Trending Articles

Trending Sources

39 lies, myths, and mistaken notions speakers tell themselves

The Eloquent Woman

As a professional speaker coach, I hear a lot of lies, myths, and mistaken notions from speakers--mostly things they tell themselves about their speaking and presenting. Really, the 39 items on this list are assumptions, but often, they're not backed up by data or evidence.

2017 28

Do you use fidget toys?

More than PowerPoint...

I heard the term “fidget toys” for the first time this week. Listen, I’m old school. I’m accustomed to calling these things “toys”. But as it turns out, I use what we now call “fidget toys” all the time. And I use them without realizing they are a popular trend right now.

2017 28

It's hard to be human

Speak Schmeak

Pretending to be a giant at the Christmas tree lot Most of my clients aren't afraid of speaking. They're well past the point where they avoid speaking engagements or rush to get them over with.

2017 80

Four Public Speaking Lessons – and a Drone!

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Barcelona for work and pleasure. The first week was spent at IESE Business School where, once or twice a year, I join four others to teach public speaking and communication … Continue reading → Delivery Conor Neill Feedback Florian Mueck gestures IESE pause public speaking Tobias Rodrigues Tony Anagor

2017 84

Kerrie Campbell - Will She Be Gretchen Carlson of Legal Sector?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The class action gender lawsuit against Chadbourne & Parke could become the analogue of Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment litigation against former Fox head Roger Ailes.

2017 39

More Trending

Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Duarte Blog

Do you remember when you first became aware of climate change? For me, it was 2006. My friends started driving Toyota Priuses, my parents began to buy LED lightbulbs, and I started composting my uneaten food.

2017 28

For #marchforscience, 13 famous speeches by women scientists and engineers

The Eloquent Woman

Scientists will be speaking up tomorrow in Washington, DC, and in cities around the world for the March for Science , so it's a great time to inspire with this baker's dozen of speeches by women scientists and engineers.

2017 24

Bill O'Reilly - Odds Against Him for Comeback

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even The Wall Street Journal, owned by the Murdochs, has reported that Bill O'Reilly is likely on the way out. Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman gave us the details why the situation is darkening for O'Reilly. Here is the latest from New York Magazine.

2017 22

Look Effortlessly Expert as you Present with PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

Most speakers want to look effortlessly in control when they speak: in control of their subject, their nerves and their technology. In most cases, controlling the technology is the bit that even the most experienced presenters get wrong.

2017 14

Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Duarte Blog

Do you remember when you first became aware of climate change? For me, it was 2006. My friends started driving Toyota Priuses, my parents began to buy LED lightbulbs, and I started composting my uneaten food.

2017 27

Famous Speech Friday: Amal Clooney at the UN on Nadia Murad

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Leonoor Russell, speechwriter in the Senate of the Dutch Parliament, recommended this Amal Clooney speech, saying, "this speech might be a good addition to The Eloquent Woman.

2017 24

"Blue Bloods" - We Like that the Reagans Don't Do Shrinks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On "Blue Bloods," police commissioner Frank Reagan is suffering with a sustained bout of insomnia. In the middle of the work day, he sneaks out of his office, puts on sunglasses and enters a high-end building. In  In there is the typical objective and lacking warm shrink. From the get-go, Frank tells him that Reagans don't do those sorts of things. Then he does try to connect. The subject is his feelings about the long-ago  9/11. He survived.

2017 12

Guest Speakers – Respect Your Audience Or Else…

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

A lesson on how not to respect your audience. I attend a lot of presentations and am always on the lookout for what speakers do that turns me on or turns me off. Last week I attended a digital marketing show and was dismayed to witness one of the invited guest presenters committing one of the cardinal sins of public speaking. He failed to demonstrate respect for his audience. How did he do this? He started his presentation by talking about himself and his company not his audience.

2017 17

Has PowerPoint sucked you into this trap?

Speaking about Presenting

One of the many clever things that PowerPoint can do is allow you to dump lots of information into it. Unlike your human audience, you can just keep on adding information into a slide and the font size will adjust to allow as much information as you like.

Font 11

Why You Need to Pick A Lane to Win as a Professional Speaker

Speaker Launcher

This blog post will not be the first time I have talked to you about picking a lane. We talked about it back in 2014 when I told you that Becoming a Wealthy Speaker Requires Picking a Lane. We also talked about it again last June in our 4 Marketing Essentials to Ensure Your Positioning […]. The post Why You Need to Pick A Lane to Win as a Professional Speaker appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing pick a lane speaker expertise

2014 10

How trauma kills our storytelling abilities

The Eloquent Woman

I've told you why it's important not to make all your personal stories 'happily ever after' stories , and to keep in the messy parts. And I've shared here a real-life story about a cancer patient who was dying, and asked to speak about her treatment, clearly a difficult task.

2017 16

Shurnue Bratton - A Firing, Then Murder

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her story is not unusual. Shurnue Bratton was fired from law firm Casey Simmons and Bryant in Tennessee. That was in March. More recently she returned with a gun. Among her acts of violence was fatally shooting law firm employee Betsy Raines. Here are the details in Abovethelaw.com.

Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

To celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs (finally) making the playoffs, I present my short story Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue from Rebel in the Back Seat … and other short stories. Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue. by Paul Lima. Johnny Bower was my hero. He led the Leafs to victory. In 1967, the year he turned forty-three, the craggy-faced goal­tender backstopped the Toronto Maple Leafs to their third straight Stanley Cup triumph.

2017 10

Want to be a better presenter? – Then don’t copy your colleagues

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

DON’T BE A MONKEY! I write lots of posts about how to be a better presenter or speaker but am continually frustrated that I still see so many poor presentations. Why is it that, despite being well into the 21st Century, many people still bore the pants of their audiences? The number one reason for poor presentations is, as far as I can see, that human beings are hard-wired to learn by modelling other people. Or to put it another way “Monkey see, Monkey do.”

2017 10

[Podcast] From Podcast to Platform with Joel Boggess

Speaker Launcher

Joel Boggess has parlayed his popular Relaunch podcast (over 1 million downloads!) into speaking and author opportunities. His Never Give Up mantra was instilled at an early age after a frightening brush with death. Joel talks about his experience as a podcaster, some of his favorite guests, and how podcasting can lead to new opportunities. […]. The post [Podcast] From Podcast to Platform with Joel Boggess appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

2017 16

Uber - Not Enough to Stop Drunk-Driving

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The mag ical thinking out there is that the technology underlying ride-sharing Uber will significantly reduce drunk driving. Various studies, reports The New York Times , have shown those kinds of results. But, that approach to research doesn't understand the mind of an intoxicated person.

Web 9

Why Webinars are Great and How to Design Them Effectively

Presentation Guru

More and more presentations these days are given via webinar instead of with a live audience in the same room as the presenter. If you haven’t given a webinar yet, we see one in your future.

How to Answer Questions.or Not?

Executive Speech Coach

How to answer questions or not? Many presentations include time for questions from your audience. This offers the opportunity to clarify key points and nurture trust. There might be questions that are irrelevant. Naturally, you don’t need to answer that type of question.

Grow Your Business… Grow Yourself

Speaker Launcher

I heard a line on a podcast yesterday that I just had to share. It was on the EO Fire podcast, and the guest was Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning. Here’s what Hal said: “You cannot improve your business without first improving yourself.” ” At first, I thought that sounded kind of trite. Then I […]. The post Grow Your Business… Grow Yourself appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Famous Speech Friday: Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye's "My Son"

The Eloquent Woman

Before Phyllis Frye became known as the grandmother of the transgender movement, she was a parent--to a son who she chose not see for 16 years. They reunited in 1991, and Frye shared the story at the 1992 International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy.

2017 13

Barnes & Noble - Meet You at Starbucks, I Just Ordered the Best-Seller Used from Amazon.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Distressed Barnes & Noble has appointed Demos Parneros as chief executive officers. That's the 5th one of those in 4 years, notes The Wall Street Journal. It's not that brick and mortar bookstores can't survive in the second decade of the 21st century.

The Power of Storytelling to Persuade

Presentation Guru

“As a method of persuasion, I am not a big fan of PowerPoint presentations,” says the legendary screenwriting guru Robert McKee. So begins Garr Reynolds excellent post on the power of storytelling to persuade.

Body Language from your hands?

Executive Speech Coach

Body language is the combination of messages conveyed by all parts of your body. Your hands are certainly a noticeable and powerful channel for your body messages. Study this video of Allan Pease speaking at the TEDx Macquarie University. What might your hands say about you?

Inserting icons in PowerPoint 365

PowerPoint Tips

If you have PowerPoint 365, by now you should have a major new feature, icons. Icons are vector files, just like PowerPoint drawing objects are, so you can resize them and they never get pixelated — unlike bitmap images such as JPGs and PNGs.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

Jobs & Brands - Preet, Jack, Hillary Who Who?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A tragic side effect of capitalism is this: Our job is the platform for our brand. When superhero Jack Welch was no longer head of GE, the shelf life on his brand quickly expired.

The 10 Best Websites for Downloading Free Stock Photos

Presentation Guru

One of the best ways of making attention grabbing presentations is to use eye-catching visuals. The most convenient way to do that is to make use of readymade presentation templates and high-resolution images. However, many websites offering stock photos can cost a fortune.

Lessons from Gary Bailey

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Gary Bailey plated goalkeeper for Manchester United for almost 300 games, and being South African he is considered something of a local hear. Here are some lessons from him: On Manchester United: Is a $1 billion business. Delivers weekly. Has 300 million customers. Lessons. Be tough and learn to takes knocks. Build on gratitude. Appreciate staff and all those around you. Things go wrong for everybody at some time. It’s how you deal with life, not what happens to you that makes a difference.