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.

Harvey Weinstein - Artistic Genius Will Not Exempt Him from Justice

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

To us artistic genius was sacred. We were the pre-tech gen. For that we gave F. Scott Fitzgerald a free pass for being a drunk and Andy Warhol for being manipulative.    But our values aren't carrying over into the 21st century.

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.

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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"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.

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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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.

"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. 

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.

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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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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"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. 

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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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. 

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.

"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.

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.

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. 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

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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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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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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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 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 Kick-start your Inner Creative

Presentation Guru

People wrongly assume that ‘being creative’ takes profound artistic ability, when all you need is a little imagination. Being creative in your presentation isn’t beyond your reach.

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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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Niche Marketing

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Debra Russell: giving artists their edge Last week I attended a presentation given at the Sandbox Suites by Debra Russell. Debra is the founder of Artist’s EDGE. She uses her business knowledge and ability to facilitate change and growth to help small business owners create a prosperous and sustainable living doing what they love. Debra [.].

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 to lend your voice to a cause, Part 1

Kate's Voice

Million for the Pacific Symphony’s education and artistic programs. On Saturday night, I had the honor of co-producing an event that raised 1.2 I am a huge fan of the arts for many reasons, not the least of which is that I made music my career from the time I was in high school. More [.]. vocal power intention vocal image

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From Hobby to Business: Three Tips for Making the Transition

Speak Schmeak

This is a little off topic from my usual blog post, but as a lifelong jewelry artist who used to run a jewelry business, this is a topic that is close to my heart. I'm honored to be a guest on Inside the Pants: The Business End of the Artist ! I think it applies to many entrepreneurs, not just the creative ones. David Billings, illustrator and owner of Sparky Firepants, asked me to submit a guest post to his blog on the topic of creative businesses.

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The Ten Lies Software Developers Tell

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Artists and song-writers have different styles of painting or song writing. 1) My code is better that yours. Writing code is very much like writing a song or painting a picture. Writing code is similar, different software engineers have different coding styles. So, unless your code is really badly written, my code is no better than yours, it is simply different to yours. If my code works and does not require any enhancements, leave it alone, no matter how different to yours it is.

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Create a quick texture background

PowerPoint Tips

Starting with PowerPoint 2010, you can use Artistic Effects to create some cool effects for your pictures. On the Format tab, choose Artistic Effects and choose one of the options. You can convert a shape to an image and then apply an effect to that image.

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TED Talks, #illustraTED

Duarte Blog

Inspired by Brene Brown (Artist: Erik Chappins). Inspired by Cesar Kuriyama (Artist: Diandra Macias). Inspired by Bill Nye @TheScienceGuy (Artist: Jonathan Valiente). Inspired by Aaron Reedy (Artist: Jonathan Valiente). Inspired by Awele Makeba (Artist: Eric Albertson).

Tips from my first professional Pecha Kucha

PowerPoint Tips

My talk was called “Slide Design for the Artistically Challenged.” About 30% of the audience raised their hands when I asked if they felt they were artistically challenged. What’s that?

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