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Effective Presentation Design Methods

Presentation design can be defined as the design of a presentation presented via PowerPoint, keynote and other presentation programs. Effective Presentation design methods include working on the layout, the imagery and the spacing of your professional PowerPoint presentations.

How To Use Irony In Your Next Speech

As speakers we are always looking for different ways to use our #1 tool: words. The English language is filled with literary devices that we can choose from in order to help us to communicate the importance of public speaking. It’s important that we take the time to think about our audience and then select the proper word tools that will allow us to make the greatest impact. For the right speech, for the right audience, sometimes the right technique to use is irony.

Tips For Managers Making an End-Of-Year Speech at the Office Christmas Party

It’s that moment that fills us with dread: the end of year office party, and as a manager you are expected to make a speech. What should you focus on to be able to set the right tone, inspire your workers and impress your boss?

Speaking Tools That Speakers Need To Learn How To Use: Satire

As speakers, our most powerful tool is the words that we use. Based on the importance of public speaking we know that our goal every time that we give a speech is to capture and hold the attention of our audience. In order to do this, we need to use words that will tease and excite them. This requires us to master many different word based tools. One of the most important of these is the tool that we call satire.

On the Edge of Public Speaking

How to ensure your speech has the winning edge? I toyed with titling this article ‘Sour Grapes!’ as it is based on insights from losing at a speaking contest to some very witty, vibrant and polished speakers and speeches.

How to Deal With Nerves When Asked to Give a Speech

You can’t hide anymore: You’ve been asked to give a speech. If the mere idea of speaking in front of a group of people makes you sweat and shake, this article will help you prepare and alleviate those nerves.

How to Give an Informative Speech

Whether you are introducing a new product line to your team or simply educating an audience, your well-delivered informative speech can have a major impact. This article will walk you through the process of choosing what to say, how to say it, and how to make it memorable.

Introductory Speeches – Ideas For Introducing

Introducing another speaker is a skill that few perfect. Your introductory speech should honor the speaker and prepare the audience, without eclipsing the speaker. This article will help you create a strong introduction that will make you, your organization, and your guest speaker all look good.

Speech Tips – Using a Projector Without Reading From It

One of the most common complaints from audience members is that the speaker read from his/her slides. When using PowerPoint or another program, how do you deliver an engaging presentation without reading from the projector? These tips will help you break that habit and become a more effective speaker.

How Jargon Can Make Or Break A Speech

I was talking to someone about computers the other day (not something I generally do) and my wife was looking at me strangely (something she does generally do). After the conversation she said “You know, you actually sounded like you knew what you were talking about then. You didn’t have to say ‘thingy’ once.

How to Choose Your Niche and Target Audience As a Public Speaker

One of the major hurdles of being a public speaker is choosing a topic that they can talk about. Most times, they’d look for a popular and in-demand niche that they know can make them money and just study it. Other speakers go for the lesser-known topics so they can “dominate” that market.

Creating High Quality “A’s” For Q and As

As public speakers, we understand the importance of public speaking and so we take the time to prepare our speeches. We clearly identify who we’ll be talking to, pick a topic, build a speech, practice it, and then deliver it. That’s all there is to this public speaking stuff, right? Well, not exactly. There’s the little thing called the “Q&A” portion of the speech where your audience can ask you questions about what you just said (or anything else that they want to). Got a plan for handling this?

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