Why You Should Never, Ever Crowdsource Your Presentation Title

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Intro to X X 101 X for Beginners Ugh. What presentation titles could possibly be more overused? If you’re going to a presentation with one of these titles, you can be almost certain that the presentation is going to be every bit as boring and cliched as its headline. These kinds of titles are a …

How Twitter is Like Public Speaking

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“I just don’t know what I would say…” “I can’t believe anybody would care…” “I think I’ll make a fool out of myself…” Speechwriters and presentation coaches often hear these three objections from new clients. Today, I hear the same objections from clients when they talk about approaching Twitter. Stage fright? It’s being replaced with …

How do you EARN attention when presenting?

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“No computers or handhelds during my presentation,” barks a presenter. “I don’t know whether you’re playing games or paying attention. For the next hour, all eyes up here, on me!” photo credit: Ana Marta 7 I ignore this insane outburst, of course. I’m an adult. So is the rest of the audience. I take notes …

The Days of Talking Heads Are Nearly Over

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I ♥ David Byrne. I even ♥ David Byrne’s “I ♥ PowerPoint.” Really, I do. But the days of the Talking Heads are over. I’m not talking about the band. I’m talking TV. And presenters. And presentations. We have social media to thank. photo credit: andyket Interactive presentations are in. Authoritative anchors reading dispassionately from …

Three Transparently Phony Ways to Appear Less Confident

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Confidence. Somehow, this word became virtuous in the 1980’s. It remained a positive trait — until fairly recently. Confidence men, we called them in the 1930’s and 40’s. Over time, we shortened this to “Con Men” or “Cons”. Overly charming, smooth. Hucksters. Yech. Cons transmit that they are absolutely positive in their correctness. Who trusts …

How Twitter Can Enhance Your Presentation

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Much ado over a Twittering Congress. Last week during the President’s address to the joint session of Congress, some members Twittered through the speech. Almost immediately, two basic attitude camps sprang up among pundits: 1. How dare they! Congress should be paying rapt attention, not providing color commentary.2. Kudos! Now, the public gets to immediately …

How Public Speaking Can Make You Richer, Thinner, and Better in Bed

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Bill Gates released a container of mosquitoes as part of his presentation schtick at the exclusive TED conference last week. Apparently, his gimmick intended to teach a privileged TED audience that mosquitoes cause malaria. However, what happens at TED doesn’t stay at TED. Gates’ stunt earned major media buzz. The worldwide backchannel chatter is that …