Terry Gault

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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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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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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Can any topic be made compelling with good presentation skills?

by Terry Gault Well, there may be a topic that CANNOT be compelling with good presentation skills … but I don’t know what that might be. Here’s an example of one our clients who delivers a terrific and fun presentation on the topic of Fair Division. The Presenter: Mark Probst is a Software Engineer at Xamarin.  Xamarin provides a platform for mobile application development as well as a cloud-based testing service to ensure high quality application...

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Pet Peeve #3: Go ahead

by Terry Gault This is the third in a series of Pet Peeves.  While the title includes “#3”, the numbering is NOT to be interpreted as any sort of ranking.  We’ll eventually aggregate my Pet Peeves into a ranked list.  I feel fairly confident this will be the first of many and a Top 10 List will not be hard to compile.  (Aarrgghh!!) One of my pet peeves is when I hear people (generally in...

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Terry’s Pet Peeves – Pet Peeve #1

by Terry Gault This is the first in a series of Pet Peeves.  While the title includes “#1”, the numbering is NOT to be interpreted as any sort of ranking.  Perhaps later, we’ll aggregate my Pet Peeves into a ranked list.  I feel fairly confident this will be the first of many and a Top 10 List will not be hard to compile.  (Aarrgghh!!) All that said, here’s #1: Prefacing verbs with ‘do’. They really like...

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