July, 2017

Why you need to take every speaking opportunity

Speak Schmeak

I forgot my stuff. I had a workshop Friday morning, and I thought I was ready, but I wasn't. I had finished my slides, I had finished my notes, I had printed my handouts.

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Infographic: How to deliver a world-class presentation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kudos to Hong Kong based Malcolm Andrews for publishing a great infographic on how to deliver a world-class presentation. Malcolm is UK national who has been involved over the last 10 years in the development of business management and communication skills for companies across Asia.

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How to insert 3D into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

3D is here! Yes, you can now insert certain types of 3D models into PowerPoint, rotate them and even animate them. At the end, I’ll show you a video of an animated 3D model in PowerPoint. To be clear, to get this new feature, you have to have Office 365, which is the subscription version.

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How to water your voice

Kate's Voice

I was standing in the wings, about to make my entrance when I noticed that it was raining on stage. I mean it wasn’t supposed to be, but it sure looked like rain to me. Then I realized that what I was seeing was saliva raining forth from the mouths of the chorus! Get […].

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The life-changing magic of tidying up your presentations

Manner of Speaking

As I write this post, my wife and I are approximately three weeks into a massive effort to tidy up our home. This is no ordinary, annual clean-up; this is a methodical full-on assault to go through all of our … Continue reading → Book Review Preparation audience content Marie Kondo Presentation public speaking The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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Create a soft look with semi-transparent images in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can’t make an image itself transparent in PowerPoint, but there’s a workaround. Why would you want to make an image transparent? For a soft look. To overlap images. To let text show through. You might have other reasons — if so leave a comment! It’s a matter of choice.

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The Most Effective Way to Begin a Presentation

Presentation Guru

Simon Sinek spends his life teaching leaders how to inspire others.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 257) – Dorothy Parker

Manner of Speaking

“Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience.” — Dorothy Parker. Quotes for Public Speakers Dorothy Parker public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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What to get done

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

In my previous post I gave some tips on getting tasks done; here are some tips on what to get done. Never accept a meeting on the same today – it messes up your planning. Know what you need to do today, and only focus on those – remember to eat the biggest frog First (Brian Tracey). Don’t do other people’s work – it is too easy to say yes, but mean no – delegate! Only commit to work that you can complete, and if you can’t complete it, don’t commit!

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Women and power? The double standard of the severed head

The Eloquent Woman

When TMZ leaked this photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding what appeared to be a bloody severed head of U.S. President Donald Trump in late May, the Internet exploded. Griffin was resoundingly mocked and trolled and shamed into apologizing. Pundits and commentators expressed shock and horror.

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7 Unspoken Rules of Successful Public Speaking


Everyone has opinions on how to develop and deliver an engaging speech. And while many public speakers share some great tips, the majority leave out some hidden but powerful rules of successful public speaking.

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Your Dog, The Speech Coach

DeFinis Communications

Whether or not dogs are man’s (and woman’s’) best friend they have certainly risen on the popularity scale recently. You see dogs everywhere you go from city streets, to office cubicles to airplanes not to mention dog parks and front yards. They are good companions and playmates and in some cases excellent emotional and physical support animals. But did you know that dogs can also be a great audience for your presentation rehearsal?

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The Ultimate Collection of Books to Improve Your Skills

Presentation Guru

I guess it all comes down to the old nature vs nurture debate. Some people think that great presentation skills come naturally, and certainly some aspects including body language and confidence may, but that doesn’t mean you can rule yourself out if they don’t.…

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3 Keys to Walking on Stage with Confidence

Speaker Launcher

Imagine you are getting ready to speak in front of 1500 of your peers; professional speakers who can be your warmest audience, but also the most critical. They examine your work like no other audience, knowing when a story or idea lands, or when it fails miserably. They can be your biggest cheerleaders or your harshest […]. The post 3 Keys to Walking on Stage with Confidence appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Over-70 & Remaining Working - 6 Tips

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During Q2 2017, 19% of us between 70 and 74 were working, documents the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's an increase from 11% back in 1994. And remaining working is not just for money. We are healthy and love what we do. Here is the coverage on this phenomenon by Ben Steveman in Bloomberg. 

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

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How to Explain Complicated Concepts in Your Speech


The average human being’s ability to process information is astonishing. In this digital age, a social media user is apt to absorb 285 pieces of content every day, and be exposed to as many as 1,000 digital links. If we are puzzled about something, we “Google” it and find a simple explanation.

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Media training: phrases to avoid

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I had a one-year contract to work as a national media spokesperson for a tech company – traveling the USA to convey the client’s key messages. My advice to anyone answering media questions? Know the key messages you must work into each interview.

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What Should I Do With My Hands?

Presentation Guru

Many people will naturally feel uncomfortable when speaking in public, with all eyes upon them. But while we may be concentrating hard on our words, our hands could be sending out the wrong message without us even realising it.

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15 Ways to Market Your Speaking Business and Build Your Brand

Speaker Launcher

We all know that whether you are a new business or one that’s been around for years, marketing is the key to building a brand and getting your message to the world. That said, there is no shortage of things that we “should” be doing to market our business. From blogging to writing a book […]. The post 15 Ways to Market Your Speaking Business and Build Your Brand appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Steve Scalise Back in ICU - Possible Infection

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In digital time, the big story of the morning is a glaze-over by early evening. On June 14th, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically wounded. He was practicing for a charity baseball game. His condition was serious.

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Famous Speech Friday: Malala Yousafzai at the Canadian Parliament

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Leonoor Russell, a speechwriter from the Netherlands, calls this speech "a joy to watch," something we often forget about speeches. They can be fun, funny, and joyous, even in a staid parliament setting. I asked Russell to write about this speech for Famous Speech Friday.)

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Vocal Variety Tip Part 2 – Perfect your Pace

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

In my first post in this series, I shared some ideas about how public speakers could learn to make the most of their voice projection. In this, the second in the series, I'd like to show you to make the most of your speaking speed. Vocal Variety - Change your pace.

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The business of speechwriting: Client service

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Whether you write on staff or freelance, you want your speechwriting clients to feel like they’re in good hands. Think about the clients you served last week. Write down 3 specific things you did to convey your professionalism. Keep this list of actions on file.

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The Relationship Between Incontinence, Credibility, Trust and Value

Presentation Guru

You read it right. Here’s the back story. Whenever I’m a guest lecturer or conducting training, I’ll frequently start out with a story. And just for the record, I’ve been telling stories long before it became a recognized sales tool!)

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[Podcast] How Do I Find an Agent or Hire a Coach?

Speaker Launcher

Each episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast features a guest star in the speaking industry…someone who is ready to share knowledge about their specific area of expertise, whether it is marketing your speaking business, booking more gigs, perfecting your presentation, or something else. This week I decided to try something a little different. The featured […]. The post [Podcast] How Do I Find an Agent or Hire a Coach? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

The Bring-It-In Economy - Dogs Taking Bite Out of Its Potential

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Delivery Economy has made dog bites the new normal for delivery personnel.    One postal worker told me that he had been bitten five times. Is this the price society currently is paying for the shift to the bring-it-in way of doing business?

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Same as it ever was: We don't want to listen to eloquent women.

The Eloquent Woman

Hillary Clinton took her break after the 2016 election, then emerged slowly, an outing here, a speech there. But around the time of U.S.

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Six Elements of Vocal Variety and How to Master Them Part 1- Volume

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

What is Vocal Variety? Vocal variety is just one of nine key components of effective speaking, but it is often ignored or misunderstood. In this series of posts, I’d like to look at this important topic in greater detail and show you how you can improve your impact and engagement by learning how to harness the full power of your voice.

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Public speaking & media training: Statistic of the month

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“It’s not normal for you to go to a community, weigh 100 children and have 30 of them close to dying.” ” (Susanna Raffalli, nutritional coordinator, speaking about the human devastation in Caritas Venezuela) Notice: + the impact of using the personal pronoun “you” to engage listeners in the statistic (“It’s not normal for you to […]. International speakers Media training Speechwriting

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6 Ways to Look More Confident During a Presentation

Presentation Guru

Certain kinds of non-verbal communication do correlate with success. But what are the right signals and how can you send them out to, hopefully, generate the same success? The Center for Body Language has put together this helpful guide – complete with diagrams!…

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[Podcast] How to Build Your Speaking Business Following and Revenue Using Paid Communities with Katie Krimitsos

Speaker Launcher

Every professional speaker should be looking for ways to build their following and revenue and there are a number of ways to do that. In Episode 55 of the Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are joined by Katie Krimitsos, founder of Biz Women Rock – a community and education resource for action-driven women who are looking […]. The post [Podcast] How to Build Your Speaking Business Following and Revenue Using Paid Communities with Katie Krimitsos appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Not Much of Squeeze Put on Airline Industry by Court

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Consumers, critics and now a D.C. Circuit judge all refer to the amount of room passengers have as "the incredible shrinking airline seat."

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Famous Speech Friday: Minn. Rep. Hortman calls out white male colleagues

The Eloquent Woman

She wasn't speaking. Another woman legislator, Rep. Ilhan Omar, America's first Somali-American legislator, had just spoken against a public safety bill before the Minnesota state legislature. But Rep.

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