Content is king?

But if your content is not relevant to your audience, you are wasting their time.

SpeakerRate lets speakers get honest feedback

The tech event season is beginning to heat up. If you’re a speaker, you know that standing in front of a crowd isn’t half as hard as getting critical feedback on your talks. People who disliked it will generally remain silent or opt for a snarky tweet or two. Those close to you will tell you “You did great!” no matter how poorly you performed. Getting the feedback you need to improve can be the most difficult part of the whole process. Until now. Meet SpeakerRate.

SpeakerRate is designed to help you promote the talks you’re giving – and get that critical feedback you’re seeking.

Preparing for your presentation


There are so many ways a room and its set-up can affect yur presentation. It is so important to make sure it works for you – your position, the audience’s position, the equipment, the sound, the heating … Graham Jones used this great example in his tip : Check the room layout for presentations
I was at a meeting the other day when a woman was invited to speak. She stayed where she was in the room to deliver her five minute talk. However, this meant that some people in the room couldn’t see her; others couldn’t hear her. As a result, about half her audience had five minutes of their time wasted. She also wasted much of her time because she didn’t get her message across to half the room.

Where you sit, where you look and how the audience feels is dependent upon room layout. You need to seriously consider all the options before you talk. Get the room layout right and your presentation will be much better. What this means is you should never accept the room as it is – unless it is perfect for you and your audience. Almost every room needs changing in some way so that the audience gains the best from you.

Quotation for the day

The most precious things in speech are the pauses.
Sir Ralph Richardson

Use your voice to get results

This is the key to using the power of your voice.

The best things to learn are

• The one mistake even professional singers make that drains the power from their voice… and the secret pencil trick that shortcuts your way to a voice that commands respect.

• How to master your natural voice in the shortest time possible… while you improve your level of communication with everyone you meet! (You’ll learn everything those stars paid thousands of dollars for!)

• Why “beginners” are able to use these simple techniques to quickly surpass more experienced professionals… even if you sound like the Wicked Witch of the West!

• How an ordinary pillow helped all-pro linebacker Dick Butkus transform from football star to television analyst. (Not one voice coach in a thousand even suspects the power of this simple technique!)

• A stunning secret revealed by singer Mel Torme which offers an insight into his lifetime success.

• How to instantly diagnose mistakes in your voice — so you’ll never have a communication problem again. No one will ever mistake what you are saying.

• How Lucie Arnaz overcame an allergic reaction that inflamed her vocal folds and used an instant mind-body secret to sing like a nightingale!

• How you can dictate your own identity to the world – as you want it to be – and not have it dictated to you!

“My Name Is Bond – James Bond” – “Arthur Joseph started as a teacher of mine years ago. Over these years, he has become a good friend whose teachings of Vocal Awareness have become a constant in my life. He enlightens with compassion and understanding of the human spirit and above all else, it works.” – Pierce Brosnan, Actor

Isn’t it frustrating? You speak as clear as a bell and people misunderstand what you say. Even worse, people misjudge you for no apparent reason!

People spend thousands on Lasik surgery to improve their eyes, tens of thousands to change their nose, cheeks, and chest, yet not a penny to change the way they sound. But for the first time ever…

You can use the Vocal Power Course. Get the information now.  (and yes, the link is now working!!)

Public speaking: A cheap, effective marketing tool

Are you looking for a marketing tool that is both effective and inexpensive? Then pull out your microphone and do some speaking! Why should you consider ‘public speaking’ as a way to obtain new customers? Because it doesn’t cost anything, except your time, and it is effective.

Help For Public-Speaking Anxiety


Fear of public speaking strikes some people harder — and differently — than others, according to a new study.

The study shows that those who suffer most over speaking in public get more anxious, not less anxious, as their presentation gets under way. And when it’s over, instead of feeling relief, they feel even more anxious.

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Creating effective backgrounds in PowerPoint

To create effective backgrounds in PowerPoint is one of the most challenging tasks for a presenter, as balancing visual impact, layout balance, properly matching colors while keeping great legibility is nothing that I would consider easy. Article continues

Using 3D in powerpoint

Jan has a useful post about using 3D in Powerpoint –

Many 3D effects are NOT useful. Three dimensional graphs make it harder to match the data to the value axes. Adding “random” bevels, reflections and shadows to a PowerPoint object does not make it an elegant graphical element. The fact that PowerPoint can do it, does not mean you have to use it.
Why don’t we use 3D for what it can do best: show distance? The example below shows a time line that we expect to last forever.

Video – Overcome the fear of public speaking

Overcome the fear of public speaking
Overcome the fear of public speaking

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