February, 2018

Something Just Like This

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the privilege of moderating the 9th WAVE (Women’s Added Value in the Economy) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s an annual event organized and run by the dynamic women of the Career Women’s Forum.

2018 203

Create beautiful numbered lists in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

SmartArt and the new Designer feature in Office 365 are great for simple lists, but numbered lists are another story. Designer has a few options, but you can easily create a couple of templates for beautiful numbered lists and use them over and over.

I can do anything better than I can

Speak Schmeak

Maybe you've heard the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." It's a classic duet with the characters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler attempting to prove their ability to outdo each other in a variety of tasks.

2018 170

Mum and Dad

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My parents funeral took place on January 30, 2018 at Crewe Crematorium. This is the eulogy I read in celebration of their lives. Shakespeare wrote in his play The Tempest: We are such stuff as dreams are made on / And our little life is rounded with a sleep. Mum and Dad were together for […].

2018 141

Etiquette and communication

The Communication Blog

Here's a wonderful brief post on etiquette and communication. A neat summary of some essential rules. link] [link]. Communication communication and etiquette etiquette rules of etiquette

2018 130

Resurrecting a long held dream

Speaking about Presenting

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that over the last couple of months, I’ve been stuck in bed due to an accident. I’ve been using the time to resurrect a long-held dream. That dream is to create an online program to help people overcome the fear of public speaking. Tony (my husband and business partner) first had the idea of creating such a program in 2001.

2018 112

Analysis of a Speech by Andrew Solomon

Manner of Speaking

Andrew Solomon is an American writer who focuses on politics, psychology and culture. He has written for The New York Times and The New Yorker among others. His book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression won the 2001 National Book … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Andrew Solomon public speaking quotations Rhetorical Devices speech analysis TED Talk

More Trending

How to Move Your Presentation Audience With This Powerful Story Technique

Duarte Blog

You can probably recall the last story you heard, but you likely don’t remember the last presentation you sat through.

2018 101

The 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards – A conversation with David Murray

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero called rhetoric a “great art.” Since then, staggering advances in mass communication haven’t diminished the transformative power of a great speech. And the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the speechwriters and the speakers who make it great. Presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the prestigious monthly collection of speeches, […] More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero called rhetoric a “great art.”

2018 116

Making Choices

The Communication Blog

Here is a Word file of an article published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics , vol. 73, no 2, April 2016, pp. 173-179. The journal is a bit behind its normal publication schedule so this was just published. Making Choices* Living is a process of making choices. Much as you cannot not communicate, you cannot not make choices. Making choices is inevitable--even, as William James noted “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it that is in itself a choice.”

2018 100

Be inspired by these two women

Speaking about Presenting

Shonda Rhimes is the creator of award-winning TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Like many introverts, her safe space was sitting in her office writing. She turned down most speaking engagements and when she couldn’t get out of it … “I was a walking panic attack. My stage fright was so complete and overwhelming that it ruled my every public appearance.” ” Then she made a commitment to say “Yes” to every speaking opportunity.

2018 103

Never wear a name tag when you speak

Manner of Speaking

If you are invited to speak at a conference or other event, you will likely receive a name tag when you register. It will usually be in a plastic envelope that you attach to your clothing with a pin, or … Continue reading → Delivery lanyard name tag Presentation public speaking

2018 182

For #BlackHistoryMonth, 50 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far.

2018 81

4 Principles To Live By When You Design Presentations

Duarte Blog

Today, more than ever, presentations hold the world’s most critical messages. Whether you’re presenting a groundbreaking technology, a new business idea, or raising awareness of a social issue, if the design isn’t carefully thought through, your message could get lost.

If You Don’t Understand What the Audience Wants…

Presentation Guru

If you don’t understand what the audience wants, you can’t be relevant. If you can’t be relevant, you won’t be interesting. If you aren’t interesting, you won’t be heard. If you’re not heard, you’ll be forgotten. If you’re forgotten, you’re done.

2018 71

Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Speakers

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of the Wealthy Speaker podcast, we are sharing daily success habits that every speaker can incorporate into their lives to find greater success. These habits help with focus, time management and lead to better execution of the things needed in business to help grow and scale.

2018 65

First Law of Digital Media - Focus on Revenue (attention doesn't keep the electricty on)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Digital media is now a mature industry. Sure, some early adopters have not only survived the volatility of the internet. They have scaled and keep on scaling. The iconic example is the Drudge Report.

2018 65


Manner of Speaking

Very pleased to share with you that Florian Mueck and I have hit 1,000 downloads of the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. RHETORIC it is the world’s first public speaking board game. Florian and I created it a … Continue reading → Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game Florian Mueck presentations public speaking

2018 178

What makes things funny

Pivotal Public Speaking

An interesting take on what makes humour here… So what is violation and what is benign and how do we mix them? Think about how you might incorporate that into your speeches or presentations. You can also learn from his presentation skills.

2018 60

16 Rhetorical Devices That Will Make You Sound Like Steve Jobs

Duarte Blog

Ask anyone who the best contemporary speakers are, and there’s a pretty good chance they’ll rank Steve Jobs in the top five. The late, great mind behind Apple didn’t just dream up a company that changed the way humans interact. He was also a visionary and an unparalleled communicator.

2018 78

Why You Need to Invest in Creating Professional Powerpoint Templates

Presentation Guru

Many companies – maybe yours – make the decision to design their presentations in-house. That’s fine, but in order not to waste time (and money) you need to make sure your team has been given the right training AND the right tools for the job.

2018 61

Famous Speech Friday: Lillian Gilbreth on the human side of automation

The Eloquent Woman

Today, when people are fretting about Amazon putting robots in place of cashiers at Whole Foods, and voice assistants are common productivity tools, we are still using the principles of humanizing automation that were first advanced by psychologist, engineer, and famous mom Lillian Gilbreth.

Not Ordinary Times - Sherwin-Williams' Branding As Public Nuisance

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherwin-Williams specializes in a product which just about anyone can afford. It delivers  immediate results (and usually amazing ones). And it lasts. That product is paint.    So, over the years, Sherwin-Williams has been a powerful brand.

2018 56

25 Principles of Adult Behavior

Manner of Speaking

John Perry Barlow was an American poet, essayist, political activist and cattle rancher. He was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead. On 7 February 2018, Barlow passed away. As the tributes an obituaries poured in, Barlow’s 25 Principles of Adult … Continue reading → Leadership Motivation 25 Principles of Adult Behavior Grateful Dead John Perry Barlow public speaking

2018 174


Executive Speech Coach

Wonderful presentation by Dewitt Jones at TEDx Watch it the first time to enjoy the delivery, the visuals and his inspiring message.

2018 56

From Cafeteria Speeches to Million Dollar Business with Scott Stratten

Speaker Launcher

The path to a successful speaking business isn’t always the same for everyone. Let’s use Scott Stratten as an example. Scott was 12 years old when he realized he wanted to become a professional speaker. It came after watching a Les Brown motivational talk on PBS. After seeing that special and realizing you can get […]. The post From Cafeteria Speeches to Million Dollar Business with Scott Stratten appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2018 55

Persuasive Presenting: 3 Strategies for More Effective Leadership

Presentation Guru

Internal communications require just as much care and attention because what – and how – we communicate to our teams is ultimately what will drive our success.

Famous Speech Friday: Ashton Applewhite's TED talk "Let's stop ageism"

The Eloquent Woman

Writer Ashton Applewhite has made ageism her target with the This Chair Rocks blog and Yo, is this ageist? And in her 2017 TED talk, she made a call to action to the audience, since, as she made clear from the start, older is what everyone in the room is going to become.

2018 56

The "Public Nuisance" Legal Strategy - No Industry Is Safe

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last November, in California, a three-judge panel rejected the appeal of three lead paint manufacturers/sellers convicted of creating a public nuisance in a bench trial. They were Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and ConAgra.

CA 56

Stretch your Speaking – Acting

Manner of Speaking

This post is the third in a series about finding ways to stretch yourself when it comes to public speaking. The goal is to encourage people to explore different ways of developing their speaking skills and thus to become better … Continue reading → Motivation acting Felix Cheong It's a Wonderful Lie Marc Checkley Presentation public speaking Renegade Saints

2018 165

Powerful Storytelling and Professional Visuals to Make your Business Grow


. Introduction. Any business that is willing to create a powerful brand must engage in a robust storytelling and professional visuals. Stories are an important aspect of the everyday lives of people. People have been telling each other stories since immemorial times.

2018 52

Using LinkedIn to Fill Your Sales Funnel with Jennifer Darling

Speaker Launcher

How do you fill your sales funnel? Do you send endless emails to lists of meeting planners and associations hoping that someone will be interested? Or do you take a more tactical approach and tap into one of today’s more powerful tools for making professional connections – LinkedIn. If you have not tapped into the […]. The post Using LinkedIn to Fill Your Sales Funnel with Jennifer Darling appeared first on Jane Atkinson. How do you fill your sales funnel?

Fixed with Gold – 3 More Painful Lessons That Help the Presenter Grow

Presentation Guru

In the first post in the series, I bared my soul about some of the howlers I made as a speaker, and pointed to the lessons that we can all learn from them that make us stronger and more resilient in the future, however painful the past might have been.…

2018 57

African-American Folktales: New resource for storytellers

The Eloquent Woman

If you're looking for a gift to mark Black History Month, look no further: The Annotated African American Folktales is a treasure trove for storytellers who want to draw on African and African-American folktales.

2018 52

Nearing Retirement - Stocks Tank, Thinking the Unthinkable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The stock market is tanking. So are other investment vehicles. Supposed experts have plenty to say about the causes, what could be the duration, and short-term strategies to protect the nest egg. Youth knows that the losses can be made up - in time. They have the time.

2018 56

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 275) – Mies van der Rohe

Manner of Speaking

“Less is more.” — Mies van der Rohe Photo courtesy of Mies van der Rohe Society. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers Mies van der Rohe public speaking public speaking quotes quotes simplicity

2018 161

12 Keynote Tips to Deliver an Outstanding Presentation


If you have a Mac or work with the iWork productivity suite, then you must already be familiar with Keynote. The tool is developed by Apple and lets us create visually appealing presentations pretty easily.