5 Tips to Great Speechwriting

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????How can you write a great speech? What factors should be considered? Below are five basic tips you can follow to write great speeches:

•    Great speeches are primarily emotional, not logical – the more you can evoke the emotions of your audience, the more they’ll get hooked on your speech and make it memorable for them.
•    Small shifts in tone make an enormous difference to the audience, so sweat the details – by varying the tone of your voice at certain points, you emphasize the important and crucial details of your speech.
•    A great speech has a clear voice speaking throughout – make sure that whatever tone and volume you use, your voice should be clear enough to be understood by everyone inside the room.
•    A great speech conveys one idea only, though it can have lots of supporting points – this one idea will tie everything together and make your speech cohesive
•    A great speech answers a great need – after all, it’s always about the audience and not you.

To know more about this, please head to: The Five Basic Secrets of Great Speechwriting

5 Ways of Getting Better at Impromptu Speaking

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Impromptu speaking has a different set of skills as compared to the usual prepared speech public speakers and presenters do. Speaking on the spot, without any preparation and without knowing what to expect can be pretty scary. If some presenters who have prepared well still nervous in front of an audience, how much more for those who are asked to do an impromptu speech?

Well, don’t worry too much. There are things you can do to prepare yourself somehow. Below are five tips on how to do better at impromptu speaking:

  1. Become aware that you are blocking yourself  
    When people are asked to speak on the spot, they would normally turn on their internal critic which shuts any creative ideas down. Acknowledge that this is happening. becoming aware of it is the first step to unlocking your brain and making it flow with ideas eventually.
  2. Practice  “accepting” your own ideas
    Instead of thing “Yes, but…” every time a new idea pops in your head, think “Yes, and…” This way, you put trust into your own ideas and from there, your inner creativity will shine.
  3. Learn about improvisation
    Join a class of find people who do improvs. You can also do research online. This way, your skills in extemporaneous speeches will improve.
  4. Find a local Toastmasters club
    Just like in joining improvs, joining  Toastmasters International for instance can help you practice your ability to speak on the spot.
  5. Practice self compassion
    It is normal to make mistakes as you learn better how to do impromptu speeches. Forgive yourself and move on. Keep improving and doing things that will make you a better extemporaneous speaker.

For more insights about this, please head to: Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

Collaborate Using Office Online

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Last week, I’ve shared with you how to collaborate in PowerPoint presentations. This is part II – another way that you can make your collaboration. You can actually post your presentation on Office Online (which was previously called Office Web Apps). Though the online version of PowerPoint is lacking several features present in the desktop version, simple editing can still be done.

How do you use Office Online?

You just have to start your computer by first using the desktop version of PowerPoint and then you go to the online version.

Office Online will let editors do their edits simultaneously. This way, all concerned can work on the presentation all at the same time. You can see all the changes being made which will make presentation collaboration easier.

For more information about this, please head to: 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part II

Bad Habits to Avoid When Communicating

healthy-habits-office-notes-21588360Whether you are talking to a friend, a colleague or a group of people, these habits below should be avoided to ensure proper and good communication. These habits are:

1. Gossip
Though we are all guilty of this habit from time to time, it’s best to try to avoid it as much as possible. After all, don’t great minds discuss ideas while average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people? How do you want to be known as?

2. Judging
When you know you are being judged, it’s kind of hard to listen to that person judging you, right? So have an honest dialogue instead.

3. Negativity
Isn’t it hard to listen to someone who is a negative thinker and always sees the bad side of things? So be positive instead.

4. Complaining
Complaining is also similar to being negative. If you always complain, people won’t find you approachable.

5. Excuses
Instead of making excuses and blaming others, take responsibility for your own actions and failures.

6. Exaggeration 
Exaggeration is like lying. And lying is wrong.

7. Dogmatism
Don’t confuse facts with opinions.

To know more about this, please head to: 7 things good communicators must not do

 

Collaboration in PowerPoint Presentations

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Do you know that there are two ways to collaborate with others on your presentation using PowerPoint? Emailing each other about updates and edits on your presentation can get pretty confusing fast because it’s hard to keep track of the latest changes. So what can you do instead? Below are two things you can do to make collaboration a lot easier when it comes to presentations.

1. Add comments to  presentation – By adding comments to a presentation, all parties involved can have a chance to write their opinions on how to make the presentation better. They can suggest changes and edits that need to be made.

2. Compare two presentations – Once you have two similar presentations that went through suggests, edits and changes, the Compare feature will show you the differences between the 2 presentations.

To find out more about the step-by-step process on how to add comments and compare two presentations, please head to this link: 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part I

 

Apply Design Principles to Your Presentation

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In order to create a beautiful presentation, you need to have certain visual elements work together so you can show the “big picture” to your intended audience.  How do you do this?

Below are four design principles you need to consider when making a beautiful presentation:

1. Balance - Whether it’s symmetrical or asymmetrical balance, the elements on both sides of the design should be in equilibrium.

2. Emphasis - By using the color, size or placement of an object in your design, you can make it stand out to catch the attention of your audience.

3. Unity – Make sure that your deck has a consistent look and feel and the elements must always feel like they were placed with purpose.

4. Movement – By using curved lines, the eye of the audience will be encouraged to move sequentially, thus, instilling a sense of motion.

To know more on how to apply these design principles, please head to this link: The 4 Basic Principles of Presentation Design

Use PowerPoint for Music Video Presentation with Lyrics

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you ever done a music video for a presentation but you wanted to sync lyrics with the music? Have you done something like this?  Did you know that you can do this in PowerPoint?

You can actually sync lyrics in a music video using PowerPoint by following four simple steps below:

1. Insert the video.

2. Choose where you want to display the lyrics.

3. Set the video play options to continue throughout your slides.

4. Set slide timing.

For a detailed discussion on how this can be done, please head to this link: Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

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