February, 2017

Huge mistake at the Oscars and the lessons to learn

Manner of Speaking

Good grief! I didn’t think that I would be writing another post of this nature so soon after the huge mistake that was made at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, but here we are. Again. In case you missed it, … Continue reading → Uncategorized Faye Dunaway La La Land Moonlight Oscars public speaking Warren Beatty

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Want to sound smarter when speaking?

Speak Schmeak

I received the following email the other day, and I thought it would be worth sharing my response with you, because it goes to the heart of my philosophy of public speaking. "I I am writing an article on ways to sound smarter when speaking.

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Verbal communication is the MOST important candidate skill

PowerPoint Tips

I want to shout this from the rooftops! The National Association of Colleges and Employers does a survey of employers each year, asking the most important skills they want from new candidates. They make this information available to colleges so colleges can teach those skills.

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You Are Not Your Slide Deck

Kate's Voice

When I was first introduced to presentations in the business world I was appalled. I realized that people thought that their slide deck was their presentation.

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Pod Save America

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m impressed by the new podcast from the Obama speechwriting team (who suddenly have time on their hands). Pod Save America is a lively, irreverent and highly partisan discussion hosted by hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor. In the latest episode they are joined by second-term chief speechwriter Cody Keenan […]. Podcasts Speechwriting Barack Obama

Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop Overcomes Life-Long Discomfort of being Center of Attention

Speaking Freely

The Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop teaches you to convert public speaking fear, tension and anxiety into free flowing energy and excitement to speak. You really can overcome life-long discomfort about being the center of attention! When you do, speaking becomes fluid and easy. A participant in a recent Sandra Zimmer Method weekend workshop said, “Had I known […].

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R.I.P. Hans Rosling (1948 – 2017)

Manner of Speaking

I was saddened to learn of the death of Hans Rosling early this morning. Rosling was a Swedish doctor, statistician, public speaker and Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He was also one of the best known presenters at TED. … Continue reading → Hans Rosling presentations public speaking

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More Trending

For #BlackHistoryMonth, 46 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far.

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16 Ways to Make Your Case at Meetings

Presentation Guru

What’s the best way to prepare for an argument or debate? Keeping an open mind and preparing for different points of view can help tremendously when you’re getting ready to present your case.

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Being Present: A Two Minute Video Exercise

Speaker Launcher

My guess is that everyone reading this blog post right now owns a cell phone. I am also guessing that many of you spend a significant amount of time on that device – checking email, participating on social media platforms, watching videos, etc.

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Transform Stage Fright into Authentic Speaking Weekend Workshop with Sandra Zimmer

Speaking Freely

Transform Stage Fright into Authentic Speaking Weekend Workshop teaches you to convert tension, fear and anxiety into free flowing energy and excitement to speak. Really!

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Lessons in Simplicity from Apple’s Former Ad Agency Creative Director

Manner of Speaking

Recently I have been catching up on some reading material that sits in a stack on a side desk. The stack grows and shrinks, but I suspect that the stack will always be there.) One of the articles that caught … Continue reading → Design Preparation Apple audience Ken Segall Presentation public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

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5 Creative Ways to Spice up your Presentation: Guest Post by Alli Matson

Speak Schmeak

Occasionally, a guest post comes across my desk that is too entertaining to pass up. Enjoy this contribution by Alli Matson of Presentation Wit.

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Please describe women's speeches as something other than 'emotional'

The Eloquent Woman

Maybe it's because we're coming off of a U.S. election season with a female candidate, and heading right into Hollywood awards shows, with their dozens of acceptance speeches.

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The Purpose of the Pitch

Presentation Guru

At the end of a pitch, your audience shouldn’t be the only ones asking questions. Asking your audience questions can help keep them engaged and can help provide an ample opportunity to continue to persuade them to see things from your point of view.

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Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Presentation Zen

In cooperation with the Khan Academy , Pixar and Disney have been offering Pixar in a Box , an on-going series of behind-the-scenes lessons taught by Pixar's professionals (storytellers, animators, directors, artists, etc.).

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Anti-Semitism Lite - I Was Taken for Jewish in Tucson, Arizona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Anti-Semitism seems to have returned to the supposed melting pot: the U.S. Yesterday, there were 11 bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers (JCC) reported. The U.S.

Squeezing the last minute out of a session

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. In this blog post from … Continue reading → Seth Godin closings Presentation public speaking

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What is the Real Cost of Fear?

Speaker Launcher

Have you ever gone around and around trying to get something knocked off your goals list and you just cannot get it done? You try and try, but something holds you back. These are the moments you have to look very deep and determine what it is that is stopping you from moving forward. Is […].

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Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis's Golden Globes Meryl Streep intro

The Eloquent Woman

Meryl Streep's acceptance speech for the Golden Globes lifetime achievement award a couple of weeks ago made a major splash (you can read its Famous Speech Friday entry here ). So you can be forgiven for forgetting, for a moment, the introduction Streep received from fellow actor Viola Davis.

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What can Business Presenters Learn from the Best Street Entertainers in the World?

Presentation Guru

There’s a 36 year old guy, married with a mortgage and 3 kids. He stands on a cobbled street in London, asking tourists for money.

Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop Overcomes Life-Long Discomfort of being Center of Attention

Speaking Freely

The Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop teaches you to convert public speaking fear, tension and anxiety into free flowing energy and excitement to speak. You really can overcome life-long discomfort about being the center of attention! When you do, speaking becomes fluid and easy. A participant in a recent Sandra Zimmer Method weekend workshop said, “Had I known […].

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Hans Rosling: Doctor, Professor & Presenter Extraordinaire

Presentation Zen

The Zen Master of data visualization has died. I am sorry to have to report that Dr. Hans Rosling passed away today in Uppsala, Sweden. He was just 68. A profoundly mournful day for anyone who knew Professor Rosling, obviously.

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How to Create Interest and Connect with Anyone

Executive Speech Coach

TEDx video of Sam Horn as she demonstrates how to use Intrigue to create interest and connect. You might need to watch this at least twice. The first time, enjoy the presentation. The next time, note the points and notice the techniques she uses to deliver her presentation.

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Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose. About 6,500 attendees, 95% of them women by my estimate, gathered for talks on diversity, inclusion, women’s issues, careers, and trailblazing/innovating/disrupting/leading change.

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What made this one of TED's most popular talks in 2016?

The Eloquent Woman

I was pleased, but not at all surprised, to see Judson Brewer's TEDMED talk from 2015 about "an easy way to break a bad habit" on TED's list of the 10 most popular TED talks in 2016 , with more than 6 million views and counting.

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How to Close a Sale

Presentation Guru

What are the communications secrets of a sale? How can you size up a potential customer, develop a fast and durable relationship, and close the sale? Nick has written the following steps that will ensure a win for you (almost) every time.

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Medium Adding a Subscription Business Model - Digital Struggle for Financial Growth

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Self-publishing digital platform Medium will be adding a subscription business model. Its chief executive officer Ev Williams announced that but didn't provide many details. The question is: Can putting some or all the content behind a paywall make Medium more financially successful?

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[Podcast] Recession Proof Your Speaking with Joe Calloway

Speaker Launcher

Hall of Fame Speaker, and author Joe Calloway is back! Joe’s speaking career has survived good times and bad over the years, mainly because he’s put so much effort into making his business recession proof.

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51 Tweetable Public Speaking Tips

SketchBubble

Like so many precious jewels, good advice can also come in small packages. A growing number of public speaking specialists are turning to the social media site Twitter to offer nuggets of knowledge that can help aspiring orators.

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Microphone Techniques for Speakers and Performers

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Why is handheld microphone technique so important for speakers? Have you ever seen someone speak into a handheld microphone and yet been unable to hear them clearly, you’ve probably been tempted to blame the PA system? But what if I told you that the cause of this all too common problem is the presenter’s poor microphone use, not the technology. . Bad microphone technique is like bad breath. you don’t know you have it, and no one else is going to tell you that you do.

King, Hamer, Ginsburg, Obama: Speech collections & a memoir

The Eloquent Woman

Women speakers often are left out of collections of "major speeches." But of the four recent finds I've made in speech collection and a memoir, three are by important women speakers.

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It’s Got to Be Perfect – or Does It?

Presentation Guru

The use of the word ‘perfect’ in regards to public speaking is a quick way to halt improvement. Most of our readers have had that one speech that went off without a hitch, but to deem it completely flawless can lead to complacency.

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Funny - Power Tool of the Left in Age of Trump

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Rosie O'Donnell's impersonation of Steve Bannon on Twitter probably has started her comeback. She's returned to her position of strength: funny. And that's where the action is in the age of Trump.

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[Podcast] Winning Body Language for Powerful Presentations with Mark Bowden

Speaker Launcher

What we say with our bodies can be almost as important as what comes out of our mouths. Few people know this more than Mark Bowden. Mark is a keynote speaker, presentation trainer, and author of three books about body language.

5 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes Most Beginners Make

SketchBubble

New presenters have one thing in common: they don’t want to come across as new. They want to stand in front of that audience and look like an authority figure. If you are new to public speaking but want to come across as a seasoned pro, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid. […].

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Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose. About 6,500 attendees, 95% of them women by my estimate, gathered for talks on diversity, inclusion, women’s issues, careers, and trailblazing/innovating/disrupting/leading change. I left the conference energized and inspired.

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