June, 2018

Is your life a constant audition?

Speak Schmeak

“I was so happy with how Freaks and Geeks came out, that in my head I thought 'my career is basically over.' I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, and everything else is gravy. And so nothing else matters. I can experiment. I can do anything.

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A lesson from the Parthenon

Manner of Speaking

I was recently in Athens, Greece to speak at a conference. While there, I had one free day and, as it was my first time in Greece, there was one place I had to see: the Parthenon that sits atop … Continue reading → History of Public Speaking Rhetoric Acropolis Aristotle Athens Greece Ethos Logos Parthenon Pathos rhetoric

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Do you tell, teach, or train?

PowerPoint Tips

What’s the difference between telling, teaching, and training? And which should you be doing? They really ARE different — although related — and which one you should do depends on your goals, your audience, and your situation.

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Book Review: The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America, by Robert Love

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Long before Lululemon, Bikram Hot Yoga and the ubiquitous downward facing dog, yoga was being taught in small studios in San Francisco, New York and the Hudson River Valley.

2018 141

An unconventional approach to overcoming the fear of public speaking

Speaking about Presenting

At the beginning of this year, I was stuck in bed following a major accident. I had a lot of time to think. There was one problem that I turned over in my mind. For 20 years I had run public speaking courses in New Zealand and tried my best to help people overcome the fear of public speaking. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. I wanted a more reliable method to help people overcome the fear. The problem of the fear of public speaking. Here was the problem as I saw it.

2018 119

How to… Present in a Team

Presentation Guru

Working with a co-presenter (or more than one) comes with its own set of potential problems and in this article, the third in his ‘How to…’ series, Stephen Welch look at the special challenges that team dynamics create.

2018 90

My triple Axel moment

Speak Schmeak

If you don't watch figure skating (and even if you do), you may not understand the importance of the triple Axel in competition. First of all, it's the only forward-facing jump in the skaters' arsenal. All other jumps are executed while skating backward.

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What Made the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Speech So Effective?

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Photo Credit: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Former President Ronald Reagan passed away 14 years ago this month. He was a masterful communicator who was faced with a daunting communication situation immediately after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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Toastmasters International Announces Keith Ferrazzi as its 2018 Golden Gavel Recipient

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned world-renowned author and entrepreneur Keith Ferrazzi is the recipient of the organization’s 2018 Golden Gavel award.

2018 141

Would you wear clothes that clash?

Speaking about Presenting

My mother is an elegant French woman. She taught me how to dress well, and in particular to avoid wearing clashing colors. So wearing clothes that clash makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel like I’ve got a neon sign on my forehead flashing “Look at me, and judge my choice of clothes.” ” It’s not unlike the feeling that I used to have when standing in front of an audience and delivering a presentation “Look at me, and judge my ability to present.”

3 Simple Tricks I Learned from Giving the Most Important Speech of My Life

Presentation Guru

Scared Speechless is the story of how an ordinary guy, Roy Rosell, overcame his crippling fear of public speaking.

2018 78

The science is IN! What every anxious public speaker must know before their next big presentation…

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After a student gives a class presentation, I’ll sometimes conduct a quick poll. I’ll ask the entire class: on a scale of 0-10, how nervous did the speaker appear? The audience might give the speaker a 2 or a 3. But the speaker? A nervous speaker might rate themselves a 7 or 9.

2018 60

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 284) – Anthony Bourdain

Manner of Speaking

“Practicing your craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable and satisfying.” ” — Anthony Bourdain Photo courtesy of Peabody Awards. Quotes for Public Speakers Anthony Bourdain public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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Artificial Intelligence in Services - Allstate's Smart Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tom Wilson, chief executive officer at Allstate, predicts that artificial intelligence (AI) will have the force of a tsunami in services. Here he is quoted in Fortune. But, in this era of Cruel Capitalism, Allstate has made a smart move.

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A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons and Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands. Bob is a speaker and speechwriter who has helped people and businesses tailor and tell their stories for the last 25 years. He has also been a Pastor, Entrepreneur, Coach and Radio Broadcaster. Currently, he is focusing his time […] On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands.

2018 109

Insights from the first round of Journey to Confidence

Speaking about Presenting

The pilot of Journey to Confidence has just concluded and I am busy wrapping it up and getting ready to open the program up for enrollment again. Meanwhile I want to share with you some of the insights that the first group of students had. Torna Pitman has been a university lecturer, and so is a reasonably experienced presenter. She was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at a workshop on domestic violence.

2018 103

7 Reasons Why You Should Always Arrive Early for Your Talk

Presentation Guru

Delivering a speech or presentation is a stressful enough experience for most people, and anything we can do to reduce those anxiety levels and raise our confidence can only help to improve our performance.

2018 71

How clearly do you speak? Try this one insightful public speaking test:

More than PowerPoint...

As a public speaker, you’ll want your audience to understand you. You’ll want to be clear. To gain insight about your speech clarity, try this insightful and easy exercise. Take the one-minute “ speech pace” exercise I posted last week.

2018 56

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 285) – Brent Kerrigan

Manner of Speaking

“The cold truth is that audiences remember little about any speech. We may believe they have an infinite ability to remember our funding analysis and statistics, but they will remember one or two points, at best. We must therefore present … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Brent Kerrigan public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Speechwriting

2018 138

Russell Crowe Plays Roger Ailes On "Showtime" Series - Will Anyone Play Bob Dilenschneider, Ailes' Personal PR Rep?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Roger Ailes had been a media genius. And Russell Crowe will portray that complex innovator in an eight-part series for "Showtime."  "  The scripting is based on Gabriel Sherman's negative biography "The Loudest Voice in the Room."

2018 56

Announcing: A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Tuesday, June 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Bob Sands in a free conference call. Bob is an ordained minister and “preaching man” David Murray’s recent PSA White Paper titled A Provocation from the Pulpit: Dead Preachers Challenge Living Speechwriters states that the lessons in a 1971 book on writing sermons “helped […]. Speechwriting conference call

2018 109

7 Rules for Winning a Political Debate

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Politics have been debated since human beings formed speech. Whether at the Grecian Assembly or the Roman Forum or the salons of France and Colonial America, societies have always found value in being able to civilly discuss the political issues of the day.

2018 62

Radio Is a Great School for Presenters

Presentation Guru

What can business presenters learn from radio presenters?

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When businesses thank you for your patience, they’re treating you like a dog — one of Pavlov’s dogs.

More than PowerPoint...

I often act patient, even when I don’t feel it. I’ll bet you have, too. We’ve been conditioned. Let’s say you been on hold with customer service for what seems like forever. One of the first things the phone rep might say is “thank you for your patience.”

2018 52

How Difficult is Getting to $1M?

Speaker Launcher

My coach was pretty shocked when I said, “I’m not sure I want to work that hard” Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and 90% of the time it doesn’t feel like work at all. But when I stop and think about what it would take to reach my income goals and […]. The post How Difficult is Getting to $1M? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Business - Elimination of Seasons

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Business - global, 24/7, continually disrupted by technology - had become season-free. That is, those standard off-duty times such as summer had been eliminated. We work, all the time.    Or, do we?

2018 56

The Atomic Hobo Thinks the Unthinkable

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Fiona Sturges has a great weekly column in the Financial Times reviewing podcasts. This week she highlights The Atomic Hobo by British journalist, cold war specialist and self-confessed “nuke geek” Julie McDowall. Julie has an engaging Scottish accent, which adds a degree of surrealism to the subject of her regular podcasts: the ways in which […]. Culture Shock! Podcasts H-Bomb

2018 100

A Brief History of PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

According to Microsoft estimates there are more than 500 millions users of PowerPoint worldwide, of which 120 million people are using it to create business presentations and 6 million teachers around the world use it in the classroom.

2018 61

The Four Leeches That Suck All the Power out of Your Communication

Presentation Guru

Julian Treasure is a sound and communication expert who travels the world training people to listen better and create healthier sound. He has identified a set of 4 ‘leeches’ – that most people exhibit to some extent – that suck the life out of your communication.…

2018 59

How to Make Sure Your Accent Won’t Ruin Your Career

Presentation Guru

If English isn’t your first language and you feel less confident about your presentations, what should you do? Change your accent? Give up? Do what Einstein did. Be carefree, careful and learn a couple of tricks to help you be better understood wherever you go.…

2018 58

The Facts on How People Create Presentations

Presentation Guru

Presentation design experts, Presentation Panda, recently carried out a survey amongst their subscribers on how people create their presentations and the challenges they face. The results make for interesting, if perhaps not entirely surprising, reading. It seems that: People understand the simple fact that those who create and deliver outstanding presentations excel in business. … Build Your Skills Elsewhere on the Web Industry Surveys

2018 57

Retirement - Concept That Outlived Its Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Smirk. That must be what many Millennials are doing if they read the Politico article on how they are not adequately preparing themselves financially for retirement.

2018 56

Kate Spade - Her Suicide Reminds Us That Life and Death Remain Mysteries

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How little anyone knows about life and death. Suicides of those who seem to have it all remind us that there are more mysteries than absolute knowns. Famous handbag designer Kate Spade hung herself in her Manhattan apartment. She used a scarf.

2018 56

Nostalgia - Dangerous to Branding of Older Professionals

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One person's nostalgia is another person's boredom. And that other person who is bored may be the Millennial who is in charge of hiring for full-time and contract jobs. That's exactly why providing any flashback to the past by older professionals is dangerous to their brand.

2018 52

The Wonderful World of Cryptocurrency - Can This Brand Recover?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Can money be made by in cryptocurrency? Obviously, yes. Otherwise there wouldn't be so many players. However, darkness has been falling quickly on what was once positioned and packaged as The Wonderful World of Crypto.

2018 52

Len Cariou aka Henry Reagan on "Blue Bloods" - SHOCK SHOCK, He Played Dirty Cop on "CSI"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pop culture has greater reach than do the classic arts. So Len Cariou's acting legacy is likely to be his portrayal on "Blue Bloods" of family patriarch Henry Reagan.

2018 52

The Boss Is Fired - Your Next Steps (they're critical)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Change has always happened at the top layers of the organization as well as on the level of your direct manager. That's nothing new. What is new is the current frequency of those shifts. Organizations are systems. That one change can throw large-scale job security, power, and status in play.

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