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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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5 Techniques for Representing Complex Information on Your Presentation Slides… So Your Audience Can Actually Consume It – Part 3

Don’t say, “I know you can’t read this slide.”  Instead, consider this technique!
Technique #3
We’re at that point where you’ve considered techniques 1 & 2 (see earlier posts) and you just don’t think simplifying will work.

Then we need to transition into how we serve up the information.

If you need to go through multiple pieces of material, then the next thing to ask yourself is can you address each piece of information with a new slide – in other words, one idea per slide.
Tell the Story of the Data.
The slides below are based on slides from one of my clients.  The numbers …

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5 Techniques for Representing Complex Information on Your Presentation Slides… So Your Audience Can Actually Consume It – Part 2

For the times when you don’t want to say to your audience, “I know you can’t read this…” consider this approach:
Technique #2
If having no data doesn’t seem appropriate, then ask yourself how can you simplify the information to something you know your audience cares about.

So for instance, let’s say you’re addressing a group of data centers who support small to medium sized businesses.  And you know they care about the fact that Microsoft will stop supporting XP, server 2003 and Office 2003 in 2014.

Now could supply a chart like this one which breaks down by percentage of users who uses …

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I’m So Glad You Asked – Handling the Questions from Your Audience

By Kelly Vandever

“Are you the same Kelly Vandever who does stand up comedy?”

It was my first day, my first session teaching public speaking at Kennesaw State University.

The question came from one of the students who had googled my name while I was introducing myself.

(For those who are wondering, yes, there does exist a video online of a stand up act that I performed at the Punch Line comedy club.  You can watch it here …

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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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Favorite TED Talks – Simon Sinek

Here’s another of my favorite TED Talks by Simon Sinek as he answers the question as to WHY it is that great leaders aspire us to act.  It’s very popular.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the watch!

 
What’s your favorite undiscovered TED Talk?
Share your favorite in the comments below!!!

 

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What’s Your Favorite TED Talk?

If you’re unfamiliar with TED.com it’s a marvelous place to view speeches on a myriad of topics which will amaze and fascinate you!  As their tag line says, they believe in “Ideas worth spreading.”  Click here to go to the website.

TED Talks as they’re called originally started in California but TEDx events are now held around the world and give voice to even more great ideas.

For those of you familiar with TED…
Share a Link to Your Favorite TED Talk!
So let’s spread some ideas …

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What ARE All the Different Ways that You Can Present????

I know my mom told me not to talk to strangers, but it’s really tempting to do so on Twitter!  (OK, OK, I do it all the time on Twitter!)

Some time back, I ran across a tweet from someone asking for help on a presentation.  I learned from Gary Vaynerchuck (speaker and author of the book “The Thank You Economy” ) the idea of giving without asking for anything in return, so I tweeted back offering to help.  He sent me a link.  What I thought I’d see was a recording of …

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Crown the Content King of Your Presentation

Lee Aase of the Mayo Clinic was the opening keynote speaker at the Georgia Healthcare Summit this morning.  I just watched most of his keynote through the website Learn It Live .  (I’m not sure if copies of the keynote will eventually be posted there but if they are, I’ll update this post with that information.)

 

Lee spoke about the fascinating ways that the Mayo Clinic is using social media.  My favorite quote from his talk – “Applying …

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Need More Time in Your Conference Presentation? Drop the Self-Discovery Monologue

One of the common challenges for conference presenters is that you have so much great content to share and a limited time in which to share it.

 

Whether you’re speaking for 15 minutes to 2 hours, if you’re struggling to have enough time to cover the important items and still leave time for Q&A, there is one place that you can begin that works like a charm — eliminate the Self-Discovery Monologue.

 

The Self-Discovery Monologue
 

I confess.  I’ve been guilty of the Self-Discovery Monologue.

 

It sounds something like …

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