December, 2016

10 tips for modern design in 2017

PowerPoint Tips

Recently, I worked with a client who was presenting to millennials. He wanted the design to look modern. His designer told him that he should use thin fonts, meaning that the font stroke is thin. He asked me to consult with him on the overall impression of the slides.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 247) – Mark Twain

Manner of Speaking

“Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.” — Mark Twain. Quotes for Public Speakers Humour language Mark Twain public speaking quotes quotes Samuel Clemens

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You talk funny…and so do I

Kate's Voice

Preparation to facilitate a workshop in India got me thinking about the differences in how we humans communicate with each other, and how that influences the kind of relationships we have with each other. Every culture has its unique language, both verbal and non-verbal. The culture may be that of a country, a state, a […]. Musings conversations listening perception Trevor Noah

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Guest Posting: How to Write and Deliver a Great Speech, by Simon Lancaster

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Simon Lancaster is one of the world’s top speechwriters. He first became a speechwriter in the late 1990s, working for members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet. Today, he writes speeches for the CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world, including Unilever, HSBC and Intercontinental Hotels.

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10 Of The Best Tools For Hosting A Webinar

Presentation Guru

There are a number of methods used by individuals and organizations to reach a wide audience using the internet. These may include: advertising online using pay-per-click ads, social media marketing, posting a YouTube video of screencasts, demos and events, or simply, conducting a webinar.…

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5 ways to improve your voice in 2017

Kate's Voice

Many of us start the New Year with goals and promises to improve our lives. Of course, old habits die hard, and new ones may not stick.

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Are you passionate about your job?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway gave the closing keynote at the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) conference in Dublin this last May. Her presentation starts by asking the audience ‘how many feel really passionate about what you do?’

From Bullet Points to Visual Presentation – and Why It Matters

Presentation Guru

If you have tried in the past to use more pictures in your presentations but you’re not quite convinced, keep reading and take a second look at what’s possible and why it matters.

2 Great Visual Storytelling Books for Children

Presentation Zen

There is loads of evidence that reading to children at bedtime is not only good for their emotional well being, it also has long-term benefits for their cognitive development. We have a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy. Since they were babies they have been exposed to books.

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8 famous speeches by women before the U.S. Congress

The Eloquent Woman

Some would say there's no more high-stakes talk you can give than testimony or an address before the U.S. Congress.and that's true whether you're a senator or representative, a witness, an executive branch official, an expert witness, a citizen, or a foreign head of state.

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Tangible examples always win

Speak Schmeak

Speakers face some of their biggest challenges when it comes to presenting data. There is something about pie charts and diagrams that PowerPoint users are drawn to like moths to a flame.

Happy New Year of Journaling in Scrivener

More than PowerPoint...

I keep a daily journal in Scrivener. I’ve been writing in a personal journal every morning for decades now. Yet I only started using Scrivener for my journal since October 2015. At that time, I looked for an online template to use, but I couldn’t find one.

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ASJA membership has its advantages

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’ve been active in the American Society of Journalists & Authors since HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH (St Martin’s Press) was first published in 1984. I credit the book’s 32 years of publishing success (read: 32 years of royalties) to the savvy advice I’ve gotten at ASJA. Consider joining. Make 2017 the year […]. Career info Freelance Writing Professional organizations

Present in Four Places at the Same Time

Presentation Guru

Technology has completely changed the way presenters can get their message out to an audience. New digital mediums have opened up opportunities for speakers to broadcast thoughts and ideas to the entire world from virtually anywhere.

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How to Completely Bomb During Your Next Presentation


There is a rampant epidemic among public speakers, and that is that far too many are giving presentations that audiences love. To make matters worse, these same presenters are not only entertaining their listeners but also giving them actionable steps to improve their lives and businesses.

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Our top 10 posts on women & public speaking for 2016

The Eloquent Woman

On the blog, the posts you read the most included uncomfortable moments, skills to build, stretch goals, myths, and easy but oft-forgotten tips to make you a more eloquent and comfortable as a speaker.

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Indie Publishing Pot of Gold for Some, Work in Progress for Many

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Marie Force is a New York Times best selling contemporary romance author. She is also a self-published author who is very active in the self-publishing community. She recently surveyed self-published authors and has post the extensive results of the survey on her blog. Here is an excerpt and a link to the full results.

[Podcast] How to Achieve the Big Goals with Jill McAbe

Speaker Launcher

How to achieve the BIG goals, well it isn’t just luck. It’s a science. Jill McAbe developed her MINDCODE™ process offer a neuroscience approach to help entrepreneurs hit their goals. This episode is a fascinating dive into how our conscious and subconscious work together when we hit our goals in life and in business. Listen Now! […]. The post [Podcast] How to Achieve the Big Goals with Jill McAbe appeared first on Jane Atkinson. How to achieve the BIG goals, well it isn’t just luck.

Good advice for advertising & good advice for speechwriting

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’ve long admired advertising genius David Ogilvy. When I was in the account executive training program at Wells Rich Greene Advertising in NYC, I tried to learn as much as possible about communication. And one thing I learned? Heed David Ogilvy. Here’s an Ogilvy quote I’ve used as a mantra for my speechwriting business: “Some […]. Speechwriting

The Sales Presentation Paradox

Presentation Guru

For many businesses, the task of creating visual presentations can be seen as a chore – despite their importance. Far too often a weak set of slides is thrown together with little preparation which leads to disaster.

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Goldilocks & Trumpism - 5 Lessons for Communications Strategists/Content-Providers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Essentially, Campaign 2016 had been binary. There was the lawyerly/wonkish style of Hillary Clinton. She didn't dare veer from that MO. And there was the Goldilocks one of Donald Trump. He experimented with this and that. Finally he found the right fit. That's now called Trumpism.

Group & 1:1 speaker training for TED talks and more: 4 case studies

The Eloquent Woman

If you have a group of executives and want them to do a better job as speakers, there are lots of ways to reach that my clients have proven in this quartet of case studies from coaching projects I've done over the past few years.

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Book helps aspiring writers keep their New Year’s resolution: to write daily

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

From my experience over the last decade, there is no real accounting for book sales. Or perhaps there is. My books How To Write A Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days , Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing and Say it Right: How to Write Speeches and Presentations tend to sell well year ’round.

The Challenge of the High Achiever

Speaker Launcher

Are you a high achiever? Many of my clients are. They are used to setting a goal, taking action and achieving that goal. However, there’s one complaint that comes up again and again. That is a lack of patience in achieving the goal. When someone tries to sell you something that says “you will have […]. The post The Challenge of the High Achiever appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaking Business Strategy goal setting high achiever reaching goals

From the Authors Guild: 10 reasons books make great holiday gifts

Joan Detz Speaker Services

10 Reasons Books Make Great Holiday Gifts 1. Because you want to support your fellow Authors Guild members 2. Because they’re way better than fruitcakes 3. Because you want to help your favorite author make the New York Times bestseller list 4.

How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking in 6 Mostly Easy Steps

Presentation Guru

Presentation Guru is dedicated to helping professionals communicate with real impact in pursuit of whatever they do. We want designers to design, speakers to speak and teachers to teach to the absolute limit of their imagination.

Show More Courtesy for the Audience

Executive Speech Coach

Imagine that you’re attending a conference, arrived in the room early, sitting in your chair, waiting for the presentation to begin.

Our 9 most popular posts on using slides (or not)

The Eloquent Woman

I write about all aspects of public speaking on this blog, but it's the posts about slides that get the most traffic.which suggests to me that many of you are struggling.

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Keywords - Shorter Shelf Life in Volatile Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The world order is in play. Currently, Germany's Angela Merkel is the only leader with holding power. Whether Donald Trump can join her on the world stage as an equal remains to be seen.

A Visit with Paul Lima…

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This is a blog post in which I answer 8 questions about myself as a writer and about writing and self-publishing. I was interviewed by another writer/blogger for her blog and if so inclined you can read the blog post here

Big speeches of 2016 reviewed

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s a concise review of the major speeches of 2016 on both sides of the Atlantic by FT columnist Sam Leith. Public Speaking Sam Leith

Ten Top Tips for your Speech to the Office Party

Presentation Guru

The Presentation Guru team would like to wish all of our readers Happy Holidays, and we couldn’t think of a better way to kick start the festivities than with a holiday speech article from Gavin and his colleague Peter Watts Paskale.

Modern Presentation Design?

Executive Speech Coach

I was challenged to write about modern presentation design. The challenge was intended to focus on slide design. I choose to relate that to the overall presentation purpose and delivery. PowerPoint MVP, Ellen Finkelstein orchestrated this challenge to a group of presentation specialists. I was one of several who accepted her challenge. You can find the links within this article. If you’re planning to use PowerPoint slides in the next year, be sure to follow each link and read these posts.

Personal story practice: What's your dining-out story?

The Eloquent Woman

If you're struggling with how to incorporate a personal story into your speeches, talks, or presentations, there's an easy way to practice: Use a story on which you've been dining out for years to practice shaping and delivering a personal story. You know the one I mean.

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