Five Lessons from the 2015 Miss Universe Mix-up

Manner of Speaking

If you were looking for an awkward television moment to close out 2015, Steve Harvey has handed it to you on a silver plate. At the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, it came down to the final three contestants: Miss Colombia, … Continue reading → Uncategorized Mark Critch Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach public speaking Steve Harvey

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Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2015 Convention in Las Vegas

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2015 International Convention, to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Aug. 12-15.

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B.B. King (1925–2015): Incomparable Bluesman, Masterful Storyteller

Presentation Zen

. View image | One of the greatest storytellers of our time has died. King passed away today in Las Vegas. The legendary blues musician was 89. Please allow me to quote from

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Finally, a 2015 trend you can really use

Kate's Voice

The year in review from the standpoint of Google searches tells a lot about what interests people. Although my own little year in review is based on searches too, I admit that it cannot compete with the search trends that lead to results such as the Kardashians’ lips or pumpkin seed recipes. No, people find […]. Musings mask resonance practicing vocal power Happy Holidays

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The Constitution of United States ca. 2015 (what’s left of it)

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The decision handed down by the US Supreme Court in King vs. Burwell, redefined what the word “the State” means. As such, here is the Constitution as rewritten by the Supreme Court (illegally as written in what was Article V). Rewritten text is in red.

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BigBlizzard Of 2015 - Memes For Thought Leaders

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

President in 2015 likely are composing op-eds and bits to insert into speeches about what they learned on January 26, 2015. Thanks to establishment and social media, the world knows the Northeast Corridor of the United States has shut down.

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Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis at the 2015 Emmy Awards

The Eloquent Woman

Her fourth turn in our series happened this week, at the 2015 Emmy Awards honoring television programs and performers, when she became the first black woman to win the award for leading actress in a television drama. You get the best discount if you register by October 30, 2015.

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Campaign 2016 Fatigue - Let's Vote September 1, 2015

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's vote September 1, 2015. It is walking, talking, and smelling like Campaign 2016 fatigue. A pox on both their houses - Democrats and Republicans. And that will be that. Current Affairs Games Intuitive Personal Musings Politics Television

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The 2015 Boom: You Can Feel It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's palpable: the 2015 boom. "The best three-month stretch of hiring since 1997 has positioned the U.S. labor market to start delivering stronger wage growth for a wider swath of Americans after more than five years of sluggish recovery from a deep recession."

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Lobbying 2015 - Intersection Of Public Policy, Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Seasoned public affairs players always knew that the law is not the end of the conversation on any issue. That was obvious when Congress over-rode the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Lilly Ledbetter on equal pay for equal work. The result was the landmark Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. 

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Muhammad Yunus To Receive Toastmasters International's 2015 Golden Gavel Award

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned economics professor, founder of Grameen Bank and humanitarian, Muhammad Yunus, is the recipient of the organization’s 2015 Golden Gavel award. 12-15, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Famous Speech Friday: Dame Stephanie Shirley at TED 2015

The Eloquent Woman

Now that timeline of accomplishment for Stephanie Shirley includes a TED talk, given at the 2015 conference. She's been decorated by the Queen of England. Earned and given away hundreds of millions.

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Toastmasters’ Most Buzzworthy Speeches of 2015

Manner of Speaking

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters … Continue reading → Toastmasters Beck Caitlyn Jenner David Letterman J.K. Simmons Mohammed Qahtani public speaking Tim Cook Viola Davis

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Northeast Blizzard Of 2015 - Implications For Free Agent Economy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Estimates for the snow for the Northeast Blizzard of 2015 have been raised to possibly 3 feet or more. That's a bonanza for the media which are already hyping the weather event. Here is an example. It's fun for kids.

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Summer Of 2015 (Riots) - Crisis Communications For Metro-Area Organizations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You bet, the summer of 2015 could be especially hot. According to a recent WJS/NBC survey , 96% of adults indicated they expected riots this summer.

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Famous Speech Friday: Monica Lewinsky at TED 2015

The Eloquent Woman

Monica Lewinsky opened her 2015 TED talk by talking about silencing herself as a speaker. "You''re looking at a woman who was publicly silent for a decade. Obviously, that''s changed, but only recently."

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A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. I was watching here in my office in Colorado as you literally smoked the competition. But this post is for the rest of you. The losers.

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Summer Riots Of 2015 Will Be Tweeted, New Reputations Made

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I'm among the 96% of adults who believe there will be summer riots. Here are the details in The Wall Street Journal. A Baby Boomer, I experienced the 1967 summer riots in Jersey City and Newark. I can feel the same kind of momentum building.

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The Famous Speech Friday All-Stars to start 2015

The Eloquent Woman

From activists and an aviator to a poet and a prime minister, these are the famous speeches by women that are most-read on the blog.

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Happy New Year! What are your goals for 2015?

PowerPoint Tips

I have big plans for 2015 — a weekly 15-minute webinar series, a new/old e-book, and more. What are your goals for 2015? Here’s my New Year’s card to you. It highlights photos I’ve taken during all 4 seasons, from New York, to Florida, to Iowa and Nebraska.

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Corporate Speaking Challenge 2015

Max Atkinson

Thought leaders in all aspects of Public Speaking Home About us Blog Events Courses Course Dates Contact Home Events Corporate Speaking Challenge 2015 Corporate Speaking Challenge 2015 ‘Everything needs to change, so that everything can stay the same.’

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April Fools Day 2015 - Time For Pranks, Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One of the most reliable economic indicators is the amount of joking around. People are at it again. A neighbor putting on a big bash soon told me that she's invited my enemy. I did the double-take she was expecting. And then the two of us laughed long and loud.

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What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

PowerPoint Tips

It’s time for me to talk about PowerPoint 2016, since it’s been out for a few weeks now. Here’s a screenshot of it. So, what’s new? Actually, nothing major, in my opinion. but here’s a rundown. You might find something that’s just what you need.

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Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint Mix is a new PowerPoint add-on by Microsoft, now in beta (not finalized). What is PowerPoint Mix? PowerPoint Mix is a PowerPoint-based tool for creating interactive online lessons. The basic process is simple: You create slides and can record audio and video. You can add quizzes.

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2015's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts

The Eloquent Woman

In 2015, your most-read Famous Speech Friday speeches took place at TED and on television, at awards ceremonies and (figuratively) in an elevator. Monica Lewinsky at TED 2015 looked back on her early experience with online shaming and bullying, and its impact on her and her family.

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Boies Schiller Flexner Brand (2015 - 2020)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was way back in May 2015, by Paul Barrett.  Legal malpractice. Breach of fiduciary duty. Vicarious liability. Unjust enrichment. Restitution  Those are the allegations in the lawsuit "Telebrands Corps and v. David Boies, et al." " It had been filed last Thursday, reports , in Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Bergen County.

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Create a quiz in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that you can create a quiz in PowerPoint? You can create a simple quiz in PowerPoint using just hyperlinks. It’s simple because it doesn’t require any programming and you can’t grade it. Students take the quiz in Slide Show view.

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Happy New Year!

Speak Schmeak

Wishing you all the best in 2015! Fun Stuff Not About Speaking

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Office Clip Art gallery is going away

PowerPoint Tips

According to the Microsoft Office blog , the Office Clip Art gallery is going away. I’m very upset by this, because I use its photos daily.

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2015's top 5 Famous Speech Friday collections

The Eloquent Woman

Collections have been a popular form of Famous Speech Friday post, and never more than in 2015. Tomorrow, we'll have the most-read individual Famous Speech Friday speeches from 2015.

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

. “What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. - Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877. Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.

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The Results of the 2015 Best Website Contest Are In

Speaker Launcher

The 2015 Best Website Contest this year brought in dozens of nominated sites, hundreds of votes and loads of learning. The post The Results of the 2015 Best Website Contest Are In appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Thank you, everybody, for participating! Not only do we appreciate you looking at the sites and voting, but those that threw their hat in the ring put themselves out there for “judgment”, and that is […].

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Create a screenshot and screen recording in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you create training presentations, especially technical ones, you often need to include screenshots (static images of the screen) and screen recordings (videos showing activity on the screen). In PowerPoint 2010 and later, you can take screenshots from within PowerPoint.

Handouts for data-heavy presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it. While I do think that presenters sometimes dump more than necessary on their audience, consider this scenario. The setting. You’re a market research associate.

The why of presentations–getting results

PowerPoint Tips

To get the best results from a presentation, you need to think about the “why.” ” Why are you doing the presentation? If someone else assigned it to you, why? What is the goal of the presentation? There are lots of possible goals.

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"The Good Wife" - Scripted In Time For Campaign 2015, Alicia Wins State Attorney Race

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now "The Good Wife" can go full steam ahead with political issues, aligning with the machinations of Campaign 2016. The key development in the plot line is not that Alicia won the state attorney race.

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Sweet Briar College Shutting Down In 2015 - So Much For The Liberal Arts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Beware, small private liberal arts colleges. Just as it had been predicted by education experts, the shut-downs are starting. At  At the end of this academic year, upscale Sweet Briar College is ending its existence. 

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Law And More, Jane Genova's Syndicated Legal Blog, Wins Award For Being Among Top 25 Lawyer Sites During 2015

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Recently, my syndicated legal blog, Law and More , received an award for being among the top 25 sites for lawyers in 2015. Sure, blogging is a mature medium. So, many are asking: Should I start a blog? Should I continue investing the time maintaining a blog?

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My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

It''s the most wonderful time of the year! And it''s also the time of the year, when I update my annual list of speaker gifts, to help you find the best gifts for the speaker in your life -- who might just be you!

2015 259

Icons are hot now — how to get, make, and use icons

PowerPoint Tips

Iconography is hot in design now. Here is an example from one of my websites. The above icons are colorful and have some depth to them, but you often see icons that are flat and monochrome. Here’s an example from I often see icons that are all gray.

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Money Of Our Own - That's What Virginia Woolf Would Have Made A Must-Have For Writers In 2015

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If Woolf were writing in 2015, she might drop the room part, focus on just the money and target the essay at all writers. "A Room of One's Own."

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Guest Posting: Flying Lessons, First Hand by Rod Thorn

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

on March 10, 2015. This is the keynote address by Rod Thorn, Communication Executive, PepsiCo that was delivered at the Ragan Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Reprinted here with his express permission.

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Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

PowerPoint Tips

A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. There are other possible variations, such as a light border, but dark is more common. Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. .

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