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The Top 3 Ways Speakers Confuse Their Audiences

If you’ve ever been on a webinar you know that most webinar tools have a “chat” feature.  It’s a place where participants can go to ask questions of the presenter.

Earlier today I was on a webinar hosted by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).  As you can see from the picture in this post, I asked of the presenter “can you give examples to help us understand.”  As I continued to listen, I saw Sarah Gilbert type in …

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What ARE All the Different Ways that You Can Present????

I know my mom told me not to talk to strangers, but it’s really tempting to do so on Twitter!  (OK, OK, I do it all the time on Twitter!)

Some time back, I ran across a tweet from someone asking for help on a presentation.  I learned from Gary Vaynerchuck (speaker and author of the book “The Thank You Economy” ) the idea of giving without asking for anything in return, so I tweeted back offering to help.  He sent me a link.  What I thought I’d see was a recording of …

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

Some 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 I was first exposed to WebEx.  Yet many …

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PowerPoint 2010 – Quick Tip – How to Change the Default Backup Timing in PowerPoint

Tired of loosing several minutes of hard work on your PowerPoint slides due to a fluke in your computer?  Adjust your settings in PowerPoint so that your file is saved more often!
Here’s a video to walk you through – Changing the Default Backup Timing in PowerPoint 2010

Follow the Steps Below…
In PowerPoint 2010 go to…

File/ Options

On the Options Menu, click on Save

On the top of that new menu, you’ll see the heading Save Presentations

The second line down, change the number to 5 minutes (or whatever works for you)

Then press OK


PowerPoint will now back up and save …

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New Year’s Resolution: Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

 It’s that time of year again… when the roll of the calendar makes us think about how we’d like to make our life better in the year to come.


If you’ve set “overcoming the fear of public speaking” on your new year’s resolution list, I’m guess you have a good reason for it.  Are you hoping to do better at work or at school by overcoming the fear?  Do you have an important message to share that won’t get out there if …

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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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