Monthly Archive for August, 2012
Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences is the second book from presentation superhero Nancy Duarte.
It is also the second book of hers which I strongly recommend you read — immediately.
This article is the latest of a series of public speaking book reviews here on Six Minutes.
Effective use of speech pauses is a master technique.
If you do it right, nobody is conscious of your pauses, but your ideas are communicated more persuasively.
If you do it wrong, your credibility is weakened, and your audience struggles to comprehend your message.
In this article, we examine:
- benefits of effective speech pauses;
- techniques for using pauses naturally (there are more than you think); and
- communications research which provides clues to why pauses help us communicate effectively.
Six Minutes weekend reviews bring the best public speaking articles to you.
This review features topics including:
- engaging your audience;
- using analogies;
- building charisma;
- developing vocal potential;
- handling Q&A;
- the case for visuals;
- famous speeches by women;
- and more!
Presenters, teachers, and students all resist design-centered slide design on the basis of a perceived lack of time. Since I know that the visually-driven, Zen approach works, I am not deterred by this resistance; instead, I use one simple phrase to help cultivate strong design from presenters whose time is limited.
If you want to create beautiful, impactful, and audience-centered slides but don’t have 20 hours or more to devote to designing a slide deck, just remember the acronym C-R-A-P *, and create slides that embody strong Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity.