2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m delighted that transcripts of the 25 best speeches selected by Vital Speeches of the Day are now available.

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Toastmasters International Announces Keith Ferrazzi as its 2018 Golden Gavel Recipient

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned world-renowned author and entrepreneur Keith Ferrazzi is the recipient of the organization’s 2018 Golden Gavel award.

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Presentation Industry Trends to Watch in 2018

Duarte Blog

So, before everyone headed out on holiday vacations, we asked a few Duartians to tell us what they saw in the presentation industry during 2017, so that we all could better understand what 2018 holds. The post Presentation Industry Trends to Watch in 2018 appeared first on Duarte.

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A lesson from the 2018 World Cup

Manner of Speaking

A month of terrific football (soccer) came to an end yesterday in Moscow with the World Cup Final. France lived up to expectations and claimed the title of World Champion by defeating Croatia 4 – 2 in an entertaining game. Félicitations … Continue reading → Motivation Croatia Football France public speaking World Cup

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The 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards – A conversation with David Murray

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Click here to enter the 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards today. More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero called rhetoric a “great art.” Since then, staggering advances in mass communication haven’t diminished the transformative power of a great speech. And the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the speechwriters and the speakers who make it great.

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Work, Not Cryptocurrency, THE Story of 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Job-hunting, hammers "What Color Is Your Parachute - 2018," is the survival skill you have to have down cold. Work, not cryptocurrency (and maybe not even #MeToo), is THE story of 2018.

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Mary Meeker's 2018 Internet Presentation - Few Stunners

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Annually, Mary Meeker from Kleiner Perkins presents a trends slide show about the internet. This year's had few oh-I-didn't-realize that. The closest to a gee-whiz was the stat that U.S. adults spend 5.9 hours daily online. That's up from 5.6 hours the year before. Of those, 3.3

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Goldilocks - Patron Saint for Class of 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Clearly, in a glutted world of talented folks with degrees, Goldilocks is the patron saint of the Class of 2018. Goldilocks didn't care what others thought - even if the "they" were supposedly powerful (.e.g. bears). She totally focused on her goal.

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PR Opportunity for Law School Deans: 4,800 Jobs Created in Legal Services in June 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Study hard for the bar exams, JD Class of 2018. According to the Department of Labor, the sector added 4,800 jobs in June 2018. The employment situation is improving in legal services. Here are more details from Scott Flaherty at Law.com. This is at a time of the Milbank Bump.

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open thread – January 5-6, 2018

Duarte Blog

You may also like: I get angry when my coworkers make mistakes I’m worried my manager has lost confidence in me resigning via cod, a glorious out-of-office message, and other quitting stories open thread – January 5-6, 2018 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about.

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The Supermarket, 1916 - 2018 - Rest in Peace

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, Bloomberg reports that supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Tops likely will file for bankruptcy. The concept of the supermarket was made operational in 1916. Charles Saunders launched Piggly Wiggly. By the 1920s, the A&P was also standard.

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Class of 2018 - Five Perfect Gifts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Graduation used to be a joyful rite of passage. Now, it represents being pushed from the academic womb into an uncertain world. So, graduates need to be thought of kindly. Those in the giving mood can bestow these gifts: Copy of "What Color Is Your Parachute? " That career guide hammers that the critical lifetime skill has become the ability to search for and land work. And that will be done on a regular basis.

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Announcing: A Conversation with Cicero Award Winner Matt Kivel

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Matt is the overall 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner for his speech The Power of a Story delivered by Gregory L. On Thursday, July 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Matt Kivel in a free conference call.

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Class of 2018 - Best Time in Years to Rent Apartment in New York City

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  And, that means members of the Class of 2018 can try out their dreams in Manhattan at a time when the median rents are the lowest in about 7 years. It's a renters' market in New York City. 

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Analysis of a speech by Oprah Winfrey

Manner of Speaking

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night (7 January 2018). There were several highlights and many winners, but the overwhelming consensus is that Oprah Winfrey stole the show. Winfrey, a talk show host, actress and philanthropist was … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Epizeuxis Golden Globes Oprah Winfrey Polysyndeton public speaking Recy Taylor Rosa Parks speech analysis tricolon

My Word for 2018 is Courage

Speaking about Presenting

Rather then making a resolution, I like to choose a word for the year. Typing is not my strong suit right now, so here’s a video to explain: Nervousness

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Are you ready to Hustle? Two Opportunities to Accelerate in 2018

Speaker Launcher

Two Opportunities to Accelerate in 2018 appeared first on Jane Atkinson. This past year we’ve been working hard to put together some programs that help speakers at all levels expand and grow their business. Our theme this year at Speaker Launcher and The Wealthy Speaker U is focused hustle. Why is the theme about “hustle”? Because to reach difficult goals – to get booked more at […]. The post Are you ready to Hustle?

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Announcing: A Conversation with Jeff Davenport

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Jeff Davenport in a free conference call.

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2018 Grammys Viewership All-Time Low - Red-Carpet/Causes Burnout

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It never occurred to me to watch the 2018 Grammys. A lot of other people agreed with me. The market rating - at 12.7/21 - was an all-time low. And down about 20% since 2017. Here are more details from the media.

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A Conversation with Matt Kivel, Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Matt is the overall 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner for his speech The Power of a Story delivered by Gregory L. Matt is the overall 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner for his speech The Power of a Story delivered by Gregory L.

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Your lizard brain doesn't want you to speak

Speak Schmeak

My clients will frequently say to me, "I don't understand why I'm so nervous. There must be something wrong with me." Well, if it's wrong to be human, I guess we all have something wrong with us! What we forget is that, while we are indeed human, we are also animals. Human animals, but still animals.

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PR Opportunity for Law School Deans: 4,800 Jobs Created in Legal Services in June 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Study hard for the bar exams, JD Class of 2018. According to the Department of Labor, the sector added 4,800 jobs in June 2018. The employment situation is improving in legal services. Here are more details from Scott Flaherty at Law.com. This is at a time of the Milbank Bump. A number of large law firms have increased their entry-level associate salary to $190k.    These developments deans of law schools should exploit. 

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9 ideas to mix up your speaking in 2018

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor' s note: Reader and client Cate Huston -- an engineer, frequent speaker, and enthusiastic booster of getting more women in tech to speak-- offered this guest post sharing ways to switch it up when preparing talks as inspiration for you early in the new year. Thanks, Cate!)

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Wintour Era - Will It End in Fall 2018, Or Has It Already Ended?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The buzz at the New York Post is that Anna Wintour will exit Conde Nast in fall 2018. That will be after the publication of the September edition of Vogue. Because it is heavy with advertising, therefore generating nice revenues, it will provide Wintour with one more success story.

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Mum and Dad

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My parents funeral took place on January 30, 2018 at Crewe Crematorium. This is the eulogy I read in celebration of their lives. Shakespeare wrote in his play The Tempest: We are such stuff as dreams are made on / And our little life is rounded with a sleep.

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No Response - That Shouldn't Be Ambiguous, Not in Over-Communicated 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everyone knows: A no response means "no." " That's what I assumed. Given the burden of email, texts, social media notifications, and even old-fashioned voice communications, the no response has become the standard way to say "no," without having to say anything.

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50th Anniversary of the Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Manner of Speaking

Today, 4 April 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. He was assassinated on 4 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. On 3 April 1968, the day before his assassination, … Continue reading → History of Public Speaking I have been to the mountaintop Martin Luther King public speaking

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Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many speechwriters did you kill today?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to David Murray for pointing to a piece from DelanceyPlace.com about President Lyndon Johnson’s relentless work schedule that exhausted most of those who worked for him in the West Wing. This from the book Organizing the Presidency by Stephen Hess He worked a two-shift day, 7:00 A.M.

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Create presentation handouts using Notes pages

PowerPoint Tips

I recommend using the Tell ‘n’ Show SM method for your slides. That means putting a slide title on each slide that tells the point and adding an image, diagram, chart, etc. to show the point. You DON’T put everything you say on the slide.

In the footsteps of Aristotle

Manner of Speaking

In May 2018, I visited Athen, Greece to speak at a conference. While there, I had the opportunity to visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. With the Parthenon as an amazing backdrop, I made a short video on Aristotle’s … Continue reading → Uncategorized Acropolis Aristotle Lyceum Parthenon public speaking rhetoric

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10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these points about the benefits of the program to you!

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Adult Entertainment

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve noted before that the Financial Times — the British equivalent of the Wall Street Journal — isn’t reticent about treating readers as adults and using four-letter words when appropriate.

Is your life a constant audition?

Speak Schmeak

“I was so happy with how Freaks and Geeks came out, that in my head I thought 'my career is basically over.' I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, and everything else is gravy. And so nothing else matters. I can experiment. I can do anything.

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25 Principles of Adult Behavior

Manner of Speaking

On 7 February 2018, Barlow passed away. John Perry Barlow was an American poet, essayist, political activist and cattle rancher. He was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead. As the tributes an obituaries poured in, Barlow’s 25 Principles of Adult … Continue reading → Leadership Motivation 25 Principles of Adult Behavior Grateful Dead John Perry Barlow public speaking

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ABC's David Muir Keeps Covering 2018 Flu - He Should Have Been There for 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But, even he has fallen into the trap of presenting the 2018 flu as catastrophic. On ABC Evening News, David Muir has taken on the mashup role of Honest Abe (tell it as it is) and Comforter-in-Chief (his compassion palpable for the 13 tortured siblings).

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Creative Video for Communicators

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This Saturday I attended the annual Presidents Day meeting of the National Speakers Association Northern California Chapter.

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A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons and Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands. Currently, he is focusing his time […] On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands. Bob is a speaker and speechwriter who has helped people and businesses tailor and tell their stories for the last 25 years. He has also been a Pastor, Entrepreneur, Coach and Radio Broadcaster.

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Inside Higher Ed: Connecting With Your Class

Matt Eventoff

For many thousands of students, the new semester, and academic year, is about to begin. Many professors will be speaking to a rapt classroom with eager students who are consumed with their subject matter.

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Demosthenes and Public Speaking, Part 2

Matt Eventoff

What lengths would you go to in order to become a master orator, or to take your public speaking to the next level? Stand barefoot on blacktop while reciting your speech to test your patience and create proper cadence? Practice on a tightrope to master balance and control over motion?

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The Need to be Knowledgeable

Speaking about Presenting

When you have a big presentation coming up, do you say to yourself: “I must be knowledgeable.” ” “I must be the expert on this topic.” ” “I must be able to answer every question.” ” The problem with these statements. The first is the use of the word “must” This makes them into a demand – something that you must achieve. And demanding that you achieve something is likely to increase your nervousness.

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