Mon.Apr 30, 2012

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 130)

Manner of Speaking

Alexander Gregg (1819 - 1893) American Clergyman. “There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject; then to get your subject into yourself; and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.” ” — Alexander Gregg.

Ancient Danish monarch: Alive and well in Paris

The Presenter's Blog

Paris is becoming politically plastered. Last-minute election posters are popping up everywhere. One of them has particularly caught my attention: “La France Forte Avec Nicolas Sarkozy” “A strong France with Nicolas Sarkozy” Sarkozy’s choice of visual metaphor for these closing stages of the campaign has him standing against a backdrop of the ocean; He is the valiant protector, guarding the virtue of the nation. But guarding it against what exactly?

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Review: Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson

PowerPoint Tips

This is the 3rd edition of this very successful and well-known book. Cliff Atkinson was one of the first major presentation experts to talk about ridding slides of bullet points and with the 1st edition of the book, he launched a revolution in slide design.

From the vault: Easy ways to avoid copyright problems with your slides & handouts

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: This 2010 post has been updated and is still essential today--a trainee just asked me a similar set of questions last week!) An event planner I know emailed me this week to ask about a speaker's upcoming event. She wrote: Question for you Madame Communications Guru…if an article is online from a publication such as Washington Times or National Review, do we need permission to reprint? Especially if we're giving it out as handout material?

Why – and How – Your Audience Matters. 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?    But that question requires more than a one-word answer.    It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.    Why should you care?    After all, isn’t it a matter of integrity to say the same thing to everybody?    Yes and no. 

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Ben Bradlee v Bob Woodward: Of course it's about power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Washington D.C. is a city about power.    Men and women sacrifice money to have all the power they can get, grow, and hold.    So, it's no surprise that lion in winter Ben Bradlee would put a few dents in the reputation of his former employee Bob Woodward.

" Mad Men" - Women power, though not official

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Mad Men" is set in pre-feminism days but nevertheless the power of women is dominating what is. Megan's sci-fi theme for Heinz is what saves the account.    Like her husband Don she is a complex person and is showing the world that she has other gifts beyond beauty.