Podcast Serial is addicting, entertaining and offers good lessons on storytelling

I’ve become addicted. Specifically, I’ve become addicted to the viral podcast, Serial by Sarah Koenig. Serial is a podcast from the creators of  This American Life.  Serial tells one story – a true story – over the course of an entire season.  Its fascinating listening and a great way to kill time while you are commuting or on a plane. As the podcast website states: On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee,...

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7 Simple Ways To Say “No”

by Celestine Chua of The Personal Excellence Blog. Do you have difficulty saying “no”? Are you always trying to be nice to others at the expense of yourself? Well, you’re not alone. In the past, I was not good at saying “no”, because I didn’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings. For example, whenever I get requests for help, I would attend to them even though I had important work to do. Sometimes the...

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What Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, and Other Top Executives Do to Stay in Shape

When they find the time to work out, that is. Highly successful people often push themselves both inside and outside the office. Though it can be difficult to find time to exercise when you’re working around the clock, several tech executives have found techniques, routines, or sports that resonate with them and help them grow. Here’s a look at what the CEOs of Facebook, Microsoft, and others do to stay in shape. Facebook CEO Mark...

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8 Master Strategies For Public Speaking

The best speeches may seem effortless, but they aren’t. Here’s what it takes to make them feel that way. By Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield Your legs wobble as you approach the podium. Your hands tremble as you adjust the microphone. Your head throbs. A wail builds deep inside you and threatens to escape. It’s showtime—and the feelings are primal. Evolutionary biologists tell us that in the presence of a presumed threat, we go into...

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Batkid Begins is a Must-See!

I was super excited when the documentary “Batkid Begins” was released. During Prezi’s 5th Birthday Party back in April 2014, I first heard Make-A-Wish CEO Patricia Wilson speak about Batkid.  Certainly, I’d heard about Miles Scott and the Batkid event on November 15, 2013 and Miles throwing out the first pitch during the 2014 SF Giants home 0pener, which ended in a World Series Championship, btw.  Hearing the additional details and personal perspective that she...

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13 Ways You Can Attract Success by Living Life to the Fullest

Read. Ferociously. Everything you can get your hands. Join a book club. Imbibe books about personal development, communication, achievement, biographies, leadership, success, marketing, sales, business, entrepreneurship. You’ll do many things you may regret, but you will never ever regret spending time reading. Good sources of reading lists are Quora, blogs (Google 10 best books for …), Amazon (look for recommendations in categories, popular books with high ratings). Accept uncertainty. This comes from The Seven Spiritual...

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Remarkable Podcast : Creative Visualization & Overcoming a Speech Impediment

I heard this podcast on the radio a couple weeks back and felt it would be helpful for our blog readers.   This story about Alan Rabinowitz, the author of Jaguar: One Man’s Struggle To Establish The World’s First Jaguar Preserve, is remarkable and very inspiring. First, it provides a great example of the power of Creative Visualization.  This is a technique that we teach in our Art of Presentation course, which are held regularly in our...

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Toastmasters Crowns 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mohammed Qahtani rises above 30,000 participants to win world’s largest speech contest YouTube / Toastmasters – via Iframely It’s worth mentioning some of the techniques that we preach that he exemplifies. He opens with a terrific hook.  He pulls out a cigarette (a prop) and starts to light it.  He causes an emotional response in the audience without saying a word.  His non-verbal expression communicates paragraphs before he finally utters the word, “What?!” He uses...

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September Art of Prezi Workshop with The Henderson Group

We have a couple of seats left for the Sept. 22-23 Art of Prezi in San Francisco.  We’re also beginning to fill upcoming Art of Prezi workshops.  Please contact Chuck at 415-292-7587 or send us a message at the bottom of this post for more information or to reserve a seat. Art of Prezi with Terry Gault and Summer Thommen in San Francisco, CA. Prezi is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to stale and tedious...

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17 Reasons People Aren’t Listening to You

Do you feel sometimes like you are talking to a brick wall? Perhaps you are guilty of one or more of these offenses. Everyone wants to be heard. Sometimes it can be hard to get people’s attention, or get above the noise. There’s nothing worse than having a conversation with people and feeling like you are the only person involved. If you often feel like you are talking to yourself in conversations and meetings, it’s...

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