Want to Get Booked to Speak? Answer Five Questions Correctly to Dramatically Increase Your Odds!

Succeed Speaking

Having assisted thousands of meeting planners and working with many of the world’s best speakers since 1999, I believe it comes down to how effectively you answer FIVE questions that every prospective client is asking. It’s no secret that there are LOTS of “professional” speakers — at least 10,000 or more — bidding for speaking engagements these days. How do you stand out from the crowd?

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How to kick the habit of too many filler words…and why you must!

Kate's Voice

In fact, “so” appeared on the annual Lake Superior State University list of banished words as long ago as 1999. So, I ‘m going to pick on the word “so.” So, it’s so common at the beginning of sentences that it doesn’t mean anything anymore. So, blogger Terry Odell writes of a software for [.]. communication vocal delivery vocal power delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tips

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Happy Birthday Mr. President! With Love from Texas for Nelson Mandela

Speaking Freely

He is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as the first black President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Today Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. After serving more than twenty years in prison in South Africa, we served with love and compassion as the president. he showed the world how

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Persistence is Key - build a following like Muse did

Dahle Communication

Luckily in 1999, I had the chance to work at a college radio station - KSDJ at South Dakota State University - and had to opportunity to find some new music. In 1999, Muse was a little known band that didn't get a lot of radio play. via muse.mu. Before the days of internet radio stations like Pandora and last.fm

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35 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer About Bain Capital Before The Issue Can Go Away

TJ Walker Interactive

1999 I left Bain capital and all management responsibility” and “I had no ongoing activity or involvement.” Surely someone from Bain occasionally called you up and asked your opinion about something work related from 1999 to 2002. On July 19, 1999, a news release about the resignation of two Bain Capital managing directors describes you as CEO and “currently on a part-time leave of absence to head the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee.”

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Rhetorical Devices: Epanalepsis

Manner of Speaking

Denzel Washington in The Hurricane (1999). This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Epanalepsis. Origin : From the Greek ?????????? epanalipsis), meaning “repetition” or “resumption” In plain English: Repeating the initial word or words of a sentence or clause at the end of that same sentence or clause. Effect: Repetition of the words draws attention to them.

Rhetorical Devices: Diacope

Manner of Speaking

Denzel Washington in The Hurricane (1999). This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Diacope. Origin : From the Greek ??????? thiakhopi), meaning “cut in two” In plain English: Repetition of a word or phrase broken up by another word or words. Effect: The repeated words are emphasized. Notes: For maximum effect, there should not be too many words between the repeated word(s) in a diacope.

Rhetorical Devices: Anadiplosis

Manner of Speaking

” — Yoda in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Anadiplosis. Origin : From the Greek ??????????? anathiplosis), meaning “doubling” or “folding” In plain English: Beginning a sentence or clause by repeating the last word or words of the previous sentence or clause.

How many skiers after Paddy Ashdown resigned as leader?

Max Atkinson

At one point during the 1999 trip, Paddy and I were alone on a 2-seat chair-lift together - one of the only places for a private chat on such expeditions. By August, 1999, the party had elected Charles Kennedy as their new leader. Ski-holidays revisited In an earlier post on 19th January ), I wrote about the annual Ashdown-Atkinson ski-tours and the large number of LibDem activists - including M.P.s, peers, at least one knight and lots of ordinary members like me.

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Keeping the Content Machine Running with Scott Ginsberg

Speaker Launcher

Since 1999, Scott Ginsberg has […]. Since 1999, Scott Ginsberg has profitably created 35 books, 8 musical albums, 3,000 articles, 600 speeches, 88 training videos, 5 software applications, 3 music films, 1 gameshow and a globally recognized brand on approachability. Do you ever struggle to create new content?

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Even The Pope Gets It: Christianity Increasingly Irrelevant

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's compared to 70% in 1999.  Pope Francis leveraged his Christmas message to warn leadership in the Roman Catholic Church that, overall, the beliefs of Christianity are becoming increasingly irrelevant. 

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Public Relations Employment Continues to Grow, Surges in D.C.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There, the number of jobs had increased 325% since 1999. Public relations is among the niches in professional services which continues to grow. Meanwhile the field of law is stagnant. In addition, both in Europe and the U.S., accounting firms, such as PwC, have entered the legal sector as a direct competitor. Members of iGen doing career planning might consider entering public relations and not attending law school.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The sexual abuse took place between  1952 and 1999. 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. And, in the end, it left him convictions on a police record, being identified for life as a sexual predator and the loss of his scholarship to Harvard. Recently, Labrie was denied a new trial. His future appears bleak.

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BigBusiness - With Jurors, It's Back to the '60 Counterculture Mindset

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in 1999, a jury nailed GM with a $4.7 In "Hulk Hogan v. Gawker" the jury came back with a $141 million dollar verdict against the digital news tabloid.    For those not sophisticated about trends in jury verdicts the thinking was: Gawker founder Nick Denton and his team rubbed the Florida jury the wrong way and plaintiff lawyer Charles Harder is damn good. The latter became  the go-to in media law.).

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How are you using improv skills to build credibility?

More than PowerPoint...

True story: I haven’t formally interviewed for a job since 1999. I haven’t interviewed for a real job since 1999. So when a local university called to ask if I could conduct a training session about interviewing skills, I politely declined. I don’t feel qualified to speak to a modern audience about interviewing for a job. I can personally claim no first-hand expertise in successfully interviewing in this job market — in this century! For me, it’s all about credibility.

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Analysis of a Speech by Elif ?afak

Manner of Speaking

Stories about her childhood; her spiritual, somewhat mystical grandmother; the genesis of her writing career; her international schooling experience; the 1999 earthquake in Istanbul; being put on trial for one of her novels; and more. Elif ?afak afak (pronounced “Shafak&# ) is an award-winning Turkish novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Writing in both Turkish and English, she has published nine books, seven of which are novels. ?afak’s

Taming Capitalism - Bill Ford's Approach at the Family Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

   That was February 1999. Just as William Clay Ford Jr. was taking over leadership of the family business, the    Rouge River facility exploded.  Of course, the lawyers told him to do X and Y and not Z. In this interview with Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield, Ford explains that he ignored that legal mandate and other kinds of standard crisis procedures, then standard at the time.   Here   you can view it. 

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Paddy Ashdown: personal & public memories of a friend

Max Atkinson

But, as you'll see in the ITN report below, it turned out that he also planned every last detail of his own funeral, concluding with the blessing, read by his brother - and with which he'd ended his last speech as leader of the Liberal Democrats in 1999: May the road rise with you. PERSONAL The death of a spouse, father, mother, close relation or close friend is always an awful experience for those who survive them.

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The truth about visualization for public speaking success

Speaking about Presenting

2, 250-260 (1999). Many people think that this type of visualization can help you not only speak better but also help reduce your fear of public speaking. It may make you feel good at the time, but the scientific evidence doesn’t support the belief that it will help you achieve your best performance or reduce your fear of public speaking. But there are other types of visualization that can help you in both these areas. Visualization for best performance.

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Suicide Meme - Is it contagious?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that during the span 1999 to 2014 suicide increased 24%. Everyone seems to know not just one but several people who have committed suicide. That meme of checking out may be contagious. According to The Wall Street Journal , some of the possible causes cited include rising drug use and a scary economy. Maybe so. But I have been convinced about the power of suggestion.

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10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen

In a 1999 interview with NPR , filmmaker Cameron Crowe talks about his admiration for Wilder''s work. In 1999 Crowe wrote a book called Conversations with Wilder where the legendary and elusive Billy Wilder talks extensively about his life and work. There’s no better film school really than listening to what Billy Wilder says," Crowe said in the 1999 NPR interview.

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Throw Out Your Sales Pitch and Win More Business

Beyond Bullet Points

If you still have slides with headlines that read “About Us,” “Our Capabilities” and “Our Team,” it’s time to send those back to 1999 where they belong. If you’re part of a team that delivers pitches to win new business, you’re keenly aware of the value of the brief and precious time you have to meet in person with your prospective clients.

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Holden Caulfield from "The Catcher in the Rye" - 67 Years Later

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  According to the CDC , suicides among those 45 to 64 increased 45% from 1999 to 2016. Like Owen Labrie and Brett Kavanaugh, Holden Caulfield had attended prep school. That's where the likeness ends. The first two were and probably still are achievers eager for traditional success in a white man's world of privilege. Caulfield considered that tribe a bunch of phonies. His archetypal journey occurred after he had given up on what prep school had to offer.

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Technology & Other Fun Stuff for Speakers with Scott Klososky

Speaker Launcher

In 1999, Scott sold his company webcasts.com for $115 million. Do you ever wonder where technology is heading and how it will affect the speaking world? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are joined by Scott Klososky who will share his expertise and give us a glimpse into the future to see what we can expect in technology. Throughout his career, […]. The post Technology & Other Fun Stuff for Speakers with Scott Klososky appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Stefanie Sherks' Death on April 20th - If It Had Been Suicide, Could That Have Been Prevented?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Since 1999, documents the CDC, the rate of suicide is up 33%. On April 20th, a husband returns from the grocery store to his home in California. He finds his wife's body weighted down in the pool. There's a rescue. Then a call to 911.    A rush to the hospital. The wife is declared dead.    The husband is actor Demian Bichir. The deceased had been model from Canada Stefanie Sherks.    There was the weighted down body.

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"The Blair Witch Project" Heather Donahue: When the cheering stopped

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1999, the cult classic film "The Blair Witch Project" became embedded in the American consciousness.    So many of us wondered if we also could, through our arrogance, get ourselves into a similar fatal situation.    Heather Donahue who wrote and acted in the film was all over the media.    Then, as the saying goes, the cheering stopped.

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Distract Employers From Your Age - 2 Tactics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in 1999, Fortune documented that corporations were shedding employees who were middle aged.  Ageism is real in the workplace. But, the good news is that it's not new.   Since then, proven tactics have evolved to distract employers from your age per se. Yes, you do have a shot at attracting and holding the attention of employers when you search for a job. Even if they pick up that you are over-45, they won't automatically rule you out. 

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First Black Woman CEO: Ursula Burns

DeFinis Communications

Avon ( AVP ) CEO Andrea Jung became the first non-white woman to lead a major company in 1999. Today, July 1 st , is an auspicious day for corporate America. Assuming the role of CEO of Xerox Corporation , Ursula Burns will become the first African American woman to lead a major Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman in modern history to take the reins from another female, departing CEO Ann Mulcahy.

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Now Cred: Eckhart Tolle Won

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Spiritual advisor Eckhart Tolle was ahead of his time in 1999 when he published "The Power of Now."  Ambition, planning, pedigree, success formulas from the past, belief in hard work - all that is so old-economy.  "  The realities of that ideology have evolved into the mindset of the new ruling class.    Think Steve Jobs,  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jim Collins, and Michael Wolff. 

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How else will mobile phones ruin your life?

More than PowerPoint...

I’ve owned a cell phone since 1999. I even had a bag phone circa 1995. Over 80% of American adults now use some kind of mobile phone. In my experience, I see cell phones as a tool that helps us avoid making plans and sticking to them. Cell phones give people an excuse to be late. Today, it’s more popular to say “I’ll just text and say I’m running late,” than it is to actually show up at a previously agreed upon time and place.

In-Debt Lawyers: You Better Get Clever About Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As political consultant Dick Morris predicted in his 1999 book "Vote.com," the middleman organizations and individuals will be cut out of the influence-power game. Who in Washington D.C. cares what the American Bar Association thinks, supports, even pushes?   No One.    That's the old story of influence and power lost.      You can hang around, huff and puff all you want and nothing is going to happen. 

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Mickey D - Web 3.0, w or w/o fries

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1999, political consultant Dick Morris predicted in his book "Vote.com" this breaking open of the media to the people.  Web 3.0 will be happening at Mickey D, and it's w or w/o fries.    The company announced that all of its fast-food restaurants will have free WiFi, no time limit, in 2010.    It used to charge a few bucks for a few hours and just at some of its stores.

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Emotional authenticity: The Key to Greater Sales Success

SpeakerSue Says...

Here is what the blurb says for his 1999 book called: High Tech, High Touch : “In a High Tech world with an increasing search for balance, High Touch will be the key to differentiate products and services. I’ve been meaning to start blogging again, with the promise of staying consistently consistent, and reading MPI’s “future of the meetings industry” forced me into it.

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Robert Bork: GAWKER's John Cook crosses some lines, but which ones

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in 1999, Yale law professor Stephen L. Robert Bork, who the U.S. Senate turned down as a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, died at the age of 85.    What has the media and public buzzing is not that.    Instead, as if viewing a train wreck, we sit transfixed contemplating John Cook's uncivil commentary on the man.    That has been published on GAWKER, which you can read here.

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March Madness and the World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking Winning the championship of public speaking, much like winning any contest, takes a unique combination of talent, performance, and plain old luck. Craig Valentine famously said that the first thing he did after winning the championship in 1999 was to go buy a book on speaking.

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Interpersonal time

The Communication Blog

and Andersen and Bowman (1999) who consider waiting-time , talk-time , and work-time in their discussion of time and its relationship to power. 1999). Most nonverbal communication textbooks talk about time under three main headings: psychological time , referring to one’s orientation to past, present, or future. biological time , referring to one’s body rhythms as well as preferences for early or late in the day activities.

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Miep Gies: A quiet voice that spoke out

The Eloquent Woman

Photos of Gies in 1999, right, and with her husband Jan Gies, on their wedding day in 1941, left, courtesy of the Anne Frank House.). Miep Gies, the woman who was the last surviving protector of Anne Frank and her family, died this week at age 100. She's the person who discovered Frank's diary after the Nazis raided their hiding place and took them to concentration camps.

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Before Buddhism Became Cool, Wicca Was In

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I have been studying Buddhism since 1999. They have many names, ranging from religions to spiritual programs to philosophies.    For example, there are arguments if Wicca, or white witchcraft, is a kind of religion.    It was the site of experimentation by spiritual seekers before Buddhism became cool.    Buddhists tend to reject their program for living being referred to as a religion.

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Famous Speech Friday: Gwen Ifill on politics, policy & leadership

The Eloquent Woman

Starting in 1999, my Friday night loyalties lay with Gwen Ifill on "Washington Week" (formerly "Washington Week in Review"), and it was with tremendous sadness that she left my living room in 2016. Back when we used to watch the evening news on television--remember that?--we we spoke loyally of our favorite anchors and our habit of "inviting them into our homes."

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7 little-known facts about the teleprompter

The Eloquent Woman

An Emmy was awarded for the invention in 1999. In the New York Times obituary for teleprompter inventor Hubert J. Schlafly, Jr., speakers can learn a lot about the device that has helped so many speakers--famous and ordinary--address audiences without looking down. Among the great facts to know and share: The teleprompter was invented in the late 1940s, before television was in widespread use--a device introduced ahead of its time, but ready for when its widest use and need would hit.

A Better Public Speaking Website: Should I Have My Own Domain Name?

Great Public Speaking

million way back in 1999. A very commonly asked question is "Should I have my own domain name?" A domain name, by the way, is like "antion.com." You don't want to get something like "freewebsites.com/ImTooCheapToGetMyOwnDomainName/joeblow.htm" even though it's free. All your promotional efforts will be wasted if the free website company makes some small change. People won't be able to find your site anymore.

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Unsealing of Clergy Sex Abuse Documents: Egan's Agony in the Garden

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Associated Press writer John Christoffersen reports, for example: "'These things happen in such small numbers,' Egan said in a 1999 deposition.  Yesterday, just at the Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury ordered, the discovery documents from the clergy sex abuse lawsuits in the Diocese of Bridgeport were unsealed.

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TV interviews with politicians

Max Atkinson

Following the end of his 18-year imprisonment, Mandela would go on to become President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. A lesson fromMichael Crick of Channel 4 News on how to interview a politician? Michael Crick interviews Teresa May (The following has been reproduced from [link] [link] where you can watch the interview - to whom many thanks): "What did you do to help the release of Nelson Mandela?"

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