Wed.May 02, 2012

Design a first slide that stands out and matches your brand

PowerPoint Tips

I really like slides with a solid background, usually white or black. They’re neat and clean. They don’t distract from the message. Obviously, they’re easy to create. They work better with images. For example, you can remove the background of images and get a result like this.

Use W5 to help you communicate effectively

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Whether you are writing or talking, communicating effectively is important. To demonstrate the point, I often tell the story of the golf course groundskeeper who hired a young trainee. The day the trainee showed up, the groundskeeper said, “See those bundles of sod on the truck? I want you to re-sod the areas that I’ve staked out around the 18 flags on the golf course. I’ll be back at the end of the day to check on your progress.”. If you want to know what happened, please read the blog post!

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Speakers: To persuade, get concrete. To inspire, be abstract.

The Eloquent Woman

Should you try to inspire your audience--or persuade them? Are you speaking about why your audience should do something--or how to pull it off? New research suggests that decision depends on the timing of your message and what the audience has to do next, whether that deadline is in the future or next week.

May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

One Writer’s Tale of Self-Publishing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

In 2009, 76% of all books released were self-published, according to Publishers Weekly. Since then, the industry has all but stopped keeping stats. The number of self-published print and e-books continue to grow exponentially while the number of books issued by traditional publishers declines. This trend is being fostered by both independent authors and the new wave of print on demand (POD) publishers who publish books for would-be authors lacking the technical skills to otherwise self-publish.

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May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. But remember, this is all about getting out of your comfort zone.

How to stay motivated when the road is long…

SpeakerSue Says...

My two nieces, ages 10 and 11, ran in the KidsRock marathon. It’s 25 miles of individual running spread out over time and a 1.2 mile race, with the neighboring schools, run on the same course that the 1/2 and full marathon will be run the following morning. Driving to pasta load (for me) after KidsRock, with one of the award winning runners, we discussed how to stay focused when running a long distance and how to keep going even when you don’t feel like it.

"Top 20 Seminar Scams" Webinar

Great Public Speaking

Complimentary Public Service Webinar No Sales offer at all. Top 20 Seminar Scams" (I WILL be naming some names) Wednesday, May 2nd 8:05 PM Eastern time https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/987035078 You will learn: = 21 Ways Professional Level Con People can cheat you at seminars. = Why you should still go to seminars. About the Sociopath personality = Why I’m taking a stand and why you should too. Where to complain = How you can protect yourself and = How you can help.

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Thought for the day – getting unstuck

Pivotal Public Speaking

“When we feel stuck, going nowhere — even starting to slip backward — we may actually be backing up to get a running start.” ” – Dan Millman. quotations inspiration

News Corp: Nobody really cares about the scandal, the business is too good

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's the way it goes.    News Corp head Rupert Murdoch had to be censured and he was.    But the constituencies which count could care less about the scandal.    The business of News Corp is too good. 

Great Improv Exercise

Green Room Speakers

Here's a fun improv exercise that works on body language and can help you get out of your comfort zone when you deliver a presentation: From the Green Room: The same words can have entirely different meanings depending on how you say them.

Competition: A generation relearns how to go after a job, assignment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I have to compete. That was the accidental insight I got after I pulled out all stops to land an assignment covering an aspect of online video.    Then that was reinforced when I got two interviews for a plum in retail. 

Podcast: Using Social Media to find your Client’s Pain Points

Communication Steroids

Social media can be an effective way to uncover what ails you (or your clients). Tim and Roger take a look at the ways you can use Twitter, Facebook, et al to diagnose those ills. Share this! Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr Stumble Digg Delicious Social media can be an effective way to uncover what ails you (or your clients). Tim and Roger take a look at the ways you can use Twitter, Facebook, et al to diagnose those ills. Share this!TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Occupy Wall Street & Performance Art: Rhythm as unifying force

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Whether or not Occupy Wall Street will dominate again as a voice of reform is up in the air.    While the economic recovery is sluggish, it's nevertheless a recovery.    GDP growth of 2%+ is better than no growth.

Podcast: Using Social Media to find your Client’s Pain Points

Communication Steroids

Social media can be an effective way to uncover what ails you (or your clients). Tim and Roger take a look at the ways you can use Twitter, Facebook, et al to diagnose those ills. Share this! Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr Stumble Digg Delicious Social media can be an effective way to uncover what ails you (or your clients). Tim and Roger take a look at the ways you can use Twitter, Facebook, et al to diagnose those ills. Share this!TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Alum success: new novel from speechwriter

Joan Detz Speaker Services

My congratulations to Robert Yeager, a highly talented writer who has attended several of my speechwriting workshops. His new novel, The Romanov Stone , is now up on Amazon

Newt Gingrich Drops Out of Presidential Race

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized drops out gop race newt gingrich quits