November, 2017

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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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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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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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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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.”)

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More Trending

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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Three strategies for managing anxiety in the workplace

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

People. Three strategies for managing anxiety at work

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The World's Worst Presentation? What do you think?

Executive Speech Coach

This video will be painful to watch "the first time". But, it's worth watching all the way for the suprise and as a test of your observations skills. How many lessons and notes can you make about what not to do during a presentation?

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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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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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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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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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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.

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A few words about introducing a speaker

Joan Detz Speaker Services

For starters, don’t read any introduction from your cell phone.

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Why You Should Never Underestimate the Power of the Spoken Word

Presentation Guru

What words do you use to demonstrate conviction, to connect with your audience or to inspire and communicate confidence in your subject matter?

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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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7 Mental Strategies to Help you Recover from a Presentation Disaster

Speaking about Presenting

The complaints started within the first half hour of the course: “I don’t understand what this means” “This is too hard for us” “This doesn’t work for the presentations that I have to do.” ” By the end of the day I was exhausted and dispirited.

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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.

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.

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"Today" Family Mourns, Megyn Kelly Turns Opportunistic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Today" was a family. Of course, like all families, it had its feuds, large and small. But, they got it that by sticking together they would sustain and maybe even scale the success of the franchise. No surprise, the family is grieving. Part of that deep sadness is fear of the future.

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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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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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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 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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Global Public Relations Industry - Gender Gap in Leadership Positions, Pay

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Women represent two-thirds of those working in the global public relations industry. Public relations is the business which creates its clients' stories. However, its own gender story mirrors that of so many other industries.

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The Top Five Things to Never Say in a PowerPoint Presentation

Presentation Guru

Just a short article this time, but a useful reminder of what NOT to say when delivering your next presentation. I guarantee you will have heard every one of them, time and time again, and groan every time you do. So why do presenters persist?…

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New Business Theme Added to Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™

Manner of Speaking

Florian Mueck and I are pleased to announce that the new Business theme has been added to the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. Players can now choose to play one of three different themes (Classic, Family and … Continue reading → Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game Florian Mueck presentations public speaking

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."

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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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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.

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Power & Over-Exposure - What's Next

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Allegedly, former "Today" czar Matt Lauer dropped his pants and showcased his private parts. That play-out of power and over-exposure will go down in the history of network television. But abuse of power evolves and more women could be getting into the game.

91 Places to Look for the Perfect Image

Presentation Guru

Adding attention grabbing images to your presentation is one of the best ways to give your presentation visual appeal. In a previous article, we looked at the 10 Best Websites for Downloading Free Stock Photos.

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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