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Transitions — a great place to start rebuilding your slides

By Tom Nixon

Imagine the typical slide deck with 20 or 50 or 70 text-filled slides. Some of them bullets, some just chock-full of text, maybe a few PowerPoint generated charts and graphs — all displayed on the same bland, mind-numbing template. Where do you begin the process of rebuilding? How do you start opening up the presentation, making it more engaging, viewer-friendly and less boring?

One way to reboot this snooze-fest is to add some interest with transition slides. Transition slides signal you are moving from one subject area to the next. …

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Spit and polish: Trimming your speech will win you big points

By Claudia Brogan

I once worked as speaker-coach for a highly-educated scientist who was invited to make a presentation on the topic of his professional research. He brought to our first planning meeting a script of 11 double-spaced pages. With a greeting and a straight face, he placed them on the desk. I read through the pages with great respect, then set them down with care, and asked him, “Dr. C, what are the three most essential points you want to make in this presentation?”

Silence. Finally he pointed to the 11 pages …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Yvette Pegues about Giving a Voice to People with Disabilities

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:  Yvette Pegues
Yvette Pegues, M.ED, CTO of
www.YourInvisibleDisability.com
Ms. Wheelchair International 2016/17

About Yvette Pegues
Yvette Pegues, M. Ed, is a Professional Speaker, Educator, Author, Advocate, Ms. Wheelchair International and the Founder and Chief Transformation Officer of …

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A Simple Strategy for Maintaining Eye-Contact During Presentations

By Natalie Gallagher

I was recently speaking to a friend who has had to give various types of speeches throughout the past year, and he was stumped about how to maintain eye-contact with the audience in a meaningful, effective manner. He was especially curious about an old tip he learned (which involves choosing one or two people in the audience to focus on throughout the speech), but he was having trouble implementing it in a natural way. While focusing on only a few specific people in the audience does work well for …

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A Rhyme is Sublime

By Bob Goodyear

Several years ago, I sat in a conference where Craig Valentine (www.craigvalentine.com) spoke. While I don’t remember everything he said, he used a phrase that has stuck with me. While talking about goals and achieving them, he said “If you can view it, you can do it.” His point was that you have to visualize the goal, see yourself actually doing what you want, and then you will accomplish it.

I’ve studied with Craig since then and today I realize that he used a couple of …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Laurie Genevish on Performance Improvement and Assessments

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:  Laurie Genevish
Laurie Genevish is a Performance Improvement Consultant and president of The Performance Difference, a firm that helps companies reduce employee turnover and improve productivity by analyzing hiring

and skill gaps, determining performance success factors, and implementing plans for individual, team and company development.

She …

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3 Cool Websites to Get Free Images for Your Slides

By Kelly Vandever

In earlier blog posts, I’ve talked about the value of images on slides. It’s more than a tactic to make your slides look pretty. Images actually make presentations more effective in getting your message across and in making your message more memorable.

I’ve shared other sites where you can get free images.

And today, I’m delighted to share three additional sites that are new to me.
Pixabay
Pixabay has a great search engine and you can choose the resolution of the pictures you download. (Of course I always choose the …

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How to MacGyver* a PowerPoint Deck

By Tom Nixon

I often receive the comment when I train corporate or organizational groups that they are required to use the company PowerPoint template and styles. Some are even forced to deliver a canned PowerPoint deck as is. Invariably, these are dreadful creations — dumbed-down and loaded with slide after slide of endless bullets and text, built on the blandest of templates.

Sound familiar? If you are presented with this scenario, there is still much you can do. How would MacGyver* fix a bad PowerPoint presentation? A caution: please measure the usefulness …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Dr. Philip Kim on Employee Engagement

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:  Dr. Philip Kim

Dr. Philip Kim is an educator, speaker, consultant, author, and business professor at Walsh University.

We’ll be talking today about his latest book, Zebras & Ostriches: 5 Simple Rules to Engage and …

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Speakers “Stand and Deliver” to Stay on their Toes

By Claudia Brogan

I recently talked with my high school-age nephew about a public speaking class he is taking. He seemed puzzled about how or why people might ever consider doing public speaking, or taking on speaking assignments on purpose. Like many people, my nephew Sam finds speech making to be difficult and uncomfortable. My response to him was “I really think you’ll find that the more you do it, the more natural you’ll find it to be. The more you can be yourself, the more you’ll enjoy public speaking.”

One of my …

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