What is the most interesting part of your presentation?

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Let’s say you’ve been asked to stand & deliver a one-hour presentation to a large business audience. So you craft a presentation. You rehearse. At this point, it’s time to deploy an old speechwriter’s tip. Ask yourself: “What is the single most interesting part of my presentation?” Answer honestly. Your response should give you some …

How much health info should you share on FaceBook?

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Stop discussing your family’s medical conditions on social media channels like FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Stop blogging about your children’s illnesses. Please. You want support and information? Pick up the phone and talk one-on-one with medical professionals. Join a confidential support group. Discuss your concerns over dinner with your family and loved ones. Get counseling. …

How Twitter is like a Native American Talking Circle

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What if you were to approach Twitter as if it were a Native American Talking Circle? In the Talking Circle format, you value every voice equally. You listen respectfully. Everyone can contribute. You share your soul, learn from others, and make decisions. You build ideas and relationships in a collaborative environment. The Talking Circle uses …

Be yourself? Why not be someone else?

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Say you’re giving a live presentation to a large audience. And let’s say this is not something you do on a regular basis. You might be a little nervous about your presentation, so you turn to friends or the internet for some public speaking advice. As you do, you’ll undoubtedly hear or read this strange …

What’s your trademarked hand gesture?

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Sarah Palin writes notes on hers. Bill Clinton is famous for the modified fist with the softened thumbs up gesture. TV pundits vary their hand gestures for emphasis and interest. What do you do with your hands during a presentation? For the past year, I’ve seen an alarming trend in presentation hand-gestures — especially by …

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 …

PowerPoint Deaths Climb in 2009: But at Slower Rate

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Every year, I Google the phrase “Death by PowerPoint” (without quotes). Exactly one year ago today, this “Death by PowerPoint” inquiry yielded 366,000 search results – over 4 times as many results as 2007. Today, if you Google “Death by PowerPoint”, you’ll see 980,000 results — only about 2.7 times as much as 2008. The …

Presenting with Twitter – Free Ebook

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The Twitter backchannel is changing the way speakers deliver presentations. Twitter is also changing the way conference planners promote and manage events. What do teachers, trainers, speakers, and conference planners need to know to keep up with these fast-breaking changes? You can find out in a wonderfully written (and totally free!) ebook written by “Speaking …