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Fear of Public Speaking: A Definitive Guide to Managing and Moving Forward

Matt Eventoff

* Pt I of a 3 part series, as seen on A random internet search for cures for fear of public speaking produces over 2 million results. That is a shame. No matter how many books, courses, DVDs, websites or snake oil salesmen promise to “cure” you of your fear of public speaking; it is never that simple, or that easy.

What’s Your Definition of “Wealthy?”

Speaker Launcher

Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing beginner speaker definition of wealthy Jane Atkinson speaker coach speaker trainingps: The Wealthy Speaker 2.0

Clegg’s conference speech: ‘definitely OK, absolutely fine, without any doubt not bad’

Max Atkinson

The concept of a ‘noticeable absence’ is a simple but important one in conversation analysis. Walkabout woe? For more on which, see HERE and HERE ).

"Old" = One Script ("Broken" has the same definition)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are those who give up on learning and changing. If they are over-50, we label them as "old." That's sticking with THE script.


Thoughts on Self-Definition

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Be defined, not by the trophies in our cabinet, the money in our bank account; nor the clothes that we wear, or profession that we do. But think and define […]. General Personal Development Random Observations

"Wealth" - Diverse definitions, even in capitalistic nations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For some, the ability to bear children might represent to them "wealth."  discusses how protean the concept "wealth" is. 

Today’s Slang: Words Without Definition?

DeFinis Communications

In August, I wrote a blog about hippie-era slang that coincided with the 40 th anniversary of Woodstock. I explained how speech has always been a principle medium for cultures to define and differentiate themselves. For example, “LOL” or “BRB” have been commonplace in everyday speech for years due to instant and text messaging.

PowerPoint Slide Makeover #44 - Making Definitions Interesting

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In too many training and teaching presentations, the definitions of key terms are read verbatim from text on the slides. each, click here

"Grown Up" - Sure, I will try to be that, but what's the definition?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" But, what is the definition of "grown up?" In the New York Post , Kyle Smith runs a diatribe against Millennials. It reeks of the platitudes about that generation not being "grown up." " They're depicted as cry babies. The same was said about us Baby Boomers.   In fact, I developed a cute ritual.

6 minutes: definitive speaking blogroll

The Eloquent Woman

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. Thanks, Andrew! (He If you're not using this ample resource to read up on speaking skills, well, we can't speak to that.

"All Grown Up" - New 21st Century Definition

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  At age 65, I was finally all grown up - at least according to the new definition of that rite of passage.  Someone at work got fired and it wasn't me. That's all I thought about after I heard that one of the contract employees like myself for a large company was canned.    Shock: It wasn't me. 

Definitive list of public speaking blogs – updated with Twitter

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Andrew Dlugan, custodian of the list to top public speaking blogs, has just updated the list to include the Twitter profiles. You can view the update list here. Thanks Andrew for the update. Related posts: 70 Great Public Speaking Blogs I came across a great list on Andrew Dlugan’s website. Whether you.

PowerPoint Tip: Visual Slide Definition

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This past week I created a new definition of a visual slide that captures where my position is different from some others. Here is my definition: "A visual slide is not the absence of text; it is the presence of a visual that encourages a conversation with the audience." I'd love to hear your thoughts on this definition.

Are you passionate about your job?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

’ and then reminds those who raise their hands that the dictionary definition of ‘passionate’ is either (a) […].

The Compliment

The Communication Blog

compliment definition of interpersonal communication ConversationHere's an interesting little piece on complimenting someone that would work well with any unit on conversation in interpersonal communication. It provides 10 ways to tell someone you think he or she is beautiful and would be a great introduction to complimenting in general.

Public Speaking: 7 Tips on How to Replace Fear with Confidence


But nerves can throw a definite wrench into getting your brand story across effectively and […]. Presentation Tips

When sending a thank you (definitely) does more harm than good

SpeakerSue Says...

This post is about email etiquette, how a thank you can blow up, and what to do about it. A few days ago I did a favor - a 15 minute telephone interview for a colleague in the multi-level marketing business. She made it clear there was no budget but I’d be exposed to 20,000+ sales folks and she’d mention my stuff. So, what do you think?

The Power of Using Crowdsourcing for Product Development

Speaker Launcher

Crowdsourcing is one of those buzzwords we all hear tossed around these days. I did not even realize I was crowdsourcing when I […].

How Fear of Public Speaking Can Hold Back Your Career


If you suffer from a fear of public speaking, you are definitely not alone. While some people […]. Presentation Tips

Content Strategy Within The Design Process – Smashing UX Design

Content Marketing Today

It’s a relatively new — and extremely broad — discipline with no single definitive definition. This definition is a great place to start.

Presentation design trends

PowerPoint Tips

It is important to note that the strictest definition of an infographic is any graphic that clarifies or explains. Change is inevitable.

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What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

PowerPoint Tips

Use Smart Lookup for web-based definitions and links. Here’s a screenshot of it. So, what’s new? but here’s a rundown.

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5 Lessons I Learned Tracking My Pitches for a Year

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

When an editor gives a definitive response, I mark the pitch as “accepted” or “rejected.” Excerpt from The Freelancer : By Anna Cat Brigida. When I first started freelancing, I saw pitching as an unpredictable part of the job. The pitch itself mattered, of course, but I always felt that I was more lucky than smart when one was accepted.

2017 21

I know it’s hot but your voice isn’t warm!

Kate's Voice

However, if you have to give a talk, you need to warm up your voice before you practice, and definitely before you go on stage or on camera. The thermometer is pushing three digits and the idea of warming up anything is probably just not on your mind. The question is, what do you do [.].

Sticky Note Sabotage

Duarte Blog

We’re no strangers to sticky notes , but this is definitely the most fun we’ve had with them. We took note of the date (ba-ha!)

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How to Add Humor to Your Presentation?


Should you be able to add a little bit of humor and make them laugh or even smile; your presentation is a hit. Now, […]. Presentation Tips

2014 16

It's Not What You Say

Professionally Speaking...

It's so practical and so relevant it definitely deserves a place in your presentation toolkit. . . . . . I would not be one of them.

Using props to create a vibe

Speak Schmeak

And there was definitely a vibe in the room. I attended a presentation the other night where the speaker took props to a whole new level.

2011 59

Anticipate the next slide with transitional statements

PowerPoint Tips

These are just short phrases, but definitely consider using full sentences as in the examples I gave above. Gluing slides together.

2016 68

Getting in the Green Room - The Zen of Surfing and Speaking

Green Room Speakers

Yet I recently learned that green room has a second definition. This term was coined due to the color of light reflected into the barrel.

Should we be suspicious of stories?

Presentation Zen

But what would have made the talk better would have been a clear definition of what story is, or at least what definition he was using.

2013 40

Stop Stealing Dreams: Seth Godin on Education & School

Presentation Zen

Definitely worth your time. In March of this year I created a post entitled Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school.

2012 44

Make your webinars super interactive

PowerPoint Tips

” It’s been a rewarding journey to learn how to engage remotely, which I think is definitely a trend that is here to stay. All good!

2014 94

The Almost Dictionary — Humor Contest

Humor Power

And then give us a definition. We are not looking for daffynitions, which are twisted definitions of actual words. Tags: Contests almost dictionary alternate definitions creative writing humor contest And of course I thought, let’s have a contest! The variations might be created by changing one letter, or two.

Norm Macdonald: A profile of authenticity on stage

Presentation Zen

He never became a household name, though he is certainly successful by any definition. Comedian Rob Schneider called Macdonald's performance ".comic

2015 19

New official guide to TED talks shares the 'secret': It's all in your ideas

The Eloquent Woman

Recently, I was coaching a scientist who had given a short 15-minute "TED-style" talk and wanted help revising it for a high-stakes conference.

2016 39

Famous Speech Friday: Hillary Clinton answers a tough question

The Eloquent Woman

"A speech doesn't have to be long!" said fellow speaker coach Peter Botting when he sent this video my way. Secretary of State. And so are we. Not so!

2016 20

It’s All Geek to Me

Duarte Blog

There is most definitely a lesson here about avoiding the use of confusing jargon in our presentations. Does it help? What do you think?

2011 43

Presenter roles: What role do you play?

PowerPoint Tips

As presenters, we play various roles. It all depends on the situation. Who gave you the assignment to present. What the goal is. Who the audience is.

2013 65

How Long is Forever?

Executive Speech Coach

I think that your definition of "forever" depends on how you are feeling at the moment. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. Tuesday, August 03, 2010 How Long is Forever?