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Presentation Skills Books

I recently was chatting with a woman who’s new to the speech coaching business and she asked me what books I’d recommend.  Here’s the list I shared with her.

Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds – Changed the way I do PowerPoint. His slides are beautiful! And he gives you enough details that you can do them too.

So What? How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience by Mark Magnacca – It’s like he stole my lines — so of course I agree …

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Your Higher Speaking Purpose

I taught two sections of public speaking in the fall of 2010 at Kennesaw State University, the third largest university in the University of System of Georgia.  You hear the old clique, kids are different today than when I was in school – and there’s some truth to that – but maybe not in the way a lot of people think.  Kids today have dreams.  They have ideals.  Their speeches ranged through all kinds of topics but as a whole, they were pretty amazing.  One of my …

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What Do YOU Think about… Answering Questions During a Presentation?

Do you remember what it was like taking on your first job after you completed your schooling?  For me, I started as an ensign in the Navy.  I remembered not knowing anything.  Sure, Navy ROTC taught me about leadership and how to wear my uniform.  But when it came to actually performing in my first job, I was clueless.  I didn’t even know the questions TO ask.  After a lot of fumbling around trying to figure the job out, things started to …

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Make Your PowerPoint Slides Better by Thirds

 

It doesn’t take a lot to improve your PowerPoint slides.  The bar has been set really low.  If you represent only one point per slide, add pictures and only put one or two words per slide, you’ll be ahead of most presenters who use slides in their presentations.  To take it one step further, trash the default slide format and consider using the Rule of Thirds as the way you format your slides.
The Default Position in PowerPoint
Does this slide look familiar?  …

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Getting to Know Your Audience, Prospects, and Clients – Part 2 – New School Social Media

SoCon is a big social media conference that takes place at Kennesaw State University in January or February each year.  I was a speaker at SoCon11 and tweeted frequently before the event using their conference hashtag.  I also followed the hashtag to see what the organizers, other presenters and attendees were saying about the event.  When I showed up at the Friday night mixer, it was funny.  Here were faces that I’d never seen in person but who I felt like I got to know through …

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Getting to Know Your Audience, Prospects, and Clients – Part 1 – Old School

I attended a round table event of Chief Information Officers where a brave young man came to the audience microphone and asked the panel, how do you like to work with vendors.  The audience and the panel chuckled at the question – though the many vendors in the audience (myself included) leaned forward, eager to hear the reply.

“The internet works both ways,” said one of the panelist.  “Do your homework.”

With the free flow of information on the Internet, there are more and more ways to …

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Mixed Signals from Your Audience

This is our dog Dude.  He’s a six-month-old Humane Society rescue – part yellow lab, part golden retriever, and maybe a little something else that accounts for the freckles on his nose.  One thing Dude and I have in common is we’re both light sleepers.  He can be snoozing on the other side of the room, but when he hears me stand up, he opens his eyes and lifts his head.

A few weeks ago, I was practicing a speech in my office.  I was standing …

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Get a Second Opinion

Call me stubborn… though I prefer the term independent… but I like to do things for myself.  I don’t want to depend on anyone else for anything.  I hate to ask for help which of course is ridiculous!  Even the Beatles know we all need a little help from our friends.  I’m still learning that lesson.

I took Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshoppe – a class that takes people with varying levels of comedic talent and teaches them how to write and deliver stand up comedy.  …

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Presentation Skills Are Overrated

CAUTION:  Kelly Vandever Tweets at Conferences!

If you follow me on Twitter @KellyVandever, you may notice that on some days, I tweet a lot.  Invariably the reason is, I’m at a conference or professional association meeting.  As it happens, Twitter has become my note taking method of choice.  As I listen to the presenter and hear things that catch my attention, I tweet out a message to capture the idea, attach the conference hashtag (or make one up if they don’t have one) and …

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Meet Them Where They Are

I attended a recent ASTD Atlanta chapter meeting where representatives from the Turner organization talked about how they rolled out a comprehensive Talent Management System.  (For those unfamiliar with HR jargon, that’s how corporate America now refers to everything human resource related in an organization – performance reviews, compensation, succession planning, training, etc.)   Turner underwent a massive overhaul of their systems.  It was very impressive to hear how they managed the process.  In the lessons learned review, one of the key factors that they felt …

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