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Pauses in a speech: Why, when and how

Manner of Speaking

A STORY FROM SPAIN Pauses aren’t easy. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona.

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The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Here is a sobering report on the five college majors students most regret. Unfortunately, communication is one of them with 27% of students regretting their selecting communication as a major--with the most common complaint that it was too general. link] [link]. communication as a major communication students studying communication

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Think BIG to create high-impact presentations

PowerPoint Tips

You want your presentations to have an impact on your audience — change them, move them to action, inspire them. One way to do this is to think BIG, both in terms of your concepts and your visuals. Big ideas help to inspire people.

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Storytelling - Maybe Hold Back on All That This Holiday Season with the Boozers in Your Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like any needed service, recovery has become an industry. As such, it provides increasing professional opportunity for those who can put together the right positioning and packaging.    Among those is Lisa Smith, feathered recently in a Law.com podcast.

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Overcoming Obstacles and the Power of Attitude with Alvin Law

Speaker Launcher

Imagine for a minute if you can, a world where you are born different. How would you live your life? Would you focus on your disability, or would you strive to create your best possible life? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, we are thrilled to have Alvin Law join us to share his story.

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The State of Remote Work: Key Trends for 2019-2020

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The face of the modern workplace is changing. It’s a matter of several things – companies are going global, or at least employing workers in places all over the globe.

A Good Presentation Needs Structure

Presentation Guru

When you deliver a presentation, you know what you want to say but your audience doesn’t. It’s like you are on one side of a body of water and your audience is on the other. Your goal is to get the audience across to your side; your presentation is the bridge that will help them do just that.…

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"Upstairs Downstairs" - American Style, from Pre-gentrified Jersey City to West Toledo, Ohio

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The British import "Upstairs Downstairs" delighted us Americans.    But, actually, we had and still have our own versions of the upstairs/downstairs phenomenon. But, as with many aspects of Americana, they are class-neutral.

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Where to Find the Money in Speaking with Jane Atkinson

Speaker Launcher

Recently, one of my private coaching clients shared that somebody told him “there is no money in speaking”. And I thought about that for a minute. And I’m like, what, what do you mean there’s no money in speaking?

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How to Use Two Factor Theory to Improve Employee Engagement

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Employee engagement has finally come to the forefront of the business world. A motivated, healthy and committed workforce is key to effectively scaling your business. Businesses with engaged employees enjoy lower rates of employee turnover.

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The Best Way to Use Visual Elements in Your Slides

Presentation Guru

As I work with many professional graphic designers, I’ve witnessed firsthand how important it is to synergize great messaging with strong visuals. I’ve also witnessed this pairing go very, very wrong.

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How to transform presentation content into video social media posts

More than PowerPoint...

Here’s a question about presentations and videos I started to get a lot last month. I’ll paraphrase it: Hey Laura. How do you do those square, short, silent little videos that you share on LinkedIn and Twitter? The answer is: really easily! I use a tool called Canva.

BA/BS Class of 2020 - Maybe Coming to Work in New York City Isn't Good Idea

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Gleefully, BusinessInsider presents studies documenting how New York City, home to 100 billionaires, has become an entity from the Gilded Age. It could be downright impossible to the BA/BS Class of 2020 to start a career there, even with annual compensation of $75,000.

How Vistage & Video Can Boost Your Speaking Business with Gair Maxwell

Speaker Launcher

Let’s face it…it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to stand out from the crowd in the speaking business. So, how do we get an edge and differentiate ourselves from the pack?

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How to Use Gap Analysis to Improve Business Performance

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How do you run a business that’s profitable, efficient, and primed for growth? You have to stay on top of things at once. Every process must work as perfectly as possible. At any given moment, you should know where you should invest time and resources. That’s much easier said than done.

How AI is Set to Shape Our Presentations in the Future

Presentation Guru

The Algorithmic Mentor. Wouldn’t it be great to know if your presentation will be warmly received before giving it? Thanks to a machine-learning system developed by Toshihiko Yamasaki, this could soon be the case.

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White board markers and the stages of grief

More than PowerPoint...

You go to give a whiteboard presentation. You pick up a marker. But it’s dead. Happens all the time. You then go through 5 stages of grief. Denial: It’s not really dead. Bargaining: Shake it really hard, try to write with it. Sadness: Pick up another. Anger: Argh! This #@@!!

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"Cheap" Shakes Off Its Lousy Connotation (yes, I searched for a cheap apartment)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Language is a living institution. It continually changes. One change is that the term "cheap" has lost its negative connotation. "Cheap" is good. It signals those using it are high in financial literacy and learned lessons from the two economic downturns in the 21st century. 

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Are Your Speaking Fees a Hot Mess?

Speaker Launcher

How are your speaking fees? Are you able to stand tall when it comes to selling yourself and demanding your fee for each gig? Or are your speaking fees a hot mess, and you are constantly negotiating and lowering them to just get the job?

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How to Get Others to Adopt Your Recommendation

Duarte Blog

As my company grew, I’d periodically be accused of making decisions slowly. I couldn’t figure out why, until one day it dawned on me: While employees thought they were asking me to weigh in on a choice that had to be made, I thought they were making small talk at the coffee machine. It wasn’t [.]

Why do Christians consider all Gods but their God to be fiction?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Ask any Christian if they believe that the Greek and Roman gods were real and they would laugh. “Of course not,” they’d say. “Those gods were myths.” ” Ask them if they believed in the ancient Celtic or Aztec gods and … Continue reading →

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Introduce emotional relevance to your presentations

More than PowerPoint...

“We don’t pay attention to boring things.” ” John Medina, Brain Rules. Sounds basic, right? But how do you NOT be boring when you’re speaking or presenting? Medina tells us to be sure to introduce something emotionally relevant every 10 minutes.

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"Law & Order SVU" - The Troubled Guru

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Producer of the "Law & Order" series Dick Wolf established the signature of having plots ripped from the headlines. That used to be provocative. Viewers enjoyed the parallels to real life. Now, it seems a force fit, at least on the aging series "Law & Order SVU."

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Kawhi Knows What You Should Know

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50+ PowerPoint Design Tips and Tricks Every Beginner and Expert Should Know

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What are some smart PowerPoint tips that can help me ace my next presentation? If a similar query has brought you here, then this would probably be the last guide that you will read. PowerPoint by Microsoft is the most popular tool to create all sorts of presentations.

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To ask or not to ask: That is the email question!

SpeakerSue Says...

Are these good questions to ask in an email? Will they help you advance to the next step? Is Friday a good day to talk? Are you available Friday to talk further? Is this week or next more convenient for you to further discuss? Yes and no. Some sellers ask these questions, thinking they’re a “call to action.” They aren’t. They engage the buyer and motivate action only when the seller takes control of the next step.

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Ronan Farrow's "Catch And Kill" - Abuse of Power Reaches All the Way Back to Garden of Eden

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Amazon, Ronan Farrow's "Catch And Kill" ranks #105. The author is an awesome investigative reporter and an equally talented writer.    But the story he tells is a familiar one: the abuse of power.

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America Is Land of Financial Opportunity for Only 3 out of 10

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Opportunity." " There are plenty of definitions for that.    But, according to the American ethos, it frequently means being a step or many steps beyond financial survival.

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Reductions in Force (RIFs) - Long Shelf Life for Resentments

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's everything. And the tone of WeWork's legalese letters to laid off employees is perceived by some as "heavy handed."

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We Are Our Buzzwords aka Cliches - "Jitters" in, "Angst" Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Read investor media coverage or posts from those on our social networks. That 20th century term aka cliché "angst" is no where to be found. What dominates is the term "jitters."  "  Yes, some investors are having less of that now that a recession in the U.S.

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WeWork - Adam Neumann's Legacy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Q3 2019 constitutes the end of the leadership of Adam Neumann at WeWork. And, based on the numbers, he leaves quite the legacy. In a call with bond holders, WeWork reported a $1.23 billion loss during Neumann's last stand.

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Cover Letters - In the Box

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Put in subject head/first line of first paragraph of cover letter 'I want to be your next social media guru.'" '" Increasingly, those hunting for talent are posting that special instruction in their help-wanted ad. That's for two reasons.

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Facebook Pay - Will This Be Slow to Launch?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Targeted directly at Venmo, whose parent is PayPal, Facebook Pay will launch this week in the U.S. Initially that will be restricted to Facebook and Messenger. Essentially, Facebook Pay is a platform for the transmission of funds.

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English Most Regretted College Major (Source: ZipRecruiter)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

ZipRecruiter surveyed 5,225 college graduates who were searching for jobs. Among them, the major they most regretted spending four years studying was English.

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SCOTUS Allows Sandy Hook Lawsuit Against Remington Arms to Move Forward

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remington Arms specifically and more generally the gun industry (including lobbyists) were banking on PLCAA - the Protection of Lawful Commerce in the Arms Acts.

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Movin' on Up - Playing Out the American Dream in Retirement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Downsizing is not the only trend among retirees who relocate. MarketWatch reports on the uptick in those who use the retirement-relocation transition to trade up in housing. That might take the form of purchasing more square footage for a primary residence where they move.

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"Over-Partied" - Term Could Become Buzzword, Result of Dylan Hernandez Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Dylan Hernandez might be yet another victim of the fraternity ethos of what we think of as "hard partying." " At Phi Gamma Delta, a frat based at San Diego State University, freshman Hernandez was in the process of pledging. At one activity he fell ill.

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