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10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Your Presentation is a Joke: Conversation with Marshall Chiles

Marshall Chiles loves comedy, education, and business… but not always in that order. He is a professional international comedian who has owned comedy clubs and festivals around the country. He combines his 20+ years of entrepreneurial success and 14 years of standup comedy experience to inspire and help businesses apply more comedy & humor to their culture and communications. Currently, Marshall

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

PowerPoint Delivery, Text or Pictures, Handouts: TJ Walker with Geetesh Bajaj

Here's another podcast that I recorded with TJ Walker. In this podcast, we explore several areas: How do you balance between the text slides vs. picture slides approaches? Is there more than one presentation scenario that needs different strategies? Or is there a one-glove-fits-all option that works for all presentations? What about handouts? And when do you provide them? Do you print them, or

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Preparation Before Speaking: Conversation with Nigel Holmes

Born in England, Nigel Holmes studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and then freelanced for magazines and newspapers for 12 years in London before going to New York in 1977 to work for Time Magazine. He became graphics director and stayed there for 16 years. He has written several books on aspects of information design. With his son Rowland, Holmes makes animated short films.

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Practice Your Presentation: TJ Walker with Geetesh Bajaj

Last week, we released the first podcast that I recorded with TJ Walker. In today's podcast, we will look at this topic: Many presenters spend considerable effort and time to create their slides—but they do not get the time to practice. Did you know that PowerPoint has had a built-in practice tool? Do note that the video embedded here contains the podcast content of two posts. This is the

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Prepare Your Presentation: TJ Walker with Geetesh Bajaj

TJ Walker and I recently recorded a podcast, both on video and audio via Skype. So what is in this podcast for you? We look at two main areas: How do you start creating a new presentation using PowerPoint or another program such as Keynote, Prezi, or something similar? Do you create a storyboard to start with? And do you create your own slides—or are you one of those fortunate beings who has a

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

The Single Most Important Factor For Persuasion: by Jerry Weissman

An indisputable fact of life in every company, every industry, every vertical, every geography, is that salespeople sell features when they should be selling benefits instead. This mistake is also chronic in presentations because presenters too often focus on their own message to the exclusion of their audiences, causing them to think: "Why should I care?" or "It's all about you!" Politicians

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Presenters Network: Conversation with David Grupper

David Grupper is the creative director for Point Made Animation, a studio specializing in explainer video and advanced PowerPoint animation. As a communications professional with extensive experience in highly collaborative, in-house environments as well as independent creative consulting, his print and digital work reflects, represents, and strengthens institutional identity and conveys

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Indezine Questions 04: Conversation with TJ Walker

This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast. Here are the questions answered by TJ: Can you tell us more about stories? Moreover, are stories used in business presentations and speeches different from everyday stories? What about negative and positive stories -- is it better to start with a negative story, and then

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Finding Your Presentation Metaphor: by Jim Endicott

For most people, creating presentations is not their day job. They sell things. They manage people. They drive projects. They make stuff happen. So it's understandable that when it becomes necessary to actually create a presentation, the process is rarely motivated by an understanding of the science of how our brains actually assimilate information (who has time for that). But more often by

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

12 Engaging Presenter Behaviors to Keep Your Audience Awake

Picture Courtesy: Pixabay "I want to engage my audience," is what over half of the presenters I coach tell me. Here's what I tell them. First, many people in your audience are tired—probably at least a third of them just don't get enough sleep. They're sitting there hoping they won't embarrass themselves by nodding off. Part of your job is to help them stay awake, to actually pay attention and

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Standing Out in a Sea of Voices: Conversation with Jim Endicott

Jim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. Jim has been a Jesse H. Neal award-winning columnist for Presentations magazine with his contributions to the magazine's Creative Techniques column. Jim has also contributed presentation-related content in magazines like Business Week, Consulting

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Your Escape Plan for Networking: by Fred Miller

Your escape plan for networking must be in place! If you're a regular networker, I'll bet this has happened to you. The seminar is scheduled to begin at 8:30, and the event notice suggested to: "Arrive early and Network!” "Great!" was your initial reaction. That's one of the reasons you attend events. You have developed and practiced you Elevator Speech. You've tweaked it enough times that

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Indezine Questions 03: Conversation with TJ Walker

This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast. Here are the questions answered by TJ: How much practice is good enough for delivering a presentation or speech? Alternatively, to put the same question in different words, is there something called practicing too much? Can you recommend any books, websites and other

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Indezine Questions 02: Conversation with TJ Walker

This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast. Here are the questions answered by TJ: What’s the best thing to do after a mistake – maybe even a pronunciation mistake that you are immediately aware of? Should we correct ourselves, or move ahead? Spoken words and visual images do go hand in hand, and the sum of both in a

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Presenters Think Different, Also: by Fred Miller

'Think Different' was Apple's slogan for a long time. It was appropriate to their products and services. They did, and still do, 'think different' and 'do different.' This has been a huge factor in making them one of the world's most successful companies. Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons We speakers can improve our presentations by 'thinking different,' when developing slides for our

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Jumping Slides

Every presenter wants to be in the same situation as Tom! He was happy while presenting because his audience seemed so engrossed in his talk. Why? That is because Tom had shared a story about ups and downs. He had expressed the contrast in an almost nail-biting environment. Yes, the story had served as an awesome introduction, and Tom had everyone’s attention. Could anything go wrong? Maybe,

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Illuminate: Conversation with Patti Sanchez

Patti Sanchez is a communicator with nearly 25 years of experience leading transformative marketing initiatives for brands and causes, and the co-author of Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols. As Chief Strategy Officer for Duarte, Inc., Patti facilitates workshops and counsels clients on how to create authentic connections with their audiences through

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Illuminate: Conversation with Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte, Inc. and the author of Resonate, Slide:ology, and the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Her latest book, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, co-authored with Patti Sanchez, shows how the world's greatest leaders use powerful communication to move people and ideas forward. She has a passion for teaching others about the

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

New Ideas from Zeetings: Conversation with Robert Kawalsky

Robert Kawalsky is the CEO and Cofounder of Zeetings, a software company changing the way people present their ideas to the world. Kawalsky is also an active investor and advisor to technology and internet related businesses. Kawalsky previously held the position of Portfolio Manager at Keybridge Capital where he grew and managed a portfolio of assets across shipping, aviation, renewable energy

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

The Storyteller’s Secret: Conversation with Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo is a communication coach for the world’s most admired brands. He has helped transform the storytelling culture at Intel, Coca-Cola, LinkedIn, Chevron, and many others. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist, Forbes.com columnist, and popular keynote speaker on the topic of leadership and communication. In this conversation, Carmine discusses his new book, The Storyteller's Secret.

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Dirty Rhetoric: Conversation with Peter Watts

Peter Watts is a coach and trainer who helps presenters around the world to find their voice on the stage. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post and blogs about all things to do with public speaking at The Presenters’ Blog. You can follow him on Twitter @speak2all In this conversation, Peter talks about Dirty Rhetoric, a deck of cards that help people communicate their ideas better. Peter

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Presentation Genius: Conversation with Simon Raybould

Simon Raybould is a speaker and trainer. As a speaker, he specializes in resilience, emotional robustness, public speaking and presenting. As a trainer, he is the director of the training company Aware Plus. He has a particular speciality as a trainer and coach helping anyone who wants to make better use of their voice or who wants (needs?) to make better presentations. Basically, as he says, "it

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

The Orderly Conversation: Conversation with Greg Owen-Boger

Greg Owen-Boger is the Vice President of Turpin Communication, a presentation and facilitation training company in Chicago. He started with Turpin as a cameraman in 1995, and quickly moved on to instructor/coach, and now VP. Trained in management and the performing arts, he brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the organization. Prior to joining Turpin, he was a Project Leader for a

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

The Orderly Conversation: Conversation with Dale Ludwig

Dale Ludwig is President & Founder of Turpin Communication. He has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992. Since then he has worked to keep Turpin focused on providing the best presentation and facilitation skills training available. He spends most of his time delivering live workshops and

10/23/2016 06:39 PM

Hole in the Paper Graphics for PowerPoint - 01

What does "Hole in the Paper" mean? This is a name for a graphic treatment that gives an appearance of something being visible from a frame of torn paper. Typically it is difficult to create a graphic of this sort in PowerPoint. So we decided to create something so easy. In fact, this ended up being so simple that anyone can now build this “hole in the paper” visual effect in just under one

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