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6 Most Memorable Oscar® Speeches per Toastmasters (+ 2 Terry Gault faves)

In my view, they’ve left out two of my personal all-time favorites. Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor in “Kramer vs. Kramer” released in 1979.  His candor and heartfelt sentiments have stuck with me since I first saw in in 1980. It’s cool to see a very young Meryl Streep who won her very first Oscar playing Hoffman’s wife. John Patrick Shanley, one of my favorite playwrights, who won for Best Screenplay for...

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The Secret Structure of Great Talks

Nancy Duarte, an American writer, speaker, and CEO has uncovered a remarkable ‘secret’. In Duarte’s study of the work of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and other source material, she uncovered a presentation structure that she believes can make any presentation memorable, create emotional responses, and drive audiences to take action. She discovered that Steve Jobs presentation launching the first iPhone and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech both use this structure. She...

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Are people listening to your voice?

by  Terry Gault Our voice is a very important part of how you speak.  If you are not using your voice effectively, your audience may not be listening. As a trained actor, I spent years learning how to use my voice effectively. Sound and communication expert Julian Treasure, in his talk at TEDGlobal imparts genuine wisdom on what makes an effective speaking voice that will be heard.  

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“Last moment” story shifts how client represents himself at major conference

by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Nishanth Anil is a Bangalore-based Developer Evangelist at Xamarin, one our clients. Xamarin provides their customers with 3 capabilities for mobile software: Build: A platform for cross-platform mobile application development that delivers native apps and reuse of 70% of code. They promise: “Create native iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps in C#. Xamarin apps look and feel native because they are.” Test: A cloud-based testing service to ensure...

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Target store manager goes 300 to get team fired up for Black Friday invasion

by Terry Gault This is a fun video that ended up on the web page at Fast Company. A Target store manager gives his team a pep talk before opening the doors to the store moments before the hordes overrun the store for Black Friday sale. While the presentation coach in me was distracted that he had happy feet, I thoroughly admire his chutzpah, spirit of fun, and energy.  

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New Prezi Survey: 70% Say Presentation Skills Are Critical

by Terry Gault Just saw this piece and felt it was worth sharing with our readers.  What’s surprising is that the survey revealed that 20% of respondents would rather lose the respect of colleagues than deliver a presentation.  That’s a sad statistic.  ;-( Seventy percent of employed Americans who give presentations agree that presentation skills are critical to their success at work, according to a new Prezi survey. My first reaction? The other 30% don’t know...

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What The Heck Should I Do with My Hands?

by Terry Gault This question often comes up in my conversations with clients. Speaking in front of a group of people, it’s easy to feel exposed and self-conscious—which tends to exacerbate any anxiety we may feel about how we represent ourselves or how we feel about the strength of our content. The main goal is learning to be self-aware (so that we know how we are representing ourselves) and can make choices in the moment....

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Pet Peeve #5 – “Dumb Down”

by Terry Gault When I hear people using the phrase “dumb down” as in “I need to dumb this topic down”, I wonder, “Do they really think their audience is dumb?  Or are they not smart enough to know how to simplify your message to suit the target audience?  In which case, who should ‘dumb’ be applied to here?” The phrase is insulting to the audience and it doesn’t say much for the user either.  The phrase...

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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 Inc.com. 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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