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The Ultimate Guide to Storytelling

Let’s picture the scene. You are sitting in an audience waiting for the next presentation to begin. For the past hour your time has been consumed by data, bullets and lots of technical information. Now imagine the next speaker takes to the stage and launches into a PowerPoint presentation full of complex text and cluttered […]

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How to Create Powerful Visual Aids 2

Communication is supposed to be about the transfer of emotion. Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited (or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are.) Humans get inspired by fellow humans, not slides. If all you want to do is create a PowerPoint […]

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Communicate You Interviews Barry Brophy

A couple of weeks ago I called in to University College Dublin for a chat with Barry Brophy. With a background in engineering, Barry spent many years studying cognitive psychology in order to gain insights in how to explain technical material. Barry has nearly two decades of experience helping people make presentations in both the […]

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Communicate You Interviews Matt Abrahams

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Matt Abrahams. Matt is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach who teaches Strategic Communication for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Presentation Skills for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, and De Anza College. Matt is also Co-Founder of Bold Echo, which is an industry leading communication coaching consulting practice. During […]

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How to Create Powerful Visual Aids 1

Communication is supposed to be about the transfer of emotion. Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited (or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are.) Humans get inspired by fellow humans, not slides. If all you want to do is create a PowerPoint […]

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World Champions of Public Speaking

Toastmasters is a community of over 345,000 members in 15,900 clubs in over 140 countries. Each year thousands of those members gather for the annual convention, culminating with the final round of an International Speech Contest, to produce the World Champion of Public Speaking. This post showcases a selection of previous speech winners. For those not familiar with Toastmasters, check out […]

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Communicate You Interviews a World Champion

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Pres Vasilev. Pres Vasilev rose above 30,000 contestants from 122 countries to become the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking. He is the President of Pres Says, Inc., a company specialising in training business leaders and sales teams to achieve greater influence, productivity, and profits. During my chat with Pres […]

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Communicate You Interviews Presentation Blogger

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Dave Mac Gimpsey, a communications trainer and founder of Presentation Blogger. Dave’s blog is dedicated to helping real people deliver effective, confident, and anxiety-free talks, presentations, and workshops in business and social settings. During my chat with Dave we discuss: Tips for delivering presentations in the workplace (3:09) How to […]

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15 Great Quotes About Public Speaking

Below is a selection of the best quotes on public speaking that I’ve encountered in my research for Communicate You blog. These interesting and inspiring quotes are in no particular order, and the speakers range from well-known orators to presentation gurus. I’ve put together a pretty random list of 15 to get started. Quotes About Public Speaking There […]

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6 Websites for Free PowerPoint Templates

Still the king when it comes to presentation software, Microsoft PowerPoint was born in 1990 (the same year as me as it happens!). Today an estimated 350 presentations are given each second across the globe, using PowerPoint. Visual aids, such as PowerPoint, are exactly what it says on the tin – something you layer over a message to aid the […]

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