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5 Patterns of Popular TED Talks

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Ever wondered why some TED talk recordings on YouTube gather a respectable few hundred thousand views while other go viral and attract many millions?

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Infographic: The Do’s and Don’ts of Presenting

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The good people at Walkerstone in the UK (a team of professional trainers who are also business writers and marketers) have produced a great infographic, with an informative preamble, on the Do’s and Don’ts of Presenting. This content appears with their express permission. Business Communication Public Speaking Infographic

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Guest Posting: How to Write and Deliver a Great Speech, by Simon Lancaster

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Simon Lancaster is one of the world’s top speechwriters. He first became a speechwriter in the late 1990s, working for members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet.

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Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2016 Convention in Washington, D.C.

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Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2016 International Convention, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.,

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128 Words to Use Instead of ‘Very’

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Thanks to Luke at Proofreading Services for creating this very interesting (OK, OK, captivating) infographic: Click here for full-sized view. Speechwriting

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Changing the Corporate Conversation

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Or walk out angry that we’ve wasted another precious hour and accomplished nothing? What makes for a good conversation, or a meaningful meeting?

Book Review: Keynote Mastery, by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

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My recent review on Amazon of the new book, Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker was incomplete. I need to explain in more detail the many positive elements of Patrick’s story as well as clarify why I referred to it on Amazon ‘flawed’ and show where other emerging speakers can learn from […].

8 Presenter Principles To Master: A Guest Posting by Jeff Hurt

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Jeff Hurt is the Executive Vice President, Education and Engagement, at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting.


Karen Jacobsen: The GPS Girl

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No member of the National Speakers Association speaks to as many people on a daily basis as does Karen Jacobsen. Oh Say Can You See? Accelerate!

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10 Tips for Becoming a More Effective Corporate Storyteller

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David Lavenda’s August 8 “Leadership Now” column in Fast Company online lists 10 Storytelling Tips from Israeli-based Susan Fisher.

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Book Review: The Big Book of Kombucha, by Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory

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Hannah Crum (aka ‘Kombucha Mama’) changed my life. Uncategorized Kombucha

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Guest Posting: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking, by Kyle Ingham

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Kyle Ingham is the founder of The Distilled Man, a website that helps men learn essential “gentlemanly” skills. How to mix a cocktail. Click […].

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Book Review: The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

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In a book that is in part the machinations of The Good Wife and in part the political farce of Yes Minister, Barton Swaim shares insights he gained into the life of a speechwriter during the second term of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. The author of The Speechwriter does not dwell on the series […].

Secrets to Building a Successful Speaking Business

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“The job is not doing the speech. It is getting the speech” – Shep Hyken The National President of the NSA, Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE spoke to members of the NSA Northern California Chapter on Saturday. He shared the tips and techniques that he has used to build his own successful speaking business. Transform articles into videos.

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Public Speaking for Fun and Profit

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As I reported back in 2008, ex-President Clinton (well, I suppose there’s still only one, so no need to clarify like […]. Culture Shock!

6 Tips for Getting a Communications Job in Silicon Valley

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Rene shared six tips on getting a job in communications and PR in Silicon Valley. Here’s the video and transcript of her speech. [.].

The Speechwriting Secrets of Jon Favreau

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There’s only 24 hours in a day, which is why President Obama, despite being an accomplished writer and orator, needs help with his speeches.

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Guest Posting: How to write a really good three-minute speech in 10 minutes, by David Murray

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David Murray is the editor of Vital Speeches of the Day. This posting recently appeared there and I was impressed by the practical advice it contains.

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Eric Schmidt and Improv Theater

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For a story to be built, the players have to agree to the basic [.]. Business Communication Culture Shock! Ace of Hobis

Are you passionate about your job?

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Her presentation starts by asking the audience ‘how many feel really passionate about what you do?’

The Power of Storytelling: 10 Tips and Tricks from Professional Speakers

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Here’s an interesting series of comments and informative views that were posted recently to the National Speakers Association (NSA) Facebook Page when a speaker asked “Do you think stories are overrated in presentations and audiences are starting to see through them as manipulation tactics…?”

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One-word program evaluations

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He notes that while doing an extensive survey might be nice, it would consume a disproportionate amount of time in short programs.

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Interview: Kathy Stershic, Tech Policy Freelancer

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Kathy Stershic is Principal Consultant of Dialog Research & Communications. Kathy’s musings on IT policy can be found on her blog.

2013 59

How to Reach Decision Makers and Close a Sale

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Professional speakers, freelance speechwriters and entrepreneurs must learn the sales strategies and techniques that will secure appointments in today’s volatile economy. That means getting past gatekeepers and getting to decision makers. Attendees at Saturdays’ meeting of the Northern California [.].

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Guest Posting: How Not to Introduce a Speaker, by Adam Grant

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Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest full professor and single highest-rated teacher. Business Communication Public Speaking Adam Grant Speaking Tips

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Guest Posting – Fog City vs. The Big Smoke: what a year in San Francisco has taught me, by Felicity H. Barber

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Felicity H. Barber is a speechwriter, executive communications specialist and coach. She write speeches, advises business leaders on messaging and coaches people to deliver stellar presentations and pitches. Before moving to San Francisco from London she was an in-house speechwriter at Lloyd’s of London, the global insurer.

101 Top Tweets from the 2013 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 20 – 22, 2013 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC.

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Guest posting: A Speechwriters Wish List, by Boe Workman

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Boe said he keeps this list pinned to his notice board and refers to it whenever he starts a new project. […]. Speechwriting Checklist

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Guest Posting: Public Speaking for Introverts: 6 Essential Tips, by Susan Cain

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Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed more than 3 million times and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite [.].

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The paradox of performance

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Historically, authors like Charles Dickens drew crowds of many [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Financial times

Storytelling and presenting explained

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It shows why presenting your ideas organized as a […]. Speechwriting Storytelling Barbara Minto Robert McKee

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Meeting Report: Silicon Valley IABC

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Business Communication Freelance Work Public Speaking Cisco George O'Meara IABC Kate Peters

Meeting Report: Nancy Duarte discusses presentation excellence with Silicon Valley Speechwriters

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Nancy Duarte was the guest speaker at Monday’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable. A few years ago, while searching for [.].

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Celebrating Voices of Leadership with The Bright Side of Life

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The five [.]. The five winning presenters were Dawn Christensen, Carolyn CJ Jones, Jim Niswonger, Sandra Patino, and Ryann Pryor-Foster.

Essential tools for visual communications

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This is the second of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Book Preview: The Age of the Image, by Stephen Apkon

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Apkon argues that there is a new kind of global literacy, based not on words, but images. This looks like a significant book for anyone [.].

Overcoming the fear of public speaking

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There was a thorough overview of ways to overcome a fear of public speaking in Tuesday’s FT. They advise that practice makes all the difference.

101 Public Speaking websites

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I’m honored to have my blog listed among the 101 Public Speaking websites published by the Guide to Online Communication Master Programs.

Laughing All the Way to the Bank: Ways to Add Humor to Speeches

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Howard Putnam: Top-flight speaker Howard Putnam took a struggling airline called Southwest and turned it into one of the most [.].

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Interview: Jag Randhawa – Technology Innovator

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“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things” – Theodore Levitt Jag Randhawa shares a deep passion for making a difference in the world, and enjoys sharing his life lessons through speaking. Creating a Culture of Innovation is one of Jag’s most requested talks, based on the Open Innovation program he developed [.]