February, 2017

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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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5 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes Most Beginners Make


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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The Best Ways Online To Create An Animated Presentation

Presentation Guru

A lot of people rely on static slide decks created using conventional presentation apps like PowerPoint or Keynote. It seems that the use of animations is still perhaps overrated. Many presenters don’t like experimenting with animations, even for their PowerPoint slides, as they like playing it safe.…

Speaking Science: Why do I blush at the start of a speech?

The Eloquent Woman

Several readers of the blog have been asking about blushing at the start of their talks, with comments along these lines: "What can I do about suddenly turning red right before I start to speak?

A Judge & A President

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Seattle, Washington Judge James Robart lifted the Trump Administration's travel ban. Immediately, those in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol complied with that new legal directive. And, no surprise, the president declared that the Department of Justice will push back.

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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.

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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51 Tweetable Public Speaking Tips


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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10 Essential Items For The Presenter On the Go

Presentation Guru

If you are a professional presenter, motivational speaker or someone who has to give presentations frequently, you might want to use your own presentation kit.

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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Drudge Report Headlines with Death of Hashtag (ponders if business abandoning social)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report has shifted its attention from Tom Brady as The Greatest. The current headline focuses on business - specifically the promotions part. The news is: During the 66 Superbowl commercials the hashtag seems to have died. There's more.

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Calling all speakers for IABC Heritage Region Conference

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Calling all Speakers! IABC Heritage Region Seeking Speakers for the 2017 Region Conference being held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, November 5-7, 2017 The IABC Heritage Region is currently seeking speakers for the 2017 Regional Conference being held November 5-7 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. The conference will consist […]. Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations

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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.

2017 11

Building A Business: It Takes a Village

Speaker Launcher

I am sure that many of you have heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I have been thinking about this recently, as it relates to my family and grandchildren, and even how it relates to my business and yours. What I have come to realize is that we need the […]. The post Building A Business: It Takes a Village appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2017 17

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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Famous Speech Friday: Elizabeth Warren's silencing in the U.S. Senate

The Eloquent Woman

Reading a letter from someone else is a common tactic in public speaking. Often, it's a powerful tool for the public speaker, offering a compact endorsement of the points you wish to make.

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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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President's Address to Congress: Do-Over for First Month Stumbles

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The president of the United States left behind the too-long red tie which gave his critics ammo against his total persona. In addition, he began his talk to Congress with relaxed body language. The tone, language and cadence were statesmanlike.

2017 11

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.

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 […].

2017 13

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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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 4 principles every successful speaker must master

Speak Schmeak

Just a quick video for you today to share these four principles (and give you a sneak peak at my upcoming retreat)! Authenticity Confidence Engaging the Audience Preparation Programs The Business of Speaking Training