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.  Policy leaders to tell about the regulatory, legislative, and litigation opportunities and constraints [yeah, those wild cards].

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? From the abstract: “ Despite cultural, ethnic and racial differences, Americans and Indians agree about which candidates are superficially appealing.

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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. More of an ambient backdrop behind me where the theme is clear from a key quote, and a pleasing image creates a setting.

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. Then you use a QR reader app on a smart phone, which scans the QR code and displays the URL as a link, so you can visit the page.

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

The Eloquent Woman

Tablet computers are expected to be a hot item when holiday shoppers start taking advantage of the "Black Friday" deals that will start later this week. Today, there are several new Kindle models as well as a new Kindle Fire tablet, as well as the Nook and iPad tablet computers.

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]. The reason contrast is so universal is because it highlights and creates memorability. Aren’t you more likely to remember a stunningly decorated room in purple and green than one in all grey? [OK,

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! In the 1970s, a lab at Harvard University conducted a well-known study that explored the stages of moral and ethical development. So what do we learn from Amy and Jake?

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. When we start talking about images I show my students this image and ask them what meaning it might have in the context of presenting?

Famous Speech Friday: Princess Diana and the Ban on Landmines

The Eloquent Woman

Earlier that year, she had visited Angola to meet with several generations of landmine victims --and was criticized publicly by members of the British government as a "loose cannon" for her outspoken insistence that nations sign on to an international treaty banning landmines.

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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. The 1960 version was in black and white and the 1965 version was in color

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. The primary goal is for your presentation skills to be better than your competition, whoever and whatever that is.

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. authenticity was so rare and appealing back then (it''s still rare. brainwash us to see ''hits,'' and discourage exploration."

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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. Without going into detail he tells us why in a way that most people can relate to (alcoholism derailed my own father's life and eventually killed him when he was just 48).

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?    Governor Romney offered one set of policy prescriptions during the primary season, another on the campaign trail talking to partisan crowds, and a third, more moderate set of views during the debates. 

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.    Rather, they focus on clear issues of right and wrong, competition – us v. them – and winning or losing. 

England Ashes victories: 2010 & 1953

Max Atkinson

Tiny black and white screen it may have been, but it did enable us to watch Dennis Compton (right) hitting the winning run that regained the Ashes in the final test match at the Oval (scorecard HERE ).

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. A crosshatch pattern is a series of lines on a white background that is used to fill a shape or, in the case of a graph, a column or pie wedge.

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. Jerry Seinfeld described Born Standing Up as “one of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written.&#.

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

The Eloquent Woman

She waited until she was in her late seventies to speak in public about it, and even though the facts were known by many, she''d kept them secret even from members of her own family at different times during her life. She said: There are many stories like Sally Hemings'' and mine.

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. More of an ambient backdrop behind me where the theme is clear from a key quote, and a pleasing image creates a setting.

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

Max Atkinson

He did not, however, mention the fact that it also appears to have been the moment when he discovered that he had an ability to move and interact with an audience - as described in his own words (Chapter 5 of his book Dreams from my Father - with some key passages highlighted in italics): It was around that time that I got involved in the divestment campaign. When we started planning the rally for the trustees’ meeting, and somebody suggested that I open the thing, I quickly agreed.

"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. Saul's and Walter's kind of upward trajectory may not be everyone's goal but there are lessons to be learned.

"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. All this is filmed in black-and-white, recreating the horror of Hilter's madness. And when she does the rhetoric is simple and direct.

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.    A growing number have even been giving up the pretense of loving new, disruptive, and game-changing.

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 did some tinkering and discovered that PowerPoint 2007 needs to convert your PowerPoint 2003 graphs in order to display them well. 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

The classic road movie started out with two young men riding a car or motorcycle across the United States in search of one thing and they found another.  All that was updated with "Thelma and Louise."  Finally David caves and offers to drive him.

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. ” Is one right and the other wrong? ” But it all depends on a speaker’s business goals and objectives.

"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.    Not a terribly original plot but it works wonderfully because of most of the film is done in black and white and without sound. 

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. Marvelous Mark said that was unique and never duplicated. Judy Moreo was wearing black pants and a suit jacket with bold. 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. It is written in a lighthearted manner, and is incredibly easy to read, the author has a quirky sense of humour, and he is happy to poke fun at himself.

Value of a Good Head Shot Photo

Speaking Of...

Is it time to freshen your image and have new photos taken? It always amazes me how speakers will spend a small fortune on a website, and still use a photo from long ago as a marketing tool. 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.    But, as we read his posthumously released book MY TIMES IN BLACK AND WHITE, we tend to only see a man who allowed the institution he revered to break him.    And we dismiss him as a fool.

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. Garr chose these colors to reflect the five colors of a balanced Japanese meal—yellow, red, green, black and white].

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. The focus of this weekly group is "thought traps," ways of thinking that create negativity and keep us from seeing the positive in our lives.

What kind of sandwich are you serving?

Speak Schmeak

For 19 years, in fact, my husband and I have been vegetarians. Typically, steamed vegetables and brown rice was the vegetarian dish, no matter how epicurean the restaurant. And when they're feeling really adventurous, a piece of roasted red pepper or two.

“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. There is firstly the Hero, who appeals to all the best qualities of the audience, and in order for that character to stand out clearly, there must also be the Adversary, representing the opposing force that the audience are being asked to stand against. “In every classic story, the hero fights the villain.”.

Observational Humor — Case Study #123

Humor Power

Then we’ll look at the jokes and a brief analysis of what made the jokes work. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting. My Mother was visiting and attending the meeting. Carolyn was wearing a top with a black-and-white, busy, abstract.

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. Bill shared family photos with us from his first and second marriage. The first marriage photo was in Black and White. And we met four Mondays a week.

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. Then in his 80s, he had emigrated to the USA as a young man and had developed into a typical white Southerner, a first hint of which were the numerous Confederate flags arrayed both inside and outside his house.

An Executive's How-to Guide: Five Tips to Ride a Recession

The Arrowood Curve

quality or design) and devote those resources to selling more of that lower quality product. Customers will appreciate that you are spending more time and money trying to get more time and money from them, and will forgive you for a slightly inferior product. Tighten your grip on their daily activities by requesting frequent status reports and knowledge of everything they are doing. Five Tips For Riding A Recession: An Executive's How-To Guide 1.