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Archive for March, 2011

#NSAUN Twitter Stream – From the Webinar – Tweet Me Right: The Speaker’s Guide to Killer Audience Interaction Using Twitter

I’ve captured the tweets from today’s NSA Webinar:  Tweet Me Right:  The Speaker’s Guide to Killer Audience Interaction Using Twitter.


Click the link below to see the tweets.  And note, just like in the Twitter stream, the most recent posts at the top.

Twitter Stream NSA Tweet Me Right Webinar

If you have any further questions or want to add to the conversation, please add them into the comments!

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Pecha Kucha – Turn On’s & Turn Off’s

I just got home from my first ever pecha kucha event, sponsored by the Social Media Club #SMCAtl.  For those not familiar with Pecha Kucha, it’s a unique form of presentation… the presenter has 20 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds… if my math is correct that’s like 6.666667 minutes per presentation.  Interesting concept, eh?

Six minutes or sixty minutes, I think certain things are universally a turn off and a turn on when it comes to presentations.  See if you agree.
Turn Off – Flagrant …

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Improving Your Presentation Skills – What to Do about Your Presentation Weaknesses – Part 3

“And, And, And!  You’re saying it wrong.  It’s and not And!  Stop saying And!”

The director at a local community theater was trying to coach an 11-year boy to say the word “and” with an English accent.  But what I noticed was she said the Americanized “And” more times than she said what she wanted, the British sounding “and.” To me it seemed that the time would be more effectively spent saying and asking the boy to pronounce “and” rather than repeating the “And” she did not want.
Find …

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Improving Your Presentation Skills – What to Do about Your Presentation Weaknesses – Part 2

I love my dad.  He’s a great guy with a playful sense of humor.  Last summer when he was in Atlanta for a visit, a bunch of us were chatting and the subject came up that my dad said “cotton picking” a lot… it was one of his go to phrases.  He was surprised by the comment.  He genuinely disagreed.  “I don’t say that,” he insisted.  Five minutes later he was complaining about the “cotton picking” way something had happened and we all burst out laughing.  “You …

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Improving Your Presentation Skills – What to Do about Your Presentation Weaknesses – Part 1

When I first started Toastmasters in 2001, my club had this incentive called the “Well-Rounded Orator.”  For those not familiar with Toastmasters, it’s a non-profit organization where people join clubs to grow their communications skills.  One way members grow their skills is by filling various roles that are needed to run a meeting.  Our club had the “Well-Rounded Orator” incentive which was just a sheet a paper with a big circle on it.  The circle was divided like a pie into 10 slices and the …

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Self-Evaluation of Your Presentation Strengths and Areas for Improvement

As I mentioned in the last blog post, during our seminar, we asked participants to comment on themselves.  Specifically we asked:

How did you feel?

What did you do well?

What areas do you still want to work on?

One guess as to which question stumped people the most.  If you guessed the second questions, “What did you do well?” then you’d be right.
Why Can’t We Love Ourselves?
OK, maybe that’s a bigger question than a presentations skills blog is prepared to …

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Other People’s Feedback – Getting Better Through the Feedback of Others

Today I facilitated a presentations skills workshop with two talented professional speakers.  After we covered different aspects of strong presentation skills, we had each attendee do a 5-minute presentation of their own.  Of course my colleagues and I provided our feedback but before we did, we asked each of the attendees to state how they felt, comment on what they had done well and explain what they still wanted to work on.   Then, we asked their fellow classmates to talk about …

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Presentation Preparation

Tomorrow I’m doing a public seminar on presentation skills for business leaders with two gentlemen that I have a lot of respect for.  Yesterday, we met to go through the program and I remember thinking “Gosh, I wish we had another week to get ready.”

Please don’t misunderstand.  We’re ready for the presentation tomorrow.  I’m convinced that the attendees will receive great content that will help them improve their presentations.  But I rarely ever feel prepared enough for any presentation.  I guess that’s my form of speech anxiety.

Clients and …

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The Paradox of the Rate of Speaking and Listening

Back in my corporate days, I remember taking a break to use the facilities (which I guess is my way to try and politely say I needed to go potty).  In the office building where I worked, the men’s room and the women’s room were side by side and between them is a large bulletin board.  Along with the obligatory OSHA and HR postings was the monthly safety announcement.  As I’m walking past the men’s room, toward the women’s …

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Don’t “Start with a Bang” – How to Improve the Opening of Your Presentation

I knew it would happen at TEDxAtlanta.  I hoped it wouldn’t.  But it did.  Several of the speakers started their presentations with the old blah, blah, blah opening.  The blah, blah, blah opening occurs when a speaker starts her presentation by… thanking the event planners for having her… or thanking the audience for coming… or mentioning how nervous they are… or stating how the guy before them was a hard act to follow… or any other “blah, blah, blah” that the audience doesn’t care …

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