January, 2016

My theory about "winging it"

Speak Schmeak

Check this out: People who "wing it" are far more afraid of failure and rejection than those who prepare, although it might seem to be the opposite.

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Import text from Word or Notepad

PowerPoint Tips

I recommend writing what you will say in Word first, because it’s easier to focus on your message. In another post, “ Organize content with an outline ,” I provide some more details. Importing an outline.

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Trending Sources

Barack Obama’s Speech on Gun Control

Manner of Speaking

President Barack Obama began the final year of his presidency with a speech on gun control. In it, he discussed a number of measures that he proposes to take by Executive Order to reduce gun violence in the United States. It … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Aporia Barack Obama Diacope gun control public speaking

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Meeting Report: Success Secrets for Small Businesses

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Past NSA Northern California Chapter President Rick Gilbert presented ‘Mind-Blowing Success Secrets for Small Businesses’ at the Saturday Chapter meeting.

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Who Let the Frogs Out? Another 3 quick remedies for voice malfuntions

Kate's Voice

One of the most popular posts on this blog is Who Let the Frogs Out? 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions. Maybe it’s just the catchy title, but I think the attraction has more to do with the horrible feeling you get if you open your mouth on stage and nothing comes out.

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6 Ways To Counteract Your Audience's Short Attention Span

Professionally Speaking...

I recently read an updated statistic about people’s attention span. According to research done at Kaiser Permanente, humans have an average attention span of 8 seconds [one second shorter than a goldfish!]. As presenters, this should be very worrisome.

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Good things take time

Speak Schmeak

Okay, maybe not all good things take time. I mean, a quick summer salad of ripe tomatoes, fresh burrata cheese and a drizzle of olive oil takes about five minutes, but it's delicious.

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More Trending

Stan Grant’s Speech on Racism in Australia

Manner of Speaking

Stan Grant, an indigenous Australian journalist, gave a speech in October 2015 at a debate on racism in Australia. The video of that speech has been released and it has gone viral. Several people are touting it as the Australian … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Australia Commoratio Epistrophe public speaking racism Stan Grant

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Meeting Report: Systems for Professional Speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Colorado-based customer satisfaction expert Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP — the current President of the National Speakers Association — was the featured presenter at Saturday’s NSA Northern California Chapter meeting.

Illuminating the Public Speaking Skills of Susan B Anthony

Speaking Freely

Rashid Kapadia, a former student and now my great friend, is an evangelist for public speaking. Rashid is an avid reader who is masterful at drawing out public speaking and presentation lessons from all kinds of books. His latest blog post brilliantly recalls how Susan B.

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Toastmasters Friday: What Makes A Champion? - Guest Post by Sharookh Daroowala

Speak and Deliver

In the first of what should be many guest blog posts in 2016, Sharookh Daroowala Gives us both a formula for the international speech contest and an analysis of last year's event. As a Finalist in the Championship in 2014 - he should know!

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What's your theme for 2016?

Speak Schmeak

Happy New Year! And just like that (imagine me snapping my fingers), it's 2016. A full week into 2016. And like the past five or six years, I have a theme to guide me.

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Comparing webinar services-Google Hangouts on Air, GoToWebinar, and Zoom-and why I chose Zoom

PowerPoint Tips

More and more, presenters are presenting online, using webinar services. So I thought I’d share my experience and maybe comparing webinar services will help you make a choice. I’ve switched to Zoom! I’ve used GoToWebinar for many years but a friend (thanks, Sheila Finkelstein!) introduced me to Zoom. I tested it for several months and a few months ago I took the plunge — I cancelled my GoToWebinar/Meeting account. I was looking for ways to engage more with my audience.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 218) – Alan Rickman

Manner of Speaking

“It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller.” — Alan RickmanFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Alan Rickman public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Stories storytelling

2016 154

The Delights of the Weekend FT

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve written before of the unlikely content carried by the Weekend Financial Times as well as the vivid prose that is found in the pink pages. This weekend’s newspaper was a fascinating read.

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5 ways you can analyze your speech once it's done (and how I do it)

The Eloquent Woman

I know, I know. You hate watching video of your speeches and talks. You deny that they exist on the Internet, so others won't look at them (like that works).

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How to Speak & Deliver in 2016

Speak and Deliver

Great Caesar's Ghost! Has it really been since September 7th, 2015? Has Speak & Deliver been left dormant for 4 long months? Indeed, it appears so.

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5 Perfect Valentine Gifts For Those Public Relations Players In Your Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sure, the court of public opinion often has the same power as the court of law. In fact, it sometimes delivers such a smackdown that once a meme is in play it's not even necessary to go to the court of law to get what you want.

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Getting the line spacing just right

PowerPoint Tips

I did a makeover of a slide that included a quotation from the man who discovered the circulatory system. I was SO pleased to get a public domain image of a portrait of him — considering the quote was from 1628!

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Toastmasters’ Most Buzzworthy Speeches of 2015

Manner of Speaking

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters … Continue reading → Toastmasters Beck Caitlyn Jenner David Letterman J.K. Simmons Mohammed Qahtani public speaking Tim Cook Viola Davis

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Book Review: Keynote Mastery, by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My recent review on Amazon of the new book, Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker was incomplete. I need to explain in more detail the many positive elements of Patrick’s story as well as clarify why I referred to it on Amazon ‘flawed’ and show where other emerging speakers can learn from […]. Freelance Work Public Speaking

9 famous TV and radio speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

We've featured many famous speeches by women that were covered on television and radio, but this collection of seven speeches were planned precisely for TV or radio delivery. They run the gamut from politics to humor and popular issues like cooking and weight loss.

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How will you conciously improve your presentations this year?

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech Coach , Business presentation tips from George Torok , the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

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Uber, Lyft - Cutting Prices, Angry Drivers (freelancers perceive sweatshop conditions)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The on-demand-economy is not always sweet to its contract workers. Both ride-hailing services, Uber and Lyft, have cut pricing in myriad U.S. cities to increase demand. They contend that's in the best interest of the contract drivers. Those drivers do not agree. Here is the coverage from Re/Code.

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How to Record a Presentation in PowerPoint

SlideModel

When it comes to recording a presentation in PowerPoint a presenter might be looking to record a narration with the slides or to simply create a tutorial with web cam input and narration.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 216) – Eleanor Roosevelt

Manner of Speaking

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Confidence Eleanor Roosevelt public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Toastmaster Magazine: Learning to Write for Others

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m pleased to have an article in the current January edition of Toastmaster Magazine. With the editors kind permission, here’s the text of Learning to Write for Others for you to download and read. I discuss the ways the Toastmaster Competent Communicator program helped me become a better speechwriter. Unfortunately the typo in the first […]. Speechwriting Toastmasters

2016 109

Famous Speech Friday: Chai Jing's "Under the Dome" Documentary

The Eloquent Woman

The video debuted on Chinese websites on February 28, 2015. A week later, more than 200 million Chinese--about a third of the country's online population--had watched it. On March 6, 2015, official censors ordered the video removed from all Chinese sites.

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What's the cost of a poor presentation?

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech Coach , Business presentation tips from George Torok , the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

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Major Law Firm Mandates Employees Not Waste Time Saying "Thank You" - New Game Your Mother Better Teach You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The game your mother taught you might be all-wrong. At least to make it big in business today. The major law firm, Sidley Austin, has told its employees to stop wasting time sending thank-you notes via email. And if they do, make sure those thank-yous aren't routed to partners in the firm.

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PowerPoint to PDF – Borderless PDF Printing with Mac OS

SlideModel

The documents printed in PowerPoint may wear an unwanted white border space or margin unless we configure the proper page size and scale options. In order to create borderless when exporting PowerPoint presentations to PDF format, you can follow the steps below.

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Powerful “Stories of Unlimited”

Manner of Speaking

This morning, I was rereading the chapter on storytelling in one of my favourite books, Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Health. (To To see the seven-part series that I wrote on the book, you can find all the posts here.) Our … Continue reading → Making it Stick Stories and Storytelling All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World Made to Stick public speaking Stories of Unlimited storytelling Western Sydney University

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Instant Stage Presence – Pause and Connect

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Have you ever seen a speaker who just seems to own the stage? They have a presence that demands attention and oozes charisma, confidence and credibility. Want to know how that could be you? The read on. A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview a very talented and diverse group of speakers all of who had plenty of stage presence. I was curious to discover what they did to create this magnetic effect that instantly grabbed their audience’s attention and kept it.

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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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Executive Speech Coach - Untitled Article

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech Coach , Business presentation tips from George Torok , the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

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Smackdown On Bill Ackman Brand In 2016

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Hedge fund titan Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Holdings, the fund's publicly traded vehicle, has fallen 14.5% in 2016, according to a performance update." " - Julia La Roche, BusinessInsider, January 20, 2016. Here is the article. This reversal of fortune may be temporary.

2016 60

Query letter: sell your article ideas

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

In this 10-minute video, Paul Lima discusses how to sell your article ideas to newspaper and magazine editors using the query letter. He looks at how to structure and write query letters to pitch your article ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCt1I20Bdyc v=uCt1I20Bdyc

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