Given my commitment to Life Long Learning, I regularly review presentation skill-oriented books to keep what I share with my clients current and relevant. I recently encountered two different authors who recommended using 3×5 inch note cards for preparing speaker notes. Whoa! Couldn’t disagree more. So, please allow me to respectfully disagree and rerun one of my favorite rants. Read More
‘The Confident Speaker – Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation’ by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase, McGraw Hill, 2007.
Very thorough detail about managing Presentation Anxiety and basic skills with lots of suggestions and techniques.
‘Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.’ – D. H. Lawrence, early 20th century British novelist, poet and playwright.
‘You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.’ – John Ford, 20th century American Academy Award winning film director.
‘Speak when you are angry – and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.’ – Laurence J. Peter, 20th century Canadian author and educator.
‘I understand a fury in your words, but not the words.’ – William Penn, 17th century English philosopher, entrepreneur and founder of Pennsylvania.
A reader just asked me what I thought of using a laser pointer with his slides. I started the conversation with ‘Don’t let the technology tail wag the presenter dog’. The rest of my comments:
One major downside of using this tool is the need to look at the screen when using it. I’ve already ranted about avoiding turning your back on the audience to read a slide to them. Using the laser pointer has the same effect – loss of eye contact and connection.
A client recently asked for some advice about a common practice with handouts. He noted that presenters often give audience members hard copies of their slides so they can take notes or use as a handout. My comments:
Looks like last month’s summary of business books recently mentioned in my site’s ‘BookShelf’ section was a hit, as several of you asked for more. So, my pleasure to add some workplace communication-related titles to your summer reading list … and thanks for asking. Read More
Regular readers know how much I love to rant about ineffective word choices, so please humor me about ‘very unique’. ‘Unique’ can’t be modified. Ever. Period. Therefore ‘very unique’ is wrong, so is ‘somewhat unique’ and ‘really unique’. Read More
Our 19th century American literary giants really understood the power of communication. We can still learn a lot from them.
‘Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall’. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809 – 1894, poet, lecturer and author.
‘Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 – 1882, essayist, lecturer and poet.
‘Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.’ – Herman Melville, 1819 – 1891, novelist, poet and short story writer.
As busy business leaders, you face lots of challenges doing your jobs or running or your businesses. One of the most important challenges is the need for on-going professional education. We may recognize the importance of Life Long Learning, but who has the time and energy to do any of it? Read More