May312014
americanexpress:

4 Great Ways To Be A Better Conversationalist
By Rohit Bhargava, CEO & Founder, Influential Marketing Group via amexopenforum
Click here to read more

americanexpress:

4 Great Ways To Be A Better Conversationalist

By Rohit Bhargava, CEO & Founder, Influential Marketing Group via amexopenforum

Click here to read more

May282014

WHEN I HAVE TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC

howdoiputthisgeekily:

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Do not fear speaking in public! It is not that bad, we promise! For tips on public speaking check us out http://mediatrainingworldwide.com/

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April172014
stoptweetingboringshit:

“We all know that presentation matters. You need to dress for the job you want, and you want to generally represent yourself as a competent, intelligent, professional human being, if you want to be taken seriously — and get your way as often as possible. And really, who doesn’t want that? A huge piece of that? The way you speak.”
-via refinery29's Neha Gandhi & Tara Sophia Mohr's 10 Rules for Brilliant Women.  (link)

stoptweetingboringshit:

We all know that presentation matters. You need to dress for the job you want, and you want to generally represent yourself as a competent, intelligent, professional human being, if you want to be taken seriously — and get your way as often as possible. And really, who doesn’t want that? A huge piece of that? The way you speak.”

-via refinery29's Neha Gandhi & Tara Sophia Mohr's 10 Rules for Brilliant Women.  (link)

April162014
April152014

nythroughthelens:

Vivienne Gucwa with Sony at PhotoPlus Expo 2013

To say that last week was a transformative week on many different levels would be a bit of an understatement at this point.

I have spoken at smaller conferences before but I had never spoken at a trade show or done any public speaking on that level. When Sony asked me if I would give a presentation on the Sony Stage at PhotoPlus Expo earlier this year, I said yes without hesitation. And when I was asked if I would also be on a panel about Disruptive Technology, I said yes without hesitation as well. While the thought of both the panel and giving a presentation all three days of the Expo terrified me beyond belief, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Something I believe in wholeheartedly is embracing whatever it is that you fear the most. It’s the only way to come to peace with yourself and allow yourself to live fully without regret.

My life has been such a roller-coaster ride of epic proportions. There have been so many deeply disheartening lows peppered with a few interesting sparks of awesome. “Vivienne, you should write a book” is a phrase I hear often (still trying to determine if that is good or bad?) if you catch me on a good night and I start to talk your ear off about everything that has transpired in my life.

When I fell in love with photography a few years ago for the first time, I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be standing on a stage representing Sony talking about my photography to an audience of incredibly inspiring photography enthusiasts at a trade show attended by 25,000+ people. This definitely goes down as one of the best experiences of my life so far: one of the brightest sparks of awesome that has occurred.

My presentation was titled: Mobile Photography: A World of Possibilities. I spoke about my own traditional client workflow and how I conceptualize the places I photograph as well as how I merge that with client expectations. And then I spoke about how I have been able to incorporate my love for mobile photography with my client workflow using the Sony QX100.

The panel I was on was titled: Disruptive Technology which covered photography and new media and included Rick Smolan: a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, best known as the creator of the “Day in the Life” book series; Matt Kloskowski: the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine; Brian Smith: a Pulitzer Prize winning celebrity portrait photographer; and Alex Garcia: whose time at the Chicago Tribune as a photographer has earned him many accolades and awards deeming him “one of the world’s best photojournalists” by HarperCollins.

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I want to give special thanks to Sony for making all of this possible. Even that seems inadequate somehow. If I could somehow hug Sony collectively, I would.

Thank you to everyone who spoke with me after my presentations as well. You have no idea how inspiring all of you are and how great it was to hear your feedback.

Additionally, there were so many inspirational conversations I had and so many inspirational people I met last week. I am grateful for all of it.

I have a bad habit of thinking that good or even great things that transpire in my life will somehow immediately diminish and disappear in a puff of smoke. I am learning to embrace these moments of transcendence and wrap myself in them for a longer amount of time. Thank you to my friends who have been there for me and who help me to relish the good moments that occur for all of us. You know who you are.

A good friend and colleague, Me Ra Koh, gave me great advice about embracing public speaking that she had gleaned from elsewhere and it was to: “fill the space” in a physical and metaphorical way. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp what that meant until I started to give my first presentation.

And when I realized what that meant while finishing the first sentence of my first presentation, I smiled.

I hope I keep filling the space in the best way I know how.

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Photo Credits (in order of photos as they appear in the photo-set:

Scott Wyden Kivowitz Sara Collaton Michael Bonocore Frank Storm

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April142014
April132014

5 metrics you need to know to give a great presentation

kemmeyer:

  • 1.5 seconds the amount of time you have to make a positive first impression. 
  • 2.5 minutes the average audience attention span (down from 12, then 5 in past ten years)
  • 150 average number of times the average American checks his/her phone in 24 hour period
  • 12 maximum number of words that should be projected on your screen at a time
  • 100 percent of your audience will appreciate your speech ending on time

via Noah Zandan, CEO of Quantified Impressions

April122014
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