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Does PowerPoint Actually Make You Look Better? | Mr. Media Training

Does PowerPoint Actually Make You Look Better? | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Many presentation coaches say that PowerPoint makes most speakers look worse. But new research challenges that assertion. Who's right?

 

PowerPoint is an overused device used primarily by lazy speakers who are unable or unwilling to put together a more compelling speech.


Right? Well, although that line of thinking is increasingly pervading presentation best practices lists, not so fast.


Here’s a counterintuitive idea for you: using PowerPoint actually makes you more credible, not less....

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Six Ways To Be Funny During A Speech (Without Getting Fired) | Mr. Media Training

Six Ways To Be Funny During A Speech (Without Getting Fired) | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
In today's guest post, you'll learn six great ways to be funny in your next speech - without any of the negative consequences humor can bring.

 

Here’s the insider secret that comedians don’t want you to know—delivering a line isn’t that difficult. Al Gore, who no one would mistake for a stand-up comic, opens his ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ presentation with a fabulous joke: “My name is Al Gore. I used to be the next president of the United States of America.” To paraphrase Larry the Cable Guy: “I don’t care what your politics are; that’s funny!” I promise you, if Al Gore can do it, you can do it.


Al Gore’s joke is extremely (and, I suspect, painfully) self-deprecating which is my first tip: Do be self-deprecating. Then, not only will you be seen as somebody with their ego in check, it’s also extremely unlikely that someone will take offense. I open my speech with jokes about being bald: “I don’t need conditioner. I dream of split ends…the very thought of one hair becoming two!”...

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A New Way To Learn Public Speaking: Stand-Up Comedy | Mr. Media Training

A New Way To Learn Public Speaking: Stand-Up Comedy | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Public speakers can learn at least four things from stand-up comedians. You don't have to be a pro - or go for laughs - to learn important lessons from comics.

 

According to surveys, people are more afraid of public speaking than dying. And, we’re not just talking about a conference with 500 people. We find employees are just as afraid to present to five people as they are to 500!


We’ve learned that through stand-up comedy training, offered as part of our proprietary Comedy Experience program, employees become better, more fearless speakers. We teach organizations great and small to employ storytelling techniques mastered by professional comedians. And, we walk the walk. Everyone at Peppercom – from management to interns – has performed stand-up comedy at least once, and many of us entertain comedy club audiences all over New York on a regular basis....

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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | Forbes

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | Forbes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. I hope you noticed the previous sentence didn't refer to being a great talker - big difference.
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The One Sentence Most Public Speakers Get Wrong | Mr. Media Training

The One Sentence Most Public Speakers Get Wrong | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
One of the most important sentences in any speech often comes at the very beginning when the speaker says, “I’m excited to be here.”...

 

But the majority of the time, the speaker utters that line without any discernible excitement. They’re saying that they’re happy to be there, but their voice and body language sends the exact opposite message....

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Twitter LinkedInHow to Succeed with That BIG Client Meeting | The Guerrilla Consultant

Twitter 	 LinkedInHow to Succeed with That BIG Client Meeting | The Guerrilla Consultant | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...Obviously, you have to cover the basics: create compelling content; find out who will attend and why; understand the role each person will play; and learn what the participants think about the topic.First, define your ideal outcome. What result do you envision.

 

Be sure you don't overlook three other aspects of your preparation, though....

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Snapseed Grunge Filter

Snapseed Grunge Filter | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Snapseed is a powerful yet simple photo editing tool for all platforms including iPad, iPone, Mac and Windows. Very modest cost and you may never use photoshop for photo editing again.

- JD

Snapseed Home page and demo:  http://www.snapseed.com/home/

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Infographic: Presentations with 1-20 slides get read the most | Ragan.com

Infographic: Presentations with 1-20 slides get read the most | Ragan.com | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Don't cram a lot of data into your presentation because you think your audience will read it later. They won't.

 

If you cram a lot of detail and data into your slides and expect your audience to absorb it later when you circulate your presentation, beware.


A new infographic from Sales Crunch zeroes in on just how many of your slides people read after the presentation. The takeaway? People read presentations with fewer slides more than long ones, and for longer periods of time....

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Eight Great Ways To Open A Speech (Part Three) | Mr. Media Training

Eight Great Ways To Open A Speech (Part Three) | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
The final part of the series teaches you to open a speech through humor, by referring to the conference, or by referring to a newsworthy item.

 

Over the past two days, you’ve learned that the opening minutes of a presentation are often the most important. And as you know by now, the authors of The Definitive Book of Body Language have found that the audience forms 60 – 80 percent of its impression of a speaker within the first four minutes.


Therefore, I hope you’ll invest time in creating an opening that’s better than “Good morning. Thank you for inviting me here today. I’m excited to talk to you. Today’s agenda will be… (zzzzzzzz)….”


Today’s post will cover three final ways to open a presentation or speech: building off the conference theme, mentioning something in the news, and using humor....

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Public Speaking Tip: Tell Specific Stories | Mr. Media Training

Public Speaking Tip: Tell Specific Stories | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
When telling stories, don't say things such as, the man was very rich. How old was he? How rich was he? Those abstractions kill an otherwise good story.
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15 Presentation & Public Speaking Tips that Rock

15 Presentation & Public Speaking Tips that Rock | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Joe Pulizzi shares 15 public speaking and presentation tips that will make all the difference in getting your message to stick.

 

After my blog and my books, public speaking events have probably led more to growing the business than anything else I’ve done. Below are some of my presentation speaking tips that I try to integrate into every presentation I do (in no particular order). I hope they are helpful to you....

 

[Really great speakinbg tips from content marketing expert Joe Pulizzi - JD]

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Presentation Trends 2011 - Servant of Chaos

Presentation Trends 2011 - Servant of Chaos | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Take a look back at your presentations from last January/February. Think about how you might do them differently. What would it be – more images? Longer? Shorter? More words? Less video? Personally, my file sizes seem to be getting larger...

 

...This deck on trends from popular web presentation sharing site, Slideshare, provides the details on just what has changed in the last 12 months. Take a look. How do you compare?...

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