Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Robert Graham of GrahamComm We got so many responses after our last newsletter about presenting to executives that I thought I’d throw a few more logs on the fire. There is obviously a lot of interest in learning to present Up, where time is short, questions are hard, patience is low and the stakes are high. Now I’m no Robert Cialdini (if you haven’t read his...

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Ditching Traditional Slides: Why One Presentation Expert Chose Prezi

by Terry Gault Five years ago, I attended a presentation night in downtown San Francisco. That evening, the women behind the then-viral blog MuniManners gave a presentation that brought the house down. One of those two women was Angelie Agarwal, who was soon to become Chief Evangelist for Prezi. Angelie met with me a couple of months later to give me one-on-one training with Prezi — a truly revolutionary presentation tool. At the time, I...

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10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences from While it’s really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it’s really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation. To make sure you don’t lose your audience, here’s Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, with ten things you should never say during...

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Dual-purpose PowerPoint deck for presenting and a handout

by Terry Gault Yes, Virginia, there is a way to make a PowerPoint deck that works as a projected presentation AND a printed handout. This topic has come up in conversations with clients twice over the last month.  Guess it’s time to do a blog post. First, it’s important to understand that every PowerPoint slide has 2 parts to it. The image that will be projected on the screen – what is typically called “the...

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Five Practices To Prepare For Your Next Presentation

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Tim Zonca, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Jive Software Recently my team and I were preparing to deliver a series of keynote presentations on a big stage, under a cascade of lights, on a screen that dwarfs most movie theatre screens and in front of an audience that included hundreds of our colleagues and coworkers. Frankly, I love presenting in settings like this. I feel at home, safe...

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My Philosophy For a Happy Life

by Terry Gault One of my clients turned me on to this TEDx talk by Sam Burns, who was the subject of a HBO documentary. Sam Berns was a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid...

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Upcoming Workshops in San Francisco – April, May, June 2014

Our work has to be experienced to truly understand its value.  We use these workshops as a way to introduce our work experientially to new prospective clients. With that in mind, we set aside a couple of  seats for the right candidates.   Art of Presentation: April 3-4, 2014 in San Francisco Complete Communicator: May 15-16, 2014 in San Francisco Super Storytelling: June 12, 2014 in San Francisco   How you represent yourself determines your...

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Timeless Techniques Rockstar Speakers Use

We thought this article from  Sims Wyeth | Inc. Magazine was well worth sharing – enjoy! When Steve Jobs got into high gear as a speaker, many people reported that he seemed to have a reality-distortion field around him. No matter how unrealistic his claims at any given moment, people said they couldn’t help being mesmerized: his enthusiasm could suspend their disbelief. In the 1850s, there was another spellbinder not unlike Jobs–a guy named Henry...

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Avoid a Presentation Meltdown

Apparent teleprompter issues saw the ‘Transformers’ director, Michael Bay, walk off the stage during Samsung’s CES 2014 show. YouTube / CNET – via Iframely It’s all very well to be prepared for a talk or presentation, but if something goes awry (a cell phone rings, the wrong slide pops up, you forget your place, etc), it’s easy to panic.  It can happen to the best of us! See our post on When Things Go Wrong...

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Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Jean Hamilton of Speaking Results Many years ago, as I stood in front of an audience hearing my voice quiver, feeling my hands shake, and thinking at any moment my mind would go blank, I fully understood why fear of public speaking is often ranked as people’s #1 fear. It was impossible for me to tap into my true power as a speaker, when I had to...

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