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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

"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.


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.

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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"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.

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).

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

"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. 

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.

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. 

"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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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. 

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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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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Freelancer doesn’t have to mean “starving artist”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

My colleagues Ed Gandia, Pete Savage and Steve Slaunwhite at TheWealthyFreelancer.com (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.

#illustraTED | Duarte is Visualizing TED Talks All Week

Duarte Blog

Inspired by Brene Brown (Artist: Erik Chappins). Inspired by Cesar Kuriyama (Artist: Diandra Macias). Another TED Conference means another #illustraTED event at Duarte!

Storyboarding & the art of finding your story

Presentation Zen

A great storyboard artist is a great communicator (not necessarily a great illustrator/animator). A good storyboard artist is a good storyteller. A good storyboard artist is a good pitchman. Walt Disney, they say, was an amazing pitchman/storyboard artist.

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TED 2013 | An #illustraTED Gallery

Duarte Blog

We had so much fun listening to the brilliant artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, and visualizing their ideas. Huge thanks to the team of artists and writers to participated, and all the wonderful folks at TED. The last TED 2013 speaker has spoken! We’ve officially put down our markers and closed our notebooks. But not before we scanned ‘em all and put them in a Slideshare presentation for you to peruse.

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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.

Shokunin Kishitsu & The five elements of true mastery

Presentation Zen

Remember that the shokunin lessons here are not only for chefs or artists such as painters, musicians, dancers, etc. An artist, says Godin, "is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally."

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Highlight one part of an image in color

PowerPoint Tips

Instead of making the original photo grayscale, you can apply other effects, such as blurring or other effects from the Artistic Effects drop-down list. Highlighting a part of a grayscale image in color really makes it stand out!

Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Presentation Zen

In cooperation with the Khan Academy , Pixar and Disney have been offering Pixar in a Box , an on-going series of behind-the-scenes lessons taught by Pixar's professionals (storytellers, animators, directors, artists, etc.).

Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

Are you artistic and creative? One solution to the drought: Succulents! On my walk today through one of Santa Barbara''s more affluent neighborhoods, I made mental notes of all the ways the residents are dealing with California''s historic drought.

A simple, 4-step guide to beautifully visualize data in your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

This is the most fun step of them all because now you’re going to be an artist! This is a guest post by Yousef “Yoyo” Abu Ghaidah, a PowerPoint ninja who founded Slide Cow , a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking.

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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.

How to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation

Speaking about Presenting

We saw a series of stunning photographs but all tied together by the theme of the creativity and artistic flair of poor people. For example: First slide – picture of two Indian brothers – she told us about two brothers who had a thriving business as artists. Photo by Olly Barrett.

Performing Arts Perform Inspiration

The Presenter's Blog

In her book “The Artist’s Way” , Julia Cameron suggests we each have a well of creativity. Cameron therefore recommends a regular treat called an “Artist’s Date” where you replenish that creativity. For presenters there can be no finer Artist’s Date than the performing arts. It might feel a little early for New Year resolutions, but here’s one I want to suggest right now: During 2012, go enjoy one live performance arts event every month.

Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis's Golden Globes Meryl Streep intro

The Eloquent Woman

Her artistry reminds us of the impact of what it means to be an artist, which is to make us feel less alone. You make me proud to be an artist.

No one knows your experience except for you

Speak Schmeak

In a recent Huffington Post article , visual and performance artist Lia Chavez described her experience of giving her first lecture. "It

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