The power of a prop
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by johnzimmer
1M ago
While flashy multimedia presentations and high-tech gadgets can be impressive, sometimes all it takes to drive a point home is a simple object. A prop is one of the most powerful tools that presenters have at their disposal. A prop is any object that you use to help illustrate or demonstrate a point during a presentation. It can be anything from a whiteboard or flipchart to a physical object that you bring with you to the stage. The key is to use a prop in a way that helps to make your point more effectively. Here is a wonderful example that I just discovered. It is a short TikTok video that ..read more
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2023 is here!
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by johnzimmer
1M ago
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the new year. As we enter 2023, I wanted to reflect on a few things. Back to regular blogging Regular readers of Manner of Speaking will have noticed that I was not very active here over the final few months of 2022. There were a few reasons for my hiatus: My work schedule was incredibly full (a good thing). I had a number of speaking engagements and corporate trainings throughout Switzerland as well as in Germany, Poland, Finland and, of course ..read more
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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 349) – Michael Jordan
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by johnzimmer
6M ago
Michael Jordan – American Basketball Star “Being nervous isn’t bad. It just means something important is happening.” Michael Jordan ..read more
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Kairos: The Foundation of Rhetoric
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by johnzimmer
6M ago
What time is it? The ancient Greeks had two words for “time”. The first was “chronos” (χρόνος), which referred to chronological time. Words like “chronological” and “chronology” come from chronos. The second was “kairos” (καιρός), which means the right moment or opportunity. It is this second meaning which is of supreme importance when it comes to public speaking. Whereas chronos is quantitative – how much time do we have; when did things start – kairos is qualitative. Essentially, it means saying the right thing in the right way at the right time. It requires a speaker to think about the audi ..read more
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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 348) – David Byrne
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by johnzimmer
7M ago
David Byrne – Scottish-American Singer, Actor and Writer “Powerpoint presentations are a kind of theater, a kind of augmented stand-up. Too often it’s a boring and tedious genre, and audiences are subjected to the bad as well as the good.” David Byrne Photo courtesy of Ralph_PH ..read more
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A lesson for public speakers from an umbrella
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by johnzimmer
8M ago
Gucci and adidas have produced a designer umbrella that retails for a cool USD 1,290. It is so expensive, that on its website page, Gucci offers a monthly payment plan. (For an umbrella.) The “sun umbrella” has received a lot of criticism, particularly in China, because it does not protect you from the rain. To be fair, Gucci does say as much on its website. “Please note, this item is not waterproof and is meant for sun protection or decorative use”. Interestingly, as of the writing of this post, the printable product description for the product does not include that wording. I would never co ..read more
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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 346) – Edward Tufte
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by johnzimmer
9M ago
Edward Tufte – American Statistician and Information Design Expert “There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.” Edward Tufte Photo courtesy of Aaron Fulkerson  ..read more
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Toast of the Wild East Podcast – Part 1
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by johnzimmer
9M ago
Toast of the Wild East is a podcast for ambitious Toastmasters who are looking for ways to raise their public speaking game. From Prague, past Toastmasters District Director Lukas Liebich interviews guests around the world. Together, they explore the ways in which people can make an impact with speaking, leading and helping others grow. It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Lukas. In fact, we enjoyed the interview so much that we ended up recording enough material for two episodes. Here is the link for Part 1. In this episode, we discuss a lot of things, including My journey from being a la ..read more
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Analysis of a Speech by Vladimir Putin
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by johnzimmer
1y ago
By now, the world is well aware of the horror that Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed on Ukraine. A peaceful country that has tried to bridge an uneasy distance between east and west now finds itself under attack from a military giant. In the early hours of 24 February 2022, the Russian President addressed his nation on television. He announced a “special military operation” against Ukraine. It was a brazen declaration of war that was unnecessary, unprovoked and immoral. Most of the international community has roundly and rightly condemned it. Although I studied international rela ..read more
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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 344) – John Maxwell
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by johnzimmer
1y ago
John Maxwell – American Leadership Expert, Speaker and Author “Credibility is a leader’s currency. With it, he or she is solvent; without it, he or she is bankrupt.” John Maxwell Photo courtesy of Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes Guatemala The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 344) – John Maxwell appeared first on Manner of speaking ..read more
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