Wed.Mar 07, 2012

Wear a looser dress

Speak Schmeak

Photo courtesy of fixedgear On last week's American Idol, the top 12 women performed. One singer, Baylie Brown, wore a lovely and flattering dress, but after her performance, confessed that it was too tight. She said that she had had trouble breathing and that she could feel her heartbeat.

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How Rush Limbaugh is helping me celebrate Women's History Month

The Eloquent Woman

I have to confess: I struggle with Women's History Month. Every year when March rolls around, I'm reminded how tough it is to write about an issue like women and public speaking when, as Kathleen Hall Jamieson so succinctly put it, "History has many themes. One of them is that women should be quiet." Not a great start for a post celebrating the month, but true.

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Speaking up about silencing women

Speak Schmeak

Don't miss these excellent posts by fellow coaches Denise Graveline and Marion Chapsal about the long and insidious history of attempting to silence women who speak out (or just speak ) by calling them whores and sluts.

How to sound really natural when delivering a fully scripted speech

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Recently I came across a great post by fellow presentation skills trainer Cordelia Ditton. It covers the thorny topic of how to deliver a speech from a script. I loved Her step by step take on how to make the speech sound like it was yours and I thought you might find it useful too. Thanks to Cordelia for allowing be to republish it in full. Imagine the scenario: a friend is taken ill, it’s [.]

Elmo's Secrets to Speaking Success

Speak and Deliver

I hate Elmo. With a passion. That annoying voice. The stupid laughing followed by "Ooh, that tickles". The fact that I trip over two or three of them anytime I walk into my four-year-old's room. But I found myself watching " Being Elmo " on Netflix Monday night.

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Speaking up about silencing women

Speak Schmeak

Don't miss these excellent posts by fellow coaches Denise Graveline and Marion Chapsal about the long and insidious history of attempting to silence women who speak out (or just speak ) by calling them whores and sluts.

Don Draper: Will "Mad Men" kill him off?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now that's a question: What will Don Draper die of?    Adam Raymond raises it in NEW YORK Magazine. At first I thought that would be an impossibilty.    Even if the series ended Draper would have to go on. 

Public Speaking: Be There And Be Firm

Great Public Speaking

Do not let people with other things on their mind mess up your presentation! If you are in your presentation room early and have real reasons for doing what you are doing, you will have the best luck at commanding your stage. I was the opening speaker at an event recently and was in the room way early to set up and test everything. It was my job to kick off the event and WOW the crowd in my half day presentation.

Personal Blogs: Everything changes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like being on LinkedIn and Facebook, a personal blog is, more or less, a must.    More and more prospects for assigning us work and employers who could hire us want to know if we have a blog and what is the URL. 

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Observational Humor — Case Study #78

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor Monologue with an analysis of what makes the humor tick. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was presented.). The emcee of the evening was introduced by the club President. His opening remark was “Thank You Mr President” in a very resonating and distinguished tone of voice. He brought attention to it by saying: “I’ve always wanted to say that…Thank You Mr President!”

Creative Destruction: The supermarket

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Can a cat treat be the bellwether for an industry?    For me it is.    Today, the weather was spring-like, even here in the heart of New England.    I had a few bucks in my pocket since business has been on an uptick.