May, 2019

4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat

Manner of Speaking

Today, 15 May 2019, is a big day in our family. Our cat Pico is now 20 years old. A significant milestone. According to generally agreed conversion rates, if Pico were human, she would be 96.

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Two PowerPoint accessibility features plus one “off label” use

PowerPoint Tips

People with visual disabilities may use a screen reader to read the screen to them. PowerPoint has features that work with screen readers and you can help to ensure that this experience is useful for people with visual disabilities.

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Being vs. becoming

Speak Schmeak

Twice in conversations with a client, she's told me, "I'm not a writer." And yet, she is a writer, because she writes !

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Plagiarism

The Communication Blog

Here's an interesting little article on plagiarism which, I think, would make for an interesting case study and class discussion. link] [link]. Ashton Kutcher Plagiarism speech

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Taking It to the Next Level: Stand up Comedy – How Hard Can It Be?

Presentation Guru

When John, Emma and I set up Presentation Guru we wanted to create a shared resource (The ‘guru’ is the community, not any one of us) of hundreds of articles for speakers, at every stage of their development, to help them do three things: Create engaging stories.

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The Highs and Lows of Reinvention with Jason Hewlett

Speaker Launcher

I always stress the importance of picking a lane…but, what happens if you want to change lanes or merge onto a different road all-together? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are talking to Jason Hewlett about the path to reinvention.

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Transitions in a speech or presentation

Manner of Speaking

Have you ever been in the audience listening to a speaker and found yourself lost? You weren’t exactly sure where the speaker was going or how the different points in a speech were connected?

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More Trending

Why can't every talk be a TED talk?

Speak Schmeak

TEDxUCLA TED talks are the "it-girl" of speaking. Everyone wants their presentation to be as cool as a TED talk, as profound as a TED talk, and as viral as a TED talk. I'm a huge fan of TED talks (and their locally-produced TEDx brethren).

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Communication as a College Major

The Communication Blog

Here's a brief article on the 10 most versatile college majors--Communication is No. link] [link

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More Lessons from Stand-up Comedy

Presentation Guru

Kudos to my friend and co-founder of Presentation Guru, Jim Harvey. Jim recently took the plunge and jumped into the world of stand-up comedy. He shares some of the things that he has learned in this post, Taking it to the Next Level: Stand Up Comedy – How Hard Can it Be?

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Make Fear Your Homeboy with Judi Holler

Speaker Launcher

Imagine a world where fear motivates you and hustle makes you very, very lucky. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are talking to Judi Holler about overcoming fear and embracing the things that scare us the most.

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3 tips to deal with the room where you speak

Manner of Speaking

When we give a speech or presentation, we usually don’t have any control over the room where we speak.

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Distressed Conde Nast Reported to Be Selling Another Title

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Recently, struggling Conde Nast sold Brides.    Now, it's reported that after almost a year it found a buyer for the fashion title W. The purchaser is said to be Surface Media. Here are more details. It's impossible to predict if this publishing empire can turn itself around.

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Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Duarte Blog

Commencement season is upon us. You know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages for diplomas. And we’re watching the videos.

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Public Speaking: Its Place in the Communication Curriculum

The Communication Blog

I wrote this as a post on the basic course list but I thought others might also be interested. For a variety of reasons, it seems useful to periodically review current practices and search for alternatives that might better serve our purposes. So, here I want to review the “basic course” and argue that the basic course in communication—often a required course—should not be public speaking but should be the hybrid/fundamentals course.

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Tips on Designing and Delivering Engaging Presentations

Presentation Guru

Every day, up and down the country, and across the globe, thousands if not millions of poor audience members are sat down in a conference hall ready to endure up to 3 hours of painstaking presentations.

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How to Engage Your Audience Using Games and Other Fun Tools with Stephen Shapiro

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast we welcome Stephen who will share with us how he uses games and innovation to engage and inspire his audience.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 311) – Simone Weil

Manner of Speaking

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” — Simone Weil. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 311) – Simone Weil appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes Simone Weil

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Prologue to Family Tree, a novel

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This is the first draft of the three-part prologue to Family Tree , a novel, historical fiction, that I may be writing. I am looking for feedback on the prologue. Feel free to post detailed feedback here (or email it to paullima.com@gmail.com ), or simply let me know if, based on the prologue, you think you might be interested in reading the book — especially if you like historical fiction. Family Tree Prologue. Germany February 1945.

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How to Write a Great Talk: Murder Your Darlings

Duarte Blog

Writing teachers commonly use the phrase “kill your darlings” to describe the editing process.

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Speech of Acceptance

The Communication Blog

Here is a speech of acceptance that is sure to resonate with students and instructors alike. It's Madonna's acceptance speech for the Advocate for Change award from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation). The speech is all over the Internet; the one noted here is one clear version with commentary. link]. Acceptance speech Advocate for Change Award speeches GLAAD Madonna speech of acceptance

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You Have a File to Convert? You’ll Need One of These

Presentation Guru

As technology has evolved, we now have multiple devices and digital platforms that support different format of files. That is why we often come up against the problem of converting files into specified formats.

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3 Takeaways for Professional Speakers from the Brene Brown Netflix Special

Speaker Launcher

I recently watched the new Brené Brown Netflix special. How smart is Netflix for bringing DIY learning content to their platform? I’ve seen Brené’s Ted Talk, so I knew what to expect.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 308) – Simon Sinek

Manner of Speaking

“We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the … Continue reading → The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 308) – Simon Sinek appeared first on Manner of Speaking

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Fortune Setting Up Paywall - Risky Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media outlets, both those with a print legacy and digital natives, are struggling. New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway sees that global industry as zero growth. So far this year, 2,700 media jobs have been cut.

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Writers write

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Quote from poet Donna Hilbert: “One of the most annoying questions I field from non-writers is ‘Are you still writing?’ ’ Might as well ask if I’m still breathing.” ” Writers write. That’s what we do. And many of us pretty much want to do it forever.

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How to Write a Great Talk: Murder Your Darlings

Duarte Blog

Writing teachers commonly use the phrase “kill your darlings” to describe the editing process.

2019 52

All You Need to Know About Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

SlideModel

Analyzing failure is essential for rectifying issues and preventing them in the future. It can be catastrophic for a business to have a breakdown which halts an entire process; be it the manufacturing of a product or delivery of a service.

2019 52

How to Expand and Grow Your Brand with Cheryl Cran

Speaker Launcher

In order to create a successful company, you need to invest the time and effort to make (and keep) yourself known. Sometimes this requires tweaks to your marketing while other times, a complete reinvention is required.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 310) – Epictetus

Manner of Speaking

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” — Epictetus. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 310) – Epictetus appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Epictetus Motivation public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Burning Some Bridges in Professional Life - Actually, That Could Be a +

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The conventional wisdom: Don't burn bridges. Play it safe. You don't know whom they know or the reach of that organization. The new reality: Professional life is too fragmented and the pace of change too rapid for making an enemy or enemies here and there to matter much.

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Was your speech successful?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Measure the success of each presentation.

2019 52

After Life: mini review

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

If you like series written by and starring Ricky Gervais, you will love After Life, a six episode comedy (and I use the word “comedy” loosely) on Netflix. In After Life, the wife of main character, Tony (Ricky Gervais) dies after a prolonged battle with illness.

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How to Carry Out a Feasibility Study and Get Better at Business Decision Making

SlideModel

It’s a well-known fact that projects fail more often than they succeed. This happens for a multitude of reasons, but the lack of proper planning tends to be the most common one. The best tool for determining whether your project will be a win or a loss is a feasibility study.

2019 52

5 Lessons Learned Building My New Website

Speaker Launcher

I recently launched a fully redesigned website. Since you are a business owner who has likely gone through this process once or twice before, I’m sure you can sympathize with the pain and stress I went through to bring this new project to a close. It was, to say the least, a challenge.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso

Manner of Speaking

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ” — Pablo Picasso. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Pablo Picasso public speaking quotes quote

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Civilization and Its Discontents - Those Who Can't Hold on and Do a FIRE

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When he was 20 years old, Christopher Knight got it that he didn't want to or couldn't continue with life as most people live it.    He entered the Maine woods. He remained there for 27 years. He pulled that off without human contact or earning a living.

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