Grouphigh: End to manually compiling blogger lists and more

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For about 18 months I had been putting together blogger lists for clients the old-fashioned way: Searching the Internet, clicking on each blog to get a sense of what it was about and if it was worth reaching out to, hunting down the contact information, and summarizing my findings for the client. Then on Jack O'Dwyer's site I spotted a blurb about Grouphigh LLC.    Immediately I parachuted in and began investigating. 

Cool Tools I Use and Love

Communication Steroids

I got to thinking the other day that I’ve never actually compiled a list of those tools and posted it.

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150 Resources to help you write better, faster, and more persuasively

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s an incredibly comprehensive listing of 150 resources for writers compiled by Claire Morgan and published on the Open Education Database website. It includes everything writers need, from proper citation and grammar guides to organizational tools, legal help, news digests, media resources, and much more. Business Communication Speechwriting reference material writers

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The Shy Speakers' Guide on Facebook!

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

And to celebrate this launch, I’m going to release my latest compilation of speaking tips and techniques (with bonus resources) that will be free for you to download! Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS! NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!:

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Abandoned In the Panhandle

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Though I’m not done shooting abandoned places, I felt now was a good time to make a compilation. I’ve taken the photos from my Abandoned In the Panhandle project and created a book. Consider this Vol. Details at my book page. Grab Bag

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The Questions You Need To Ask To Really Know Your Audience

Presentation Guru

Here, Emma has compiled a list of questions to keep in mind for your next speaking engagement, so you can make sure your message doesn’t fall on the deaf ears of an audience you knew nothing about. … Build Real Impact Understand your Audience Audience Connection credibility Interaction Making it Memorable Public SpeakingThe ability to connect with your audience is imperative when presenting.

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The Best Websites for Google Slides, Prezi and PowerPoint Templates

Presentation Guru

We have compiled a list of template providers for Google Slides, Prezi and PowerPoint, including some which offer templates that are compatible with more than one platform. While PowerPoint and presentations are almost deemed synonymous by most presenters, other alternatives have also been slowly replacing PowerPoint to some extent.… … Resources Templates featured PowerPoint Presentation Design Prezi Templates Visual Aids

Advancing the narrative through first person interviews

Presentation Zen

Moving a narrative forward through the thoughtful compilation of first person interviews has long been one of my favorite documentary storytelling styles. March 11, 2015 marks four years since our brothers and sisters up in Tohoku (northeast Japan) experienced the devastating impact of not one, but three disasters.

Photo Field Trip | Contrast

Duarte Blog

Then he compiled the footage with our photographs to make this. We like photography. We also like fun, and Saturdays, and San Francisco, and sunshine. And we really like each other. Recently we went on a Photo Field Trip, and had the chance to enjoy all of these things, simultaneously. I know. Our assignment: Take photos of contrast. Or take photos of whatever you want. Joe went rogue (typical) and took video. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed ourselves that day.

New book, Master Presenter, collects lessons from the world’s top presentation experts

PowerPoint Tips

I’m very pleased to announce a new book, Master Presenter, published by Wiley, which is a compilation of articles from presentation experts who have contributed to the Presentationxpert newsletter over the years. And yes, I’m one of them! I’m honored to be included! Taken as a whole, there’s a huge wealth of knowledge in this book on a great variety of topics, including messaging, design, PowerPoint techniques, media, persuasion, storytelling, and delivery.

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7 Mental Strategies to Help you Recover from a Presentation Disaster

Speaking about Presenting

The book is a compilation of people’s answers to a set of questions posed by Tim. The complaints started within the first half hour of the course: “I don’t understand what this means” “This is too hard for us” “This doesn’t work for the presentations that I have to do.” ” By the end of the day I was exhausted and dispirited.

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Create an animated intro for videos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

To create a video with an intro, outro, and content in the middle, you’ll compile the elements and set slide timings. If you want to create a series of short training or promotional videos, it’s useful to have an intro that you put in front of each video.

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Best of Speak Schmeak 2006-2008

Speak Schmeak

It's a compilation of the top 21 most popular posts from my first two years of blogging, including: The truth about 7% - 38% - 55% Why you can't read slides and listen to a speaker at the same time Public speaking: talent or skill? " The Best of Speak Schmeak 2006-2008 " e-book is now available for purchase!

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Submit your top ten speakers

Speak Schmeak

For the last couple of years, Bert Decker has been compiling a list of the Top Ten Best and Worst Communicators , and he's looking for your input for the 2008 list, which will be announced on December 31. Here's his 2007 list , and his 2006 list. Who do you think should be on the lists? Don't forget to post your list on Bert's blog!).

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Professionally Speaking...

If you need to hear inspiration, one of my previous posts has a video compilation of inspirational speeches of the 20th century. A pot pourri of posts this time ranging from advice from Confucius. Garr Reynolds offers some interesting thoughts on inspiration, something every presenter should always be on the lookout for.

A List of the “Best of the Best” in Public Speaking Information

DeFinis Communications

Knowing that there are lots of great resources for speakers online, they set out to compile and highlight the best of the best. In many career paths (business, media, PR, etc,), public speaking skills are essential. Whether giving a presentation to your boss, a group of your peers, or simply interviewing, knowing how to express yourself and your ideas clearly is critical. The good news is that there are an incredible number of online resources that can help you sharpen your skills.

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What Matters Now: free ebook

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Internet Guru Seth Godin has compiled and released a free ebook containing thoughts and ideas from some very big thinkers. He says. Here are more than seventy big thinkers, each sharing an idea for you to think about as we head into the new year. From bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert to brilliant tech thinker Kevin Kelly, from publisher Tim O’Reilly to radio host Dave Ramsey, there are some important people riffing about important ideas here.

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Labor Day speeches

Joan Detz Speaker Services

For quotes on Labor Day and other holidays (Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, etc), turn to Quotations for All Occasion s , compiled by Catherine Frank. “If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day weekend.” ” (Doug Larson). Excellent source notes

Too Many iPhone “Developers”

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Yesterday, I came across this gem on Daring Fireball where John Gruber discusses the change in the rules for developers: My reading of this new language is that cross-compilers, such as theFlash-to-iPhone compiler in Adobe’s upcoming Flash Professional CS5 release, are prohibited. This also bans apps compiled using MonoTouch — a tool that compiles C# and.NET apps to the iPhone.

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The Sketch Comedy Writer’s Portfolio

Pro Humorist

The iO course, whose website I compiled this list from, takes you through different writing as mentioned in my previous post. Saturday Night Live Writer’s Packet info. This is a follow-up to my previous post. So here’s a further breakdown of the comedy writing portfolios agents expect you to have. Bear in mind, I don’t have direct experience doing this myself… yet. This is just research that I’ve conducted and figured I’d share.

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PowerPoint effectiveness based on research

Speak Schmeak

Here's a helpful post on Jennifer Kammeyer's blog Comm Comm , compiling research on what makes PowerPoint effective. It's a great little cheat-sheet to have when, for example, you're trying to convince your supervisor of the superiority of a sentence at the top of the slide rather than a word like "results." There are a lot of theories about what makes PowerPoint effective and some random formulas and rules like 10/20/30, but there's also solid research.

Cameron's "up & running" (twice in 50 seconds)

Max Atkinson

If it isn't already on the #BannedList being compiled by the Independent on Sunday's @JohnRentoul, it surely ought to be So far, the PM has had a good press on Twitter for his performance in the House of Commons today. But, although my books and courses recommend certain forms of repetition, I don't think he gained much by using that over-used phrase from management jargon - 'up and running' - twice within 50 seconds.

A List of the “Best of the Best” in Public Speaking Information

DeFinis Communications

Knowing that there are lots of great resources for speakers online, they set out to compile and highlight the best of the best. In many career paths (business, media, PR, etc,), public speaking skills are essential. Whether giving a presentation to your boss, a group of your peers, or simply interviewing, knowing how to express yourself and your ideas clearly is critical. The good news is that there are an incredible number of online resources that can help you sharpen your skills.

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It's my blogiversary! (Did I mention the free gift?)

Speak Schmeak

To celebrate our two-year partnership, readers, I'm offering you a special gift for the rest of the month: an e-book compilation of my 21 most popular blog posts over the past two years. Well, what do you know? It's my two-year blogiversary today! Who ever thought I could come up with enough content to keep up a blog for this long? At some point last year I started writing six days a I can't stop!

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What is TRIZ and How to Use it in Problem Solving?


The database of TRIZ has a collection of user compiled resources. There are 76 Standard Solutions which were compiled by none other than Genrich Altshuller and his comrades over ten years between 1975-1985.

25 Ways to Make a Point

Manner of Speaking

compiled a list of 25 ways in which to get our point across, whatever the objective of our speech or presentation. One of the many public speaking resources that I consult regularly is an email newsletter from J. Gamache , an internationally acclaimed bilingual (French and English) speaker who finished 3rd in the 2001 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. . In a recent email , J.

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Need material for holiday speeches?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Consider this resource: QUOTATIONS FOR ALL OCCASIONS, compiled by Catherine Frank. . Several speechwriters have told me they’re tasked with writing motivational speeches for holiday events, and they don’t know where to find fresh material. You’ll find sections for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year … as well as an excellent section of quotes about Winter.

And the Winner is…

Duarte Blog

This morning, we compiled all the names… and chose a winner… Congratulations, Trevor Cuss! We asked you to complete a survey about our blog. And a whopping 469 of you did! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We’ll be e-mailing you with all the details. Thanks again to everyone who completed the survey–it’s a great help!

STAR Interview Method for Behavioral Interviews


One of the best tips in terms of preparing for a behavioral interview is to compile your information in the STAR Method itself, rather than having general anecdotal ideas that you spontaneously fit in the method during the interview.

Foursquare Badges Tell Stories - Which One Is Another Story

Dahle Communication

If you want to see a compiled list of badges, this website is doing a pretty good job of keeping it all up. If you don't know what Foursquare is you are not alone. There are a little more than 3 million users currently on Foursquare. Now that is quite a jump from the 725,000 users in March , but it is still quite short of the 500 million users on Facebook. What is Foursquare ?

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Speaking PowerPoint by Bruce Gabrielle — A review

PowerPoint Tips

The compilation of research that the author used to back up his points is impressive. Speaking PowerPoint: The new language of business , by Bruce Gabrielle is an important book. Why do I say that? It covers “boardroom presentations&# exclusively. These in-house business presentations are undoubtedly the most common type of presentation given today.

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Beating the clock?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

You can also find good ideas/quotes in Quotations for All Occasions , compiled by Catherine Frank. Did you get a last-minute speechwriting assignment for Labor Day? Check the blog post I wrote back on August 18th. That reference source should be useful. Buy this book. You’ll use it often.) . Of note: J. Walker McSpadden (1874-1960), author/editor The Book of Holidays traces how labor unions created the Labor Day holiday


Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Here are tips compiled (by speaker Jeff Davidson)over the years from various masters: Recognize that a good introduction must both set the stage and put the audience at ease. We’ve all been there: listening to someone totally botch our introduction to an audience. Now is a time to revisit your approach to your speaker introduction and how you support your introducer.

Poka-yoke: The Error Proofing Method You Should Know About!


We have compiled a few poka-yoke examples from everyday life to demonstrate this. Many products and the businesses that produced them would not last long if there were no auto-shutdown option to prevent accidents, errors, or product malfunction.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Here''s what I shared in the week just past: Word overusers, heads up: This writer''s compiled 32 alternatives to "a lot," a nice tactic if you find yourself overusing a particular word. Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won''t miss a thing, since I''m summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see.

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give us your quotes

The Eloquent Woman

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, in Eloquence in an Electronic Age) I'd love to compile your suggestions for a future project on the blog. Do you have any favorite quotations about women and public speaking --by men or women? Here's one of mine: History has many themes. One of them is that women should be quiet. Leave your suggestions in the comments and if you have a reference source, include that as well! I'm looking forward to your suggestions.

Introducing The Eloquent Woman Booklist

The Eloquent Woman

A reader suggested a compilation of the books we've covered on the blog over the years, and here it is: The Eloquent Woman Booklist. It's not intended to be a comprehensive directory of books about speaking, just those we've featured here.

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Brené Brown on the Power of Empathy

Presentation Zen

Currently I''m compiling a list of my "Top-10 books for 2014." One of the books I''m including on that list is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by University of Houston research professor Brené Brown. I am a huge Brené Brown fan. I first wrote about her here back in 2011. Her first TEDx Talk ( featured on the TED website ) has nearly 13 million views now—and she''s been on Ophra!

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Laugh riot: The Smithsonian Institution wants volunteers to review and transcribe the huge file of jokes compiled by comedian Phyllis Diller. Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

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2013's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts on The Eloquent Woman

The Eloquent Woman

Later, we collect the FSF posts in The Eloquent Woman Index , and this year, we''ve also been posting compilations that collect FSF posts by type of speaker, topic, or type of speech. Here are the FSF posts that drew the most readers in 2013: 17 famous African-American women''s speeches was our first compilation post--and, far and away, the most popular FSF post of the year. Every week, we publish a "Famous Speech Friday" post featuring a famous speech by a woman.

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What’s worse than a verbal tic?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  If you listen to your colleagues speak during a typical day, you’ll soon compile a list of your own.  A few weeks back I did a blog post on verbal tics and how to cure them.    But just as important for speakers – and more insidious – are weasel words.    They subtly undercut your authority as a speaker and weaken your impact.    They're more insidious because usually less noticed.    What are weasel words? 

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6 minutes: definitive speaking blogroll

The Eloquent Woman

Six Minutes is a public speaking blog that offers a great service: Author Andrew Dlugan takes the time to read a wide swath of public speaking blogs, and (almost) weekly compiles the "weekly might have missed list" of what you need to read in the public speaking blogosphere. Dlugan also has compiled his definitive list of public speaking blogs -- and I'm delighted that The Eloquent Woman clocks in at number 20 on that list of more than 100 public speaking blogs.

If you are looking for a book to read….

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I’ve just gone over my reviews and compiled a list of the books that I’ve really enjoyed. I write mini reviews (my thoughts, really, not actual reviews) on GoodReads. Most are fiction. There are a few comedies and a couple of autobiographies. I’m sharing the list here. I have not included a synopsis of each book. Information and reviews are available online. If you want to read my thoughts, friend me on GoodReads.

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