May, 2017

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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

Duarte Blog

“There’s this one guy at my company who…”. So began my in-flight conversation about presentations and presentation mistakes. This happens a lot. The surprising thing about this conversation was the rest of the sentence. “…is is way too exuberant when he presents.”. Wait, what? Nobody says that.

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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

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Big Picture or Deep Detail? Do both with PowerPoint Zoom

Presentation Guru

Sometimes in our presentations we need big-picture thinking to set vision and direction. Yet at other times, we need to deep dive and drill down into the detail. But what if we need to do both ? What if we need to talk about the future, but explain the specifics and how we’re going to get there?…

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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.

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IBM - Buffett Sells 1/3rd of Shares, Watson Isn't Enough

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

IBM needs a leadership hack. Warren Buffett's stock picks and dumps are market-movers. And his decision to sell one-third of Berkshire's IBM stock sends a negative signal about that tech player. Here are details from Fortune. In tech, the mindset is to move fast and break things.

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Samantha Bee on presenting in a comfortable outfit

The Eloquent Woman

If you've ever found yourself on stage for a speaking gig, teetering in your uncomfortable high heels and an outfit you wouldn't normally wear, you'll find refreshing the advice of America's female late-night comedy host Samantha Bee.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

World/Business Leaders - Did Prince Philip Set New Retirement Age at 95

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Queen Elizabeth, age 91, doesn't seem to have any immediate plans to retire. It's Prince Philip, age 95, who will throw in the career towel. Does that put in play a trend: 95 is the new retirement age for world/business leaders? At 21st Century Fox, Rupert Murdoch is 86.

Famous Speech Friday: Patty Duke's 1970 Emmy Awards Acceptance Speech

The Eloquent Woman

When Patty Duke won an Oscar in 1962 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker , the 16-year old gave one of the shortest acceptance speeches ever: "Thank you." Seven years later, she won an Emmy for her work in the television movie My Sweet Charlie.

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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.

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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

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10 Essential Steps to a Beautiful Eulogy for a Loved One

Presentation Guru

This is a magazine for professional speakers, and aspiring speakers, but let’s remember that for all of us, some of the most challenging moments will be speeches we make in our personal lives. Those are the ones where it really counts.

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How to write a speech – Discover the magic of metaphors

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I read a fascinating blog post today which reminded me of the power of metaphors as a tool to make communication more colourful and engaging. I started to think about metaphors relating to public speaking, communication and the idea for a new post about how to write a speech just popped into my head and wouldn’t go away!

2017 21

Digital Marketers - Ditch All Those Links, Except for CTA

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some digital marketers tend to want everything documented. So you include plenty of links in your blogs, web content and email blasts. Big mistake. Those links provide a pathway for prospects to escape your content - and not return.

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 22

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.

A Conversation with Tim Pollard on Fail-Proofing Your Communication

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday May 18 members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable were in conversation with Tim Pollard, author of The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design.

The Science of Calming Down an Anxious Presenter

Presentation Guru

It was Jerry Seinfeld who pointed out that people’s fear of public speaking was such that if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy!

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Presentation Question Time – How to Make The Most of This Opportunity

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I have noticed that many speakers dread the traditional Presentation Question Time slot at the end of their presentation. When I ask them why this is, the most common reasons given are: Fear of losing control. Fear of being asked difficult questions. Fear of not knowing the right answers. Fear of making a fool of themselves. Fear of nobody asking any questions. The importance of presentation question time.

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Drudge Report - Earth Hack Makes Us Wonder If There's a "Patch" for Evil

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Drudge Report posted just the right headline: "Day the Earth Was Hacked." " This global catastrophe has made everything from climate change to Comeygate seem small potatoes. Of course, lives will be lost since hospitals can't function normally. Global GDP can take a hit.

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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[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.

National Association of Government Communicators: June 13-15, St. Louis

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Here’s some information on NAGC’s Communications School in St. Louis: Chris O’Neil, Chief of Media Relations for the National Transportation Safety Board, will teach you how to define communication goals, separate strategy from tactics, and effectively use research and evaluation in a half-day advance training workshop at the 2017 NAGC Communications School in St. Louis. […]. News, events, and awards Professional organizations

Who is the Hero of your Sales Presentation?

Presentation Guru

Heroes and villains don’t just exist in fairy tales for children. In our everyday life we are surrounded by them. A business presenter’s job is to identify these heroes and villains, and help his audience to overcome any obstacles in order to reach the brave new world.…

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Common Presentation Skills Myths Debunked

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Are your beliefs about your presentation skills holding you back? “A belief is simply a thought that we have ceased to question. Someone once told me that a belief is simply a thought that we had ceased to question and that started me on a voyage of discovery to explore my own beliefs to find out which ones were holding me back so that I might question and change them.

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David Dao's Lawyer Thomas Demetrio Doesn't Find Coming New Yorker 5/22 Cover Hilarious

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New Yorker's May 22nd cover will feature U.S. attorney general dragging James Comey, former F.B.I. director, off a plane. Of course, that re-plays the dragging incident involving United passenger David Dao. His lawyer doesn't think this will be hilarious.

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