The 10-20-30 rule of PowerPoint presentations

September 29, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

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.

Writing coach tip #7, use the SVO sentence structure

September 28, 2014 | Writing

You’re working on your latest piece of writing and you’ve become tangled in your own words. Happens all the time to people trying to organize their thoughts in writing. Don’t get frustrated. There’s an architectural blueprint that will show you the way out. It’s called the subject/verb/object sentence structure, or SVO for short. Build your sentence using this prescription and you won’t go wrong. This video shows you how the SVO structure works and why. (Click on the headline to view.)

Tip number 10 for moderating panel discussions

September 23, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

When appropriate, take a hand-held microphone into the audience and turn the discussion into a talk-show-style format with audience involvement from start to finish. It makes for a more dynamic discussion with broader involvement. Panel discussions too often leave audience members idle, waiting until the very end to get them a chance to ask questions of panelists — or the moderator. It’s important to note that, when using talk-show format, the risk to the moderator is that … (click on the headline to continue reading).

Get to the point when displaying data on PowerPoint slides

September 21, 2014 | Presentations

Some of the worse PowerPoint slides any of us have seen are those filled with data — bar charts, pie charts, line graphs, tables and scatter plots that assault audiences with a deluge of numerical and comparative information. In most cases, audiences cannot make heads or tails out of the storm of numbers, trend lines and axes. Presenters tend to forget that all but the very simplest charts and graphs make absolutely no sense to audience members. Data is only as good as it is readable and relevant. This video gives an example of how to make that data easily readable and relevant for your audience. (Click on the headline to view.)

Writing coach tip #6, the madman method of writing

September 19, 2014 | Writing

One the great difficulties of writing is that the human mind automatically edits while it writes. It’s like driving a vehicle with one foot on the accelerator and the other foot on the brake at the same time. Yes, progress is made, but it’s frustratingly slow. It also causes one to realize they are never performing at the level they’re truly capable of. Yet, most people don’t know what is really holding them back. Good writing coaches understand this dynamic intimately. And some writing coaches, such as Betty Sue Flowers, a professor of English at the University of Texas, have developed a remedy. Flowers solution, explained in this video, is a writing method she calls Madman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge. (Click on the headline now to view.)

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