Sunday February 13, 2005

Speaking Of...

Happy Sunday. As I continue the blog my hope is to share with you my insights on public speaking, my passion, and to offer my feedback to help you speak with confidence. Everyone has their own unique message. Our job in life, I believe, is to unleash that message for all to hear. I invite you to suggest topics and I will respond with my best answer

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Presidents Day

Speaking Of...

President's Day. Most people see this as another holiday to pursue recreation and leisure. I'm reflecting today on the great leaders who have given us the precious gift of freedom. Freedom of speech is another one of those rights we in America take for granted. But for many worldwide it isn't.My My personal freedom of speech heroes include Jefferson, Washington, Lincoln, F. Roosevelt. Usually confined to history books, these visionaries defined, in their day, what freedom means.

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Saturday February 19

Speaking Of...

Welcome to the weekend.Another cold one up in the Northeast. It seems like winter is still settled in here. How are things in your neck of the woods

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Checkin' In

Speaking Of...

Welcome back. Would love to hear from any of you who received my first message. Consider this our meeting place. I have so many RD friends, old and new. This seemed like the perfect way to meet

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Speaking Of...

Just back from the Florida sun. A welcome break from the northeast snow. A question for y'all.what what do you fear most about speaking in front of groups

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Famous Speech Friday: Jennifer Granholm's 2005 tribute to Rosa Parks

The Eloquent Woman

But she is also more than equal to the challenge of delivering a dramatic, deeply-felt speech, as she did at the 2005 funeral service for civil rights icon Rosa Parks. We've said it before: Jennifer Granholm is a rock star of public speaking. And she's had plenty of practice, in her work as state attorney general and two-term governor of Michigan, and her new job as a cable TV host.

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Blog Or Just Tweet? - What Came To Me From Blogging Since 2005

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Should we blog? Or is tweeting enough? In  In fact, has Twitter become a more powerful communications tool than blogging? That's what clients ask me. After all, what compelled the attention of the world during the Silicon Valley trial "Pao v. Kleiner" were the tweets from the dozen or so tech journalists. Even the defendant's defense lawyer, Lynne Hermle, followed the tweets.

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inspiration from steve jobs

Green Room Speakers

Monday, September 14, 2009 Inspiration from Steve Jobs Given Steve Jobs return to work last week after a 5-month medical leave following his liver transplant , theres no better time than now to go back and listen to Jobs 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. Posted by Sarah Gershman at 2:31 PM Labels: 2005 , apple , liver transplant , love what you do , passion , pixar , stanford commencement speech , Steve Jobs 5comments: Stuartsaid.

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Podcast: ProActive Networking

Communication Steroids

Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter Home About Contact Us Current Programs Inner Circle Newsletter Products 20 Presentation Skills That Kill: Audio CDSeminar Social Media and Public Relations: Audio Task Oriented Teams: Audio CDSeminar What We Do Tags LinkedIn Podcast: ProActive Networking by Tim 'Gonzo' Gordon on March 15, 2010 What does it take to network effectively both online and in-person?

NSA/NC Speaker Academy Success Stories

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association has been running an Academy for emerging speakers since 2005. The Speakers Academy (originally called Pro-Track) has graduated over 300 speakers from the year-long training program. Since 2007 I have interviewed over 45 graduates and posted their information and the accompanying podcasts to this blog. I [.].

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Thanks to You Readers, This Blog Celebrates Its 14th Anniversary

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You readers were there, all eyes, when this blog launched in April 2005. You took the time to follow, leave comments, ask questions, and make suggestions.    That kept me hunting for exactly the right content. And to post it in ways that made you satisfied that you clicked on.    Fourteen years later, I'm still hunting and still experimenting stylistically. And you are still there. Thank you. If I can be of service, please contact me at

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Book Review: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

He’s a college drop-out whose eloquent 2005 Stanford University Commencement address has been watched [.]. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Steve Jobs is the exception to the rule – a corporate executive whose product introductions captivate audiences as powerfully as the best motivational speakers.

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Book Review: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

He’s a college drop-out whose eloquent 2005 Stanford University Commencement address has been watched [.]. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Steve Jobs is the exception to the rule – a corporate executive whose product introductions captivate audiences as powerfully as the best motivational speakers.

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Book Review: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

He’s a college drop-out whose eloquent 2005 Stanford University Commencement address has been watched [.]. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Steve Jobs is the exception to the rule – a corporate executive whose product introductions captivate audiences as powerfully as the best motivational speakers.

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What can you do in 30 seconds?

More than PowerPoint...

Throwback Thursday… In 2005, Merv Griffin said he wrote the Jeopardy! them e song in under a minute. “That little 30 seconds has made me a fortune, millions,” he said. How much exactly? Somewhere between 70 and 80 million. And that was ten years ago. Let’s pretend it took you 30 seconds to click through and read this post. Is it possible that I just cost you a couple million? Sorry. It took me under a minute to write this.

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Steve Jobs – Public Speaking, Preparation & Practice

Matt Eventoff

Stanford Commencement – 2005. The speed at which information travels has rendered most news dated within hours; days if a story really has “legs.” ” To last through multiple news cycles is very rare. The passing of Steve Jobs has done just that, and for good reason. Over the past decade, very few (if any) executives have had the impact on the way we communicate the way that Steve Jobs has. .

Respect for the Dead Isn't Due - The Legacy of Bernie Ebbers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 2005, he began his 25-year sentence for securities fraud. It was the scandal that ate right into investors' retirement accounts. I lost a bundle. And after lawyers took their fee in a shareholder lawsuit, I received less than 20 bucks. That kicked off in 2002.

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Talking about presentations with Nancy Duarte

Presentation Zen

About eight years ago Nancy contacted me out of the blue—and it will be eight years exactly this December that I first met Nancy and Mark Duarte at their offices in Mountain View California (post from 2005). Last month we took the long flight across the Pacific to spend a day with our friend Nancy Duarte at the new and very cool head office of Duarte, Inc. in Silicon Valley.

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Seasons Greetings to Readers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Paul Chaney taught me about this then new medium of blogging back in 2005. This is our ninth holiday season together.   With your comments and page views you taught me how to cut to the bone in communicating whatever.   Those who hired me for ghostwriting and speechwriting assignments because of this blog (SEO) proved the power of the Internet.

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Trailer for my new book coming out in 2014 and featuring extracts from this blog

Max Atkinson

TURN A DEAF EAR: CONVERSING, COMMENTING AND COMMUNICATING MAX ATKINSON By the same author Discovering Suicide: Studies in the Social Organization of Sudden Death (1978) London, The Macmillan Press Order in Court: The Organisation of Verbal Interaction in Judicial Settings (with Paul Drew) (1979) London, The Macmillan Press.

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15th Anniversary of This Blog: But, You Wonder If Blogging Generates Okay ROI

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thank you readers for sticking with this blog since April 2005.    For the blog I launched in 2020, I would use the WordPress platform (that hadn't been available in 2005).   The blog came into being this way.

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Create a PowerPoint handout from selected slides

PowerPoint Tips

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005. A subscriber ask me how she could create a printed handout that contains only some of the slides in the presentation. She wanted to create a handout with 3 slides per page. Here are the steps: For PowerPoint 2010. Choose File> Print. In the Settings area, the first item will say Print All Slides. Click the down arrow and choose Custom Range. A box will appear, labeled “Slides.” Enter the slides that you want to print. For example, 1-3, 4, 6, 7-9.

Yet Again, Court of Public Opinion Has Greater Reach than Points of Law - Saving Nathaniel Woods

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was 2005. his amazing situation will circle back to points of law. But for now, the last-minute stay of execution of Nathaniel Woods by the U.S. Supreme Court is a story of activism by celebrities Kim Kardashian and Martin Luther King III. Daily Mail fills in all the details.

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Scott McCloud: Presenting comics in a new (media) world

Presentation Zen

I linked to this 2005 TED talk a few years ago, but it''s worth linking to again today. I''m a big fan of Scott McCloud''s work. Not only is Scott''s content stimulating and directly relevant to our world of presentation, the unique presentation of his story is a wonderful example of what is possible with your basic slideware app (and this is almost nine years ago!).

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Mastering the Power of Positivity


A review published in the December 2005 issue of Psychological Bulletin examined studies of over 275,000 people who attributed successful people partly to their positive attitude.

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Power Outage at Boeing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Luttig served in that position since 2005. No surprise, following the exit of chief executive officer Dennis Muilenburg from Boeing comes the retirement of the general counsel Mike Luttig. Since last May he handled the legalities associated with the 737 MAX. In the two crashes of that model 346 human beings had died. Here are more details from The Wall Street Journal.

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Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Presentation Zen

All his presentations were great, but my favorite one of Steve's is not his usual Apple presentation, but rather a short 15-minute speech delivered from behind a lectern at Stanford University in the spring of 2005. Steve Jobs passed away today. He was just 56. Steve often talked about changing the world, and he did change the world in a huge way. His incredible dedication to detail and to simplicity and aesthetics raised the bar for technology, business, and design, and beyond.

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A Winning Oscar-Winning Speech

Manner of Speaking

As a movie director, Sandel won an Academy Award in 2005 in the category, Best Short Film – Live Action. I was delighted to come across this short clip featuring Ari Sandel. His movie, West Bank Story , is a Romeo and Juliet musical comedy that takes place among the falafel stands of the West Bank. (By By the way, how can you not like a movie with the tagline: “A little singing, a little dancing, a lot of hummus&# ?).

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"Digital First" Probably Won't Save Metro Newspapers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In that study , journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Hsiang Ins Chyi, found that the growth in website readership was two-tenth of a percent between 2007 and 2005. "A new research paper finds that over the past eight years the websites of 51 major metropolitan newspapers have not on average seen appreciable readership gains, even as print readership falls." " - MediaLife, April 7, 2016. Here is the article.

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"Criminal Minds" - No more Aaron Hotchner, played by Thomas Gibson

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Launched in 2005, it features an elite team of FBI employees who create profiles of the bad guys. The television series "Criminal Minds" probably has been singlehandedly responsible for motivating our best and brightest to apply for jobs at the FBI. Then they pursue them. The team leader has been Aaron Hotchner, played by Thomas Gibson. That character, like all characters on the series, is complex. And so loveable.

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Bentley, Nina Pham's Dog, Okay For Now

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"A 2005 study of an Ebola outbreak in Gabon, Africa, suggests dogs can be infected with the virus but not suffer any symptoms."  "  - Bruce Golding, the New York Post, October 13, 2014. Here is the article. Although Dallas nurse Nina Pham's dog Bentley could be an Ebola carrier, the animal control authorities are treating him humanely, even in isolation. So far he has not tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile Pham is in stable condition.

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If you are a presenter you MUST watch this company: Prezi (new features just released) — Scobleizer

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Scobleizer Searching for world-changing technology Home About Archives Index Favorites Posts Comments If you are a presenter you MUST watch this company: Prezi (new features just released) September 10, 2010 By Robert Scoble Maybe because I worked at Microsoft for three years I really can’t stand Microsoft PowerPoint. Every time I start a presentation I joke that I will not force my audience to sit through boring slides so I won’t be using PowerPoint today.

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How to Be a Great Woman Leader

DeFinis Communications

In 2005, a year-long study conducted by Caliper , a Princeton, New Jersey-based management consulting firm, and Aurora , a London-based organization that advances women, identified several characteristics of women leaders. They found that when it comes to leadership, women are stronger than men in several areas. For example, women…. Are more assertive and persuasive. Have a stronger need to get things done. Are more willing to take risks. Are more empathetic and flexible.

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A great resource for presenters–

PowerPoint Tips

Since it was a small site, it worked — but by 2005, the site was huge and I knew that things had to change. I want to share with you a great resource for presenters– This site is run by a great friend of mine, Geetesh Bajaj, and includes a vast amount of information on PowerPoint, presentation tools, and more. It also offers a huge number of backgrounds, both for free and for purchase. Recently, I interviewed Geetesh about his site.

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How to Overcome the Peter Principle


A study based on the Peter Principle, published in 2018, analyzed the performance of 53,035 sales employees from companies within the United States between 2005 to 2011. There are countless examples of competent individuals failing to deliver when promoted in their organization.

Thought for the day … and Steve Jobs

Joan Detz Speaker Services

This morning, CNN played (in full) the extraordinary commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. “What students actually do is what matters, not what the teachers present.” ” (Edward Redish, in a presentation given October 1998 at the Physics Revitalization Conference). Listen to the three stories Jobs told in this speech, starting with his story about dropping out of Reed College. .

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You Don’t Know Dick!

Manner of Speaking

It is the 4 August 2005 Keynote Address that Hardt gave at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. Ahem … I am referring to Dick Clarence Hardt , founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and a big proponent of Identity 2.0. Unless, of course, you actually do know Dick!). Dick Hardt. The presentation below (which, as you’ll see, was the inspiration for the title of this post) is an old one.

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A fascinating look at the history of aspect ratios

Presentation Zen

There is even a discussion of the Golden Mean and rule of thirds which I talked about in 2005 in this post From Wabi-Sabi to Golden Mean and here in From Golden Mean to Rule of Thirds. If you work in filmmaking or other forms of visual storytelling you are already comfortable talking about aspect ratios. But for many people it is still a bit of a mystery. An aspect ratio of a screen, for example, simply describes relationship between its width and its height.

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Blogging: When life intervenes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" That's what I told my blogging coach Paul Chaney back in 2005, after he helped me get this site up and running.    Since 2005, I have fallen apart when, well, life intervened and I couldn't blog as much as I wanted.  "I'd rather be blogging."

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Commencement Speeches - Replace Them

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those exceptions include Steve Jobs' talk at Stanford in 2005, It's time to replace the commencement speech. Politico points out the many of the commencement speeches by big political players such as Elizabeth Warren and Terry McAuliffe have been  banal.    I would go further, all the way back to my own college graduation. The too-long rhetorical performance contained the worst of platitudes. 

Prepare and Thrive Financially During Difficult Times with Gerard Braud

Speaker Launcher

In 2005, he was hit by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated his hometown of New Orleans. In the frenzy of closures and cancellations the last few days, my goal became to put out some positive ideas and information.

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Niche Marketing - "Specials" on the Menu

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Published in 2005, it still ranks in the top 100,000 of books listed on Amazon. It's been the reality in many types of professional services for decades: the movement to niche expertise. Generalists drifted to the bottom of the food chain.

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Law Firms Moving into Reputation Restoration Space

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As a legal blogger since 2005, I receive those communications regularly. The earnest tone, cautious wording, and extensive length: That's the standard MO of law firms around the world emailing me a letter requesting that I delete a post about their client.

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