Though I’m sure he wasn’t the first to coin the idea of a story file, it was Craig Valentine who I first heard talk about making a story file. Since then, I’ve heard others talk about their versions of a story file. Typically a story file is an electronic or a paper system which documents the stories of a speaker or presenter so he or she has a collection for use in future speeches and presentations. Since stories add interest and impact to the spoken word, it’s …Read More
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I just got home from my first ever pecha kucha event, sponsored by the Social Media Club #SMCAtl. For those not familiar with Pecha Kucha, it’s a unique form of presentation… the presenter has 20 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds… if my math is correct that’s like 6.666667 minutes per presentation. Interesting concept, eh?
Six minutes or sixty minutes, I think certain things are universally a turn off and a turn on when it comes to presentations. See if you agree.
Turn Off – Flagrant …
The director at a local community theater was trying to coach an 11-year boy to say the word “and” with an English accent. But what I noticed was she said the Americanized “And” more times than she said what she wanted, the British sounding “and.” To me it seemed that the time would be more effectively spent saying and asking the boy to pronounce “and” rather than repeating the “And” she did not want.
I love my dad. He’s a great guy with a playful sense of humor. Last summer when he was in Atlanta for a visit, a bunch of us were chatting and the subject came up that my dad said “cotton picking” a lot… it was one of his go to phrases. He was surprised by the comment. He genuinely disagreed. “I don’t say that,” he insisted. Five minutes later he was complaining about the “cotton picking” way something had happened and we all burst out laughing. “You …Read More
When I first started Toastmasters in 2001, my club had this incentive called the “Well-Rounded Orator.” For those not familiar with Toastmasters, it’s a non-profit organization where people join clubs to grow their communications skills. One way members grow their skills is by filling various roles that are needed to run a meeting. Our club had the “Well-Rounded Orator” incentive which was just a sheet a paper with a big circle on it. The circle was divided like a pie into 10 slices and the …Read More
How did you feel?
What did you do well?
What areas do you still want to work on?
One guess as to which question stumped people the most. If you guessed the second questions, “What did you do well?” then you’d be right.
Why Can’t We Love Ourselves?
OK, maybe that’s a bigger question than a presentations skills blog is prepared to …
Today I facilitated a presentations skills workshop with two talented professional speakers. After we covered different aspects of strong presentation skills, we had each attendee do a 5-minute presentation of their own. Of course my colleagues and I provided our feedback but before we did, we asked each of the attendees to state how they felt, comment on what they had done well and explain what they still wanted to work on. Then, we asked their fellow classmates to talk about …Read More
Tomorrow I’m doing a public seminar on presentation skills for business leaders with two gentlemen that I have a lot of respect for. Yesterday, we met to go through the program and I remember thinking “Gosh, I wish we had another week to get ready.”
Please don’t misunderstand. We’re ready for the presentation tomorrow. I’m convinced that the attendees will receive great content that will help them improve their presentations. But I rarely ever feel prepared enough for any presentation. I guess that’s my form of speech anxiety.
Clients and …Read More
Back in my corporate days, I remember taking a break to use the facilities (which I guess is my way to try and politely say I needed to go potty). In the office building where I worked, the men’s room and the women’s room were side by side and between them is a large bulletin board. Along with the obligatory OSHA and HR postings was the monthly safety announcement. As I’m walking past the men’s room, toward the women’s …Read More