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

2015 43

What’s Your Definition of “Wealthy?”

Speaker Launcher

Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing beginner speaker definition of wealthy Jane Atkinson speaker coach speaker trainingBeing a Wealthy Speaker may mean different things to different people. My idea of “wealthy” is making money while I sleep and travelling just a few times each year.

2012 52

"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." " If they are under-50, we simply shrug them off as "broken," usually by life.    The "old" all share one characteristic.

2017 52

Public Speaking: Definitions

Great Public Speaking

You can use a quick comical definition to liven up a public speaking engagement. Here are some definitions I like: Banker : A fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. Oliver Herford There are literally thousands of these definitions available in comedy books, quotation books, and books for speakers. As always, make sure the word defined is relevant to the point you are trying to make.

Joke Contest — Disease Definitions

Humor Power

The theme for this month’s contest is: Disease Definitions. New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). The next Cartoon Caption Contest will be announced September 1, 2011. Your challenge is to make up a new disease which describes some quality or behavior you see in everyday life. You should include a name for the disease and a description.

2011 40

"Wealth" - Diverse definitions, even in capitalistic nations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For some, the ability to bear children might represent to them "wealth."  "  That's even though the birth adds to the mouths to feed, which could, well, decrease wealth, at least if it's calculated in terms of money.

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.

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. This makeover shows that defintions can be interesting if you connect with the audience and leave them with a definition they will remember.

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. 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.

"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. Instead of protesting war and racial injustice, we were told to "grow up."

2016 43

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." In my definition, I deliberately chose to define a visual not by what is missing, but instead by what is present that is of greatest value. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this definition.

2007 40

"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.    In these upside-down economic times, we have to be completely mature in order to hold onto work, even that contract or free agent kind. 

2010 40

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. link].

2011 100

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

Max Atkinson

The last thing party leaders want when making their annual conference speeches is for something in the news to knock coverage of them down in the list of the day’s headlines.

2009 52

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. Everyone is just trying to make a living these days, and I felt that if I can help her out by providing a couple of solid selling and motivation tips, I was happy to offer my time.

2009 40

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.

Room 56

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

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. Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. George Torok is a Toronto based presentation coach and presentation skills trainer.

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) […]. Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway gave the closing keynote at the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) conference in Dublin this last May.

2016 170


Speaking Freely

by Self-Expression Center Staff The dictionary states that there are two definitions for the words present and presentation. The first definition for present is to exist or occur in the moment; but the second definition is what intrigues me the most for both forms of the word – to bestow or give a gift.

2014 113

How Fear of Public Speaking Can Hold Back Your Career


If you suffer from a fear of public speaking, you are definitely not alone. In fact, fear of public speaking often lands in the top five of the biggest fears that humans have. In some surveys, it even lands in the number one slot, with death coming in at a close second!

2017 79

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 […]. Selling is an art, and to be successful at it, you’ve got to be confident in yourself and your product or service.

2016 86

Where Can I Find Great Clip Art and More for Powerpoint?

Presentation Guru

It may have earned itself a notorious reputation but at its most basic definition the term clip art does simply represent pre-made images that can be used in whatever medium.

2017 54

Empty calories vs. nutritional value

Speak Schmeak

To add to my list of unoriginal clichés and tired statistics , how about we stop with the use of pointless dictionary definitions?

2009 182

Empty calories vs. nutritional value

Speak Schmeak

To add to my list of unoriginal clichés and tired statistics , how about we stop with the use of pointless dictionary definitions?

2009 182

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 [.]. vocal delivery vocal health breathing intention public speaking tips

2010 127

The Power of Using Crowdsourcing for Product Development

Speaker Launcher

By definition it means to obtain information or input into a particular task or project by enlisting the services of a number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet. Crowdsourcing is one of those buzzwords we all hear tossed around these days.

2016 79

Dirimens copulatio and LBJ’s War on Poverty Speech

The Presenter's Blog

The past 3000 years have allowed the magic word spells we call rhetorical figures to be defined and re-defined so many times that you often find multiple definitions for the same thing. I’m going with Cicero’s definition because frankly, it makes more sense. by Peter Watts.

2014 141

Why most public speaking advice doesn’t seem to work for you

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s my working definition of the essential difference – extroverts are energized by being with groups of people, whereas introverts are drained by that and recharge by being alone.

2017 202

It's Not What You Say

Professionally Speaking...

It's so practical and so relevant it definitely deserves a place in your presentation toolkit. . . . . . There would be people who'd disagree with the premise of Michael Parker's new book, It's Not What You Say. I would not be one of them.

2016 158

How to Add Humor to Your Presentation?


No matter how serious is the subject, the audience is present only to find your presentation interesting and have definitely come to enjoy the time they are spending listening to you.

2014 71

Are you the steward or the star?

Succeed Speaking

One definition of steward, according to Merriam-Webster, is “one appointed to supervise the provision and distribution of food and drink in an institution.&#. photo credit: marbla123.

2011 130

Your Voice, Your Impact, Your Choice

Kate's Voice

I am proud to see my blog on 6-Minutes’ Definitive List of public speaking blogs, and I am also proud to be addressing the use and care of one of the most important assets to a speaker (or anyone, for that matter!), the human voice. So, I’m starting the New Year off with a bit [.]. intention Speaking vocal delivery vocal power voice lessons public speaking tips vocal image vocal impact

2010 100

Drudge Report - America Wants Strong Leadership, Exit Polls Show

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One definition had been: Leaders choose the right things to do and managers do those things right. Now that such  linguistic door has been opened, another new industry can pop up with definitions of strong. It's actually election day.

2016 74

The Live Audience in Online Public Speaking Courses: One More Try

The Communication Blog

Public speaking does not depend—for its definition or its existence—on a live audience. After reading the varied posts, I’m convinced we (as an academic discipline) don’t have any evidence for the claims that a live audience is either effective or necessary in online public speaking courses. Although instructors noted how they handled this issue of a live audience, no one produced any evidence.

2018 100

Book review: The Healthy Programmer.

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

yes most definitely (even if you are not a programer). This book is a practical guide for computer programmers (or any office worker) who want to get more fit and healthy.

2013 151

How To Use SWOT Analysis or SOAR Analysis


Of course, a more grained definition of each factor needs to be developed. Introduction. The SWOT and the SOAR models are business management tools used as organizational frameworks to enhance business performance.

The Introvert’s Ultimate Guide to Speaking Up in Meetings

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s Mel’s one line definition of the 5 second rule: “If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.” Speaking up in meetings is a useful thing to do both for your career and for your personal growth.

2018 144


Professionally Speaking...

All our business communication.including presentations.would definitely benefit if we eliminated these words. I've been blogging recently on the power of language , focusing on the elegance and impact of certain types of words and sentence construction. One hundred and eighty degrees from this elegance are hackneyed cliches that don't communicate anything meaningful. I just came across this post at Harvard Business on 10 Business Words To Ban and I had to share it.

2009 100

Dinner with Gov. Rick Perry, Defense Sec. Leon Panetta, & DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Speak to Lead

But it's hard to keep meetings secret in Washington, especially with an exquiste, definitely-not-rubber-chicken, menu, so soon we were joined by. Saturday evening I dressed up in white tie and tails for an intimate dinner with Rick, Leon and Debbie. Musings-On Topic & Off Gridiron Dinner Leon Panetta Lou Hampton off the record Patrick J Sloyan Rick Perry