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Green never was black and white - Counterintutive lessons from California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That counterintuitive approach - called decoupling - was presented to California utilities, it worked and it's still working.  "  By documenting the success of this approach in the article "California Experiment," Brownstein shows how much of green isn't black and white

Politicians Beware… Appearances Matter!

Matt Eventoff

Breaking News: In politics, appearances matter, and a study led by three pretty impressive individuals confirms this yet again. . In Looking Like A Winner: Candidate Appearance and Electoral Success in New Democracies , the team of M.I.T. Just black and white pictures, and guess what? No synopsis.

An evocative slide show

Speak Schmeak

These are just a few of his slides, and you can instantly get a feel for what he was trying to convey.

Add a QR code to your presentation

PowerPoint Tips

A QR code is a square image — usually black and white — that works something like a barcode that you see on products in a store.

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Kindle v. tablet for public speaking: What's on your Black Friday gift wish list?

The Eloquent Woman

Today, there are several new Kindle models as well as a new Kindle Fire tablet, as well as the Nook and iPad tablet computers. Color v.

Tablets Will Soon Transform B2B Book Publishing

Content Marketing Today

Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet will dramatically accelerate the move to e-books. Does this mean that print books will disappear anytime soon?

Use Contrast in Your Presentation For Better Memorability

Professionally Speaking...

We employ it in decorating [current hot trend: purple and green]; in fashion [current hot trend: Placid Blue and Hemlock Green with a dash of Radiant Orchid ]; in story [long time trend: good vs. evil]; and even in decision making [long time trend: pros and cons]. We humans love contrast. OK, maybe that’s a female thing].

Relationships Shape Women’s Communications

DeFinis Communications

Welcome to my Wednesday for Women blog series, where I feature stories, resources and valuable information to help women gain greater influence, power, and confidence in their professional and personal life. Please forward these weekly Wednesday blogs to your family, friends and colleagues! It is called The Heinz Dilemma.

Three traps when using images in your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

German presentation trainer, Anke Troeder wrote about combining words and images in your presentation , and I invited her to elaborate on that comment.

Famous Speech Friday: Princess Diana and the Ban on Landmines

The Eloquent Woman

Early on she was dubbed "Shy Di" for her way of shrinking from photographers and podiums. But it was not. I am not a political figure.

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Public Speaking Perks + Andy Griffith

Great Public Speaking

[link] When you become a top public speaker, you get opportunities to visit and experience historic and highly interesting places around the world.

Why Are Presentation Skills Important?

Executive Speech Coach

and they are stumped. These folks might mumble something unintelligible and proudly declare “Because – everybody knows that it is”. I’ve been studying and teaching presentation skills for over a decade so I’ve had the opportunity to think about this question. Presentation skills” is not a black and white off/on switch.

Visual storytelling lessons from Citizen Kane, one of Roger Ebert's favorite films

Presentation Zen

Last week, a mere two days after he wrote an article entitled "A Leave of Presence," the acclaimed and beloved American film critic Roger Ebert died.

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The power of a voice, hope, and second chances

Presentation Zen

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). That first line out of his mouth was very unexpected and made me laugh with amazement. In that short clip he told his story with naturalness, honesty, and brevity. The issue is not black and white.

Mitt Romney, President Obama, and the Presidential Debate Wrap up: Narratives, Stories, and the Lack of Consistency

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  So it’s a great moment to pause and consider the overall state of the public discourse, the media, and storytelling.    Where have we landed after the campaign and the 3 debates?    There’s a difference between (media) narratives and storytelling.    What are the lessons?

How do you inspire people with a speech?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I ran across this list of the 50 most inspiring movie speeches (warning: language and mature themes) and it inspired me to think about what makes a great movie speech – and to figure out the lessons for great speechmaking in general.    Life and death is best; life and death of your organization is next best. 

England Ashes victories: 2010 & 1953

Max Atkinson

2010 1953 My parents bought their first TV set just before the coronation in 1953.

PowerPoint Tip: Adding crosshatching fills to graphs in PowerPoint 2007/10

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This is important when printing graphs in black and white since shades of grey are hard to distinguish. Today I want to show you a way to restore this functionality to PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. First, let’s start with what crosshatch patterns are and why you may need to use them.

Humor Book Reviews

Humor Power

I recently read two great books on humor, and I recommend them both to you. Born Standing Up , by Steve Martin; and Growing Up Laughing , by Marlo Thomas. Both books are inspirational, funny and touching. And they are both a reminder of how “overnight success&# is usually preceded by twenty years of hard work.

Famous Speech Friday: Essie Washington-Williams: "I feel completely free"

The Eloquent Woman

But when Essie Washington-Williams stepped to the microphone to say that she was the daughter of a black domestic worker and U.S.

How Obama the student discovered he could move a crowd at an anti-apartheid demonstration

Max Atkinson

It had started as something of a lark, I suppose, part of the radical pose my friends and I sought to maintain, a subconscious end run around issues closer to home. When we started planning the rally for the trustees’ meeting, and somebody suggested that I open the thing, I quickly agreed. Not between black and white.

An evocative slide show

Speak Schmeak

These are just a few of his slides, and you can instantly get a feel for what he was trying to convey.

"Better Call Saul" - The American Dream Of Reinventing Ourselves

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In "Breaking Bad" Walter White navigated his way from nobody high school chemistry teacher to wealthy drug-maker. Just go for it.

"Ida" - Communications Lesson That Less Is More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Together they strong-arm the murderer to reveal where the bodies are and re-bury the remains in the official family resting place.

Leadership Communications - Tame Your Inner Bipolar

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Watching on black-and-white television the predictable routine of life on the farm with Jeff (later Timmy) and Lassie was the idea of a good time. 

Converting PowerPoint 2003 graphs to look good in PowerPoint 2007

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I’ve now delivered a few presentations using PowerPoint 2007 and I’ve noticed that the graphs I created in PowerPoint 2003 didn’t look very good when I presented them. The text wasn’t clear and the lines or columns were not crisp. I always create black and white handouts instead of colour because it is so much cheaper to print.

"Nebraska" - Very different kind of road movie

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 All that was updated with "Thelma and Louise."  Finally David caves and offers to drive him.     Fil

Is social media worth your time?

Succeed Speaking

I was talking with two speakers last week about social media strategies and I thought you might find this interesting. This will “feed” her blog readers and her Twitter followers, and it will also enhance her positioning in the search engines, as both the blog entries and the videos (hosted on YouTube) will be indexed.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Like so many of us Silent Film Star George hits the skids when the technology changes and he can't change. 

Observational Humor — Case Study #132

Humor Power

And then we’ll review the monologue and what made the jokes tick. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was presented.). Walter Bond said that to be a point guard you need the right physical gift and you need to work hard. black and white stripes.

Confessions of a Public Speaker – review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

It is loaded with tips and tricks that you only gain from experience on the road. Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Burken. Speak Up!

Value of a Good Head Shot Photo

Speaking Of...

Is it time to freshen your image and have new photos taken? I'm hoping it says I'm open, friendly, and approachable.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Gerald Boyd took institution too seriously

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was a different time and THE NEW YORK TIMES was different too.    So, in some ways we can understand why Gerald Boyd, the newspaper's first black managing editor, took the institution so seriously.    And we dismiss him as a fool.   Blair, also black, had been caught plagiarizing. 

Presentation Help That’s Good Enough to Eat

Duarte Blog

Longtime friend of Duarte, Garr Reynolds has championed the cause of effective presentations through his blog and books for years. package.

Thought Trap #1: All or nothing thinking

Speak Schmeak

She runs a weekly in-patient group for people who have depression, and she uses a tool that I find applicable to all of us. Write it down.

What kind of sandwich are you serving?

Speak Schmeak

For 19 years, in fact, my husband and I have been vegetarians. Some mustard and/or mayo complete the dish. Horrifying. Lettuce. Tomato.

“The Adversary”: A powerful presentation technique

The Presenter's Blog

It should be stirring, clear, and memorable. It should contain qualities that stand out in clear black and white rather than in obscuring shades of grey. In almost every presentation, it is likewise possible to identify your binary opposite, and use that opposite to stir the emotions of an audience.

Observational Humor — Case Study #123

Humor Power

Then we’ll look at the jokes and a brief analysis of what made the jokes work. My Mother was visiting and attending the meeting.

Observational Humor — Case Study #129

Humor Power

THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting, before the monologue was delivered.). There is a freeway exit sign between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I have a long history with three Toastmasters in the audience; Bobby, Jens, and Bill. mis-spoke and said four Mondays a week. and second marriage. (A

British students' first encounter with segregation in 1963

Max Atkinson

British students of today will no doubt be appalled to know that, by the end of our first year at university, my girlfriend and I had saved enough money from our grants to book tickets on a London to New York charter flight - for £50 return. One Sunday, we were taken to the local Baptist church, where every face was also white.