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As 2012 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 2011, 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. 10.

9 quick tips for successful presentations from a Steve Jobs event
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From March 12, 2011: On March 2, 2011, a pale, thin Steve Jobs kicked off the iPad 2 with his signature new product presentation in San Francisco. He entered to a standing ovation and was interrupted by applause many times during the course of the talk. He was clearly playing to a crowd of fans, but nonetheless his presentation offers a number of lessons about how to present persuasively and effectively. Use these tips to improve your own presentations. More

11 excellent iPad apps for meetings, presentations
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From May 10, 2011: There's nothing worse than dragging around a bunch of files and equipment to meetings. It would be nice to have everything that's necessary for a presentation or meeting stored in one place. And if that one place was a thin and lightweight piece of technology — like an iPad — it would be even better. Here are some iPad apps that help you do everything for a presentation, from creating slides to taking minutes. More

Storytelling lessons from Bill Cosby
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From July 5, 2011: What makes Bill Cosby one of the most compelling entertainers of our time is his ability to connect with people and deliver his messages naturally in the form of story. He's the master storyteller. He does so well what most leaders and presenters of all kinds should do: Tell real stories from your own life in a way that is relevant and engaging to your audience. More

Motivation is No. 1 topic for keynotes
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From March 15, 2011: Motivational messages are among the most appropriate keynote categories, according to a recent survey by M&C Research. Of the 116 meeting planners who responded, 69 percent say an uplifting speech is highly appropriate for their groups. Also popular are industry-related topics, future trends and humor. While 15 percent of respondents do not pay their keynote speakers, 28 percent budget less than $5,000, and at the high end of the spectrum, 3 percent can pay more than $50,000 for a top name. More

In presentations, kill your darlings
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From Aug. 16, 2011: Writers, who labor over their ideas and words like expectant mothers, invariably fall in love with their offspring and are reluctant to find fault, and even more reluctant to part with them. In the same manner, presenters who live, breathe, walk and talk their businesses want to share every last detail about them with their prospective audiences. But audiences do not share their interest, and so presenters, like writers, must kill their darlings. More

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Benchmark names top 10 meeting trends of 2011
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From Feb. 2, 2011: At hotels, 2011 was forecasted to bring more business travel, more flexibility, more choice and more meetings, predicts Benchmark Hospitality. According to the Houston-based hospitality management company, which operates 30 hotels, resorts and conference centers nationwide, 2011's top trends included the return of business travel, more meetings and value-added amenities. More

Think you own your frequent-flier miles? Think again
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From Oct. 25, 2011: You "earn" your frequent-flier miles through travel or spending. They are held in "your" account; you think of them as cash in a bank account. You spend them as you see fit. They are your asset, and airlines record your future award travel as a liability on their books. And yet, many airlines write into the terms and conditions of their frequent-flier programs that the miles are actually owned by the airline, not the consumer. More

Steve Jobs on marketing and identifying your core values
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From Oct. 11, 2011: Good presentation is about story, just as good branding is about story. Clarity and simplicity are key, and the way to achieve these is by being relentless in abandoning the superfluous and identifying the absolute core of your message. Clarity and simplicity are not easy — they are hard, very hard. Steve Jobs had a talent for identifying what was important and what was not, and having the courage to toss what he felt was the nonessential. Learn how to apply this lesson to your presentations. More

5 (and then some) technology tips for travel
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From Aug. 30, 2011: David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times, racks up about 70 round-trip flights a year. He's got the technology part of travel down a science. Here's what he's learned along the way — tips for maximum flying efficiency and minimum misery. More

The most popular presentations of 2010
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From Jan. 5, 2011: Popular presentation-sharing website SlideShare posted its annual Zeitgeist summary, highlighting some interesting data. For instance, presentations written in Japanese have the highest average number of slides (42), women use fewer slides than men in their presentations and the longest presentation uploaded in 2010 was 1,937 slides long. The report also laid out data about the 1,000 most popular presentations on its site. If you're interested in digging deeper into what makes a presentation so good that people want to share it, check out the most popular presentations of 2010. More

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