Best of 2012: Creating Communication

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With our remaining two days of 2012, Creating Communication will reflect on the year in review as it relates to public speaking and presentation.  First, we looked at my favorite presentation-related things of 2012: book, webinar, Tweets, blog, TED Talk, speech, etc.  Today, we will look at the best of Creating Communication in 2012:

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What was your favorite 2012 Creating Communication moment?

Best of 2012: My Favorite Things

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With our remaining three days of 2012, Creating Communication will reflect on the year in review as it relates to public speaking and presentation.  First, we will look at my favorite presentation-related things of 2012: book, webinar, Tweets, blog, TED Talk, speech, etc.

My favorite 2012 presentation book goes to the Harvard Business Review/Nancy Duarte partnership: HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations.  My review of the text is forthcoming!  It combines Duarte’s previous texts, Slide:ology and Resonate into a short, neat, HBR-approved book, and it’s a must-read for anyone who presents.

My favorite public speaking/presentation concept was Ethos3’s “Presenter’s Manifesto.”  I printed out a beautiful color copy of the inspiring, well-designed guide to the presentation revolution, and I urge you to read it and to join us in 2013.  My favorite Tweets about public speaking and presentation also came from Ethos3.  You must follow them here.  Last, but not least, my favorite public speaking webinar this year was done by Ethos3’s CEO Scott Schwertly and was called “How To Be An Online Presentation God.”  Organized by Tony Yang, Director of Marketing at Knoodle, the one-hour webinar was the perfect compliment to everything Ethos3 has been doing this year.  I love those guys so much, and they’ve really inspired me in 2012 in so many ways.

My favorite Slideshare presentation from 2012 was JesseDee’s updated “You Suck At PowerPoint.”  Though the original was great, this updated version took the design to the next level.

My favorite TED Talk of 2012 was definitely LZ Granderson’s “The Myth of the Gay Agenda.”  My favorite speech of 2012 was Bill Clinton’s Democratic National Convention address.  You especially have to check out this article alongside the video of Clinton’s DNC speech.

My favorite website with comprehensive information about public speaking and presentation in 2012 was Andrew Dlugan’s Six Minutes.  I was lucky enough to write for Six Minutes twice in 2012, and you can check out my articles here.  While this series is my favorite of all time on Six Minutes, this article was my favorite of 2012 because I love examining charisma and what it means to be a charismatic speaker.

I can’t talk about the best of 2012 without honoring the two best overall public speaking/presentation brands: Nancy Duarte and Garr Reynolds.  Both blog, Tweet, speak, and write amazing things on 21st century presenting.

Who or what would you add to this list of 2012 favorites?  Did I miss anything important?

Markham Nolan: How To Separate Fact and Fiction Online

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Since my husband had to work all week, my mom flew to Orlando to spend the Christmas holidays with me.  We had such an amazing time shopping, dining, running, and screening movies.  Unfortunately, during all of the holiday fun, I haven’t been able to decompress by watching any TED Talks.  Today, after my mom’s plane left, I finally got a chance to sit around my dining room table and search TED.com.  I was instantly inspired by something new: Markham Nolan’s “How To Separate Fact and Fiction Online.”  Watch it here:

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I love the idea that with new technology and new media, there are more “reporters” than ever before.  Websites like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter break news almost instantly… and for free.  The way we received news in the past has completely changed.  This is something we talked a lot about in my Legal and Ethical Issues in Communication class at UCF.  My amazing professor, Dr. Voss, wanted us to really look at the laws of the past (especially the First Amendment) that are shifting under our feet with all of these new technologies.

Nolan urges us to think critically about the images, status updates, and videos that we see on the Internet.  We have to scrutinize the source of all of the information we receive and filter the fiction from the facts.  This relates directly to the class that I teach, Professional Communication and Presentation, because we focus on research and logos when building a speech.  A presentation has to be backed by credible, reliable source material… but how do you really know if your source is legit?

Do you think the widespread use of social media has changed the landscape of “the news” in a positive or negative way?  How do you separate fact from fiction online?

*PS: Be sure to check out the data visualization at about the six minute mark.  It’s amazing!

A Star-Filled Christmas: Top Yuletide Films Since 1980

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Infographics are a beautiful way to communicate complex information in a more elegant, easy to understand fashion.  With this particular infographic, I love the typefaces, the color palette, and the repetition of the data visualization: box office earnings; critic ratings; and audience ratings.

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Which of these is your favorite holiday film?

Personal Brand “Mechanics” – An Interview with Garr Reynolds

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In this video, Peter Sterlacci interviews Garr Reynolds on Presentation Zen and the personal brand Reynolds created:

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The question and answer session can help you to brand yourself, to promote your brand, and to make sure people “get” your brand.  Reynolds suggests several techniques to boost your personal brand including 1) building a website with a specific focus and 2) constantly updating a website.  Did you know that Reynolds didn’t seek out a publisher for Presentation Zen?  Because of his website, publishers came to him!

The question Sterlacci asks at about the 6 minute mark is my favorite question of the entire interview.  He asks, “How does being a good presenter help promote someone’s personal brand?”

Reynolds’ answer is amazing.  He explains that he learned some great advice from Guy Kawasaki: give it away.  Reynolds says the medium he uses to give knowledge and information away is through presentation.  Through presentations, he grew his network and his community – which led to his business and the money he makes.

What were your favorite take-aways from Garr Reynolds’ interview?  How do you communicate your brand to an audience?