August, 2020

Humour in a speech: 5 reasons you need it; 10 tips for using it

Manner of Speaking

Using humour is a great way for speakers to connect with their audiences. Victor Hugo said, “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” When you speak to an audience of dozens, hundreds or thousands, the effect is multiplied. THE BENEFITS OF HUMOUR. When used properly, humour is a powerful tool in any speaker’s arsenal because it has tremendous benefits: 1. Humour creates a bond with the audience. Speakers who use humour well come across as more sympathetic, more likeable.

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Rise up out of the noise

Speak Schmeak

Every day, I see more of my friends and colleagues speaking out against injustice, finding their voices, and speaking their truth. Just yesterday I wrote about a conversation with a friend who was feeling hopeless.

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Speak Up! 3 Powerful Voice Tips to Become an Influential Virtual Speaker

DeFinis Communications

When you’re giving a virtual presentation, your voice plays a crucial role in your success. In fact, I’d say that of all the presentation skills vital for influencing others on Zoom (and other online meeting platforms), your voice plays the most essential role. Think about it … in the online environment, you’re always going to be a flat 2D image to your audience. And no matter how you try to improve the quality and impact of your visual image, you will still be flat.

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The Speech of Self-Introduction

The Communication Blog

This is a new section I wrote for the new edition of Essentials of Public Speaking. But I thought it might be of use to anyone planning a similar speech. Here, then, are a few guidelines and a sample speech with some notes. The Speech of Self-Introduction The speech of self introduction is one of the standard speeches normally required in a public speaking course.

A Quick Guide to Dissertation Writing

SlideModel

The final year of graduate school is an exciting time. At least for some. For others, dissertation panic begins to set in. After all, penning a 100+ page manuscript, defining your further academic career and integrity is a pretty big deal.

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A Simple Exercise to Help Build Your Confidence in Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

2020 has been one of the most challenging years any of us have faced in our lifetime. There is so much uncertainty in business and in life that it can strike down anyone’s confidence quite quickly.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 332) – Stephanie Hughes

Manner of Speaking

British Journalist and Communications Expert. “I I don’t want to be anywhere else, talking to anyone else, about anything else.”. Stephanie Hughes. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hughes. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 332) – Stephanie Hughes appeared first on Manner of speaking.

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Make Them Laugh: How to Tell a Joke on Zoom

DeFinis Communications

From the old knock-knock jokes we used to tell as kids to stories that make light of the workplace, everyone loves a good joke. Using humor is one of the best ways to get people engaged. And when you add a friendly, “jokey” tone you let listeners know your presentation won’t be one huge bore. But even if you’re a natural joke teller and known as the office comedian, it can be a challenge to make a joke come alive on Zoom. First, your audience is often muted, especially if there is a large group.

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Ethics in Public Speaking

The Communication Blog

Ethics in Public Speaking I wrote this for the new edition of Essential Elements of Public Speaking, 7th edition (Hoboken, NJ: Pearson, 2021) but I thought it might be useful for any class in public speaking as a way of introducing the dimension of ethics and clarifying what is and what is not plagiarism. Because your speech will have an effect on your audience, you have an obligation to consider ethics—issues of right and wrong, or the moral implications of your message.

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Using the SCARF Model for Workplace Efficiency

SlideModel

The modern workplace is like a social minefield. People can nowadays feel offended by things which would have been hard to consider offensive a few years back.

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Speechwriting in the Zoom era

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jeff Nussbaum and Kate Childs Graham, the 2020 Democratic convention speechwriters, have written a fascinating article in the Washington Post detailing how the ‘Zoom era’ has radically transformed political speechwriting. While this probably won’t cause Bob Lehrman to tear up the guidance in his excellent book The Political Speechwriter’s Companion, it shows how the future […]. Speechwriting DNC2020 political speechwriting Robert Lehrman

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Riches in Niches with Susan Friedmann

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “The more niched you get, the less competition…and you’re the go-to person they think of when they need that particular service.” Susan Friedmann How narrow is your lane? We talk about “picking a lane” all the time but just how narrow is too narrow?

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Your presentation needs osteoclasts

Speak Schmeak

Nerd alert! ?? I have become obsessed with the process of bone healing! On July 4, I lost my footing on the stairs in my home and suffered a compound fracture in my right leg, an "open tib-fib" in medical shorthand. I'm calling it "The Saga of the Four Fractures."

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13 Pro Tips To Ace Your Keynote Presentations

Presentation Guru

If you are one of those 588 Apple users worldwide, own a Mac and use iPhone and iCloud; then you’re no stranger to the Apple ecosystem and its own exciting presentation software called Keynote. However, you still might not know how to use several tools that can make your presentation appealing.… … Software Visuals featured Keynote presentation Powerpoint Alternative Presentation Design Slide Design Visual Aids

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Universals of Choice

The Communication Blog

This article was published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics, 75 (January and April 2018), pp. 76-83. Universals of Choice Joseph A. DeVito* Universals are qualities or characteristics of a process or concept that are present in all instances. For example, if we consider the universals of language, we’d find that all languages have nouns and pronouns, all languages have a deep and surface structure, and all languages have vowels and consonants (Greenberg, 1963).

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The CEO’s Guide to RPA: Robotic Process Automation Explained

SlideModel

Robotic process automation (RPA) is a top-of-mind agenda for companies across industries. Last year, Gartner identified robotic process automation as the fastest-growing tech segment of the enterprise software market: the software revenue grew by 63% and reached $848 in 2018. Despite the global market slowdown, RPA investments still remain a priority for most companies. So much so that by 2020, the global spending on RPA is expected to $2.4

Booch News

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In November 2018 I launched a new blog. Booch News is the premier source for independent news about all aspects of the kombucha industry — the beverage that is taking the world by storm. It offers an in-depth look into the kombucha industry, discusses the latest trends, marketing techniques, news, profiles, and other topics related […]. Personal

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Increasing Your Virtual Earnings X 4 with Chris West

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “The key is…you really have to take what you do on stage and build it into steps.” Chris West We’ve taken a short summer hiatus from recording The Wealthy Speaker podcast and are thrilled to be back.

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Case Studies of Career Changes (1987 - present) - Dale Carnegie Systems Nudges Us Out of Our Comfort Zones

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

9/11 put the nail in the coffin of my dying industry.    My field might have come back in several years. But, before then there were bills to pay. So, to gear up for a career change I enrolled in a seminar at the Hartford, Connecticut Metro area franchise of Dale Carnegie Systems.

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5 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Duarte Blog

Every one of us wants to communicate better. Whether we’re presenting in a virtual environment, participating in a team meeting, or just talking with a friend, spouse, or stranger—we all want what we’re saying to be delivered well. Delivering well” means you’re saying what you want to say in a way that lands just right [.] continue reading. The post 5 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills appeared first on Duarte.

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How to Establish Presence With a Powerful Introduction

K8sVoice

When Life hands you a pandemic, it might be a good time to reinvent yourself, or at least take the opportunity to make sure people see you the way you want to be seen. This is especially true if you are seeking a new job, as many are right now, or starting one. You will […].

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What is a Storyboard And How to Use it in Product Design

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Ideally, when a new SaaS product makes its way from conception to reality, the end product works as intended and fully meets the target market needs. Sadly, things don’t always go that way.

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How to generate chit-chat in online meetings and classes

More than PowerPoint...

Chit-chat is valuable. It’s how we connect with each other. It generates feelings of trust and empathy. How do you generate chit-chat and off-topic discussions in online classes and meetings? Here are my top 6 ways. Pre-game. I tell students that I show up 15 minutes before class starts.

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#SpeakerSuccessTip: Change Your Mindset

Speaker Launcher

The pandemic has affected all of us. Sometimes we find ourselves feeling postive and up and sometimes we get caught up in the negative and down. This week’s #SpeakerSuccessTip is all about identifying your primary thoughts about the future and your speaking business.

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The New Layoff - Now, It Can Mean Career Change

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Darkness is again falling fast on the labor market. The job recovery, after the COVID-19 shutdowns, is over. Yes, it was brief. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that MGM Resorts International is laying off 18,000.

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Communicate Like MLK and Change the World

Duarte Blog

Thanks to the proliferation and growth of social media and live video today, nearly everyone has a public platform that they can use to convey a message to a large audience. It’s possible to see more clearly than ever who can give a talk that moves people and changes minds.

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The Expert Guide to Crafting a Winning Customer Success Program

SketchBubble

Gone are the days when marketers used to craft customer loyalty and reward programs to influence the purchasing decision of customers through incentives and keep them committed to the brand.

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Using Heuristic Problem-Solving Methods for Effective Decision-Making

SlideModel

Problem-solving capability and effective decision making are two of the most prized capabilities of any leader.

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Uptalk can be lovely

More than PowerPoint...

As we move from authoritarian leadership styles to more collaborative leadership styles, you might want to insert a little uptalk into your conversations. What’s uptalk? It’s when you raise your voice at the end of a sentence. You speak a sentence, but the upward lilt makes it sound like a question. It makes you sound uncertain, tentative, or even dubious. It’s OK to be uncertain. It’s OK to not speak with absolute authority and conviction at all times. It’s OK to be skeptical.

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Strategic Copywriting for Email and Promotions with Sarah Anderson

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “Everything that you’re writing with your copy (even if it’s a bio) is really about your audience.” Sarah Marie Anderson How many emails do you receive in a day? How many of those do you open and actually read? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, we welcome copywriting expert, Sarah Marie Anderson who will share some tips on how to create compelling copy that gets opened and gets results. Sarah is an […].

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Disappearing Inside The Brand Called You - Joe Kennedy III (and more and more professionals)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Dating back to the time when Tom Peters dominated management theory and practice, professionals have been hammered to develop a "personal brand." " The Peters' meme in the late 1990s was  The Brand Called You.

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How to Successfully Navigate Virtual Events

Duarte Blog

Snack carts filled with ice cream bars and doughy soft pretzels. Open-bar happy hours with signature cocktails. Mainstage keynotes, big name entertainment, live music, and—if you’re lucky—fireworks! Companies pull out all the stops to create event experiences that are energetic, engaging, and most of all memorable. But if this blog post was a soundtrack, then [.] continue reading. The post How to Successfully Navigate Virtual Events appeared first on Duarte.

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What If Your Life Gets Hit by a Derecho

Speak and Deliver

Cedar Rapids Derecho Iowa Motivaation

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Reality Check : Are you Ruining Your Message by Talking too Fast?

SketchBubble

No matter how much effort you have put into researching your presentation and organizing the well-thought-out message in a comprehensible manner, it all goes in vain if you don’t deliver it aptly in front of the audience. One of the most common mistakes most of the speakers commit is – speaking too fast. Talking too […]. The post Reality Check : Are you Ruining Your Message by Talking too Fast? appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

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Practice flags, bridges, and hooks

More than PowerPoint...

You’ll want to practice your flags, bridges, and hooks. They can help you as you present on camera or go into media interviews. Flags, bridges, and hooks help make a media interview conversational. They also help you answer tough questions and make a stronger impact. Flagging statements signal you’re about to say something important. Think of someone planting a flag: it captures attention.

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Pivots and Failure in Your Speaking Business with Sarah McVanel

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “How have I shape shifted my identity to fit the circumstance so I can still serve, even though I’m not doing it from the podium in front of hundreds of people?” Sarah McVanel In the COVID era that we’re currently living in, how are you working to pivot your business to deal with change and the unknown? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, we welcome Recognition Expert, Sarah McVanel who will share her […].

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Career Pivots - Looping Out of Old Networks (4 Must-Dos)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pre-COVID, young people journeyed from their hometowns to college campuses. Before they left, parents gently warned them they would be "leaving the old friends behind." " A key part of college was developing new networks.

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