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Is your life a constant audition?

Speak Schmeak

“I was so happy with how Freaks and Geeks came out, that in my head I thought 'my career is basically over.' I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, and everything else is gravy. And so nothing else matters. I can experiment. I can do anything.

2018 137

Find the extraordinary in the ordinary

Manner of Speaking

My friend, Lance Miller is an award-winning public speaker and trainer. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Degree in Food Systems, Economics and Management. Lance has an extensive background in business and is a philanthropist who has worked in numerous … Continue reading → Speechwriting creativity Lance Miller public speaking

2018 122

Do you tell, teach, or train?

PowerPoint Tips

What’s the difference between telling, teaching, and training? And which should you be doing? They really ARE different — although related — and which one you should do depends on your goals, your audience, and your situation.

2018 151

A lesson from the Parthenon

Manner of Speaking

I was recently in Athens, Greece to speak at a conference. While there, I had one free day and, as it was my first time in Greece, there was one place I had to see: the Parthenon that sits atop … Continue reading → History of Public Speaking Rhetoric Acropolis Aristotle Athens Greece Ethos Logos Parthenon Pathos rhetoric

2018 152

Book Review: The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America, by Robert Love

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Long before Lululemon, Bikram Hot Yoga and the ubiquitous downward facing dog, yoga was being taught in small studios in San Francisco, New York and the Hudson River Valley.

2018 141

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Toastmasters International Announces Keith Ferrazzi as its 2018 Golden Gavel Recipient

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned world-renowned author and entrepreneur Keith Ferrazzi is the recipient of the organization’s 2018 Golden Gavel award.

2018 141

WSJ Portrays Us as Geezer Gen Screwed - We're Proving It (Very) Wrong

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Darkness sells, especially if it's about poor old grandma and grandpa. So, it's predictable The Wall Street Journal would frontline an article that we between 55 and 70 are screwed financially as we enter retirement age. That's assuming that we will ever retire.

2018 52

The science is IN! What every anxious public speaker must know before their next big presentation…

More than PowerPoint...

After a student gives a class presentation, I’ll sometimes conduct a quick poll. I’ll ask the entire class: on a scale of 0-10, how nervous did the speaker appear? The audience might give the speaker a 2 or a 3. But the speaker? A nervous speaker might rate themselves a 7 or 9.

2018 56

A Brief History of PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

According to Microsoft estimates there are more than 500 millions users of PowerPoint worldwide, of which 120 million people are using it to create business presentations and 6 million teachers around the world use it in the classroom.

2018 60

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 284) – Anthony Bourdain

Manner of Speaking

“Practicing your craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable and satisfying.” ” — Anthony Bourdain Photo courtesy of Peabody Awards. Quotes for Public Speakers Anthony Bourdain public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

2018 119

A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons and Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands. Bob is a speaker and speechwriter who has helped people and businesses tailor and tell their stories for the last 25 years. He has also been a Pastor, Entrepreneur, Coach and Radio Broadcaster. Currently, he is focusing his time […] On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands.

2018 109

Mom, PR, Marketing, Survival - Everything Sends Message, Intended or Not

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Don't slouch." " Mom was the first to tell us that not sitting straight signaled that we were not the alert, ambitious hustlers employers would hire.

2018 52

How clearly do you speak? Try this one insightful public speaking test:

More than PowerPoint...

As a public speaker, you’ll want your audience to understand you. You’ll want to be clear. To gain insight about your speech clarity, try this insightful and easy exercise. Take the one-minute “ speech pace” exercise I posted last week.

2018 56

3 Simple Tricks I Learned from Giving the Most Important Speech of My Life

Presentation Guru

Scared Speechless is the story of how an ordinary guy, Roy Rosell, overcame his crippling fear of public speaking.

2018 62

Recovering From an Onstage Flop

Speaker Launcher

Twice in the past week I’ve had clients come to me and say they thought their presentation went smashingly well, but then the feedback came… and they were wrong. The audience did not love their performance. In fact, some people didn’t even like it a little bit. Yikes! What would you do if you had […]. The post Recovering From an Onstage Flop appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Presentation Skills new speakers professional speaker speaking business

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Announcing: A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Tuesday, June 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Bob Sands in a free conference call. Bob is an ordained minister and “preaching man” David Murray’s recent PSA White Paper titled A Provocation from the Pulpit: Dead Preachers Challenge Living Speechwriters states that the lessons in a 1971 book on writing sermons “helped […]. Speechwriting conference call

2018 109

The Gig Economy - Figuring Out the Plays

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Vega v. Postmates" has been a closely watched case in the growth of what has been called the "gig economy." " The latest court decision represents a setback for workers who are struggling to be legally designated "employees."

2018 52

Speech pace: do you talk too fast, too slow…or just right?

More than PowerPoint...

I designed an exercise to give public speaking students insight into the concept of pace. If you’re curious about your own speaking pace, you can complete this exercise in minutes. Try it alone, or as part of a class (or party?) activity. Step One: The script below contains 170 words.

2018 52

The Four Leeches That Suck All the Power out of Your Communication

Presentation Guru

Julian Treasure is a sound and communication expert who travels the world training people to listen better and create healthier sound. He has identified a set of 4 ‘leeches’ – that most people exhibit to some extent – that suck the life out of your communication.…

2018 60

Using Your Selling Systems to Convert Sales

Speaker Launcher

Many moons ago when I was working as an agent for speakers, I developed my own customized system for selling. From the moment I connected with a prospective client, I documented the process and often, after a number of communications via phone, email, and mail, I would convert the prospect into a buyer. What are […]. The post Using Your Selling Systems to Convert Sales appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2018 53

The Atomic Hobo Thinks the Unthinkable

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Fiona Sturges has a great weekly column in the Financial Times reviewing podcasts. This week she highlights The Atomic Hobo by British journalist, cold war specialist and self-confessed “nuke geek” Julie McDowall. Julie has an engaging Scottish accent, which adds a degree of surrealism to the subject of her regular podcasts: the ways in which […]. Culture Shock! Podcasts H-Bomb

2018 100

Business - Elimination of Seasons

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Business - global, 24/7, continually disrupted by technology - had become season-free. That is, those standard off-duty times such as summer had been eliminated. We work, all the time.    Or, do we?

2018 56

It's Global: Level of Income, Status Can Go Poof (law firm Hogan Lovells cuts 54 jobs in London)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This reduction in force (RIF) began as a restructuring back in September 2017. Global law firm Hogan Lovells wanted to shift some business and legal support personnel  to centers in the U.S., England, and South Africa where the functions could be done more cost-effectively.

2018 52

Yes, State/Local Gov Can Collect Tax in Ecommerce - Game-Changer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state and local governments can impose sales tax in online purchases. As Gregg Stohr reports in Bloomberg , that could mean between an additional $8 billion and $23 billion for government.

2018 52

Thinking/Talking Like a Lawyer 0 - Leveraging Social Media 1

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Twice it happened.    The first situation was a mistake my financial institution made which caused me to lose out on interest. 

2018 52

Beyond Third Places - Starbucks Needs to Rebrand Itself As Something Else

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Starbucks has announced that it's closing another 150 stores in the U.S. during its 2019 fiscal year. But, unless it rebrands from being a "Third Place," it probably won't be able to halt its downward trajectory. The Third Place niche - the term coined by Ray Oldenburg - is glutted.

2018 52

How to Make Sure Your Accent Won’t Ruin Your Career

Presentation Guru

If English isn’t your first language and you feel less confident about your presentations, what should you do? Change your accent? Give up? Do what Einstein did. Be carefree, careful and learn a couple of tricks to help you be better understood wherever you go.…

2018 55

GE - Remembering Its Better Days

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Oh! You have GE Capital as a client." " My colleague was envious. And, I couldn't believe my good fortune in becoming a communications vendor for a part of GE. Eventually, I worked my network from GE Capital in Stamford, Connecticut to GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT.

2018 52

Jones Day - It Could Come Undone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former Jones Day partner - Wendy Moore - has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit in San Francisco state court against the law firm. That could force it to abandon its "black box" approach to compensation. No one knows what anyone else is paid.

2018 52

Brand Challenge: Positioning and Packaging Side Hustles

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Once unthinkable (or, at least kept under wraps) in professional life was The Side Hustle. The attention was to be focused totally on the day job. That is, there was no diluting the personal branding. That was then.

2018 52

The New Aging - Taking Social Security Early, Reverse Retirement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This may be an era of high job creation and low unemployment. However, it's also a time of extreme volatility in terms of who are in those jobs. Mergers and acquisitions, routine restructurings, and simple ageism are forcing many employees to decide to retire before they envisioned.

2018 52

Kate Spade - Her Suicide Reminds Us That Life and Death Remain Mysteries

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How little anyone knows about life and death. Suicides of those who seem to have it all remind us that there are more mysteries than absolute knowns. Famous handbag designer Kate Spade hung herself in her Manhattan apartment. She used a scarf.

2018 56

Workers Over-40 - Good (and some bad) News from Bain & Co

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's cut to the chase: According to the new report from management consulting firm Bain & Co. age discrimination isn't going away. That report is titled "Labor 20130: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality." " That's the bad news.

2018 52

Common Law vs. Media Coverage - Which Will Win the Day in "Aphrodite di Kansas City?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Under common law in Kansas, a child must be under the complete supervision of an adult. Therefore, Sarah Goodman, mother of the child who toppled the art work in the museum, could be declared negligent - and responsible to pay for it.