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

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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.

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Trending Sources

You have a platform, but are you making it count?

Speak Schmeak

Whenever a celebrity—whether actor, singer, athlete or other entertainer—takes the opportunity at an awards ceremony or other public event to speak out about a political issue, certain segments of the public immediately begin scolding and lashing out. It's inappropriate!" they say.

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.

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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.

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More Trending

Free PDF book giveaway: Books on writing and business of freelance writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

To kick off the New Year, I am giving away PDFS of my books–any of my books that might be of interest to you. In short, if you are interested in books on business, promotional, article or non-fiction book writing , or the business of freelance writing , or even my book of short stories, go to [link] , pick the book that is of interest to you and email paullima.com@gmail.com and request a free PDF of the book of your choice. That is all you have to do.

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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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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.

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A Simple Strategy for Getting to Your First Yes

Speaker Launcher

When we reach out to prospects who do not know us, our goal should never be to “book a date” from our early communication. The goal should be to gain forward movement, start building a relationship and rapport. Once you begin to develop that relationship, the goal shifts to then hoping that the recipient will […]. The post A Simple Strategy for Getting to Your First Yes appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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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

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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.

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5 Lessons I Learned Tracking My Pitches for a Year

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from The Freelancer : By Anna Cat Brigida. When I first started freelancing, I saw pitching as an unpredictable part of the job. The pitch itself mattered, of course, but I always felt that I was more lucky than smart when one was accepted. But now I know that’s not true—pitching is just as much science as art.

2017 21

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.

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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 21

[Podcast] How to Give a Speech that is Memorable, Magical & Motivational with Dr. Willie Jolley

Speaker Launcher

Willie Jolley is a Hall of Fame speaker, an author, and host of his own radio show. As you might guess, he’s also a wealth of information when it comes to speaking. Willie drops by to deliver some empowering advice on how to craft and deliver a truly amazing keynote and how to tell […]. The post [Podcast] How to Give a Speech that is Memorable, Magical & Motivational with Dr. Willie Jolley appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Happy New Year 2017 (and a new book!)

Manner of Speaking

I want to wish all readers Happy New Year. I hope that 2017 is a happy, healthy and successful one for you and for those whom you hold dear. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you might … Continue reading → Book Review Der TED-Effekt Florian Mueck

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Conference update from the American Society of Journalists & Authors

Joan Detz Speaker Services

No, you don’t have to be an ASJA member to benefit from ASJA’s terrific writing conferences. Read on. May 5 – 6, 2017 Annual Conference Update By Estelle Erasmus, ASJA New York City 2017 Conference Chair I’m excited to make two announcements: that the big reveal of our conference program will be up on […]. Career info Freelance Writing Professional organizations

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.

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. It's a great way to expand your public speaking knowledge: Salut!

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From Bullet Points to Visual Presentation – Finding the Right Images

Presentation Guru

There is an art to finding visuals that support your message. Hours can be wasted searching online image libraries and copying images from google is a big no.

[Podcast] Copywriting that Sells with Steve Slaunwhite

Speaker Launcher

You can have an amazing looking website, but it’s not going to do you much good without great web content. Steve Slaunwhite has made his career out of finding the right words to sell services and products. This episode is all about finding the right formula for web content that gets you booked. Listen Now! Show […]. The post [Podcast] Copywriting that Sells with Steve Slaunwhite appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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The Best Way to Explain Complex Concepts – Part 2

Presentation Guru

In the first post in this series we looked at how Albert Einstein believed that complex subjects – and it doesn’t get much more complex that nuclear physics – might best be explained to a lay audience.

2017 17

Audition Your Content to Create an Epic Speech

Speaker Launcher

When did you last analyze what works and what doesn’t in your keynote? I loved an idea that Eric Chester shared from the NSA Main Stage in Washington. He said that we should make our content “audition” to determine if it makes the cut. How fascinating!! I wanted to understand how Eric came up with […]. The post Audition Your Content to Create an Epic Speech appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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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

Cover Letters - One Must-Know From Game Theory

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At its core, game theory is about winning. It's not intended as a kind of erudite activity. The part of game theory which is a perfect fit for cover letters is this: When selling ourselves we develop our strategy based on what the competition is doing or we figure out might do.

[Quick public speaking tip] Watch the clock

Pivotal Public Speaking

One of the secrets of great speakers is their use of time. They know that if they have been given a time limit for their speech or presentation, that they will stick to that. There are four very good reasons for us all to do the same, if we want to be successful. Sticking [.]. public speaking

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.

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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.…

Be Dramatic, Be Memorable

Duarte Blog

“There is no quality in the world that is not what it is merely by contrast.”. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick. When you think of the word “dramatic” you probably think of things like: The steep, chasmic gulf of the Grand Canyon. The sudden, violent shower scene, thirty minutes into Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”. The chiaroscuro lighting effect in Rembrandt’s painting, “The Night Watch.”. Each example is dramatic—sudden, striking, exciting or impressive—in its own unique way.

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