April, 2017

It's hard to be human

Speak Schmeak

Pretending to be a giant at the Christmas tree lot Most of my clients aren't afraid of speaking. They're well past the point where they avoid speaking engagements or rush to get them over with.

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Using a slide layout template for infinite variations

PowerPoint Tips

Once you create a great slide layout for a presentation, you can use that slide over and over by changing the text and the image. This technique will save you an amazing amount of time and make your workflow easier. For example, this slide is simple but useful for many situations.

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Four Public Speaking Lessons – and a Drone!

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Barcelona for work and pleasure. The first week was spent at IESE Business School where, once or twice a year, I join four others to teach public speaking and communication … Continue reading → Delivery Conor Neill Feedback Florian Mueck gestures IESE pause public speaking Tobias Rodrigues Tony Anagor

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How to inspire others

Kate's Voice

What makes a talk or conversation inspiring? Is it magic? Is it power? Is it beauty that inspires? Is it joy, pain, or sorrow? Leaders often feel a need to be inspiring because they want to get people to embrace their ideas and follow their lead.

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Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Duarte Blog

Do you remember when you first became aware of climate change? For me, it was 2006. My friends started driving Toyota Priuses, my parents began to buy LED lightbulbs, and I started composting my uneaten food.

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Like Riding a Bike

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. I love cycling. And living … Continue reading → Seth Godin practice Presentation public speaking

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39 lies, myths, and mistaken notions speakers tell themselves

The Eloquent Woman

As a professional speaker coach, I hear a lot of lies, myths, and mistaken notions from speakers--mostly things they tell themselves about their speaking and presenting. Really, the 39 items on this list are assumptions, but often, they're not backed up by data or evidence.

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Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Duarte Blog

Do you remember when you first became aware of climate change? For me, it was 2006. My friends started driving Toyota Priuses, my parents began to buy LED lightbulbs, and I started composting my uneaten food.

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Bill O'Reilly - Odds Against Him for Comeback

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even The Wall Street Journal, owned by the Murdochs, has reported that Bill O'Reilly is likely on the way out. Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman gave us the details why the situation is darkening for O'Reilly. Here is the latest from New York Magazine.

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Introducing the 2017 Presentation Guru Conference

Presentation Guru

Bring an idea and leave with a world-class Pitch. We set up Presentation Guru (the “Guru”) to help people share their expertise, skills and knowledge with the world. The Guru is all of the people who make up our amazing community.… … Presentation Guru Conference Conference featured

2017 29

Do you use fidget toys?

More than PowerPoint...

I heard the term “fidget toys” for the first time this week. Listen, I’m old school. I’m accustomed to calling these things “toys”. But as it turns out, I use what we now call “fidget toys” all the time. And I use them without realizing they are a popular trend right now.

2017 29

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 252) – Jack Kerouac

Manner of Speaking

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac Photo courtesy of Tom Palumbo. Quotes for Public Speakers TED Jack Kerouac public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes simplicity

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Famous Speech Friday: Amal Clooney at the UN on Nadia Murad

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Leonoor Russell, speechwriter in the Senate of the Dutch Parliament, recommended this Amal Clooney speech, saying, "this speech might be a good addition to The Eloquent Woman.

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Why You Need to Pick A Lane to Win as a Professional Speaker

Speaker Launcher

This blog post will not be the first time I have talked to you about picking a lane. We talked about it back in 2014 when I told you that Becoming a Wealthy Speaker Requires Picking a Lane. We also talked about it again last June in our 4 Marketing Essentials to Ensure Your Positioning […]. The post Why You Need to Pick A Lane to Win as a Professional Speaker appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing pick a lane speaker expertise

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"Blue Bloods" - We Like that the Reagans Don't Do Shrinks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On "Blue Bloods," police commissioner Frank Reagan is suffering with a sustained bout of insomnia. In the middle of the work day, he sneaks out of his office, puts on sunglasses and enters a high-end building. In  In there is the typical objective and lacking warm shrink. From the get-go, Frank tells him that Reagans don't do those sorts of things. Then he does try to connect. The subject is his feelings about the long-ago  9/11. He survived.

Look Effortlessly Expert as you Present with PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

Most speakers want to look effortlessly in control when they speak: in control of their subject, their nerves and their technology. In most cases, controlling the technology is the bit that even the most experienced presenters get wrong.

Guest Speakers – Respect Your Audience Or Else…

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

A lesson on how not to respect your audience. I attend a lot of presentations and am always on the lookout for what speakers do that turns me on or turns me off. Last week I attended a digital marketing show and was dismayed to witness one of the invited guest presenters committing one of the cardinal sins of public speaking. He failed to demonstrate respect for his audience. How did he do this? He started his presentation by talking about himself and his company not his audience.

Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. The new Family theme is here!

Manner of Speaking

Last summer, Florian Mueck and I released the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, the world’s first public speaking board game. One of the great things about an app is that you can update it with new features. The first … Continue reading → Rhetoric Dan Pink Florian Mueck gamification public speaking Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game

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For #marchforscience, 13 famous speeches by women scientists and engineers

The Eloquent Woman

Scientists will be speaking up tomorrow in Washington, DC, and in cities around the world for the March for Science , so it's a great time to inspire with this baker's dozen of speeches by women scientists and engineers.

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Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

To celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs (finally) making the playoffs, I present my short story Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue from Rebel in the Back Seat … and other short stories. Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue. by Paul Lima. Johnny Bower was my hero. He led the Leafs to victory. In 1967, the year he turned forty-three, the craggy-faced goal­tender backstopped the Toronto Maple Leafs to their third straight Stanley Cup triumph.

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Shurnue Bratton - A Firing, Then Murder

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her story is not unusual. Shurnue Bratton was fired from law firm Casey Simmons and Bryant in Tennessee. That was in March. More recently she returned with a gun. Among her acts of violence was fatally shooting law firm employee Betsy Raines. Here are the details in Abovethelaw.com.

Has PowerPoint sucked you into this trap?

Speaking about Presenting

One of the many clever things that PowerPoint can do is allow you to dump lots of information into it. Unlike your human audience, you can just keep on adding information into a slide and the font size will adjust to allow as much information as you like.

How to Answer Questions.or Not?

Executive Speech Coach

How to answer questions or not? Many presentations include time for questions from your audience. This offers the opportunity to clarify key points and nurture trust. There might be questions that are irrelevant. Naturally, you don’t need to answer that type of question.

I don’t attend conferences where speakers don’t get paid

More than PowerPoint...

I give up. Starting today, on #EqualPayDay — I won’t pay to go to business conferences where speakers don’t get paid. The conference organizers will pay for the room and the food. But they won’t pay speakers for crafting and delivering content? The conference venue makes money — but the speakers don’t? It makes no sense to me. But, still, I’ll hear unpaid speakers say, “No, wait. I get paid. I get paid with exposure, experience, and connections.”

Famous Speech Friday: Gwen Ifill on politics, policy & leadership

The Eloquent Woman

Back when we used to watch the evening news on television--remember that?--we we spoke loyally of our favorite anchors and our habit of "inviting them into our homes."

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Simple Presentation Ideas for First-Time Presenters


You’ve studied hard, achieved expertise in your field, and are building a solid reputation for yourself and your innovative ideas. The one thing you haven’t done is achieved a comfort level in public speaking. Now you’ve been asked to be a presenter at an upcoming event.

Uber - Not Enough to Stop Drunk-Driving

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The mag ical thinking out there is that the technology underlying ride-sharing Uber will significantly reduce drunk driving. Various studies, reports The New York Times , have shown those kinds of results. But, that approach to research doesn't understand the mind of an intoxicated person.

Motivational Speakers – Are They All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

Presentation Guru

Simon Raybould is an English presentation coach. He’s opinionated and prone to challenge the orthodoxy, which, in our minds is a very good thing.

[Podcast] From Podcast to Platform with Joel Boggess

Speaker Launcher

Joel Boggess has parlayed his popular Relaunch podcast (over 1 million downloads!) into speaking and author opportunities. His Never Give Up mantra was instilled at an early age after a frightening brush with death. Joel talks about his experience as a podcaster, some of his favorite guests, and how podcasting can lead to new opportunities. […]. The post [Podcast] From Podcast to Platform with Joel Boggess appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Want to be a better presenter? – Then don’t copy your colleagues

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

DON’T BE A MONKEY! I write lots of posts about how to be a better presenter or speaker but am continually frustrated that I still see so many poor presentations. Why is it that, despite being well into the 21st Century, many people still bore the pants of their audiences? The number one reason for poor presentations is, as far as I can see, that human beings are hard-wired to learn by modelling other people. Or to put it another way “Monkey see, Monkey do.”

How trauma kills our storytelling abilities

The Eloquent Woman

I've told you why it's important not to make all your personal stories 'happily ever after' stories , and to keep in the messy parts. And I've shared here a real-life story about a cancer patient who was dying, and asked to speak about her treatment, clearly a difficult task.

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Body Language from your hands?

Executive Speech Coach

Body language is the combination of messages conveyed by all parts of your body. Your hands are certainly a noticeable and powerful channel for your body messages. Study this video of Allan Pease speaking at the TEDx Macquarie University. What might your hands say about you?

Public Speaking - Trump Talks Like We All Did in the Old Neighborhood

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During his speech at the National Rifle Association event, Donald Trump referred to U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas." " That was Trump's way to discredit her claim of being part Native American.

Why Webinars are Great and How to Design Them Effectively

Presentation Guru

More and more presentations these days are given via webinar instead of with a live audience in the same room as the presenter. If you haven’t given a webinar yet, we see one in your future.