Tuesday, January 31, 2012

3 Quick Tips for Adding Humor to Your Presentation

by Gilda Bonanno LLC http://www.gildabonanno.com/

  1. Be yourself. Be in the moment with the audience so you can be open to the engaging humor possibilities that may appear.  
  2. Observe what makes people laugh.
  3. Keep track of amusing things that happen to you that you might be able to use later in your presentations.  Don't assume that you will remember the funny words your child said or the funny experience you had at the airport - you probably won't - so write it down.
For more on this topic, see my blog post, 4 Reasons Not to Start Your Presentation With a Joke http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2010/12/4-reasons-not-to-start-your.html

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Using Ensure, Assure, Insure Correctly - Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

It's important to use language correctly when you're presenting.  Here is a great post from Lynn Gaertner-Johnston's Business Writing Blog on how to avoid mistakes when using assure, ensure and insure:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

5 Tips for Using Quotes in Your Presentation

Quotations can be very powerful in your presentations.  They can succinctly capture your message and make it easier to remember.  They can also give you credibility and add humor or gravitas as appropriate to your audience.   

Here are 5 tips for using quotes in your presentation:
  1. Match the quote to the audience and the message.  Make sure it's relevant. 
  2. Introduce the quote well and give it its due.    
  3. Say the quote clearly and slowly, and then repeat it.  You can also print it on your handout or include it on your slide. 
  4. Make sure you have the words correct, include proper attribution and explain who the person quoted is, if necessary. 
  5. To find good quotes, read widely and listen to other speakers and leaders.  Pay attention to the quotes and write down the ones you might use. 
Here are some of my favorite quotations:
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einsten

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  Eleanor Roosevelt
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Seth Godin - Your Voice Will Give You Away

Seth Godin has written a quick and useful blog post about the importance of delivering a speech without reading it.  He begins, "It's extremely difficult to read a speech and sound as if you mean it."

Read the rest of his post here - Your Voice Will Give You Away

Thanks to Career Coach Nancy Collamer of Jobs and Moms for letting me know about Seth's post. 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What It Really Takes to Be a Successful Manager - ASTD-SCC Jan 23 Meeting

What It Really Takes to Be a Successful Manager

American Society for Training & Development - Southern CT chapter meeting (ASTD-SCC)
Monday, Jan 23, 2012, 5:45 - 8 PM

Attend this lively, thought-provoking presentation on what differentiates exceptional managers from average ones.  OnPoint Consulting President Rick Lepsinger, a leadership and organizational development expert, will brief us on a study designed to validate the American Management Association’s (AMA) management competency model.
Research tells us that managers are more critical to retention of key talent than any other factor. You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to find out:
  • Are you developing the right competencies in your organization?
  • What really makes the difference between average performance and excellence in management?
Rick Lepsinger has a 30-year track record of success as a human resource consultant and executive.   His work has focused on helping leaders and organizations close the gap between strategy and execution, work effectively in a matrix organization and operate in a virtual environment.  He has co-authored five books and numerous articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness.  His most recent books are Closing the Execution Gap:  How Great Leaders and their Companies Get Results and Virtual Team Success: a Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance.  Rick presented this work at the 2009 National ASTD conference.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

How I Get and Keep Clients - NSA-CT Meeting Jan. 30

How I Get (and Keep) Clients: Speaker Panel - Susan Keane Baker, Cliff Ennico and Juan Negroni, facilitated by Doug Campbell
National Speakers Association - CT Chapter (NSA-CT) Meeting  
Monday, January 30, 2012, 6-9 pm

Kickstart your speaking business this year with our much anticipated panel of experts, sharing their very best personal success secrets!  These NSA veterans will help you understand the different ways you can structure your business model to meet and exceed your goals! They will share how they structure, manage and grow their business, including how they balance various additional segments, such as speaking, coaching, consulting, training, virtual/in-person, etc. 

Come with all the questions you want answered! You will walk away with practical ideas that you can use immediately to launch, grow or evolve your speaking business. Don't miss this exciting opportunity! It's time to re-ignite that fire, get inspired and motivated to take your speaking business to the next level!

Monday, January 30, 2012
6-9 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton, CT 06484

Free to Members/Associates
$35.00 for Guests

For more details or to register, please visit  http://nsact.org/meetinginfo.php?id=23&ts=1325258908

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