June, 2017

5 principles for easier and faster slide creation

PowerPoint Tips

I recently made over some webinar slides for a client and I can honestly say that the slides were the most messed up of any I’d ever seen. It wasn’t the content; it was the way the slides were created. Now, my client was a PowerPoint newbie, so it wasn’t really her fault.

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Four Lessons from the Mountain for Public Speakers

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. ——— A few weeks ago, my friend Timo … Continue reading → Presentation Guru Presentation public speaking Stories Timo Sorri

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How to open your talk with a question

Speaking about Presenting

Do you sometime struggle to decide how to open your presentations?

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Boost Your Public Speaking Skills by “Sounding” Confident!

DeFinis Communications

If you’re feeling nervous about giving an upcoming presentation, use your voice to your advantage. In other words, as you speak, make your voice sound like you are enjoying yourself even if you’re under stress. Easier said than done? Perhaps.

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Movie Magic: How to Sync With Your Audience

Duarte Blog

Studies from Princeton professor Uri Hasson show that certain movies can actually synchronize the brains of the audience. The article reports that viewers “tend to blink at the same time ,” and that, “Even their brain activity is, to a remarkable degree, synchronized.”.

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More Trending

Public speaking: Working with a professional speaker

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Many organizations go to a great deal of work/expense to hire a professional speaker for their conference – but then let the ball drop by overlooking the final travel logistics. You want your speaker to arrive fresh/rested at the podium. Leave nothing to chance.

Clean Up Your Presentation – There’s an App for That!

DeFinis Communications

Use your smartphone to improve your public speaking skills. Most business professionals have some brand of smartphone by now. And every day we can learn new ways to use them to increase productivity. But did you know your smartphone can also help you improve your public speaking skills? It’s true!

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How (and Why) to Tell Killer Sales Stories

Duarte Blog

There’s a scene in the British comedy Cemetery Junction that I love because I think it’s a perfect representation of the power of sales stories and storytelling in sales.

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Should You Use Storytelling in Scientific Presentations?

Presentation Guru

“Stories are anecdotes and we expect medical technologies to be based on a bit more solid evidence than that.”

Hot Meeting Industry Trends Speakers Need to Know About

Speaker Launcher

Many years ago, someone predicted that video conferencing would take over the world and speakers would no longer be invited to speak at live events. As we all know, that did not happen. And do you want to know why? Because part of the success of live events is the ability for people to interact […]. The post Hot Meeting Industry Trends Speakers Need to Know About appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Taking a blog and social media hiatus for June 2017

The Eloquent Woman

I'm waist-deep when it comes to the river of blogging and social media, with three blogs, the two oldest blogs turning 12 and 10 years old this year. That's a lot of blogging, and that's not all.

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Listening tips for speechwriters

Joan Detz Speaker Services

When interviewing your client for a major speech, talk less and listen more. You’ll get better information – and the executive will get a better speech. Sit quietly. Watch body language. Listen to tone. Don’t interrupt. Really: Don’t interrupt.

June is Effective Communications Month!

DeFinis Communications

The month of June is dedicated to highlighting the importance of using successful communication skills to enhance your personal, team and workplace development. For public speakers, communicating in a clear, powerful and engaging manner is essential to effectively connecting with an audience and achieving your intended result.

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Saving for "Rainy Day" Used to Be Moral Issue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

About a quarter of folks in America don't have a financial reserve, found Bankrate. That means that they can't make it through a financial emergency. Those range, of course, from a medical bill not covered by insurance to the computer which needs to be reset on the car.

Laughter – the Best Medicine to Cure a Boring Presentation

Presentation Guru

What do great speakers do? Well we could tell you, but, probably better we let David Nihill SHOW you.

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[Podcast] Boost Your Speaker Bookings with Social Media with Erin Gargan

Speaker Launcher

As a professional speaker, you likely have a presence on social media, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or something else. I mean, for years the experts have been telling us that we HAVE to be on social so by now, we’ve all jumped on that bandwagon. But is your presence effective? Does it help […]. The post [Podcast] Boost Your Speaker Bookings with Social Media with Erin Gargan appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Manage Your Time Effectively During Your Next Presentation


You may not have realized it, but when you agree to speak at a conference or other industry event, you have essentially signed a contract with your audience.

Public Speaking Confidence and The Inverse Tardis Effect

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I’ve wanted to write a new post about public speaking confidence for a while now, but I was struggling to find the right angle to take. Then, I happened to be talking to a friend about the TV series Dr Who when the idea for this post hit me.

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Freelance speechwriters: Time to update your website?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If it’s time to update your website, make sure you cite comments/clients/recommendations from a wide geographical range. Freelance speechwriting is a global business – if you market it globally.

How to, like, stop using “like” kind of all the time

Kate's Voice

People use speech patterns of popular culture because they are, like, popular. Part of the fun of life is to copy what we hear said in films and TV because it is a way to share common experience. Common experience is a great way to engage others. However, as my mom used to say, “Everything […].

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This Is What Every Nervous Speaker Needs To Be Told

Presentation Guru

In this article, Jim Harvey identifies 3 new rules to help the less experienced presenter who wants to stand out, to build their confidence and skills more quickly.

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[Podcast] Reinventing Your Brand to Hit Next Level Revenue with Michael Hoffman

Speaker Launcher

Many of you may know Michael Hoffman. He’s a great friend and resource of The Speaker Launcher site, sharing with us his wealthy tips on How to Go Deeper with Clients and How to Let the Audience Speak for You. Michael has been in the speaking business for over 20 years and speaks and educates people […]. The post [Podcast] Reinventing Your Brand to Hit Next Level Revenue with Michael Hoffman appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Many of you may know Michael Hoffman.

Why Public Speaking is Important for Leadership


When we think about leadership, we usually picture political leaders who stand at podiums rallying crowds to support their causes; or athletes who spur their team to push their limits and try harder; or executives who develop strategies to help their colleagues edge out the competition.

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The Communication Blog

Here's a good example of the importance of using appropriate and inappropriate cultural identifiers. link] [link]. cultural identifiers. Bill Maher. cultural sensitivity

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The speechwriter’s skill set: More tips for better listening

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Remain silent while a client finishes telling you his account. Then paraphrase your client: “Now, let me make sure I get your priorities straight. First, CSR needs to …” At this point, you should get some feedback from your speaker. Feedback usually falls into two categories. A speaker might say: * “That’s it! That’s exactly […]. International speakers Speechwriting

Grudges, Donald Trump and The Old Neighborhood

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The Atlantic , Peter Beinart attempts to pack the complex Donald Trump into The Grudge Box. That need to take action on his enemies characterizes him, posits Beinart.

Data Visualization – The Perfect Combination of Analytics and Art

Presentation Guru

Presentation Guru was recently invited to a demonstration by Tableau on how to Make Your Data Make an Impact. The company and a current Tableau user, who was the main case study, gave impressive presentations and it certainly whetted our appetite to find out more.

[Podcast] Winning the Million Dollar Training Contract with Greg Schinkel

Speaker Launcher

As a professional speaker, you are constantly vying to win the contract that gets you on the stage and speaking. And many of you also have additional products, including training, that you are constantly pitching to potential customers with the hope of winning some additional business. On this week’s podcast, Jane is joined by Greg Schinkel, […]. The post [Podcast] Winning the Million Dollar Training Contract with Greg Schinkel appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Book Marketing Made Simple – A Review

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Having published by first book The Presenters Edge, back in December 2016 and, having made loads of book marketing mistakes along the way, I was keen to read Karen Williams Book Marketing Made Simple. My first reaction after reading this useful publication was – “I wish I had read this before I published my first book!”

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[Quick Public Speaking tip] WAIT! Don’t start talking until you are ready

Pivotal Public Speaking

You probably know that the first seconds of your presentation are vital. In those seconds you have an opportunity to make an impression that will stay with your audience long after the speech is finished and you have all left the room. Yes … that important! So the next piece of advice from most writers […]. public speaking public speaking confidence speeches confidence movement on stage speech opening

Quote for the day: The vital necessity of action

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.” ” President Dwight D. Eisenhower State of the Union address 1958 Action. Where? Action on climate change, maybe? Action that moves us all forward, not backward? International speakers Media training Speechwriting

Extreme Heat - Turn Up Air Conditioning Is Like Let Them Eat Cake

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If climate change experts are on the money, there could be less economic growth. Globally and for each nation.    That's because of the consequences of the increased number of days nations endure temperatures of 95 degrees or more.

Why Comparisons are Bad But Can Be Made Good

Presentation Guru

Will you ever be a great presenter if you don’t believe in your own ability and worth? A great deal of the advice around Presentation Skills is focused on actual Presentation Techniques.

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How to Know When and What to Outsource in Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

Have you ever felt unsatisfied in your speaking business? Like maybe you wanted to take all of your marbles and go home? Perhaps you should just call it quits and get a “real job?” ” If you have ever felt this way, know that you are not alone. In fact, there was a time in my […]. The post How to Know When and What to Outsource in Your Speaking Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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