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Pivotal Gold rewards this week – articles and discounted books

For Gold members

13% off Kathy Reichs’ latest – “Bones are Forever

Links to the articles

How to have better family conversations
Sadly, many families and groups of friends who come together during the holiday season have only superficial conversations. However, by using some simple agreements and some questions as conversation-starters, they can have a much richer and more enjoyable time of sharing their life experiences.
First, what gets in the way?
Five main impediments to quality family conversations:
Public Speaking Tips: More Hiding Places for Your Notes
1. I sometimes place a chair, back to audience, next to my prop or projection table. I may take off my
 coat and place it over the chair, but I also use the chair back to tape up notes, or even put them in the seat.

Learn How to Control Anger in a Relationship
Keep in mind that anger is controllable and a choice that you can choose to do something about if you want. If you tell your spouse or partner when you are angry, then it will help avoid a situation that could be otherwise pushed to the boiling point.
Are you beginning to see how choosing to control your anger is an important first step?

For Pivotal Gold + Members only

43% off the bestselling “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker

All you need is love – the Class of 2011

In over 40 speeches given at graduations this year, the words used most were love, passion and fear, while at the bottom of the scale were words like happiness, job, career. Read more =>

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 …

Learn to connect with your audience and motivate them … with “Resonate”

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

by Nancy Duarte

Reveals the underlying story form of all great presentations that will not only create impact, but will move people to action

Presentations are meant to inform, inspire, and persuade audiences. So why then do so many audiences leave feeling like they’ve wasted their time? All too often, presentations don’t resonate with the audience and move them to transformative action.

Just as the author’s first book helped presenters become visual communicators, Resonate helps you make a strong connection with your audience and lead them to purposeful action. The author’s approach is simple: building a presentation today is a bit like writing a documentary. Using this approach, you’ll convey your content with passion, persuasion, and impact.

  • Author has a proven track record, including having created the slides in Al Gore’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth
  • Focuses on content development methodologies that are not only fundamental but will move people to action
  • Upends the usual paradigm by making the audience the hero and the presenter the mentor
  • Shows how to use story techniques of conflict and resolution

Presentations don’t have to be boring ordeals. You can make them fun, exciting, and full of meaning. Leave your audiences energized and ready to take action with Resonate.

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From Pivotal Kids

Space travel to the moon – watch an Apollo video

From Pivotal Teachers

Great science video – the Structure of an atom

From WRB

Thought for the day

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When Kids Lose Interest in Reading, Where Do You Turn?

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Speaking thought for the Day

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Public Speaking tip – Watch your language

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Review of Great Taste no Pain

From WRB

Study: E-books take longer to read than print

From Pivotal  Kids books

Free online reading tools for kids

From Pivotal Teachers

Quote for the Day about teachers and teaching

Today’s blog posts

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Is it time to change career?

From Pivotal Public Speaking

Writing a speech? Make Numbers Work for You

From Pivotal Kids

25 Ways to simplify your life with kids

From Pivotal Teachers

Re-Examining the Need For Using Technology in Instruction

Today’s blog posts

From the Pivotal Personal Best Blog

What do Cliffs Have to do with confidence?

From the Pivotal Public Speaking blog

5 Ways to Make Your PowerPoint Presentation Stand Out

From the Pivotal Kids books blog

Out now – the latest in the Hunger games trilogy

Today’s ezine – Pivotal personal best

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Inspirational Story:  The Teddy

Article: The Power of Marketing – Charity Begins at Work

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A free ebook

This week’s “must-read”

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