May, 2021

Choosing a platform for your online course

PowerPoint Tips

When you’re ready to get your knowledge out to the world with an online course, you have many decisions to make! An important one is which platform you’ll use. The platform houses your course content.

Even Eddie Murphy needs the nerves

Speak Schmeak

I loved this conversation between Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Those of us who have the most experience speaking and entertaining on stage know this to be true: If you're not a little bit nervous, you just don't do as well.


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Do this calculation every time you speak in public

Manner of Speaking

Whenever you have a speech or presentation to deliver, there’s a calculation that you should always do beforehand. Multiply the time you have to speak by the number of people whom you anticipate will be in the audience. The result is the true amount of your speaking time.

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How Different Cognitive Bias Impact Your Presentation


The human brain is a weirdly wonderful organ. It processes gazillions of sensory data points in a matter of seconds. But such supersonic cognitive speed comes at a toll. Rather than bringing up a ton of information from memory, our brain often leans on mental shortcuts to accelerate thinking.

People with Public Speaking Fear can Learn from a Downs Syndrome Golfer

Speaking Freely

Amazing Amy is a young golfer who has Downs Syndrome. Amy has no fear or anxiety. She has played confidently with golf pros and even inspired them to win trophies. People who have public speaking fear can learn to develop their confidence from Amy.

Time to Vote: Best Virtual Demo Video Contest

Speaker Launcher

A couple of weeks ago, we announced our Best Virtual Demo Video contest, and all I can say is WOW! Thank you to all of the speakers who submitted their videos. We’ve gone through and watched all of them… and now it’s time for you to check each one out and vote!

Use contrast to make your text and colors pop!

PowerPoint Tips

’ve been working on some training about presentations that are accessible to people with sight and hearing challenges and have learned some techniques that I believe everyone can use. One has to do with increasing contrast between the background (of the slide or a shape) and the text.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 340) – Anthony Fauci

Manner of Speaking

Anthony Fauci – American Physician, Scientist and Immunologist. “I accept and welcome the opportunity to have an impact [in the battle against Covid-19] because I know the things I can do well and the things that I would prefer not to do.

Behavioral Psychology: Essential Principles and Theories


Humans are complex creatures. Our day-to-day actions are shaped by emotions, values, beliefs, and external factors such as interactions with other members of society or environmental stressors.

May 25 - SpeakAnyway LIVE - Do You Have Confidence

Speak and Deliver

Go buy David's book here: [link]. Confidence Speaking Toastmasters

What Are You Waiting For? with Jen McDonough

Speaker Launcher

Are you letting fear stop you from making a big change? Hear Jen McDonough share her story of taking that big step and how you can too! . The post What Are You Waiting For? with Jen McDonough appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Diversity and Inclusion: The Best HR Approach to Drive Innovative Outcomes


Malcolm Forbes has beautifully defined diversity – The art of thinking independently together. An environment of inclusiveness is the need of the hour for all organizations, irrespective of their size and domain, to foster workplace equality and achieve success.

These Screenwriting Principles Will Make Your Business Story More Engaging

Duarte Blog

Every human interprets situations, instances, and occurrences around us through the lens of story. Stories help us frame the world we experience, giving us a handle on reality. We are wired for stories. And we consume lots of them.

6 technical tips for your next online presentation

Manner of Speaking

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world in countless ways. Among other things, the world has been pushed even more online. I am guessing that if you are reading this post, you have participated in at least one online presentation over the past year or so. Probably more than one.

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Mastering the Power of Positivity


A famous American author, Hellen Keller said; ‘Keep facing the sunshine, and you won’t see a shadow’ This is a reference to the power of positive thinking. You might have heard about the power of positivity or how having a positive outlook can transform your life.

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May 5 - WinAnyway LIVE - Winning Isn't Always What You Think

Speak and Deliver

Losing Motivation Patience Perspective Sales Winning

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The 2021 Best Virtual Demo Video Contest

Speaker Launcher

Over the last 14 months we’ve seen some major shifts in the professional speaking industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a world that almost overnight went virtual, many speakers saw the immediate need to embrace the shift and up their ‘virtual’ game.

Visual Recruiting: How can it Help get the Best Talent Onboard?


Recruitment seems to be an easy undertaking to most of us. We hold a misconception that the labor market is just like a supermarket where the HR needs to walk in, scrutinize the candidates available on the shelves, and choose the best one. But the reality is far different than this.

3 Leaders Who Effectively Use Storytelling to Transform

Duarte Blog

Great leaders rely on varied communication tools to inspire their teams and influence others to take action. But there’s one powerful persuasive tool execs are often reluctant to use: telling personal stories.

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MS Warrior’s Singing Got Me Writing, Again

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Paul Digby is a fellow MS warrior. He was a composer and piano payer until MS took away his ability to play the piano. So what did he do? He was not a singer, but he started to sing. I … Continue reading →

Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (8 Types of Intelligences)


We learn problem-solving skills using puzzles, building blocks, board games, and outdoor games from an early age. From taking that first step to riding a bike and eventually driving a car or creating a PowerPoint presentation, there is an essential factor that comes into play: intelligence!

The Oak Zone Sunday Morning Chat Series: Rich Hopkins - Professional Spe.

Speak and Deliver

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#SpeakerSuccessTip: The Difference Between Quantity and Quality When Prospecting in Your Public Speaking Business?

Speaker Launcher

When it comes to growing your speaking business, how you reach out to prospects and clients plays an important role in your level of success. We know that if you play the numbers game and put out a large amount of reach, you will get results. That’s quantity.

5 Tips to Craft a Compelling Vision Statement for Your Company


Have you ever wondered what it is that keeps you hooked to a specific brand even if so many cheaper options are available out there? Why do you recommend a particular restaurant when someone outside of your town asks for suggestions? Well, there is a good reason behind it!

What Your Emails Tell the World about Your Leadership Ability

SpeakerSue Says...

(Even if you aren’t yet leading a team, these ideas will keep you from becoming THAT person.). Do you spend more time crafting a message to a customer than when emailing your colleagues or team? Sure there are times when you just have to get or give information. True with customers, too. But what about the times when you need to sell your colleagues or team on an idea (which is pretty much always except when answering their questions)? Like returning to work? Attending a meeting?

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To Celebrate Leafs vs Canadiens in NHL Playoffs for First Time in 41 years…

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue 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. Watching him … Continue reading →


Using Mind Maps To Share Ideas in PowerPoint Presentations


Making mind maps for jolting down your ideas to scribble a blueprint for a venture is one of the most effective techniques for conducting brainstorming sessions, gathering your thoughts, and bringing out your creative side.

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May 26 - SpeakAnyway LIVE - Speak with Intention

Speak and Deliver

Tips for Everyday Videos with Matt Pierce

Speaker Launcher

Want great video that will help scale your speaking business? Matthew Pierce from TechSmith shares his best tips for speaking on camera. The post Tips for Everyday Videos with Matt Pierce appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

4 Reasons Why Visuals are the Power Boosters for eLearning Courses


In today’s digital era, visualization has become an integral part of learning and education. Visuals are the most comprehensive communication language that learners from different cultural backgrounds can easily and quickly understand.

Shakespeare as speechwriter

Max Atkinson

In my continuously failing efforts to tidy up my study, I came across a programme for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar at Stratford upon Avon in 1992 (below).

Power words that sell, influence and create great customer experiences

SpeakerSue Says...

Words matter. The difference between saying, “Unfortunately, we no longer offer …” and “Here are the great, new options …” is the difference between likeability and a sale, or not. SpeakerSue’s tip: To put your customers and prospects at ease, choose positive, pleasant words “brain-friendly” words. Words like: Unfortunately. Feedback. Inconvenience. I can’t. Make sense? are nether positive nor pleasant nor brain friendly. Words like: Thank you! You rock! You’re right. What a great idea!

Quick Guide to Project Kick Off Meetings


Every project beginning is exciting; all the members will have different expectations and feelings about the required results. Therefore, rapport is crucial to establish commitment and generate a sense of accountability for everyone when beginning a project.

May 6 SpeakAnyway Life - The Crash that Inspires

Speak and Deliver

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Powerful, Persuasive Presentations In-person, Online, and Virtual with Patricia Fripp

Speaker Launcher

Listen to hear Patricia Fripp share what it takes to craft powerful presentations and epic stories that will result in long-term customers. The post Powerful, Persuasive Presentations In-person, Online, and Virtual with Patricia Fripp appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

5 Reasons Why We Should Include Public Speaking in School Curriculum and Ways to Incorporate It


Have you ever noticed the difference between those who sit in the audience and those who stay up on the stage and conduct events? It is as simple as it could be – the ones on stage were taught how to confront gatherings, speak in front of public, and anchor events when they were in […].

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The Queen's Speech: an exception that proves the ruler

Max Atkinson

This blog is from 22 years ago when the Queen opened parliament by reading a speech written for her by Gordon Brown's Labour government.