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A Conversation with Matt Kivel, Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, July 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Matt Kivel in a free conference call. Matt is the overall 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner for his speech The Power of a Story delivered by Gregory L. Fenves, President, the University of Texas at Austin.

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Recovering from a memory lapse during a presentation

Manner of Speaking

The people at Visme have designed a simple infographic with eight tips to recover from a memory lapse when delivering a presentation. They expand on these points in a blog post that you can read here. I like the tips, … Continue reading → Delivery memory lapse pause Presentation public speaking Visme

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Create presentation handouts using Notes pages

PowerPoint Tips

I recommend using the Tell ‘n’ Show SM method for your slides. That means putting a slide title on each slide that tells the point and adding an image, diagram, chart, etc. to show the point. You DON’T put everything you say on the slide.

Inside Higher Ed: Connecting With Your Class

Matt Eventoff

For many thousands of students, the new semester, and academic year, is about to begin. Many professors will be speaking to a rapt classroom with eager students who are consumed with their subject matter.

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Would you wear clothes that clash?

Speaking about Presenting

My mother is an elegant French woman. She taught me how to dress well, and in particular to avoid wearing clashing colors. So wearing clothes that clash makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel like I’ve got a neon sign on my forehead flashing “Look at me, and judge my choice of clothes.” ” It’s not unlike the feeling that I used to have when standing in front of an audience and delivering a presentation “Look at me, and judge my ability to present.”

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Demosthenes and Public Speaking, Part 2

Matt Eventoff

What lengths would you go to in order to become a master orator, or to take your public speaking to the next level? Stand barefoot on blacktop while reciting your speech to test your patience and create proper cadence? Practice on a tightrope to master balance and control over motion?

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23 PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Creating Engaging and Interactive Presentations

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PowerPoint presentations are not usually known for being engaging or interactive. That’s often because most people treat their slides as if they are notes to read off and not a tool to help empower their message.

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A lesson from the 2018 World Cup

Manner of Speaking

A month of terrific football (soccer) came to an end yesterday in Moscow with the World Cup Final. France lived up to expectations and claimed the title of World Champion by defeating Croatia 4 – 2 in an entertaining game. Félicitations … Continue reading → Motivation Croatia Football France public speaking World Cup

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Impostor Syndrome is not the problem. Expert Syndrome is.

More than PowerPoint...

Apparently, I have Impostor Syndrome. An estimated 70% of us do. Even so, I don’t feel I should write this post. Who am I to write about my own experience? I don’t even know how to spell it. Is it Imposter Syndrome? Or is it Impostor Syndrome? E or O?

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Announcing: A Conversation with Cicero Award Winner Matt Kivel

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, July 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Matt Kivel in a free conference call. Matt is the overall 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner for his speech The Power of a Story delivered by Gregory L.

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Wall Street Journal/MarketWatch: Bernanke’s $250,000 Fee

Matt Eventoff

By Greg Robb. "Matt "Matt Eventoff, owner of Princeton Public Speaking, a firm that trains executives to give speak in public, said Bernanke will be highly desirable as a speaker for at least the next two years.

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Do More with PowerPoint – and Do It Quicker!

Presentation Guru

In a recent article, 5 PowerPoint Hacks That Will Make You Look Like a Pro, I rather flippantly dismissed keyboard shortcuts as a great intention but really just a bit of a pain to learn. That might have sounded like it wasn’t worth even bothering, but I have to eat my words now.…

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Grammar: “Less” is more except when it’s “fewer”

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on grammar and vocabulary. From time to time, I will post short articles highlighting some of the common mistakes that people say during their presentation or write on their slides, and how to … Continue reading → Grammar English English language fewer and less grammar public speaking Tesco

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Language - Words Can Hurt, Including Careers, e.g. Amy Powell

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"You're over-sensitive about language." " No longer is anyone able to use that as a defense for what others experience as bad behavior. Words, unlike what children used to chant, do hurt. No one will ever again, at least not in this era, be accused of being too sensitive.

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How to Develop the Best Big Idea for Your Presentation

Duarte Blog

When it comes to choosing the content in your next talk, it’s important to remember: less is more. While planning a presentation, it’s tempting to include everything you know. All of the facts, ideas, and fascinating anecdotes probably won’t yield an audience raptly entertained.

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The Times – Princeton Public Speaking founder teaches and learns from Japanese students

Matt Eventoff

The U.S. State Department, on behalf of the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, sent Eventoff… to the Far East on a seven-day, five-city teaching tour geared toward coaching the island nation’s top-level business executives and university students on communication skills for effective leadership. Read More. Originally posted 2012-06-25 15:58:58. » » Read more.

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The Secrets to a Successful Conference Presentation

Presentation Guru

…And it’s going to take a whole lot more than just a set of great PowerPoint slides.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 286) – William Shakespeare

Manner of Speaking

“Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.” ” — William Shakespeare. Quotes for Public Speakers conversation public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Shakespeare William Shakespeare

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Roseanne Barr - Not Following the Usual PR Post-Scandal Drill

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

She's back.    Roseanne Barr didn't learn anything about the public relations drill post-scandal. You are supposed to lay low, then be guided every step of the way by a top public relations agency. That usually is a formula which allows just about anyone to start over.

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Face it: you need to fake it. Authenticity is not all it’s cracked up to be.

More than PowerPoint...

Authenticity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. To show our care and compassion for others, we often need to put aside our feelings. There are higher truths that need to be served. Ask a mother whose child has fallen off a swing set. The child is bleeding and crying.

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Famous Orators – 5 Lessons from William Bourke Cockran

Matt Eventoff

Today is a special day in the world of public speaking and communication. Today is the 89th anniversary of the death of William Bourke Cockran, who in my estimation may be one of the greatest speakers of all time. Who is William Bourke Cockran, and how can I make such a bold statement, having never witnessed him speak, as he passed away well before speeches were recorded on video?

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5 PowerPoint Hacks That Will Make You Look like a Pro

Presentation Guru

Investing in improving your PowerPoint skills is definitely worth the time and effort.

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Rhetorical Devices: Symploce

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Symploce (pronounced sim-plo-see or sim-plo-kee) Origin: From the Greek ????????? simplokeen), meaning “interweaving” In plain English: Repetition of … Continue reading → Rhetoric Anaphora Donald Trump Epistrophe John Kennedy Malcolm X rhetoric Rhetorical device Steve Jobs symploce

Ageism - Not Baby Boomers' First Rodeo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The youngest of Generation X, Millennials, and iGen probably position and package Baby Boomers as  Enemy. They might perceive us as pigging out on the last of Social Security and Medicare. Clogging the professional pipeline for their upward mobility.

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How To Do a Proper Thesis Defense Using the Right PowerPoint Presentation

SlideModel

Writing a thesis is stressful but preparing an oral defense can be even more painful. But it doesn’t have to be, with proper preparation and a good presentation you will be able to better equip yourself come time to present your thesis defense. But what makes a good thesis defense? A proper presentation helps you with your thesis defense because it helps you to capture the panels attention and give you cues and reminders on what to say as well.

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TechRepublic: 10 things you can do to…

Matt Eventoff

TechRepublic. 10 things you can do to move up the IT career ladder. By Matt Eventoff. Takeaway: IT pros who aspire to a higher position need to lay the groundwork by developing the right relationships, refining their communications skills, and expanding their breadth of knowledge. Even in difficult economic times, the opportunity for advancement exists. Whether you’re a front-line associate aiming for the next level or a senior vice president looking toward the CIO role, » Read more.

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Hostility in the Presentation Design Industry

Presentation Guru

In a close knit industry such as presentation communications we don’t really have competitors. The average person doesn’t even know our service exists. For the past 12 years I have focused on growing the industry and encouraging those around me to do the same.…

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Be prepared to cut your ending short

Manner of Speaking

I have written in the past about managing your time when giving a speech or presentation. One of my tips in the link above related to being prepared to cut material if necessary: Have a plan to cut material. Logistics … Continue reading → Delivery Jon Stewart public speaking Speech Stephen Colbert

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Downward Mobility Lifestyles - Opening Up Paths to New Careers For Older Professionals

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In MarketWatch , Paul McGinnis blesses the concept of a downward mobility lifestyle - that is, for those mid-career or beyond want to experiment with other professional options. 

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How to Create a Great Investor Pitch Deck and Close the Deal

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If you’re a start-up, then you probably already heard the term “pitch deck.” ” A pitch deck is a PowerPoint presentation and it’s intended to showcase your company’s product, opportunity, team to potential investors. Pitch decks are your companies elevator pitch in a presentation. Often used to help convince investors to raise capital.

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Hate meetings? Try implementing this one simple rule to change the way you feel forever.

More than PowerPoint...

I love meetings. But I understand why you might not. A friend recently shared a workplace anecdote. One day, she and her colleagues gathered together for a meeting. For the first few minutes, they shuffled papers and fumbled with their phones. Then they stared at each other. Finally, someone said it. “Hey, what’s this meeting about?” ” And no one in the room knew! After 15-20 minutes of griping, they went back to their offices. I told my friend that was crazy.

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How to Be Effective in Your Networking Event Pitch

Presentation Guru

If you are a business owner, entrepreneur or even an employee working in someone else’s business, who might well have to attend a networking event at some point in your career.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 287) – Rosalynn Carter

Manner of Speaking

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” — Rosalynn Carter. Leadership Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Rosalynn Carter

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Change Medical Doctors or Sue - Beware Flaming Them on Social Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

USA Today confirms what some of us anticipated would happen: Healthcare providers are suing those who post negative reviews of their services. Among those filing the lawsuits has been Cleveland medical doctor Bahman Guyuron.

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