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How many numbers can you get into 20 seconds & has Balls exposed Brown as an amateur?

Max Atkinson

In the first clip below, you'll hear Mr Balls packing six numbers into 20 seconds. At a rate of one every 3.33 seconds. Son of Brown?

Drudge Report Takes Break from Politics - Headlines with Amateur-Hour Snow Event (don't even call it a storm)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

An amateur-hour snow storm is heading to the Midwest.  Drudge Report might be becoming as weary of Trumpism as many of us are.

How not to screw up an introduction like the ABC moderators at the Republican Presidential Debate

Manner of Speaking

Seriously, it looked like amateur hour. The Republican Presidential Debate on 6 February 2016 began in appalling fashion. And I am not talking about the candidates. Take a look. I would have expected better.

The Power of the Pause

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The most telling sign of an amateur speaker is their inability to pace themselves and speak slowly. If you can learn to get comfortable with silence and pauses, the quality of your delivery will improve instantly. Here is an excellent primer from Nadine Hanafi on five ways to help you use the silent pause effectively. […].

Politics: When it was amateur hour (Mary Landrieu put up baby blue signs)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That probably means that those Brodsky interviewed will be the last of a breed: The amateur politico.    That's now.

5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

And as a former amateur boxer, nothing prepares me better than light shadow boxing a few minutes before I speak. Kennedy have in common?

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Why Ignoring Body Language Is Like Betting on an Inside Straight

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  If you’re not doing that, you’re only an amateur.    You might be a lucky amateur, but you’re taking your chances on hitting an inside straight every time.   That’s gambling against the house, and against long odds.  Take a simple example.  There are no questions. What’s happened? 

Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

Presentation Zen

With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves. It''s hardly news. People can be cruel. There are about ?3

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How to make a good (or bad) presentation

Presentation Zen

This semester I''m teaching three classes on presentation for undergraduates at my university in Japan. What''s the difference? GOOD". BAD". .

2014 59

Smart self-promotion: 6 must-haves on your speaker page

The Eloquent Woman

Again, they're interested in you, not the quality of the production, so don't let amateur video hold you back. Forget "shameless self-promotion."

Lecture vs. presentation

Speak Schmeak

I have a friend who recently presented a lecture at a conference. A lecture. There are two meanings of "lecture." Me neither.

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One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

Presentation Zen

Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. So what to do?

2014 47

What's missing from your TED-like talk, and what should be

The Eloquent Woman

"I''m giving a TED talk." There''s a lot of that going around. Sometimes, the speaker is referring to a locally organized TEDx conference. My advice?

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Don't be a technology dinosaur

Speak Schmeak

One speaker's Skype notification box kept popping up in the middle of his slide show, letting us all know the name of his friend who was online.

Toastmasters Friday: Are the Contests Fair?

Speak and Deliver

An objection I hear from the outside world on TM contests is that it's amateurs judging amateurs. Most Toastmasters ARE amateurs.

Presenting a lunar eclipse

Presentation Zen

Besides, my father in-law—an amateur astronomer—was taking much better photos with his high-tech telescopes down the street. Beautiful.

The Fear of Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

II: As a former amateur boxer, nothing prepares me to speak better than light shadow boxing a few minutes before I have to speak. Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Is there a podium?

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Two Things Charles Dickens Can Teach Us About Successful Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Dickens, a keen amateur actor, carried out several speaking tours of England and the United States during his later life, partly to indulge his love of theatrics, partly to raise money, and partly because he had more energy than a half-dozen ordinary people.  each, a large sum in those days.    How did he do it?   05.

Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

II: As a former amateur boxer, nothing prepares me to speak better than light shadow boxing a few minutes before I have to speak. Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Is there a podium?

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Toastmasters Friday: Rebranding Could Change Everything

Speak and Deliver

Amateurs coaching amateurs" is the phrase I repeatedly hear in the professional speaking arena. This is a wonderful achievement.

Are You an Author? How to Survive the Book Business Today

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

And they’ll have to learn the speaking business, which is highly competitive and intolerant of amateurs. So what’s going on?

Curation: The Art & Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Usually, they hire amateurs they pay peanuts in order to hunt the internet for material.   Yes, the stakes are that high. 

Fear of Public Speaking, Pt. III

Matt Eventoff

Body Movement, Pt II - As a former amateur boxer, nothing prepares me to speak better than light shadow boxing a few minutes before I have to speak. Fear doesn’t just exist for the days and hours prior to an event. In Pt. I know a CEO who (literally) does 20 pushups prior to every earnings call. Visualization – …it works.

2016 World Championship of Public Speaking - A Serial Contestant's Perspective

Speak and Deliver

I mentioned on Facebook that I would 'be writing a blogpost about the World Championship' - even though I haven't blogged, apparently, since April.

Lecture vs. presentation

Speak Schmeak

I have a friend who recently presented a lecture at a conference. A lecture. There are two meanings of "lecture." Me neither.

Why you must rehearse: To avoid a public speaking disaster like this one

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Amateurs jump the couch.  A few years back, we worked with the CEO of a company on a speech assignment that promised to be both fun and challenging.    The CEO had built the company from nothing to dominant in his industry.   Now he wanted to go big.    Just to get the hang of it. 

The power of a voice, hope, and second chances

Presentation Zen

It first begins with this amateur video shot by a young man in Ohio. If you have even only peeked at the media over the past two days you have surely stumbled upon the Ted Williams story this week. I first saw the video of Ted Williams via Digg and Reddit before it turned into one best feel-good stories of the year (so far). An amazing story!

The Top 5 Communications Lessons from 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

    It might have been possible once for hardy amateurs to withstand public scrutiny, but the scrum is simply too vicious today for people who aren’t ready or who don’t have the ability to think fast enough on their feet to survive a press grilling.  Not one?), I’m not going to address it specifically. 

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12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

It makes you look like a hobbyist or amateur. Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? We all are. for those audiences?

One of last year's best short speeches - and it came from Masterchef!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Saying it in a different way In recent years I have become a big fan of Masterchef, whether in its amateur, Celebrity or Professional versions. Unlike so many TV talent contests, the judges do not make snide comments; their criticism is always constructive (rather like the teacher of a public speaking class should!) Just put me through".

No Excuse For Scary Slides

Professionally Speaking...

In many cases you do have to sort through some amateur content to find a gem. But that was then. What's our excuse now? PowerPoint

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

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

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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Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

Why would they book a comedian, on Amateur Night, who is known for saying things like "Suck it, Jesus?" This does not reassure her.

Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

Why would they book a comedian, on Amateur Night, who is known for saying things like "Suck it, Jesus?" This does not reassure her.

The New York Times V. Amazon Executives - The PR Week Poll

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Kleiner" are amateur hour. This weekend was dominated by The New York Times expose of the brutal organization culture at Amazon.

The Turnip Prize

Max Atkinson

Putting in 'too much effort' or framing a work of art are grounds for disqualification.

Linkedin Pulse Gadflies - Less Is More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Amateurs have to get up to speed on them too. Even in search engine marketing (SEM), less is usually more. Put too much out there too often and automatically prospects begin ignoring your messaging. In addition, you could be positioning yourself as a joke. That's much like those poorly made commercials for late-night television.

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Floyd Mayweather Speaks

Matt Eventoff

My guess – training, practice and preparation – or lack thereof. His personality and natural ability give him a great head start.

Is Media Attack on Gretchen Carlson's Lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, a "Professionl PR Hit?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This is not the work of amateurs. The focus is her $45,000 donations to Democratic candidates. After all, in many ways, Ailes is Fox.

Has a GOP alien taken control of The President?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The nation wants Amateur Hour over. All The President's move are wonderful developments for GOP hopefuls.    There is his troop surge , when no want any more loss of life or money spent on war.    And there's signs of indecisiveness in not unloading Larry Summers and other clowns.