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Why almost all presentations should be persuasive

PowerPoint Tips

Do you think of yourself as a persuasive presenter? If you are a trainer or educator, perhaps not. If you present project updates, maybe not. But you should. As a colleague of mine, T.J.

2017 28

10 Essential Steps to a Beautiful Eulogy for a Loved One

Presentation Guru

This is a magazine for professional speakers, and aspiring speakers, but let’s remember that for all of us, some of the most challenging moments will be speeches we make in our personal lives. Those are the ones where it really counts.

2017 18

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4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Marketing That Have Nothing to Do With Heart Wrenching Videos

Duarte Blog

So many of the articles about storytelling in marketing today focus on brand storytelling. They typically explain the storytelling marketing techniques that we can use to stir up emotion via beautiful advertising videos. Have you ever watched video ads released by Nike, or Google, or Airbnb?

2017 37

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

2017 24

Common Presentation Skills Myths Debunked

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Are your beliefs about your presentation skills holding you back? “A belief is simply a thought that we have ceased to question. Someone once told me that a belief is simply a thought that we had ceased to question and that started me on a voyage of discovery to explore my own beliefs to find out which ones were holding me back so that I might question and change them.

2017 14

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Best Web Services for Sharing Presentations Online

Presentation Guru

There was a time when sharing a PowerPoint file with someone who did not have PowerPoint was such an nuisance. Luckily, cloud based services have resolved that problem.

A Conversation with Tim Pollard on Fail-Proofing Your Communication

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday May 18 members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable were in conversation with Tim Pollard, author of The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design.

Burning Bridges - Forget What Your Mentors Warned You, At Least in Some Lines of Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Never burn bridges." " From the get-go in our work life, that's what our mentors told us.

Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Duarte Blog

Commencement season is upon us and you know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages to receive their diplomas. And we’re watching the videos.

7 famous poetic speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

Spoken-word poetry is a challenging format for the public speaker. But when used well, poetry in your speech--whether the entire speech is a poem, or you recite just a few lines-- adds color and connection to your public speaking.

Write a Proposal that is Remembered for the Right Reasons

Presentation Guru

Question: Who is your client/prospect more interested in – you and your company OR themselves and their business? I think we all know the answer to that one, and yet it is surprising (or is it?) how often business presenters get it wrong – badly wrong.…

Las Vegas–the Best City

Humor Power

Ten Reasons Why Las Vegas is the Best City in the Country. Everyone loves Las Vegas weather. You can relax in a sauna, or you can come inside and enjoy the air conditioning. You can spend an entire three-day weekend in Las Vegas and never know for sure if it’s day or night. Las Vegas is the best place in the country to pay $50 while waiting for a free beer. Rainstorms are brief, but local TV stations know exactly where to go to capture the flash flooding.

Getting an Education Online - Why Isn't the Tech Preventing Cheating?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Online education can make quality education available anywhere, usually at an affordable fee. One negative is the same as exists in traditional delivery of education. That is, gaming the system. Those who do are cheating themselves of an education.

Voice Search Optimization: I have one radically different thought

More than PowerPoint...

As I work on voice search optimization projects, I keep reading about the topic. The research fascinates me. In short – voice search is on the rise. It impacts how people find your business online. You need to think about voice search optimization. Makes sense.

Why did you say yes to this speaking gig? Why the coach needs to know

The Eloquent Woman

I had just one hour by phone to coach this speaker, an academic professor, for a five-minute pitch to be delivered in a public competition for extra grant funding. We could have started anywhere: With my notes on her slides, questions about delivery and timing, the actual content.

St. Paul's, Concord, NH - Elite Prep School Brand Gets Hit 2nd Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

First it was the sensational, at least in the media, sexual assault trial against St. Paul's senior Owen Labrie. His caper had been called The Senior Salute.

Finding Sources Who Will Leak - Dig for Resentments

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Among the myriad drivers of leaks are resentments. Uncover those and you will have sources within organizations who will provide you information and insight - off the record.

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Rolling Our Eyes - Last Way We Can Express Ourselves in Politically Correct Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No fools. most of us are doing verbal backflips to avoid being politically incorrect. But, for the safe posturing we trade off our sense of self. A number of my close friends are experiencing high stress through being doomed to silence. Most have gained weight.

Anthony Weiner - Most Americans Don't Understand Addiction

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In court, in front of Manhattan federal judge Loretta Preska, Anthony Weiner admitted not only that he sent a sext message to a minor. He also embraced that he has "a sickness." " According to the medical community, Weiner is right. As an addict, he suffers from a brain disease. Since this represents a fall from grace for former brandname U.S. Congressperson, the news is positioned and packaged as a delightful scandal.

AirBnb Vs. Small Town America

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Airbnb is usually associated with large urban areas. There, motivation is high to get a deal on lodging for a short-term stay. Hotels can run into the hundreds of dollars per night. 


Memorial Day v. Fourth of July

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The First Memorial Day got off on the wrong foot. Here are the details from lawyer-journalist at Kathryn Rubino. The speaker selected to launch this sacred holiday in Arlington National droned on and on. Not exactly a Twitter kind of guy. That was James Garfield , a lawyer.


Legal Sector - No Sign of Turnaround

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Overcapacity, along with lackluster new-business-development skills, continues to eat at profitability in BigLaw. That's what the recent Altman Weil's Law Firms in Transition survey found. For example, 62% of non-equity partners don't have enough to do.


Jared Kushner as Person of Interest in Russia Investigation - PR Implications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News." " - NBC News, May 26, 2017. Here is the article.


Mark Zuckerberg, et al. - Could We Have Done Well Enough w/o College

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is the time of college commencements - and reunions. It's also a time when we reflect on if receiving a college degree had been necessary in the professional success we did achieve. Sure, we know all about how Mark Zuckerberg and others put together great careers w/o a college degrees.


Bill Cosby Trial, Norristown, PA, 6/5/17 - What Not to Expect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In reality and perhaps through pr-ish positioning and packaging, Bill Cosby is an old man. When he is at the defense table in Norristown, Pennsylvania, June 5, 2017, he will exude none of the charisma and glam of O.J. Simpson back at his Los Angeles, California criminal trial in 1995.

Family Dollar - Way It's Trying to Turn Customers into Loss-Prevention Posse

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One out of 11 people will take the five-finger discount, documents the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. And with each incident the retailer loses $2 to $200 of merchandise. The Family Dollar store in Small Town Americana (i.e.

Drudge Report - Will Last Fox Left Standing Be Out-Foxed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report features the last "fox" left standing - Sean Hannity. Hannity is the only player who remains from the cable channel's  primetime stars. Megyn  Megyn Kelly left on her own. Bill O'Reilly got pushed.

Law School Firsts - Past, Present and, Hopefully, to Come

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The whole umbrella industry of law, including law schools, tends to be rigid. But now and then there are those big leaps forward. Among those was a female dean for an accredited school of law. She had been Miriam T. Rooney. She served at Seton Hall Law School beginning in 1951.

IBM's Decision to Yank Remote Workers Back to Brick & Mortar - Not Very LEED-Certified

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The movement is toward more and more remote work. The LEED credits for certification have a category which rewards developers and property owners for community planning which facilitates less traffic. Yet, IBM has made its move to yank its telecommuters back to brick & mortar.

Law School Dropouts - 1 More Reason to Feel Content about Decision

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The usual PR-ish way law firms manage small reductions in force (RIFs) is to, as Joe Patrice puts it on , drag them out over time. That can prevent attention from the media.

Fox News - In Key 25-54 Demographic, It Falls to 3rd Place for Prime Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Fox News needs more than white old men for its viewership. Yes, they are helping keep that cable channel top dog for the month for both prime time and all-day ratings. But in the prized-by-advertisers 25-54 years old demographic, Fox News fell to 3rd place.

Samuel P. Lowrey, Son of Slave, Ist African-American to Present Case Before U.S. Supreme Court

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In too many ways, it feels like we're back in the 1950s when it comes to the rights and opportunities of African-Americans. Often I speak with African-American mothers. They are tutoring their sons how to comport themselves "out there."

NBC's Megyn Kelly - Can She Do Smackdown on CBS, Fox News?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last Sunday's "60 Minutes" featured balanced but sympathetic coverage of religious organizations providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants and how Cook Country Jail is providing real rehab for those incarcerated.

Children Who Murder Their Allegedly Abusive Parent

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Warren, Ohio has been much in the news. It was the hometown of the late media tycoon Roger Ailes. And Warren is also where all those legal issues have been percolating about children's human rights during alleged parental abuse. Ailes has been eulogized at his memorial in Florida and buried.