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So You Want to be a Presentation Designer?

Presentation Guru

What’s Your Goal? When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I had the idea of creating a little business sideline that would bring in some extra cash and afford us some nice holidays overseas.

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Charlottesville - Theatre of Boston Tea Party

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The violence at Charlottesville resonates. Three days afterward it is still a front-page story in the media. And, it can be the game-changer America needs in blowing up the hate memes.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 258) – Sophocles

Manner of Speaking

“Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.” — Sophocles Photo courtesy of shakko. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Sophocles

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6 Common Pitch Deck Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Presentation Guru

So, you have a great idea for a business. Maybe it’s something that will revolutionise the industry you’re targeting, or something that will change the lives of consumers forever. Or maybe it’s something simpler.

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When "improve presentation skills" comes up in your performance review

The Eloquent Woman

If you like this blog, you may thank the client who called me about a bad performance review, in which she--a top performer on every objective criterion--was told by her all-male board, "Your presentations aren't sexy enough." That didn't surprise me.

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Famous Speech Friday: Sally Yates on your moral compass

The Eloquent Woman

Fired from her transitional post as Acting U.S. Attorney General by the White House after she refused to defend or enforce President Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslims coming into the United States, Sally Yates went from relatively unknown to famous in a short span.

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David Blaine and the magic of a preposition

Manner of Speaking

David Blaine is my favourite magician. I first saw him on television years ago doing tricks for people on the street. Since then, Blaine’s career has morphed into performing such death-defying feats as shooting himself in the mouth or holding … Continue reading → Audience audience David Blaine magic public speaking Tim Ferriss

[Podcast] The Journey to A Million Dollar Speaking Business with Ryan Estis (Part 1)

Speaker Launcher

Do you wonder what the journey to a million dollar speaking business looks like and what it takes to achieve? In this week’s podcast, we are joined by professional speaker Ryan Estis, who does about 80 live events per year and has a $1M as a speaking business, to learn just that! In 2009, Ryan […]. The post [Podcast] The Journey to A Million Dollar Speaking Business with Ryan Estis (Part 1) appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Vocal Variety Tip Part 2 – Perfect your Pace

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

In my first post in this series, I shared some ideas about how public speakers could learn to make the most of their voice projection. In this, the second in the series, I'd like to show you to make the most of your speaking speed. Vocal Variety - Change your pace.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

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Teneo Representing Travis Kalanick in Reputation Restoration - Plot Thickens as Benchmark Capital Sues Kalanick

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Recently, Benchmark Capital had gone on record, indicating that the Uber search was seeking a new chief executive officer (CEO). That was code for: We are not letting former CEO Travis Kalanick pull off a Steve Jobs, that is parachute back in.

How to Control your Computer Using an Android Device – And It’s Free!

Presentation Guru

There are a number of apps which enable smartphone users to control PowerPoint presentations. While making your Android device a presentation remote using such an app isn’t all that hard; these apps are often limited to controlling only PowerPoint slides.

Moving Beyond Time Management to Life by Design

Speaker Launcher

Are you running your business or is your business running you? If you are anything like me, you value freedom. Freedom to choose how you want to spend your time. Freedom to spend that time with the people you love, doing things that make you happy. Of course, there are times in our business where […]. The post Moving Beyond Time Management to Life by Design appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Have Better Conversations

Executive Speech Coach

In this 11 minute video from a TEDX talk, radio show host, Celeste Hendlee offers ten powerful points to help you become more productive in conversations. Imagine how this skill can make you shine in business and personal relationships.

When the male moderator won't let the lone woman panelist speak

The Eloquent Woman

It's what women speakers dread about panels with just one woman on them: What happens if the guys overtalk you and the moderator ignores you? Or worse, starts mansplaining your answers so you can't get a word in edgewise.

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The Future of Work - When That Means No Work for 50% of Us, Embrace of Universal Basic Income (UBI)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The creation of 209,000 jobs in July 2017 is being cheered. That's  The Now  of the world of work. The future of work can be quite different.

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How to Structure an Excellent Presentation

Presentation Guru

We came upon this great post on the teachers’ website It’s actually written by a teacher to teach other teachers how to teach their students how to present. It’s a simple masterclass in structuring a presentation and one that we should all take note of.…

The Fastest Path to Growing Your Speaking Business: Being Epic on the Platform

Speaker Launcher

You have all heard me talking about some of my fastest growth clients before. Ryan Estis moved past the million dollar milestone in about four years. Kindra Hall is in year three and well on her way. “And what do these two have that is so special,” you might ask? They have the platform. And […]. The post The Fastest Path to Growing Your Speaking Business: Being Epic on the Platform appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Enter Natl Assn of Govt Communicators Awards Program

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Free Webinar: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1-2 p.m. Eastern You’re doing terrific work this year, and one of the top awards in government communications would look beautiful on your desk. We want to help you compete for a NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award. Find out more at our complimentary August edition of Webinar Wednesday. We’ll hear […]. Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well. Here's what I've been reading lately: Nice work: Linguist Robin Lakoff talks about Are women bound by a culture of niceness?

Calle de San Francisco - Remembering My Youth in Barcelona, Spain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, the "job" was off-the-books. And, given that my employment was on a side street- Calle de San Francisco -in poor nation-Spain-the pay was peanuts. But those 12 hours a day I worked seven days a week in Barcelona were among the happiest in my life.

How to speak when you’re put on the spot

Kate's Voice

We’ve discussed the necessity to practice to be a better communicator, but many of you have told me that you love speaking extemporaneously; to your mind that means you would be better off not practicing. Practicing may take the joy out of something that you really like to do, to shape ideas as they come […]. Content Delivery Public Speaking acting technique improv practicing

4 tips on PowerPoint

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Use PowerPoint to enhance your presentations, not as a substitute for poor presentations. Create your content first, and then create the visuals. Creating slides is far more fun that creating good content; don’t fall into the trap of creating great slides that support a weak message. Budget your time. Allocate a set amount of time to create the slides, and budget that across all the slides you need.

Big Meeting Coming Up? Close the Slideshow; Pick Up the SlideDocs

Duarte Blog

Presentations have long been a staple in meetings. And, like everything popular, they’re also getting some backlash. Does a presentation actually make a meeting better, or can it make the meeting experience worse?


6 public speaking tips for your next protest rally speech

The Eloquent Woman

With protests rising in number worldwide, public speakers need to dust off--or just learn for the first time--the skill of addressing a public protest rally. It's a particular form of public speech, and one we are apparently rusty at doing, based on some of the recent rallies I've seen.

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More Detroits 1967 - What Charlottesville Could Be Kicking Off

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The film "Detroit" brought back the horror of the summer of 1967. Cities went up in flames. Stores were looted. People died. There was alleged police brutality.    Currently, the emotional and rhetorical fallout from Charlottesville might kick off the same kind of anarchy.

How Miscommunication Happens

Presentation Guru

Have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion? Katherine Hampsten describes what happens when we communicate, why miscommunication occurs so frequently, and how we can minimize frustration while expressing ourselves better.

3 acronyms to make email messages a little more effective

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Hey are three acronyms you can use to make your email communication a little more effective. NNTR / NRN**. If you put NNTR in the end of the subject line (No need to reply, or no response needed), it tells the recipient that you are not expecting a response. e.g.: > Minutes of last night’s meeting attached NNTR. Personally I prefer to assume that unless you explicitly tell the reader that a response is needed, a response is not expected. **EOM**. EOM**.

My return to public speaking blogging: many more presentations skills tips to follow.!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

It's back: the blog with free advice and observations from the author's decades of public speaking, comedy speechwriting and presentation skills training. Ladies and gentlemen, honoured guests - I'm back! This public speaking blog, which was started exactly ten years ago today, has not been updated for a very long time and for a number of reasons. Firstly, in 2013 I became more involved in scriptwriting than I had been for quite some time.

Famous Speech Friday: Olivia Gatwood's "Ode to My B h Face"

The Eloquent Woman

If you've read Let's take the 'b h' out of 'resting b h face:' About not smiling , you know that I see "resting face" as a normal quality of men and women. But that's the research side. Spoken-word performer and poet Olivia Gatwood tackled the shame side by writing an "Ode to My B h Face."

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Mental Health Days - What We Self-Employed Already Have Down Cold

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that employers are paying attention to the mental health of their team. Mental health days or even a bit of time off to heal will supposedly carry less stigma. Maybe. Time will tell.

10 Tips on How to Make Slides that Communicate Your Idea

Presentation Guru

Is there a tendency to overplay the TED card? Everyone, it seems, is now urged to ‘Talk Like TED’ or even ‘Present Like a TED Pro’, but not everyone is actually going to be giving a TED talk.

SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism: Nov 15 deadline for story grant proposals

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Mark Your Calendar: Request for Proposals SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) invests in public service reporting on environment and the journalists who produce it. November 15, 2017 (midnight local time) is the next deadline for story grant proposals to SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism. FEJ grants will provide up to $5,000 to underwrite stipend […]. Career info Freelance Writing News, events, and awards Professional organizations

Famous Speech Friday: Elizabeth I's 1563 speech on her singlehood

The Eloquent Woman

It wasn't enough that she was the queen, the ruler of the British Empire. Parliament wanted Elizabeth I to marry and produce an heir. In 1563, five years into her eventual 45-year reign, the House of Lords presented her with a petition asking her to do just that.

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