Wed.Apr 25, 2012

If you don't want the relationship, don't ask for the favor

Speak Schmeak

In this blog post , John Greathouse describes a phone call from someone seeking referrals to contacts in John's field. The caller basically does everything wrong, starting with forgetting a key factor in relationship-building: research.

Accept Applause but Don’t Expect It

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. His Squidoo Lens is also worth a look. In this blog post from 25 April 2012 , Seth lays down a simple rule that every public speaker should take to heart: Don’t expect applause.

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Florence Nightingale and the rise of the pie chart

The Eloquent Woman

The pie chart, perhaps the only presentation tool that reminds you of dessert, is older than you think. The New York Times magazine took a look at the founder of the pie chart, William Playfair , who first used it in 1801. Pie charts didn't catch on until the middle of the 19th century, however. Then they were used in combinations with maps to convey additional data, and expanded in shapes to include rings and "doughnut" charts.

There's No Such Thing as a Motivational Speaker

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

A friend sent this funny video dispelling the myths of motivational speakers.    It has a good time poking fun at the occupational hazards of the job.    But let me take the idea here one step further.    There is no such thing as the job category, “Motivational Speaker.”    At least, there shouldn’t be, and you shouldn’t think of yourself as one, or even aspire to become one.    Why, you say? 

How an Assistant Can Help Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Working with a Presentation Assistant An assistant can help your presentation in several ways.

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Overcome obstacles and convey your message with confidence, poise, and persuasiveness

Pivotal Public Speaking

The 7 Principles of Public Speaking. Richard Zeoli. With The 7 Principles of Public Speaking, Richard Zeoli makes the common sense, gimmick-free program he’s offered to business leaders and political candidates available to everyone. => [link].

Joe Muto, Still Playing Role of Rogue: Accused of grand larceny

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Joe Muto aka "Fox Mole" has moved onto the legal stage of attempting to be a headline-grabbing rogue.    He has been accused by the folks at Fox of grand larceny and other crimes, reports NEW YORK MAGAZINE. 

Observational Humor — Case Study #80

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting: THE SETUP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was presented.). I was introduced by the General Evaluator. While delivering impromptu speech topics, two members role-played as Superman and Batman. In his speech, Scott named two mentors. Bill was one. I was one. He said that Bill was tough on him. I’m normally casually dressed when I attend meetings.