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This is What Presenters Can Learn From Dancing Scientists

Duarte Blog

From the time of Biblical David to the era of Kevin Bacon, people around the world have been dancing to celebrate, worship, entertain, and tell stories.

Using BIG circles on slides to make a bold, modern statement

PowerPoint Tips

One way to create a modern look is to use BIG shapes. Recent design trends often use large shapes with lots of white space. You can see this on some websites. In this post, I show you 2 ways to use circles to create a bold, modern statement. Use a circle for a numbered list.

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What if we put the audience first?

Manner of Speaking

What if we stopped thinking of the audience as the number of seats filled? What if we started thinking about the audience as individuals who are giving us 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour of their time? Time that they … Continue reading → Audience audience Presentation public speaking

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7 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Audience Hooked

Presentation Guru

There’s nothing worse than realising mid-presentation that your audience is asleep. In fact, a recent Harris Poll survey discovered that half of respondents do something other than listen during a presentation. Texting, checking email, and dozing off were the most popular distractors.

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: Speaking fees capped: A woman got a record speaking fee in New


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How to Move Hearts and Minds with these 12 Easy Hacks

Presentation Guru

Most presenters forget that their job is not simply to explain something, it is to transmit a feeling to their audience. Often, for business audiences, they neither feel nor face anything much that is positive in their worlds.

Famous Speech Friday: Janet Yellen on holding women back

The Eloquent Woman

In America, the chair of our central banking Federal Reserve System (known familiarly as "The Fed") speaks frequently, but with care.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Manner of Speaking

When I was boy, one of my favourite movies was The Wizard of Oz. Back in the day, there was no streaming on demand, so you had to wait until it was shown on television. With few channels available, that usually … Continue reading → Slide Presentation bad PowerPoint slides Bill Gates Keynote PowerPoint presentations Prezi public speaking Slide Presentations Wizard of Oz

Speechwriters and speakers: When you develop your research skills, you develop your professional clout

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Your speeches and presentations can only be as good as the research you use to write them. Over the next few weeks, watch this space. I’ll share tips and techniques for doing better research in less time. Presentation skills Speechwriting

America Shifts from Superheroes to Anti-Heroes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the dark days of The Great Depression, two young nerds in Cleveland, Ohio, invented a superhero and depicted his presence in Action Comics. That was Superman, whom most folks living today remember from the television program "Superman."

[Podcast] How to Transition from Event Speaker to Event Business Partner with Enette Pauze

Speaker Launcher

When a company hires you to speak at an event, do you simply think of yourself as just another person they’ve hired that will appear on their stage? You parachute in, do your thing, leave and then collect a check? Or, do you think of yourself as a ‘partner’ with the organization and someone who […]. The post [Podcast] How to Transition from Event Speaker to Event Business Partner with Enette Pauze appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

When a great speech comes back to haunt you: Speaker credibility

The Eloquent Woman

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has become a beloved figure, thanks to all the trouble she has endured in pressing for human rights. But today, the activist-turned-leader of her country is under fire for failing to condemn publicly the systematic persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Rohinga, a Muslim minority in Myanmar. The persecution includes burning entire villages, raping women, and shooting adults and children for no reason; some 300,000 have been forced to leave the country for Bangladesh.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 261) – Steven Pressfield

Manner of Speaking

“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.” — Steven … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Steven Pressfield

September is Translation Month. Gratitude is in order.

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Thank you to Elena Bernardo Gill for translating HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH (St. Martin’s Press, 30th anniversary edition) into Spanish. TY to Alba Editorial of Barcelona for their publishing integrity – and to Maria Tena for her steady editorial support all along the way.

"Megyn Kelly Today" - Rah-Rahing Won't Save This Disaster

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When the host-Megyn Kelly-and seemingly everyone keep pounding the rah-rah, we start thinking: Hey, this is off to a very weak start. That's about it for the debut of "Megyn Kelly Today" as the 10:00 A.M. segment of the "Today" franchise. 

3 Strategies for Moving Out of Your ‘Money Comfort Zone’ and Finding Greater Success

Speaker Launcher

We have all been there. Trying to achieve the next level of our income in our business and boom – we hit a brick wall. We are stuck in our ‘Money Comfort Zone’ It is almost like your subconscious says, “well, we are making just about the right amount of money, so let’s stay here […]. The post 3 Strategies for Moving Out of Your ‘Money Comfort Zone’ and Finding Greater Success appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Amber Tamblyn: "The more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir"

The Eloquent Woman

Film and television actor Amber Tamblyn has been on our screens since she was 12 years old, and this week, the now-34-year-old actor took the time to write in the New York Times about the issue of women who've been harassed and how difficult the backlash they face makes it to speak up.

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Communication requires presence: Why I won't have a meeting with you while driving

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who are of the opinion that talking on the phone while driving (sometimes with yelling or fighting kids in the back seat) makes more effective or productive use of your time, I doubt you'll change your habits after this one post.

IABC regional conference: Heritage Region

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The 2017 IABC Heritage Region Conference is fast approaching You can now download the complete conference brochure to review the schedule and learn more about the speakers for this year’s 4 KEYNOTES and 21 BREAKOUT SESSIONS. Be sure to check out the schedule and explore the complete list of speakers. Join us in one of the “17 Best […]. Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations

Youngstown, OH & Jersey City, NJ - The Tale of Two Cities

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last week, with great fanfare, the media in the Youngstown, Ohio Metro area focused on the day the first major steel mill made the big layoff. In watering holes, that's still the topic of conversation: the glorious past.

Exercise: How to jump start your voice without saying a word

Kate's Voice

I don’t have to tell you that your voice is attached to your body. And I probably don’t have to tell you that your body needs exercise. But what kind of exercise makes your voice work better? And how does a full-body workout compare with vocal warm-ups for getting your voice going?

When You Want the Stage to Swallow You Whole – This is What You Need To Do

Presentation Guru

Did Bananarama and Fun Boy 3 have any idea what a profound message they were sending to the world of presentation professionals in their classic 1982 hit? It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it – and that’s what gets results.

Wealthy Speaker Presents Accelerate LIVE 2017: How to Build a Million Dollar Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

If you are a professional speaker looking to take your business to the $1Million dollar mark and beyond, then join us in Minneapolis, MN from November 17th through 19th for Accelerate LIVE 2017: How to Build a Million Dollar Speaking Business. For this one-of-a-kind weekend acceleration experience, Coach Jane Atkinson has partnered with her most successful clients […].

LinkedIn Updates Adds "Share" Button

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now, all of us networking on LinkedIn Updates can also "share" observations, curations, and memes. That "share button" has been added to "like" and "comment" ones. For professionals, LinkedIn Updates has become one of the most productive hangouts.

A World Without Work - Unlearning Mandates of Protestant Ethic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Already in the United States, Spain, Netherlands, Kenya, Uganda, and India, there are pilot programs for UBI - Universal Basic Income. Essentially, UBI provides string-free monthly income.

The Comeback: Can Publishing a Book (like Ellen Pao) Jump-Start the Process, Even in Digital Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ellen Pao had lost the high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.   The trial-"Pao v.Kleiner"-was high profile. The stage setting was Silicon Valley. Lousy place to crash. 

Maria - Woe to Policy Folk Who Dare to Doubt Climate Change

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maria may or may not affect the United States. But, that now-cat 5 hurricane is sucking in enough media attention to hammer the last-needed nail in the coffin for burying doubters of climate change. 

Big Lots, Boardman, OH - Sending Very Wrong Message

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This afternoon, it had been 92 degrees in Eastern Ohio.    Those of us who still do brick & mortar were in for a nasty surprise. Not only are retailers already over-stocking Halloween merchandise. The Big Lots in Boardman, OH actually has the front of the left hand side of the massive store jam packed with Christmas decorations.    That sent me the message: We don't give a damn about your experience in our shop. No, we just fill each square inch with whatever.

Crowdfunding - New No-Tech Version for U.K. Wedding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Crowdfunding has many forms. This one, developed in the U.K. for a wedding, is no-tech. Here is the coverage from Daily Mail. The groom Ben Farina and the bride Clare Moran have positioned and packaged that special event as a three-day holiday at a posh resort. To participate in the fun each of the 60 adult guests will be ponying up 150 pounds and each of the 20 children 50 pounds. Each pound is equivalent to 1.3484 U.S. dollars. The couple consider their arrangement a type of business model.

"The Good Doctor" - Raw Depiction of Being Different & Society's Response

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The new ABC Monday night series "The Good Doctor" can help society understand people who are different. And, hopefully, accommodate working alongside them. In this narrative, the human being who doesn't conform to "normal" is Dr. Sean Murphy. He is not only autistic.

Protest - The Game Our Mothers Told Us Never to Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Taking a Knee is dominating the media. And, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defends that gesture of protest as not only protected by the First Amendment but also bringing positive change. Like the guy he's throwing shade on, Holder uses a tweet. 

Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months: The Probable Next for Huma Abedin & Son

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We remain scratching our heads: Why did ambitious political player Huma Abedin marry Anthony Weiner. To be in politico circles you better be a solid judge of what others are all about. Shouldn't she have picked up on Weiner's inner pull to the dark side of existence?

Phoenix - On the Way to Gone by 2050

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Edgy Vice says what many are only thinking: Phoenix, along with other cities in southwestern Arizona, could be ghost towns by 2050. That's because of climate change. The current extreme heat will become even hotter and hang over the cities longer. Let's put numbers to that.

We Were Special - A Very Different Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was still the era when the ethos was: The more education the better. That was the second half of the 1960s. The best and brightest college seniors headed for two doors: law school or graduate school. Throughout that year, the buzz was all about where we were admitted.