September, 2017

What if we put the audience first?

Manner of Speaking

What if we stopped thinking of the audience as the number of seats filled? What if we started thinking about the audience as individuals who are giving us 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour of their time? Time that they … Continue reading → Audience audience Presentation public speaking

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Using BIG circles on slides to make a bold, modern statement

PowerPoint Tips

One way to create a modern look is to use BIG shapes. Recent design trends often use large shapes with lots of white space. You can see this on some websites. In this post, I show you 2 ways to use circles to create a bold, modern statement. Use a circle for a numbered list.

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10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these ten reasons I think the program is worth joining!

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Exercise: How to jump start your voice without saying a word

Kate's Voice

I don’t have to tell you that your voice is attached to your body. And I probably don’t have to tell you that your body needs exercise. But what kind of exercise makes your voice work better? And how does a full-body workout compare with vocal warm-ups for getting your voice going?

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How to Move Hearts and Minds with these 12 Easy Hacks

Presentation Guru

Most presenters forget that their job is not simply to explain something, it is to transmit a feeling to their audience. Often, for business audiences, they neither feel nor face anything much that is positive in their worlds.

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The Results are In: How Most Speakers Are Getting Business

Speaker Launcher

I was curious whether or not all of the new platforms promising “lots of engagements” for speakers were resulting in speakers getting business. To find out, we sent out a survey to our community of speakers to see exactly where you are getting business. Thanks to all of you who participated, because it told us what […]. The post The Results are In: How Most Speakers Are Getting Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Language of Retirement Planning - Factor in Phrase "Extreme Weather"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Southwestern Arizona. That was a favorite of those considering retirement/semi-retirement. Then there were the summers of 2016 and 2017. The Tucson-Phoenix regions had sustained 122-degree temperatures. The media articles on the most affordable coastal towns listed those in Texas.

7 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Audience Hooked

Presentation Guru

There’s nothing worse than realising mid-presentation that your audience is asleep. In fact, a recent Harris Poll survey discovered that half of respondents do something other than listen during a presentation. Texting, checking email, and dozing off were the most popular distractors.

6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding

Duarte Blog

Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch.

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Make your next presentation your best yet

Manner of Speaking

The infographic in this post comes courtesy of the design agency Ghergich & Co. They developed it for Salesforce Canada and invited me to share it with you. The infographic captures some important principles from three experts in the field of … Continue reading → Delivery Design Slide Presentation Chris Anderson Guy Kawasaki Nancy Duarte PowerPoint Presentation public speaking TED

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Speechwriters: Are you working on more than one speech at a time?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Since September 1st, I have accepted seven speechwriting assignments – most due in late September or October, with one due in November. This is a demanding load. How do I juggle seven speechwriting assignments? I don’t. I set priorities and I only work on one speech at a time.

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Want to boost conference attendance? Add women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

There's a little-observed phenomenon going on in conferences today: Many "mainstream" conferences in all industries feature few women speakers, and women speakers experience serious hurdles to get on their programs.

Where Do You Get Your Speaking Business?

Speaker Launcher

I have a very important question for you: Where do you get your speaking business? Are you hustling and booking everything directly? Are they coming through referrals? Or are you using speakers bureaus and social media? Every day there are more and more apps and platforms popping up that purport to help speakers get booked. […]. The post Where Do You Get Your Speaking Business? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Can a slidedoc ever be a presentation?

Presentation Guru

In scientific presentations, pre-made slides are a bane and a boon at the same time. Some journals offer all the figures from publications as slides, but it’s usually as a single unalterable image, which make the slide often unsuited for presentation.

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Deloitte's Major Cyber Attack Involves Client Confidential Data - Branding in Crisis

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One of Deloitte's core competencies is providing clients with cyber security. That's why the major cyber attack of its own data and that of about six clients has thrown the Deloitte branding in crisis. The extent of the data breach is extraordinary, reports Jeff John Roberts, at Fortune.

A lesson from Apple’s launch of the iPhone X

Manner of Speaking

The iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone 10”) was touted as the next leap forward in smartphones. It is the first smartphone from Apple to feature a full-screen display, it has “Super Retina” resolution, wireless charging and more. Apple revealed it to the world on 12 … Continue reading → Preparation Props Apple Craig Federighi iPhone X Presentation props public speaking Steve Jobs

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Boost your clout as a writer or speaker: Develop strong research skills

Joan Detz Speaker Services

September is #LibraryCardSignUp Month. If you don’t already own a card for your local public library, get one now. Then get cards for major libraries throughout the country. You don’t have to be a resident of Philadelphia to apply for a card at Philly’s terrific Free Library.

Famous Speech Friday: Taylor Swift's harassment testimony

The Eloquent Woman

It was courtroom testimony by a harassed woman the likes of which is rarely seen, and that's really the pity here. But when singer-songwriter Taylor Swift took the stand in a Denver, Colorado, federal courtroom, her words resonated around the world.

3 Strategies for Moving Out of Your ‘Money Comfort Zone’ and Finding Greater Success

Speaker Launcher

We have all been there. Trying to achieve the next level of our income in our business and boom – we hit a brick wall. We are stuck in our ‘Money Comfort Zone’ It is almost like your subconscious says, “well, we are making just about the right amount of money, so let’s stay here […]. The post 3 Strategies for Moving Out of Your ‘Money Comfort Zone’ and Finding Greater Success appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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How to Deliver Online Presentations During Remote Meetings

Presentation Guru

Remote meetings are arguably more frequent today than ever before. Back in the day you might have expected a remote meeting between board members, executive directors or people at the top of the organizational hierarchy.

It's Come to This, Already - Copywriter Wanted for Blockchain Publicity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The job is full time. And it's in Beverly Hills, California (unfortunately, not a telecommuting one). The help wanted on Craigslist is titled: "Copywriter Needed for Blockchain Company." " The website for the employer-Cryptonomos-is [link].

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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Manner of Speaking

When I was boy, one of my favourite movies was The Wizard of Oz. Back in the day, there was no streaming on demand, so you had to wait until it was shown on television. With few channels available, that usually … Continue reading → Slide Presentation bad PowerPoint slides Bill Gates Keynote PowerPoint presentations Prezi public speaking Slide Presentations Wizard of Oz

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Speechwriters and speakers: When you develop your research skills, you develop your professional clout

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Your speeches and presentations can only be as good as the research you use to write them. Over the next few weeks, watch this space. I’ll share tips and techniques for doing better research in less time. Presentation skills Speechwriting

Famous Speech Friday: Susan Bro:"They tried to kill my child to shut her up"

The Eloquent Woman

On August 13, Susan Bro lost her child in an unimaginable fashion, after her daughter Heather Heyer was struck by a car as she participated in a counter-protest rally against white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

[Podcast] How to Transition from Event Speaker to Event Business Partner with Enette Pauze

Speaker Launcher

When a company hires you to speak at an event, do you simply think of yourself as just another person they’ve hired that will appear on their stage? You parachute in, do your thing, leave and then collect a check? Or, do you think of yourself as a ‘partner’ with the organization and someone who […]. The post [Podcast] How to Transition from Event Speaker to Event Business Partner with Enette Pauze appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Convince your Audience that your Point of View is Valid

SketchBubble

all the reasons you stand before microphones and address an audience, persuading people to take up your cause is one of the toughest.

Over-65: Falling-Down Drunk, Literally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What we are hearing more and more about, Paula Span's article in The New York Times documents: There's an increase in late-life drinking.    The spike is 65%. That statistic is based on a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 259) – Jonathan Evison

Manner of Speaking

“You have to smile, if you expect anybody to smile back.” — Jonathan Evison Photo courtesy of Keith Brofsky. Quotes for Public Speakers Jonathan Evison public speaking public speaking quotes quotes smile

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Media training: More words to avoid (Let’s shut the door on “open the kimono”)

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’m not sure why some executives say “Open the kimono” during a media interview. I really have no idea why they use these words. But I wish they would permanently drop the phrase from all future interviews, Q&A sessions, and presentations. In fact, it would be nice if they never uttered this phrase again. It’s […]. Media training Presentation skills Social media

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

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Communication requires presence: Why I won't have a meeting with you while driving

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who are of the opinion that talking on the phone while driving (sometimes with yelling or fighting kids in the back seat) makes more effective or productive use of your time, I doubt you'll change your habits after this one post.

Announcing: A Conversation with Shel Holtz

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve long been an admirer of communication strategist Shel Holtz. who is a regular speaker on topics surrounding the application of online technology to strategic organizational communication. He speaks regularly at IABC and Ragan Communication conferences.

Millennial Women & Mommy Issues - Way Different From Those of CounterCulture Women

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"My mother said I wasn't hired for the grocery store's management training program because of my tattoo." " That's what the 25-year-old woman told me. She was concerned about her mother's opinion. 

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 262) – Seth Godin

Manner of Speaking

“Remember, the presentation is to make an emotional sale. The document is the proof that helps the intellectuals in your audience accept the idea that you’ve sold them on emotionally.” ” — Seth Godin. Quotes for Public Speakers Emotion Pathos public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Seth Godin

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