public speaking

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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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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The Power of Deliberate Practice

by Terry Gault Geoffrey Colvin Author of “Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else” speaks about Deliberate Practice.  He describes how the sales team of one medical device company adopted Deliberate Practice and shares the “unbelievably successful” results that they generated. YouTube / Geoff Colvin – via Iframely photo credit: woodleywonderworks

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Speaking Quickly is KILLING Your Power

by Terry Gault Ramit Sethi shares his view (which aligns with ours) about speaking too quickly: “You can almost guess how old someone is by how fast they talk.  It’s a HUGE red flag when you are trying to communicate and convey experience …”  He is the author of the NYT bestseller, “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” and studied technology/psychology at Stanford. You’ll see the before and after results.  After a little bit of...

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Tis the Season for Toasting

If your holiday social calendar includes group gatherings, you may find yourself confronted with an opportunity to say something to the group. If you want to be effective in communicating your thoughts here are 5 simple guidelines: Speak from the heart. Nothing is more important in public speaking than authenticity.  What’s important for you to communicate to beloved friends and family members?  This quote generally attributed to Carl W. Buechner captured this nicely: “They may...

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