May, 2017

Book Review: The Compelling Communicator, by Tim Pollard

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The true value of Tim Pollard’s excellent new book is conveyed by the subtitle: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design. While much of the literature on what makes a ‘compelling communicator’ focuses on cultivating delivery skills and stage presence, Pollard rightly consigns these topics to a brief Epilogue. Rather, his focus on […]. Public Speaking Speechwriting presentation design

2017 159

On running and pacesetting

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

year ago I started paceseting for races in Cape Town. My first race was the UCT 10k. I drove a (somewhat empty) 60 minute bus, and arrived at 59:10. Over the past year I have been a pacesetter for 20 races with a total distance of 704km (ok so I love numbers; I freely admit it). Even though it has only been a year, pacesetting has taught me about running in a bus, and about running in general, and my busses are a lot more full. Here are a few tips. I hope they help. When running in a bus.

2017 158

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 255) – Mark Brown

Manner of Speaking

“Our stories are the key to connecting. They don’t have to be sensational; they just have to be sincere.” — Mark Brown. Quotes for Public Speakers Mark Brown public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Stories storytelling

2017 194

Why almost all presentations should be persuasive

PowerPoint Tips

Do you think of yourself as a persuasive presenter? If you are a trainer or educator, perhaps not. If you present project updates, maybe not. But you should. As a colleague of mine, T.J.

2017 134

Practice Breathing to Manage Public Speaking Fear

Speaking Freely

Breathing to manage public speaking fear really works. However, it only works if you practice it regularly and integrate conscious deep breathing into daily activities. It is often called mindful breathing.

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Own your speech

Manner of Speaking

Recently, I was working with a group of people over a couple of days to help them improve their public speaking skills. For one exercise, I asked them to give a short (5-minute) speech on something that they cared about. The first … Continue reading → Motivation Presentation public speaking Speech

2017 190

Gimmicks in Speaking - in Toastmasters and Real-Life

Speak and Deliver

What's a gimmick? It's a lot of things - from loss leaders to crazy attention getters to outright attempts at misdirection used by marketers to bring people into their message, and hopefully put their products into their hands while they take the money out of those same hands.

2017 87

Should women speakers include--or avoid--topics about women?

The Eloquent Woman

The radio producer had found this blog and wanted to use it as a muse for a program on women and public speaking. Great news! Could I suggest some famous speeches by women to feature on the program? Why, I have nearly 250 of them in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women.

How to Solve Public Speaking Fear

Speaking Freely

Solve Public Speaking Fear In order to solve public speaking fear, you must first understand what public speaking fear is really about. What public speaking fear is really about may surprise you. What it is not about may also surprise you. What we call fear of public speaking is not really about speaking. Most people who […]. The post How to Solve Public Speaking Fear appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

2017 118

Toastmasters International Announces Founder of Freedom Writers Foundation as its 2017 Golden Gavel Recipient

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned speaker and educator Erin Gruwell is the recipient of the organization’s 2017 Golden Gavel award.

2017 130

The Guru’s Big Five Questions – Florian Mueck

Presentation Guru

This community is the Guru. We want to help our readers build their skills as presentation designers, speakers and coaches, learning from a wide range of our colleagues from across the world.

2017 83

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 253) – Dale Carnegie

Manner of Speaking

“Practise, practise, PRACTISE in speaking before an audience will tend to remove all fear of audiences, just as practise in swimming will lead to confidence and facility in the water. You must learn to speak by speaking.” — Dale Carnegie. Quotes for Public Speakers Dale Carnegie practice public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

2017 160

4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Marketing That Have Nothing to Do With Heart Wrenching Videos

Duarte Blog

So many of the articles about storytelling in marketing today focus on brand storytelling. They typically explain the storytelling marketing techniques that we can use to stir up emotion via beautiful advertising videos. Have you ever watched video ads released by Nike, or Google, or Airbnb?

2017 82

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 83

How to Boost Your Confidence Before a Big Presentation

SketchBubble

When it comes to things people fear in life, death and public speaking are high on that list. Some people might say that standing up in front of a bunch of strangers is even worse than death.

2017 74

Guest Posting: How to be a Presentation Hero, by Adam Noar

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Adam Noar is the founder of Presentation Panda. He’s an expert marketer, entrepreneur, and presentation design expert. After building a successful website in the sportswear industry, he’s refocused on what he loves most: Building and designing exciting presentations for clients. Presentation Panda uses a simple, clear, and vibrant approach to presentation design. This material is […]. Business Communication PowerPoint

2017 109

How to Design a Presentation that will Convince Investors

Presentation Guru

Investors are a special type of audience. I have been creating investor presentations for my clients for the last decade, and would like to share with you some of the things I have learned along the way.

2017 82

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 254) – Warren Bennis

Manner of Speaking

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” — Warren Bennis. Quotes for Public Speakers Leadership public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Warren Bennis

2017 153

Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Duarte Blog

Commencement season is upon us and you know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages to receive their diplomas. And we’re watching the videos.

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 80

Tapping into Your Why to Catapult Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

Before going to ICON17, the annual Infusionsoft conference, last week, I thought I was doing a pretty good job at using the CRM and marketing machine that I have had for four years. I send out my weekly business and marketing tips, promote our upcoming events and use the shopping cart.

2017 59

Movie Box Office for Memorial Day Weekend Worst in 2 Decades

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It never dawned on me or my friends to even check what was playing at the full-price and discount movie houses in the Youngstown, Ohio Metro area. Our long weekend plans were going to be binge watching re-runs of cop shows, eating carbs and sitting outside to watch the world go by.

2017 56

Pitching for Investment: 5 Ways to be More Persuasive

Presentation Guru

When you are pitching for investment, you take on a role that’s completely different from your day-to-day job. Like Clark Kent becoming Superman, you need a completely different set of skills, yet often you’re thrown in the deep end with no specialist training.

2017 74

The business of speechwriting: Get recommendations

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Whether you work on-staff as a speechwriter or work independently as a freelancer, you need testimonials for your speechwriting. These recommendations can be as brief as one phrase (“The best freelance speechwriter we’ve ever hired”) or run as long as a paragraph.

Voice Search Optimization: I have one radically different thought

More than PowerPoint...

As I work on voice search optimization projects, I keep reading about the topic. The research fascinates me. In short – voice search is on the rise. It impacts how people find your business online. You need to think about voice search optimization. Makes sense.

Famous Speech Friday: Hawaii Rep. Fukumoto at the Women's March

The Eloquent Woman

We've seen some prominent silencing of women speakers lately, and women legislators in particular.

[Podcast] eSpeakers, What have you done for me lately? With Joe Heaps

Speaker Launcher

eSpeakers started years ago as a calendar and event management tool but has since evolved as a digital hub for speakers. Joe Heaps, Chief Marketing Officer for eSpeakers, drops by to talk about some of what’s new and what’s coming soon with eSpeakers. This is episode is all about making sure that you get as […]. The post [Podcast] eSpeakers, What have you done for me lately? With Joe Heaps appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Mark Zuckerberg, et al. - Could We Have Done Well Enough w/o College

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is the time of college commencements - and reunions. It's also a time when we reflect on if receiving a college degree had been necessary in the professional success we did achieve. Sure, we know all about how Mark Zuckerberg and others put together great careers w/o a college degrees.

2017 56

Write a Proposal that is Remembered for the Right Reasons

Presentation Guru

Question: Who is your client/prospect more interested in – you and your company OR themselves and their business? I think we all know the answer to that one, and yet it is surprising (or is it?) how often business presenters get it wrong – badly wrong.…

How to Improve Communication Skills – Avoid These Common Mistakes

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I first got interested in how to improve communication skills almost forty years ago, when I started working for a large corporation. I slowly became aware that most of the problems that occurred in the business were rooted in that mysterious process that we glibly label “communication.” ” Sometimes the cause was a complete lack of communication, (deliberate or accidental). Often it was down to a mere misunderstanding of what a particular communication meant.

2017 63

Voice Typing: 4 Tips to Get Good at It

More than PowerPoint...

I’ve been voice typing every day since the middle of February. With daily practice, I’m getting good at it. When I first started voice typing, I Googled, “How to Get Good at Voice Typing” I wanted tips on how to increase my word quantity and quality.

2017 52

15 famous commencement speeches by women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: It's commencement time again, so we've updated this 2013 post since it first appeared with new additions to The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. If you're a woman commencement speaker, or the speechwriter for one, here's your inspiration.)

4 Professional Speakers Share Their Biggest Business Mistakes and Missteps

Speaker Launcher

I don’t know anyone in business, myself included, who has not made business mistakes. As we all know, some mistakes are more costly than others but all can leave us feeling somewhat defeated and set back on our journey to success. I recently reached out to four professional speakers and business owners and asked them […]. The post 4 Professional Speakers Share Their Biggest Business Mistakes and Missteps appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Wells Fargo, Public Relations & The Invisible Hand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Brand equity. Corporate social responsibility. Trust.    All those have been negatively impacted by the regulatory and legal problems Wells Fargo has been dealing with.