Famous Speech Friday: Margaret Edson's 2008 Smith College commencement address

The Eloquent Woman

So when reader Kathy Schuetz, a communicator at the University of Maryland, wrote to suggest Margaret Edson 's 2008 commencement speech at Smith College and called it "remarkable," I took notice.

2008 20

How to Change the World: The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint


How to Change the World A practical blog for impractical people. « A Brief History of Mine | Main | Resolution Assistance » December 30, 2005 The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint I suffer from something called Ménière’s disease—don’t worry, you cannot get it from reading my blog. The symptoms of Ménière’s include hearing loss, tinnitus (a constant ringing sound), and vertigo.

2008 28

Top 10 Best Presentations Ever at KnowHR Blog


Great speakers and amazingly inspirating Willis Witze Jan 7th, 2008 really cool post, just bookmarked! Arun Pattnaik Jan 11th, 2008 Hey, You should watch out for browser compatibility for your blog. Nathan Ketsdever Feb 16th, 2008 I think Seth Godin at TED was much better than his marketing presentation. Don DeVan Mar 25th, 2008 Ronald Reagan’s “Mr. Frank Oct 23rd, 2008 You're right.

2008 23

The power of language (or, how I got in trouble for saying "pee")

Speak Schmeak

Back in June, I got in trouble with an audience member who e-mailed me to say that my language was inappropriate and to demand that I send an apology to the entire audience of 22 women. She felt that I was giving them the wrong message about how to present themselves as speakers.

How thick is your skin?

Speak Schmeak

Last year I attended a conference where one of the speakers was Arianna Huffington. I posted about her comment that she doesn't believe in developing a thick skin, because a thick skin keeps out the good as well as the bad.

Why lists of three: mystery, magic or reason?

Max Atkinson

The fact that the three-part list is such a commonly used rhetorical technique often raises the question of what it is about the number 3 that’s so special. It’s sometimes suggested that there must be something magical or mystical about it. But there is, I think, a much more rational explanation. Its most likely source is the commonest form of human communication, namely everyday conversation.

2008 14

You don't have to prove how smart you are

Speak Schmeak

I recently came across a blogger who wants to follow "smart people" on Twitter. His definition of smart is that you teach him something. Fair enough. This brought up a typical insecurity for me. I'm smart. At least I think I'm smart. Smart enough, anyway.

See, hear and taste your audience

Speak Schmeak

"When the mind is not present, we look and do not see; we hear and do not understand; we eat and do not know the taste of what we eat." ~ Confucius, "The Great Learning" Have you ever been driving, and suddenly realized that you were at your destination and you didn't remember the journey?

9 things you can learn from a home shopping show

Speak Schmeak

You want to see a real public speaking pro at work? Watch a few minutes of a home shopping channel. In the five minutes that I watched QVC, I saw the host do just about everything we're taught to do as speakers. First of all, don't kid yourself that you're not selling something.

Presenting to the Twitter Backchannel

More than PowerPoint...

“Content isn't king. If I sent you to a desert island and gave you the choice of taking your friends or your movies, you'd choose your friends - if you chose the movies, we'd call you a sociopath. Conversation is king.

Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

Max Atkinson is author of Lend Me Your Ears: All You Need to Know about Making Speeches and Presentations (London, Vermilion, 2004 & New York, Oxford University Press, 2005), and Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy: Seven Essential Steps to Success (London, Vermilion, 2008), available from Amazon UK and Amazon USA by clicking links from here The Independent on Sunday asked me to annotate Barack Obama’s victory speech last week, the results of which were published on 9th November.

2008 10

2008 - It Was a Different Time & Hillary Was Pragmatic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During her 2008 campaign, that staff member allegedly sexually harassed a subordinate. In 2008, it was the smart course of action to ignore sexual misconduct.  Shock.

Holidays 2008

Speaking Of...

To all speakers and blog followers--happiest of holidays this year and much success in 2009. Set those BIG goals, and get to work--after some much needed relaxation and renewal time. holidays

A Message from Zimbabwe – Sometimes Speech is Not Free

Matt Eventoff

On November 2nd, in between getting off the train and going to the gym, I pulled up to my polling location, ran in, voted, and ran back to the car. . All told, the entire process took less than four minutes – 240 seconds for Democracy. .

Death by PowerPoint Watch: 2008

More than PowerPoint...

In 2008, we see the biggest increase: from 82,400 to 366,000. In spite of a new and improved version of PowerPoint (2007) and the popularity of countless books and blogs on the topic of presentation design and delivery -- PowerPoint casualties continue to climb throughout 2008.

Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2008

Speaking Of...

Person of the Year, 2008. Was there really any doubt who this would be? It's no accident he happens to be a skilled speaker

The Queen's Speech, 2008

Max Atkinson

If you read my observations on The Queen's Speech:an exception that proves the ruler (12th November blog entry) and would be interested in seeing her latest performance, click on the title above to watch her delivering this year's speech, or here if you'd like to read the full script

Republican Convention 2008

Speaking Of...

Sorry, no comments about their speakers. Not impressed by any of them, or their messages.

Independence Day 2008

Speaking Of...

The original US flag To a speaker, the most cherished freedom is the freedom of expression. As we pause to celebrate our independence in the USA on July 4, consider how many of the peoples in the world struggle to speak their minds.

Speaking Goals for 2008

Speaking Of...

My goals for the year: *recording all of my presentations/speeches in digital media, using a camcorder, and uploading to my laptop/ Internet *produce and distribute my speaker's marketing kit, including new head shot *individually coach six speakers *attend several meetings of an advanced Toastmasters club and/or local NSA *produce 15 minute video showcasing my presentation skills before a group Have you made your goals yet?


Memorable Speeches-Democratic Convention 2008

Speaking Of...

I confess, I didn't watch the 2008 Democratic Convention from gavel to gavel. Instead, I relied on You Tube to watch and listen to the speakers I wanted to hear, after reviewing the entire list of scheduled speakers. So my ranking below isn't all inclusive, it's a short summary of why I thought each speaker scored (or not) with the audience. Bill Clinton-my ranking: A. Clinton connects with people in a way most speakers envy, even if they don't share his political views.

what to do when you're losing the audience

The Eloquent Woman

I just trained a group of nearly 100 scientists in speaker skills and message development for public audiences, at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

what does it take to get on the program?

The Eloquent Woman

What does it take for a conference to feature more women speakers on the program? Women have been blogging, writing and researching the question "Where are all the women speakers?"

Tom Peters: High on rhetoric but low on content?

Max Atkinson

Although I’ve never seen Tom Peters in action, I’ve heard from people who have that he’s a pretty impressive performer.

signaling "let's get down to business"

The Eloquent Woman

Our contest to win a free set of the new Eloquent Woman magnetic poetry asks you to leave a question about women and public speaking after this post -- I'll answer the questions, and send the best questioner a free set of the poetry.

NUS COMMENCEMENT 2008! « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Posted: July 30, 2008 by Gary in Events & Experiences , Personal Development , Public Speaking , The Shy Speakers Guide , Thoughts and Reflections 3 The National University Of Singapore (NUS)’s convocation ceremony, commonly known as the Commencement ceremony, was held from 7th – 15th of July 2008, at the NUS University Cultural Centre. What made you apply/try out for the position of Live Presenter for NUS Commencement 2008?

Record Your Presentation? The Audacity!

More than PowerPoint...

I recorded only the spoken part of my presentation the other day. Not for posterity. Not for posting online. Not for anyone to listen to.except for me. I do this a lot, actually. And it's not because I adore the sound of my voice. Like most people, I don't care for the way my recorded voice sounds.

The Presentation Grand Finale: 3 Ways to Close with a Bang!

More than PowerPoint...

Most fireworks presentations feature a super-explosive Grand Finale. After 45 minutes or so of eliciting audience oooohs and ahhhhs, a fabulous fireworks show ends with an overwhelming sensory display that excites and mobilizes the crowd.

Best and worst communicators of 2008

Speak Schmeak

It's time again for Bert Decker's annual top ten lists of best and worst communicators. Barack Obama is at the top of the list of best communicators, while George Bush tops the list of the worst.

PowerPoint for Mac

PowerPoint Tips

If you’re using PowerPoint on a Mac, especially PowerPoint 2008, you should get the only book that covers it, Office 2008 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies. Tags: Review book Mac PowerPoint 2008 The authors are both Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) and experts in their field. Geetesh Bajaj, who wrote the PowerPoint section is the owner of Indezine.com , the most visited PowerPoint site on the planet.

Obama's rhetoric renews UK media interest in the 'lost art' of oratory

Max Atkinson

Judging from the number of approaches from the media I've had since the election of Barack Obama, his outstanding speaking ability seems to have made some in our media wake up to the fact that, with the notable exceptions of Tony Blair and David Cameron, there's been a shortage of good orators in recent British politics. Some radio journalists told me the other day that they couldn't think of any current members of parliament who stood out as effective speakers.

Rhetoric, oratory and Barack Obama's 'The Speech' (2004)

Max Atkinson

About eighteen months ago, David Bernstein of the Chicago Magazine phoned me. They were, he said, preparing a major article on the keynote speech given at the 2004 Democratic Convention by Barack Obama. As an Englishman with only an occasional interest In American politics, my immediate reaction was “Who?”

Slideware Shoot-Out: Keynote ‘09, PowerPoint 2008, & OpenOffice 3 Impress

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Having only Keynote on my laptop wasn’t going to cut it, so I bought a copy of Office 2008 and downloaded OpenOffice 3.0 PowerPoint’s template choices in the 2008 version are light-years ahead of those in PowerPoint 2004.

Wisdom of forethought?

Max Atkinson

Back in 2004, when Brownites were busy briefing against Tony Blair, I wrote an article questioning whether Gordon Brown would make a good or better leader. It was rejected by the various newspapers I sent it to, but, in the light of events since he became Prime Minister, I don't think it was too far off the mark: Can Labour afford to back Brown? written in September, 2004) 1979 Revisited?

The Visual Slide Revolution named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Yesterday I was proud to see my latest book, "The Visual Slide Revolution" named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008 by Canada's leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. You can see the full article at [link]. The publicity caused the book to reach the top 500 of all books sold at one point yesterday on Amazon.ca. If you'd like to learn more and order your own copy, go to [link].

Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling

Speak Schmeak

This seems to be an appropriate thought trap to address on this last day of 2008. Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling Continuing on in the series on Thought Traps. You predict that things will turn out badly, and you feel convinced that your prediction will be 100% correct.

Coming from behind to win

Speak Schmeak

Smith hadn't yet achieved the Olympic "A" standard for the 800 during the qualifying period of January 2007 through July 2008, meaning that he had to cross the line in at least 1:46.00

I'm not afraid

Speak Schmeak

Emily at Library Revolution decided that, instead of resolutions, she would choose a mantra for 2008 instead. This blog post at Library Revolution reminded me of my post back in October about an article by Martha Beck called " The Cure for Self-Consciousness."

Stand Up Inside Yourself

Speak Schmeak

My client, Susan Hyatt , is one of six life coaches leading seminars in an upcoming weekend event hosted by Martha Beck in Scottsdale, Arizona May 17 & 18, 2008.


Speak Schmeak

What do you think will happen to your blog in 2008? I've been tagged by Jacki Hollywood Brown at Adventures in Organizing to interview myself about my blog. Here you go! What is the story behind the name of your blog? I wanted to call it something a little silly.