September, 2017

10 Lessons from Jim Carrey for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I recently came across the six-minute film, Jim Carrey: I Needed Color. It is a beautifully shot and wonderfully told story about Jim Carrey’s fascination with art, particularly painting. The movie shows a side of Carrey with which many people … Continue reading → Motivation Psychology of Public Speaking Art Emotion Florian Mueck Jim Carrey Luciano Pavarotti Olivia Schofield Oscar Wilde public speaking storytelling

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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.

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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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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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Do you backup?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I just read an email about an author from Port Elizabeth who has lost over 200 pages from a book that she is busy writing after her laptop was stolen. These are over 200 pages of the only draft! While I feel sorry for her, I hear this kind of story almost every week. How simple is it to really backup your files? I am sure that right now, she is thinking that perhaps she should back up on a more regular basis.

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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.

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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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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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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Presentation tips for PowerPoint

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

This is an extract of a training session that I present “Putting the POWER back into PowerPoint”. Nowadays, many of us use PowerPoint for our presentations. While there are many courses and books on the technical side of how to create slides, there is very little material available on how to create effective slides and presentations. This course helps to address that issue. Only use slides if appropriate. Nowadays, we often automatically haul out PowerPoint when asked to do a presentation.

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Kombucha makes it to Middle England

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I was amazed to hear mention of kombucha on the August 31st edition of the long-running English radio soap The Archers. Two of the village women are in a competitive keifer (pronounced “kaa-fir” in an Ambridge burr apparently, not ‘kee-fer” as in the USA) making competition and a neighbor who’d been visiting farm stores in […]. Culture Shock! The Archers

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 260) – Madeleine Albright

Manner of Speaking

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” — Madeleine Albright. Quotes for Public Speakers Madeleine Albright public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Famous Speech Friday: Janet Yellen on holding women back

The Eloquent Woman

In America, the chair of our central banking Federal Reserve System (known familiarly as "The Fed") speaks frequently, but with care.

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This is What Presenters Can Learn From Dancing Scientists

Duarte Blog

From the time of Biblical David to the era of Kevin Bacon, people around the world have been dancing to celebrate, worship, entertain, and tell stories.

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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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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.

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Vocal Variety Tips, Part 3 – Pitch and Resonance

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Having learned about the importance of speech projection and delivery speed in the first two articles in this series on vocal variety , it’s now time to turn our attention to pitch and resonance. What is pitch and why is it important?

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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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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.

Marketing - When What Used to Work Doesn't, Not Any More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The moment of truth in marketing comes in hard cold numbers. The email campaign has a zero response rate. That $75 ticket to the conference for networking didn't, you realize a few months later, produce any leads.

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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.

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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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[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.

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Don’t be like Twitter

Manner of Speaking

I am a long-time user of Twitter. The microblogging platform has allowed me to connect with people around the world, learn new things and share my ideas. Although Twitter has struggled in recent years to grow, especially when compared to … Continue reading → Slide Presentation PowerPoint presentations public speaking Slide Presentations Twitter

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.

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Phoenix - On the Way to Gone by 2050

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Edgy Vice says what many are only thinking: Phoenix, along with other cities in southwestern Arizona, could be ghost towns by 2050. That's because of climate change. The current extreme heat will become even hotter and hang over the cities longer. Let's put numbers to that.

Sit up straight! Your elders did know best

Presentation Guru

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The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career

Pivotal Public Speaking

Judy Carter believes ordinary people have the ability to find the extraordinary stories tucked away deep inside of them, stories that not only make a difference in the lives of others, but can also result in a moneymaking career for the speaker.

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September is Translation Month. Gratitude is in order.

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Thank you to Elena Bernardo Gill for translating HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH (St. Martin’s Press, 30th anniversary edition) into Spanish. TY to Alba Editorial of Barcelona for their publishing integrity – and to Maria Tena for her steady editorial support all along the way.

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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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Famous Speech Friday: Joan Baez's Rock Hall induction speech

The Eloquent Woman

She called her induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "prestigious, and very cool." But Joan Baez, the lyrical folk singer and fighter for social causes, might have been describing herself.

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Clients Say They Want "Edgy" - Odds Are They Really Want It, Finally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In communications, we've all had that brutal experience. Clients say they want "edgy" tone and content. We struggle to deliver. Then they inform the account executive that wasn't what they wanted at all.    That still happens, of course.

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Using A Visual Aid During Presentations | Presentation Training Institute

Presentation Guru

Using A Visual Aid During Presentations “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” ” – Lee Lacocca. Source: Using A Visual Aid During Presentations | Presentation Training Institute … Bitesize

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


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

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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.

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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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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