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Famous vs Great

Speaking Freely

 Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted as saying, “Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service.” Does it seem to you that many of us in America are struggling with a misplaced desire to be famous? Do you harbor a secret wish to have your name [.].

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A Lesson from Lang Lang

Manner of Speaking

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter, Kristen and I had the good fortune to attend a concert by Lang Lang at Geneva’s Victoria Hall. His performance was terrific. From the light melodies of Bach, to Schubert’s sombre Piano Sonata No. 21, to the moving and energetic Etudes op. 25 by Chopin, he he ld the audience transfixed for two hours.

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6 steps to create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Read to the end, because there’s a contest with a prize for 3 winners! First, watch their video. Here are the steps: 1. Duplicate the image.

Friday Fun: Comedians

Speak Schmeak

I am constantly fascinated by how much speakers can learn from comedians. Most recent posts are at the top.) It's the candles, it's the smoke.

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Does your audience feel welcome?

Speak Schmeak

On Friday I had an appointment with a new client. walked into the lobby, approached the receptionists and told them who I was there to meet. NEVER.

To read or not to read? That is the question for speechwriters - or is it?

Max Atkinson

Yesterday's conference of the UK Speechwriters' Guild was another stimulating treat, for which founder Bran Jenner deserves the thanks of all of us who were lucky enough to attend. But, had there been more time, an interesting argument might have developed between some of us who were there and some of the speakers. Authenticity? False.

Famous Speech Friday: Jennifer Granholm's 2005 tribute to Rosa Parks

The Eloquent Woman

We've said it before: Jennifer Granholm is a rock star of public speaking. Check out her YouTube channel to see the full range of her talks.)

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Storytelling - IV. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This is the fourth blog in a series about storytelling – 5 in 5 days.    Everyone seems to get it that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all.    But we do remember stories.    That’s because they are how our brains work.    Why did that happen?

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If Mitt Romney’s Voice Were Music to My Ears: A Vocal Impact Analysis of the Candidates

Kate's Voice

What if you could step back from the rhetoric of the debates and hear the candidates differently?  What if there were hints about who they are hiding in plain site?  Well, there are.  That’s not to say that I can tell you who is the best candidate, but I can tell you what their vocal [.].

Public Speaking Blunders

Executive Speech Coach

You will be a more successfull public speaker if you avoid these presentation blunders. Most of the time, it's not about delivering a perfect presentation. Instead it's about making less mistakes than your competition. free presentation tips bloopers presentation mistakes business presentations

From the vault: 7 times to turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

But in these cases, I'd advise you to at least take a second look or turn down the opportunity outright. minutes to speak. Say no.

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Storytelling-III. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This is the third blog in a series about storytelling – 5 in 5 days.    Everyone seems to get it that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all.    But we do remember stories.    That’s because they are how our brains work.    He obliged. 

Step 1: Define the population

Onlignment

Over the past year we have been publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. You’ll know if you’ve defined the population appropriately if you are then able to make some generalisations about its characteristics. The following questions will help you to characterise the population. How fast does this population turn over?

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 118)

Manner of Speaking

Steve Martin - American Comedian, Actor, Playwright, Author and Musician. “Some people have a way with words and other people … uh … not have way.” ” — Steve Martin. Photo courtesy of Joella Marano. Filed under: Humour , Quotes for Public Speakers.

Comfort zones for the nervous speaker: 5 places to go

The Eloquent Woman

Do you get that "nowhere to run, nowhere to hide" feeling before you start a speech or presentation? If you're stressed or nervous about that speaking gig, you might want to factor in your speaker personality type, since the introverts among us, especially, will need to be by themselves before and after a speech or presentation.

Storytelling-II. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This is the second blog in a series about storytelling – 5 in 5 days.    Everyone seems to get it that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all.    But we do remember stories.    That’s because they are how our brains work.    01. Speech Writing

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Why training may not always be the right course of action – part 3

Onlignment

In part 2 we questioned why people do not get things right first time, every time, and examined 6 prime factors that prevent them from performing to the necessary standard. Now we’re going to see how human error is explained by humans. Human error as explained by humans. Here are 2 dozen “explanations” we’ve come across. 14)    I thought….  .  .

14 Tips Before You Go (to China) - A Book Review, and More

Speak and Deliver

Last week I received Mike Meier's book "A Focused Pursuit in China: 14 Business Tips to Know Before You Go" , (non-affiliate link) which my fellow Toastmaster, Speaker & Author sent specifically for me to review. At the same time, two thoughts popped into my head. First, speakers travel all the time, and China is a ginormous emerging market.

Presentation Tip: Ten years of the newsletter

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Ten years ago, on February 26th 2002, I sent out my first newsletter. Today, I am sending you issue 255. What a journey it has been these last ten years. According to my records, over 13,500 people have been part of the newsletter list at one time or another (over 8,200 are on the list currently). All of the content is absolutely free.

Storytelling-V. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This is the fifth and final blog in a series about storytelling – 5 in 5 days.    Everyone seems to get it that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all.    But we do remember stories.    That’s because they are how our brains work.    01.

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Desiree Peeples' Testimonial for the "Ultimate Guide To Professional Speaking"

Great Public Speaking

[link] Desiree Peeples tells how Tom Antion's Ultimate Guide has helped her speaking career

Six Degrees of Your Great Ideas

Speak and Deliver

I drive my wife nuts. know none of you are surprised by this. Perhaps its better for me to say I drive my wife nuts in many, many ways! Eisenhower".

Select Better Words for Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Use Shorter Words and Phrases The most powerful words in our language tend to be short. For example: love, war, sex, food, hate, fun, money, power. If a sentence is so lengthy that you have to stop to take a breath, it will be too long to be understood. Break long sentences and phrases into shorter ones. Use less passive verbs like “is” and “have”.

One Word Only

Green Room Speakers

In tonight's CNN GOP debate, the candidates were asked to describe themselves in one word only. One of these words doesn't belong with the others. Which one is it? A. Ron Paul: Consistent B. Rick Santorum: Courage C. Mitt Romney: Resolute D. Newt Gingrich: Cheerful If you answered "C," I agree.

Tom Antion's Stage Fright Strategies

Great Public Speaking

Symptoms of Stage fright Dry mouth. Tight throat. Sweaty hands. Cold hands. Shaky hands. Give me a hand (Oops, I couldn't resist). Nausea. Fast pulse. Shaky knees. Trembling lips. Any out-of-the-ordinary outward or inward feeling or manifestation of a feeling occurring before, or during, the beginning of a presentation (Wow! What a dry mouthful!).

Speaking of Distractions

Speak and Deliver

"Can I call you back Chief? I'm at a KAOS speaker's convention." Speaker distractions go beyond ringtones, of course. Ways to Deal with Distractions A.

New blog – Motivate to Create – worth visiting

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Motivation is the strange life-force that compels people to achieve or do things, be it row across an ocean, build the world’s tallest tower or write a book. Freelance Writing - General motivate motivate to create motivation nate hendley

Great speakers aren't always great singers: the case of President Obama

Max Atkinson

It may show what a jolly good sport he is to join in the fun. But even as dubious a character as President-to-be Putin can do that - and, on this evidence, has a rather better singing voice (or has spent more time rehearsing) than President Obama

Public Speaking - Remove the Lectern

Great Public Speaking

To get started in your efforts to involve the audience I recommend that you take a big axe with you to each one of your presentations and chop the lectern into tiny little pieces. That way you won't be tempted to stand behind it. The behind-the lectern speaker is quickly going the way of the dinosaur.

Power Presentations Tip 56: Speak Slower

Executive Speech Coach

Speaking Fundamental: Speak Slower This is an important public speaking fundamental yet I was reluctant to bring it to your attention. Because it is so fundamental. But I've noticed that many of us need to be reminded of the fundamentals from time to time. watched an experienced and capable speaker at a conference. He didn't say, "How was I?"

Presidential tweets exposed: What @JFK, @GroverTweets & @HonestAbe would have written

Speak to Lead

It's Presidents' Day in the U.S. In practical terms that means if you work for the government or many large corporations, you have the day off. If you are employed by a small firm (or retailer), you're working. But as. Humor Inkling Media Ken Mueller Lou Hampton presidential tweets tweets Twitter

The new Manhattan in the sand

Max Atkinson

Feudal though the government of countries like Dubai may be (for more on which HERE ), you can't help but gasp at how much can be done so quickly with access to plenty of capital and a huge reservoir of ex-pat cheap labour. The buildings will no doubt survive longer than the 30 years I predicted for Dubai's political status quo ( HERE ).

Friday Fun: Comedians

Speak Schmeak

I am constantly fascinated by how much speakers can learn from comedians. Most recent posts are at the top.) It's the candles, it's the smoke.