December, 2018

Five Public Speaking Resolutions for 2019

Manner of Speaking

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— As 2018 draws to a close, many … Continue reading → Motivation Presentation Guru TED Presentation public speaking Resolutions storytelling

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Four reasons to stop using PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

Many of my speaker colleagues reject the use of slides. They say slides are boring, prevent engagement, and distract the audience away from the speaker's message. And yep, they do.

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Five Resolutions to Make You a Better Speaker in 2019

Presentation Guru

As 2018 draws to a close, many people turn their minds to the year to come and what they hope to achieve. And with those thoughts come resolutions.

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How to Start a Presentation: 5 Strong Opening Slides and 9 Tricks To Test


Knowing how to start a presentation is crucial: if you fail to capture the audience attention right of the bat, your entire presentation will flop. Few listeners will stick with you to the end and retain what you have told.

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A Conversation with Ian Griffin on Speechwriting, Social Media & Blogging

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, December 13 the Silicon Valley Speeechwriters Roundtable hosted Ian Griffin in a free conference call. I’m usually the one doing the interviewing. However, Barbara Seymour Giordano suggested she turn the tables and interview me. Barbara had been my guest back in May. Barbara and I discussed my career as a freelance speechwriter, corporate […] On Thursday, December 13 the Silicon Valley Speeechwriters Roundtable hosted Ian Griffin in a free conference call.

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One Simple Thing to Transform Your 2019 beyond Making Resolutions

Speaking Freely

There’s a simple thing to do that can transform your 2019 beyond making resolutions. Every year for decades, I’ve done something to prepare for an awesome New Year — I spent a week evaluating what happened and what I accomplished in the outgoing year and what I want to accomplish in all areas of my life […]. The post One Simple Thing to Transform Your 2019 beyond Making Resolutions appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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You know more than you think you do

Manner of Speaking

In the TED Talk below, social scientist Dolly Chugh speaks about an interesting idea: how we can become better people if we just stop trying to be good. I don’t intend to analyze her talk; rather, in this post, I’d like … Continue reading → Delivery TED Arthur Ashe Dolly Chugh notes public speaking TED Talk

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What Today’s Presenters Can Learn From a 50-Year Old Demo

Presentation Guru

Today nearly every technology company gives demos to showcase their products’ best. What is the oldest demo you have in mind?

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Finding the Right Presentation Metaphors for Your Audience

Duarte Blog

When trying to persuade people to think and act differently, we study their wants and needs, what they care about, what keeps them up at night. Sometimes we reach them by making clear, concise arguments that address those concerns. But often it takes a little something more to engage an audience.

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My freelance writing resolutions for 2019

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I’ve been a freelance writer and writing trainer most of my life. I’ve loved the work that I’ve done, and managed to make a fairly decent living doing it… I’m 64 now, and have MS –a chronic and, for me, somewhat debilitating disease (the degree to which it is debilitating is different for everybody who has it). So age and illness, mostly illness, have kind of crimped my style over the last few years. I’m still working, but not like I used to.

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Vicki Archer - Like So Many of Us, She Felt She "Needed a Break"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, the medical types in England confirmed that the death last August of Vicki Archer was a suicide. Here are more details.    During the middle of her popular BBC Radio Shropshire Show, she got up and left. She announced that she "needed a break."

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 299) – Adam Duritz

Manner of Speaking

“People ask me if I have stage fright. I say, ‘God, no, I’m completely comfortable there. I have rest-of-the-day fright.’“ ’“ — Adam Duritz Photo courtesy of Taylor Spaulding / Flickr. Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Adam Duritz Counting Crows public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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Upgrade Your Style for the Stage with Anne Morrissey

Speaker Launcher

Today we are talking with Anne Morrissey about style and how to present our best selves on stage. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, Anne is with us to share some of her ideas on how to make what we wear translate into a much better presentation for our audience.

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How to… Break the Pattern

Presentation Guru

Welcome to the latest in my occasional series of ‘How to….’ ’ articles. In this one we’re going to talk about pattern-breaking and what you can do to get the audience’s attention by doing the unexpected.

Building a Persuasive Argument with the Rhetorical Triangle Concept


Building a persuasive argument can be difficult for many presenters. It is easy to get lost in translation if you’re not sure about what are you looking for. To make things easier, presenters can focus on three main aspects of building their argument using the Rhetorical Triangle Concept.

Speech Editing – Stop Trying to Squeeze Too Much Into a Limited Time

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Why Is Speech Editing Critical For Better Presentations? One of the most common mistakes made by business presenters is the tendency to cram too much information into their speech. There seems to be a myth that the more information you present, the more persuasive the presentation will be.

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"Dateline" - Likely Will Be Back for Season 28th

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So far, "Dateline" has made it to its 27th season on television. And, if ratings are what count in renewals, the odds are that it will have a 28th season. For the 12/28/2018 episode, viewership was at 3.730 million. That was up 21.03% from the week before. 

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Tips for Presenting to an International Audience


If you are a business owner or professional, you’ve probably been asked on one or more occasions to give a presentation.Often these speeches are for internal purposes and presented to others within your organization. But sometimes you may be asked to speak to others outside of your group.

The Wealthy Speaker Gets Their Fee

Speaker Launcher

I have two types of clients. Client A – The speaker who will take every piece of business that comes towards them at any fee. And Client B – The speaker who “interviews” each piece of business to check for a good fit in terms of content, expectations, fee and budget. Which one are you? […]. The post The Wealthy Speaker Gets Their Fee appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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6 Add-Ins That Will Boost Your Productivity

Presentation Guru

Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word are some of the most used software applications in the entire world, with over a billion users. If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are yourself a frequent users of them.

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How to Overcome Procrastination & Deliver Amazing Presentations


The pressure of delivering a presentation and making an impact on your audience can be overwhelming. One of the escapes that many presenters seek to overcome this stress is procrastination.

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Do you have a Message without a Speech?

Speak and Deliver

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Holden Caulfield from "The Catcher in the Rye" - 67 Years Later

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like Owen Labrie and Brett Kavanaugh, Holden Caulfield had attended prep school. That's where the likeness ends. The first two were and probably still are achievers eager for traditional success in a white man's world of privilege. Caulfield considered that tribe a bunch of phonies.

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It’s not just about being funny – 4 powerful skills honed over a decade on the comedy stage

Pivotal Public Speaking

Comedians are a funny bunch. Sorry that’s a terrible pun, but from the outside, the comedian, throwing out jokes over a beer or two in a social situation is what we mostly think of as funny and yet what we often get from a stand-up comedian is a very deep insight into who we […]. humour in public speaking call to action comedy facial expression humour opening videos

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A Lesson in Humility

Speaker Launcher

I haven’t been able to talk publicly about politics, even though it’s one of my favorite subjects, for several years now because America is so divided. I live in Canada, so you might think I’m not affected by American politics, but over 50% of my business comes from the US so I care. I care […]. The post A Lesson in Humility appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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How to Use Data Analytics in Your Presentation

Presentation Guru

Simply put, data analytics is the close examination of all observable data in order to draw valuable conclusions with which an organisation may improve itself. This includes correcting detrimental patterns and further improving the ones that have proven to be positive and effective.…

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How to Prepare a Listing Presentation: Guide for Real Estate Pros


Do you want to close more leads on a regular basis? In that case, you may need to level up your communication skills. To win more listings, move on from having a polite “pre-sales” chit chat with prospects to doing full-scale presentations of your services.

Paddy Ashdown: the man who never slept in

Max Atkinson

The Atkinson-Kenny-Levick families have been close friends with the Ashdown family for many years and have been devastated by yesterday's sad news.

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Gas $1.89 a Gallon in Austintown, OH - But, With Downturn Coming, I Won't Be Seeing the USA in My Chevrolet

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Along the main drag in Norman-Rockwell-like Austintown, Ohio, gasoline is at $1.89 a gallon. With reward points I got it down even further. But, no, I am not going to be traveling a lot more. Bad news for the hospitality industry, et al., I won't be seeing the USA in my Chevrolet.

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Master the relationship even when your only tool is email

SpeakerSue Says...

I was on the phone with a client and we were laughing and bonding. It was especially cool because mainly we talk by email. And though we so laugh by emoji, it’s just not the same.

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Developing the Confidence of Elite Athletes with Paul Schempp

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of the Wealthy Speaker Podcast we are talking with Dr. Paul Schempp about developing confidence. Dr. Paul Schempp is joining us to discuss how we can be more confident on stage and in business. Dr. Paul G. Schempp is an expert on high performance leadership. As University of Georgia professor, he conducts […]. The post Developing the Confidence of Elite Athletes with Paul Schempp appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Reading a lot over the holidays? Do some meaningful networking

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If you’re reading a terrific article or book, why not follow that writer on Twitter, or connect with that author via LinkedIn? It’s a great way to let writers know you appreciate their work. And it’s a great way to build your own writing network. Remember: Creative networking on social media isn’t about getting loads […]. Career info Freelance Writing Professional organizations Social media

Cover Letters - Generics Get Tossed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The cover letter is the way you introduce yourself to those who can hire you for jobs, contract assignments, or new business for your enterprise. You have just a few seconds before the recipient or robot will toss that cover letter into the don't-read-further box.

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Brooklyn Detention Complex Needs Sophisticated Crisis Communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Seemingly with great glee, the New York Post features coverage of a move made by the Brooklyn Detention Complex. With no explanation why, the correctional facility posted a sign in the visitors' quarters that the New York Post is banned. Here are the details from the tabloid.

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Aging in America - December Plunge in All 3 Stock Indexes Brings High Angst

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back during the 2008 global financial crash, the aging in America got it: They many never fully recover from the downturn in equities, market value of housing, and job market. Some were lucky, though, and made out big in the bull market.

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Remembering Jack O'Dwyer, Yet Again - Book on The New Aging Dedicated to Him Last August

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Global media outlets, establishment and digital native, have been publishing memorials for public relations giant Jack O'Dwyer. Here is the send-off from the influential The Washington Post. 

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So Lonely - But, Fortunately, We Have Make-Believe Buddies, Ranging from Oliva Benson to David Rossi

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

According to Cigna's study, 56% assess that the people around us aren't really with us. Also, 54% of the folks in our little lives, we are convinced, really don't know us. Here are more details from Fortune.

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