Sep 12, 2012 by Beatrice Stonebanks
Had enough of your peers speaking in sentences that sound more like questions because their voice gets higher at the end of the sentence? They are suffering from HRT, high-rise terminals, a speech habit being used by more than just teens and valley-girls. So much so, it has become a global epidemic.
HRT is the technical term for uptalk - the way kids speak so that every sentence ends with an interrogative tone so it sounds like a question even when it’s a statement.
Diane DiResta says, “it robs adults and professionals of credibility and authority.” Diane, author of Knockout Presentations: How …
Mar 28, 2011 by Aaron Rubman
Enchantment and the Economy of Reciprocation
I once heard that a typical audience member will by entranced by 1/3 of a performance. On Thursday, March 24, I discovered it was entirely false.
That’s when I witnessed Guy Kawasaki presenting to the Commonwealth Club of California, and I was captivated from beginning to end.
For those of you unfamiliar with Guy Kawasaki, he was part of the original Macintosh marketing team and is now an author, blogger, venture capitalist, and master of simplicity and charm. Kawasaki was introducing his new book, which …
Oct 8, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
“Next,” “next,” “next,” if you’re like most people, your eyes probably glazed over after the second slide, perhaps even sooner. Imagine, then, how difficult it would be to capture your audience’s attention if you are the second presenter, or third, or tenth….
Prezi (www.prezi.com), provides a different way to organize and present your visual support. Instead of making several distinct slides, a Prezi presentation consists of a single large image that contains the whole of your visual presentation. Instead of advancing slides, you can zoom in on one part of your image to focus on one aspect of the …
Jul 20, 2010 by Scott Stiefvater
What do Good Presentations and Good Websites have in common?
It’s simply satisfying to attend a really good presentation. Although you may be one of many audience members, the speaker seems to connect directly with you. You leave, not just persuaded, but inspired to take action.
Now think about what business owners want to achieve with their websites. They want to connect with their web-surfing audiences and inspire them to action. Since the goals are similar, it only makes sense that the underlying principals are very much the same.
Attention to Audience
Too often, presenters fail to venture outside their own head as they …
Jul 20, 2010 by Andrew Crow
We communicate with other people every day. Over the course of our lives we’ve developed verbal, written and visual communication skills that help us convey our thoughts. From time to time, we find ourselves in a position to share these ideas in a business context, often in the form of a presentation. And, it’s usually at this point where we completely forget how to talk.
I remember in 4th grade, I desperately wanted to ask Jenny Grubb to dance at a school event. Like every other 4th grader, I was plastered against the wall with the boys, while the girls giggled …
Jul 20, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
We all need a place to start when embarking upon a creative endeavor - and make no mistake about it, a good presentation is a work of creativity. However, there are some concrete steps we can all take to make sure that the underlying core of our projects are solid. I hope mine can speak for themselves…
10 - Stick to your Central Message
A presentation is not a survey course. You cannot cover everything. Make sure you know what you’re going to talk about and ruthlessly remove all subject matter which deviates from that subject.
9 - Have an Objective
As a professional, …
Jul 12, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
Have you ever been looking for that perfect fact that helps you translate a statistic from your presentation into a language your audience understands? Well this week’s vein of online ore will help you do just that.
For example, 1 in every 8.5 American children under the age of 18 is without health insurance. The same portion of the California population filed for personal bankruptcy in 2008.
Book of Odds has been online for close to a year offering articles and odds statements on topics from sports and relationships to health and death. And once …
May 27, 2010 by Lindsay Gower
If you’ve read The Gold Mine over the months, you know that we believe that it is possible to use Powerpoint well. Earlier this month, I used Powerpoint to enhance a talk I gave to a group of colleagues in my professional network. Valuable lessons were learned, by me. And now, I share them with you.
I mapped out the overall message, and the component sections, of my talk. Then, I got it ready on Powerpoint. That part was so much fun! Too much fun! What a monstrous time suck!
I’d start searching through istockphotos.com. Let’s find photos of typewriters. Oh, …
May 25, 2010 by Scott Stiefvater
Much of what I advocate in the way of presentation development involves simplification. Simple messages and simple slides make it easy for the audience to enjoy your talk and understand your point.
One could argue that the mere presence of slides adds undue complexity to a talk because the audience is faced with making a choice between focusing on the presenter or the slide. There is truth enough in this argument to make you pause and think - should I even include slides with my next talk?
Between a talk with no slides and one with a heavy slide emphasis, there is …
May 4, 2010 by Scott Stiefvater
I’m sure you’ve heard it - a business acquaintance refers to a talk or presentation he or she is soon to give as “a PowerPoint”. Perhaps you’ve done the same. Although I am not so rude as to express it outwardly, when I hear someone refer to his or her talk as “a PowerPoint”, I experience a fight-or-flight response as my blood pressure spikes and I get the urge to run for the door.
PowerPoint: Microsoft Office product that provides users with an interface to design multimedia slides to be displayed on a projection system or personal computer.
I like to …