Another High-Stakes Presentation: The Wedding Toast

DeFinis Communications

You can begin by saying, “I’d like to start by telling you a story about… (my mother, my brother, my best friend, etc.).” By doing this, you’re building a bridge that will move your listeners from the story and into the toast in a natural and conversational way.

Crisis Management: The Anthony Weiner Way

DeFinis Communications

It’s a world where anyone can take a photo of you anywhere at any time, and within seconds that photo can be posted online and seen by millions. But in our new world where nothing is hidden, our leaders would be wise to abide by the oldest of leadership values: honesty.

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Powerful Women in Hedge Funds

DeFinis Communications

Don’t be confused by the name. It’s because of this focus on performance that I believe we are on the verge of a revolution in asset management, led by women.

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PowerPoint Lessons at 30,000 Feet

DeFinis Communications

There were the usual offenders: Lines of text in 8-point font, lots of dense graphs, mixed up font styles and sizes, no color scheme to speak of, and no images, photos or video. One photo will say more than 30 lines of 8-point text.

Refining Your Presentation Skills in a Group Format Works…Especially for Women

DeFinis Communications

Women are, by nature, very social beings. In fact, many of my clients have said that they found their next big sale, next great new hire, or next invaluable resource simply by networking at a group learning event. . Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Fear of public speaking Line by Line Coaching Northern California presentation Public Speaker Public SpeakingThis is a good thing in many respects.

BizTech Day 2009

DeFinis Communications

I’ll be offering our signature Line by Line video coaching in short bursts for anyone who signs up. Tags: Examples of Powerful Speakers 2009 BizTech breakout Conference consultation Day line by line marketing money small business social media Strategy Are you a pubic speaker and entrepreneur with a great message, but not sure how to reach more customers?

Scripted & unscripted presidential victory speeches: Putin v. Obama

Max Atkinson

I also know that I don't feel in the least bit motivated to do a line-by-line analysis of Putin's speech along the lines of the one I did of Obama's back in 2008 ( HERE ).

Are you quoting the King James Bible in your speeches?

The Eloquent Woman

This line-by-line reworking by nearly 50 scholars in the 1600s isn't in everyday, but elegant, phrasings that are loaded with metaphors that still resonate today.

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Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

At 24 minutes, it is too long to go through it line by line, but I have noted several things that made it excellent. For example, “In fact, just this morning I left Baker Berry with my Tripee Barry to eat a Billy Bob at the Bema when my flitz to Francesca was Blitz-jacked by some D-bag on his FSP.&# (6:00). I’d like to end my address by breaking a taboo and quoting myself from 17 months ago. is a fabulous line.

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Famous Speech Friday: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's SB1062 veto

The Eloquent Woman

But it was widely held by civil rights and business leaders to be a broadly written law that would lead to discrimination based on religious beliefs, particularly against LGBT individuals.

A Public Speaking Lesson from NASCAR

DeFinis Communications

I asked three volunteers to prepare short talks ahead of time so they and the group could have a “before” and “after” experience of our Line by Line Coaching™ process. . Does your speech have a memorable close?

Public Speaking: Reprinting Articles

Great Public Speaking

You may use articles written by me that you see in great speaking. All you have to do is print the article in its entirety along with the by line at top and the credits, and complete contact information at the end of each article. I have many articles available for reprint in your publication, company newsletter, etc. Back issues can be viewed at [link] OR mailto: freearticles@antion.com for an automated listof additional articles.

When Murphy Pays A Visit

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The first incident was during Pasco’s demo of their Spark application, presented by Wayne Grant. The second incident was a demo of Midi Mobilizer by Line 6 and Planet Waves and was presented by Marcus Ryle. How have you successfully handled an interruption by Murphy?

Raffle: Win a FREE SEAT in our Encore! Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Program!

DeFinis Communications

The winner will have the opportunity to experience the DeFinis Communications powerful brand of presentations skills training complete with dynamic media, unique learning models, extensive practice exercises, video feedback and our signature Line by Line Coaching™ process. . The winner will be notified by 5PM EDT Friday, September 25, 2009. . I just got an email from our contest winner and because of a work emergency she is unable to attend our Encore!

Win a FREE Seat to a DeFinis Communications Public Seminar!

DeFinis Communications

With only eight participants per class, individuals will experience the power of personalized attention and our signature Line By Line™ coaching process. DeFinis Communications is proud to announce our Fall 2009 Public Seminar schedule. Building Professional Presence is our new, one-day program designed to give a general audience exposure to the best practices of creating and delivering powerful presentations.

President Obama’s 2,000 Year Old Speaking Secret

Pro Humorist

Rhetoric can be seen as someone not being honest by saying what they mean. An example of a tricolon can be Lincoln’s: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.&#. Near the beginning of Obama’s victory speech, he repast the phrase “it’s the answer”: “ It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen…. “

President Obama’s 2,000 Year Old Speaking Secret

Pro Humorist

Rhetoric can be seen as someone not being honest by saying what they mean. An example of a tricolon can be Lincoln’s: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.&#. Near the beginning of Obama’s victory speech, he repast the phrase “it’s the answer”: “ It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen…. “

President Obama’s 2,000 Year Old Speaking Secret

Pro Humorist

Rhetoric can be seen as someone not being honest by saying what they mean. An example of a tricolon can be Lincoln’s: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.&#. Near the beginning of Obama’s victory speech, he repast the phrase “it’s the answer”: “ It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen…. “

President Obama’s 2,000 Year Old Speaking Secret

Pro Humorist

Rhetoric can be seen as someone not being honest by saying what they mean. An example of a tricolon can be Lincoln’s: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.&#. Near the beginning of Obama’s victory speech, he repast the phrase “it’s the answer”: “ It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen…. “

President Obama's victory speech & the return of rhetoric

Max Atkinson

It's four years since I posted 'Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech' ( HERE ) , based on a line-by-line analysis of a piece that was originally commissioned by the Independent on Sunday.

BBC rediscovers the 'Lost Art of Oratory' (again)

Max Atkinson

So a few months ago Alan Yentob, who in his former job at the BBC played a part in taking speeches off the air, suddenly became interested in the subject, probably to justify the expense of sending so many staff to Washington for Obama's inauguration - on which, see ‘The Lost Art of Oratory’ by a BBC executive who helped to lose it in the first place.

Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

It hasn't been posted on their website, probably because the layout with red circles around lines from the speech linked to the notes caused problems in creating a readable web page. The newspaper’s introduction to the piece is reprinted below, followed by the full text of the speech with my notes in italics between paragraphs (which are slightly fuller than those in the published version). High turnout depicted by images of voters in queues, etc.

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Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

At 24 minutes, it is too long to go through it line by line, but I have noted several things that made it excellent. For example, “In fact, just this morning I left Baker Berry with my Tripee Barry to eat a Billy Bob at the Bema when my flitz to Francesca was Blitz-jacked by some D-bag on his FSP.&# (6:00). I’d like to end my address by breaking a taboo and quoting myself from 17 months ago. is a fabulous line.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 11, 2013: Teaching? Piece of cake. Everybody knows you can pick that up in just five weeks….

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Click here to add your name: [link] Renaissance Underway at Chester Upland School District NBC Philadelphia By Sarah Glover Sep 9, 2013 Chester-Upland School District is experiencing change that could be monumental this school year. The Delaware County communities served by the district -- Chester , Upland and Chester Township -- for years have been under-served due to the history of poor management and severe financial problems. By Steve Esack , Call Harrisburg Bureau 8:02 p.m.

Rhetoric and imagery in President Obama’s inauguration speech

Max Atkinson

If the number of hits and emails are anything to go by, my earlier line-by-line analysis of rhetoric and imagery in Barack Obama’s victory speech in Chicago (originally published in the British weekly newspaper, the Independent on Sunday ) attracted a good deal of interest. If you’re not familiar with them what follows might make more sense by looking here before reading on.

13 Lessons (& Tips) Learned Launching an eBook

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

When it launched I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I was sure I’d learn a lot by doing it - I was right. By the way - this offer has only got 7 days yet to run so if you wanted to get the bundle you need to do so soon.