July 2011 Newsletter


Dear Readers,

Presenters all have their own unique ways of remembering what to say during presentations, from using speakers’ notes to mobile teleprompters to time-honored index cards. Jerry Weissman, a top presentation skills coach, offers his insights this month on effective mnemonic devices, including the use of visual imagery, or associating key thoughts with related physical places or objects.

If you’re among those still struggling to speak from memory instead of speech texts, these techniques may be well-worth exploring. 

Dave Zielinski, Editor

Mark Twain’s Fingernails…and Other Potent Mnemonic Devices
By Jerry Weissman

Moonwalking With Einstein, the current bestselling book by Joshua Foer, deals with a subject close to the pounding hearts and minds of every public speaker or presenter: how to remember what to say. Speakers and presenters rely on a number of devices—from low-end three-by-five index cards to expensive high-end teleprompters—to aid their memories, but Mr. Foer offers an even higher end and lower cost technique: visual imagery, or associating a diverse list of subjects with a series of related physical objects. Learn More


7 Secrets to Psyche Yourself Out of Pre-Presentation Jitters
By Dianna Booher

Stage fright often begins long before a performer takes the stage. For most of us, the condition sets in the moment we accept an invitation to make a presentation. And generally, the longer we have to anticipate the event, the more prolonged and severe the symptoms.

The typical person is uncomfortable in a presentation forum. Neither rank nor personality is a differentiator. Learn More
Consider These Alternatives to Using Video in Web Presentations
By Dave Paradi

Not long ago a professional speaking colleague called on me to help her with an upcoming webinar. It was her first significant webinar for clients and she obviously wanted it to go well.  One of the elements she wanted to include was a video clip that illustrated some of her key concepts. I’d like to share the approach I recommended that will allow you to get the benefit of a video clip without actually showing it during a webinar.  Learn More


5 Tips For Breathing Life into Boring Technical Information
By Nick Morgan

People often ask me some variant of the following question: OK, so I get the idea that presentations should be interesting and speakers should be passionate.  But I’m an accountant (or engineer, scientist, nuclear physicist, doctor etc.) and what I have to present is highly technical and data-heavy.  How can I possibly make that interesting?

My answer always begins with one of the best college lecturers I ever heard.


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July 2011




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