January, 2017

Some “very” good advice

Manner of Speaking

Mark Twain once gave the following advice to writers: Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. American novelist and columnist Florence King was … Continue reading → Grammar Florence King grammar Mark Twain public speaking very writing

2017 210

Big fish or little fish. what's right for you?

Speak Schmeak

It's a new year, and with a new year comes lots of marketing hyperbole. Lots of "New year, new you!" and "Step into your greatness!" kinds of posts, articles and of course, paid programs. Every January, I feel the pressure. Do you feel the pressure?

2017 205

Timesaving PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts using Shift and Ctrl

PowerPoint Tips

Like all software, PowerPoint has keyboard shortcuts — in fact a lot more than I will cover here. It’s always worthwhile to learn a few shortcuts that you’ll use often because you’ll save time and aggravation.

2017 158

Toastmaster transformations

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A recent This American Life podcast broadcast a piece I’d missed when it first went out a year ago. It’s the remarkable story of how Ricard Pierce, a prison inmate, transformed his terminal shyness by enrolling in Toastmasters (yes, they have chapters that meet behind bars).

2017 151

Servant leadership in a restaurant

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

An example of servant leadership happened in a restaurant last night. My wife and I were enjoying a meal in a local restaurant. We were not enjoying our drinks, because even though we had repeatedly asked for them, the drinks failed to arrive. A waitress, Jade, who was working another table saw that we were having a problem. When we told her she went off to the bar, spoke to the barman and came back immediately with our drinks.

Listen Only to Those who Speak with Gravitas

Speaking Freely

I made a decision this morning to listen only to people who speak with gravitas. The last couple days I have been watching the news on CBS This Morning. Yesterday Samantha Powers sat with the CBS This Morning hosts, Charlie Rose, Nora O’Donnell and Gayle King.

2017 173

Some “very” good advice

Manner of Speaking

Mark Twain once gave the following advice to writers: Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. American novelist and columnist Florence King was … Continue reading → Grammar Florence King grammar Mark Twain public speaking very writing

2017 210

More Trending

Changing the order of items in a chart

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever seen this when you created a chart in PowerPoint? Look at the order of the items in the datasheet and in the bar chart itself. They’re the opposite of each other! If you care about the order of the data in your chart, this can be very frustrating!

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John Berger: uncompromising visionary

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I was saddened to hear of the death (at 90) of Marxist art historian John Berger. I vividly recall reading Ways of Seeing as an undergraduate and, later, his sociological writings A Fortunate Man and A Seventh Man about migrant workers in Europe, years before the current crisis hit.

2017 141

How to Engage the Audience When Your Data is the Story

Presentation Guru

How can presenters keep an audience engaged when going over large sets of data?

2017 99

Sandra Zimmer Method to Overcome Public Speaking Fear

Speaking Freely

Recently, I wrote my most revealing article about the Sandra Zimmer Method to overcome public speaking fear and stage fright. A Presentation Guru Requests an Article The Commissioning Editor of Presentation-Guru.com, Jared Senseman, emailed to ask if I would write an article about my approach. Jared said Presentation-Guru was looking for unique approaches that help people speak and present more effectively. […].

2017 130

Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech

Manner of Speaking

Yesterday, 10 January 2017, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago. It is the end of an era. Obama brought intelligence, dignity and character to the White House. As the first black President, Obama broke a barrier that seemed impenetrable … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Barack Obama Donald Trump public speaking

2017 193

What speakers can learn from comedians about language and rhythm

Speak Schmeak

Comedians are some of the best teachers of language and rhythm. I've written more than 20 posts about comedians and what speakers can learn from them, and I'm constantly inspired by how creative they are with their words and delivery.

2017 146

When a man hogs the mic at the the Women's March on Washington

The Eloquent Woman

"Who's speaking now?" asked one of the friends with me at the Women's March on Washington. The large screen nearest us had trouble with the livestream, so the images weren't always synced with the sound, or even recognizable.

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Queen for a day

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I enjoyed a wonderfully eclectic article by Douglas Coupland in the Weekend FT on the Queen.

2017 130

How To Get Instant Feedback From Your Audience

Presentation Guru

Getting your audience engaged is the most important things you can do when presenting. We once published an article on Zeetings, a program that lets the audience become part of the story by using an interactive program directly from their smartphones.

2017 90

Meryl Streep Speaks Truth to power at 2017 Golden Globes

Speaking Freely

Meryl Streep just modeled how to use a speech platform as a bully pulpit. Watch her use her acceptance speech for a life time achievement award to speak truth to power. What a beautiful way to lead her community and us as a nation to unity. She embodies gravitas.

2017 130

Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech

Manner of Speaking

Yesterday, 10 January 2017, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago. It is the end of an era. Obama brought intelligence, dignity and character to the White House. As the first black President, Obama broke a barrier that seemed impenetrable … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Barack Obama Donald Trump public speaking

2017 192

Audience Motivation Secrets for Speakers and Presenters

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I was prompted to write this post after a question from one of my students. She worked in a college and asked me if I had any tips for engaging demotivated or disinterested teenagers.

2017 73

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

2017 81

A not so distant mirror

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Eleven years ago today I launched this blog with a posting about the cultural differences between England and America.

2017 130

The 10 Things Steve Jobs can Teach Every Public Speaker

Presentation Guru

Steve Jobs was one of the greatest and most influential businessmen of his generation. He took an idea from a humble garage and turned it into Apple, one of the most recognizable and iconic brands in the world. He was a pioneer in the modern corporate world.…

2017 78

Drudge Report - Trump Presser Two-Ring Circus About Fake News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The conservative Drudge Report has to stick close to the party line. That's the world view of Trumpism. So it doesn't get witty about the now-everywhere topic of fake news.

2017 65

Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Manner of Speaking

On 20 July 2017, Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He takes office at the end of the most acrimonious campaigns in recent history, and with Americans deeply divided, as witnessed by the … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Donald Trump Epistrophe inaugural address public speaking Rhetorical device

What If You Were More Confident Than You Thought?

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Want to look and feel more confident? Most of the people who come on my presentation skills training courses suffer, to some degree or other, with a fear of public speaking and would dearly like to feel more confident.

2017 61

10 questions to make you a more resilient speaker in 2017

The Eloquent Woman

I do an annual evaluation of my year--both personally and for my business--and I've found very useful this list of 10 questions by Paula Davis-Laack. She writes about resilience and other workplace topics.

2017 80

Make Them Feel it

Pivotal Public Speaking

“People will forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou) Truer words in speaking have never been said. My wife drives a Lexus. I’m not saying that to brag, but to prove a point. When we were car shopping, we saw cheaper vehicles [.].

2017 56

What We Can Learn from the Products that Made History

Presentation Guru

What can we learn from great speakers who have had to pitch to the entire world? While we’ve detailed the importance of sales pitches and how to spread your message through digital mediums before, we’ve never really looked into some of the more successful combinations of the two.

2017 75

Email Marketing - 8 Common Mistakes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Email marketing is low in cost. Do it right and the outcomes could be amazing. The reality, though, is that many email campaigns fail. I know that because more of my marketing communications business is coming from those totally frustrated because their email had no reach. Few click-opens.

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Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Manner of Speaking

On 20 January 2017, Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He takes office at the end of the most acrimonious campaigns in recent history, and with Americans deeply divided, as witnessed by the protests … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Donald Trump Epistrophe inaugural address public speaking Rhetorical device

Presentation Skills Book – The Presenters Edge (2nd Edition)

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Make 2017 the year you transform your presentation skills. I'm excited to announce that the updated version of my book on presentation skills, the Presenters Edge is very close to launching.

2017 59

How are you referred to in speeches--your own, and those of others?

The Eloquent Woman

She was a newly minted corporate CEO, looking at a fresh draft of a speech written by her speechwriter. What does being a mother have to do with our policy positions?" she asked me. And why do I have to talk about being the first woman CEO here? Or being a woman at all?" Great questions.

2017 80

7 Easy to Follow Life Lessons for Public Speaking Success

SketchBubble

The goal of any public speaker is to engage and inform their audience; to deliver a message that inspires and causes real change. In the same way, life itself can be one of the greatest instructors, offering lessons that help public speakers become great.

2017 74

Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte: Create Moving and Amazing Presentations

Presentation Guru

This is Nancy Duarte’s magnum opus. It’s the best book she’s written and the one that every presenter, coach and slide design should read from cover to cover every couple of years. It’s Garr Reynolds‘ favourite book on presentations too.

2017 73

Megyn Kelly aka Megawattage Pivots to NBC - Fox News Brand In Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Fox on-air star Megyn Kelly has beauty. That's obvious. She's brainy. That includes a law degree and a former job as an associate at major law firm Jones Day. In addition, she sure knows how to get and grow attention. That's the currency of the 21st century.

2017 61

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 249) – Teddy Roosevelt

Manner of Speaking

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” — Theodore Roosevelt. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking quotes quotes Teddy Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt

2017 177

Is the Internet Stealing Your Precious Time?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

To become a successful freelance writer or editor, you need solid technical skills. However, you also need to dedicate a certain amount of time each day to the marketing tasks required to develop your business. At least you do if you are not earning the money you want to earn.