• THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
    [PEG] Famous Speech Friday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "If your dreams do not scare you."
    Instead, she pokes fun and prompts smiles throughout, not to make light of her nation or its challenges, but to take the mighty down a peg or two. The first time, she was a junior official in Liberia''s treasury department, and at a conference, "my remarks, which challenged the status quo, landed me in my first political trouble."
  • SPEAK AND DELIVER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013
    [PEG] Head to Mouth Disconnect
    Stories that you have force - the square peg in the round hole - simply because it moves you, so you HAVE to share it. It sounded SO profound in my HEAD! It looked SO funny on PAPER! But.But.it FLOPPED! Yeah, that'll happen. Head to mouth disconnect. In fact, it happens a lot. Unfortunately, two big things can go wrong: 1. Darn them anyway.
  • THE PRESENTER'S BLOG  |  MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
    [PEG] Sales pitch strategy
    We verbalise it with phrases such as “a square peg in a round hole” when we want to denote a situation that doesn’t work. Match your character to the customer. Audiences like to believe that presenters see, hear, and feel the world as they do. Ask yourself two questions: 1. Where do I have common ground with my audience?
  • HUMOR POWER  |  SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012
    [PEG] Observational Humor — Case Study #84
    He had a hook…and a peg leg and eye patch.  Here’s another Observational Humor monologue and an analysis of what makes the humor work. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). The club had five guests that evening. A speaker talked about wine.  ” 11.  ” 12. 
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
    [PEG] Does simple=stupid in speaking? Why Congress's report card isn't bad
    think we also try to bring good speakers "down a peg" by mocking them for being clear and simple. Media coverage went for the snark, with terms like "dumbing down" and "mental teenagers" to describe the shift in vocabulary that has members of the U.S. Mick Mulvaney. People have been teaching this for decades," he said on CNN. Who wouldn't?
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
    [PEG] From the vault: 7 times to turn down a speaking gig
    I've had a few speaking invitations pegged to a specific topic, then found out it had changed after I accepted--without hearing directly from the organizers. It might seem counterproductive to turn down speaking requests--after all, they give you a chance to promote yourself, your cause, your company or your career. minutes to speak. No way!)
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [PEG] Don't let the confidence-suckers get you down
    So if friends and family have knocked them down a peg, it's not like their performance is going to suffer as it might if they were being asked to put on a show themselves. At the Emmys last night, there was a similar thread running through several of the winners' speeches. If you know, please remind me. Is there any doubt? Be supportive.
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [PEG] Don't let the confidence-suckers get you down
    So if friends and family have knocked them down a peg, it's not like their performance is going to suffer as it might if they were being asked to put on a show themselves. At the Emmys last night, there was a similar thread running through several of the winners' speeches. If you know, please remind me. Is there any doubt? Be supportive.
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
    [PEG] From the vault: Balancing technical & non-technical for mixed audiences
    If the room is packed with Nobel laureates, but the decision-maker is not, peg your remarks to the leader. (Editor's note: I've updated this post, one of the most popular ever on the blog, because this question just keeps coming up. Here, your balanced formula for presentations.) How do we balance this?" She's got a lot of company.
  • MANNER OF SPEAKING  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
    [PEG] Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 97)
    The round pegs in the square holes. Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman, Inventor, Public Speaker and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. Because they change things.
  • MANNER OF SPEAKING  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
    [PEG] Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 97)
    The round pegs in the square holes. Steve Jobs - American Businessman, Inventor and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
  • TJ WALKER INTERACTIVE  |  MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011
    [PEG] Cigar PEG 2011 Presents Pirates of the Podium
    Party Information: [link] Join the Cigar PEG: [link]. Uncategorized Cigar PEG 2011 Pirates of the Podium
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011
    [PEG] Don't distract: Contract!
    But speaking entirely without contractions sounds unnatural and will certainly peg you as reading straight from a script, in addition to becoming a distraction for the audience. As writing is a more formal way to express ourselves, we tend to write without contractions. If it makes sense, don't contract.
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011
    [PEG] Don't distract: Contract!
    But speaking entirely without contractions sounds unnatural and will certainly peg you as reading straight from a script, in addition to becoming a distraction for the audience. As writing is a more formal way to express ourselves, we tend to write without contractions. If it makes sense, don't contract.
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING ADVICE AND COMMENTARY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
    [PEG] Win by Telling Great Stories with Peter Guber
      Guber tells the story of presenting former President Reagan and former President Mikhail Gorbachev with Tiffany-designed jackknives and reminding them of playing mumblety-peg as boys.  Peter Guber has written a masterful additional to the storytelling library shelf with his book, Tell To Win.   Who’s your audience?
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
    [PEG] The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.
    If your product is a square peg and your client is a round hole, no matter how hard you push or insist, there will not be a good fit. Your client will look elsewhere until they find the round peg. If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker. Why would you want to do this? Prospects want to know "What's in it for me?"
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
    [PEG] The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.
    If your product is a square peg and your client is a round hole, no matter how hard you push or insist, there will not be a good fit. Your client will look elsewhere until they find the round peg. If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker. Why would you want to do this? Prospects want to know "What's in it for me?"
  • JANE GENOVA: SPEECHWRITER - GHOSTWRITER  |  SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010
    [PEG] Tony Hayward: I peg him as a King Lear
    BP head Tony Hayward is reported  to be on his way out.    After the last of the jeers has died down and he resumes private life, I predict he will become one of the King Lear types.      He will spend his remaining years perceiving himself as more sinned against than sinning. 
  • THE SHY SPEAKER'S GUIDE TO SUCCES ON STAGE  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010
    [PEG] The Biggest Lesson You'll Ever Learn About Stage Fright to Become.
    Despite the deluge of resources and information, and your ability to do more and progress further, a round peg may not always fit a square nut – meaning that not every skill, suggestion and strategy can serve to fulfill/match one’s needs, abilities and potential all the time. Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS! disagree.
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
    [PEG] 7 times you should turn down a speaking gig
    I've had a few speaking invitations pegged to a specific topic, then found out it had changed after I accepted--without hearing directly from the organizers. It might seem counterproductive to turn down speaking requests--after all, they give you a chance to promote yourself, your cause, your company or your career. minutes to speak. No way!)
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING ADVICE AND COMMENTARY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
    [PEG] How good a speaker is Ram Charan?
      Forbes pegs him at #13 on its list of the world’s 50 most essential management gurus. Ram Charan once was the best-kept secret in the business world.   Only the CEOs of companies like GE, Verizon, Novartis, Dupont, Honeywell, KLM, and Bank of America had heard of him.   But how good a speaker is he?
  • JANE GENOVA: SPEECHWRITER - GHOSTWRITER  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
    [PEG] Over-60, Want to Lose Weight? Have your car stolen
      I pegged him as one and blogged/blog obsessively about it here as well as my other two sites here and here.  About 10 weeks ago my 2003 Ford Escort was stolen.    At my post-60 age category, that's an amazing feat.    Of course, I look and feel better.    Yeah, less nervous.
  • IAN GRIFFIN - PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
    [PEG] Teleseminar: Magcloud - magazine printing on demand
    was recently invited by Dick Bruso of the Writers and Publishers Professional Expert Group (PEG) of NSA to deliver a one-hour teleseminar on Magcloud. Back in August 2008 I wrote a long review of the Magcloud print-on-demand publishing solution from HP Labs. was recently invited by Dick [.] The teleseminar was given on May 21, 2009.
  • MAX ATKINSON  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [PEG] Derek Draper – another psycho-therapist who talks too much and listens too little?
    Given that being a good listener is presumably essential if you’re going to be any good at helping people with their problems, I’ve often wondered if psycho-therapy and counselling are occupations that, for some mysterious reason, attract square pegs into round holes. Draper: "You don’t think that perhaps…?"
 

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