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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!



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

PowerPoint 2013Currently, 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 to, it opens as 16:9 by default.There isn’t a way to change any settings or option if you prefer to stick with the 4:3 dimensions, but here’s a work around.



TED TalksIf 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.”



#3 – Liven Up Your Next Webinar – Part 2


Improving Your WebinarFive tips on audience interaction and three tips to help your webinar run more smoothly.



#4 –  Webinar Polling – It’s Not Just for Pretending You’re Interacting with the Audience Anymore!


Polls in WebinarsSome of you youngsters reading this may not remember the days before online.  But for us old folks, I remember attending my first WebEx event.  The instructor had us take a cheesy poll, I forget about what.  Except back then, it was such a “gee whiz” thing – to be listening on a conference call line and seeing the same screen as people across the country – that we didn’t mind the cheesy poll.The technology and the vendors have expanded since then.  Yet many of the well-meaning folks holding the webinars haven’t figured out what to do with the polling feature.  So rather than falling prey to the cheesy polls, here are some thoughts on how to meaningfully use polling the next time you do a webinar.


Click here to learn how to avoid cheesy polls!

#5 – Public Speaking Training Online?  What Good Can Come from Practicing a Presentation Online.


Public Speaking Training Online - Practice Your Presentation MoreI was talking to a college professor who is teaching public speaking in a “blended” learning environment.  I didn’t get the impression that it was his idea but portions of the class were conducted online rather than in a traditional classroom.


I must have involuntarily made a face because he said, “I know, it seems a little strange.

Click here to discover what good can come from public speaking training online.


#6 – Presentation Challenge:  How Do You Represent Data in a Meaningful Way

Representing Stats in PowerPointBefore she left for South Africa, I helped my friend Lisa Calhoun refine the presentation she delivered to churches and individuals asking for their prayerful and financial support for the work she is now doing in South Africa.We were looking for a way to make the statistic of 2.5 million children living in child-head households more tangible to the average person.

Click here to see what we came up with and why.



#7 – The Top 3 Ways Speakers Confuse Their Audiences

Isecondkelly.001There are times as presenters where we say and do things that confuse our audiences.  And a confused audience isn’t focused on the message at hand.

If we want to help our audiences, we need to watch out for three most common ways that speakers confuse their audiences.

Click here to see what the top 3 ways are — and how to avoid them!


#8 – Public Speaking – How Much Rehearsal Is Too Much Rehearsal?  How Much Is Too Little?

How much practice is enough for a presentation? How much is too much?It was Cindy, one of my coaching clients who’d asked the question.Cindy is a busy executive running a nonprofit that’s understaffed and low on budget.  She does most of the organization’s work herself and she’s got multiple priorities to manage.Her speech was 5 days away and she’d finally finished tweaking her presentation.  She asked the question after rehearsing the speech for the first time with me.

Click here to read more.

#9 – Common Reasons People Use Ums and Ahs in Public Speaking – And How to Avoid Them (The Ums and Ahs, Not the People) – Part 1

Kelly VandeverIf you’re not familiar with Toastmasters, it’s the world’s leading organization for helping people get better at public speaking.  One of the ways they help people is there is a particular role that a member of a Toastmasters club plays during a meeting called the “Grammarian.”
It’s the grammarian’s job to listen for people saying filler sounds, such as “um” and “ah,” while people are speaking.


Ummmm – Click here to um learn um more.


#10 – Common Reasons People Use Ums and Ahs in Public Speaking – And How to Avoid Them (The Ums and Ahs, Not the People) – Part 2

Bad Speaking HabitsThere are times when we are blindsided and asked to speak.  You go to a meeting or event with no expectations and you’re put on the spot to publicly make a statement.
Because it’s impromptu speaking, and you haven’t prepared, this too is a common time that ums and ahs can creep into your speech pattern.  Here are some suggestions for those circumstances.