Powerful Women in Hedge Funds

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. Don’t be confused by the name.

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“Single-Task” Your Way to Presentation Success

DeFinis Communications

If eye contact is the chosen skill, you set up the room by putting sticky notes on various chairs around the room or by putting a few stuffed animals in the chairs so you can make eye contact with actual “eyes.”

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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.

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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.

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. . This blog is part of my Wednesday for Women blog series, where I feature stories, resources and information to help women gain greater influence, power, and confidence in their professional and personal life. This is a good thing in many respects.

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Improve Your Presentation…One Bit at a Time

DeFinis Communications

Used by orators since the time of Aristotle, rhetorical devices persuade, inspire, educate, entertain and delight audiences. At this point in my budding career, I was inexperienced at best and had little time or discipline to memorize my lines. Fortunately, Richard had written this show and knew all the lines for both of us. They can have the power to change your speech—and sometimes your career—for the better.

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

DeFinis Communications

Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Program next week on September 29 and 30, in Palo Alto, CA. 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. .

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Win a FREE Seat to a DeFinis Communications Public Seminar!

DeFinis Communications

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. Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations. 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.

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…. “

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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…. “

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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…. “

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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…. “

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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. But the speech itself is powerful and clear and exactly what the moment called for.

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

Speaking Of...

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.

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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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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. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.