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Fake it until you become it: Review of Amy Cuddy’s TED talk

I’d like to share the best 21 minutes I spent this week with you.  It’s Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, where she talks about the ways that our brains actually change when we “power pose.” It’s powerful because she says a lot of things that I say to the speakers I coach:  it’s important to look […]

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A PowerPoint about PowerPoint: Martha gives an Ignite talk

Another oldie but goodie, here’s an example of an Ignite or rapid fire talk that I blog about so often!  In this case, it’s coming from me!  This was my first exposure to the format, when our love affair was born.  Yes, the love between an advanced presentation format and a girl (aka C0mmunication Specialist) […]

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Friday Fun Idea: Karaoke!

Have a speaking gig coming up? Are you super nervous? Having trouble maintaining your voice throughout your talk? Having trouble with your stage presence? Then grab your fellow speakers/team mates and go out to karaoke!  Karaoke isn’t about speaking, it’s about stage presence, having fun, and being part of a group.  I’m not advocating alcohol (especially […]

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Metaphors series: Leadership

In continuation on my series of brainstorms for alternatives to “played out visual metaphors,” I’m attacking Leadership.  This is one where folks frequently show something at the top or somewhite man in a suit. But what is leadership, really?  Good leaders inspire other to follow, they have contagious energy, and a vision.  They’re good at […]

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Metaphors series: Balanced/Unbalanced

As noted in my last post, I love metaphors and am a huge fan of using them to presentations.  I am not, however a huge fan of the same metaphors being used over and over again.  In the last post, I brainstormed alternatives to a tree being used for growth.  Today, I’d like to conquer […]

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Metaphors Series: Growth

A great way to jazz up your presentation and make it resonate more with your audience is with metaphors.   In case it’s been a while since you’ve been in literature class, the definition of a metaphor, according to Wikipedia is:  a literary figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some […]

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“How to design a TEDx presentation” by EP

This is a presentation, designed by a firm out in Hawaii.  This is probably designed to be an on-screen, projected presentation versus a SlideShare presentation as there really are a LOT of slides, making you feel like you’ve got a lot of clicking to do.  BUT, it’s got some good tips in here that I […]

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Some of my favorite TED talks

When I was coaching TEDxHarlem, a number of the speakers asked me for talk references. Typically, my next steps would be to look up videos of those speakers already and then dive deep into finding existing TED talks that seemed like appropriate models for those particular speakers. Not everyone has the same speaking style, after […]

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The magic of audience surprises

A really amazing presentation does more for the audience than just teaching them something new.  A really amazing presentation also inspires, entertains, engages emotion, and opens up a new way of seeing.  One way to help that along is to institute surprises into your delivery.  Here are some ideas, mostly based on ideas from amazing producers and […]

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Goals when running a rehearsal

A big part of what I do when coaching events is run rehearsals.  This is when everyone meets each other,  participants frequently get to give their talk for their first time, and the real meat of presentation coaching happens.    When presentations are short, I like to run these as a workshop.  I’m sure some […]

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