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An Invasion Heading Toward Us

by Claudia Brogan

Watch out, grab your sturdy helmet, prepare to take action: there is an invasion coming. And it’s affecting public speakers and presenters nearly as frequently as newscasters and pundits.

Yes, that’s right. There is indeed an invasion going on. And I like to call it The Invasion of Over-Used and Unneeded Phrases.

Beware. These phrases and tired words can sometimes sneak into your presentations when you least expect them. Perhaps this might happen to us during our speeches, when we’re trying to sound well-educated and intellectual. Or …

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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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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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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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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 3 – Tell Your Organization’s Stories

by Kelly Vandever
The Blue Angels
Have you ever seen the Blue Angels?  They are the Navy’s flight demonstration team and they put on one heck of a show.  The Navy’s video here explains it more eloquently than I ever could.

 

These pilots fly in incredibly tight formations and execute mind-blowing maneuvers during their air shows.  It’s a sight to see.  If you haven’t seen them, make it a point to go see them when they’re near you.

 
Blue Angels Training and Travel
The Blue Angels train intensely in two …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 1 – Leadership and Authenticity

by Kelly Vandever

After completing a training session on site for a client, I made myself available in the afternoon to provide one-on-one coaching to anyone interested in getting some individual attention or advice.

Bob was one of the people who requested one-on-one time. Bob is a manager within the organization and he’d been highly engaged during the training. I got the sense that he is a good leader and well respected in the organization.

During our individual time, he asked me …

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10 Most Popular Presentation Posts of 2013 (at least at this blog site anyway)

As the year draws to a close, it’s time once again to recap the top 10 most visited blog posts of the year here at Speaking Practically.

As you think about your upcoming presentations, I hope you’ll find these topics and thoughts helpful.

Thanks for a great 2013!

Kelly

 
#1 – What If I Don’t Like the Default Size 16:9 in PowerPoint 2013?

Currently, when opening a new slide in PowerPoint 2013, it will open by default to a larger sized slide.  Instead of the traditional 4:3 dimensions most people are used …

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Help Your Sale Prospects Change Their Own Minds

Mr. Camito was my 4th grade teacher.

I remember him especially well for two reasons.

One – I didn’t have many men teachers growing up.

Two – He and my mother had a lengthy exchange based on a comment on my after my report card about me talking too much in class.   The exchange ended with the suggestion of duct tape for my mouth.  While it was a little funny, I felt badly for not being the perfect little student.

 

Six years ago, I heard World …

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Favorite TED Talks – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on aid versus trade

Moving Your Audience – Appealing to the Head & to the Heart
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the first woman finance minister in Nigeria.  At this 2007 TED Talk about the challenges of Africa, Okonjo-Iweala reviewed statistics about the direction that Africa was moving forward. The talk was compelling and interesting up … then at about the 7:45 mark, it became even more compelling as Okonjo-Iweala tells a very personal story that puts the discussion in perspective.

Okonjo-Iweala masterfully appeals to the logic and the emotional side of her arguments.

 
What Can You Learn from Okonjo-Iweala’s Speech?
As you watch her speech, consider how you can …

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The Top 3 Ways Speakers Confuse Their Audiences

If you’ve ever been on a webinar you know that most webinar tools have a “chat” feature.  It’s a place where participants can go to ask questions of the presenter.

Earlier today I was on a webinar hosted by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).  As you can see from the picture in this post, I asked of the presenter “can you give examples to help us understand.”  As I continued to listen, I saw Sarah Gilbert type in …

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