Category: Talking

Sli.do: audience interaction made powerful and easy

Sli.do: audience interaction made powerful and easy

UTILITY: Slido is an easy-to-use web app that gives your entire audience a voice. Power to the people. A good tool for the majority in an audience who are nervous about putting their hands up and asking questions. An effective counter against know-it-alls who dominate the Q & A sessions. SOURCE: Slido ...
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Digital paper: feels like paper, acts like a tablet

Digital paper: feels like paper, acts like a tablet

UTILITY: Digital paper devices combine the simplicity of reading and writing on real paper with the convenience of digital features, including easy sharing across devices, searchable documents, and secure document encryption. SOURCE: reMarkable/ Sony ...
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The art of giving feedback and performance evaluation in 4 steps

The art of giving feedback and performance evaluation in 4 steps

VIDEO: This video outlines 4 steps in carrying out performance evaluations which will benefit both parties involved. Feedback should be a process offered as a gift and not a punishment. We look at the past to make plans for the future. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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Bizspeak is buzzkill: business jargon makes communication unclear

Bizspeak is buzzkill: business jargon makes communication unclear

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: If you are perplexed by the jargon used in business communications and feel that the words thrown around belong to another language, here's a list of the top items that should go into your education in bizspeak. SOURCE: Quartz ...
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Are gestures a universal language?

Are gestures a universal language?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While the ancient belief that, across vast cultural divides, people can understand one another through gesture is largely true, there still are areas of thought that cannot be communicated across language barriers. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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How language shapes the way we think

How language shapes the way we think

VIDEO: There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? In this video, cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is. Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ...
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7 habits to avoid while speaking in public

7 habits to avoid while speaking in public

INFOGRAPHIC: Every speaker needs to be credible. Sometimes your credibility has as much to do with your behaviour as it does with the message itself. Here’s a list of 7 common bad habits to watch out for. SOURCE: Fast Company ...
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Ditching Google Maps et al: the lost secrets of natural navigation

Ditching Google Maps et al: the lost secrets of natural navigation

ARTICLE: We had thousands of years of wanting to get from A to B in the most expedient way possible. But now we can get between places incredibly efficiently without actually noticing what we are doing. There are potentially 11 million pieces of information hitting our brain every second but our brain filters out 99.9% of it. Simply by being more attuned to this information, we can put together an almanac of tricks and tips that we’ve lost over the years. We can regain the “sixth sense”: our innate ability to scan the landscape and anticipate what might happen next. SOURCE: The Guardian ...
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Religion isn't going anywhere, but the demographics are shifting dramatically

Religion isn’t going anywhere, but the demographics are shifting dramatically

ARTICLE/ INFOGRAPHIC: Religion is still an integral part of many modern societies, influencing laws and people's behaviour, as well as the way adherents relate to others in the world. Are religions going away any time soon? Despite what some decry, there is little evidence of that. What is changing is the composition of the world's believers. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

ARTICLE: We are being bombarded with more data, more communication, and more interruption than ever before, creating ever more demands on our limited time and attention. That can leave us burned out and feeling as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for us to achieve everything we need—and want—to do. Triple Overload -- data overload, communication overload and cognition overload -- is a multifaceted problem; three separate yet interconnected issues that plague almost everyone, in every walk of life. Each is a direct result of the explosion of information and technology that has come to define the modern world. SOURCE: Evernote Blog ...
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The pie chart: data visualisation's star or villain?

The pie chart: data visualisation’s star or villain?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Multitudes of statisticians and visualisation experts have attacked the pie chart and pushed for the use of alternatives. Though early criticism primarily appealed to logic, in the last 40 years, pie chart critics have marshalled experimental evidence that seems to demonstrate the inferiority of pie charts at accurately conveying information. SOURCE: Priceonomics ...
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The best and the worst ways to argue: 7 levels

The best and the worst ways to argue: 7 levels

INFOGRAPHIC: Disagreement is a far more common form of response to statements and arguments. Agreeing tends to motivate people less than disagreeing; when you agree there's less to say. When we disagree, we should be careful to do it well. Most of us can tell the difference between crude name-calling and a carefully reasoned refutation, but it would help to put labels on the intermediate stages. Here's an outline for a disagreement hierarchy based on 2 elements: the quality of the statement(s) used and the underlying emotion that accompanies the disagreement. SOURCE: Paul Graham ...
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Talk to Books: A Google tool for browsing passages from books using AI

Talk to Books: A Google tool for browsing passages from books using AI

UTILITY: Type in a question or a statement, the model looks at every sentence in over 100,000 books to find the responses that would most likely come next in a conversation.  Although it has a search box, its objectives and underlying technology are fundamentally different than those of a more traditional search experience. It enables an AI to find statements that look like probable responses to your input rather than a finely polished tool that would take into account the wide range of standard quality signals. Talk to Books is more of a creative tool than a way to find specific answers. You may need to play around with it to get the most out of it. SOURCE: Talk to Books ...
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How to stop someone from talking incessantly

How to stop someone from talking incessantly

INFOGRAPHIC/ VIDEO: Some people love to hear themselves talk so much that, try as you might, you can’t get a word in edgewise. One part art of the problem is that you’re waiting for them to pass the baton to you: they’re simply not going to do it. You don’t have to interrupt them; you can use your body language and shut them up with non-verbal cues . SOURCE: YouTube via Lifehacker ...
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Your speech Is packed with misunderstood, unconscious messages: "dysfluencies"

Your speech Is packed with misunderstood, unconscious messages: “dysfluencies”

ARTICLE: folk wisdom that ums and uhs betray a speaker as weak, nervous, ignorant, and sloppy, and should be avoided at all costs, even in spontaneous conversation. Many scientists, though, think that our cultural fixation with stamping out what they call “disfluencies” is deeply misguided. Saying um is no character flaw, but an organic feature of speech; far from distracting listeners, there’s evidence that it focuses their attention in ways that enhance comprehension. SOURCE: Nautilus ...
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