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5 Great Powerpoint Alternatives for Your Presentation Needs

PowerPoint Alternatives

For a couple of decades now, Microsoft PowerPoint has been a staple tool in the hands of many professionals.

PowerPoint incorporates standard Office features and a familiar, user-friendly interface that allows you to create static and interactive presentations quickly.

However, PowerPoint is the not the only option for you out there.

There are some great PowerPoint alternatives out there that could perform as well as, if not better than Microsoft PowerPoint, and make your presentation enjoyable, interactive, and productive.

Regardless of your career or profession, you will, at some point, need […]

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Want To Chiasmus like Kennedy?

Chiasmus like Kennedy

Chiasmus pronounced: kīˈazməs/

I hate the word, but I love the power it holds.

I once had a nightmare about a chiasmus.  I was in class, and every time I said “chiasmus” out loud, somebody would respond with, “bless you.”

I said, “I am not sneezing.  I want to teach you about a powerful rhetorical device used by most of the powerful speakers of all time.”

They’d respond, “Bless you.”

Chiasmus Definition and power

Definition of Chiasmus

In rhetoric, a chiasmus (Latin term from Greek χίασμα, “Crossing” is the figure of speech in which two sentences […]

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How To Give a Good Presentation: 3 Powerful Tips

How to give a good presentation

When people seek tips on good presentation skills in Google, they typically type in the following question: How to give a good presentation?

Sorry to tell you but that is the wrong question to ask.

The better question is: How to give an effective presentation?

Because in a business setting, effective beats good any day!

So what is the difference between a good presentation and an effective one?

Effective vs good presentaitons

Good presentation VS. an effective presentation

Changing the adjectives from “good” to “effective” in the question turns it from a subjective […]

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Why Female Professionals Shy Away From The Spotlight

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Mary was invited to be on a prestigious panel at a high profile conference.
Initially, she attempted to turn down the opportunity, but her manager forced her to go to represent the company.

Mary became a client of mine, and unfortunately, I see many women like Mary every month.

Why do competent, smart, and capable women turn down career boosting opportunities like that? What solution can they use to overcome their fears in situations like this?

Males have similar issues with the spotlight. However, their reasons are entirely different than female clients which […]

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The 8 Qualities All Great Presenters Have

You get evaluated by management and peers every time you speak in front of a group.

To win and to do well, you have to know the qualities they are looking for and the criteria for evaluation.

That’s why when I facilitate executive retreats on communication skills, I start by having the executives write up characteristics of good presenters based on their perception.

I used to think that each organization had their different criteria based on their culture. However, after working with hundreds of executive teams, I realized there is the common criterion that surfaces all the time.

I analyzed the results […]

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Interview with Peter Khoury About Public Speaking

 

It was my pleasure to be interviewed by my friend Joshua Brandt.

Josh is a respected journalist featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on several occasions.

Hope you enjoy the interview and find it beneficial. If you prefer to read instead of listening, you will find the transcript of the interview below.

Transcript:

Josh:

My impression was that to be an excellent public speaker, you needed to have an outgoing, vicarious personality. But a while back, you told me that wasn’t the case with you… I’m hoping you can elaborate on that now.

Peter:

Yeah, Josh. I am an introvert. I […]

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3 Simple Weapons of Mass Persuasion To Be Used in The Next Presidential Debate.

Next Presidential Debate War

For some, the next presidential debate between Hillary and Trump is is going to be a “dog and pony show.”

For me, the debate will be a battleground where weapons of mass influence will be deployed and tested. It’s both exciting and scary because a lot is on the line. Every candidate has to bring their “A” game for maximum persuasion.

As a student of influence and persuasion for the past 15 years, I am fascinated with how these candidates will deploy their tricks, traps, attacks.

The attacks will be fast yet subtle.

If you […]

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How to Give an Impressive Impromptu Speech

How To Impromptu Speech As a Genius

An Impromptu speech is a talk that you give on the spot with no preparation.

The speech could be as professional as a project update or as casual as a toast at a wedding. Either way, you are expected to say something smart, witty and charming.

While it might feel like torture even to the most second C-level executive, giving an extemporaneous speech the mark of an excellent communicator and leader.

Shine in the spot light - Extemporaneous Speaking

Impromptu Speech Situations You Must Be Ready For

It’s not […]

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One Prerequisite for Becoming a Good Public Speaker

I got the following big takeaway from my ROTC classes in college (ROTC = Reserve Officers’ Training Corps):

Here it is: “A Good Leader is a Good Follower.”

I learned that in order to lead, I had to be willing to be led.

When it comes to speaking, the same principle applies:

“To be a good public speaker, you have to be a good audience member.”

Being a good audience member will make you a better speaker by allowing you to learn from other speakers.

Here is a list of 8 things you can do to become a good […]

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Why Do People Fear Public Speaking? 3 Very Interesting Theories

I get asked the following question almost every single day…

“Why do people fear public speaking?”

Over the past ten years, I came across three theories that make sense. I call them “theories” because they are not a verified truth. I don’t know the truth on this matter, however knowing the ideas helps me feel better.

I hope it helps you. If you are not interested in theories and want to deal with your public speaking fear, check out this blog article. Although, the theories below are very interesting, and you might like them…

Why do People Fear public speaking: Theory […]

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