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Archive for 2012

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

With just a few days left in 2012, let’s take a look back and the most popular blogs of 2012! Did your favorite make the list?

#1 – Thank You to Big Fish Games
May 12th, 2012
Life does keep us humble sometimes, yes??

My number one post for the Speaking Practically blog… had nothing at all to do with presentations!

I got …

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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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Rest in Peace Zig Ziglar

I was just thinking about Zig Ziglar the other day as I was driving home from downtown Atlanta.  I was listening to a business podcast and thought, “Hey, I haven’t listened to my Zig Ziglar CDs in such a long time.  I’d love to listen to them again.  I wonder where they’re at…”

A Toastmasters friend gave me those first Zig Ziglar CDs more than a decade ago.  Hearing Zig speak was motivating and when I first got them, I played them over and over.  Not only did …

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Listening to Yourself on a Recording

The picture in this post is not Nikki.  But this is what Nikki’s face looked like as she screamed, “That’s not what I sound like!!!”

Nikki was 6 at the time and had started to watch a video of herself recorded on her mother’s iPhone.  Nikki wigged out.  She screamed “Make it stop!”  She flailed around in protest and she insisted that the recording was not how she sounded.

Nobody Likes Their Own Recorded Voice at First
Nikki is not …

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More Webinar Tips Thanks to Tara Lamboley, Chief Business Development Officer at REV Demand

I love technology — except when it doesn’t work!

I’m having some sort of issue that is keeping people from leaving comments on my blog!  Travesty!!

While I’m working through that issue, the wonderful Tara Lamboley with REV Demand emailed me more webinar tips that I just HAD to share!

Please be patient while we get the technology working again.  And in the meantime, enjoy wisdom from Tara Lamboley.  Thanks for sharing Tara!!!


Great post, Kelly!  I like your idea of approaching Webinars as we …

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Liven Up Your Next Webinar – Part 2

Yesterday, I shared with you ideas for improving your next webinar.  Let’s pick up with more suggestions on adding audience interaction.
More Tips on Audience Interaction
Use “Hand Raise” to Poll the Audience
As you go through your content, are there places where it would be helpful to know who cares about the topics?  Consider asking people to use the “raise hand” feature to indicate their interest.

For example, with the TAG orientation program, there are a list of “Fun” events that the organization sponsors.  They can ask attendees of the webinar …

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Liven Up Your Next Webinar – Part 1

I recently provided some consulting to TAG – the Technology Association of Georgia – on an upcoming orientation webinar that they’re putting together.   I thought that others might benefit from the advice as well.

After all, none of us want our audiences checking their email or falling to sleep during our webinars!

Today and tomorrow, we’ll talk about ideas for how you can liven up your next webinar!




Your Webinar – The TV Program
While a webinar is a form of business presentation, to …

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“We desperately need great communications from our scientists and engineers in order to change the world”

I was coaching a scientist with the CDC.  She was preparing to present research findings about HIV prevention.

It occurred to me that I may never pull together a presentation with as great an impact on human lives as this scientist.  But if I could help her communicate her message, then my work had meaning.

Melissa Marshall’s TED Talk – Talk Nerdy to Me
In a four minute TED video, Melissa Marshall, a faculty member with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences …

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Timing Is Everything

“Kelly, I know you’re a professional.  I know you’ll finish on time.” 

That’s what Jill said to me yesterday as I was setting up before I spoke at the Atlanta Women’s Network.

One of the past presidents of the organization was standing near by and said, “Yeah, we’ve had some challenges with speakers ending on time before.” 

“Yeah, I’ve had timing cards, been waving them in the air,” Jill said demonstrating with her arm fully extended and wildly waving back and forth, “and still they don’t stop!  …

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Survey Results – The Technical Presenter’s Bible

Thank you to the 73 people who completed the survey regarding the Technical Presenter’s Bible.  My co-author and I were pleased to see that there is both need (which we suspected) and interest (which we weren’t sure about) in a book specifically geared to those who do technical presentations.

Below are the survey results (with slight modifications/names withheld).  We’ll keep you posted on the details of the book when we closer to it being ready!

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