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Make Them Laugh: How to Tell a Joke on Zoom

DeFinis Communications

From the old knock-knock jokes we used to tell as kids to stories that make light of the workplace, everyone loves a good joke. Using humor is one of the best ways to get people engaged. And when you add a friendly, “jokey” tone you let listeners know your presentation won’t be one huge bore.

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How to Successfully Navigate Virtual Events

Duarte Blog

Snack carts filled with ice cream bars and doughy soft pretzels. Open-bar happy hours with signature cocktails. Mainstage keynotes, big name entertainment, live music, and—if you’re lucky—fireworks!

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Communication skills for online success

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Steve Kosch, a former ABC and CNN anchor (that’s him on the left), and a globally recognized expert communication skills trainer. For 10 more awesome tips to help you “Nail It” in your next presentation, go to mediatrainingnetwork.com.

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Humour in a speech: 5 reasons you need it; 10 tips for using it

Manner of Speaking

Using humour is a great way for speakers to connect with their audiences. Victor Hugo said, “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” When you speak to an audience of dozens, hundreds or thousands, the effect is multiplied. THE BENEFITS OF HUMOUR.

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13 Pro Tips To Ace Your Keynote Presentations

Presentation Guru

If you are one of those 588 Apple users worldwide, own a Mac and use iPhone and iCloud; then you’re no stranger to the Apple ecosystem and its own exciting presentation software called Keynote. However, you still might not know how to use several tools that can make your presentation appealing.…

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4 Keys to Selling Profitable Virtual Speaking Engagements

Speaker Launcher

Living in a pandemic may be one of the most bizarre, upsetting, and disruptive times we will ever live through. It has caused all of us to make major changes in our everyday lives and in our businesses. Many in my world have brilliantly transitioned to virtual work.

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PowerPoint has photos again! And a lot more…

PowerPoint Tips

If you have Office 365 — now called Microsoft 365, confusingly — you might have noticed that after several years without photos, they’ve come back! Actually, they aren’t the same photos, but better quality ones.

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The 6 Key Principles of Effective Stakeholder Management

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What is a Stakeholder? The Key Types of Stakeholders. How to Create a Stakeholder Management Strategy. Identify the Main Stakeholders and Analyze Their Needs and Goals. Identify the Power, Support, and Influence of Stakeholders. Gauge How Much Support and Influence You Will Need. Plan Your Tactics.

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7 Systems to Grow Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

If you have found yourself with some extra room in your schedule over the past several months, now is the perfect time to focus on improving your business processes and systems.

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Even The Economist Laying Off - Depression in Ad Industry Bleeds into Media Employment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With businesses reeling during COVID-19, they are cutting back or eliminating advertising. Consequently, the advertising industry is in freefall. That has even affected ad revenues for BigTech like Google. The depression in advertising is affecting employment in media.

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5 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Duarte Blog

Every one of us wants to communicate better. Whether we’re presenting in a virtual environment, participating in a team meeting, or just talking with a friend, spouse, or stranger—we all want what we’re saying to be delivered well.

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Less is More! How Working Mothers Can Reduce the Stress of Online Meetings

DeFinis Communications

Leading a virtual presentation from the quiet of your kitchen table is challenging enough.

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The CEO’s Guide to RPA: Robotic Process Automation Explained

SlideModel

Robotic process automation (RPA) is a top-of-mind agenda for companies across industries. Last year, Gartner identified robotic process automation as the fastest-growing tech segment of the enterprise software market: the software revenue grew by 63% and reached $848 in 2018.

Strategic Copywriting for Email and Promotions with Sarah Anderson

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “Everything that you’re writing with your copy (even if it’s a bio) is really about your audience.” Sarah Marie Anderson How many emails do you receive in a day? How many of those do you open and actually read?

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Disney Can't Mickey Mouse With America Any More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mickey Mouse had a good run. But now, the ethos of happiness through paying high prices visiting Disney theme parks is collapsing. Somehow the leadership at Disney decided to open Florida's Disney World, despite all the unknowns about COVID-19. New York Magazine documents that is a bust.

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Dr. Fox Effect: The Power of Captivating Speakers

Duarte Blog

As a facilitator of communication workshops, I’ve seen that many of our clients aspire to bridge the gap from expert to thought leader. To be a thought leader, one needs to not only have ideas that stand out, but they must also communicate those ideas effectively to the world.

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Less is More! How Working Mothers Can Reduce the Stress of Online Meetings

DeFinis Communications

Leading a virtual presentation from the quiet of your kitchen table is challenging enough.

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Marketing Plan Development: The Start to Finish Guide For Executives

SlideModel

When should you start thinking about your next marketing plan? Some see this as a year-end task. In reality, you should always keep working on your marketing plan, and the strategy underpinning it as your operational landscape changes all the time, along with your priorities.

The Focused Hustle 5 | August 2020

Speaker Launcher

AUGUST 2020 MUST LISTEN PODCASTS Here are this month’s must-listen podcasts: PR Strategies to Book More Business With Courtney Love Gavin Taking Productive Action Now With Brian Fanzo Adding Comedy to Live and Virtual With Judy Carter Trusting Yourself and Taking Risks With Jason O.

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Cancel Culture: Now Oprah Is Targeted for Targeting "Whiteness" (but, who wouldn't trade whiteness for 1/1000 of Oprah's money?)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Celebrities are becoming victims of cancel culture. There has been Ellen. Now there's Oprah. The world has turned to Twitter to turn on Oprah, who is now in her 60s and worth $2.6 billion. Oprah may or may not be able to bounce back.

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What Are the Simple Rules that Help Us Design Better Visual Aids? – Part Two

Presentation Guru

You don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to create great slides. They are a simple set of rules for you to follow in every presentation that you make, and the rules are: Remove clutter. Replace bullet points wherever you can. Present only one idea per slide and one idea at a time.

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The Corporate Folklorist’s Credo

Duarte Blog

Storytelling is key to a strong brand and culture — if it’s done right. Having a corporate folklorist on staff helps to convey an organization’s purpose and values through stories and artifacts. But since it’s a relatively new function, it could use a credo to inform and inspire good work.

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Practice flags, bridges, and hooks

More than PowerPoint...

You’ll want to practice your flags, bridges, and hooks. They can help you as you present on camera or go into media interviews. Flags, bridges, and hooks help make a media interview conversational. They also help you answer tough questions and make a stronger impact.

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Selling Speeches Under Fire with Amy Franko

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “Make decisions from where you want to be, instead of from where you are.” Amy Franko Working well when things in our personal life are in turmoil isn’t easy, but sometimes the show must go on.

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Tender Mercies - In Inventory-Challenged Times, Best Buy Stocks Urgently Needed Ink Cartridge

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It happens all the time. You are working on an urgent assignment during the night. The printer sends the signal "low cartridge." " Very soon, when you press "print," blank sheets come out.

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Toxic Leadership at the Workplace: What Makes a Leader Toxic?

SlideModel

When it comes to leadership, the general idea is to often discuss aspects such as what makes a good leader or how can a leader be effective at the workplace? There are many articles centered around what can be deemed as a discussion about ‘good leadership’.

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The Pain of Misalignment

Speak and Deliver

Alignment Amputation Goals Inspiration Motivation Pain Prosthetic Self-Esteem

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Project Planning: An Ultimate Guide

SketchBubble

Globalization has changed the entire facet of project management, bringing in both new possibilities and challenges.

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PR Strategies to Book More Business with Courtney Love Gavin

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “I just want to make PR a lot more approachable and people to know that it’s not a luxury.” Courtney Love Gavin Public relations and publicity differ in that PR is controlled internally, whereas publicity is not controlled and is contributed by external parties.

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Madame Clairevoyant Predicts Multiple Emotional Shifts for Week of August 3rd

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The planets will be busy this week of August 3rd. As New York Magazine's Madame Clairevoyant describes all that activity , what's obvious is that you have to be ready to manage the mood shifts which go with it.    For example, on Monday you will feel a surge of rebelliousness.

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Can’t buy me love, love: How to Win New Customers & Keep the Ones You Have

SpeakerSue Says...

Now that sales people can’t buy relationships anymore – no more expense account lunches, no more lavish (reciprocity building) simple to off-the-charts entertainment – what is the plan to gain and keep customers? Truth is some sellers always knew the business relationship was about offering the best business solution, and not-so-much about the invite to the exclusive party. But the parties were brag-worthy extravaganzas.

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The Perfect Trap

Speak and Deliver

Inspiration Motivation Perfection Podcasting Speaking Writing

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Brand Saint David's - Another Elite School Gets Hit with Allegation of Sexual Exploitation of Student

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Parents might be thinking: Thank havens, we couldn't afford those elite private elementary and high schools. The New York Post reports on yet another alleged school-for-scandal saga of sex abuse of a student by those whom were trusted.

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Getting Around the Law of Supply & Demand in Freelancing - Don't Sell Your Labor for Peanuts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those in the gig economy, including newly displaced journalists, have noticed this: Compensation is down. Frequently dramatically. That's how it is. And it extends across almost all the sectors, be they law or project management. 

2020 56

Forced to Develop Business in New Ways, Law Firms Give Marketers a Seat at the Table

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So much of law firm marketing involved pitching in-person. The continuum extended from the long meal in an upscale restaurant to a presentation on a hot topic such as sexual harassment. 

2020 56

Madonna - Symbol of How Not to Age

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What was entertainer (or, put more accurately former entertainer) Madonna doing on Instagram supporting hydroxchoroquine as COVID-19 treatment?    The answer might be: Trying to force the media spotlight back on herself. 

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We're Not Getting Any Younger, Climate Change Is Getting Worse - Dashed Dreams about The Forever Next

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

COVID-19 will be over. And we'll quickly shift from raw survival wherever we are to creating a new quality of life somewhere else, at a significantly lower cost. For most of the aging, relocation is a must-do to maintain financial security. 

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