“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Winston Churchill “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory.” Winston Churchill “And that’s the way it is.” Walter Cronkite —————- Many famous people are buried beneath Westminster Abbey. But, at Westminster Abbey, there is one plaque, prominenty on… Read More From Winston Churchill and Walter Cronkite – Your Communication Tips of the Day
I’ve never watched Breaking Bad. Barely heard of it (though, I have heard the lead actor interviewed twice in recent days). But here is an article about how it nearly did not ever get off the ground, by the creator, Vince Gilligan: I Almost Broke Bad: The creator of the award-winning Breaking Bad explains how his show… Read More Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, with the Presentation Tutorial of the Day
There are two kinds of speakers. The first kind – the far too frequent kind – is the kind that is afraid of the microphone, afraid of the audience, almost afraid of their own shadow. (Yes, I am overstating this to make a point). These speakers are simply too tentative. They approach the microphone slowly,… Read More Joaquin Phoenix grabs Johnny Cash’s Guitar by the Neck – Your Communication (your Speaking) Tip of the Day
“In industry, we pretty much suck at it.” — a participant at my last training session, a department head at a major company, commenting on the presentation skills of far too many people. ———— I make a lot of presentations. I teach speech. And I study speech and presentation skills. If I have areas of… Read More There Are Too Many Presenters Who “Suck” At It – Don’t Be One Of Them
I haven’t yet seen Melancholia. I intend to. It is clearly a provocative film. Kirsten Dunst, who has been acting since she was 12 (actually, since she was about 3 or 4), has apparently given the performance of her life. She won the Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role. Here’s a… Read More Kirsten Dunst With the Presentation Tip of the Day – Prepare!
I have always liked Andy Rooney’s essays. They were so well-written. One quote that has popped up throughout the weekend, after his death, is this one. He described his work this way: “I’m a writer who reads what he’s written.” This is your presentation tip of the day. This is what Andy Rooney did. His… Read More The Presentation Tip of the Day – from Andy Rooney
It drives me crazy. People refer to a set of PowerPoint slides as “a presentation.” “Can you send me your presentation?” people will ask. Are they crazy?! A presentation is – you know – a person presenting a speech, a talk…, standing up or sitting down and opening his/her mouth and speaking. You know –… Read More A Set of PowerPoint Slides is NOT a “presentation” – a rant