August, 2018

A Conversation with Jeff Davenport on Speechwriting, Screenwriting and Delivery Coaching

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Jeff Davenport in a free conference call.

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Your lizard brain doesn't want you to speak

Speak Schmeak

My clients will frequently say to me, "I don't understand why I'm so nervous. There must be something wrong with me." Well, if it's wrong to be human, I guess we all have something wrong with us! What we forget is that, while we are indeed human, we are also animals. Human animals, but still animals.

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Change your perspective

Manner of Speaking

Good, better, best. Bad, worse, worst. One, two, three. Past, present, future. When we speak, we often find ourselves comparing things (e.g., different investment opportunities; different options for a business) or reviewing a timeline (e.g., stages of a project). Thus, … Continue reading → Delivery gestures Presentation public speaking stage movement Using the Stage

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Create a mood or duotone look in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Color can have a powerful effect on your audience. While you need to be cognizant that colors mean different things in different cultures, you can use color to influence your audience’s mood and feeling about your message.

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Why striving to be authentic can be a trap

Speaking about Presenting

I suggested to Michaela that when she was delivering the most important parts of her presentation, she stand square to the audience. She pushed back on my suggestion, claiming that it wouldn’t be authentic. What she really meant is that it didn’t feel natural to her because she had never done it before. I agree with the concept of being authentic when you’re public speaking. The trap is that “authenticity” is often used as an excuse for staying in your Comfort Zone.

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5 Reasons Teachers Need Stellar Communication Skills

Presentation Guru

The thing about public speaking skills is that once you have them, they can be applied just about anywhere. No matter who you are or what career you have. At its heart, communication is the art of sharing ideas, and public speaking is the art of communicating with many people at once.…

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Cannon fodder

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m continually amazed by the hidden gems buried in the pink pages of the Financial Times. Today’s edition has a fascinating article on the manner in which auto companies protect their fleets of new vehicles parked in the open at distribution centers in places at risk of hailstones.

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More Trending

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 291) – Albert Einstein

Manner of Speaking

“I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” — Albert Einstein. Quotes for Public Speakers Albert Einstein imagination public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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The Essential Guide to Making Timelines


Timelines are used for a variety of purposes by people across different professions.

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The first time is never the best

Speaking about Presenting

At the beginning of term, a ceramics teacher divided his students into two groups, Group A and Group B. To Group A he said: “I want you to make as many pots as possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the weight of your pots.”. To Group B he said: “I want you to make the best pot possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the quality of your pot.”.

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How to Add a GIF to PowerPoint (and Stop It Being Annoying)

Presentation Guru

GIFs – those soundless videos that loop continuously – have become so widely used on social media, and are now finding their way into PowerPoint presentations.

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Announcing: A Conversation with Jeff Davenport

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Jeff Davenport in a free conference call.

When Presenting Data, Get to the Point Fast

Duarte Blog

Projecting your data on slides puts you at an immediate disadvantage: When you’re giving a presentation, people can’t pull the numbers in for a closer look or take as much time to examine them as they can with a report or a white paper. That’s why you need to direct their attention. What do you [.]

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 292) – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manner of Speaking

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson. Quotes for Public Speakers Authenticity public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Turning Your Data into Eye-opening Stories


Data – a term used to classify the facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. As short and crisp the word may sound, today it has a full-fledged study that revolves around it.

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The Need to be Knowledgeable

Speaking about Presenting

When you have a big presentation coming up, do you say to yourself: “I must be knowledgeable.” ” “I must be the expert on this topic.” ” “I must be able to answer every question.” ” The problem with these statements. The first is the use of the word “must” This makes them into a demand – something that you must achieve. And demanding that you achieve something is likely to increase your nervousness.

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Malcolm Gladwell on Connecting with an Audience

Presentation Guru

You know who he is. He’s the zeitgeist-shaping author of such popular classics as Outliers, The Tipping Point and Blink. He’s popularised performance psychology and brought millions of readers to consider such fundamental human questions as: Q.What’s the difference between Bill Gates and me?

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Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many speechwriters did you kill today?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to David Murray for pointing to a piece from about President Lyndon Johnson’s relentless work schedule that exhausted most of those who worked for him in the West Wing. This from the book Organizing the Presidency by Stephen Hess He worked a two-shift day, 7:00 A.M.

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5 Popular PowerPoint How-To Questions Answered in One Place

Duarte Blog

Illustrated by Noah Smith. PowerPoint is one of the most misunderstood Office software products on the market. While a majority of business professionals use the product practically every day, many have a strong aversion to the program. Some organizations have banned it altogether.

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Ontario Premier Supports Sale of Handguns

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he is against a Toronto city council-request to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition within Toronto’s boundaries. “I I wouldn’t support a ban on handguns,” Ford said. There are a lot of legal, responsible handgun owners. We have to refocus all our resources going after the bad guys, not the good guys.”. The big question is this: How does Ford, an ex-drug dealer and overall idiotic schmuck, define “good” and “bad”?

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How To Present a 5 Why’s Root Cause Analysis


The regular rut of life or the professional wheel, problems can leave you fumbled and dumbstruck at any bend of the road. Mostly unforeseen and uninvited, some problems can have you at your knees while others can bring you to the wits end in an instant.

Generics Need Not Apply

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is not a new story: A business caught in the middle of the market fails. Those at the top and those at the bottom could be thriving.    The latest version of this is law firm Archer Norris which filed for bankruptcy this week.

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Your Voice: The Most Powerful Tool You Have

Presentation Guru

Rightly or wrongly people make lasting assumptions based on first impressions and, I think its fair to say that if you speak with no vocal inflection at all most people will think you sound a bit weird – or if we’re being kind, a lot like a robot.…

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Don’t quote me on that …

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Two letters from Wednesday’s edition of the Financial Times attribute a quote about the difficult of writing a short speech or letter rather than a much longer one to two different sources. Pascale’s quote is translated as “The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.” […]. Speechwriting

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Designer Q&A: Pushing the Limits of PowerPoint Animation

Duarte Blog

When it comes to animating in PowerPoint, there’s a spirit of one-upmanship here at Duarte. Every so often, one of our designers will share an amazing animated piece that they made entirely in PowerPoint. This kind of experimentation leads to innovation and discovery of new techniques that we employ in our work for clients. It’s [.] continue reading. The post Designer Q&A: Pushing the Limits of PowerPoint Animation appeared first on Duarte.

Beware the false dilemma! How to pivot away from an either-or question…

More than PowerPoint...

Consider these four questions. You’ve seen headlines like these in your social media feeds: Who suffers more: Alzheimer’s patients or Alzheimer’s caregivers? What’s more important: presentation content or presentation delivery?

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5 Tips to Transform a Boring Topic into an Engaging Presentation


Presentations fall into one of two categories: they are either good or they are bad. Rarely is a presentation sort of… meh. And the ones that may initially come across as meh or just okay, upon further reflection end up in the “bad” category.

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The Village Voice - Yet Another Alt-Weekly Ceases Publishing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today is another sad day in the history of media.    The iconic alt-weekly The Village Voice announced that it is ceasing publishing new material. As the Columbia Journalism Review reports, Peter Barbey, who bought the tabloid in 2015, delivered the bad news.

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Do You Want to Be a Professional Speaker or Just Someone Who Gives Speeches?

Presentation Guru

When someone says they are a singer what do they mean? Do they sing in the shower? Perform on stage six nights a week? Or, do they just get lots of applause on Karaoke night at their favorite hangout? What if they said they were a trapeze artist?…

Book Review: Bad Blood — Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

For anyone with even a passing interest in executive communications in Silicon Valley, Bad Blood is a must read. Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou delivers a step-by-step history of Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup headed by the young, charismatic founder and Stanford drop-out Elizabeth Holmes. He has written a masterful, suspenseful tale of […]. Business Communication Theranos

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Thoughts on Buck-a-Beer and Changes to Ontario’s sex ed curriculum

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

So Doug Ford and his Ontario Conservatives are bringing us buck-a-beer. To that I say how about buck-a-liter of milk? Or buck-a-dozen oranges. Or maybe even buck-a-box of condom, which buck-a-beer drinkers are going to need after drinking all that beer at a buck a bottle, especially if they are graduates of the Conservative new sex-education curriculum, which predates the Internet, and intimate acts of love making itself.

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Lose your fear and learn to present on-camera

More than PowerPoint...

Three years ago, I organized an online web conference. At the request of an organization, I interviewed three of their Subject Matter Experts to get background information for a presentation. The following photo is a re-creation of what I saw in this online meeting: Uh-huh. That’s right.

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Engaging your Audience in The Epic Keynote with Sarah Hilton

Speaker Launcher

Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by The Wealthy Speaker Book Bundle. Do you have the right tools to build the speaking business of your dreams? This bundle includes The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal, plus The Wealthy Speaker 2.0 as well as a 3-part video series on […]. The post Engaging your Audience in The Epic Keynote with Sarah Hilton appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Innocence of Chilhood & Other Dangerous Myths

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Spoiler Alert -  Don't read if you don't want to know who the killer is in "The Bad Daughter" by Joy Fielding. The long-running popular Dateline's signature is: The spouse did it. That spouse could be either male or female.

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Do More With Google Slides – and Do It Quicker!

Presentation Guru

Following on from their rather useful guide PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts, Brightcarbon have helpfully produced a guide for all of you who find Google Slides is more your presentation kind of thing.

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TV interviews with politicians

Max Atkinson

A lesson fromMichael Crick of Channel 4 News on how to interview a politician? Michael Crick interviews Teresa May (The following has been reproduced from [link] [link] where you can watch the interview - to whom many thanks): "What did you do to help the release of Nelson Mandela?"

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Drug Dealers Killing Repeat Business

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Drug dealers, what are you doing? Selling your customers such bad s**t that it’s killing them? Don’t you know, dead customers can’t buy more drugs from you! And that kills your repeat business. I used to work in advertising for Radio Shack (now The Source). If you ever shopped at Radio Shack, you might remember being asked for your name and address. And then a month later you received an adverting flyer in the mail trying to entice you back into the store to buy something else.

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