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These 11 apps will make your iPad shine on every conference trip. They will cover your back from boarding the plane to getting out of bed.
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Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.
If you’re in need of more outside-the-box, inventive thinking at work, here are five ways to boost your creativity.
Fear of public speaking tops death and spiders as the nation’s number one phobia.
Would you believe my son in this photo suffers from stage fright? Well he has for many years and yet with the right help and mindset he has overcome it and is now back in the driving seat...this article explains that before speaking in public and presenting we should try to reframe any stress, this can then help us to perform better.
An article by Nick Usborne about how copywriters get it wrong with the sales hook approach to sales copy.
I came across Nick when researching how to write a home page for my soon to be launched website - crocuscoaching.co.uk
He writes clearly and to the point, something I like and can learn from. Here he gives advice on not to use the 'Hook' technique when pitching to clients.
Creativity is one of the best human skills and imagination your best tool. The concept of creativity can vary depending on the context in which it is, has se...
A creative video clip with some great ideas to stay creative, some you will already have thought of and maybe a few new ones to think about
As content takes its rightful place at the forefront of marketing, I'm seeing many marketers fail at basic storytelling.
Marketers are ineffective when they use the classic "customer testimonial" format and pop that onto their blog or make it into a video. "Here’s our product. It is great. Here are customers who say it is great. Now buy some of our product." This just doesn't hold people's attention.
How interesting would a book or movie be were it to have this plot?:Boy meets girl.They fall in love.They get married.
That's what most people do with their business writing.
Effective storytellingThe best stories drip with conflict. They have a hero and sometimes a villain. There is a story arc. As a writing teacher once told me: "Writing without conflict is propaganda."
All business have conflict: lack of sales, poor service, employee malaise...
The issue is often that management doesn't want to talk about the negative but you have to have a hellish situation in order to make a story compelling.
Body Language and non-verbal indicators and movements have the biggest impact (55%) when communicating and these can be good, bad and ugly depending on what you do!! So your presentation can be memorable for great reasons or not so great depending on how you communicate non verbaly….so this is a key area to pay attention to. This picture shows just a few areas you need to consider when presenting. Get someone to observe and give you feedback and see where you excel and where you might need to develop to engage the audience more.
Vocals e.g. the tone of your voice, the pitch, intonation, pace, speed and sound account for 38% of how we communicate compared to 7% Words and 55% Non Verbal e.g body language. This is just a sample of ideas from group work at one of my workshops where we discuss and share ideas of how we can maximise and use our vocals to get the best impact. Great work guys!
Yes, it’s true, I’ve had story structure on the brain. I’ve also recently joined pinterest (of which I immediately became addicted). But there’s a happy side effect of these...
An interesting collection of diagrams showing story structures.
With the Voicing It! DVDs, you will discover a richer, warmer speaking voice as well as learn how to control your nervousness or anxiety in any form of public speaking.
Take a moment to think about the state of your life right now… Are you happy with where you are?
Can you imagine presenting a TED talk at 11 years old? Birke Baehr did just that, and he totally rocked it.
Would you have been able to have delivered a presentation like this at 11 years old?
How many times have you been in a meeting or on a phone call and drew a blank on someone's name? Is it Joan or Jane? Mike or Mark? Tim or Tom?
Anyone who has been on one of my courses will know I make an effort to remember names, and for me this is important and in some training sessions we play a game and everyone gets to rememeber each persons name! Great fun and so useful and personal too. These top tips are a fabulous reminder of whats important.
Present.me is a really easy way to record and share your presentations using your webcam
A new tool of sharing and showing face to face but not in realyime...brilliant...no idea of the cost though!!
Learn how to design amazing infographics with nothing but powerpoint with our free template: How to Create 5 Fabulous Infographics in PowerPoint
Take the pain out of adding images to your brand's social media accounts by following this easy guide to sizing images.Get the latest blog articles on...
Words account for just 7% of how people perceive us when we communicate, so I hear you say “they don't even listen to what I am saying"! Sadly this is true so we have to make sure what we say is spot on, clear, meaningful, jargon free, appropriate, simplistic and impacting. However when we get our words and language right and linked to good story telling, supported with amazing vocals and effective and memorable visuals the overall presentation will leave your audience with a memorable message.
Anchoring Technique From Neuro Linguistic Programming. Fun personal development tool.
A short video clip taking you through the steps of NLP anchoring to help you gain confidence and fight those nerves.
Build confidence before you stand in front of a new group or record a video. Great preparation technique.