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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012


Presentation Skills Blog

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 great customer service from a company called Big Fish Games. I have the power of the blog. I took time to thank Big Fish for the great customer service experience.

Yeah, I know, I need to get more traffic to my blog!!!

Click here to read the whole story with Big Fish Games.



#2 – Go with the Flow – How to Organize Your Technical Presentation to Get Business Results – Part 3 – Chunking by the Numbers Structure

June 7th, 2012

Why part 3?  Why not parts 1, 2 or 4?  In fact, they didn’t even make the list?  Why part 3?  Who knows?!  But this was the most popular of the presentation related posts.

With a bit of a stretch, I repeat the story of the time I broke up a fight at the Truck Stop Café and how that’s similar to organizing your technical presentation. (I said it was a stretch, right?)

If you’re curious, read that blog post here.



# 3 – Translating PowerPoint Slides: How to Choose Fonts in PowerPoint that Are Used in Both the Apple / Mac Version of PowerPoint and the PC / Windows Versions of Office 2007 / Office 2010

September 10th, 2012

During a training class in September, while using a PC laptop, I mentioned in passing that my other computer was a Mac. (OK, truth be told, I was having some technical issues and I said that I wasn’t used to using a PC – that I normally use a Mac. But honestly, I wasn’t being snooty when I said it!)
After the session, one of the attendees asked me how I dealt with “translation” issues between slides created in the Mac version of PowerPoint versus slides created on a Windows version of PowerPoint. Evidently he wasn’t the only one who had a similar question, which made my answer to the question the 3rd most popular post this year.

Read the PowerPoint translation blog by clicking here.


# 4 – Connection in Imperfection

May 11th, 2012

This post speaks for itself. It’s short, but it seemed to resonate.

Click here to read the Connection in Imperfection post.






#5 – Using Stories in Presentations – How to Spontaneously Uncover Personal Stories

May 11th, 2012

This one also seemed to strike a cord. I know I don’t have all the answers. Hope you’ve got more to add!

Click here to read or answer the question “How to Spontaneously Uncover Personal Stories?”










#6 – Thank You Speeches – What the Oscar Acceptance Speeches Can Teach Us about Good Presentations

February 27th, 2012

I did not watch the Oscars this year. My latent jealousy of never pursuing my promising yet totally imaginary acting career makes it too painful. But I did make a few points about Meryl Streep’s win for best actress and her acceptance speech – which turned out to be the 6th most viewed blog post this year!

Read about what Meryl did right at this link.





#7 – Picture This

March 3rd, 2011

One of two posts that were on the top ten list last year as well. This is probably still one of my favorites too. It all stemmed from the question…“Where did you get the picture of those hospital beds?”

Click here to read the rest of the post!







#8 – Want to Get Better at Public Speaking? Flail Around Like a New Drummer!

March 6th, 2012

At the age of 48 years and 11 months, I decided to take up the drums. Yes, under this nerdy exterior lurks the heart of a wannabe, uber-cool, rock-n-roll chick. The experience taught me lessons that I think apply to learning to present.

Click here if you want to see what you can learn or if you want to know why I wrote the sentence, “I couldn’t handle Cocaine so I had to switch to Lithium.”




#9 – Want a Better Presentation? Appeal to Your Attention-Deficit, Entertain-Me-Now, Wait-While-I-Post-that-on-Facebook Audience

June 29th, 2012

In February 2011, I came up with at “tagline” for myself that goes like this…
In an attention-deficit, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-Facebook kind of world, the typical business presentation is lame.
It’s our new normal. This post discussed elements that you could introduce to hook your audience.

Click here if this post caught your attention.







#10- Get Feedback on Your Presentation – Even If You Have to Get Creative to Get It!

July 22nd, 2011

Everyone can benefit from practicing in front of a friend, trusted colleague or a professional coach before delivering an important presentation. This post provides a few creative ways to provide feedback that I’ve used with clients.

Click here to see more ways that you can get feedback too!



So those are the top posts of 2012.

Tell us your favorite and why in the comments section below!!!

Here’s to more post for 2013!