From PowerPoint Slide to Microsoft Word

powerpoint-tips-export-powerpoint-word-300x101Have you ever thought of making a copy of your PowerPoint slides to Word? How do you do that? How do you copy a PowerPoint slide to Word? To answer this question, you must first know how you want your slides to look on Word.

1. Do you want just the text?

2. Do you want the picture of a slide?

3. Do you want to include some of the pictures of some of the slides?

If you want either of these three or all of them done, please head to this link for detailed instructions: How to copy a PowerPoint slide to Microsoft Word



How to Be Aware of Time During a PowerPoint Presentation

eight-o-clock-16196779For presenters who use PowerPoint and would like to keep track of their time, it’s not enough that there is a clock on the wall or that he or she is wearing a watch. What if the clock is behind you as the presenter or what if it gets too distracting to be looking at your watch every few minutes? This won’t look good in front of your audience at all. It would seem like you’re rushing through your presentation.

So what do you do?

Ellen Finkelstein recommends showing the time on your PowerPoint slides. In her post, Show the current time on your PowerPoint, she shares a video on how this is done.

There are some pros and cons to doing this and you would have to judge for yourself if this is helpful for you over all. Head to that post now and start applying this on your presentation.

Burst and Star Graphics for Presentations

If you need to make graphics with impact for your blog posts, newsletters, training materials and other visual aids, you can do so by using one with burst or star shapes.

Making a burst image or star graphic is pretty easy. Ellen Finkelstein in her blog post, Create your own graphics with bursts and stars, gives you 11 easy steps to follow so you can format an image to look like this:


You will need PowerPoint to do this. Head there now and find out how you can make interesting graphics with bursts and stars.

Grow Your Brand: Tips for Speakers

personal-brand-wood-type-isolated-text-mixed-letterpress-printing-blocks-31016445As professional speakers, it is important that you grow your personal brand. Social media can help you in this aspect. Through the utilization of various social media accounts, you can convey your message to your target market and meet like-minded people as well.

Below are three things you can do to help grow your brand as a professional speaker:

  1. Don’t Neglect Your Blog – Find time to schedule blog posts about topics related to your niche and what your target audience care about.
  2. YouTube Marketing – You can upload one of your talks on Youtube, embed it on your blog and share it on your social media sites.
  3. Podcasts – Upload an audio recording of one of your speeches. This is a nice way of displaying both your knowledge and expertise.

By being consistent with the scheduling and posting of your content, you will come to know your audience better. Interact with them and be more social. Engage with your audience.

To find out more about this, please head to: Content Tips for Professional Speakers


How to Deliver Exciting Speeches? Here are Five Tips

As speakers, of course we all want our speeches to be interesting, exciting and stimulating. But then it’s always easier said than done. Below are 5 tips you can apply to make your speech more attention-grabbing.

1. Open Hot, Close Hotter.

Because the first and last few seconds of the speech is most crucial, speakers should always open and end with a bang.

2. Get the Inside Scoop.

If your speech is for a specific set of clients, you can get the inside scoop on them to make your speech more tailored according to their needs. How do you do this? –> By interviewing the attendees’ family members and colleagues. This way, the speaker gets the inside scoop or stories to what makes the attendees tick. Your audience will surely enjoy them.

3. Try Inside-Out Speaking.

This is the opposite of writing speeches for you to read. Instead, make the speech more conversational where there are questions you ask your audience to draw out their thoughts and ideas. 

4. Provide  Magic Moments.

What are these magic moments? Speeches should be  humorous,  dramatic, profound, or poignant such that the audience can tell their friends about your speech later or relive it in their memory.

5. Avoid Borrowed Stories.

Be original and creative with your stories. Avoid using another person’s stories as much as possible. But if you can’t, then be sure to credit the original owner.

For more insight on the matter, please head to:  Five Tips to Deliver Exciting Speeches

How to Market Yourself as a Speaker?

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been doing public speaking for a while now or you’re just starting out. You need to be able to market yourself constantly in order to attract a steady stream of speaking engagements, ergo, income. You have to be able to sell yourself. So how do you do that? Below are four key marketing practices you should try:

  • Film your speech. – Have someone record your speaking engagements so you can later upload it to YouTube and your other social networks. You can also present it to potential clients when you market yourself so they’ll see how good you are and what you can offer to the table.
  • Create your own category. Be your own brand. Know what sets you apart from all the other speakers and leverage on that.
  • Maintain a source for more information. Create your own blog and update it regularly. This way, both current and potential clients will get to know you through the personality you exude on your blog, and hopefully like what they read that they eventually hire you.
  • Be seen and heard. Be active on Facebook and twitter and all the social networking sites. Write-ups in magazines and newspapers will help you a lot too.

I’m pretty sure a lot of you have already been practicing these things so just keep that up. For those of you who haven’t yet, it’s about time that you make an extra effort to put yourself out there. Doing so will spell the different between having a fully booked calendar and an empty schedule.

For more info, please head to: Be seen and heard before you hit the stage

Rehearsals and Authenticity in Public Speaking (featuring J.K. Rowling at Harvard Commencement)

Isn’t it ironic that in order for you to look authentic when you speak in front of your audience, you have to rehearse your presentation? In order to appear true to your audience (and not the nervous wreck you are deep down especially if you are a first time public speaker), you have to keep practicing until every move you make up there on stage feels natural for you, whether it be walking a few steps forward, pointing your hand on the screen, doing your little mannerisms, etc. Indeed, it’s ironic, but it’s crucial.

Nick Morgan explains this in his blog post, Can you fake authenticity? Body language quick take #10. Being authentic is being genuine. This is displayed when the person speaking in front of us  is consistent in his/her message  accompanied by a confident and relaxed body language.

Having said this, and believeing this to be true, I do wonder how J.K. Rowling did it when she spoke at a Harvard Commencement in 2008.

I watched her video again and it amazes me how easily she entertained her audience, making them laugh and listen to her all throughout her 20 minutes up there in the podium. Of course it helps that SHE is the first ever billionaire author, but still, I am inclined to think that she did her fair share of rehearsing this speech of hers at home.

So, just keep rehearsing until you feel confident enough to speak in public. Having practiced your lines and your gestures is still better than to not have practiced at all.

Steve Jobs – One of the Greatest Public Speakers I Know

I am at a deep loss for words when I found out that Steve Jobs died yesterday. Aside from his amazing work with Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes iPod, Steve is one of the best public speakers I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. I remember the speech he delivered at Standford University during the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005. It’s engaging, direct to the point and inspires listeners to act. I’m sure the millions of others who watched the video recording of his speech will say the same thing. Here is the video:

To Steve Jobs, thank you for your great contribution to this world. You will truly be missed.

Do you want to become a keynote speaker?

If your answer to the title is yes, then read on…

Being a  keynote speaker is different from being a platform speaker. And when you say you are a keynote speaker, it means that you are getting paid to speak.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger gives us the details on how he became a keynote speaker and how speaking has been giving him 80% of his income and how you can do that too, should you choose to make public speaking your source of livelihood. Here’s a summary of points on how Patrick did it:

1. Saturate your market.

2. Get started.

3. Touch a younger audience.

4. Climb the ladder.

5.  Use an essential marketing collateral.

Visit the link to read the entire post and find out how you, too, can become a keynote speaker.

How to Become a Keynote Speaker, guest post by  Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Killer Presentations Inspired by Dexter Morgan

I’m sure the name Dexter Morgan rings a bell to you. If it doesn’t, you probably live under a rock. Kidding! Anyway, he is the famous TV character who plays as a forensic expert by day and kills serial killers at night. Yup, Dexter is a serial killer and the show is actually one of my favorites on TV. However, it wasn’t until I read an article linking Dexter to giving killer presentations that I realized that indeed, the principles Dexter Morgan live by can actually be used in making killer presentations! Get it? Dexter has always been sharp and focused. If you apply these things on your speaking engagements and presentations, you can be sharp and focused too. What do I mean by this?

Look at these principles Dexter live by:

The Devil in the Details 

Know Your Target

Choose Your Weapon 

You’ll be more enlightened once you read where this thought came from. Head to:

Dexter’s Tips for a Killer Presentation