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Wanted: A Good Editor

 

By Tom Nixon

A recurring problem I see when coaching professionals of all types is the lack of good editing. Whether writing a speech or creating a visual presentation (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.), we all put in too much information and then hate to trim it down. It is just human nature.

But the realities of live presentations are that there is only so much the audience can walk away with. The more we try to deliver from the podium the less our listeners will absorb. We must edit.

I believe good editing …

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Old Habits Die Hard

by Claudia W. Brogan

Several years ago, I joined a local Toastmasters club in order to improve and become more practiced in my speaking skills. In the first club that I visited, I noticed an odd method that they used: each time that a speaker would say “um” in a presentation, a member would ring a little silver bell. Apparently, the intention was to quickly get the speaker’s attention so that he or she would notice they said “um” and correct that action. This technique is apparently based on Pavlov’s experiments in classical …

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How to Plan a Group Presentation that Doesn’t Suck

By Natalie Gallagher

Several years ago I was teaching an art history class that had a group presentation component: each group had to present on a 20th century art movement. Back then I was relatively new to teaching and didn’t realize that group work – and the corresponding presentation – was one of the most dreaded types of assignments a student could encounter. As I described the assignment I could see the look of horror and dread cross even the most optimistic students’ faces. Despite years of indoctrination about how marvelous teamwork …

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The Intangibles of Presentation Prep


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By Pam Leinmiller

Preparing for a presentation? The first things we usually think about all have to do with deliverables around the presentation itself such as: What are the most important points? What slides do I need to support these points? Handouts? How do I start? How should I end?

There is more to providing your audience with a great experience than the mechanics of the presentation itself. While at a recent National Speaker Association meeting, I had a conversation with another professional speaker who had a lifetime of experience about …

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The Presentation Skill No One is Talking About

By Mark Kretschmar

There’s a lot of great content out there on presentation skills. For the most part, it focuses on two things: 1) Slide content and design or 2) Speaking skills like preparation, attitude, what to do with your hands and feet, etc. What I rarely hear talked about is the intersection of slides and speaking – engaging the slides while you present. This matters, and someone needs to talk about it.
What the Presenter Does
The presenter is speaking away and at certain moments they click the remote and the slide changes, …

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3 Types of Feedback for Speakers

By Bob Goodyear

Feedback is an interesting word and for a speaker it can be good or bad. If we’re using a sound system, feedback is bad. Audience feedback however can be good, but it depends on what we do with it. Let’s talk about the 3 different kinds of audience feedback that affect us as speakers. Two of the types we know but the third is maybe the most important.
Positive Feedback
When we finish a speech, many times we meet with members of the audience and hear what a great job we …

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Use a quote to extend your brilliance

By Tom Nixon

This is an effective quote slide that speaks to the constant struggle that many feel when challenging their boundaries. The evocative quote is coupled with a subtle image that offers the viewer an opportunity to read their own experiences and thoughts into the scene.

 

Tom Nixon has over 3 decades of experience assisting clients with meaningful business communications. Contact Tom to see how he can work with your business leaders and subject matter experts to create stunning visual presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) and enhance their on-stage delivery.

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3 Words of Wisdom That Can Make All the Difference for Public Speakers

By Claudia W. Brogan

Do you ever find yourself recalling words of wisdom that have been passed along to you from your mentors and role models? Sometimes, lessons were conveyed to you by modeling the techniques and methods, while other times the “moral of the story” was conveyed as lessons your mentor had learned and passed along to you. In a true sense, each of these wise words adds to your toolkit and can bring inspiration and fresh ideas whenever you need reminders.

For me, I learned three wise words from one of …

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The Difference Between a Great Speaker and a Great Speaker Coach

by Natalie Gallagher

A friend of mine recently worked with a new speaker coach to get her ready for a big work presentation in front of a room of over 500 people. She was disappointed after the first session because she didn’t feel like she’d gotten what she needed. She noticed her coach struggled to translate his skills as a wonderful speaker into helping her with her presentation. “He didn’t seem to understand I was giving a corporate presentation, not a motivational speech.” She lamented. “And he’s such a great speaker, so I …

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The Presentation Equivalent to Eating Your Vegetables

By Pam Leinmiller

When you were a kid, you didn’t want to eat your vegetables, even though they were good for you. Now, as an adult, you don’t want to practice your presentation, even though you know it is critical to your success as a presenter. Can’t you just skip straight to dessert and just go present? That’s right, practice your presentation. Even knowing that practicing will allow you to see and hear what you can do to improve as a presenter, why don’t we do it? Not only that, why don’t …

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