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How to transform your relationship with nervousness

Speaking about Presenting

I still get nervous about public speaking. But I’ve transformed my relationship with nervousness. It is now a friendly companion, not an evil stalker. There are many aspects to this transformation, and there’s just one that I want to talk about in this post.

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A Case Story: Teradata | The Edge of Next

Duarte Blog

Does the future live only in the greatest minds? That is the question posed at the opening of the Teradata PARTNERS Conference 2017, followed by cinematic and awe-inspiring images of technological advancements over times like Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Great Wall of China.

2017 31

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A simple, 4-step guide to beautifully visualize data in your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Yousef “Yoyo” Abu Ghaidah, a PowerPoint ninja who founded Slide Cow , a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he’s not designing slides or giving presentations, he’s on another coffee run.

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Never do this on the day of a presentation!

Manner of Speaking

Yesterday afternoon I had a four-hour speaking engagement. Most of the session was interactive, but it began with a 45-minute presentation for which I used some slides. Everything had been prepared well in advance, the slides were simple, I knew … Continue reading → Preparation computer upgrade macOS High Sierra Presentation public speaking

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A few words about introducing a speaker

Joan Detz Speaker Services

For starters, don’t read any introduction from your cell phone.

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10 Ways to Interact With Audience Members While You Present

Duarte Blog

Presentation expert Clif Atkinson tells a great story about a 2009 education conference where two speakers got very different reactions from their audiences. The first speaker started off with interactive exercises, he was entertaining, and overall, he was a hit.

2017 31

You don't need a stage to need stage presence

Speak Schmeak

I was recently contacted by a woman who manages a small team of young, inexperienced salespeople. She was primarily concerned with their lack of self-awareness; their behaviors in front of clients and prospects were less-than-stellar. One person bites their nails in meetings.

2017 21

Why You Should Never Underestimate the Power of the Spoken Word

Presentation Guru

What words do you use to demonstrate conviction, to connect with your audience or to inspire and communicate confidence in your subject matter?

2017 21

A blog hiatus

The Eloquent Woman

I'm taking the rest of the year off as far as blogging is concerned. After I took a blog and social-media hiatus in June, using a small portion of it to build up my queue of posts, I wrote , "I liked this catch-up approach so much I may try it again later this year." Well, later has rolled around, and I'm taking another hiatus from now until the end of the year. I'll be back for the year-end roundup of the blog's most popular posts in the last week of the year, but otherwise won't be publishing.

2017 18

A lesson from Nokia

Manner of Speaking

On 12 November 2007—ten years ago to the day as I write this post—Forbes published its magazine featuring a story about Nokia on the cover. Forbes asked the question, “Can anyone catch the cell phone king?” ” The answer? Apple … Continue reading → Motivation improvement Nokia public speaking

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Stuck in a Slump? Use Stories to Motivate a Low Performing Team

Duarte Blog

It’s an all-too-common scenario: you’re looking at your numbers, and you’ve finally realized that your team just isn’t performing well. Marketing leads are down, sales numbers are off, and customer satisfaction scores are flagging, too.

2017 31

How to train your boss about communications

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Mentoring Up: Training Your Boss About Communications Without Alienating Him or Her NAGC President, Kathryn Stokes November 15, 2017, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Government agencies are rife with political appointees who are put in their positions for a lot of reasons, none of which include their ability to communicate. Often, they have no idea what their […]. Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations

2017 16

Business Communications - The 2 Cultures

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Public relations agencies, marketing communications firms, and ghostwriting consultants are caught between 2 cultures. And, if they can't figure out how to serve each differently, they will fail to deliver results for clients. At one time, the world of business communications was a monolith.

2017 11

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.

2017 11

New Business Theme Added to Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™

Manner of Speaking

Florian Mueck and I are pleased to announce that the new Business theme has been added to the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. Players can now choose to play one of three different themes (Classic, Family and … Continue reading → Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game Florian Mueck presentations public speaking

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The Small Changes to your Speech that will have a Big Effect

Presentation Guru

So if you have read Jim’s earlier piece on how to become a more charismatic speaker, you will know what you are supposed to be doing – but how exactly do you do it? Concrete examples, that’s what we need.

2017 10

Why most public speaking advice doesn’t seem to work for you

Speaking about Presenting

There’s a book called “What to Say When…You’re Dying on the Platform” by Lily Walters. It’s full of clever quips and responses for when things aren’t going your way during a presentation or speech. My partner Tony loves it. I could never use any of it.

Back to the Drawing Board: Overcoming a Setback in Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

Undoubtedly, everyone reading this blog has experienced a setback in their business when the great plan in their head didn’t exactly go as planned when executed. While at the moment it can be frustrating and disappointing, it isn’t a failure. It’s just a setback in your speaking business and a reminder that when things go […]. The post Back to the Drawing Board: Overcoming a Setback in Your Speaking Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2017 14

21st Century Fox - Sale Would Mean James, Lachlan Murdoch Waited In Vain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The empire that Rupert Murdoch built and nurtured - 21st Century Fox - was, most assumed, to be passed on to his two sons. They are James and Lachlan Murdoch. Weren't they being groomed to lead the House of Murdoch? After all, the father was approaching 90 years of age. Executives who worked at 21st Century Fox got it that they would never become the chief executive officer and, eventually, went elsewhere.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 266) – Spring Washam

Manner of Speaking

“When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins, there is a tiny gap called ‘now’ Over time we learn to expand that gap.” — Spring Washam Photo courtesy of Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers pause public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Spring Washam

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How to Use Your Body and Gestures Effectively When Presenting


You may spend hours writing and practicing your presentations and creating clever visual aids to support your speaking appearances and win over your audiences. But the most powerful aide you have is something far less contrived.

On getting tasks done

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Some tips on completing tasks. Avoid add a task to today’s todo list, rather add it to the future. Adding it to today’s list adds additional pressure to completing what you have already committed to do. Does a task need to be completed perfectly, or just good enough? Remember the 80/20 rule. Often good enough is good enough. Remember – you will always have things on your todo list. Delegate the fun stuff – then it will get done. Have one todo list only.

Anatomy of a Triple Threat in the Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

In football, a triple threat is someone who is great at passing, kicking and running. In entertainment, a triple threat is someone who can act, sing and dance. Ryan Gosling for example. In the speaking business, a triple threat (in my terms) is someone who is great at stagecraft, marketing and selling. Which ones of these are […]. The post Anatomy of a Triple Threat in the Speaking Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2017 13

Open @ Recovery, Celebrate Anniversaries of Sobriety in Public - Not So Fast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a movement afoot to bring one's former problem drinking and other substance abuse problems into the open - and joyfully celebrate anniversaries of sobriety in public. In The New York Times , Laura Hilgers explains that could have many positive results.

Seth Godin: Speakerphone voice

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. In this blog post from … Continue reading → Seth Godin Microphone public speaking speakerphone

91 Places to Look for the Perfect Image

Presentation Guru

Adding attention grabbing images to your presentation is one of the best ways to give your presentation visual appeal. In a previous article, we looked at the 10 Best Websites for Downloading Free Stock Photos.

Passionate Speaker Beware the Dark Side

Executive Speech Coach

Be Passionate about your message - but don’t turn to the dark side It’s important to express your passion when delivering your presentation. Your passion can be a powerful force delivering your message. Naturally, your audience still expects you to tell the truth.

[Podcast] 15 Marketing Initiatives to Book More Business

Speaker Launcher

I recently received an email from Betsy Allen that asked a question about marketing initiatives that I get all the time: “What income generating marketing activities should I be doing on a daily basis to get more speaking business?” ” In episode #61 of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, I’m answering this question and sharing 15 Marketing […]. The post [Podcast] 15 Marketing Initiatives to Book More Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Governance Issues & Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Companies probably have calls out to governance experts to parachute in and coach the members of their boards on their duties. At the top of the list of responsibilities is to do what it takes to be aware of criminal action, report it, and perform the necessary course correction.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 267) – Arthur Ashe

Manner of Speaking

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe Photo courtesy of Rob Bogaerts / Anefo. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers Arthur Ashe pause Preparation public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

2017 19

The Top Five Things to Never Say in a PowerPoint Presentation

Presentation Guru

Just a short article this time, but a useful reminder of what NOT to say when delivering your next presentation. I guarantee you will have heard every one of them, time and time again, and groan every time you do. So why do presenters persist?…

The World's Worst Presentation? What do you think?

Executive Speech Coach

This video will be painful to watch "the first time". But, it's worth watching all the way for the suprise and as a test of your observations skills. How many lessons and notes can you make about what not to do during a presentation?

If Mugabe goes, will Dr Sentamu get a new dog-collar?

Max Atkinson

Back in September 2008, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, took off his dog collar during an interview with Andrew Marr, and then proceeded to cut it into small pieces to illustrate what Mugabe was doing to the identity of the Zimbabwean people, ending by promising not to wear it again until Mugabe was gone.

"Mountain Between Us" - Useful Tutorial for Corporations on Team Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the current film "Mountain Between Us" the three main characters only survive through team work.