Sat.Mar 24, 2012 - Fri.Mar 30, 2012

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You deserve to shine

Speak Schmeak

Was there a job you should have applied for? A guy you wanted to date? An adventure you turned down? book proposal you never submitted?

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Lessons from a Stunning Three-Minute Stop Motion Film

Manner of Speaking

I recently rediscovered this brilliant—and it is brilliant—three-minute stop motion film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Olympus PEN camera.

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Great Content Marketing Ideas for Using Google Plus

Content Marketing Today

When Google+ was unveiled last year, a lot of content marketers wondered if they really needed another social media platform to develop and maintain.

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The wonderful Selection pane lets you easily hide objects, select them and even rename them

PowerPoint Tips

A subscriber reminded me about the Selection pane and I realized that I don’t have a tip on it. To find it, click the Home tab. Warning!

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor.

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Visual aid – The Swinging Ball of Death

Pivotal Public Speaking

… a wonderful example of using a visual aid – Who needs PowerPoint?!! Watch the language he uses, and the use of pause.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 125)

Manner of Speaking

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Steve Jobs.

Famous Speech Friday: Amelia Earhardt's "A Woman's Place in Science"

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: For Women's History Month, our Friday series is focused on famous women's speeches in history.)

The Brilliance of Broccoli

The Presenter's Blog

Piercing hyperbole delivered the veggie-based sound-bite used by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the Supreme Court’s health care deliberation. Hyperbole uses exaggeration to create strong impressions in an audience. If health care  reform is allowed to stand, will it really lead to Government enforced consumption of broccoli?

What Do Audiences Owe Presenters?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

We expect a lot of speakers and presenters.    We want them to be witty, wise, and gnomic.    We want them to give us insights we’ve never had before.    We want them to change the world.    We expect a lot.    But what about the audiences these speakers work so hard to please?   08.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 126)

Manner of Speaking

Liz Smith - American Journalist. Begin somewhere; you can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do. ”. — Liz Smith.

Reconsider red in your speaker wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Do you favor a red jacket or suit when you speak in public? Lots of women refer to their red jackets as their "power" outfits, and prefer them for public speaking, presentations and television appearances as a way to stand out. But do they know what they're communicating? That's true whether you're wearing a red jacket or red lipstick.

The Future of Effective Content Marketing – Long Term Personas

Content Marketing Today

Undoubtedly the above approaches work and if you’re good your conversion rate from blogger contact to content placement can be extremely high. For me, however, there is one critical aspect of all of this work that most are missing and that is that we are overlooking Google’s future intentions for search. Via

When was the last time you flipped someone the bird?

More than PowerPoint...

Earlier this week, I showed this image of an adorable baby during a body language training segment. asked the class, “Is this baby angry?”. Groovy.

Rhetorical Devices: Erotema

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 : Erotema. What then? 

Does your conference have a harrassment code of conduct? I wish mine did

The Eloquent Woman

I will not forget that one of my professional groups turned its back on me when I complained about sexual harrassment at our conferences. I've held all the roles that give one some standing: host of the meeting, speaker, moderator, program committee. The people in power of late have been women. None of that helped. Some impact I have. Yes, indeed.

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Why Authenticity Is Hard; Why It’s Essential

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Authenticity is hard because it is hard to be open and honest about ourselves, warts and all. Authenticity is hard because sometimes we want to hide our own less-than-perfect traits from ourselves. Authenticity is hard because other people may seize on our weaknesses as proof of our unworthiness, rather than our humanity. Current Affairs & Politic

Experiential Learning: Learning by Doing

Speaking Freely

   Learning by doing is different from learning with the intellect where you are collecting concepts.  When learning intellectual concepts, you can go as fast as your mind can grasp the concepts.  But, just because you can grasp the concept does not mean you can do the skill associated with that concept. When you need [.].

The vision: 3. Learning and development that is scalable


In this post, we look at the argument for l&d to be scalable. That leaves an awful lot of skills gaps and unemployed people. Blog transformation

Business of Freelance Writing questions and answers

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Towards the end of each course, I encourage students to ask any remaining questions they might have. I’ve saved a number of questions and my answers, which I am posting here. Freelance Writing - Corporate Freelance Writing - General Freelance Writing - Newspaper/Magazine business of freelance writing freelance writing

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor.

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Speaking Freely

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Telling Stories with Social Media – Part Two


In part one we considered why stories are so important to learning. Now we’ll look at four ways in which we can use social media to enhance our storytelling. User Generated Context. We work in an industry that was, and in many cases still is, driven by the production and distribution of content. The Making Of…. Engagement and Support.

C-Level Presentation Tip #4: Beware of Too Much Detail

Professionally Speaking...

Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. The risk of drowning is high.

Pecha Kucha Night – Tuesday 4/17 San Jose, CA

Duarte Blog

The sixth  Pecha Kucha Night – San Jose  is just around the corner! Each speaker presents 20 slides, for 20 seconds each. DETAILS. AGENDA.

Reporting back on coaching a dying friend for a final speech

The Eloquent Woman

You might recall that another speaker coach wrote to me recently asking "How do I help a dying friend with a speech about her life and illness?" and asking for help and ideas from The Eloquent Woman's readers. She says: My friend and I were both challenged by this task, but it was pure joy to see her pleasure when she succeeded.

Why training may not always be the right course of action – part 8


In part 7, we took a critical look at the questions trainers use for diagnosis and asked whether they are the best ones to use. Now we’ll give you a brief challenge through three questions. challenge. In the meantime, I have three questions to intrigue you and set you thinking – I’ll give you some answers in part 9. Question 1. Question 2.

New Example of B2B Content Marketing at Work

Content Marketing Today

Written by Amanda Maksymiw. I am always on the lookout for new killer examples of content marketing at work, especially in a B2B setting. couple of weeks ago I heard that my friend Michael Brenner has been working full throttle to release a content site from SAP. The site formally launches on March 27th however Michael and his team have been busy.

An orator returns to the House of Commons

Max Atkinson

Twitter has been alive with mixed feelings about George Galloway's return to the House of Commons via the Bradford West by-election.

Impressive PowerPoint Presentation for a change

Executive Speech Coach

Enjoy this PowerPoint presentation with lots of powerful visuals - along with tips of how to do it yourself. STEAL THIS PRESENTATION!

Brand Ivy League: Is Harvard et al. going way of linear careers in journalism, law, and business?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Watching the Ivory Tower Topple" - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL , March 24, 2012, by Holly Finn.   We all know that life isn't fair.  

Small Businesses Increase Online Marketing Efforts

Content Marketing Today

Great Video from AT&T Illustrating the Contents of Their New Research. For more information, please visit AT&T for more info on the research.

Step 6: Decide how best to support experiential learning


Over the past year we have been publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. We continue with the seventh part of chapter 11: You don’t have to make a conscious decision to support experiential learning, as it will happen naturally as a matter of course. Coming next:  Step 7: Implement and evaluate. Blog newlearningarchitect

Power Presentations Tip 59: When They Cut Your Presentation Time

Executive Speech Coach

How to Adapt to Changing Time Constraints The worstpresentation sin is to waste time. Imagine thissituation. What can you do? Iinsist on my time."