May, 2016

4 Ways to Become a Charismatic Speaker

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Communicating your presentation idea alone won’t be enough to convince your audience. You should also have the charismatic appeal to enhance your credibility and complement your central message. A likeable image is what leaves them swayed, in awe, and wanting more.

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Improving Communication is Key to Closing Millennials’ Workplace Skills Gap

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It’s universally acknowledged that employers seek applicants with strong speaking and writing abilities. Despite being highly educated and armed with technical skills, many millennials lack the soft skills to compete in the workplace.

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4 secrets to choose the best images for your slides

PowerPoint Tips

You use images in a presentation for 3 reasons: To help your audience understand what you are saying. To help them remember what you are saying. To persuade them to change their mind and take action. How do you choose the best images for your presentation?

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Powerful Sentence Structure for Your Speech

Manner of Speaking

Here is a little gem of advice from writer Gary Provost. The highlighting is mine.) Vary Sentence Length This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. … Continue reading → Speechwriting Uncategorized Brent Kerrigan public speaking

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"Soulless perfection" is the wrong goal

Speak Schmeak

Anyone who watched the final season of Americal Idol will recall Dalton Rapattoni , the blue-eyed, blond-haired, baby-faced, guy-liner-wearing rocker who took third place in the show's final competition.

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Your (Executive) Presence is Required

Kate's Voice

How to demonstrate Executive Presence through your voice In 2012, the Center for Talent Innovation published a now-famous study about executive presence.

What I talk about when I talk about running

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Haruki Murakami is best known as the author of “Norwegian Wood”, and the “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” – and many other books. If you haven’t read his books I highly recommend you check them out.

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Watch my PechaKucha presentation!

PowerPoint Tips

Do you know what PechaKucha is? I describe it in an earlier blog post, “ Stay focused with Pecha Kucha.” ” And I wrote about my experience giving my first PechaKucha here. Briefly, a PechaKucha is a short, structured presentation, only 6 minutes, 40 seconds long.

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Powerful Sentence Structure for Your Speech

Manner of Speaking

Here is a little gem of advice from writer Gary Provost. The highlighting is mine.) Vary Sentence Length This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. … Continue reading → Speechwriting Uncategorized Brent Kerrigan public speaking

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Will the timing ever be right?

Speak Schmeak

How many times have you waited to start something until the timing has been "right?" How did that go? Did you ever start? Did you wait so long that the opportunity was no longer available? Did you wait so long that you lost your chance?

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California Dreaming

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

There’s a shockingly misinformed review of the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the Weekend FT. The article, Westward, look, the land is bright (the title taken from a line in an an obscure 19th century poem) is written by the cosmopolitan architect Thomas Sevcik. While I can’t comment on his claims about […]. Culture Shock! hollywood polygamy

Inspired to Educate

The Communication Blog

I received this request from Nina Martin and it seems a noble one and so I'm posting it as I received it. It should be of interest to lots of educators who pass by this blog. Hi Joe, Happy summer! I’m reaching out to you to let you know about #Inspired2Educate, a program designed to recognize and praise educators and the people who inspired them.

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Are the Belgians Trolling American Beer Drinkers?

Dahle Communication

I know it's been sometime since I've posted here (is a 3 year hiatus a bad thing.) but I've been wanting to get back into writing more consistently, so why not talk about beer. And not just any beer, but America! In case you haven't heard, this summer, Budweiser is changing it's name to America until the end of the election in November. No I'm not kidding. This is a real thing that is happening.

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Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course

Speaking Freely

Gravitas is a power that comes from inner authority to express your wisest thoughts for the good of the whole group. Gravitas commands attention, respect and admiration, not because it is flashy, but because it is wise and thoughtful.

The Day TED Might Have Died

Manner of Speaking

I recently wrote a post in which I shared an article written by Seth Godin. That article mentioned the (then) upcoming book on TED Talks by TED Curator, Chris Anderson. The book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, … Continue reading → TED Chris Anderson

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Famous Speech Friday: Michelle Obama at Tuskegee University

The Eloquent Woman

"Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating?" You might find it difficult to imagine yourself saying those words in front of a crowd of thousands. But that's just what U.S.

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A Conversation with Sanjay Nambiar

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday May 5, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with freelance speechwriter, author and publisher Sanjay Nambiar. Sanjay is a veteran speechwriter and award-winning children’s book author.

PowerPoint Presentation Do’s and Don’ts

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Practical Tips for Creating Persuasive PowerPoint Presentations On 22nd May 2016 it will be PowerPoint's 26th birthday! Sadly many people still ruin their presentations because they don't know how to use powerful presentation tool properly.

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Trump Meme Smackdown: Let's Defeat Hillary Clinton

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The genius of Donald Trump's politico tactics continues to be sustainable. His latest move is to put out there the meme: Let's defeat Hillary Clinton. And that, reports Steven Shepard in Politico , is uniting Republicans. Consequently, Trump is doing well in the polls.

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Bill Evans on the Creative Process & Self-Teaching

Presentation Zen

Many years ago I spoke of Bill Evans and his great appreciation of simplicity, and his capacity for tremendous amplification through honest simplification.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 233) – Aristotle

Manner of Speaking

“It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences—makes them, as the poets tell us, ‘charm the crowd’s ears more finely’. Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Aristotle public speaking public speaking quotes simplicity

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Famous Speech Friday: Dorothy Fuldheim on Kent State shooting

The Eloquent Woman

Forty-six years ago this week, there were a few things that were unusual about Dorothy Fuldheim's evening commentary on WEWS-TV on May 4, 1970. For one thing, "Cleveland's First Lady of the Airwaves" finished the piece weeping in front of the camera.

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Enjoy the special flavour of the unpredictable

Pivotal Public Speaking

There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavour. Eleanor Roosevelt. Harsh words, those, especially for those of us who like to be prepared. “Never.”

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Become a Better Speaker by Watching Videos

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

It's never been easier to find examples of great speakers that you can watch, analyse and learn from in order to become a better speaker. But making the most of these recordings isn't as easy as you might think.

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Epidemic of Sexual Abuse in Elite New England Secondary Education - Schools for Scandal & Brand Equity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"More than 200 victims. At least 90 legal claims. At least 67 private schools in New England. This is the story of hundreds of students sexually abused by staffers and emerging from decades of silence."  "  - Spotlight Staff, Boston Globe, May 15, 2016. Here is the article.

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Success & the Art of Developing Your Inner Coach

Presentation Zen

Brett Ledbetter is a former college basketball player and author of the book What Drives Winning. I stumbled upon his TEDx talk somehow recently and I’m glad I did because it’s well worth watching.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 233) – Aristotle

Manner of Speaking

“It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences—makes them, as the poets tell us, ‘charm the crowd’s ears more finely’. Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Aristotle public speaking public speaking quotes simplicity

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Famous Speech Friday: Hillary Clinton's 1969 commencement speech

The Eloquent Woman

Long before she became a Clinton, Hillary Rodham had an early and activist career as a speaker--so much so that Wellesley College broke with tradition and gave her a place on the commencement podium as its first student commencement speaker.

3 ways to know if you would benefit from speaker coaching

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Ask yourself these 3 questions: Do I spend way too much time preparing my presentations? Do I feel nervous when I get a public speaking invitation? Do I sometimes walk away from a lectern feeling I did less-than-my-best? Keep notes. Log your preparation time.

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Um, How to Eliminate your Filler Words

Pivotal Public Speaking

This is a guest post from Kwesi Millington. Kwesi is a public speaking, storytelling & confidence coach, teaching you to speak, share, serve and live with greater confidence. Check out his website at www.CommunicateToCreate.com and do watch his periscopes.

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Age as Liability - 6 Tips to Not Come Across as "Old"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The Washington Post , Ruth Marcus confirms this reality: Aging is a liability. You bet it is. And Baby Boomers as well as the oldest members of Generation X have to learn ways to reduce its negative impact. That is, if we want to continue to function professionally and socially.

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13 Steps to a Killer Presentation

Speaker Launcher

We talk a lot about the importance of having a killer presentation. It’s the basis of my book, the Epic Keynote, which talks about ensuring that you get your message across in a clear, concise, yet entertaining, manner.

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Master the Art of Presenting 2016

Manner of Speaking

I am excited to announce that the third annual Master the Art of Presenting will take place on 20-21 October 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. A few years ago, my good friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, was staying over at our home … Continue reading → Public Speaking Business Public Speaking Resources Delivery Havain Master the Art of Presenting presentations public speaking Timo Sorri

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

If you want to keep up with my wide-ranging reading list about women and speaking in real time, follow The Eloquent Woman on Facebook where these links are posted all week long--or just head here on Mondays, where I summarize them all for you.

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Is it time for you to attend Speechwriting School?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’ve heard the following comments from speechwriters in all fields: It takes me forever to find the just-right quotation Rewrites are killing me I can’t get enough face-to-face time with my client Transitions take me forever My General rewrote the entire opening of my speech.

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Query letter: Multiple submissions

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing. Here are two questions I am often asked about the query letter process: Can I submit my query to more than one publication? How long should I wait after submitting my query to one publication before submitting it to another one? You can submit a query to more than one publication. That’s called a multiple submission. If you send a multiple submission, you are supposed to let the editor know you are doing so.

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Jersey Journal Isn't Even in Jersey City, NJ, Any More - Those worst of times before gentrification

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like all community newspapers back in the best of times for print, the Jersey Journal was the word paste which held together our little lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. For so many of us, those lives indeed seemed  quite less-than. We  We stood in the shadow of Manhattan.

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