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Published on November 29, 2017

Let Me Give You The Gift Of The Gab

Let Me Give You The Gift Of The Gab

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Ranking number 13 amongst other popular phobias, it is more common than the fear of clowns, needles, and darkness. We might not all suffer from this phobia, but I’m sure there are times we still feel nervous and anxious when we have to face a big crowd or give a speech in front of a large audience. Yet public speaking is almost one of the most useful delivery tools in our lives.

Remember the times you had to present at school, or pitch a project in class?All these require a form of public speaking. Eventually when you move on to working life, chances are you would still have to speak in front of an audience whether it be in board meetings, office seminars or external presentations where you might need to pitch a proposal to clients. Public speaking is an important asset that we should all strive to achieve no matter how big your fears may be.

Here is a selection of 5 books that will help you through the anxiety, to excel in the public speaking arena.

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris J. Anderson

    There is no denying that (almost) all TED speakers are talented public speakers, and the man behind the TED curtain, who has worked with all these inspiring TED speakers, Chris Anderson has definitely challenged the public speaking game for short talks since his takeover in the early 2000s. The book explains how powerful public speeches are achieved, and equips you to master your next great public speaking stint.

    “There is no formula; no two talks should be the same” as Chris pointed out there is no cookie cutter solution to the best short talk. The core takeaway from this book is about how public speaking is merely a channel to transfer your ideas to your audience’s minds.

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    Reading Duration: 5hrs 57mins

    Get TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking from Amazon at $9.24

    Slide: ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

      Presentation slides/visual aids are one of the few elements that require professionals to think visually and leverage hard skills. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not actively taught in schools or business training programs.

      This book is loaded with easy and practical examples of visual story development which can be used by anyone. It will not turn you into a designer overnight, but you will learn the basics of preparing visual aids for presentations. Be aware this is not a book for teaching you how to use keynote, but more of visual storytelling from a design perspective. Get hold of the book if you are someone who is constantly having to public speak, but has only one set of powerpoint templates.

      Reading Duration: 6hrs 7mins

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      Get Slide: ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations from Amazon at $27.84

      Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

        Why is it that some people and organisations are more innovative and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers?

        Speaking just seems to be more desirable than listening, so how then can we get people to listen to us? This book offers comparisons and cases to learn from, as Sinek uses the Golden Circle theory of placing WHY at the core, followed by WHAT and HOW, arguing that we’d be better off if we focus more on the WHY as the golden circle suggest, because “People don’t buy WHAT you do, but WHY you do it”.

        An important aspect of public speaking is in the persuasiveness of your speech, so if you need some tips on sharpening your sales pitch, check this read.

        If you want to be inspired in a few minutes and catch the core of the book, watch Sinek’s TED talk about Starting with WHY:

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        Reading Duration: 5hrs 17mins

        Get Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action from Amazon at $10.23

        Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff

          In the book Pitch Anything, Klaff argues that creating and presenting a great pitch is merely science, and describes how the brain makes decisions and responds to pitches with the back up of neuroscience. No matter whether you agree with his science method, some of his points are definitely solid, including setting the frame, great storytelling, and how to close a pitch. Expect this book to be your out-of-the-box read for an alternative view on pitching and public speaking.

          Reading Duration: 4hrs 57mins

          Get Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal from Amazon at $13.75

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          Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill

            Humour can be one of the hardest-to-master elements in public speaking, to speak fluently and capturing the audience’s attention is already difficult, let alone adding humour into the equation.

            In Do You Talk Funny, you can learn skills from comedians, and apply to your day-to-day speaking activities, levelling up your public speaking skills. Of course, what you say/tell is not the most important (because humans can only remember 7% of what others have said), Nihill also delivers advice on managing your crowd, time, the stage, interruptions, and the list goes on. Expect yourself to be a more effective and funny public speaker after a good read of this book!

            Reading Duration: 4hrs 17mins

            Get Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker from Amazon at $12.13

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            Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

            How do you get the best out of photos?

            By using a photo editing app of course!

            Though phones are getting smarter by the day and there is AI to click better photos, for now they can’t match up to photo editing apps.

            In this exclusive list, I have rounded up all the photo editing apps that will help you transform your memories. These apps will help you to resize, adjust, beautify, sharpen, apply filters, make collage, remove objects and even shoot time lapses.

            So without further ado let’s take a look at the best photo editing apps:

            1. Pixlr

              Pixlr is a complete photo editing app that gives you a variety of options. A lot of users rely on it for quick fixes to a photo, adding texts and applying preset filters. Recently, Autodesk acquired it, which validates it popularity.

              Features:

              • User Friendly design and functionality which are extremely simple and logically categorized.
              • Simplified editing tools like crop, adjust and autofix.
              • Advanced tools like Splash which makes the image black and white and helps you add selective areas with colors.
              • Variety of preset filter option.
              • Add text feature.
              • Collage making option.

              Available for iOS | AndroidWeb

              2. Facetune

                Facetune is photoshop for dummies. It helps you to modify your photos, especially you face and make them look picture perfect. It whitens your teeth, removes blemishes and pimples, does away with wrinkles and even reshapes so that you can have those perfect cuts.

                Features:

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                • Basic features like crop, adjust aspect ratio, rotate and flip.
                • Advanced features like whiten, smooth, red eye reduction, tones and details.
                • Option to see before edits and after edits.
                • Preset filters (limited options though)
                • Frames to lighten up your images.

                Available for iOS | Android

                3. VSCO Cam

                  VSCO Cam is an editing app for people who are serious about their photos. People in the professional circuit seem to like it a lot. Its filters make the photos look better, but still help it keep real.

                  Another standout offering that makes it one of the best photo editing app is that it has an amazing social platform where you can make your own photo journals and share it with the world.

                  If you are obsessed about your pixels being perfect and and would like to experiment with a new photo sharing platform, this is a highly recommended app.

                  Features:

                  • All the basic functions like crop, edit, adjust and resize.
                  • Advanced photoshop features like washed out tones, saturated colors, high contrasts etc.
                  • Social platform GRID for your photos to get discovered.
                  • Amazing set of film like pre-set filters to automatically make your photo look great.
                  • Integrated camera.

                  Available for iOS | Android

                  4. Touch Retouch

                    The Guardian says that there is no easier way to remove unwanted objects from your photos. This is precisely what this genius photo editing app does. It removes unwanted content from your pictures.

                    If you are constantly photo-bombed or the frame has a lot of disturbance, you can remove them all using Touch-Retouch. The best part? It is not hard at all.

                    Features:

                    • Replace unwanted objects in the picture.
                    • Weed out photobombers by using a lasso.
                    • Make portraits more beautiful by removing blemishes and wrinkles.
                    • App replaces selections automatically (using nearby pixels)
                    • Clone tool can be used to easily duplicate objects.

                    Available for iOS | Android

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                    5. Moldiv

                      Moldiv is a friendly photo-editor app with all the standard photo-editing functions but with more than 550+ stickers in it and a plethora of collage options.

                      If you like to liven up pictures using stickers and collages, then this is the perfect app for you.

                      Features:

                      • 320+ fonts
                      • 150+ filters
                      • Beautify selfies – face slimming, enlarge eyes, smoothen skin and whiten teeth.
                      • Collage – Ability to artistically combine 10+ photos in one frame.
                      • Ability to crop, straighten, rotate, adjust colors in a picture.

                      Available for iOS | Android

                      6. Lapse It

                        Lapse it, as the name suggests is a time-lapse capturing photo app. Though there are many smartphones these days that have a slo-mo capacity, lapse it beats them all with its rich features and easy to shoot functions.

                        Of course, if your phone doesn’t come with a slo-mo capturing functionality, this app is hands down the best.

                        Features:

                        • Choose the interval between captures.
                        • Customize focus.
                        • Pre-set ISO.
                        • Battery saver mode that switches off screen while capturing videos for long hours.
                        • Crop videos and apply filters.
                        • Import videos and apply effects easily.

                        Available for iOS | Android

                        7. Perfect 365

                          Perfect 365 is a virtual make up app. It delivers exactly what it promises. It lets you retouch and apply makeup to deliver that spotless portrait photo.

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                          What’s more, you can explore makeup services with this app!

                          Features:

                          • Change color of your hair and your eyes.
                          • Whiten your teeth with one touch.
                          • Easily remove blemishes and dark circles.
                          • Sharpen your face structure for that perfect jaw-line.
                          • Easily apply virtual make-up to your photos.

                          Available for iOS | Android

                          8. Afterlight

                            Afterlight is a delight for people who want everything perfect in their photos. It has enough filters, styles and toning tools to please probably everyone.

                            It also has an amazing range of premium offerings (in-app purchases), that is non-intrusive and sets it apart from its peers.

                            Features:

                            • Abundant filters and frames.
                            • Varied options in lights and leaks.
                            • Designer letter frames that put your picture in that letter.
                            • AI powered contrast, shadows, highlights etc that understands your image.
                            • Filter collections (free) by popular photographers.
                            • Ability to add overlays, texts and even stickers.

                            Available for iOS | Android | Windows PC

                            9. Snapseed

                              This photo editing app is what we call an all-rounder. If you are looking for an app that is a jack of all trades, this is the one you should be looking to install.

                              It was originally developed by Nik Software, but was then taken over by Google. Now, the app has seen quite a lot of improvements including better user interface and user experience. Also, like most things Google, this app has all things free.

                              Features:

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                              • Simple and user friendly UI.
                              • Myriad of editing tools.
                              • Vintage filters, HDR adjustments.
                              • Remove unwanted objects.
                              • Apply “last edits” to a new photo.
                              • Available guides to better use the app.

                              Available for iOS | Android

                              10. Lens Distortions

                                This app is the best app if you are looking to add natural elements like sunlight, rain, fog, snow and other weather effects to your photos. A lot of apps do have this as an additional functionality, but Lens Distortions is the best in the business.

                                The USP of the app is that it makes it look so natural that viewers won’t be able to recognize that it is an added effect.

                                Features:

                                • Add natural elements like sunlight, snow etc.
                                • Add multiple layer of effects.
                                • Ability to adjust depth, sharpness and brightness of images.
                                • Blur effect.
                                • Adjust the depth of each overlay.

                                Available for iOS | Android

                                The bottom line

                                The marketplace is littered with thousands of photo editing apps, promising to transform your memory.

                                However, as a user, it is entirely for you to gauge what the important features you need in a photo editing app.

                                If you are a professional – you will need something advanced like Afterlight2 or Moldiv. For personal use there are even more options like Facetune, Touch Retouch and Perfect 365. If you need something specific like collage, time lapse, face -emojis – you can take your pick from apps like Lens Distortions and Pixlr.

                                Get explore and find what suits your needs!

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