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Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

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I continuously return to these videos for my personal growth in public speaking. They include inspiration, insight, and ideas.
The Office: Wisdom from Dwight
10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation - Celeste Headlee (10:45) My all-time favorite TED Talk.
MORE: How to Speak So That People Want to Listen (9:43)Brain Rule #10: Vision Trumps All Other Sense... "Pictures Beat Text" (0:28)Brain Rule #4: "We don't pay attention to boring things" (1:29)
... you have just 10 minutes to keep someone's attention. After 10 minutes, you have to switch gears in some way to refresh their attention for another 10 (a discussion, a joke, a new story, etc.) If you don't, you will lose them.Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right. (15:32)TED's Secret to Great Public Speaking (7:55)The Secret Structure of Great Talks (18:01)

From "The Great Divorce" by C. S. Lewis

If it is possible to have a favorite book, then mine may be C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce.  The allegory captures conversations when a bus from Hell visits Heaven.  The story offers marvelous insight about fractured perspectives, the choices we make, and truth.  Below are just a few of my favorite snippets; the book (and audio book!) are worth your time.

*Double arrows (>>) and blue textare used to indicate when a character from Hell is speaking.
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>> 'I’m asking for nothing but my rights.' > 'I haven’t got my rights, or I should not be here. You will not get yours either. You’ll get something far better. Never fear.’ _________________________________________
> 'Once you were a child. Once you knew what inquiry was for. There was a time when you asked questions because you wanted answers, and were glad when you had found them. Become that child again: even now.’
>> ‘Ah, but when I became a man I put away …

Strategic, Effective, Digital Communication Tools

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​ Here's what I've learned on my journey to develop the weekly "Tech Tip" emails for my school district (with the goal that folks will actually read them and learn something).
Auto-Play Witiin Emails Within email, videos will not play (you must click on the link and open the video in a new tab to watch it).  GIFs (animated images) will play within the email because technically they are images not videos. 
Creating GIFs I use a paid program called Camtasia to create GIFs and videos. If you search for free GIF creators, you will find oodles of options, but I haven't used any free ones to recommend specifically.  
Email Templates and Responsive Design You can use third-party tools to find email templates that will automatically adjust to any device (responsive design). For example, if I view the email on my phone, my iPad, and my laptop, it will adapt and look awesome on all three! Here are a couple responsive design email template options: Gmail Templates from CloudHQ - Ch…

Self-Directed PD Choiceboard

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Customizable Digital Flyer and Choiceboard
PDF version with clickable linksMake your own copy to customize and share
Preview:


If you find this resource useful and/or if you use the template to create something new, please share in the Comments below!

Explore Some Googley Odds & Ends

Use Choice to Empower

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Googley Add-Ons & Extensions

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You work incredibly hard. Let technology help you out!
Click the links to share, give feedback, & vote on your favorites:
Google Drive File Add Ons  ~   Google Chrome Extensions
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Tech Tool Shout Outs - Crowd Sourced Ideas

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Oklahoma Technology Association Encyclomedia Conference 2017 Session: Tech Tool Shout Outs (Crowd Sourced!)
Contribute to the Padlet:  bit.ly/OKCTTSO