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As 2013 begins, the National Speakers Association would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a happy and prosperous new year. As we close out 2012, we would like to provide the readers of NSA Speaker Info a look at the most-accessed articles of the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 15.


Joel Osteen: 7 keys to successful public speaking
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From Jan. 18, 2012: Few people give weekly talks or "presentations" to as many people as mega-pastor Joel Osteen. His Houston church attracts 16,000 for each sermon on Sundays. He reaches millions more on television in more than 100 hundred countries. Whether you are a religious person or not, there is no denying that Osteen is an influential speaker and that he has something to teach anyone who wants to improve his or her public speaking skills. Here are seven keys that make Osteen a popular communicator. More

Turn into a rockstar speaker: 7 social media tips
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From July 17, 2012: If you're presenting — and you should be presenting, if you're trying to grow your business — social media can help you stand out. Along with a compelling presentation and main message, social media is the most powerful tool at your disposal. The following are seven ways social media can make you a rockstar presenter. More



Presentation design 101: Using color
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From Aug. 28, 2012: We categorize our lives based on a myriad of things, but one of the more beautiful things that organize our lives is color. Our eyes, hair and skin are all a certain color that reveals something about us to others. We choose our clothes carefully based on color. We all have a favorite color. Colors mean a lot to us — on a personal as well as professional level. The following are a few design 101 tips on using color in presentations. More

The most common PowerPoint mistakes
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From April 10, 2012: We've all seen that speaker: The one who flies through 100 PowerPoint slides in 20 minutes. Or the one whose font size is microscopically tiny. Or the one whose slides magically appear with an elaborate whooshing noise. Don't be like that speaker. The following are the five most common PowerPoint mistakes — and how to avoid them. More

What is the length of an audience's attention span?
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From Sept. 11, 2012: The answer may surprise you. Good thing, the author shares ways in which speakers can command the audience's attention. More



Public speaking: How to grab people's attention
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From Oct. 23, 2012: you're addressing your team in a weekly meeting or headlining at a large conference, it's easy to get a belly full of butterflies before public speaking. The last thing you want to see when you look out at your audience? People checking their smartphone, yawning or just staring at you blankly. Here's how to avoid losing them. More

Top characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
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From Nov. 6, 2012: Larry Levy and his wife, Carol, are highly successful entrepreneurs, both independently and together. Jointly, they are also behind the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice at the Kellogg School of Management as well as Kellogg's Social Entrepreneurship Lab. The following are Larry Levy's top five points of advice for potential entrepreneurs. Clearly he and Carol have both applied these ideas exceptionally well. More

Tips that made Steve Jobs' presentations the world's best
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From June 5, 2012: How many presentations do you go to that are just plain boring? How many lose your attention because you are facing death by PowerPoint? How many times do you worry that your presentation won't come up to scratch? Give yourself the edge using secrets that made Steve Jobs' presentations the world's best. More

What to do with your hands when speaking
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From Jan. 18, 2012: The most frequently asked question of presentation coaches is "What do I do with my hands?" Author and coach Jerry Weissman cautions against choreography. He says he has seen far too many presenters attempt to illustrate their narrative with specific gestures and wind up tying themselves into pretzel knots. Instead, he suggests using your hands and arms as you do naturally, to illustrate what you are saying. However, he does recommend one gesture: to extend your hand and arm periodically, bridging the gap between you and your audience, with your hand in handshake position. More

The perfect length of a presentation is...
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From April 24, 2012: Twenty minutes. At least that's what new research from Maureen Murphy at the University of North Texas suggests. Author Susan Weinschenk, writer of the forthcoming book "100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People," agrees. She points out that the terrific TED talks are usually 20 minutes long. "These same presentations stretched out to an hour might not be quite so brilliant," said Weinschenk. More


 



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