November, 2018

4 layouts that always look good-video training

PowerPoint Tips

In my bestselling e-book, Slide Design for Non-Designers, I cover 4 layouts that always look good. These are for slides that have a title and an image. The layouts make it easy to quickly create a professional-looking slide.

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A fashion tip for women speakers

Manner of Speaking

When it comes to giving fashion advice, I am on thin ice. When it comes to giving fashion advice to women, I have fallen through the ice and am flailing about waiting to be rescued. But on one point, I … Continue reading → Logistics Christine Bleakley Christine Lagarde lavalier lectern Marissa Mayer Microphone presentations public speaking Sheryl Sandberg

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Improvise to Improve Your People Skills

Presentation Guru

Most people don’t spend their lives giving presentations. Many people spend NONE of their lives giving presentations. Lots of leaders I’ve met would rather not have to give any.

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How to Use an Empathy Map to Understand Your Audience


As a presenter, one can tend to focus too much on the final presentation, missing one essential ingredient in the mix, empathy!

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Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers

Speaking Freely

“Be grounded and real…and don’t be afraid to be yourself,” says Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live. Jay gives us his best advice for both speakers and comedic performance in a video at INC.Video The Playbook. [link] Being grounded in your body and being real with your […]. The post Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills. Authenticity grounding Uncategorized

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Why Your Company Needs More Ceremonies to Navigate Change

Duarte Blog

Early last year, our company was well into a great season of change. We had turned our org chart on its side, so that nearly every person in the company either had a new boss or was a new boss. We had moved to a different building. We had implemented new software tools. We were [.] continue reading.

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Using Alexa Flash Briefings to Boost Your Speaking Business with Jeff Smith

Speaker Launcher

Jeff Smith aka The Alexa Guy is with us to explain what Alexa Flash Briefings are and how to make them work for you and grow your speaking business. Jeff Smith creates Alexa skills for companies, entrepreneurs, coaches and speakers to help them engage with their followers on a daily basis. In December of 2017, […]. The post Using Alexa Flash Briefings to Boost Your Speaking Business with Jeff Smith appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Presentation Designers – Do You Really Need a Specialist?

Presentation Guru

There is no denying that the visual element of a presentation goes a long way to connecting with your audience. However, it should never be forgotten that a great presentation is derived first and foremost from creating the right content that speaks to the people who will be seeing it.…

Use Your Body Language to Rock Your Next Presentation


When tasked with giving a presentation to an executive audience, and you will in one way or another in business, it’s important not only to have something worth saying, but also being effective in how you communicate your ideas.

What if food prep becomes the top tech skill we can’t live without? Sound crazy? Bear with me…

More than PowerPoint...

What if we started learning food prep and cooking in elementary school? And I’m not thinking about food prep as an elective course or two. No, my vision is much bolder: Learning to cook needs to be mandatory. Food prep needs to be integrated into every class you take in school.

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AT&T - I Felt Back in the Era of Ernestine The Operator

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

AT&T is in competitive space. Understatement. Before I decided to swing by its Austintown, Ohio retail branch I had considered Verizon and T-Mobile. But, since I had been contracting with AT&T for wireless service for several years, I defaulted to habit. 

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It’s Back! Our Best Speaker Website Contest!

Speaker Launcher

I’m so excited because I am currently building my own website, and as a result, I have seen my ideas about what makes a website shift and evolve. I’ll bet your ideas about great websites have changed over the years as well? Think about how many websites you’ve developed during the course of your business […]. The post It’s Back! Our Best Speaker Website Contest! appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

6 tips for handling a remote when presenting

Manner of Speaking

If you use slides in your presentations, whether PowerPoint, Keynote or some other software, you must become comfortable using a remote to advance those slides. The alternatives are not great: 1. Standing by the computer the entire presentation and advancing … Continue reading →

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What Makes a Good Innovation Story?

Presentation Guru

The ability to frame ideas in a compelling manner is critical for companies working on innovation. Developing new products involves enormous levels of uncertainty. Entrepreneurs, therefore, need to get their story straight if they want to get attention – and funding.…

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What is a Business Model Canvas?


Based on the work of Alexander Osterwalder, a Business Model Canvas , or BMC for short, is a diagram used to visualize a business model; it allows structured organization and a quick method of evaluation and reflection on the effectiveness of a Business Models. The Role of the Business Model Canvas.

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Two important components of writing explained

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This blog post is about something that many writers realize consciously and some realize subconsciously. It is something that all writers should realize consciously so that is at the forefront of their minds as they write. Here it is : there are two components to writing. There is the technical component and there is the content component. The technical component includes spelling and grammar. But it is more than that.

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Sleuthing Needed: Was Mystery Writer Linda Fairstein Involved in Central Park Five Injustice?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein denies she had been involved in the wrongful incarceration of the Central Park Five. Many recall that high-profile rush to judgment after the female jogger employed on Wall Street was almost beaten to death.

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What Are Your “Pinch Me” Moments?

Speaker Launcher

You’re standing in front of your ideal audience, you had them at “hello” and you rocked them all the way through until you close. As you exit the stage to thunderous applause, the leader of the organization pumps your hand and says “Thank you so much, that was exactly what my people needed to hear.” […]. The post What Are Your “Pinch Me” Moments? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 297) – Seneca

Manner of Speaking

“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent. No one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” ” — Seneca Photo courtesy of Jean-Pol Grandmont / … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Seneca

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How to Foster a Culture of Creativity in Your Team

Presentation Guru

Many of us (especially if we’re working in any kind of corporate role) wrongly assume that to be creative, means to be artistic. In fact, creativity involves using our imagination or original ideas to create something. It’s about being inventive.

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What if you didn’t own a car anymore?

More than PowerPoint...

I own a car. When it dies, I may not buy another. In fact, I may never own another car again in my lifetime. I don’t want to be careless. I’d rather be carless. This is a shocking statement for a middle-aged Michigan suburbanite to make. For a time, I worked in the auto industry.

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How stories light up your listeners


Sharing common experience is one of the most powerful ways to engage with an audience.

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FIRE - Of Course, It Can Go Horribly Wrong

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many traditionalists are against FIRE - Financial Independence, Retire Early. They assume that those embracing this lifestyle will run out of money. Their hero is Suze Orman who advocates that $5 million is needed before FIRE is possible.    MarketWatch tends to tilt toward the tradition.

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A Solid List is Better Than a Big List

Speaker Launcher

When is the last time you did some list hygiene? Pardon! List hygiene is putting your email list through a series of processes that ensure that people really want to be included. We did some research recently and realized over a thousand people on my list hadn’t been engaging. That meant they hadn’t opened […]. The post A Solid List is Better Than a Big List appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 296) – Gloria Steinem

Manner of Speaking

“I think the most obvious real fear I had was of public speaking. That really paralyzed me. I’d have to cancel appearances at the last minute because if I tried to do them, I’d lose all my saliva and each … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers fear of public speaking Gloria Steinem public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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Fear and Nerves Are Normal – but Here’s How to Deal with Them

Presentation Guru

On 3 June 2017, professional rock climber Alex Honnold accomplished something that few people thought could be done. He climbed the 3,000-foot granite wall of Yosemite Park’s famous El Capitan. Yes – it’s that vertical wall in the photo above!) Alone.…

How Customer Experience can Make Your Brand Successful


For a business to run successfully, it is important to have satisfied clients. It is not only the quality of the product or service that matters but how customers perceive a business and if the expectations of the customers are met.

My LinkedIn profile has never included the word “resilience.” I plan to add it now.

Joan Detz Speaker Services

On June 22, my condo was destroyed by a building fire. My salvageable belongings were boxed into storage, and I moved into temporary housing. I remain in temporary housing. That’s the short story. The long story is that it’s been an eye-opener – and not a good eye-opener, I might add. The disaster was started […].

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Gift Certificates for Listening - We Have Become the George Baileys Who Don't Find Hope

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Current society in the U.S. seems to be determined to off ourselves. That's either in an active manner such as suicide by hanging or a gun shot to the head. Or passively through opioids. We can also shorten the time we are on planet earth through ignoring a medical problem. 

Building and Maintaining a World-Class Speaker Reputation with Alan Stevens

Speaker Launcher

Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by The Emerging Speakers Business Booster FREE Webinar on how to accelerate your speaking business and position yourself as an expert to get paid what you are worth … even if you have no clue how to get booked! Listen and learn about positioning yourself […]. The post Building and Maintaining a World-Class Speaker Reputation with Alan Stevens appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Lessons from the edge of a cliff … without a rope!

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. ——— On 3 June 2017, professional rock climber … Continue reading → Presentation Guru TED Alex Honnold El Capitan Presentation public speaking

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Public Speaking – An Everyday Act of Courage

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

“I need to be confident before I can speak!” ” As a presentation and public speaking coach, this simple statement is by far the most common reason people give for avoiding presentations or public speaking. And, on the face of it, it makes perfect sense, until you realise that confidence isn’t something that can be bought or taught. It’s something that comes from within. True confidence only comes when you do the very thing that you fear.

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How to Give A Compelling Interview Presentation: Tips, Examples and Topic Ideas


Backup your statements with facts. Interview presentations have now become the new norm for most industries. They are popular for sales, marketing, technology and academic positions.

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How to give a presentation in English … when English is your second language

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’m pleased to give public speaking tips to English-as-second-language speakers in this Business Venezuela magazine. The article appears in both English and Spanish.) Te invitamos a leer Nuestra Edición Digital N# 360 2018 “TOP 100 COMPANIES” 20 Años presentando el mejor ranking de negocios en Venezuela. To read my featured piece click here.

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Harvard Business School Brand In Play - As Are Brands of McKinsey, Sheryl Sandberg, and Roman Catholic Church

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We in executive communications - that is, ghostwriters/script writers for corporations - have profited greatly from the leadership meme.

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Making it Easy for Speakers Bureaus to Book You with Gina Davilla

Speaker Launcher

Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by The Wealthy Speaker Focus 40 Session. Spend 40 minutes with Jane by phone or Skype to discuss your strategy. Whether you need help with positioning, choosing your lane or a website makeover, this will be time well spent. Click the link for a very […]. The post Making it Easy for Speakers Bureaus to Book You with Gina Davilla appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Snow - The Great Divide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here in the Ohio Valley, during the morning, began the first significant snow of the season. From the early days of the automobile right out until current times what becomes obvious is The Great Divide. Some people have garages. Some don't. The latter have to dig out their cars.

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