Present like Steve Jobs – inspiring video

A timely video, this, given the tragic passing of Steve Jobs this week.

Speaker and author, Carmine Gallo, has written a book on the presentation secrets of Steve Jobs. Now he has created this video with the main points form the book.

I included it in this week’s public speaking ezine … just scroll down.

A riddle for you/your children …

What did the stamp say to the envelope?

Fix the Caps Lock problem with Toggle Keys

The caps lock button, which causes everything you type to be in capital letters, is often pressed by accident. The results aren’t life threatening, but having to retype a sentence or two can really tick me off. Many have looked all over the internet for a way to warn them when the Caps Lock key is mistakenly pressed.
It turns out that the answer is right inside Windows! Windows has a feature called “Toggle Keys”. When the toggle keys feature is enabled your computer emits a beep when the caps lock or num lock keys are pressed, and a different beep when they are pressed a second time to turn them off => from the Pivotal Personal Best ezine this week (available until 13th June)

Presenting naked?

From the Pivotal Public Speaking email package … a book …

The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations with or without Slides
by Garr Reynolds

When we learn to present naked, we reach our audiences by communicating the essence of the message, stripping away all that is unnecessary and embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion. If “slideware” is used, the slides never steal the show or rise above serving a strong but simple supportive role. The ideas in the presentation may or may not be radical, earth shattering, or new, but there is freshness to the approach and content that makes a lasting impression.

Read more …

Today’s Book Club Read – The Lake of Dreams

The Lake of Dreams

by Kim Edwards

At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home to upstate New York from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade ago.  With her signature gifts of lyricism, suspense, and masterly storytelling, Kim Edwards’s new novel will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and mesmerize millions of new fans.

You can get the link to the Discussion notes here =>

(This is one of the books from the email package: Pivotal Books ezine. You can read the current issue here => )

From the Pivotal Public Speaking ezine … Impact and Importance of Visual Aids in Presentation Skills

Visual aids enhance a presentation; but they cannot rescue a poor communicator. Indeed, used without sufficient planning and practice, they can demolish the most expert orator. But once you have mastered them, you can increase the confidence and communication skills of your staff by coaching and encouraging them in the same techniques. It will improve the quality and efficiency of the way they pass information to you and to each other. The following visual aids can be considered to strengthen your presentation and communication skills.

Pivotal Network Newsletter

The Pivotal Network Newsletter went out yesterday. We looked at meetings and marriages, impromptu speaking and The Welcome Man. There were items for kids and their teachers and there were books … and oh lots more!

You can read it at