Changing the Corporate Conversation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

What makes for a good conversation, or a meaningful meeting? Why are good conversations […] There are over 11 million corporate meetings every day in the United States, yet how often do we walk into a corporate meeting wondering why we are there?

3 Essential Ingredients of a Meaningful Conversation

Kate's Voice

What I remember most about being home from college for the holidays is deep, meaningful conversations with people. communication Speaking conversations public speaking tips vocal impact

Conversational Analysis

The Communication Blog

Tools to analyze and ultimately improve conversation and communication generally have traditionally come in the form of suggestions or guidelines written in a textbook or a how-to-do-it trade book. Cogito Conversation conversation analysis Nonverbal CommunicationBut, recently, software programs such as Cogito have been developed.

The Art of Creating a Conversation

Matt Eventoff

A speech is not a solo act - a speech is a conversation. . Looking away, shaking one’s head, raising one’s brow, disinterest or a face anchored in stoicism are all forms of communication, and are all part of a conversation. Smiling, nodding, clapping, cheering and riveted attentiveness are also part of a conversation. Walking out of a conference room and doing nothing is also part of the conversation – usually the end of it. .

Tough Conversations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

We all dread certain conversations -- the one with the boss about a raise, with a teenage child about, say, a problem in school, or with a partner about a festering disagreement over the in-laws. For most of us, though, the anticipation is bad enough, but the actual conversation is worse.

Conversational Empathy

The Communication Blog

Here is an exercise for stimulating class discussion of empathy that I wrote for the conversation chapter in the next edition of Human Communication. Conversational Empathy. involves moving the conversation away from the person and the person’s feelings as in the intellectualizing of Orange 1 or the shifting of the topic away from the person speaking to a fictional example as did Orange 8.

A Conversation with Sanjay Nambiar

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The focus of our conversation was Sanjay’s recommendations for building a freelance speechwriting business as well as his role as an author and publisher (something he has in common with other speechwriters such as Mike Long — playwright — and Justina Chen — young adult fiction author). On Thursday May 5, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with freelance speechwriter, author and publisher Sanjay Nambiar.

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Conversational Leadership: A Baker's Dozen

The Communication Blog

But, there’s little on conversational leadership. Who leads a simple social conversation? What makes a conversational leader? [By By “conversational leader” I simply mean someone who controls and literally leads the conversation in the direction he or she desires.] What does a conversational member do that results in attaining leadership? The conversational leader chooses the topics of the conversation.

How to Have Better Conversations

Executive Speech Coach

In this 11 minute video from a TEDX talk, radio show host, Celeste Hendlee offers ten powerful points to help you become more productive in conversations. The ten conversation tips summarized below for you Watch the video to appreciate the context.

6 Tips for Starting a Great Conversation at Business Events

Great Public Speaking

After spending a great weekend in Las Vegas for the Author 101 Event, I participated in and observed a lot of conversations. I noticed some authors and speakers need a little improvement on how to start and have a great conversation at a networking event. I came up with 6 Critical tips for making the best out of your conversations with the other attendees. You want to try to initiate the conversation so that you can control the direction and flow.

How to have a conversation with your audience

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Audiences long for presenters to be real with them, and just have a conversation.    Sure, they want a focused, smart conversation, not a rambling, pointless one like so many real conversations

A Conversation with Tim Pollard on Fail-Proofing Your Communication

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday May 18 members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable were in conversation with Tim Pollard, author of The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design.

SP Tip # 78: Four Ways to Transform Your Presentation into a Conversation

Executive Speech Coach

Four Ways to Transform your Presentation into a Conversation ? But we are more inclined to participate in a conversation. Deliver your presentation like a conversation and your audience will feel more engaged and less like prisoners. That feels conversational.

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A conversation with Nancy Duarte in Silicon Valley

Presentation Zen

Nancy and I put on this little event and also recorded a short conversation. Last August I took the family back to the USA and Canada to see family and friends for the first time since our mom died in 2010. Our first stop was to see our dear friend Nancy Duarte in Silicon Valley.

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Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: The secret to a great Valentine’s Day conversation

Kate's Voice

(Do not read this if you are completely prepared for every upcoming conversation that matters.) This often stems from the fact that all those little cupids and hearts put pressure on you to have an important conversation.

You talk funny…and so do I

Kate's Voice

Musings conversations listening perception Trevor NoahPreparation to facilitate a workshop in India got me thinking about the differences in how we humans communicate with each other, and how that influences the kind of relationships we have with each other. Every culture has its unique language, both verbal and non-verbal. The culture may be that of a country, a state, a […].

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The Communication Blog

10.23.2009 Annoying Phrases Heres an interesting little graphic bit from USAToday--the most annoying phrases in conversation. Here are the five top (from a survey of 938 adults): "Whatever" 47% "You know" 25% "It is what it is" 11% "Anyway" 7% "At the end of the day" 2% It seems an interesting way to introduce verbal messages--their denotations and connotations, cliches, conversational fillers, and lots more. Categories: annoying phrases , Conversation 6comments: maestra said.

5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

Kate's Voice

One of my clients, who is determinedly on track for a promotion in a fast-paced corporate environment asked me, “How can I insert myself more into conversations and meetings?” vocal image vocal power conversations leadership listening

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How to start an important conversation: An exercise in intention

Kate's Voice

However, if you are willing to get honest with yourself, conversational intent can be very revealing. Sometimes, it can be confusing to discover how you really feel about a relationship, and, therefore, how to talk to that person. This applies to all relationships: lovers, co-workers, and clients. In his terrific book on co-operative communication, The [.]. communication intention postaweek2011

How to Stop Ourselves from Doing All the Talking

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Frequent academic conversation supports learning for all students, and especially ELLs. PD specialist Valentina Gonzalez offers strategies to help teachers avoid ineffective practices and remove barriers to meaningful student-to-student and student-to-teacher dialogue.

Jeff Immelt Talk - Conversational but Diplomatic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's the way Jeff Immelt talks: conversational but diplomatic.  It's the antithesis to the raw bluntness of Donald Trump. However, it doesn't take on Trumpism. Not directly.   Here he is on Bloomberg BusinessWeek discussing everything from tax cuts to globalization. Immelt's rhetorical genius is in how he masters the craft of criticism. For example, we all know that Trump is against' globalization.

The Large Impact of Small Talk

Kate's Voice

If small talk at the beginning of a presentation or conversation seems like a waste of time to you, you may be missing one of the most important parts of communication. Content Public Speaking conversations listening networking phatic presentations small talk

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The Rise of the Storyteller, and How to Be One

Kate's Voice

Storytelling conversations storytelling ThanksToday, I was traveling on business and picked up The Wall Street Journal. On the cover were all the reminders of terror and fear. I almost put it down because who needs to be reminded that the world is a dangerous place when they are 1000 miles from home? However, as I thumbed through the […].

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Conversation: Public speaking to a smaller audience

The Eloquent Woman

You can use message development skills to plan ahead what you want to say when asked about any situation--from what you do for a living to what you think of the event you're attending--and use confidence-building skills to get through difficult conversations. message development conversation

How to get what you want this December

Kate's Voice

Musings conversations engagement listening perceptionYesterday, I called customer service to correct an order. The representative was not very helpful. In fact, she challenged my integrity, which, I admit, ticked me off!

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TED Conversations let you discuss big ideas with the

The Eloquent Woman

TED, the conference where speakers share big ideas in a proscribed format, has launched a new site where you can talk to those speakers: TED Conversations.

Always look on the bright side: the Northern Lights, a cruise and a conversation

Max Atkinson

TIP 2: Beware of cruises that tell you where to sit I've blogged before about people who routinely break the most basic rules of conversation (e.g.

Announcing: A Conversation with Shel Holtz

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve long been an admirer of communication strategist Shel Holtz. who is a regular speaker on topics surrounding the application of online technology to strategic organizational communication. He speaks regularly at IABC and Ragan Communication conferences.

A conversation with Bob Lehrman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday September 1, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with with renowned author, speechwriter and professor Bob Lehrman. Robert A.

Job Interviews - As in FBI Interrogations, "a conversation with a purpose"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A skilled job interviewer seduces the applicant into the open, give-and-take framework of a conversation. Part of all that was the need to interrogate, which the FBI euphemistically refers to as "a conversation with a purpose."

The 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards – A conversation with David Murray

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero called rhetoric a “great art.” Since then, staggering advances in mass communication haven’t diminished the transformative power of a great speech. And the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the speechwriters and the speakers who make it great. Presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the prestigious monthly collection of speeches, […] More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero called rhetoric a “great art.”

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Purpose and Repartée

Kate's Voice

Intention Public Speaking conversations engagement networking personal brand practicing vocal power Is there method to your madness? Recently, a client asked me how to prepare to network at an upcoming conference that she will be attending. She is somewhat reserved and doesn’t enjoy small talk. We discussed lots of the basics, but in the end, her strategy wasn’t clear until she understood her intention for talking […].

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How to say “thanks” like you mean it

Kate's Voice

Last week, a friend observed a conversation between my partner and me wherein we said “thanks” to each other a dozen times. vocal image conversations Expression intention vocal impact Afterwards, she remarked on this and said, “That seems like a lot of work.” In our family, we practice saying thanks. It’s a ritual for us; it expresses gratitude, and that we take […].

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Vocal Impact Tip: How to make them choose you over email

Kate's Voice

Miscellaneous conversations engagement presentations vocal varietyIt’s tough to be heard on conference calls especially when so many people are doing other things besides paying attention to your brilliant ideas.

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Announcing: A Conversation with Bob Lehrman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Election Season heads into the final stretch, the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable is pleased to announce a timely conversation with renowned author, speechwriter and pundit, Bob Lehrman. As the U.S.

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Podcast: Framing the Conversation – How to Say It | Communication.

Communication Steroids

Tim Gordon and Roger Pike discuss the framing of a conversation or communication. Its a conversation Roger and Tim had that was transcribed to an 11-page report.


'Telegraph' or 'Sleazygraph': the ethics, uses and results of covertly recorded conversation

Max Atkinson

My initial reaction was that it hardly seemed news that politicians say things in private conversations that they wouldn't dream of saying in public. Nothing could be further from the truth - which actually goes back more than a decade before the LibDems had come into being to a time when wrestling with the ethics of covertly recording conversations was part of my everyday life. Much of the data on which conversation analysis was built derived from tape-recorded phone calls.

A Conversation with Matt Teper

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Wednesday February 24, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with Google speechwriter Matt Teper. Matt is the Head of Editorial at Google, where he is the leader and founder of the Google Ink team. The team is responsible for defining the voice of Google in major speeches, executive presentations, […] On Wednesday February 24, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with Google speechwriter Matt Teper.

Tina Fey: Need to jump into a conversation? Use improv skills, not apologies

The Eloquent Woman

Go here to subscribe to Step Up Your Speaking, my free email newsletter that looks at a different speaking topic in depth each month.then become a fan of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook and join the conversation with thousands of other women (and men) about public speaking skills and confidence.

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Conversational Coolers and Warmers

The Communication Blog

1.20.2010 Conversational Coolers and Warmers Here is a brief article I wrote that appears in the current issue of Etc: A Review of General Semantics , 66, no. What I tried to do was to identify the characteristics of effective and ineffective conversations through this "cooler" idea. Conversational Coolers and Warmers In the little-seen but critically-praised 2003 movie, The Cooler , Bernie Lootz (played by William H. Conversational warmers, on the other hand, are supportive.