March, 2020

Seven Tips to Crush Your Next Conference Call

Matt Eventoff

It occurs on a regular basis for almost every individual in the corporate world, and it is also the most fraught with peril. The scourge of the modern executive. The captor of thousands (or maybe millions) of hours each and every day. The dreaded… conference call!

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Responding to COVID-19 and Coronavirus

Manner of Speaking

One of Gabriel García Márquez’s novels is entitled Love in the Time of Cholera. We could easily call the current state of affairs in the world Life in the Time of Coronavirus.

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Create an animated intro for videos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you want to create a series of short training or promotional videos, it’s useful to have an intro that you put in front of each video. This might include your company’s branding or just create a theme that viewers associate with your videos.

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How can I help?

Speak Schmeak

You don't need any advice from me on hand-washing or social distancing. I'm not going to share "how The LisaB Company is responding to COVID-19." Pretty sure you don't care. ?? I'm not a mental health expert, a scientist or a life coach, and I know you can find resources on how to cope elsewhere.

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Creating Your “All Weather” Speaking Business with James Taylor

Speaker Launcher

We are doing our best to keep you informed and help create ideas to keep your business running throughout this global crisis.

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Recommended: Korean Romantic Dramas

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

These are unusual times. A challenge we all face as the minimize the spread of the coronavirus is how to stay healthy and sane in the growing regions of the world where we’ve been asked to stay indoors. An antidote to the ‘self-isolation blues’ is to lose yourself in a good TV series. Apologies to […]. Shallow End coivd-19 coronavirus k-drama Korean Romance

Grow your Self-Confidence

Speaking Freely

Self-Confidence – a feeling of self-assurance arising from your appreciation of your own abilities or qualities. No quality is more important for success than self-confidence. Confidence in yourself allows you to go through life as an adventure.

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The Most Successful Presentations Use This Framework

Presentation Guru

Stories are memorable, stories make a connection and so stories stick. All good. But if you don’t consider yourself a natural raconteur where do you start? Right here… Rob D Willis shares the framework for the perfect business pitch. What’s in it for me?”…

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10 Ways to Communicate with Empathy and Authority in Times of Crisis

Duarte Blog

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus visit the World Health Organization’s website here, and view their latest advice on public self-care here.

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Delivering Unforgettable Presentations with Darren LaCroix

Speaker Launcher

Do you feel that your keynote is flawless as it is, or could it use a little work? We are of the mindset that you should always be working on your craft and improving your presentation. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, I’m so excited to welcome my good friend Darren LaCroix.

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Reimagining Conferences

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

At a time when the COVD-19 novel coronavirus is causing conferences around the world to be canceled or postponed, it’s more important than ever to take a long hard look at the fundamental ways that large gatherings for professional purposes are structured. For too long, organizers have tried to cram a full schedule of keynotes, […]. Business Communication Keynotes Public Speaking Technology conferences coronavirus COVID-19 Forbes

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Multitasking & Context Switching Ruin Your Productivity


Did you know that about 28 billion man-hours are wasted each year because of what we now call context switching or multitasking ? This was the conclusion of Johnathan Spira, CEO of the research firm Basex. Come to in his book. All those wasted hours translate to about $1 trillion in losses to the U.S. economy alone. Ouch, that’s a lot of money left on the table due to a preventable issue! But hey, we all know that staying productive can be tough.

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Introduction to The Atheist Chronicles

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Introduction, and table of contents, to The Atheist Chronicles: Why the Beliefs of Theists of Every Stripe Are So Unbelievable Introduction I was raised a fundamentalist Christian. A Pentecostal. A theist. My father believed that the earth is six thousand … Continue reading →

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6 Apps to Help You Deliver Killer Speeches and Presentations

Presentation Guru

I am a big fan of TED Talks! The way people from all circles of life come up, narrating their perspectives and research helps me to nourish my intellect. What would I do if I had a chance to go up there and speak, you ask?…

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Uncertainty Tests Your Values: Five Stories From Times of Crisis

Duarte Blog

Leading is imperfect, and when a crisis piles on, it gets extra messy. Crisis requires we become decisive about problems we’ve never faced. Good leaders get extra brave, extra calm, and extra clear in moments like this one.

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Using Storytelling as a Sales Tool

Speaker Launcher

As a professional speaker, you likely understand the importance of storytelling on stage. The right story, told at the right time, can captivate your audience, make them lean in on their chair, and communicate your message in a powerful way that they will remember long after the event.

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Tone-Deaf in Time of COVID-19: April Fools Jokes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is one we should all pass on this year: April Fools Jokes. At least those of us who aren't professional comics or comedy writers.    The nerves of the nation are too raw for amateur joking around.

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What is Behavioral Economics: Your Quick Guide 


Every day we make a myriad of decisions – eat out or buy groceries, walk or hail a cab, go to the movies or stay in. Sometimes, we rationalize that cooking a home meal is a better idea since we already spent too much on dining this month.

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How to Communicate as We Anticipate COVID-19, and why we must


Many people have expressed to me that they are scared right now. Although I didn’t expect that to mean we should stock up on toilet paper, the fear is valid, or at least understandable. We are overwhelmed with conflicting reports, doomsday headlines, and mass uncertainty.

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Now Is the Time to Look at Webinars

Presentation Guru

The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our daily life is unprecedented and the increasing need to work from home and work online means we have to find innovative solutions to how we can keep our businesses moving through these testing times.…

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How to Select the Best Photos for Slide Backgrounds

Duarte Blog

The best PowerPoint presentations have visuals. Because visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, which means you can paint a picture for an audience much faster, with actual photos in PowerPoint.

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Creating Your Coronavirus Strategy with Andrew Busch

Speaker Launcher

Watching the news and keeping an eye on the markets for the last couple of weeks, I’m sure many people were feeling the same as me…panicked and more than a little anxious.

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Close to Home: NY State Gov Andrew Cuomo's Brother Chris Infected with Coronavirus

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the latest presser, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo indicated this: Yes, his brother Chris, the television anchor, has COVID-19 but it has been caught early. 

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How To Run PowerPoint Presentations Online


UPDATE 2020: This post was adapted to the times of Coronavirus 2020, where online presentations are increasingly used in the business environment and becoming the norm.

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Breaking Up With the Coronavirus

Speak and Deliver

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How to Produce Booklet Handouts That Complement Your Presentation

Presentation Guru

Handouts are a hotly debated topic in the presentation world. What kind to give out, what you should include in them, when to distribute them, and even if you should have them at all are all major points of discussion.

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How to Crop, Resize, and Compress Photos in PowerPoint

Duarte Blog

After you’ve identified the photo you want to use, the first thing you’ll need to do is edit the basics of the photo. This likely includes cropping, resizing, and compressing photos in PowerPoint.

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10 Steps to Recession-Proof Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

Okay, let’s face it, there’s chaos all around us. Meetings have been canceled or postponed. The stock market is in free fall and we are heading into a recession. It sounds pretty bleak, doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at 10 steps you can take today to recession-proof your speaking business! Like the flower that grows in the middle of a desert, there is good all around us. We just have to look for it. […].

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Andrew Cuomo - New York Accent Gains Cool, Blunt Becomes Acceptable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Daily Andrew Cuomo gives a presser.    Because he is doing such an amazing job managing the COVID-19 in his state, his New York accent has become cool. It's the same way in which the young dashing John F. Kennedy made the Boston accent fashionable.

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Governments Must Take Urgent Financial Action To Deal With Life Under COVID-19

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Governments are going to go into stupidly ridiculous debt, or bankrupt, supporting their populations as businesses go under during this COVID-19 virus outbreak… Here’s what they should do, and do soon: Suspend all rent and mortgage payments Roll back prices … Continue reading →

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4 Ways to Make a Great Impression Speaking at Your Business Meeting


No matter the size of the business, each one has meetings on a regular basis in an effort to optimize performance metrics. Now these business meetings typically go one of two ways: They are highly productive and allow the team to become empowered and move projects forward.

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Learning From Adversity – 4 Lessons for Public Speakers

Presentation Guru

As I write this, the coronavirus pandemic is in full swing, and life as we know it has been altered forever. It’s anyone’s guess if, and when, things will return to normal. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. But somehow, even now, my impulse to work and create, to bring meaning and support to my clients and colleagues continues.… … Build Your Skills credibility featured inspiration Must-Reads for every presentation professional Practice preparation

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The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren’t Sure What’s Coming Next

Duarte Blog

Here’s an uncomfortable truth: Leaders don’t always know what changes are around the corner. Good or bad, change breeds uncertainty, and uncertainty can breed fear—especially when it will affect employees, whose jobs hang in the balance, and customers, who depend on a product or service.

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Prepare and Thrive Financially During Difficult Times with Gerard Braud

Speaker Launcher

In the frenzy of closures and cancellations the last few days, my goal became to put out some positive ideas and information.

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The Year of COVID-19: March 30, 2020 (Monday is cruelest day of all)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The routine for many adults in America is this: the weekend, then work on Monday. Monday then becomes the cruelest day of all when there is no work - or there is fear that employees are reporting for duty (including remotely) and will be told they are being laid off.

2020 56

Editorial: Are we financially doomed?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Are we financially doomed? We’re acting as if we are still a first world country. We have a problem. Hardly anybody is working. Businesses are not generating revenue. Here, throw money at the problem and hope it goes away, our … Continue reading →

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Can You WinAnyway in the Coronavirus Crisis

Speak and Deliver

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