Thursday, July 22, 2010

5 Ideas for Sharpening Your Next Speech

The following article is courtesy of Michael Angelo Caruso, speaker as well as author of the Present Like a Pro DVD:

August 7 is Professional Speakers Day. Here are 5 cool ideas for sharpening your next presentation.

1. A good pre-game show will help you get your game on. When creating your presentation, write it backwards, starting with the call-to-action.

2. Use my Power of Three to speak without notes. Many people are nervous when speaking in front of an audience. Nerves only make it harder to seem relaxed and stay on message. The secret is to focus on only three points.

3. Do six things in the first five minutes of every presentation. I cover all six tips in on my DVD, but here are two: 1) Teach the audience something they don't know and they'll pay attention to the rest of your talk. 2) Get the audience to do something right away, such as write something down, raise their hand, etc. This precedent will come in handy when you issue a call-to-action at the end of your presentation.

4. What you say with your body is more important than what you say with your mouth. Body language doesn't lie. Saying you're confident is wasted breath, if your body language says the opposite. Learn to present with congruity.

5. Always ask the audience to take action. If you are very specific and give a reasonable time frame, they are more likely to follow through.

Now, here's the half-price offer: Order the Present Like a Pro DVD this week and pay only $24.50. As with all my products and services, you will get much more than you pay for.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Scripts Make the Difference

I noticed the following comments in a recent issue of People Magazine - in an article on summer stinkers in the movie business:

Why The Last Airbender didn't work: Bad acting, lame visuals, and a script that bends logic.

Why The Killers didn't work: The actors had no chemistry - and painful jokes.

Why Jonah Hex didn't work: The holes in the script are bigger than the one in Hex's face.

Notice the common denominator: bad script, bad jokes, bad script.

You can have the best actors in the world, but if the script isn't right, the movie will never work.

Want to know more about writing scripts that work? Check out Good people there.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

First Million Selling Ebook Author: James Patterson

Hachette Book Group, the publisher for James Patterson's novels, announced that he has now sold 1.14 million units of ebooks for Kindle, iPad, and other ebook readers.

The top seller is his most recent novel, I, Alex Cross. Patterson has sold more than 205 million copies of his novels around the world.

Patterson supports the sales of his ebooks. As he has said, "If e-books get people who might otherwise not be reading to pick up a book, then that makes me happy."

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A Great First Line for a Novel

I happened to see this first line from a new novel featured in Time Magazine:

"It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel."

Quiet, interesting, intriguing.

The novel is Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.
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