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The Visually Speaking Blog is filled with presentation tips, tricks, techniques, articles, videos, learning tools and a lot more! Information can be found on PAGES or in CATEGORIES. Pages contain reference items, categories contain posts. Click a post HEADLINE to see the full story and to see any comments made. Each post has a FOOTER showing the date posted, related tags (locators), assigned category, and a Make a Comment link for you to add your thoughts to the topic! Read more… →

The Race Card — News Networks Matter

IMHO:)When it involves the media — RACE is not about color, it’s about competition. In the absence of a close presidential race, nobody needs the news.

Therefore, network news outlets know that the race is in the ratings, not in the rhetoric.


A Guide to Better Teaching

A Guide to Better Teaching - Final CoverAfter six years of extensive research, Leila Jahangiri and Tom Mucciolo have collaborated on a comprehensive publication about teaching and presentation effectiveness.

A Guide to Better Teaching is a self-help book that provides a new teacher, an adjunct faculty, or a seasoned professor with a thorough understanding of what it takes to be an effective teacher. Several interactive assessment tools are also included to measure levels of effectiveness according to learner preferences.

Each chapter is filled with detailed explanations, relevant stories, and action-driven tables that help teachers understand and apply skills. This book aims to enhance teaching skills by offering critical perspectives, practical suggestions, and techniques for improvement.

Measuring Audience Feedback

The way you speak, look, and interact with an audience is compounded by how understandable your content is in relation to what you know. Audience evaluations that include these elements can now be linked to research data to measure a speaker’s effectiveness. The SPICE Model is helping speakers and organizations improve the seminar experience. READ MORE —>

Connecting Flight Theory


I operate under the assumption that I should be on-time for whatever activity or responsibility I have planned. While some delays can’t be avoided, they could be anticipated. Over the years, I have built a vast database of travel nuances, patterns, and habits that have become my guiding principles in getting from place to place. One of these precepts is my CONNECTING FLIGHT THEORY. Read more… →

Published Assessment Tools

In 2006, in conjunction with New York University, Dr. Leila Jahangiri and Tom Mucciolo collaborated on an extensive research project to identify the skills that contribute to a speaker’s effectiveness. From the findings of that published study, the authors designed a series of interactive assessment tools which measure as many as 80 independent skill elements to arrive at effectiveness ratings across multiple audience types.

These assessment tools were peer-reviewed and recently published, supplementing the efforts of the original research. Read more… →

Adjectives are Awesome!

We discussed using nouns, verbs and adjectives that relate to the overall theme, but the emotions of the audience are easily tapped from the use of good, powerful, one-of-a-kind adjectives! Read more… →

Giving Dignity for a Wrong Answer

Interaction can be challenging for both a presenter and an audience member. As a speaker, what do you do when someone gives you the incorrect answer to a question? There is a way to handle the situation effectively! Read more… →

Rate the Skills in Your Organization

If you could AVERAGE the presentation skills of everyone in your organization (department, group, etc.), based on those you have seen present information, what LETTER-grade would you give?

How would rate the AVERAGE PRESENTER in your organization?

  • C - Fair, but not very effective (45%, 49 Votes)
  • B - Good, and improving (30%, 32 Votes)
  • D - Substandard and needing much improvement (17%, 18 Votes)
  • F - Very poor, needs a LOT of help (6%, 7 Votes)
  • A - Excellent! (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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If you would like to PROFILE the needs of your organization, to see how your preferences compare to published research, read the Profiling Works! posting and follow the survey link.

Assessment Methods Study

How do you evaluate speakers, presenters, trainers, teachers, and anyone else who communicates to groups? Typically, the assessment is taken from the perspective of the audience. But research shows that by using additional forms of evaluation, such as views of managers or colleagues (peers), and even self-assesment, one can gain a better sense of a speaker’s effectiveness. Read more… →