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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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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Hollie Delaney & Christa Foley of Zappos about Holacracy

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 guests for this episode:   Hollie Delaney & Christa Foley of Zappos

About Hollie Delaney & Christa Foley:
Hollie Delaney heads up all things People and HR related at Zappos.

Christa Foley heads up Zappos Insights as well as work on People, Culture, and …

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The “Why” of Leadership: Making Your Intentions Clear

By Kelly Vandever
The “Angst at Work” Conversation
I was sitting around with some friends who were talking about things that were being required of them at work. Not the jobs themselves. But what was being required above and beyond their day to day work.

“I gotta do these health-related things.”

“I have to go sit with people from other departments.”

“I have to track my weekly objectives on a spreadsheet.”

After much comment and angst it came down to:

“Why can’t they just let me do my job?!”

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3 Rehearsal Tips

By Bob Goodyear

Over the last few months, I’ve helped two people prepare for important presentations they were scheduled to give. As they created their content and fine-tuned their PowerPoint decks, they both asked the best way to practice for the actual presentation. Today, I’ll share with you the 3 tips I gave them about rehearsing for a presentation.
Tip #1 – Always rehearse verbally
This simple tip is often ignored by presenters. Early in my presenting career I considered rehearsal to be nothing more than putting my slides in presentation mode and just thinking …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Chad Littlefield on Meaningful Conversations at Work

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:  Chad Littlefield
 

Topics Covered:

Creating relationships of trust
World in Conversation
The default questions we ask
Empathy
Creating dialog
Asking different questions to create deeper connections
For example, instead of asking, “How are you?” ask “What do you …

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Overcoming Nerves While Speaking Publically

by Natalie Gallagher

Public speaking continues to be one of the biggest fears many people have, and it’s largely because of the incredible anxiety that comes with standing in front of a crowd, with all eyes and ears focusing on you. “What if” questions roil around in our brains: What if I say something dumb? What if I look bad? What if, what if, what if???

After twenty-one years of being a public speaker, including in front of audiences large and small, I’m here to tell you that the nerves never fully go …

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The Power of Complementary Colors

By Tom Nixon

Simply put, complementary colors are color opposites. They reside opposite each other on the color wheel like orange and blue, green and red, and yellow and violet. Combinations of complementary colors stand out. Life rafts are yellow-orange because they will be easily noticed in a blue sea.

Being opposites, like people, these color combinations can convey energy, excitement, and quite often, tension. But sometimes these energetic combinations can be too distracting. Their energy can be overwhelming to the viewer when placed immediately next to each other in equal strengths and proportions. …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Bob Fritz on Discussing the Undiscussable at Work

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:  Bob Fritz

Topics Discussed:

Bob was with Eastman Kodak when they developed digital photography and when they resisted the digital photography that they’d developed
Discussing the undiscussable examples
Why people resist discussing the undiscussable
Chris Argyris

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“What do I do with these hands?” Smart Tips for Using Effective Gestures in Your Presentations

by Claudia W. Brogan

Recently, I was helping a woman improve her presentation skills—in particular, hand gestures. Even though it’s good to add hand gestures to speeches, not all gesture-additions are created equal. Over-gesturing can be a problem, as can under-gesturing. Adopting hand motions from other speakers which don’t naturally suit you make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious and will certainly be distracting to your listeners. Then the gestures are self-defeating.

As noted in a recent TED-talk research project, some intriguing techniques were yielded. This observational study at the Science of People researched …

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Top 10 Blog Articles of 2016!

As is our tradition, it’s that time of year when we share the most popular blog posts of the year.  As luck – or Google juice – would have it, all but one of the most popular posts were actually posted before 2016.

Review the list and see if there’s any important articles you may have missed!
Enjoy!

#1 – Need to Show a Website While You Present?  Two Quick Tips Using PowerPoint!
By Kelly Vandever

I watched a conference presenter who used Google docs …

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