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. Thought leaders with backgrounds in mentoring, entrepreneurship, entertainment, law, comedy, accounting and more will share their insights and expertise. Attendance at this annual event is expected to exceed 2,000 people. “We’re We’re excited […]. Public Speaking Toastmasters

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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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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 This excerpt is from a post I wrote ten years ago called Presentation, blues, and tapping into your creative soul : B.B. King is a legend. No one does it like he does. He's not flashy and he doesn't try to impress with speed or technique. That's not what it's about.

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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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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. That means that right this minute, as 2 to 4 inches of snow fall per hour, memes are being created. Those provide plenty of new material for thought leaders. 

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Learning To Code - Gold Rush Of 2015

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Gold Rush of 2015 is all about learning to code. There's that old adage: Those who consistently make the money during a gold rush are the shrewd guys who sell the shovels. One wonders if the serious money is going to the schools which teach it and the media which deconstruct this phenomenon. Along the way, some who find their way through coding will become wealthy. Many others, though, might lack the talent to get to the top jobs.

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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." " - Josh Mitchell, "Job Market Looks Ripe for Liftoff," in The Wall Street Journal. Here is the article. "My ship came in, finally," I told a legal editor I often deal with. He agreed.

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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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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.    Now the power of generating change via public opinion is even more obvious. That's why Squire Patton Boggs, which fuses lobbying and law, is so frequently mentioned in the media.

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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. It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by Toastmasters International as the 2015 Golden Gavel award recipient,” says Yunus.

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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. Founded a thriving tech company at a time when she couldn't open so much as a bank account without her husband's permission. Changed her name to "Steve" on correspondence just to get a hearing from potential clients.

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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. And it could be 1 paid day off or more for salaried workers who aren't in the emergency-response loop.    But for free agents who, like old-line day workers, are mostly paid by the hour, it could be a lot of lost wages.

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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. Those of us who directly experienced the summer riots of 1967 in urban areas like my hometown, Jersey City, New Jersey, sense that same kind of rage boiling up. In some cities, elevated temperatures are already occurring.

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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. It is an amazingly honest and forthright assessment of what is like, on a professional and emotional level, […]. Business Communication Speech Showcase Speechwriting keynote

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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." It was an electric example of those speaking gigs when who you are matters as much as what you say. The former White House intern whose affair with President Bill Clinton exploded in a scandal in 1998 was at one point so notorious that there was almost no escaping her.

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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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Lady & the Champs Speakers’ Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This Saturday, February 28 & Sunday, March 1, 2015 award-winning keynote speaker and speech coach Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE hosts a weekend of intense learning that can transform your speaking. Fripp will host World Champions of Public Speaking Mark Brown, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix and other world-class professional speakers. If you are too busy to […]. Public Speaking LadyChamps15 Patricia Fripp Toastmasters

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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. Only this time the mechanisms for orchestrating the chaos and destruction won't be as primitive as those back in the late '60s. Another change will be that the aware and ambitious will be tweeting the activity.

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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. All part of The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women , these posts all began as Famous Speech Friday posts, and contain, where available, text, audio or video, as well as what you can learn to aid your own public speaking.

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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. That's all 95 of the rest of you - because everyone knows taking 2nd just means you're the first loser, right? In case you don't know, I know how it feels. I've lost all 12 times I've entered the International Contest. I've lost at club.

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5 Patterns of Popular TED Talks

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Ever wondered why some TED talk recordings on YouTube gather a respectable few hundred thousand views while other go viral and attract many millions? Is there a difference in content, facts and figures or information shared that is more compelling and pertinent to a wider audience? Does one speaker have more name recognition than another? […]. Public Speaking body language

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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. I hope you enjoy it! How about you? Leave a comment! Did you find this post useful?

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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. It looks a little different. With each release, the look is a little different. The tab titles are no longer all upper case and have returned to the 2010 (and previous) initial caps.

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The Professional Speechwriters Association

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In part two he reviewed highlights from the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. In part two he reviewed highlights from the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. This is the third and final edited highlight of the call. In part one David talked about the way the profession has changed.

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. So, this April Fools Day should be brewing with mischief. I haven't experienced that since 2008. To boost morale (studies show the majority of American workers are disengaged), offices can run contests for the best prank.

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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. You upload the final result to the Mix website and share it with anyone you want, such as your students. You get statistics about who watched the Mix as well as quiz scores. How to get started.

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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. Read on for your favorite famous speeches by women (or about them): Jimmy Carter on religion and women speakers was far and away your favorite speech post of 2015. 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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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. When they choose the wrong answer, they go back to the question to try again. When they choose the right answer, they go to the next question. Create the slides.

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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. While much commentary (include a funny riff by Conan on TV) focus on the line art, the text of the blog post makes it clear that photos will also disappear. When? I don’t know. The blog post makes it sounds as if it’s already gone, but I’m still seeing all of the clip art — both photos and line art. How about you?

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Acronyms can seriously suck

Manner of Speaking

The importance of simplicity in a presentation cannot be overstated. One way to simplify is to eliminate jargon. One way to eliminate jargon is making sure that the audience understands any acronyms in the presentation. These days, acronyms are everywhere. Here is one list of … Continue reading → Language Slide Presentation abbreviations acronyms Design Elon Musk presentations public speaking Robin Williams

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Your Voice Matters – An Interview with Dr. Nick Epley

Matt Eventoff

When was the last time you sent an email, or a text, rather than making a phone call. Chances are, it was within the last 24 hours. It is often easier, takes less time and takes less energy. It is also less effective. Our voices matter, and make an impact on how our message is received. It can impact who gets hired, and who doesn’t. But don’t take my word for it. Dr. Nick Epley is the John T. Keller Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Speech Coaching to Simplify Your Job & Electrify Your Executives with Patricia Fripp

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Patricia Fripp for a webinar on ‘Speech Coaching to Simplify Your Job & Electrify Your Executives’ A full video recording of the event is available. Please ignore the terrible delay on my video which makes it seem as if I’m heavily medicated – there is no delay on Ms. […]. Public Speaking Speechwriting FrippVT Patricia Fripp

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Rap on Trial, Charis Kubrin

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, U.C. Irvine, is a renowned specialist in criminology and law. In this TEDx talk she shares with passion and mastery a story of Rap on Trial that elucidates the fundamental issues our society faces in relation to freedom of speech, liberty, equality and justice. This speech was […]. Speechwriting Storytelling Cicero Awards criminology rap music

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Toastmasters Kicks Off World’s Largest Speech Contest

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The world’s largest speech competition has launched with more than 30,000 contestants in 126 countries vying for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. The Toastmasters International Speech Contest begins with participants practicing and giving their presentations in local clubs as they polish their oratory skills while advancing to area, division and district levels. […]. Public Speaking Dananjaya Hettiarachchi Darren Lacroix Mark Brown Patricia Fripp Toastmasters

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Karen Jacobsen: The GPS Girl

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

No member of the National Speakers Association speaks to as many people on a daily basis as does Karen Jacobsen. Her voice is one of the options on over 100 million GPS systems and 300 million smartphones. She’s the one we hear when lose our way and the GPS tells us it is ‘recalculating’ On […] No member of the National Speakers Association speaks to as many people on a daily basis as does Karen Jacobsen.

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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. To help you find speeches of interest to you in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women , we've been publishing collections drawn from the Famous Speech Friday posts that make up the Index.

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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. PowerPoint 2016 introduced the ability to take screen recordings and that feature has been added to PowerPoint 2013 as well. If you have all of your updates, you should see it.

Guest Posting – Fog City vs. The Big Smoke: what a year in San Francisco has taught me, by Felicity H. Barber

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Felicity H. Barber is a speechwriter, executive communications specialist and coach. She write speeches, advises business leaders on messaging and coaches people to deliver stellar presentations and pitches. Before moving to San Francisco from London she was an in-house speechwriter at Lloyd’s of London, the global insurer. She wrote speeches and prepared business executives for […]. Cultural Differences Speechwriting

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. Princeton was also home to a public speaking expert and a student of the art of public speaking. This expert also happened to be a President. In Princeton, the fingerprints of President Woodrow Wilson are evident everywhere. President Wilson is known for many successes.

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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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