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Executive Communication Skills: Tech Habits

Matt Eventoff

Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on. Smartphones, net books and tablets have enabled our ability to work faster, cheaper, more efficiently and often more productively. This is often where it gets tricky. Be aware of that when you pull one out in a meeting; so, #2 Tell us! It matters.

Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Presentation Zen

Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school. Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world.

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Are you inviting dialog or shutting it down?

Speak Schmeak

wonder. if people are having these kinds of interactions on Facebook, is this the way they're talking to their audiences, too? Come on, people!

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How to Make a Favorable First Impression

Duarte Blog

Kate Middleton received a lot of press attention this week for delivering her first public speech as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Tech Habits Can Crush Careers: 10 Steps to Take Today

Matt Eventoff

Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on. Smartphones, net books and tablets have enabled our ability to work faster, cheaper, more efficiently and often more productively. This is often where it gets tricky. Be aware of that when you pull one out in a meeting; so, #2 Tell us! It matters.

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Create a looping ending for your PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint Tips

A reader asked me how to create a looping ending.  In another post, I explain how to create a looping introduction. Uncheck On Mouse Click.

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Justina Chen: The Heart of Storytelling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This is one of the longest blog postings I’ve done on a single presentation. believe that there was sufficient content in Justina Chen’s keynote to justify the cost of attending the entire 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. Speechwriting justina chen microsoft Ragan Speechwriters Conference story telling storytelling

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 123)

Manner of Speaking

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) Irish Playwright. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

Can You Present Sitting Down?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

We live in an era of flattened hierarchies, informality, and collegial behavior. Let’s face it; it’s easier. And isn't it a good thing to be collegial?

New training and coaching opportunities for you!

Speak Schmeak

Happy Monday! want to update you on some of the new opportunities I'm offering for coaching and training. What are you waiting for? Read about it here.

Book Review: 10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech, by Fletcher Dean

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech: The Definitive Guide to Professional Speechwriting, by Fletcher Dean Fletcher Dean is a working speechwriter at the Dow Chemical Company where he is Director of Leadership Communications. Each chapter lists “Insider Tips”. When the questions are over, hit the audience again with a second close of about one minute.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 122)

Manner of Speaking

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist, Philosopher and Poet. ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

What’s the best way to end a presentation?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

A speaker asks a lot of an audience.    Understanding, enthusiasm, support -- and inactivity.    Speakers expect audiences to be passive most of the time.    That's after all what speakers are paid for -- to inform and entertain the audience.    Not the other way around.     01.

Famous Speech Friday: Mother Jones Speaks Before Striking West Virginia Miners

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: During Women's History Month, we're focusing on famous historic speeches by women. She took charge of more than her introductions.

Video: 2012 Ragan Speechwriting Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

From first-time attendees to 10-year veterans, attendees at the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference were uniformly impressed with the event. Hear what a random baker’s dozen of the audience had to say. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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Analysis of a Speech by Kate Middleton

Manner of Speaking

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given her first public speech since becoming a Royal. She did it at the opening of the Treehouse Children’s Hospice for sick children in Ipswich, E ngland. The Duchess, who admitted that she finds giving speeches “nerve-wracking” was under a lot of scrutiny for this first performance.

Training that is centred on performance or on content – how to tell the difference.


Most suppliers of training claim that the solutions they offer will bring valuable behavioural outcomes. Calling the product “learning” instead of “training” or “instruction” does not make it performance-centred. Content and scope is usually determined by a Subject-Matter Expert.

What have we done to the panel discussion? How would you reform it?

The Eloquent Woman

Is it me, or are panel discussions in trouble? When they're done right, panels can be an inspiring source of varied ideas, sparkling discussion and crackling energy. But more often, you get panels that: Have too many speakers , like the one I turned down that wanted eight speakers, each of whom would have 2.5 minutes to speak. Blech!"

Your First Speech, Kate Middleton, President Obama, and the Teleprompter

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently half of England’s most adorable royal couple, gave her first public speech yesterday. 

How Will You Show Your Blind Audience?

Executive Speech Coach

If you want to show them what you see - how will you do that? Often your audience is blind to your message. This old poem by John G.

Moneyball Principles for Content Marketing | Blogging and Content Creation | Social Media Consulting – Convince & Convert

Content Marketing Today

Moneyball Content Marketing. By now you have likely seen, read or heard about the story of the Oakland A’s baseball teams of the early 2000s.

Telling Stories with Social Media – Part One


As human beings, we’re natural storytellers. Outside of the confines of academic and scientific discussion, much of our communication is done in the form of stories. When we talk about our weekends, what happened to us at work today, a great day out we had or a sporting event we attended, we do so as stories. Social Media and Storytelling.

Presentation Tip: Essential iPad apps for presenters

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Apple’s latest iPad was released last week and many presenters either already have an iPad or are considering purchasing one. have had one for about a year (the iPad 2) and have found it very valuable for my work. In this article, I want to share what I consider to be some essential iPad apps for presenters. You can also use custom paper designs.

Michael Erard: In praise of verbal stumbles

Speak Schmeak

I enjoyed this essay on by Michael Erard, author of Um. Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean.

Make An iPhone, Android App Without Knowing A Line Of Code | Fast Company

Content Marketing Today

JamPot’s new AppBuilder asks a series of questions and spits out a genuine, though limited-function, app. It could blow the market wide open.

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Why training may not always be the right course of action – part 7


In Part 6 we considered the need for physical and mental supports, and drew lessons from the US Coast Guard and the writer Rudyard Kipling. Now we’ll think about the questions trainers use for diagnosis and whether they are the best ones to use. Silver bullet. Many see it as a silver bullet. And still catastrophe happens. Six honest serving men.

7 Tips for Giving the Perfect Eulogy

DeFinis Communications

Recently I attended a memorial celebration of the all-too-short life of one of my husband’s colleagues. Don’t worry if they do. Copeland.

Rhetorical Devices: Epanalepsis

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 : Epanalepsis. Origin : From the Greek ?????????? (epanalipsis), Effect: Repetition of the words draws attention to them. The speaker can use epanalepsis  to emphasize a key point or concept. ” —  Ralph Nader.

Facebook’s New Business Pages Means Marketers Must Evolve | DigitalNext: A Blog on Emerging Media and Technology – Advertising Age

Content Marketing Today

The new Facebook Business Page is not only a visual transformation of the site, it is a game changer for the marketing function. Via

The vision: 2. Learning and development that is economical


In this post, we look at the argument for l&d to be economical. In fact, there has always been this need. This situation has changed and how.

BATS Global Markets: Its problems shake trust in technology

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is the universe sending mankind a message about technology?  equities. BATS eventually called off its IPO. 

Podcast: Exhibitor 2012 and Expo West Re-Cap

Communication Steroids

Tim Patterson, aka Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon, discusses his recent visits to Exhibitor 2012 in Las Vegas and Expo West in Anaheim with podcasting partner Roger Pike. Check out the various videos Tim posted from the show at Networking Social Media Video @Tradeshowguy Exhibitor 2012 Expo West

Catching Up With Amanda Maksymiw of OpenView Venture Partners

Content Marketing Today

Amanda Maksymiw of OpenView Venture Partners shares her inspiration and advice on content marketing. Via

Step 5: Decide what can be addressed on an on-demand basis Step 5: Decide what can be addressed on an on-demand basis


Over the past year we have been publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. We continue with the sixth part of chapter 11: Having identified those needs which require a proactive approach, whether formal or non-formal, you can turn your attention to the ways in which you can support performance reactively, on a just-in-time basis.