Pixar on storytelling — 20 principles that will make you a better storyteller

December 21, 2014 | Presentations, Writing

Mike Consol teaches public speaking, PowerPoint presentation skills and business writing to companies and business professionals in the Oakland-San Francisco-San Jose Bay Area. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 925-449-1040.

Tip number 15 for moderating panel discussions

December 16, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Encourage panelist to jump into the discussion without being questioned or prompted. Think about the best panel discussions you have ever witnessed. They were probably the most vigorous and interactive discussions. Unfortunately, most panel discussions are ... (click on the headline to continue reading)

Julia Cameron warns us about the ‘dangerous’ writing instructor

December 14, 2014 | Writing

In this video I share with you an important piece of advice from Julia Cameron, one of the great writing coaches of our time. She warns that a writing instructor who can only tell you what’s wrong with your work is a dangerous teacher. This video explains why.

Tip number 14 for moderating panel discussions

December 09, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Incorporate some physical movement to your stagecraft, even if it’s modest. Many panel moderators — when on their feet — tend to stand motionless, and often for long periods. Moderator-as-statue doesn’t come across well for viewing audiences. Instead, bring some locomotion to your presentation. Here is how … (click on the headline to continue reading).

Using text without bullets in PowerPoint

December 07, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Why do we use bullet-points in our PowerPoint presentations? One reason I know for sure are those awful slide templates that are built into the PowerPoint program. Another reason bullets are used so often is many of us just assume it’s the prevailing design principle, so we imitate what we have seen. But just because PowerPoint templates default to bullets, and other PowerPoint presenters default of the bullets, doesn’t mean we have to default the bullets. In fact, one of the simplest methods for making our presentation look different is to not use bullets. This video elaborate.

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