November, 2017

How to transform your relationship with nervousness

Speaking about Presenting

I still get nervous about public speaking. But I’ve transformed my relationship with nervousness. It is now a friendly companion, not an evil stalker. There are many aspects to this transformation, and there’s just one that I want to talk about in this post.

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Increase understanding and retention with the Tell ‘n’ ShowSM method

PowerPoint Tips

The purpose of your presentation is to create change. Maybe you want your audience to take some action or at least think differently about your topic. A prerequisite is that they understand and remember what you say.

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Never do this on the day of a presentation!

Manner of Speaking

Yesterday afternoon I had a four-hour speaking engagement. Most of the session was interactive, but it began with a 45-minute presentation for which I used some slides. Everything had been prepared well in advance, the slides were simple, I knew … Continue reading → Preparation computer upgrade macOS High Sierra Presentation public speaking

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You don't need a stage to need stage presence

Speak Schmeak

I was recently contacted by a woman who manages a small team of young, inexperienced salespeople. She was primarily concerned with their lack of self-awareness; their behaviors in front of clients and prospects were less-than-stellar. One person bites their nails in meetings.

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How Communication Training Leads to Superstar Teams

Duarte Blog

I’ve spent much of my life working in sales. That’s meant lots of time flying or driving on the way to meet a client. Typically, we’d meet in conference rooms; if things went well, we’d do dinner. No matter what, we spent time face-to-face.

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The Public Speaking Fear Grid

Manner of Speaking

It’s no secret that many people are afraid of public speaking. As Jerry Seinfeld has said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! This means, to the average person, if … Continue reading → Nerves Psychology of Public Speaking Jerry Seinfeld Mark Twain public speaking

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5 easy, everyday ways to gently promote yourself as a public speaker

The Eloquent Woman

You already know that I advocate making sure your speeches and presentations are published --not just for the record, although that's important, particularly for women speakers. But there's more you can do to gently promote yourself as a speaker and get your next speaking gig.

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A Case Story: Teradata | The Edge of Next

Duarte Blog

Does the future live only in the greatest minds? That is the question posed at the opening of the Teradata PARTNERS Conference 2017, followed by cinematic and awe-inspiring images of technological advancements over times like Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Great Wall of China.

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The Hustle Required to Build a Million Dollar Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

I am writing this while flying high from our Accelerate Live 2017 conference in Minneapolis. You, my valued blog readers, will be benefiting from some of what I learned from the experts who participated. Specifically, the hustle required to build a million dollar speaking business. The theme of our event was moving your business towards a […]. The post The Hustle Required to Build a Million Dollar Speaking Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Be an Effective Presenter Through Better Listening

Presentation Guru

Presenting is one of those life skills that’ll benefit you no matter where you go, from the classroom to the boardroom. Although it can often be nerve-wracking, presenting is a skill that should be honed to be part of your arsenal – you’ll never know where it will be useful!…

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The 3 Step Process for Handling your Darkest Fears

Speaking about Presenting

It was 9am – the beginning of an inhouse company training course like hundreds that I had run before. The corporate training room was standard, the number of participants was not more than usual, and it was a pretty normal gender mix. There was nothing exceptional about the course that anyone looking in from the outside would have noticed. There was one difference – the CEO of the company was one of the participants. And that was making me nervous, very nervous.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 269) – Robert Kennedy

Manner of Speaking

“‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ ’ These men moved the world, and so can we all. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to … Continue reading → Humour Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Robert Kennedy

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A blog hiatus

The Eloquent Woman

I'm taking the rest of the year off as far as blogging is concerned. After I took a blog and social-media hiatus in June, using a small portion of it to build up my queue of posts, I wrote , "I liked this catch-up approach so much I may try it again later this year." Well, later has rolled around, and I'm taking another hiatus from now until the end of the year. I'll be back for the year-end roundup of the blog's most popular posts in the last week of the year, but otherwise won't be publishing.

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10 Ways to Interact With Audience Members While You Present

Duarte Blog

Presentation expert Clif Atkinson tells a great story about a 2009 education conference where two speakers got very different reactions from their audiences. The first speaker started off with interactive exercises, he was entertaining, and overall, he was a hit.

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[Podcast] 15 Marketing Initiatives to Book More Business

Speaker Launcher

I recently received an email from Betsy Allen that asked a question about marketing initiatives that I get all the time: “What income generating marketing activities should I be doing on a daily basis to get more speaking business?” ” In episode #61 of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, I’m answering this question and sharing 15 Marketing […]. The post [Podcast] 15 Marketing Initiatives to Book More Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

5 Amazing Music Performances That Will Make You a Better Public Speaker

Presentation Guru

What’s your favourite song and can you remember the first time you heard it? As both a professional singer and a speaking coach, Shola Kaye has found that pop singers and their songs are often far more memorable than famous speakers and their speeches.

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How to train your boss about communications

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Mentoring Up: Training Your Boss About Communications Without Alienating Him or Her NAGC President, Kathryn Stokes November 15, 2017, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Government agencies are rife with political appointees who are put in their positions for a lot of reasons, none of which include their ability to communicate. Often, they have no idea what their […]. Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations

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A lesson from Nokia

Manner of Speaking

On 12 November 2007—ten years ago to the day as I write this post—Forbes published its magazine featuring a story about Nokia on the cover. Forbes asked the question, “Can anyone catch the cell phone king?” ” The answer? Apple … Continue reading → Motivation improvement Nokia public speaking

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Comfort Zone

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The good folks at men’s outfitters Tommy John (“A man’s under layers shouldn’t be stuck in the past. Or anywhere else.”)

Business Communications - The 2 Cultures

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Public relations agencies, marketing communications firms, and ghostwriting consultants are caught between 2 cultures. And, if they can't figure out how to serve each differently, they will fail to deliver results for clients. At one time, the world of business communications was a monolith.

Anatomy of a Triple Threat in the Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

In football, a triple threat is someone who is great at passing, kicking and running. In entertainment, a triple threat is someone who can act, sing and dance. Ryan Gosling for example. In the speaking business, a triple threat (in my terms) is someone who is great at stagecraft, marketing and selling. Which ones of these are […]. The post Anatomy of a Triple Threat in the Speaking Business appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

The Best Digital Whiteboards for Presenters

Presentation Guru

Digital whiteboards are perhaps one of the tools least used by presenters. Digital whiteboards can not only make it easy for a presenter to elaborate a complex topic but also enable the audience or multiple presenters to pitch in and collaborate real-time.…

Why most public speaking advice doesn’t seem to work for you

Speaking about Presenting

There’s a book called “What to Say When…You’re Dying on the Platform” by Lily Walters. It’s full of clever quips and responses for when things aren’t going your way during a presentation or speech. My partner Tony loves it. I could never use any of it.

Don’t blow it with your audience

Manner of Speaking

Last week I attended the graduation ceremony for the class of a business school where I teach. The graduates had taken their seats, the audience was settled in, the three-piece orchestra had just finished the last of its pieces. Everything … Continue reading → Delivery audience Microphone presentations public speaking

How to Use Your Body and Gestures Effectively When Presenting


You may spend hours writing and practicing your presentations and creating clever visual aids to support your speaking appearances and win over your audiences. But the most powerful aide you have is something far less contrived.

21st Century Fox - Sale Would Mean James, Lachlan Murdoch Waited In Vain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The empire that Rupert Murdoch built and nurtured - 21st Century Fox - was, most assumed, to be passed on to his two sons. They are James and Lachlan Murdoch. Weren't they being groomed to lead the House of Murdoch? After all, the father was approaching 90 years of age. Executives who worked at 21st Century Fox got it that they would never become the chief executive officer and, eventually, went elsewhere.

The Impact of Your First Public Speech

Speaker Launcher

Imagine you are a 10-year-old boy and your teacher asks you to emcee a Remembrance Day (Canada) ceremony in honor of veterans. The entire school will be there along with parents and you have never spoken in front of a large audience before. This was the exact situation that my grandson, Jayden, found himself in just […]. The post The Impact of Your First Public Speech appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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The Small Changes to your Speech that will have a Big Effect

Presentation Guru

So if you have read Jim’s earlier piece on how to become a more charismatic speaker, you will know what you are supposed to be doing – but how exactly do you do it? Concrete examples, that’s what we need.

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Two depressing sights/sites in Harare

Max Atkinson

About twenty years ago, I went to Zimbabwe to run a presentation skills course for an American company with branches in almost every country in Africa. One of their managers met me at Harare airport. When he asked "Is this your first time in Africa?", I said "Yes."

Manner of Speaking recognized by Credit Donkey

Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking has been chosen as one of the winning blogs by Credit Donkey for the Best Public Speaking Blogs in 2017. Credit Donkey is a credit card comparison site that publishes credit card research, deals, and tips to help … Continue reading → Personal Feedspot Manner of Speaking public speaking

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Passionate Speaker Beware the Dark Side

Executive Speech Coach

Be Passionate about your message - but don’t turn to the dark side It’s important to express your passion when delivering your presentation. Your passion can be a powerful force delivering your message. Naturally, your audience still expects you to tell the truth.

Open @ Recovery, Celebrate Anniversaries of Sobriety in Public - Not So Fast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a movement afoot to bring one's former problem drinking and other substance abuse problems into the open - and joyfully celebrate anniversaries of sobriety in public. In The New York Times , Laura Hilgers explains that could have many positive results.

[Podcast] Behavior Tools and How to Use Them with Jill Davis

Speaker Launcher

Odds are that at some point in your life you’ve taken some type of personality profile test – like DISC. These tools are often used in businesses to help avoid bad hires, manage more effectively and retain top talent by identifying the natural traits a person possess and then capitalizing on those for best performance. […]. The post [Podcast] Behavior Tools and How to Use Them with Jill Davis appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Is the Logitech Spotlight Remote All It’s Cracked up to Be?

Presentation Guru

When Logitech introduced the Spotlight earlier this year, it boasted of setting a whole new standard in presentation control.