Presentation: Slide Design for the Artistically Challenged

PowerPoint Tips

The presentation is a short take on how people who feel “artistically challenged&# can nevertheless design clear and professional-looking slides.

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Speaking as Artists

Speak and Deliver

Photographers, Artists, Musicians, Writers, Actors and Speakers are all storytellers. Just like all of them, our work is subject to individual interpretation - yet we'd be hard-pressed to ever put 'Speakers' in the same category as any of the aforementioned artists or their peers.

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What can a speaker learn from a tattoo artist?

Speak Schmeak

Tattoo artists must be some of the most confident professionals out there, along with firefighters and astronauts. Here are a few lessons a speaker can learn from a tattoo artist. A tattoo artist must. The tattoo artist looked at it and said, "It's too small."

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Ah! Sometimes the Inner Performance Artist Longs to Break Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the stressful profession of practicing law, emotions can quickly rise to the surface. If the lawyer can't keep them from breaking free, strange behavior can occur. The question here is: Did it?

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Visionary Artist: Nam June Paik anticipated the internet

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

An astounding story on BBC America this evening about the Korean-born visual artist Nam June Paik, considered the father of video art, who coined the phrase “electronic superhighway” in 1974 while creating works that pushed the boundaries of television.

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Interview: Ann Rea – Artist, Speaker, Businesswoman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

San Francisco-based artist Ann Rea creates an Experience of Art™ for select patrons that is an innovative blend of new and old world mediums. Patrons choose their favorite landscape and join this nationally acclaimed artist for a tour of that special place, one that holds their heart’s most meaningful memories. The artist returns to paint [.] The artist returns to paint several studies in oils on canvas, shaping colors inspired by sunlight.

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What can a speaker learn from a tattoo artist?

Speak Schmeak

Tattoo artists must be some of the most confident professionals out there, along with firefighters and astronauts. Here are a few lessons a speaker can learn from a tattoo artist. A tattoo artist must. The tattoo artist looked at it and said, "It's too small."

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"Diane Arbus" by Arthur Lubow - Beware Ambitious Artistic Types

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Under the guise of bohemian little lost girl, Diane Arbus was a ambitious artist. That's when I got it: Beware ambitious artistic types. To dig deep into what made people tick, she would even set up situations which revealed what she needed to know.

Famous Speech Friday: Patti Smith on the artist's journey

The Eloquent Woman

Just such a speech came fully formed in an answer from Patti Smith, a singer, songwriter, poet and visual artist, who is sometimes called the "punk poet laureate." Patti Smith: Well, you know, the advice that I have is always very simple if you want to pursue life as an artist.

Grant Writing 101: How to Secure Funding For Your Big Idea

Duarte Blog

Audience Education Presentations Strategy Tips artist artists audience education grant writing nonprofit nonprofits presentation presentations slidedoc slidedocs storytellingSo, you’re a creative person with a big idea.

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Family Feud: Mary Max, Widow of Gonzo Artist Peter Max, Commits Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Wealth has many owners - or so they think. Through his gonzo art, Peter Max created that wealth. Cereal companies, the NFL, and museums purchased those pop culture pieces. As he drifted into dementia, his family has fought over possession of the art. In the middle was his wife Mary Max. 

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Dealing with interruptions … as an artist

Pivotal Public Speaking

[Note: the links to Perfect phrases for Executive Presentations has now been fixed!!]. I know we would all like to feel the mastery that this performer has achieved with his violin.

“What do you do?” How to answer this question like an artist

More than PowerPoint...

What do you do? For years, I’ve read articles that tell me to never ask people what they do as an icebreaker. And yet, people I don’t know keep asking me what I do. How about you? Do people ask you what you do a lot?

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Matthew Muller - Artists Will Always Have New Material for Depicting Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From ancient Greek times to the present, artists have struggled to sort out why human beings put tragedy in play. They seem to have it all. Then their actions bring it all down. For some reason, those tragic figures dominate the legal profession.

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"Renoir" - The artist as an old and young man

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The film "Renoir" shows how art happens - and how artists make the shift from being simple craftspeople.    That's one way to be an artist.   Before navigating to becoming an artist he selflessly returns to the battle field. 

Using picture treatments to portray diversity or hide identity

PowerPoint Tips

Images artistic effects diversity people pictures In my previous post, I explained 4 ways to get images of people. In this post, I explain some additional picture treatments that you can use when you need to portray diversity (in this case, change skin color) or hide identity.

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Executive Communications is such a drag!

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

drag artist Breaking the mold of uptight, upright executive presentations, here’s a peek at former Dutch finance minister and chairman of ABN Amro, Gerrit Zalm, delivering a stunning impersonation of his alter-ego, brothel owner Priscilla.

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"J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist" By Thomas Beller - Intrusive Presence Of Biographer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist" by Tulane University professor Thomas Beller was published in June 2014. It didn't take it long to sink  to 3,995,168 ranking on Amazon.

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"The Artist" - Pride overcome by a dog and a dame

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The Artist" resonates in these turbulent times.  Like   Like so many of us Silent Film Star George hits the skids when the technology changes and he can't change.    He refuses to talk.    His pride stands in the way. 

Manhattan - No Land for Old Artists

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The City is no land for old artists. In her recent autobiography  Annie Leibovitz   mentions in passing artists who left the city.    Fame, even in minor doses, can eat the talent of the artist.  The issue isn't: Will Manhattan Last.    The issue, at least for us members of what economic development expert Richard Florida calls "The Creative Class," is: When should we leave. 

Artist as Maturing Woman: Rosanne Cash Looks at Her Work, Self at International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 In her late 50s, she is not the artist or human being who she was in her early 20s and rejoices at that. Rosanne Cash is daughter of music icon Johnny Cash.  She has produced on her own 11 number-one singles.  Had a Grammy award.

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Great Recession Made Us Different Kinds of Artists

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That made her a different kind of artist, the one we know who took the memorable photos of individuals and families whose faced were etched in financial angst.  " Some of my artist colleagues and I experienced similar shifts in what we saw and what we intended to do about that in our work.  When the recovery picks up some steam I don't anticipate that too many of us changed artists will high-tail it back to our former themes. 

"I Got A Name: The Jim Croce Story" - Baby Boomer's artist struggle with traditional Italian family

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Reviewers of Jim Croce's music frequently commented that his art clearly showed his pain.    The ordeals he sang about, they speculated, he had experienced directly. 

Freelancer doesn’t have to mean “starving artist”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

My colleagues Ed Gandia, Pete Savage and Steve Slaunwhite at (the blog on that site is well worth reading) have just written an excellent book titled The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle.

Privacy - As Every Con Artist Knows, That Never Existed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In addition, we should admit that those who understand human nature, including con artists, could read most of us like open books. Today, president Trump will probably sign bill ending FCC rules about protecting internet/app user privacy. Long story short, internet wireless providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be able to track our web/app behavior, then sell that data to third parties. Here is the coverage in The Wall Street Journal Drudge links to.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 291) – Albert Einstein

Manner of Speaking

“I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” — Albert Einstein. Quotes for Public Speakers Albert Einstein imagination public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso

Manner of Speaking

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ” — Pablo Picasso. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Pablo Picasso public speaking quotes quote

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Professional Services Firms: Book as price of entry can be done in 20 hours, w good graphic artist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Team up with a good graphic artist to display content with infographics and you are good to go. Books , not just one book, remain the price of entry for many professional services firms, including solos.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 91)

Manner of Speaking

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) Spanish Artist. “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.&# — Pablo Picasso. Quotes for Public Speakers Art Pablo Picasso Picasso public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotations quotes simplicity

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

Manner of Speaking

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“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.

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find your green room trigger

Green Room Speakers

Saturday, June 27, 2009 Find Your Green Room Trigger In this weeks New Yorker, Alex Ross writes about Marlboro Music, an elite summer music program at Marlboro college in Vermon t "where artists could forget about commerce and escape into a purely musical realm."

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speaking to music

Green Room Speakers

Thursday, May 14, 2009 Speaking to Music Listen to this inspiring talk on by artist Bill Strickland, who journeyed from being an at-risk youth to the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award in 1996.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 91)

Manner of Speaking

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) Spanish Artist. “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.&# — Pablo Picasso. Quotes for Public Speakers Art Pablo Picasso Picasso public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotations quotes simplicity

Stage Time is Wealth Time

Presentation Guru

How to use the stage to raise your profile, build your authority and grow your business.

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WSJ/Marketwatch: Why Jay-Z has 5 careers, and you don’t

Matt Eventoff

"…Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, made the move into sports agency well after he established himself as an artist, not at the same time while he was trying to build up his brand, says Matt Eventoff, a communication strategist based in Princeton, N.J.

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Do You Want to Be a Professional Speaker or Just Someone Who Gives Speeches?

Presentation Guru

What if they said they were a trapeze artist?… When someone says they are a singer what do they mean? Do they sing in the shower? Perform on stage six nights a week? Or, do they just get lots of applause on Karaoke night at their favorite hangout?

12 Lessons from Pablo Picasso for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. His paintings are among the most recognizable of any great artist that has lived. “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” “All children are born artists.

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How to communicate social issues through art and parody

The Speaker Point

From people doing meditation flash mobs, to an Italian artist doing Artivism (I swear I made up that word, but Wikipedia disagrees), the world is experiencing the collective creative power of I’m using the term “art” very broadly here, because there’s really no other way to categorize these beautiful acts of self and collective expression.

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How to Foster a Culture of Creativity in Your Team

Presentation Guru

Many of us (especially if we’re working in any kind of corporate role) wrongly assume that to be creative, means to be artistic. In fact, creativity involves using our imagination or original ideas to create something. It’s about being inventive.

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Guest Posting: The Power of Intention by Kate Peters

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kate stays active as an artist. Kate Peters has taught voice and communication impact for over 30 years, and is the author of the book, Can You Hear Me Now? Her solo album, Sojourn, was released in 2000, and since then she has released two other recordings, including Musical Stories, with composer/pianist Edward Barnes, and [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Kate Peters

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Photo-editing features in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Artistic Effects. PowerPoint 2010 added some new photo editing features that let you do a lot of your work right inside PowerPoint. In this video, I discuss 3 features on the Picture Tools Format tab: Corrections. Color. Watch this video to see how you can use these new features for your photos. Ellen Finkelstein can train you or your team to create high-impact, engaging, professional presentations for training, sales, business, or education.

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How Your Images Can Tell Your Story For You

Presentation Guru

It was written to show ‘how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions’ and has greatly influenced the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics and readers look at and understand art.…

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How to handle feedback that makes you go “Ouch!”

Speaking about Presenting

If an artist were to listen to all the feedback and try and please everyone they would never create artwork of any significance. Imagine if Kehinda Wiley, the artist who painted Barack Obama, or Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama, had listened to feedback. I’ve done it, and if you’ve ever got a stack of feedback forms after a presentation, you’ve probably done it.

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