – Part 2

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Jay Goldman – Part 2

Topics Discussed:

The New York Times best-selling book, The Decoded Company
Three characteristics of a decoded company are (1) technology as a coach and trainer (2) data as sixth sense …

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Wise, Witty Ways to Begin Your Presentations Well

By Claudia Brogan

Rather than “limp” in to your next presentation, pay attention to boldly choose a good Attention-Getting introduction. Grab the audience by the lapels so to speak, make them say a quiet thoughtful “ahh,’ or tickle their funny bone. The next time you have the opportunity to deliver a speech, training session or presentation, give special thought to how you can start off vividly.

These specific methods may help you get unstuck, or may spark a new idea for creating your next good speech-beginning.

Deftly use humor or an opening quote.

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The Importance of Rehearsal

By Kelly Vandever
Toastmasters Speech Contests
I was once obsessed with Toastmasters speech contests. I have the picture to prove it!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Toastmasters, it’s a non-profit organization formed at the local level into clubs, and people have the opportunity to grow their public speaking skills.

Twice a year, there are speech contests which start at the club level, followed by additional levels. Those who win at the club go on to compete against winners from other clubs in their area. Then the winners in an area …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Jay Goldman – Part 1

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Jay Goldman 
Part 1

Topics Discussed:
– When data is hard to come by, you have one-size-fits-all management practices

– If you optimize with one-size-fits-all, you’re optimizing for the middle of your bell curve of employees, you’re optimizing for the average

– …

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Shoot Your Bullet Points

by Bob Goodyear

Recently I was asked to give a presentation on a topic that I had covered several years ago. I eagerly agreed because I remembered that I had the slide deck for it stored away in a backup. It would be easy to take that deck, update the information with current trends, and give the presentation with a minimal amount of work.

I found the backup and immediately downloaded the deck. Upon opening the file, I was shocked to see what I had done. The slide deck had 34 total slides …

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Strategies for Improving Physical Movements During Presentations

by Natalie Gallagher

One of the best scenes from an otherwise mediocre movie was when Will Farrell’s character in “Talladega Nights” couldn’t figure out what to do with his hands while he was speaking in front of a large crowd. While he spoke, his arms slowly kept rising next to him, as if possessed by their own will. The humor stems from the commonality of this issue. All presenters have wondered at one time or another, “What on earth do I do with my hands?” The uncertainty often leads to awkward, distracting, …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews David Burkus

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  David Burkus

About David Burkus:
David Burkus is a best-selling author, host of the award-winning podcast Radio Free Leader, and

an associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and …

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Don’t Let Your Slides Tie You Down

by Tom Nixon
Long ago I would start my PowerPoint presentations standing next to the screen so that the audience could see both my slides and me.
A trusted coach suggested that was the weakest spot I could stand in – in the shadows, back and to the side, away from my audience. This is where I would begin my presentations! Not good.
Presenters often have great difficulty avoiding the beam of light from their projectors. The projection device is often on a table or hanging from a low ceiling in a conference room or …

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Design Principles for your Presentations: both literally and figuratively

By Claudia Brogan

One of my speaking heroes recently recommended to me the fine books by Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen Design. Whether you consider yourself an experienced graphic artist or are early in your development of presentation design, you’ll certainly find unique and borrowable tips that you can relate to and act on. Reynolds has a knack for trimming ideas to their elegant, clarified essence.

I highly recommend that speakers learn Reynolds’ key presentation ideas. One crisp, clear overview with a useful introduction to the principles of Garr Reynolds can …

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