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How to handle public speaking nerves

Manner of Speaking

On 3 June 2017, professional rock climber Alex Honnold accomplished something that few people thought could be done. He climbed the 3,000-foot granite wall of Yosemite Park’s famous El Capitan, the vertical wall in the photo above. Alone.

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Layer images and shapes for stunning slides

PowerPoint Tips

A simple way to create stunning slides is to layer an image, a shape, and text placeholders. Here are 2 examples: Here are the steps to create these slides: 1. Enter your text. Use the Title and Content layout. You can right-click any blank area and choose Layout>Title and Content.

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The Power of the Pause

Presentation Guru

A story from Spain. 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. One of my students was a fellow named Manuel.…

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Crafting the Perfect Promise Statement for Marketing Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

The Promise Statement. Those of you in my community know that I talk about the importance of a perfect promise statement often. It is, after all, essential for effectively marketing your speaking business and getting people to understand exactly who you are and what you’ll deliver.

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Building Leadership Presence and Power through Embodying Gravitas

Speaking Freely

Learning to embody the physical, vocal, psychological and spiritual qualities of gravitas can help you build leadership presence and power. I coach leaders to build leadership presence and power through developing the characteristics of gravitas. Gravitas is a mix of several complex skills and behaviors – being comfortable in your physical body, thinking deeply, acting […].

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 305) – Christopher Vogler

Manner of Speaking

“As the polarized nature of magnetic fields can be used to generate electrical energy, polarity in a story seems to be an engine that generates tension and movement in the characters and a stirring of emotions in the audience.” ” — … Continue reading → The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 305) – Christopher Vogler appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Christopher Vogler public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Power of the Pre-Read: Make Mighty Recommendations Through Story

Duarte Blog

Recently, a participant in one of our workshops asked me how to handle a situation where she sends a pre-read deck, then has to present it to people who have (presumably) already seen her deck. I was in a rush and gave an okay, but not fantastic answer. It has been haunting me ever since. [.]

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5 Strategies for Making a Name for Yourself in Your Target Market

Speaker Launcher

How well known are you in your market? When someone says, “If you want to know all about [insert your industry/expertise here], you’ve got to check out [??]” – is it your name that is coming up in the [??]? If yes – then you have probably done a great job positioning yourself in the […].

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Alleged Sins of the Parents - Olivia Jade Giannulli Blames Loughlin-Giannulli for Messing Up Her BigTime Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Already Olivia Jade Giannulli has lost the accounts of Sephora, TRESemme, and Estee Lauder.    That was through the alleged fraud her parents - Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli - committed in getting her admitted to college.

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How Your Speaking Style Can Enhance Your Personal Brand

SketchBubble

In today’s ever-changing and increasingly-competitive business landscape, it’s no longer enough to define your company’s brand, you’ve got to also develop your own personal brand.

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16 Graphic Design Trends of 2019 To Use In Presentation Design

SlideModel

Do you want to give your presentation a new distinctive look this year? In that case, you should know the latest graphic design trends.

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March is #WomensHistoryMonth … ALL of March (not just the first few days)

Joan Detz Speaker Services

When the calendar goes from February to March, Women’s History Month gets a lot of attention. But as March progresses, the attention drops off. A presentation tip for speakers wanting to honor Women’s History Month: Include visuals – not just in your presentation, but also in the announcements for your presentation and in the follow up […]. Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Presentation skills Social media

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5 Phases of the Professional Speaker Career: Which Are You In?

Speaker Launcher

Over the past 30 plus years, I’ve had a bird’s eye view into the careers of many professional speakers. It has been incredible to watch so many talented individuals build and grow their speaking businesses.

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Facts - Smirk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Facts. In her book "Merchants of Truth," former big wig at The New York Times Jill Abramson decries the death of facts. In their place in what is supposed to be journalism is commentary.    Yet, facts are a mutable entity. 

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Harold Wilson deals with a heckler

Max Atkinson

One of the greatest achievements of Labour prime minister Harold Wilson was to keep the UK out of getting involved in the Vietnam war.

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They want a proposal. Now what?

SpeakerSue Says...

“Send me a proposal,” they say. Why do they want you to send information? So they can see space, rates, dates? Sure that is part of it. But high achievers know it isn’t just about the stuff/product/features or even the price you have they may want. Because most of all – it’s about your true value proposition – the proposal is about providing comfort and confidence that you understand their needs.

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March is National Essential Tremor month – How do tremors impact public speakers?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Essential tremor is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary shaking – often of the hands or arms. Speakers with essential tremor (ET) might gesture to the audience and notice that their extended arm begins to tremble. Or they might use a pointer to highlight something on a slide and find their hand begins to shake. ET can […]. Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Presentation skills

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Injecting Humor into Your Speech with Tim Gard

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast we are talking about how to add humor to your speech. My good friend Tim Gard is joining us today to share his wisdom on how to keep it clean, relevant and funny at the same time.

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Class of 2019, et al. - The End (of the recovery) Could Be Near

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It is a bit after 1 PM New York Time. So, yes, the DOW has time to bounce back. But, right now it has dropped more than 350 points.

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May loses vote & voice - again

Max Atkinson

During the day, I spent more time than is good for anyone watching proceedings in the House of Commons and took to Twitter a few times to note that her voice was going, going.and at this rate might soon be gone.

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How not to prospect- learned by accident

SpeakerSue Says...

A client called looking for a facilitator and what he needs isn’t in my wheelhouse. I offered to tap into my speaker network to find the right fit for him. Here is the message I sent: A client is looking for a facilitator who will help a very new executive team build trust quickly. There has been bad blood among some on the team and he is looking for a jump start to building trust. What I learned is that people really don’t know how to prospect or sell!

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Joan’s tech tips: Don’t introduce a speaker by reading from your phone

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Perhaps you’ve seen people introduce speakers by reading from their phones. Perhaps you think it might be okay for you to do, as well. It isn’t okay. It isn’t okay at all. I’ve seen phone-readers lose their place, scroll nervously, mispronounce names, fumble with phrasing, bend their head down to see the screen, squint to read […]. Career info International speakers Presentation skills

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Reaching Big Goals with Jane Atkinson

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast we are talking about how to make sure you’re not getting in your own way of reaching your big goals. Today I would like to share with you a brand-new resource that we are offering to you as a gift. After listening to the podcast, be sure […].

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Sydney Aiello, Parkland Massacre Survivor, Commits Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the massacre on February 14, 2018, Sydney Aiello lost her best friend Meadow Pollack. Since then, she had had a difficult emotional time. Focusing on her college studies had not been easy. Recently she had been diagnosed with a post traumatic stress disorder.

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How many skiers after Paddy Ashdown resigned as leader?

Max Atkinson

Ski-holidays revisited In an earlier post on 19th January ), I wrote about the annual Ashdown-Atkinson ski-tours and the large number of LibDem activists - including M.P.s, peers, at least one knight and lots of ordinary members like me. Many, if not most us, came with our families which meant that there could be as many as 20-30 of us being led down the pistes by our intrepid party leader.

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The Best Never Cold Calling Script

SpeakerSue Says...

“The Best Cold Call Script Ever” just appeared in my inbox. I’m hopeful it didn’t appear in yours because you might be tempted to use it. After all, look at what they’re calling it. But it isn’t. They start by suggesting research. And yes, don’t insult your recipient without learning something about them. But then they suggest you start your call by talking about the stalker-ish information you just learned. Do not ask this stuff: So, [prospect name], I see you went to [college].

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Even Pre-Lordstown Collapse, Youngstown Metro Area Among Cities With Population Decline

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If so many folks are heading out, maybe, you start thinking, you better join them. Hey, get estimates for hiring a moving company. USA Today reports that the Youngstown, Ohio Metro area is among the U.S. cities losing population. The exact number is more than a 4% drop.

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Disney + 21st Century Fox = (potentially) 4,000 Layoffs, High Risk of Failure

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mergers create redundancies. That's why employees fear them. The new entity doesn't need two legal departments or two investor relations units.    According to Deadline Hollywood , the deal that brings together Disney and 21st Century Fox could result in 4,000 layoffs. 

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Disney Deal Closes Today, Lachlan Murdoch Era Kicks Off at Fox (and it could end with the sale of the network)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today Disney closes the deal. It is purchasing, for $71.3 billion, 21st Century Fox assets. And, according to Gabriel Sherman's analysis in Vanity Fair , that means the Lachlan Murdoch era hicks off at Fox News.

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Natalie Morales Reportedly Out at NBC "Access Hollywood" - But It Doesn't Seem to be Age Bias

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Access Hollywood" lost its way after Billy Bush had been forced out. And, according to sources, his replacement Natalie Morales didn't help it find a fresh direction. So, Daily Mail reports that it has solid information that she is out at the NBC production.

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English Majors - It's Come to This

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both analysis and content creation are hard work. Yet, BookRags.com offers seeming peanuts ($400 to $450) for putting together study guides for literature. Here is its help-wanted on the Boston, MA section of Craigslist - Sites.    Think about it.

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Alan Krueger - Suicide Always Baffling, Bypasses Survival Instinct

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The world again mourns a high achiever who committed suicide. Members of the media as well as U.S. leaders such as former president Obama salute the accomplishments of Princeton University economist Alan Krueger. Here are just some of them. 

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College Admissions Scandal as Tipping Point - Very Rich/Merely Privileged Targeted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now we know - that is, the full extent of how the very rich game so many systems, including catapulting their offspring into elite schools.    In Vanity Fair , William Cohan documents the ethos of the 1% and the few tiers under them. The mindset is entitlement.

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Stock Market Rally - All In For FIRE (financial independence, retire early)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Stocks and commodities are on the verge of rallying to highs that have eluded them during recent upswings, a breakthrough … likely [to] fuel further gains." 

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As American Dream of Home Ownership Fades, Landlord Nation Hardened

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It might have seemed a sign of financial smarts to opt out of the American Dream of home ownership. Those who had done their research opted into renting.    The ugly consequence was the creation of Landlord Nation. Those owning property knew they had the upper hand.

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We All (have to) Go to College - Blame the GI Bill

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Did the GI bill of 1944 kick off the current obsession with "getting into college?" " That well-intentioned federal initiative made it possible for ordinary people in America to obtain degrees in higher education.

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Laid Off Disney Employees Who Receive Outplacement as a Benefit - Take Advantage of It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was fast. The $70+ billion deal for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox closed on Wednesday. Of course, mergers and acquisitions generate redundancies which results in layoffs. Those, says Hollywood Reporter , have already begun.

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