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

Max Atkinson

seconds, he made his mentor seem a bit of an amateur: in a speech two years ago, Gordon Brown only managed to get nine numbers into 59 seconds at the much slower rate of one every 6.55

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. The tipping point might have been the Saturday Afternoon Massacre. That was when U.S.

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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. Many people have been poking fun … Continue reading → Moderating Ben Carsons Donald Trump John Kasich Marco Rubio moderator public speaking Republican Presidential Debate

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. […]. Public Speaking Nadine Hanafi

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 261) – Steven Pressfield

Manner of Speaking

“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.” — Steven … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Steven Pressfield

Amateur Hour: Obama Administration Puts Summers Out There

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Hillary said: Obama is not ready.    Neither is his whole Administration.    It put, of all spokespeople, Larry Summers out there as point man on the ABC talk show "This Week."  "  On it, reports Sam Stein, he said, "he expects employment levels in the country to rise in the spring." " There is no reason to believe him, no matter how much data he might present. 

WSJ - Going video amateur could create cult following for its webcast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Amateur could be the preferred way to go - and the signature style - for a start-up in a tough market.    Amateur has a charm and can create a cult following.   THE WALL STREET JOURNAL has been running an investment-business webcast in the already well-established space dominated by strong competitors.    After all, that's how Drudge, Denton, and Huffington broke in. 

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. Every presentation is two conversations, and I find it ironic that speakers spend a great deal of time thinking about their content – the first conversation – and hardly any time at all thinking about their body language – the second conversation. 

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. What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common?

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Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

Presentation Zen

It was obvious to anyone watching live on TV, though from the amateur video I saw posted to YouTube, it''s not obvious that the crowd really noticed or cared.

2015 57

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.

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Lecture vs. presentation

Speak Schmeak

I rarely do this in a blog post or presentation (it's a real amateur move to start a presentation with a dictionary definition), but in order to make my point, I looked up the word "lecture." I have a friend who recently presented a lecture at a conference.

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

Presentation Zen

Limitations stimulate creativity The budget for this home movie of sorts was essentially zero, yet this amateur production made by one person alone is far more interesting than the majority of professionally made music videos costing loads of cash.

2014 47

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." What's smart self-promotion for a public speaker?

Don't be a technology dinosaur

Speak Schmeak

Not having a grasp of the technology you're using makes you look like an amateur, it makes your presentation less effective, and it interferes with your core message.

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

The Eloquent Woman

Most of the people I see giving TED-like talks decide to use all the slides they want, and it really does separate the amateurs from the pros in this format. "I''m giving a TED talk." There''s a lot of that going around.

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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. Last night we were treated to a lunar eclipse here in Nara, Japan (and elsewhere in the world, assuming you had clear skies).

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.  Charles Dickens is 200 today, and in his honor, this blog will explore a little-known side of the great novelist:  his public speaking, and in particular 2 lessons the great Boz still can teach us today.

Toastmasters Friday: Rebranding Could Change Everything

Speak and Deliver

Amateurs coaching amateurs" is the phrase I repeatedly hear in the professional speaking arena. There's been a lot of debate on the internet boards about the upcoming rebranding effort in Toastmasters International.

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. Rumor has it that Churchill practiced for one hour per one minute of speech content he was delivering. 5 minute presentation = 5 hours practice.

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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. The author and book business is changing rapidly, and the news is not good for a lot of the players.

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. Rumor has it that Churchill practiced for one hour per one minute of speech content he was delivering. 5 minute presentation = 5 hours practice.

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. A few people actually asked me to tell them when I posted it. Therefore, I better write it. First - a couple of caveats: 1.

Curation: The Art & Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Usually, they hire amateurs they pay peanuts in order to hunt the internet for material. Content curation is right up there with search engine optimization (SEO) in terms of the success of a digital venture.    Yes, the stakes are that high. 

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. But last year's amateur Masterchef was exceptionally good and its quarter-final stages produced a brilliant short speech from one of the contestants, something profound and refreshingly different which had me clicking on the BBC iPlayer at the first opportunity to hear it again.

Lecture vs. presentation

Speak Schmeak

I rarely do this in a blog post or presentation (it's a real amateur move to start a presentation with a dictionary definition), but in order to make my point, I looked up the word "lecture." I have a friend who recently presented a lecture at a conference.

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. III of this series, I am going to address tips and tactics when the nerves kick in within minutes of your presentation actually beginning (although every one of these tactics also work hours and days before as well).

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.      He had achieved a great deal, and was now ready to tell his story to the world. 

D.C. Power Game - You Bet, Neil Gorsuch Can "Get Borked"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Donald Trump has demonstrated what an amateur he is. By accepting the nomination amateur Gorsuch has opened himself  to destroying his brand. The power game, as played inside the beltway, is brutal.

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). At first I was going to put the link on my other blog, but this inspiring story actually does relate very well to many aspects of presentation.

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.  One last item to tick off the list for last year before I get fully up to speed in 2011:  who were the best communicators in 2010 – and why? 

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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?

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

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Looks like amateur hour, which is why most professional presenters don’t use these tools, but even when you use them they don’t add much to your points.

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No Excuse For Scary Slides

Professionally Speaking...

In many cases you do have to sort through some amateur content to find a gem. Scary may be a good thing for Halloween decorations and theme park rides but certainly not for presentation slides.

Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

Nervous and uncertain about how her act will go over with the crowd, she arrives at the Apollo to discover that she's headlining Amateur Night and there are kids in the theater. Why would they book a comedian, on Amateur Night, who is known for saying things like "Suck it, Jesus?"

Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

Nervous and uncertain about how her act will go over with the crowd, she arrives at the Apollo to discover that she's headlining Amateur Night and there are kids in the theater. Why would they book a comedian, on Amateur Night, who is known for saying things like "Suck it, Jesus?"

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. Today, Amazon executives said it wasn't so. PR Week has a poll surveying which entity do we believe. When I voted at 7:50 P.M.

The Turnip Prize

Max Atkinson

If you’ve ever been baffled by the Turner Prize, you’re likely to find the annual Turnip Prize, keenly competed for by amateur artists in the Somerset village of Wedmore, much more accessible and entertaining.

Ross Ulbricht, Rogue Lawyers & Silicon Valley Players

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But those accounts by Rubino seem like amateur hour compared to what Ulbricht conceived and what he was able to pull off. The major surprise about supercriminal Ross Ulbricht is this: His background was programming, not practicing law.