May, 2018

10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these points about the benefits of the program to you!

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Analysis of a speech by Bishop Michael Curry

Manner of Speaking

I hadn’t planned on watching the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but during a break from work, I decided to skim the news. And there it was: a link to the live stream of the event. “I’ll just … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Epistrophe Harry and Meghan Meghan Markle Michael Curry Prince Harry public speaking

Slow image animation for a cinematic look

PowerPoint Tips

A common type of animation in videos is a very slow zoom in or out — or a pan — of an image. In this post, I’ll show you how to do this in PowerPoint. First, watch the video. Insert your image. Insert an image that covers your entire slide.

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Fundraising Raffle

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

To offset the costs of running the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable I’m holding a raffle for three great prizes of interest to speechwriters. Tickets are just $10 each for members who would like to try their luck and support the Roundtable by buying tickets in this virtual raffle.

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The Live Audience in Online Public Speaking Courses: One More Try

The Communication Blog

After reading the varied posts, I’m convinced we (as an academic discipline) don’t have any evidence for the claims that a live audience is either effective or necessary in online public speaking courses. Although instructors noted how they handled this issue of a live audience, no one produced any evidence.

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How to Make a Presentation with Data that Moves People

Duarte Blog

If you’re not analytical by nature but have to give a presentation to a particularly analytical audience, it’s important to toe the line between knowledgeable expert and impassioned storyteller.

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Ever heard of PechaKucha?

Presentation Guru

Through the years, we have heard of many presentation formats and styles that were all created to help solve a big problem: boring presentations! One of them is PechaKucha 20X20 . What is it?

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Keeping the Content Machine Running with Scott Ginsberg

Speaker Launcher

Do you ever struggle to create new content? In this video edition of the Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are joined by Scott Ginsburg who will talk about how he continues to create a constant stream of new subject matter for his many roles in business as well as for himself.

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Guest Posting: The 3 Myths of Presentations That Will Destroy Your Credibility, by David McGimpsey

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

David McGimpsey is a communication skills trainer. He specializes in coaching business people to deliver compelling presentations which sell, persuade, and entertain. His popular blog can be found at To read more about how to improve your presentation skills, check out David’s book: PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck, You Do: The counter-intuitive approach to compelling presentations. […]. Business Communication Public Speaking

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The Audience in Online Speaking

The Communication Blog

The following post was sent to the basic course list ( in response to a number of instructors explaining how they incorporated the live audience in an online public speaking course. But, I thought others might be interested in the issue. It's an important one and one that is sure to increase as online courses become more numerous. I’ve read with much interest how various basic course instructors deal with online public speaking assignments.

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Everything You Need to Know About Using Speaker Notes in PowerPoint

Duarte Blog

Through preparing for our newest Duarte workshop, Slide Design Lab, we realized there’s a feature that many presenters don’t realize plays a key role in slide design and speaker support: speaker notes in PowerPoint®.

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The Refreshing Truth About Rehearsing Your Presentation

Presentation Guru

Everyone has their own view on the usefulness of rehearsing your presentation in advance, and not all of them encourage it. If you’re ever had to deliver a talk there’s a strong chance you’ve heard one or many of these views. … Rehearsal featured Practice preparation

10 tips for setting up on the day of your presentation

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. ——— You’ve prepared your presentation and you’ve arrived at the venue well in advance of your start time.

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The Main Attraction – How to be a Great Panel Speaker


Have you recently been asked to take part in a panel discussion? Being part of a panel is a great way to share your expertise and position yourself as a leader in your industry. But being a panelist isn’t as easy as it looks – not if you want to be great at it. Sure, […].

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A Conversation with Felicity Barber

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On April 26, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable Held a conference call with Felicity Barber. Felicity is the Executive Speechwriter at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She is a communications expert specializing in thought leadership, storytelling and speechwriting.

2022 - Public Relations, as We Have Known It, Won't Exist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Read here about the five major disruptions transforming public relations into what yet doesn't have a name or its own lexicon. Meanwhile, current players in public relations had better be proactive. Otherwise, you can find yourself laid off or forced into early retirement.

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Three More Courses That Teach The Duarte Method™

Duarte Blog

In an earlier post this year I asked you all what still sucks about presenting. You were all very generous with your feedback and I wasn’t surprised to find out—there are more than a few of you that think things that still suck!

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How to Stay Calm Under Pressure

Presentation Guru

Here’s another great short video from the guys over at TEDEd – How to Stay Calm Under Pressure. Who hasn’t ‘choked’ – or at least feared failure when it matters most?

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The Short Version

Manner of Speaking

Has this ever happened to you? You’re asked to give a presentation. You’re told what the audience would like you to speak about. You’re told where and when the presentation will be given. You’re told how much time you have … Continue reading → Preparation Slide Presentation Presentation public speaking short version

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Being Fearless with Your Fees

Speaker Launcher

George called me in a panic. “Jane, there’s a local engagement two weeks from now with a Fortune 100 company, and they have asked for my fee. What should I quote them?” ” In my mind, I’m thinking, “quote your fee” but in George’s mind is: It’s only two weeks out. They are expecting a discount. […]. The post Being Fearless with Your Fees appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Guest Posting: 7 tips for pitching investors, by Marianne Fleischer

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Marianne Fleischer is a speechwriter and presentations executive coach. As a Corporate Communications consultant, her San Francisco firm, Fleischer Communications, helps clients think on their feet. She coaches others to pitch ideas, handle Q&A, and stand out on panels, corporate presentations or digital media. Clients include Schwab, Apple, Salesforce, Genentech, DLA Piper Law Firm and […]. Business Communication Venture Capital

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Out of Things To Sort Out with Your Career Coach? - Start on What-Ifs of a Recession

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Success can leave one speechless. So many who have gained from career coaching simply run out of things to sort out.    If you are one of those, you can start on the infinite what-ifs associated with a global economic downturn. Some experts opine that one could be putting itself together.

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4 Ways Abby Wambach Used Personal Stories for a Remarkable Address

Duarte Blog

Photo Credit: Barnard College, Abby Wambach: Barnard Commencement 2018 When U.S. Women’s Soccer legend Abby Wambach does something remarkable, she usually does it with her feet or her head.

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So You Speak English – What If Your Audience Doesn’t?

Presentation Guru

Anyone who speaks to international audiences in English faces a particular set of challenges that can affect their confidence, and their competence. For the native English speakers, their lack of empathy for their audience can make them very difficult to understand, or even to like.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 282) – Seth Godin

Manner of Speaking

“If you can’t state your position in eight words, you don’t have a position.“ “ — Seth Godin. Quotes for Public Speakers Presentation public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Seth Godin simplicity

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One Simple Mind Game That Can Make You Feel Better About Public Speaking…

More than PowerPoint...

People say they’re scared of public speaking, but are they really? I see these people speak in public all the time. They’re relaxed, confident — and they seem to be enjoying themselves. Take a friend of mine. Let’s call him Greg, because that’s his name. Greg insists he’s terrified of public speaking. Yet, I’ve seen Greg at parties. I’ve seen him at work. He enters into conversations with ease, even with strangers. He tells engaging stories.

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The Power of Storytelling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve written many blog posts about the relevance of storytelling for speechwriters and public speakers. Jo Ellision pays homage to Philip Roth, one of America’s great storytellers, in the Weekend Financial Times. The opening paragraph captures the power of story to sway us: From the villagers tuning in to the troubadour of yore, to the […]. Storytelling Financial times Philip Roth

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Laura Ellsworth & Linda McMahon Template

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I received an email requesting donations for Laura Ellsworth's campaign for Pennsylvania governor, I thought: She's doing a Linda McMahon. Essentially, what McMahon's strategy had seemed was to create a presence in GOP politics.

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Eliminate Chaos in Your Speaking Business with Laura Leist

Speaker Launcher

What are your “time stealers”? Let’s take a look at what we can do to be more productive each day. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are joined by Laura Leist, CPO = Certified Professional Organizer (less than 10% in industry hold this designation) and MOS = Microsoft Office Specialist. Laura […]. The post Eliminate Chaos in Your Speaking Business with Laura Leist appeared first on Jane Atkinson. What are your “time stealers”?

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How to… Start with WHY

Presentation Guru

In the second of my “How to…” series, you are going to learn how to how to start with WHY. This will give you a compelling edge to your presentation and leave people feeling inspired to action as a result of listening to you.…

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 283) – Gary Vaynerchuck

Manner of Speaking

“The single biggest reason people are concerned about public speaking is because they worry what other people think of them. The quicker you start learning how to fix that issue and be comfortable with yourself, you’ll become a much better … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Gary Vaynerchuck Presentation public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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This ONE technique is essential for performing under pressure:

More than PowerPoint...

A colleague told me about a women’s self defense class she was taking. She shared some surprising information she learned. For me, the information was surprising on two levels. The first level was the actual new information about women’s self defense I learned. My colleague said, “If you’re being attacked, my instructor said you’re supposed to yell as loud as you can to attract attention.

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A Conversation with Barbara Seymour Giordano on Storytelling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On May 24, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable Held a conference call with Barbara Seymour Giordano. Barbara is a Story Doctor, Speechwriter and Presentation Coach who specializes in helping speakers tell memorable stories that audiences yearn to hear and share. Her specialty is guiding speakers — from the page to the stage — through […] On May 24, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable Held a conference call with Barbara Seymour Giordano.

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Mother's Day - Our four-Legged Children

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Mother's Day, I never expected my four-legged children to do anything special for me. They were and still are bringing me so much joy and selfless love. Even the pet grief I endured when they passed over didn't diminish what they introduced into my little life. 

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Picking Your Lane in Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

The question does come up quite frequently, “How do I pick my lane?”, a.k.a., “How How do I figure out what speaking topic to be known for?” Some of you might have this nailed, and some of you might not. Whether or not you do, this is a good process to go through to make sure […]. The post Picking Your Lane in Your Speaking Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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An Effective Slide Begins with a Headline

Presentation Guru

What if the headline was the only part of your slide that they’ll remember? It’s got to make an impact. Great headlines go directly to the point of your content, instantly sowing an idea in your audience’s mind and convincing them to listen on.…

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Important News About Data Protection

Manner of Speaking

If you’re wondering why you have recently received a raft of emails from different companies, organizations and sites about data protection, there is a reason: a new European law on data protection. What is the GDPR? On 25 May 2018, … Continue reading → Uncategorized data protection GDPR Manner of Speaking

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