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Archive for September, 2013

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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Book Review – “Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery” by Garr Reynolds

Book Review – Presentation Zen:  Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds
You had me at Guy Kawasaki’s foreword.    

As I soaked up the pages of Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen, I said to my husband, “Oh my gosh, this book is AWESOME!”

I usually don’t get giddy about a book.  I was giggling as I said those words to the hubby.


That was 4 years ago and since then, I’ve used Garr Reynold’s approach to creating presentation slides and haven’t looked back.

Reynolds …

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Book Review – “Confessions of a Public Speaker” by Scott Berkun

Confessions of a Public Speaker
by Scott Berkun

Confession #1 – I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It made me laugh out loud and I love anyone or anything that can make me laugh out loud!  It would probably be faster to count the pages where I didn’t underline, circle or highlight at least one sentence than it would be to count those pages where I did.  I put asterisks next to websites, studies and books that Berkun references that I intend to read.  I wrote the word “quote” in …

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