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Who Decides Who Is A Grandmaster?

Chess has been around since the 6th century – but there wasn’t a grandmaster until a journalist used the phrase in 1838. Even for the next decade, it was largely an informal term – used at the subject whim of journalists and players to describe great players in history. A grandmaster recognised by one player (or by one country) wasn’t necessarily recognised as a grandmaster by others. This changed in the 1950s when FIDE (The World Chess Federation) put together a simple criteria which has gradua...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities, World Chess Federation

The future of digital communication and privacy | Will Cathcart

People send 100 billion WhatsApp messages every day -- and they're all encrypted to protect them from potentially curious entities like companies, governments and even WhatsApp itself. With our increased reliance on digital communication tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, our fundamental right to privacy is more important than ever, says Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp. He describes the tech and protocols the company built to prevent encryption services from being misused to spread disinformati...
Tags: Higher Education, Chris Anderson, Speaking, Will Cathcart

How to rethink capitalism and government for a post-pandemic world | Mariana Mazzucato

In the face of three simultaneous crises -- health, the economy and climate -- do we have a chance to do capitalism differently? Economist Mariana Mazzucato explains why we shouldn't try to go back to normal after the pandemic but should instead rethink how governments work together with businesses to solve big problems. Learn more about how governments can play a dynamic, proactive role in shaping markets and sparking innovation -- instead of just responding to broken systems. (This virtual con...
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Mariana Mazzucato, Bruno Giussani

We Value Your Opinion, Here’s 20 Points…

This below is a classic example of the wrong way to motivate members to do anything: There are two clear ways to motivate members to participate in a survey: Engender members with a sense of importance and being able to make a unique impact for the greater good. Use points and chances to win prizes. The problem above is a) mixing the two messages and b) pushing neither message hard enough. If you’re trying to make members feel they can have a unique impact, you need to make the message credi...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

3 Things That Affect Your Speaking Volume

When it comes to public speaking, volume is one of those things we don’t think about often. It kind of disappears until there’s a problem with it. But when the sound is too loud or too quiet, we notice right away. As a speaker, you can’t take your speaking volume for granted. For instance, if you are in a small room with a limited number of people, your normal volume might feel like yelling. Or if you are in a large, noisy room, you’ll need to project your voice to make sure everyone can hear yo...
Tags: Harvard, Voice Control, Posture, Speaking, Projection, Lungs, Brigham, Presentation Science, Volume, Aaron Waxman, Vocal Chords, The American Lung Association, Diaphragm, Vocal Delivery, Lung Capacity, Projecting Your Voice

Africa is a sleeping giant -- I'm trying to wake it up | Adeola Fayehun

"Africa is like a sleeping giant," says journalist and satirist Adeola Fayehun at the beginning of this hilarious, incisive talk. "The truth is I am trying to wake up this giant. That's why I air the dirty laundry of those in charge." Follow along as she roasts corrupt African officials and shows why the continent already has all it needs to take its rightful place on the world stage -- if only leaders would start taking responsibility. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Africa, Higher Education, Speaking, Adeola Fayehun

Create Definitive Resources For Your Community

Your community should be the definitive resource for its topic (however narrowly or broadly you define your topic). At first cater to the newcomers: A filtered set of top and most popular resources on the topic. A list of the recommended books people should read. A 101 guide to getting started in the topic. A list of recommended people members should follow both inside and outside of the community. A list of recommended equipment/product reviews. A list of common mistakes/questions and how to s...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

The Freedom of Speech, Part 2

Does someone have the right to shout over you while you are giving a speech if he disagrees with what you are saying? This is a question that falls under the governance of the First Amendment. In honor of Independence Day, we started a two-part series on the freedom of speech yesterday. Check out part 1 here if you missed it. Today we are going to look at some specific questions regarding the freedom of speech. We’ll be referencing a 2017 Brookings Institute study which involved a “national surv...
Tags: Constitution, Freedom Of Speech, Hate Speech, First Amendment, Speaking, Bret Stephens, Presentation Science, Brookings Institute, Silencing, Different Opinions

The Freedom of Speech, Part 1

In honor of Independence Day, we thought we’d share some thoughts, history, and research on the freedom of speech in America. Given the national holiday and the current events, our freedom of speech is being both exercised and challenged. That makes it a great time to see how this liberty can help create a better path forward for all of us. The Basics Our freedom of speech is a constitutional right protected by the First Amendment which was “adopted on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Congress, America, United States, Constitution, Freedom Of Speech, First Amendment, Civil Liberties, Speaking, Bill Of Rights, University of Minnesota, Presentation Science, Gregory Lee Johnson, Protection Of Speech, Speech Act

4 Public Speaking Strengths You Already Have

Hate public speaking? We get it. Lots of people do. Psychology Today reports that as much as 1/4 of the population hates standing up and speaking in front of an audience. But the good news is that there are some things you do naturally in everyday conversation that will help to make you a great public speaker. You might be surprised at the strengths you already have. Here’s a list of 4 conversation skills that translate into public speaking. 1. Eye Contact When you are talking to someone, you ...
Tags: Communication, Conversation, Voice, Public Speaking, Presentation, Pitch, Presenting, Speaking, Presentation Skills, Rate, Fear Of Public Speaking, Audience Analysis, Facial Expression, Presentation Fun Facts, Vocal Expression, Public Speaking Strengths You Already Have

What People Want vs. What People Do

When the behaviors most people do in a community aren’t the behaviors most people value, you have a problem. Your members are creating a large amount of noise and a low amount of signal. In my experience, this is only going to get worse. Common examples include posting job links, sharing obscure links, self-promotional posts, beginner-level questions, off-topic questions etc… You have a few options here: 1) Forbid these behaviors (which probably won’t be popular). 2) Find a place for these behav...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

Steadfast Rules for Data Visualization

In general, the very reason to give a presentation is to teach the audience something. Whether an introduction to something new, an update on progress, or a revolutionary process, your audience should be learning. Often, data visualization is key to illustrating portions of information. Edward Tufte, a data visualization legend, once said, “if the statistics are boring, then you’ve got the wrong numbers.” Not only that, but if your numbers are displayed poorly, then you run the risk of falling i...
Tags: Speaking, Edward Tufte

Scenes from a Black trans life | D-L Stewart

At the crossroads of life and livelihood, scholar D-L Stewart invites us into scenes from his own life as he resists and reflects on the dehumanizing narratives that shape the Black trans experience in the US. With each word of his captivating and poetic dissection, Stewart emphasizes the magnitude and urgency of the rallying cry "Black trans lives matter" -- and calls on others to uphold that truth, too. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: US, Higher Education, Speaking, Stewart, D L Stewart

Newcomers Are A Leverage Point

This paper reflects what I’ve been saying for years. Once a newcomer joins a community you have a short window to influence whether they become a one-time visitor, a lurker (learner), or an engaged member. This is decided by a few things: 1) How you guide their first contribution. Members who initiate a discussion or reply to a welcome discussion stick around for longer than those who don’t. Newcomers who share their emotions and self-disclose about themselves stick around longer than those who ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

Can beauty open our hearts to difficult conversations? | Titus Kaphar

An artwork's color or composition can pull you in -- and put you on the path to having important and difficult conversations, says artist Titus Kaphar. In this stunning talk, he reflects on his artistic evolution and takes us on a tour of his career -- from "The Jerome Project," which draws on religious icons to examine the US criminal justice system, to "From a Tropical Space," a haunting body of work that centers around Black mothers whose children have disappeared. Kaphar also shares the idea...
Tags: US, Higher Education, Speaking, Kaphar, NXTHVN

How the pandemic will shape the near future | Bill Gates

Bill Gates talks best (and worst) case scenarios for the coronavirus pandemic in the months ahead, explaining the challenges of reducing virus transmission, providing an update on promising vaccine candidates, offering his thoughts on reopening and even taking a moment to address conspiracy theories circulating about himself. Stay tuned for his critical call to fellow philanthropists to ramp up their action, ambition and awareness to create a better world for all. (This virtual conversation, hos...
Tags: Higher Education, Chris Anderson, Speaking

Is Defensiveness Blocking Your Growth?

Over the past few months, I’ve been teaching my teenage daughter to drive. For the most part, it’s gone smoothly. But every so often, I’ll correct her on something and she gets defensive. I can’t blame her. It’s tough to be in the driver’s seat and have someone point out what you are doing wrong. But I keep reminding her that the correction is aimed at keeping everyone safe by making her a better driver. I’m not that different from my daughter when it comes to getting feedback on my presentation...
Tags: Defense, John, Growth, Speaking, Personal Growth, Offense, John Gottman, Presentation Hacks, Gottman, Zach Brittle, Defensiveness, Righteous Indignation, Counterattack, Innocent Victimhood, John Trust

The courage to live with radical uncertainty | Shekinah Elmore

When your future is uncertain, how do you keep moving forward? In this courageous talk, oncologist and cancer survivor Shekinah Elmore shares how she embraced life after a rare genetic diagnosis -- and explains why she believes doctors have a duty to help their patients learn to live with radical uncertainty. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Shekinah Elmore

You Need Shared Definitions

You can’t come to an agreement about a topic unless you share the same definition of the topic. Communities fall victim to this all the time. You and I, for example, might share different definitions of what we mean by ‘community’. Your colleagues might too. Does ‘community’ mean your entire set of stakeholders? (staff, customers, investors etc?) Does ‘community’ only mean your audience? Does ‘community’ only mean people who visit a specific community platform? Does ‘community’ only mean people ...
Tags: Communities, Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

What Were You Going To Say Next?

What can you do if your speech gets derailed? Image Credit: Lawrence Whittemore I’m pretty sure that this has happened to all of us. We’re standing in front of an audience giving a speech and we’ve just said something clever or meaningful. We pause and get ready to go on to our next point when all of sudden we realize that we have absolutely no idea what we want to say next. This is probably the worst possible feeling that a speaker can have. What can we do now to save the situation...
Tags: Uncategorized, Speaking, Jim Anderson, Real World Public Speaking Skills Question, Lawrence Whittemore

What foods did your ancestors love? | Aparna Pallavi

Around the world, Indigenous food cultures vanish because of industrialized agriculture and a shifting, Western-influenced concept of the ideal diet. Food researcher Aparna Pallavi explores why once-essential culinary traditions disappear from people's lives and memories almost without notice -- and serves up a subtle solution to revitalize our connection to the foods we eat. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Aparna Pallavi

Stop being a bystander in your own life | Tracy Edwards

"Life doesn't go from A to B -- it's messy," says sailing legend Tracy Edwards. In this inspiring talk, she tells how she went from teenage misfit to skipper of the first all-female crew in the toughest race on the seas -- and how she now helps young people around the world achieve their dreams, too. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Tracy Edwards

A Case for Case Usage

Typography is profoundly effective in differentiating the feel of text. Deliberating over the right font for your presentation can take time. It is important to pick a look and feel that matches your brand, your sound, and your message. Lately there has been much reinvention in case usage. Some fonts use all caps very effectively. Others do not have capitalization options at all. Is it a good idea to follow this trend of taboo case usage, or should we all stick to mixed case? When sticking to mi...
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Happy Independence Day — Take The Week Off!

Image Credit Take A Week To Celebrate Your Independence Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming week is a great week for you — I’m taking it off! Blogging will resume next week… For my readers in the U.S., you know that this week is all about family, fireworks and general celebrating. The cause for all of this celebration is the signing of the U.S. deceleration of Independence. Now if only the work that we do could have the same type of impact 234 years later on! For...
Tags: Uncategorized, United States, Speaking, Jim Anderson, Real World Public Speaking Skills Click

The Power Of Changing Your Vision

Iteration is the best approach to building a community. You research what members might want, do your best to create that, and then use member feedback and your data to iteratively improve upon what you have. But this doesn’t work well if you have a clear vision of the end result before you begin. Two years ago, a client hired us to increase engagement in their community. They were trying to build a community on a forum-based platform. But, alas, few people were using it. They had already done t...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

The trials, tribulations and timeline of a COVID-19 vaccine | Jerome Kim

Developing a vaccine usually takes five to 10 years, costs about a billion dollars and has a failure rate of 93 percent. Under the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists are being asked to speed that timeline up to 12 to 18 months, says Jerome Kim, director general of the International Vaccine Institute. How are things going? Kim updates us on the varied field of vaccine candidates and discusses the challenges of making sure the one that works gets distributed to the whole world. (This...
Tags: Higher Education, Kim, Speaking, David Biello, Jerome Kim, International Vaccine Institute How

Expanding Your Presentation Perspective

One of the toughest things we ever have to do as humans is to see outside of our own perspectives. Writer and professor Barbara Brown Taylor, uses the metaphor of a mosaic to help remind us of how individual and sometimes self-centered we truly are. She says that as we create our own versions of reality, we collect pieces from our families, our teachers, our friends, our favorite authors, and popular culture. And we arrange those selected pieces to form a picture of what is “true” or “real.” Tha...
Tags: Diversity, Perspective, Ego, Speaking, Mosaic, Diverse, Barbara Brown Taylor, Presentation Hacks, Audience Analysis, Nick Morgan, Brown Taylor

3 ways we can redesign cities for equity and inclusion | Vishaan Chakrabarti

Cities are engines of culture, commerce, knowledge and community, but they're also centers of inequality and poverty. As the world rebuilds from the coronavirus pandemic, can we transform cities into bastions of equity and sustainability? Architect and educator Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses a new urban agenda that provides equitable housing, health care and transportation for all -- and helps build cities rooted in our desire to connect at a human level. "We need a new narrative of generosity, n...
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Helen Walters, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Chee Pearlman

How we can build sustainable, equitable cities after the pandemic | Vishaan Chakrabarti

Cities are engines of culture, commerce, knowledge and community, but they're also centers of inequality and poverty. As the world rebuilds from the coronavirus pandemic, can we transform cities into bastions of equity and sustainability? Architect and educator Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses a new urban agenda that provides equitable housing, health care and transportation for all -- and helps build cities rooted in our desire to connect at a human level. "We need a new narrative of generosity, n...
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Helen Walters, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Chee Pearlman

What Behavior Does Your Community Replace?

You’re going to struggle to persuade people to add a new behavior to their day. Everyone thinks they’re busy. Far better to figure out which behavior will visiting and participating in your community replace (and improve upon)? Does it replace using search engines or asking colleagues for information? Does it replace having separate calls and meetings? Does it replace spending time on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a dozen other social media platforms? Does it replace calling customer support ...
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