June, 2020

Equipment for Speakers

PowerPoint Tips

I’m writing this during the Coronavirus pandemic and I just heard that webcams are on backorder. That’s because so many more people are presenting and attending meetings from home. So I thought I’d list my recommendations for equipment for speakers, including webcam, lighting, screening, mics, and much more. The links are on Amazon. Note: They are affiliate links.). You can see all of the items in one place here. Lighting. Ubeesize 10″ Selfie Ring Light.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 330) – David Gerrold

Manner of Speaking

David Gerrold – American Science Fiction Screenwriter and Novelist. “The single most important lesson of effective communication is this: Focus on clarity. Concentrate on precisions. Don’t worry about constructing beautiful sentences. Beauty comes from meaning, not language. Accuracy is the most effective style of all.” ” – David Gerrold. Photo courtesy of Kyle Nishioka. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 330) – David Gerrold appeared first on Manner of speaking.

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The Final Word on the Final Thought: End Your Virtual Meeting Successfully

DeFinis Communications

Over the past several months, many people have asked me if the formalities of standard speech preparation apply to the more casual virtual presentations taking place today. Since most people are working from home now in a less-than-formal setting, is it still important to maintain tried and true presentation principles, such as ending your presentation with a final thought? My answer is always yes.

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How I Made My Dream a Reality… and You Can Too!

Speaker Launcher

With coronavirus and all of the change in the world, it’s easy to forget about the dreams for your business and your life. Many have been in survival mode. Some hanging on by a thread. But what about your dream? Is now the right time to bring it back into your view? I say, heck ya! It certainly can’t hurt to focus on something inspiring and positive. In fact, I think it can help. Today […]. The post How I Made My Dream a Reality… and You Can Too! appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Don't let the words distract you from the work

Speak Schmeak

Equating racism with hate is a red herring for white people. (Or Or maybe just liberal "enlightened" white people.) Making hatred the defining characteristic of a racist person allows white people to disengage from the exploration of white privilege and implicit bias.

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9 Steps to Conquer Nerves for Interviews and Communicate Authentically

Speaking Freely

In 2008, I was asked by Andrew Dlugan to write an article for his 6 Minutes Public Speaking blog about steps to help conquer nerves for interviews. Now in 2020 with so many people being laid off due to the COVID19 pandemic, I am revising that article and posting it here. Being interviewed for a […]. The post 9 Steps to Conquer Nerves for Interviews and Communicate Authentically appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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Blended Learning Models and How to Implement Them

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Learning is no longer confined to merely brick and mortar schools where students are confined to whatever is taught by the teacher. It is now common for students to reach out to multiple sources, especially via the Internet to enhance their perspective regarding a topic. Even modern teachers opt for combining a variety of teaching methods to teach students, including using blended learning models. What is Blended Learning?

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Working with Co-Presenters: How to Organize a Team Presentation

DeFinis Communications

If you’ve ever had to co-lead a virtual meeting, you know the challenges inherent in online team communication. First, it can be complicated simply deciding which topic or aspect of the presentation each presenter will address. Once that decision is made, each person typically goes off into their own silo and works to develop their specific topic with their own unique style and approach.

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Inspiring Hope in the Speaking Business with Libby Gill

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “What is the best possible vision of the future and is it within my power to control and make it happen?” Libby Gill The past few months have brought about some very doom and gloom moments for many of us, especially in the speaking business. This is one of the countless careers that have been completely “shut down” for the time being and we have all had to change direction very quickly in […].

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Influencing Through Story

Duarte Blog

Story is a powerful and persuasive communication device that can move people to dream big dreams, embrace big ideas, and accomplish big things, like transitioning to a new normal. Stories simultaneously engage our senses and trigger thoughts, memories, and emotions. They engage us, so we’re more likely to remember what we’ve heard. The power of story transcends the individual listener. When we share stories together, the minds between the storyteller and [.] continue reading.

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Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions

Speaking Freely

Use This Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions Massive numbers of layoffs during the COVID19 pandemic mean having a job interview strategy to win managerial and executive positions is a wise skill to polish. If you are in this situation, I’ll offer a job interview strategy and 5 steps for interviewing that […]. The post Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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Am I finally writing my final book?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Am I writing my final book? I have written 25 or more books (I’ve honestly lost count), all but three or four of which are still for sale (print, epub, Kindle and PDF in most instances; check them out at … Continue reading →

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How to write a speech outline

Manner of Speaking

What is a speech outline? Think of it as a blueprint for a successful speech or presentation. You wouldn’t start construction on a house or building without a blueprint and you shouldn’t build a speech or presentation without proper preparation. That means having a basic outline. How do you write a speech outline? How do you create a good speech outline? Although writing a speech outline might seem daunting at first, if you break the task into small steps, it can be easier than you think.

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The Power of Inquiry: How to Ask Engaging Questions

DeFinis Communications

When presenting to a virtual audience, it’s easy to lose people’s attention and feel the energy plummet. In fact, “the distraction factor” is one of the most important differences between speaking to a live audience versus a virtual audience. In simplest terms, your virtual audience is more prone to distraction. Think about it from your listeners’ perspective. They’re sitting alone in a room staring at a screen. Or, even worse, maybe they’re not alone.

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Racial Injustice, Inspiring Change & the Speaking Business with Orlando Bowen

Speaker Launcher

“Hurt people, hurt other people.” Orlando Bowen “A sustained lack of humanity in its expression, makes you think deeply about your own existence.”Orlando Orlando Bowen I wanted to provide a platform for a conversation that will spark others to start their own conversations. It is my hope that these discussions will help lead the way to long overdue changes of systemic racism. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, I invited my client and friend, […].

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El Susto: The Role of Storytelling in Solving Type 2 Diabetes in Mexico

Duarte Blog

Recently I attended a discussion series event hosted by The diaTribe Foundation that posed a fascinating question: What is the role of storytelling in solving the Type 2 Diabetes public health crisis? As a Duartian, I’m a devotee of the supernatural power of story, and I’ve found myself reflecting on this question in the weeks [.] continue reading. The post El Susto: The Role of Storytelling in Solving Type 2 Diabetes in Mexico appeared first on Duarte.

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Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions

Speaking Freely

Use This Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions Massive numbers of layoffs during the COVID19 pandemic mean having a job interview strategy to win managerial and executive positions a wise skill to polish. If you are in this situation, I’ll offer a job interview strategy and 5 steps for interviewing that may help you […].

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What Are the Simple Rules that Help Us Design Better Visual Aids?

Presentation Guru

You don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to create effective visual aids. The rules I outline here are based on scientific research and human experience. I recommend that you watch this TED talk from David J Phillips. I have built on the ideas that David explains in his video and added my own beliefs.… … Visuals featured PowerPoint Presentation Design Slide Design Slide Makeover Visual Aids

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5 Ways Public Speaking Can Be Instrumental in Your Career Growth

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What do you want to become – a sales manager, a talent acquisition expert, a computer analyst, or a doctor? Whatever your career aspirations are, good public speaking skills make you stand out in the extremely competitive job market and give you an edge over other job seekers. If you think public speaking is beneficial […]. The post 5 Ways Public Speaking Can Be Instrumental in Your Career Growth appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

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Connect with Your Virtual Audience – Use Compelling Touch Points

DeFinis Communications

Giving a great virtual presentation is all about connecting with your audience, right? But as you may have already realized, building connection through a device screen isn’t that easy. Even if you have an important and exciting message to deliver, if your listeners don’t feel personally connected to you and your ideas, your online presentation may fall flat. One way to increase engagement and connect with your virtual audience is to craft compelling touch points into every presentation.

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How to Book More Business with Speakers Bureaus with Diane Goodman and Kris Young

Speaker Launcher

Navigating toward the “new normal” in the speaking world is proving to be a large learning curve for all of us. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, I have invited 2 of my long-term friends and veterans of booking speakers for large scale meetings to join me. Today I am thrilled to welcome Diane Goodman and Kris Young to share their thoughts on what meetings in the future may look like and how […].

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Crafting Content for Virtual Communication: Keep it Short and Interesting

Duarte Blog

You’ve been on the audience end of virtual gatherings for the past couple months. So, when it’s your turn to lead one, you know what you’re up against. Between kids, pets, back-to-back virtual meetings, email inboxes, Tiger King, and copious amounts of quarantine snacks—it’s no wonder everyone is feeling distracted. According to Forbes, more than 80% of American employees have reported feeling significantly more distracted since they started working from home. Yikes. [.] continue reading.

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How the Endowment Effect can Affect Businesses

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Businesses can be affected due to consumer behavior that they might find hard to predict. Many theories, models and research have long tried to predict motivations of consumers for buying goods or services based on consumer preferences. In order to classify different types of consumers into market segments. Perhaps the most underrated concept in this regard has been the endowment effect and its implications for businesses.

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Working on book: How To Figure Out What You Want To Do, and Get It Done

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I am working on my 23rd book: Clustering & Chunking: How To Figure Out What You Want To Do. And How To Get It Done. It’s for people who want to get stuff done, be it for pleasure, for work, … Continue reading →

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Creative Freelancers - Never Had It Easy, But COVID-19 Made Making a Living Impossible

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Creative freelancers … have been some of the hardest hit in the coronavirus-driven recession …"  - Timothy, Puko, The Wall Street Journal , June 30, 2020. The freelance route for creatives (as opposed to software developers, ride-share drivers, and delivery folks) has always required extreme hustle. But since they chose that way to make ends meet they usually don't complain. It is what it is. But the current disappearance of assignments has triggered an unraveling.

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Talking about race

K8sVoice

I was born into white privilege. Not wealth, but privilege, nonetheless. I know that. My first ancestor on this North American soil arrived in Boston in 1658. That was on my dad’s side. On my mother’s side, they arrived around the same time but further south in the mid-Atlantic region. Over the last, almost 370 […]. The post Talking about race appeared first on Vocal Impact, Inc. Intention difficult conversations QFT stories

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Reinventing Your Wealthy Speaker Business with Michelle Villalobos

Speaker Launcher

“We don’t put bums on seats anymore, we put souls in seats. We serve humans, it’s a different vibe.” Michelle Villalobos I met with Michelle just as COVID was starting and the word Coronavirus was beginning to circulate. We had no idea the impact that it would have in just a few short weeks, and that the topic would be so relevant. On this episode of the Wealthy Speaker Show, I am happy to welcome […].

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3 Strategies High-Performing Brands Use to Communicate Data

Duarte Blog

Whether it’s a billion dollar pharma company driving to cure cancer or a local accountant who touts her ability to consistently get customers more money back on their taxes, all companies are using and communicating data in some form or another. However, not all companies are doing so with the same degree of success. continue reading. The post 3 Strategies High-Performing Brands Use to Communicate Data appeared first on Duarte.

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How to Set Up a Winning Customer Success Program

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The customer success movement is getting stronger year over year. In 2019, 83% of Customer Success teams increased in size. This year, even more organizations plan to invest in new customer success management programs to ramp up their service levels. But what does customer success mean? Let’s dig in together! What is Customer Success.

Public Speaking and Speaking on Camera: Why “Just Act Natural” is Bad Advice

More than PowerPoint...

Let me explain what I’m doing right now. I am sitting alone in a room and I am talking to a piece of glass. And that’s why I think the advice “just act natural” is a bogus piece of public speaking advice. It’s especially egregious for anyone who has to talk in front of a camera. That flat piece of glass that I’m staring into will suck about 10% of the emotion and energy from my face.

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Downside of Decline of COVID-19 Cases: Layoffs for Contract-Tracers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The good news in Massachusetts is that new cases of COVID-19 are down. So are the deaths. But the bad news is that, after three months, those hired as coronavirus contact-tracers are being laid off. Boston Magazine reports that already about 200 have volunteered to be laid off. Other workers are expected to be terminated.    MA was the first state to launch a formal contact-tracing program. Maybe that has been a factor in getting the virus under control.

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Master the Art of Public Speaking with These 10 P’s

SketchBubble

Public speaking is a vital skill for business owners, potential entrepreneurs, marketing and sales executives, coaches, trainers, and all the individuals related to professional services. It gives an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, establish yourself as the thought leader and influencer in your professional network, and create your own unique identity. But, for many […].

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Why Speakers Can Still Aim High This Year

Speaker Launcher

The first five months of 2020 have challenged even the most positive person. Turn on the news, and there’s something even more disturbing than the day before. If it’s not pandemic related – more deaths and more economic fallout, it’s racial inequality leading to protests and demonstrations in neighborhoods all around. But amidst all this chaos, I’m here to tell that speakers can still aim high this year. When we’re talking about our business, who […].

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ATD Virtual Conference Q&A with Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte

Duarte Blog

During the 2020 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Virtual Conference, Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte gave a keynote titled, “Influence Through Story.” ” They spoke about the power of story and how you can use it to increase your influence and impact. You can read the blog post summary of the keynote here. The chat room [.] continue reading. The post ATD Virtual Conference Q&A with Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte appeared first on Duarte.

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What You Must Know in an Almost Post Quarantine World

Speak and Deliver

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What can you do when you’re presenting and you freeze?

More than PowerPoint...

What can you do when you’re onstage and you freeze? Try a BIG MUSCLE MOVEMENT. What to do: Find a BIG MUSCLE MOVEMENT that works for you. It should be something you can do easily, that you enjoy doing, and yet looks great or reasonable on stage. Practice this technique. Do it daily. And make it part of your pre-speech warm up exercise. If you ever find yourself flailing on stage, you can perform it on the spot. For me, I like breathing from my diaphragm (that’s a big muscle!)

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The New York Times Yanks Relationship with Apple News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There wasn't enough in it for The New York Times to continue to allow Apple News to display some of its articles on Apple devices. So, NYT has pulled out of that relationship, reports DNyuz. Unlike most media companies with a print legacy, NYT is thriving financially. A major factor was its hustle to build up subscriptions for digital access. However, there had been no mechanisms in the Apple News technology to direct readers back to the NYT website.

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