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By Judy Steiner-Williams | Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Secret to Writing a Memorable Speech

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Whether it aims to inform, persuade, or entertain, a memorable speech is one that gives careful consideration to its structure, its audience, and above all its content.

Sure, it’s helpful to have facts and statistics in a speech, but those can be dry—and, frankly, forgettable.

You can learn how to give a terrific talk with my new Speech Writing course on lynda.com. But if you want to keep your audience’s attention and ensure that your message is remembered long after you’ve dropped the mic, there’s one important thing you need to do:

Tell a story.

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Wrapping a Gradient Around a Circle in Illustrator

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Even Adobe’s biggest fans are sometimes disappointed when a feature is left out of their favorite program. Take the angle gradient: a neat little option in Photoshop introduced way back in 1998 that allows you to “shade[s] in a counterclockwise sweep around the starting point.”

Now in 2015, Illustrator still doesn’t have an angle gradient. But when’s the last time that stopped Deke McClelland?!

In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to make the impossible possible, and wrap a gradient around a circle in Illustrator.

It’s not a built-in option and it’s not magic; in fact, it’s a stroke. You just need Illustrator CS6 or later to follow along.

By Dana Robinson | Monday, August 31, 2015

Should You Copyright Your Bright Idea?

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So you’ve come up with a brilliant idea and you want to copyright it.

My lynda.com course Understanding Copyright: A Deeper Dive covers infringement, licensing, and more.

But here’s what you need to know up front to protect your creative idea.

By Stacey Gordon | Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great Answers to 5 Tough Job Interview Questions

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There’s nothing like leaving a job interview and feeling that you flubbed it. It’s not until you’re leaving the building that you begin thinking about better answers you should have given, and important things you forgot to mention.

As you step into the parking lot, a wave of regret hits you—mingling with the feeling of air hitting the sweat spots on your clothes.

But instead of getting caught up in the world of woulda-shoulda-coulda, let’s just make sure it never happens again.

The following are five interview questions that always stump people—and the answers you should offer.

By Paul Nowak | Saturday, August 29, 2015

3 Simple Ways To Improve Your Memory

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Do you easily forget things like names or information you’ve read?

There are some simple ways to improve your memory. If you just understand the way your memory works, you’ll be on your way to remembering more and forgetting less.

Let me show you.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 29, 2015

Get to Know the GoPro HERO4 Session Camera

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Have you seen the new GoPro? The GoPro HERO4 Session has hit the shelves and, with its small, compact design, the Session does not look like the other HERO4 cameras.

But don’t underestimate what’s under the hood.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will show you the ins and outs of the GoPro HERO4 Session and how it compares to the other GoPros in its family.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, August 28, 2015

Are You Taking Advantage of GarageBand's New Features?

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Apple recently updated GarageBand to version 10.1.0, adding new features and abilities to what’s arguably been the best and most powerful version of its consumer-level digital audio workstation.

If you’re not already taking advantage of the updates, you should be!

Here’s a rundown of what’s new.

By lynda.com | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Coding De-Coded: 18 Terms New Programmers Should Know

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So you’re learning how to code, moving beyond default hello world examples and taking your skills to the next level. Congratulations!

Coding isn’t difficult to learn if you take it step-by-step—but it’s hard to speak the language of a developer if you’re starting fresh.

We asked our top Developer authors for their sage advice on some of the most important terms and concepts for new coders to know. Here’s the top 18.

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