A Conversation with Matt Kivel, Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

He started as a freelance music critic, and soon became an editor and writer for the entertainment industry bible/trade publication/newspaper Variety, where he interviewed prominent members of the entertainment industry including Warren Beatty, David Lynch, and George Stevens Jr.

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A Conversation with Barbara Seymour Giordano on Storytelling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Entertainment Television. On May 24, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable Held a conference call with Barbara Seymour Giordano. Barbara is a Story Doctor, Speechwriter and Presentation Coach who specializes in helping speakers tell memorable stories that audiences yearn to hear and share.

2018 107

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Improve your Conversation Skills to be a Better Presenter

Presentation Guru

In her enormously popular Ted talk, Celeste Headlee gives us 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation. It’s a hugely entertaining and easy-to-listen-to talk, that proposes simple ideas with far-reaching potential; ideas that the presenter must take note of if he is to truly understand his audience and design a presentation that is a perfect fit.…

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Carol Channing, Rich Little, Steve Rossi. Conversation at its best!

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

San Francisco's Carol Channing, internationally acclaimed star of stage and screen, joins inimitable entertainer Rich Little, and hilarious stand-up comic and actor Steve Rossi. What an afternoon! Wow.what a show. They were all so happy to be together they were interviewing each other. Robert Strong who is a star in his own right is the producer and it was a labor of love. His parents flew in to support him and see the show.

Why isn't Question Time as entertaining as it used to be & what should be done about it

Max Atkinson

I've nothing against Sissons or Dimbleby, other than that they are too straight and predictable to make the programme anything like as entertaining as it was when Day was in charge. Different from Day, yes, but both with a degree of eccentricity and unpredictability of the kind that used to make Question Time so very entertaining.

Carol Channing, Rich Little, Steve Rossi. Conversation at its best!

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

San Francisco's Carol Channing, internationally acclaimed star of stage and screen, joins inimitable entertainer Rich Little, and hilarious stand-up comic and actor Steve Rossi. What an afternoon! Wow.what a show. They were all so happy to be together they were interviewing each other. Robert Strong who is a star in his own right is the producer and it was a labor of love. His parents flew in to support him and see the show.

Herman Cain et al.: When money is irrelevant in staying part of the conversation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Despite his new-found wealth, Boy CEO Mark Zuckerberg may become less valued and credible for input into "the conversation."  "  This is an era in which fresh ideas and the ability to package information and insight into entertainment count much more than money.    Sure, in the capital of wealth Manhattan everyone chases those with money.    But those being chased get attention for only that: money. 

2012 40

One special moment

Speak Schmeak

On the TV special "Talking Funny" the other night, host Ricky Gervais facilitated a conversation between fellow comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. For Ricky Gervais, it's not enough to entertain the audience, a point he brings up several times during the conversation.

2011 228

Speakers: dress the part

Speak Schmeak

I attended our local French Festival last weekend and, for about a half hour, hubby and I sat in the audience at one of the entertainment stages. The French Festival entertainment features many colorful performers, including a group that reenacts the court of Henri III, Can-Can dancers in traditional costumes, tango and Polynesian dancers, a Femmes Fatales drag show, and numerous chanteurs and chanteuses delivering traditional French songs.

2013 175

Creating Your Rockstar Attitude with Mark Schulman

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “It’s my job to entertain, engage and inform at the highest level possible.” When speaking with Diane Goodman of Goodman Speakers, one name kept coming up in the conversation…Mark Schulman.

2020 83

Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

His slides are exciting and dynamic visual entertainment, with a powerful point. Current Affairs Examples of Powerful Performers Examples of Powerful Speakers Executive Speech Tips Famous Speakers Historical Speakers Presentation Skills Stage Presence Top Speaking Tips Uncategorized body language Connection Conversation Distinctive Language Encore! Anyone in the public speaking business has likely paused at the news that Steve Jobs has resigned from the iconic Apple Computer.

Maine 153

What Makes Women Successful Business Owners?

DeFinis Communications

of all businesses are women-owned), administration and support and waste management and remediation services (37.0%), retail trade (34.4%), and arts, entertainment, and recreation (30.4%). Business Tips Fear of Public Speaking Performance Perseverance Persistance Presentation Skills Presentation Tips Sales Presentations Speaking Tips Technical Presentations Top Speaking Tips Uncategorized Connection Content Development Conversation Distinctive Language Encore!

2011 146

Inspired to speak: The King's Speech

Speak Schmeak

Through physical exercise, breathing, conversation and a variety of (sometimes questionable) techniques, Lionel guides Bertie through the process of facing his fear, his frustration, his setbacks, and his ultimate responsibility.

2011 259

Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven't got a clue.

Speak Schmeak

Have a conversation, like it's just you and the guy in the second row. Engaging the Audience American Idol TV inspired Entertainers

2011 187

Make your audience feel special

Speak Schmeak

He thanked us for buying his CD, and engaged us in conversation. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Entertainers We saw a lesser-known local band perform recently at a community event.

2009 173

Keeping the pace lively: The job of an emcee

Speak Schmeak

I am constantly impressed with how Tom keeps the audience entertained and informed, while rolling with the unpredictability of a live two-day event with hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators. His style is conversational and informal, and he's always got a new tidbit I haven't heard before. He always advances the agenda of the day, not focusing on himself and how entertaining he can be, but rather how he can make this the best experience for all involved.

Emcee 158

Make your audience feel like rock stars

Speak Schmeak

Have audience members converse with each other in pairs or small groups to discuss issues and get to know each other. Engaging the Audience TV inspired EntertainersHave you ever gone to a concert or watched one on TV? Specifically a rock or other popular music concert? Have you noticed that, at many or most concerts (I don't have a scientific number, but let's just say many), the band holds the microphone out to the audience at some point for them to sing?

2011 144

Don't say "you" when you mean "I"

Speak Schmeak

Perhaps he's trying to maintain a professional demeanor and uses "you" to keep the conversation more formal and general (another way of doing this would be to use "one," as in "One goes into these things with the greatest intentions." Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Entertainers CommunicationIn this interview with Ellen Degeneres, Seal talks about his separation from his wife, Heidi Klum.

2012 136

TEDxUCLA: The good and the great

Speak Schmeak

I don't know why this is the case; I don't know why TED speakers are encouraged to lecture rather than converse, but thankfully not all of the speakers of the day took heed of this tradition. Technology Speakers Engaging the Audience Science and Scientists Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies TEDx Twitter TEDxUCLA Entertainers HumorI had the privilege of attending TEDxUCLA this past weekend.

2011 175

Uncertainty is the mother of creativity

Speak Schmeak

Some of the conversation around creativity caught my attention: Mike Myers: " I want to be the architect of my own embarrassment. Tags: Stories TV inspired Public Speaking Anxiety Taking Risks Interviews Entertainers Download audio here.

2009 169

Note to self: Never do that joke again

Speak Schmeak

At one point in his show "Glorious," he plays two characters who have a 2-minute conversation about why a joke didn't work. Tags: Eddie Izzard Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff Taking Risks Entertainers

2008 141

One special moment

Speak Schmeak

On the TV special "Talking Funny" the other night, host Ricky Gervais facilitated a conversation between fellow comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. During the conversation, Ricky Gervais mentioned the the responsibility of performing -- people pay money to come to the show, find a babysitter, drive around to find parking. For Ricky Gervais, it's not enough to entertain the audience, a point he brings up several times during the conversation.

2011 100

Happening in Las Vegas

Humor Power

A New Event to Energize the Art of Conversation. Loren Ekroth, publisher of Better Conversations newsletter, has created a new competition like the successful Dancing with the Stars TV show. With their skills of asking questions and lively language, each pair will connect with the audience for 10 minutes of entertaining talk. Since 2002 he has published over 450 articles on conversation skills and has been a guest expert on radio talk shows. Talking with the Stars.

Make your audience feel special

Speak Schmeak

He thanked us for buying his CD, and engaged us in conversation. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking EntertainersWe saw a lesser-known local band perform recently at a community event. Bub was intrigued, and stopped by their table to buy their self-produced CD (with a hand-drawn cover) for $5. As we were standing at the table buying the CD, the band's singer came over and introduced himself.

2009 109

Make your audience feel like rock stars

Speak Schmeak

Have audience members converse with each other in pairs or small groups to discuss issues and get to know each other. Engaging the Audience TV inspired EntertainersHave you ever gone to a concert or watched one on TV? Specifically a rock or other popular music concert? Have you noticed that, at many or most concerts (I don't have a scientific number, but let's just say many), the band holds the microphone out to the audience at some point for them to sing?

2011 100

Like, cool.

Speak Schmeak

The most effective speakers are those who have a conversation with their audience. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Entertainers Communication

2008 130

Keeping the pace lively: The job of an emcee

Speak Schmeak

I am constantly impressed with how Tom keeps the audience entertained and informed, while rolling with the unpredictability of a live two-day event with hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators. His style is conversational and informal, and he's always got a new tidbit I haven't heard before. He always advances the agenda of the day, not focusing on himself and how entertaining he can be, but rather how he can make this the best experience for all involved.

Emcee 100

Uncertainty is the mother of creativity

Speak Schmeak

Some of the conversation around creativity caught my attention: Mike Myers: " I want to be the architect of my own embarrassment. Stories TV inspired Public Speaking Anxiety Taking Risks Interviews EntertainersDownload audio here. On a recent episode of the show Iconoclasts , actor/comedian Mike Myers talks with physician/philosopher Deepak Chopra about the connection between humor and spirituality.

2009 130

Don't say "you" when you mean "I"

Speak Schmeak

Perhaps he's trying to maintain a professional demeanor and uses "you" to keep the conversation more formal and general (another way of doing this would be to use "one," as in "One goes into these things with the greatest intentions." Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Entertainers CommunicationIn this interview with Ellen Degeneres, Seal talks about his separation from his wife, Heidi Klum.

2012 100

Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven't got a clue.

Speak Schmeak

Have a conversation, like it's just you and the guy in the second row. Engaging the Audience American Idol TV inspired EntertainersStefano Langone, a contestant on the current season of American Idol, has it all, according to the judges: a great voice, great pitch, great range, great control. But he is missing one thing: audience connection. When he sings, it's almost as though he's singing to himself.

2011 100

9 things you can learn from a home shopping show

Speak Schmeak

She speaks in a conversational style. Tags: Stories Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Entertainers You want to see a real public speaking pro at work? Watch a few minutes of a home shopping channel.

2008 151

What to do when you're bombing

Speak Schmeak

Eddie frequently plays two characters having a conversation onstage. Tags: Quick Fixes Eddie Izzard Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Entertainers I learned a few things from Eddie Izzard the other night about how to deal with bombing.

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Awkward

Speak Schmeak

There's a strong, confident young woman in there somewhere, the one that converses easily with friends, laughs and has a good time being herself. Preparation Public Speaking Anxiety EntertainersSo you think the audience is secretly judging and criticizing you? So did Kristin Stewart at last night's MTV Movie Awards. Upon receiving her award for Best Female Performance, she proceeded to give her acceptance speech, clearly nervous.

2009 100

Things that make you go “hmmmmm”

Successful Speeches Blog

A speech is a conversation. Hmmmmm … I can agree that, at times, speeches should be conversational, but a conversation? If your conversations are like your speeches, remind me not to sit down and have coffee with you. Arsenio Hall.

2009 151

Inspired to speak: The King's Speech

Speak Schmeak

Through physical exercise, breathing, conversation and a variety of (sometimes questionable) techniques, Lionel guides Bertie through the process of facing his fear, his frustration, his setbacks, and his ultimate responsibility. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Taking Risks EntertainersWhen's the last time you watched a suspense movie about a speech therapist who saves the day?

2011 100

TEDxUCLA: The good and the great

Speak Schmeak

I don't know why this is the case; I don't know why TED speakers are encouraged to lecture rather than converse, but thankfully not all of the speakers of the day took heed of this tradition. Technology Speakers Engaging the Audience Science and Scientists Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Twitter Entertainers HumorI had the privilege of attending TEDxUCLA this past weekend.

2011 100

Your voice: small pebble. big ripples

Speak Schmeak

2) People dominating animals for entertainment is harmful to both the animals and to the onlookers, as the audience becomes desensitized to the suffering of animals. That still doesn't make it okay as entertainment.) The parents were satisfied with our conversation and they pressed on to look for a parking spot. A few years ago, I was taking my usual shortcut through Earl Warren Showgrounds on my daily walk, when I was stopped by a family in an SUV.

2019 140

Game Time

Humor Power

It’s easy to play the game sprinkled around dinner conversation, ordering, serving and eating. Life Skills fun games party entertainmentJeremy Webster, a talented member of our Las Vegas improv troupe, is a Game Master. He has dozens of fun games and we can always count on him to add a spark to a party. The right game is a sure-fire way to add laughter to an event. I asked him what are some of his favorite games. Here are a few, along with his comments: .

Hook, Line, and Sinker! Your Guide to Creating Interesting.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Strike up a conversation. And how are you going to keep the conversation going? Initiating conversations, and keeping them going are probably some of the biggest challenges that people face when it comes to meeting new people. And one of the key concerns that most people have when it comes to striking conversations is maintaining the initiating and maintaining a high level of interest throughout the conversation. Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS!

2007 40

Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

PowerPoint Tips

During the session, she discussed the sales process, starting with getting leads and ending with the sales conversation. She asked the audience, “How many of you get to the sales conversation and wing it?” She explained why, after going through the entire process of getting the person to that conversation, you should have a plan. (I Animate to show a process or to make a slide beautiful or entertaining. A story.

6 presentation tips from a professional speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Scott Berkun’s book Confessions of a public speaker is an entertaining and enlightening read on what it what it takes, and what it’s like, to be a professional speaker. Want more great tips mixed with entertaining anecdotes (and horror stories) about public speaking?

Jessica Pettitt: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

After speaking for fifteen years and stirring up tough conversations for audiences on college campuses, Jessica has learned a lot about who she isn’t willing to be and who she accidentally is. Many in the room claimed their uniqueness lay in such commonplace features as: “I’m entertaining” (isn’t everyone?). “I

2015 155

Cartoon Humor

Humor Power

It’s entertaining and informative. – Creating funny cartoons. – Getting rejected by the New Yorker magazine. – What’s funny and what isn’t. – Using humor after 9-11. – Degrees of playful incongruity. Thanks to Loren Ekroth , Dr Conversation, for suggesting the link. Here’s a link to an excellent TED talk by Bob Mankoff on cartoon humor.

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