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To be an Expert or a Master

 

by Tom Nixon

World-class speaker and business consultant Alan Weiss has said, “Give Me a Double Axis Chart and I Can Rule the World.” That may be overstated a bit but when done carefully these charts can be immensely valuable.

Any chart or graph can be a dense forest of data unless you deliberately create it with the goal of making the complex understandable. This double axis chart represents a core component of my “How to Do PowerPoint Right” Workshop. It is a build slide with each component revealed as I …

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Sound Check, Testing…1, 2

by Bob Goodyear

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.

We’re so glad you could attend

Come inside! Come inside!

– Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

You may be asking yourself, “What can this song lyric possibly have to do with speaking?” Well, come inside and I’ll show you!

One of the trivial tasks that a speaker has to do when getting ready for a presentation is to do a sound check. The purpose of the sound check is to test the venue’s sound system and get it tuned in …

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Q&A – A Different Way

by Bob Goodyear

Recently I spoke at a technical conference where the audience was made up of professional technical sales people. My objective was to explain a new technology to this group and have them understand why their customers were looking at implementing it in their datacenters. The traditional way to do this is to have a presenter (me) stand up and explain it for 45 minutes and then open the session to Q&A. I wanted to make the presentation different so I tried something new.

I never …

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Three Simple Words

By Claudia Brogan

Did you ever have some advice given to you that lasts and lasts?

I can remember some wise words taught to me by my amazing mentor and speech class teacher from way back in my high school days.

She started out the class session with giving us a trio of smart words to consider and I have used those 3 simple words nearly every day of my professional speaking life since.

She remarked that if any of us were hoping to be successful speakers, there were really …

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Need to Show a Website While You Present? Two Quick Tricks Using PowerPoint

By Kelly Vandever

Recently I watched a conference presenter who used Google docs slides as part of a presentation. In addition to his Google slides, he went to the live websites (rather than using a screen shot of the website) because the live sites better illustrated the points he was making.

When he came to the point in his presentations where he wanted to show a website, he stopped, look across a dozen or so open tabs, found the one he wanted, clicked on it, then resumed his discussion.

It’s wasn’t a huge deal though it did interrupt the flow of …

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Never Close Your Presentation With Questions & Answers

by Bob Goodyear

I just finished participating in 3 technical conferences in 3 weeks. During that time, I sat in over 20 presentations. I saw all kinds of different presentation styles. The impact of the presentations was wide ranging as well. There was one common flaw though with almost all of them though. Just about every presenter ended with a Questions and Answers (Q&A) period. DON’T DO THAT!

With almost every presentation, when Q&A began there were some good questions. After the first one or two though, the questions …

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Finding Your Voice

by Claudia Brogan

Just recently I had the very odd and unsettling experience of literally losing my voice for several days. And by that I mean that I couldn’t make a peep: not a low quiet chuckle, not an encouraging “Uh huh, you bet!” when a friend was telling me a story, not a sweet little “Thank you” when a kind person opened a door for me.

With all the colds and springtime bugs going around, perhaps this malady has happened to you. (Though I wouldn’t wish this on …

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Making Ideas Easy to Grasp: Using Analogies to Make Complex Ideas Easier to Understand

by Kelly Vandever 

 

“You know what it’s like don’t you?”

My husband, Rich, was posing the question. And as sometimes happens when I don’t know where he’s going with something, I gave him back a blank stare.

“It’s like what you do when you enter a contest. What did you do last week, when we were at the motorcycle show and you filled out that form to win that drawing for a new Harley?”

“I crumple up the ticket.”

“Why do you crumple up the ticket?”

“To make it easier to grasp when …

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Freemium Model of Speaking – Add Value Before They Pay!

by Kelly Vandever

The speaker told a great personal story that immediately endured her to her audience.   She was vulnerable.  Her journey immediately connected her to her audience-they were going through the same thing she was and they could identify with her in a big way.  Her audience was open and receptive.

Then she asked the audience to buy her product.

Sure they liked her.  But that wasn’t a compelling enough reason to buy from her.  What could she have done …

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5 Things to Be Grateful for Related to Business Presentations

by Kelly Vandever

1.  Great Presenters – There’s nothing quite like that new car smell… and there’s nothing quite like a presenter who presents well.  The presenter shares content of value with their audience in a way that they not only follow but find meaningful.  OMG that’s the best feeling!

2.  Visual Slides – More and more business presenters are realizing the benefits of slides with visuals rather than riddled with bullet points.  Visual slides put the speaker more at ease – because they’re not reading their slides and …

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