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Data Visualization – The Perfect Combination of Analytics and Art

Presentation Guru

Presentation Guru was recently invited to a demonstration by Tableau on how to Make Your Data Make an Impact. The company and a current Tableau user, who was the main case study, gave impressive presentations and it certainly whetted our appetite to find out more.

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Hot Meeting Industry Trends Speakers Need to Know About

Speaker Launcher

Many years ago, someone predicted that video conferencing would take over the world and speakers would no longer be invited to speak at live events. As we all know, that did not happen. And do you want to know why? Because part of the success of live events is the ability for people to interact […]. The post Hot Meeting Industry Trends Speakers Need to Know About appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Four Lessons from the Mountain for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— A few weeks ago, my friend Timo … Continue reading → Presentation Guru Presentation public speaking Stories Timo Sorri

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Boost Your Public Speaking Skills by “Sounding” Confident!

DeFinis Communications

If you’re feeling nervous about giving an upcoming presentation, use your voice to your advantage. In other words, as you speak, make your voice sound like you are enjoying yourself even if you’re under stress. Easier said than done? Perhaps.

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How to open your talk with a question

Speaking about Presenting

Do you sometime struggle to decide how to open your presentations?

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5 principles for easier and faster slide creation

PowerPoint Tips

I recently made over some webinar slides for a client and I can honestly say that the slides were the most messed up of any I’d ever seen. It wasn’t the content; it was the way the slides were created. Now, my client was a PowerPoint newbie, so it wasn’t really her fault.

June is Effective Communications Month!

DeFinis Communications

The month of June is dedicated to highlighting the importance of using successful communication skills to enhance your personal, team and workplace development. For public speakers, communicating in a clear, powerful and engaging manner is essential to effectively connecting with an audience and achieving your intended result.

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Laughter – the Best Medicine to Cure a Boring Presentation

Presentation Guru

What do great speakers do? Well we could tell you, but, probably better we let David Nihill SHOW you.

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Freelance speechwriters: Time to update your website?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If it’s time to update your website, make sure you cite comments/clients/recommendations from a wide geographical range. Freelance speechwriting is a global business – if you market it globally.

Public Speaking Confidence and The Inverse Tardis Effect

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I’ve wanted to write a new post about public speaking confidence for a while now, but I was struggling to find the right angle to take. Then, I happened to be talking to a friend about the TV series Dr Who when the idea for this post hit me.

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Clean Up Your Presentation – There’s an App for That!

DeFinis Communications

Use your smartphone to improve your public speaking skills. Most business professionals have some brand of smartphone by now. And every day we can learn new ways to use them to increase productivity. But did you know your smartphone can also help you improve your public speaking skills? It’s true!

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Should You Use Storytelling in Scientific Presentations?

Presentation Guru

“Stories are anecdotes and we expect medical technologies to be based on a bit more solid evidence than that.”

Extreme Heat - Turn Up Air Conditioning Is Like Let Them Eat Cake

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If climate change experts are on the money, there could be less economic growth. Globally and for each nation.    That's because of the consequences of the increased number of days nations endure temperatures of 95 degrees or more.

[Podcast] Boost Your Speaker Bookings with Social Media with Erin Gargan

Speaker Launcher

As a professional speaker, you likely have a presence on social media, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or something else. I mean, for years the experts have been telling us that we HAVE to be on social so by now, we’ve all jumped on that bandwagon. But is your presence effective? Does it help […]. The post [Podcast] Boost Your Speaker Bookings with Social Media with Erin Gargan appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Why Public Speaking is Important for Leadership


When we think about leadership, we usually picture political leaders who stand at podiums rallying crowds to support their causes; or athletes who spur their team to push their limits and try harder; or executives who develop strategies to help their colleagues edge out the competition.

Are you comparing your 3D self to a cardboard cutout?

Speak Schmeak

Presentation Guru has published one of my articles this week on why it's harmful to compare ourselves to others, and how to stop. Will you ever be a great presenter if you don’t believe in your own ability and worth?

Saving for "Rainy Day" Used to Be Moral Issue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

About a quarter of folks in America don't have a financial reserve, found Bankrate. That means that they can't make it through a financial emergency. Those range, of course, from a medical bill not covered by insurance to the computer which needs to be reset on the car.

To Get More Speaking Gigs Do You Fix the Speech or Marketing?

Speaker Launcher

A week or so ago I asked this question on Facebook about getting new speaking gigs: If you weren’t getting the bookings that you wanted, would you a) work on the speech or b) work on the marketing? I was interested to see all of the different answers and here’s my answer. It depends. I’m […]. The post To Get More Speaking Gigs Do You Fix the Speech or Marketing? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Ulysses – markdown editing

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Before I tell you about Ulysses and why I think it’s a great piece of software, a quick primer on markdown. What is markdown? Markdown is an easy way to create rich documents using a plain text editor (with bold , italic , etc), and it is particularly useful to create HTML content. Markdown makes it easy to create blog posts without having to worry too much about the formatting, but you can still perform powerful formatting in a text editor. For example, you can create: A headings.

Observational Humor — Case Study #155

Humor Power

It’s time for an Observational Humor monologue presented at at the end of an NSA chapter meeting. THE SET-UP (Providing what happened during the meeting to help you make sense of the jokes.). The majority of the speakers for the meeting had names starting with J and three of them were named John. The featured speaker, Lois Creamer, was from out of town. The meeting was held on Mother’s Day weekend. The Chapter encouraged people to bring their Mothers to the meeting.

Why Comparisons are Bad But Can Be Made Good

Presentation Guru

Will you ever be a great presenter if you don’t believe in your own ability and worth? A great deal of the advice around Presentation Skills is focused on actual Presentation Techniques.

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Megyn Kelly's "Sunday Night" - Ratings in Downward Spiral

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One-time star of partisan cable Fox News - Megyn Kelly - seems to be having a problem adjusting to old-line network television. Many had anticipated this. After all, the viewer experience the late Roger Ailes had created was and still is very different from what network audiences expect and want.

How to Know When and What to Outsource in Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

Have you ever felt unsatisfied in your speaking business? Like maybe you wanted to take all of your marbles and go home? Perhaps you should just call it quits and get a “real job?” ” If you have ever felt this way, know that you are not alone. In fact, there was a time in my […]. The post How to Know When and What to Outsource in Your Speaking Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

What do you need to do?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

What do you need to do today? What do you need to do this month? What do you need to do this year? What do you need to do next year or further in the future? Productivity time management

Observational Humor — Case Study #156

Humor Power

It’s time for an Observational Humor monologue presented at at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. THE SET-UP (Providing what happened during the meeting to help you make sense of the jokes.). We had several guests who were young, intelligent and good looking. A guest named Pedi looked like a sophisticated Spanish model with long hair. A speaker said that TM training can teach you sales skills, how to get a date, and how to talk your way out of a traffic ticket.

The Guru’s Big Five Questions – Timo Sorri

Presentation Guru

This community is the Guru. We want to help our readers build their skills as presentation designers, speakers and coaches, learning from a wide range of our colleagues from across the world.

Purpose, Not Promotion - Marketing from the Soul

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A global copywriting firm and a computer sales/repair service both have hired me to make their marketing communications more effective. That was right after our first conversation. How that happened is that my purpose was to help them scale up. Yes, a growth hack. I didn't promote my services.


Why speechwriters need to look at a client’s past public speaking appearances

Joan Detz Speaker Services

From Patrick Henry: “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.” ” Look at the speeches your client has given over the past six months. What went wrong? What proved successful? […]. Presentation skills Speechwriting

Do you Need Your PowerPoint in a Different Format?

Presentation Guru

It is fair to say that making a PowerPoint file editable in other document formats isn’t all that easy.

Uber - Another Stunner

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It seems almost everything about Uber is off-center. The latest indication of that is the admission by its own lawyers that former chief executive officer Travis Kalanick knew that Anthony Levanadowski had stolen confidential documents from Google's Waymo. Yet, Kalanick still hired him.

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Bubble Bubble Tech In Trouble - Will Liberal Arts Re-Gain Status

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tech could have been a bubble. And, the signals from the stock market indicate that bubble could be bursting. Not that big tech shareholders such as Mark Zuckerberg will end up homeless. And both business and humans will always remain focused on what technology can do for them.

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Jobs - Oh, How Mid 20th-Century (needing stories about daily hunt for dinner)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bad news sells. So, Bloomberg's article about the 10 jobs most likely to disappear is attracting lots of eyeballs. However, that shouldn't be news. The traditional concept of "job" is totally mid-20th century. That was the era of the BigJobs. We Baby Boomers recall landing great ones. And we are the last generation who could travel a linear career path. Perhaps should change its name to "

Class of 2021 - On the Way to No Regrets

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"I didn't read all the books on the list." " That's what a member of the Class of 1967 at Seton Hill , Greensburg, Pennsylvania, confessed to me that first night in the dorm. We were sharing a tin of homemade fudge.

Katherine Dettwyler - Line Between Private and Professional Selves Blurred

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The world knows: The University of Delaware will not renew the contract of adjunct professor of anthropology - Katherine Dettwyler. That institution of higher learning stated: Her negative comments on Facebook about Otto Warmbier did not reflect its values.