April, 2020

Exciting news!

Manner of Speaking

I have some exciting news to share. I began writing this blog in May 2009. It was an experiment to see what blogging was like. However, given that the lifespan of the average blog is short – most blogs stop … Continue reading → The post Exciting news! appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Uncategorized John Zimmer Manner of Speaking Moonshot Presentation public speaking

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Collaborate with others in real time using PowerPoint on the Web

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that you can collaborate with others on a PowerPoint file in real-time using PowerPoint on the Web? That’s the same thing as PowerPoint Online.) You can do the same in Microsoft Word and Excel, but I’ll focus on PowerPoint, of course. Moreover, because you do this with PowerPoint on the Web, your collaborators don’t even need to own PowerPoint. Because you invite others to participate, only people with the link can access the presentation.

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Embrace imperfect action

Speak Schmeak

"It's always easier to just say no. It's always easier to say 'We can't do it.' Because when you say 'We will try to do it,' now you're changing things, and whenever you change, there's opposition. Every time. So it's always easier just to stay status quo. It's always easier not to risk, not to try to raise the bar. Because maybe you can't do it, maybe there will be problems. So it's easier just to say no, it's easier to say 'This is all we can do. It's impossible.'

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How To Deliver a Profitable Webinar with Rhonda Scharf

Speaker Launcher

Continuing with our efforts to bring you compelling and relevant information while we are still under quarantine, I’ve thought a lot about how we can offer our content virtually. Many of you have asked about doing webinars and when I think of webinars, the first person I think of is my very good friend Rhonda Scharf! Rhonda is an author, speaker, trainer, and grandmother! She has earned her Certified Speaking Professional, is a member of […].

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Understanding Gen Z: Characteristics, Habits, and Differences from Millennials Explained

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Generation Z, Zoomers, iGen, Homeland Generation, Gen Tech — many names are floating around the interwebs to describe the “commonly uncommon” generation of 8 to 23-year olds. So who is Gen Z really? Let’s figure it out together! What is Generation Z? Generation Z (or Zoomers for short) is the new cohort of young, digitally-native and hypercognitive folks who already comprise 24.3% of the U.S. population.

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An Exercise for Managing Anxiety from Sandra Zimmer

Speaking Freely

It seems like a good time to share some techniques and exercises for managing anxiety with whomever happens to land on my blog. The Coronavirus outbreak has brought a focus on anxiety. It is a real issue for many of us as we are working from home and sitting with uncertainty about our future. Anxiety […]. The post An Exercise for Managing Anxiety from Sandra Zimmer appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills

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A new look for Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking has a new look. I began writing my blog on public speaking in May 2009. After almost 11 years and nearly 4 million visits, it was time to upgrade the website. Over the past two months, I have been working with Moonshot , a team of website developers based in Budapest, Hungary. They have been terrific in terms of technical skill and responsiveness to my feedback.

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Adjust your expectations of virtual presenting

Speak Schmeak

One of the things that presenters love so much about being in front of a live audience is the instant gratification of your audience's responses. We're in direct contact with the emotional impact of our words and delivery. The audience smiles, they laugh, their body language changes and shifts. They murmur to their neighbors. They raise their hands. They frown and grimace. We can immediately see and hear their reactions; their reactions feed into what we do next. We respond to their responses.

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Zoom Tips to Earn More Through Virtual Speaking with Marquesa Pettway

Speaker Launcher

We did this recording before social distancing was in effect, but now more than ever we need to find new and creative ways to serve our clients. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, I am so happy to welcome Marquesa Pettway. Marquesa is the Biz Reinvention Expert, Professional Speaker and Speakerpreneur™ creator. She is the 2nd professional speaker to earn the Certified Speaking Professional designation in NYC, highest designation a professional speaker. She […].

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Micromanagement: Signals to Avoid It and Become a Better Leader

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Micromanagement can turn your company into a toxic workplace that good employees abandon. Most leaders realize this, but few take proactive action towards addressing this issue. What’s worse, is that oftentimes we don’t see the glaring red flags signaling our micromanagement tendencies or fail to acknowledge the negative ripple effect of such behavior. Just how bad is micromanagement? Let’s dig deeper into the matter together. What is Micromanagement?

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How to Lead Better Virtual Meetings

Duarte Blog

Leading effective meetings is hard enough; and suddenly, we all have to be just as effective without the benefits of meeting in person. That means connecting with people, delivering a point of view, facilitating discussion, and charging toward a new action or result by the end of your meeting—all while dealing with poor video/audio connections, [.] continue reading. The post How to Lead Better Virtual Meetings appeared first on Duarte.

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Webinar on Storytelling

Manner of Speaking

Jim Harvey and I are two of the three founders of Presentation Guru. Given the current state of affairs in the world, we have decided to experiment with webinars. We are creating a series of four webinars for anyone interested in delivering better speeches and presentations. The first webinar covered some of the secrets of storytelling. We designed it to help you connect with your audiences.

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Make your words sing like Obama – 9 rhetorical tools that will help your message be remembered forever

Presentation Guru

A big big thank you! Thanks to all of you that attended our podcast on storytelling – ‘Make your words sing’ last week. It’s the second in a series of four podcasts by John Zimmer and Jim Harvey, founders of Presentation Guru, to help you do just that.… … Uncategorised

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8 steps to ditching perfection and creating connection

Speak Schmeak

Even if we've mastered our perfectionist tendencies, these new challenges of presenting virtually seem to be bringing them all back up again. (At At least for me. ??) So I'm launching a new workshop on ditching perfection and creating connection, based on the concepts in my book. Ready to ??"let let it go?"?? This will be a deeper dive into my core teachings, with 8 clear action steps to ditching perfection and creating connection.

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Raising Your Uncertainty Tolerance with Sara Ross

Speaker Launcher

In an effort to keep supplying relevant and practical content, I keep thinking about what we all need in this time of constant news intake and the uncertainty of what’s coming next. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, I invited Sara Ross to join us and discuss how to keep our emotions from running wild when we are bombarded with unceasing negative news and how to find the benefits in changing how we […].

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A Manager’s Guide to Interpersonal Communication

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People are promoted to management positions for a variety of reasons. For many, they rise to the top because of their knowledge, technical skills, and decision-making capabilities. Unfortunately, not all managers arrive at their jobs with all of the competencies they need to be successful. Specifically, many lack interpersonal skills. Just What Are Interpersonal Skills? Interpersonal skills are the combination of behaviors and methods people use to interact with other people effectively.

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Step Up Your Virtual Setup: Quick Fixes to Look and Sound Great From Anywhere

Duarte Blog

We’ve all been there. Receiving a virtual pitch from a backlit silhouette or straining to understand the garbled audio of a co-worker. You may have been the culprit yourself once or twice (I know I have been). Thankfully, we are all more forgiving of these faux pas because we’ve all been thrust into this non-ideal [.] continue reading. The post Step Up Your Virtual Setup: Quick Fixes to Look and Sound Great From Anywhere appeared first on Duarte.

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Live test: phase 1

Manner of Speaking

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Zoom Meetings: Prevent BATS IN THE CAVE with 2 simple tips

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I’ve been in quite a few Zoom web meetings lately, and I’ve seen a lot of BATS IN THE CAVE, if you know what I mean. If you don’t know what I mean by BATS IN THE CAVE — it’s when someone is using the camera on their laptop and I can look straight up their nose during the meeting. Really, BATS IN THE CAVE is not a good look on anyone! If you use a laptop for web meetings, I’ll give you two tips to help you get rid of that BATS IN THE CAVE look.

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Is busyness a competition?

Speak Schmeak

People are busy. People are overwhelmed. People have too much on their plates. And yet, the complaint is often laced with pride. We can't wait to tell everyone how busy we are. How are you?" "SO SO busy!" Perhaps busyness triggers our competitive nature. At least, I think it triggered mine. Back in the late 90s, after having started and run my nonprofit organization for several years while also working a full-time job, I started noticing a tendency to brag about my busyness.

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A 2-Step Approach to Building Your Confidence and Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

There’s no question. We have never seen anything like COVID-19 before. There’s been nothing in our history quite like it. And as we are seeing, it can have a massive impact on your business and your confidence. Today, let’s overcome that with a simple 2-step approach to building your confidence and your speaking business! This isn’t the first time you’ve come up against a challenge in your career and business. I’m sure you have overcome […].

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What is the Direct to Consumer (DTC) Business Model?

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Everyone should be paying more attention to the Direct to To Consumer (DTC) space as it’s booming! According to a study by the IAB , two-thirds of customers expect to have direct connectivity with brands. Further, another study suggests that DTC is already responsible for 40% of the sales growth in the consumer packaged goods space. Clearly, there’s no denying that DTC is not only here to stay, but its growth will continue in the foreseeable future. So, how does the DTC business model work?

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5 Things CanceledCon Taught Me About Virtual Events and Life

Duarte Blog

At the end of February, I found out that an event I was looking forward to—Creative South—was getting postponed, along with countless others. Not even a day later, Andrew Hochradel, the emcee of the event, came up with an idea for a free, online creative conference. Let’s just say it was well received, and CanceledCon [.] continue reading. The post 5 Things CanceledCon Taught Me About Virtual Events and Life appeared first on Duarte.

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Coronavirus: is this what retirement feels like?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

It’s 9:50. I’ve walked the dog 4 times today and just taken him out for a final pee. Normally he gets walked twice, and doesn’t always get taken out for a late night pee unless he asks. He didn’t ask. … Continue reading →

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Breaking Points: From Dr. Lorna Breen to Harry Chase

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today the world learned that the committed Emergency Room medical doctor Lorna Breen, 49, committed suicide. She herself, as the New York Post reports, had been infected with the coronavirus. When it was assumed she had recovered she returned to work. The hospital didn't agree with the assessment of recovery and sent her home. She had been no stranger to physical suffering. Her father is also a medical doctor.

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Your audience needs you - now

Speak Schmeak

??What are you holding back on releasing to the world because you're still getting ready. to get ready. to get ready? ??Are Are you delaying the release of a new program, a new product, a new virtual training? ??What What could you accomplish - right now - if you could just get over your need to be a "perfect" presenter? Ditch??it! Dump???it! Kick???? it to the curb! Perfection, that is.

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Delivering Virtual Keynotes with Rohit Bhargava

Speaker Launcher

With so many cancellations and events being rescheduled in this time of quarantine, we’re hearing the term “virtual” more than ever before. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show we are so happy to welcome Rohit Bhargava who will talk about how to deliver the most effective virtual keynote. Rohit is a leading authority on marketing, trends and innovation. He is the Founder of the Non-Obvious Company and previously spent over 15 years advising […].

6 Valuable Tips for Small Business Owners to Master the Art of Public Speaking

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Are you one among those whose hands quiver as they adjust the microphone and legs wobble as they approach the podium? Does the thought of addressing a large audience make your palm sweat and heart pound fast? If so, it’s the indication that you have a fear of public speaking. As a small business owner, […]. The post 6 Valuable Tips for Small Business Owners to Master the Art of Public Speaking appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

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4 Tips for Choosing the Best Virtual Backgrounds on Zoom Meetings

Duarte Blog

Here at Duarte, we not only teach communication skills, we teach people how to present themselves. In this new virtual world, we have to consider how we appear and communicate virtually—like on Zoom meetings—and what that means for how our audience perceives our brand. By now you’ve probably seen some silly screenshots of things happening [.] continue reading. The post 4 Tips for Choosing the Best Virtual Backgrounds on Zoom Meetings appeared first on Duarte.

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Let’s Get Trigger Happy!

Presentation Guru

We all know it’s important to engage our audience when presenting. And we all know how distracted and hard to impress audiences can be… so here at Presented we have a few suggestions you should start using. In a nutshell, let’s get Trigger Happy. Using triggered animations not only looks cool but also boosts audience engagement.… … Powerpoint Tips & Techniques Visuals featured PowerPoint Presentation Design Using Images Visual Aids

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COVID-19 Fallout Hits New York Post Hard

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The falloff in advertising demand because of COVID-19 has sent tabloid New York Post reeling. Daily Beast reports that sources note there have been layoffs of about a dozen staffers. "Runners" - that is the part-timers who roam the city picking up news and transmitting it into the newsroom - have been put on unpaid furlough. Alexa staff has also been furloughed.    The New York Post publisher Sean Giancola was grim in his internal messaging.

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Lists help me cope with social isolation

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Here is how I cope with social isolation… I have been a list maker pretty much all my life. Turns out it’s a decent way to help one cope with social isolation. Can’t guarantee that it will work for you, … Continue reading →

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How to Build Your Profitable Speaking Business with Grant Baldwin

Speaker Launcher

Looking at the current landscape of the speaking industry and thinking about how to best serve my audience…I decided to invite Grant Baldwin back to the Wealthy Speaker Show to talk about what’s happening now and how to keep moving forward in your speaking business. Grant is a nationally known speaker, podcaster, and author who has helped thousands of people start and build their own speaking businesses through his Booked and Paid to Speak Training […].

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A Quick Guide to Buyer Personas

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Personalization. Every marketer today understands that personalized messages hit the mark way more frequently than generic pitches. In fact, every dollar invested in advanced personalization generates twenty dollars in return. Hidden with this word personalization is the word persona – the key tool for developing those irresistibly attractive marketing campaigns. So let’s dig into the matter! What is a Buyer Persona in Marketing?

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Powerful Women Speakers: Leila Janah

Duarte Blog

Leila Janah was a powerful speaker who could capture and hold the attention of her audience. During speeches and while writing on her blog, she’d often share her immigrant story and the events in her life that made her to want to change the world. Unfortunately, the world lost Leila Janah early in career due [.] continue reading. The post Powerful Women Speakers: Leila Janah appeared first on Duarte.

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Storytelling 101 – A Presentation Guru Podcast

Presentation Guru

A big big thank you! Thanks to all of you that attended our first podcast on storytelling last week. We had 100 people from all over the world and we recorded the event and uploaded the video to our YouTube Channel.… … Inspiration Psychology Storytelling Tips & Techniques Create Powerful Messaging featured Podcast Webinar

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"Good Girls" - Has This Dark Comedy Become Too Dark?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In this season of "Good Girls" two characters have been murdered. One was the innocent Lucy. The other was the non-innocent Boomer. But both deaths were jarring. After all, "Good Girls" was supposed to be a dark comedy, with a lot of fun goofiness. Three suburban housewives, out of financial necessity, turn to a life of petty crime. It started out with a cartoonish robbery of a grocery store.

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