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The Glow of the Season

by Tom Nixon

One of my favorite go-to tricks for making text stand out from a complex background is to apply a glow that will separate it from the layer below. It is a fairly straightforward procedure that goes like this:

For text against a busy background:

Select the text, place your cursor in the text as though you were going to edit and then pressControl + A to select all the text.
From the top menu select Format > Text Effects > Glow
The flyout menu shows a variety of standard glow …

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Being the Boss and Making the Decisions

by Kelly Vandever

“I need to shut that noise down now.”

My friend was speaking about one of her employees who’d been speaking up and making suggestions about how to do something at work.

“What? What’s that face you’re making?” she asked.

I’m still not used to the fact that my facial expressions give away the thoughts running through my brain…even though it happens to me all the time.

This friend knows me well. She’s even listened to my Permission to Speak podcast.

So I say, “Well, my podcast and the …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Marcia Reynolds on the Discomfort Zone

Permission to Speak
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:  Marcia Reynolds

Dr. Marcia Reynolds has over 30 years working with global corporations in executive coaching and leadership training. She is a past global president of the International Coach Federation and speaks and teaches topics related to leadership …

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I Know You Can’t Read This But …

by Tom Nixon

The most profound words crammed into a screen with a few hundred others become lifeless and impotent. They frustrate and annoy our audiences. When read from the screen to our listeners they become the fuel for the universally recited, number one complaint: “I hate it when they turn and read the slides to us!”

No wonder PowerPoint is so reviled.

If you ever find yourself saying, “I know you can’t read this but…” that is an indication that you are committing the most grievous of errors: too …

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Why Speakers Do Well To Learn About Brain-Post

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By Claudia Brogan

I have always been captivated with the connection between public speaking skills and how the brain works. Learning about brain and cognitive science is quite intriguing, and can provide illuminating topics for public speakers.
Why include visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements in your speech?
Knowing that audience members use their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses throughout the presentation helps the speaker address each of those senses.

Speakers can insert visual illustrations via PowerPoint, objects and props, expressive facial gestures, or hand movements which amplify the speech.

Auditory …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Dennis Reina on Trust in the Workplace

Permission to Speak
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:  Dennis Reina

Topics discussed:

– trust

– betrayal isn’t always the major type of malicious act that we think of

– betrayal continuum, from minor to major, from unintentional to intentional

– it’s the little betrayals that become insidious, they cumulate and …

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3 Common Mistakes of Technical Presenters

By Bob Goodyear

Presentations are given for all kinds of reasons and technical subjects are no exception. While working with technical presenters from different fields, I encounter various problems they face when presenting a technical topic. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes I see.

“Let me tell you everything I know about this”

Many times in technical situations, the presenters are experts in the subject being discussed. In fact, they are so knowledgeable that they want to share everything they know. There is no detail left unexplained. The problem is that …

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Stories Connect. Big Time.

By Tom Nixon

Melissa was running through her upcoming slide presentation with me. She loaded up her PowerPoint deck with all the facts and figures she could find that would make her pitch irresistible. There was an almost endless march of slides with numbers, features and benefits.

I had to stop her and ask, “Why not tell your listeners a story? Or use a testimonial or a case-study?”

“Think of a success story that involves you and a client. Maybe you can get a quote from them or, better yet, a quote …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Natalie J. Sayer on Working Globally

Permission to Speak

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:  Natalie Sayer
 

Topics discussed:

 

– working as an ex-pat

– working globally

– the power of how we show up in the moment

– sometimes knowing nothing is good if you have curiosity to go with it

– Cultural Orientations …

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Using the Power of the Camera in Presentations

By Natalie Gallagher

 

Many presenters have ample reason to record their presentations. It can be for the simple reason of watching to improve speaking skills, all the way to creating content for websites and marketing materials. But very few of us have the know-how to really use the camera in such a way that we look great.

My husband Shannendoah  is both a skilled presenter, and an experienced videographer, and he often coaches speakers on how to work with the camera to achieve …

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