Be as curious as curious George

You’re all familiar with curious George, right? He is this pet monkey who is very inquisitive and just plain wonderful. As presenters, we can learn a thing or two from him:

1. Be curious, of course. By being curious, you approach your topic with fresh insights and you get to bring your presentation to a whole new level.

2. Care for your friends. George is always pulled out of trouble by his friends. Likewise, when you’re in a new situation or speaking engagement, it helps to know that you can count on the support of your friends.

3. Keep exploring. Always carry that spirit of adventure with you. By doing so, you’ll open yourself up to new perspectives and insights   for topics you’ve already covered before.

To find out more, head to: Curious George and Presentations

Teenage Public Speaking in Action

Woah, I was really blown away by these teens featured in! To all would be presenters and public speakers out there — Watch and learn. If these teenagers can do it, so can you!

To watch the original video, head to: Award-winning teen-age science in action

11 Great Books for Communicators

I’d like to post here these ten amazing books that can help us think, create, & communicate better in 2012. These books are read and reread by Garr Reynolds and perhaps we could learn a lot from these books as well.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long.


Design For How People Learn.


100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People.


Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers.


Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity.


Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers.


Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design.


Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work.


White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating Visually through Graphic, Web and Multimedia Design.


The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life 

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition).

Find out more about these books as recommended by Garr Reynolds here:

10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012

Eight Floors of an Elevator Speech

An Elevator Speech  is a short speech (one that can be given when we go from one floor to the next) that we deliver when we introduce ourselves at business meetings, networking events, or when we meet someone for the first time. It’s very crucial that the person we talk to will want to know more about us as we go from one floor to the next.

Below, Fred Miller gives us a very good template of how an elevator speech should be done.

1st Floor  –  Describes Who You Are 

2nd Floor  –  Describes What You Do

3rd Floor  –  Describes Your Expertise

4th Floor  –  Why They Hire Me

5th Floor  –  More Why They Hire Me

6th Floor  –  More Information

7th Floor  –  I Deliver

8th Floor  –  ASK!

To know more, please head to Your Elevator Speech is a Mini-Presentation 

Being a Fearless Public Speaker in 2012

Many of you, both old and new public speakers alike, may have taken a long break during the holidays and are now finding yourselves feeling nervous and rusty. Don’t worry too much. This is a normal feeling and everyone practically has it. But you don’t need to let it paralyze you either. Below are five things you can do to help you overcome this feeling of fear when speaking in public.

1.  Redefine the fear as adrenaline, and therefore a good thing. It’s just a matter of shifting your paradigm!

2.  Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.  Rehearse a lot. It’s true! Practice makes perfect.

3.  Breathe deeply, from the belly.  Breathe slowly, and often. There’s no denying the effect of science.

4.  Focus on the audience, not on yourself. How many times have I shared with you in the past that public speaking isn’t about you. It’s about the audience. As Nancy Duarte wrote in her book Resonate, the audience is the hero in this equation. So you can relax and do what you do best.

5.  Focus on an emotion that you want to convey to the audience. Instead of feeling panicky and scared, focus instead on the emotion that you want to give to your audience. Do you want to bring them hope? Do you want to inspire and guide them to the right path? Doing so will make you forget that you were feeling fearful in the first place.

We’re only human. We get scared from time to time. It’s just a matter of using this emotion to empower yourself to be the best public speaker you can be. Use any or all of these tips and let me know how it went.

For more information on how you can apply these tips, head to:

How to Conquer Fear of Public Speaking

Cheers to a wonderful and fearless new year for you!

John Bohannon: Dance vs. PowerPoint

Wow. This presentation using dance instead of PowerPoint is just simply amazing!  It confirms the principle that body language is very important when you’re up there speaking in front of  a multitude of people. Movement catches attention. It can be quite expensive to stage such a show though. So unless you have the budget and time for it, make your PowerPoint presentations count instead.

Death by PowerPoint by Alexei Kapterev

Death by PowerPoint

I came across this one while looking for interesting posts on PowerPoint presentation. This particular slideshare got more than a million hits! Check it out.