Each of us faces struggles at one time or another. Illnesses, disabilities, financial troubles, rocky relationships, failures, losses – the list is sadly long. Even in the face of such troubles, there is one almost magical thing that can always lighten our burdens and make life sweeter: gratitude.
With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, we’ve collected four short talks we think will inspire you to celebrate the holiday with greater peace and happiness.
Make Gratitude Your Attitude
Legendary motivational speaker Zig Ziglar shares a story about a woman who hated her job. He suggested a way she might be able to improve her situation. It didn’t seem like it would solve anything at all, and practically impossible to do. But she did it…and it worked. Learn about Zig’s surprisingly simple remedy for “stinking thinking.”
Even though it’s an old, old holiday, in recent years Halloween has become more and more popular, particularly in the US. A lot of this is a matter of increased interest from marketers, eager for attention and a chance to increase brand recognition. Between these active marketers, and so many people into dressing up, decorating, partying and trick-or-treating, Halloween’s reach and appeal may be broader than ever.
If you’re going to be delivering a presentation in the days or weeks before Halloween, you may be looking at including a spooky element or two in your slides. To help you come up with something spooktacular, we’ve gathered a few good slide design resources worth checking out and even bookmarking for future use.
This week, Slideshop has added ten top-quality, royalty-free, spine-chilling photos to our free image library. You can see a screenshot of these recent additions below. You’re welcome to click on and download any of them – all free, of course. To find even more images, you can browse the huge collections on Unsplash, Pexels and Pixabay.
It’s no secret that no one is born with all the qualities and skills of a highly regarded public speaker. The only way to reach that status is by continuously striving to be a better version of yourself on stage. One way to do that is to take a moment to reflect on your performance after every presentation. We’ve listed a few tips for conducting such an evaluation.
When you feel anxious before your speech, there’s a simple trick that can bring some welcome relief: constructive self-talk. Instead of fretting over worst-case fears, or just trying to “gut it out” and ignore the horrible anxious nerves, try talking yourself down with the phrases below. They’ve been proven to help restore focus, mend confidence and build positive energy.
The Gantt chart has become a standard tool for organizers and managers across the world. With good reason: it’s a highly effective way to visualize, plan, coordinate and manage multi-faceted projects and processes. It brings together a project’s tasks, who’s responsible for each, when each should start and when it should finish in order for the whole project to run smoothly to a successful conclusion. Of course, projects rarely go exactly according to plan, but even when things go off the rails, the Gantt chart makes it far easier to set things right again, and still pull off a happy conclusion. Read more
Apart from presentation props, what should you bring to a presentation engagement? Here’s a list of items to include in your presenter’s kit. Bring them along and you’ll be prepared to recover from unexpected issues that can crop up on presentation day.
Laptop and vital accessories
Even if you’re invited to use a computer at the presentation venue, bring along your own laptop. Ideally you’re familiar with it, comfortable with it, and know how to de-bug it if it misbehaves. At the least you’ll be more comfortable with it than a strange new computer! Don’t forget to bring your charger, too. You know how batteries have a nasty way of running down, right in the middle of something important…. Read more
Have you ever bought a tool after a sales person showed how many ways it could be used? Have you ever ordered a kitchen utensil after seeing a chef use it in an infomercial? Have you ever signed up for a free app trial after a representative explained how it worked and what it could do for you?
A product demo is a powerful way to convince potential customers to buy your product. Explaining a product’s attributes and benefits isn’t always a walk in the park, though. It requires thorough product knowledge, strong persuasive skills, and an effective presentation.
Here are five tips for product demos that sell – whether one-on-one or to a crowd. Read more
It’s rarely a good idea to read speeches. Reading a speech glues your eyes to your notes, making it difficult to make eye contact and establish a connection and rapport with your audience – or to gauge your listeners’ reactions. Reading keeps you anchored to the lectern, unable to explore the stage or move freely.
Further, when reading from a script, your delivery is almost always affected – not wholly natural, and lacking your usual presence. Since you’re focused on reading the words correctly, there’s a tendency to lose the meaning behind them. Your normal (genuine and convincing) tone, emphasis, rhythm and inflections are lost. You risk sounding monotonous, insincere, even unprepared. Read more
Metaphors are microphones – they amplify your message.
Presenters often employ metaphors, both in their slides and in their speeches. By likening a new thing or concept to something familiar, they facilitate comprehension and heighten impact. This mechanism is especially handy for introducing a theory, a concept, or other intangible. Read more
Remember that stage as you were growing up, when “why?” was what you asked the most? Everything around you was fascinating, from the commonest of objects and people’s behaviors, to the color of the sky and animals’ sounds. But as the years go on, that wondering inquisitiveness fades, for most of us. To reawaken your natural curiosity, we’ve gathered five speeches meant to inspire that lively curiosity and urge to explore.