April, 2018

50th Anniversary of the Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Manner of Speaking

Today, 4 April 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. He was assassinated on 4 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. On 3 April 1968, the day before his assassination, … Continue reading → History of Public Speaking I have been to the mountaintop Martin Luther King public speaking

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Announcing: A conversation with Felicity Barber on Women Speaking

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I first met Felicity in 2014 shortly after she moved from England to San Francisco. She’s a speechwriter who has worked in both the UK and USA and has expertise in B2B, finance, insurance and technology.

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Let go instead of holding on (to your content)

Speak Schmeak

"Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aircraft designer and author of The Little Prince I'm fortunate that, in most of my speaking, I'm not required to be particularly concise.

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The Introvert’s Ultimate Guide to Speaking Up in Meetings

Speaking about Presenting

Speaking up in meetings is a useful thing to do both for your career and for your personal growth.

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Free PowerPoint alternatives – Canva

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest blog post by Kavita Paliwal. Kavita is Outreach Specialist of Content writer at Canva. When not glued to her laptop, she can be found making travel plans that rarely happen Connect with Kavita on Twitter and Linkedin.

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Vocal space: Can I please hear you “Wow” me?

Kate's Voice

One of the most common vocal habits that we hear in business presentations is people dropping the volume of their last words to an almost inaudible level. I am quite sure the habit is a result of people being hunched over their computers all day, speaking into headsets rather than across a room. Headset mics […]. Vocal Image exercises perception vocal power

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 280) – Tim Ferriss

Manner of Speaking

“I agree with Warren Buffett that public speaking is one of the best investments you can make. … When you take the ability to communicate messages effectively to groups of people and layer it on top of almost anything else, … Continue reading → Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Tim Ferriss

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10 Ways to Prepare for a TED Style Talk

Duarte Blog

There’s one question I’m asked frequently: how to give a TED Talk that works. I’ve given all types of talks. And while all presentations take an investment to make them effective, the creation of a high-stakes, beautifully staged TED style talk often proves to be especially difficult.

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How to… Be Mesmerising

Presentation Guru

As a presenter, you have one simple goal: get information which is in your brain into those of your audience. So that they feel, think, or do something differently.

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The Importance of Presentation Skills in the Workplace


For most people, public speaking is akin to visiting the dentist: it’s unavoidable, though avoidance is preferable. But, though you may feel your heartbeat quicken at the mere idea of giving a presentation, it’s important that you acquire and hone these speaking skills.

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Selling Hope (and Other Intangible Topics) with Libby Gill

Speaker Launcher

As a professional speaker, there may come times when you don’t feel completely confident with the topic you’re speaking on. As we’ve heard from other speakers, this can sometimes stem from inadequacies in your own life where you’re just not currently walking the talk. But there are other instances where you may struggle with selling […]. The post Selling Hope (and Other Intangible Topics) with Libby Gill appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 281) – Scott Berkun

Manner of Speaking

“In hundreds of lectures around the world, I’ve done most of the scary, tragic, embarrassing things that terrify people. I’ve been heckled by drunken crowds in a Boston bar. I’ve lectured to empty seats, and a bored janitor, in New York … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Scott Berkun

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Speechwriters: Foxes or Hedgehogs?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing” — Archilochus I recently had a situation where a potential client in the technology industry preferred to hire a speechwriter with deep domain knowledge rather than go with someone with general writing skills. This is, in some ways, choosing the “hedgehog” who is a […]. Speechwriting

How to Effectively Repurpose a Presentation for Different Crowds

Duarte Blog

There’s something euphoric about nailing a talk. When you end a presentation feeling certain your audience is onboard with you, it’s as thrilling as hitting a grand slam in the ninth. Crafting and delivering a winning talk can feel exhilarating and empowering. But it can also feel elusive and rare.

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10 Tips for…Setting Up on the Day

Presentation Guru

There’s so much you can do before the event to make sure that you have a great experience on the day. Most problems are preventable with just a bit of preparation. Anticipate what could go wrong and make sure you avoid what you can.… … Working practices 10 Tips for. preparation

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How to Get a Grip on That Portable Mic During Your Presentation


You’ve spent hours preparing for your presentation, so it would be a shame if the audience didn’t hear it the way you intended because of poor microphone skills. Mics may seem easy enough to manage, but if you don’t know how to use the equipment properly, you’re apt to have issues.

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The War for Talent - Downward Spiral of Those No Longer Classified as "Talent"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, in The New York Times , former lawyer turned journalist James Stewart focuses on the war for talent in BigLaw. Specifically, he explains how Kirkland is poaching high-profile partners from Cravath and paying them in the $11 million+ territory, annually.

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Is Your Speaking Business Transaction Based or Relationship Based?

Speaker Launcher

So, you are going along in business, doing your thing, focused on what… Getting the gig, right? That is what most of my clients want. They want to get onto the shortlist and close the deal. Then, they hope to go in, do an incredible job and have the client fall in love them. If […]. The post Is Your Speaking Business Transaction Based or Relationship Based? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m delighted that transcripts of the 25 best speeches selected by Vital Speeches of the Day are now available.

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5 Simple Tweaks for Killer TED Talk Slides

Duarte Blog

Since their launch in 1984, TED Talks have become a sort of cultural institution. Today, people turn to TED Talks for a variety of purposes: wisdom, advice, knowledge, and inspiration.

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Why It Pays to Invest in a Professional Presentation

Presentation Guru

Why would you need to pay a professional presentation designer to create your next presentation? Everyone knows PowerPoint, right? Well they may, but do they know it well enough, and do they know what makes a winning presentation?

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Overcome the fear of forgetting what to say

Pivotal Public Speaking

Making speeches and presentations is a powerful way to influence, create change, get your message out there, make sales. We know that power, you and I. We know the feeling of communicating, connecting, making a difference, creating the difference.

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Superheroes - Their Time Has Passed As Americans Struggle with Financial Reality

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even James Cameron, who perfected the superhero film formula, has become weary of that genre. Here are more details from Expressco.com. That confirmation of the weariness with the superhero genre might explain why the new series "S.W.A.T." " isn't resonating. The "S.W.A.T."

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Crushing the Platform… Rocking the Video with Robin Creasman

Speaker Launcher

You want more speaking gigs, but feel as though you’ve exhausted the possibilities in your niche. Perhaps now it’s time to take an inward look and figure out ways in which you can be crushing the platform more effectively. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean learning how to put on a better […]. The post Crushing the Platform… Rocking the Video with Robin Creasman appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

A Working Life: Going West

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“Go West, young man.” ” — Horace Greeley, 1865 This is the second part of the review of my working life. Part 1, The Early Years, covered the part-time jobs I had while in school in England. In Part 2 I graduate from college and move to the States.

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How to Engage an Audience When You Might Be Losing Them [Infographic]

Duarte Blog

Engaging with your audience can be difficult. When you’re on stage, there’s nothing worse than knowing you worked tirelessly to build a beautiful presentation, but your audience isn’t fully appreciating it. Luckily, there are ways to pull audience members back in if you feel that you’re losing them.

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How to Add Video into Text and Shapes in PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

Ever wondered how to do those cool slides where the video plays inside either text or shapes? Wonder no more, because we’ve put together this short video showing you exactly how to do it.

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11 tips on writing bo-o-oring content

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

From the blog of That White Paper Guy : You work in an interesting industry. And you have an amazing product. If other companies buy it, they’ll get a great ROI. Your new product might change people’s lives. Maybe even yours. If you do a good job promoting it, you might get named employee of the month. Pats on the back. Even a raise! If you are a freelancer, maybe you’ll win more clients! Who needs that kind of pressure?

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Danny Reagan on "Blue Bloods" - Exactly the Wrong Law-Enforcement Model for Our Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They're earnest. They save lives. They achieve justice. And, so television audiences have accepted the stock character of the hot-headed detective.    On "Blue Bloods," that's Danny Reagan. On reruns of "Law & Order SVU," it's Elliot Stabler. 

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Are You Building A Business Steeped in Values?

Speaker Launcher

Orlando Bowen built his business around his core values of faith, forgiveness and a positive attitude. There were times in his life that his faith was tested, but Orlando didn’t allow that to veer him off his course. As a professional football player, Orlando’s job as a linebacker was to take down the ball carrier […]. The post Are You Building A Business Steeped in Values? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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A Working Life III: My Early Career

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In the spirit of full disclosure I should say that, following my adventures in America detailed in Part II of this series, I returned to England in the Summer of 1978 after three years in the States without a graduate degree.

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Vocal space: Can I please hear you “Wow” me?


One of the most common vocal habits that we hear in business presentations is people dropping the volume of their last words to an almost inaudible level. I am quite sure the habit is a result of people being hunched over their computers all day, speaking into headsets rather than across a room. Headset mics […]. Vocal Image

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10 Tips for…Using Your Voice

Presentation Guru

It’s your instrument and most people don’t really know how to use it. But it can greatly influence people’s perception of both you and your brand. Projecting your voice is so much more than just speaking louder. Follow these 10 tips to make sure they hear you – in every sense.…

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A Working Life: The Early Years

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Last month marked the end of my official full-time employment. This used to be called “retirement” but neither my past working life nor my future activities are so easily compartmentalized.

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Why Teaching PowerPoint Benefits Everyone

Presentation Guru

If you had to run an elementary school, what would you teach the children? Literacy? How about PowerPoint design? It sounds like an odd idea, but think about it. Those children will spend a large chunk of their lives presenting their ideas through PowerPoint.…

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10 Tips for…Freshening Your Delivery

Presentation Guru

You are, most often, the final ingredient that will make a presentation, that is good on paper, go well in the real world. Here are 10 tips that will add that little extra something to your delivery and will ensure that your presentation stands out for the right reasons.…

Sawubona: ‘See’ Your Audience

Presentation Guru

According to the popular adage, “seeing is believing.” In other words, if you see something yourself, you will believe it to be real or true, even if the existence of that thing was unexpected. This idea that I have to see it to believe it stretches from ancient history to modern times.…

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