October, 2018

The camera and Brett Kavanaugh

Manner of Speaking

The fight over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh was the ugliest confirmation process for an American Supreme Court Justice that I have seen. I’m not American, but I am a lawyer, and I thought it was a sad indictment on … Continue reading → Video Brett Kavanaugh Christine Blasey Ford Heidi Heitkamp practice Presentation public speaking

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4 ways to change a picture in PowerPoint without losing formatting

PowerPoint Tips

The Change Picture feature in PowerPoint is very powerful because it lets you substitute another picture but keep the most of formatting. You might want to change the picture because: You made a mistake and inserted the wrong picture.

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Your voice matters

Speak Schmeak

You're probably hearing a lot right now about using your voice. With elections coming up, it's important to be reminded that our voices—via our votes—really do make a difference. I know. sometimes it doesn't feel that way. Sometimes we feel small, we feel powerless, and we feel disheartened.

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How to…. Tell Stories in Your Presentations

Presentation Guru

In the latest in my occasional “How to…” series, we’re going to discuss how to tell stories as part of your presentation.

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Stacey Radin, 52, Commits Suicide - The "Hanging Times" in New York City

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Extreme success. A New Yorker. Middle-Aged. And, struggling with clinical depression. Readers and colleagues in the communications/coaching industries, if that profile fits you, your co-workers, and/or your loved ones, then recognize that these are The Hanging Times.

Biases in Making Choices

The Communication Blog

This is a word copy of an article that was published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics 73, October 2018, pp. 314-320. T he purpose of the article was not to propose new theories but just to put some of these cognitive biases together and apply them to choice-making. And, as usual, the insights of General Semantics make a lot of confusing things a lot clearer. Making choices is not an easy task. It regularly creates stress and regret.

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Don’t make the same mistake as Donald Trump

Manner of Speaking

You’d be forgiven if, after reading the title of this post, you asked, “Which one?” ” Don’t worry, we’re going to leave politics and policies aside, so that narrows it down, at least somewhat. Instead, I want to discuss a mistake … Continue reading → Audience Delivery Structure Donald Trump Made to Stick presentations public speaking Sales pitch

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Walk and Talk: give it a try

More than PowerPoint...

I went for a walk in the park. As I walked, I talked. I attached an $11.99 lapel mic to my phone, and talked for four minutes straight. With Google Docs Voice Typing on my phone, my words were instantly transcribed into a document. When I got back to the studio, I had a 552 first draft.

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5 Apps To Make You a Better Public Speaker

Presentation Guru

I’ve never been great at public speaking. I’ve never even been great at giving and taking interviews. Just talking to strangers makes me anxious.

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A Presentation Isn’t Always the Right Way to Communicate

Duarte Blog

We rarely think about whether presentations are the right way to communicate; we just blindly create and deliver them. By some estimates, 350 presentations, on average, are delivered every second of every day. Unfortunately, presentations can’t be the Swiss Army knife of communication.

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The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Here is a little article on political correctness that is sure to spark some lively conversation in interpersonal and intercultural communication classes. link] [link]. political correctness political incorrectness

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 294) – Benjamin Franklin

Manner of Speaking

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” — Benjamin Franklin. Quotes for Public Speakers Benjamin Franklin public speaking quotes quotes

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Sandra Zimmer and Shonda Rhimes Agree on how to Really Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Speaking Freely

What do a little known public speaking coach and a world renowned TV writer have in common? They agree on how to really overcome fear of public speaking actually transforming it into the power to speak authentically! For over 30 years, Sandra Zimmer has been evangelizing about what you really have to do to overcome and transform stage fright […].

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Michael - Not News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There had been Katrina. At the time, that was news. The phenomenon of a hurricane with such force and devastation is still news. The development of a category 6 or 7 hurricane would be news. Florence was made news. But it fizzled out in the end.

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What’s the One Thing That Will Make You a Better Communicator?

Presentation Guru

Paul gets a hammering from his boss. Paul was 5 minutes into his presentation and the room was dead. Paul wasn’t a great presenter, but he was good at his job, and he knew his stuff. He was pitching for investment to his boss, a high-flying CTO at a UK financial services company.…

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Leaders Who Get Organizational Change Right Know How to Listen

Duarte Blog

Organizational change comes at a cost. It requires people to sacrifice something they value, whether it’s time, money, responsibilities, control, status, comfort, or relationships. The more your change effort disrupts those things, the more people will resist or even rage against it.

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VIDEO: the importance of both focus and unfocus

More than PowerPoint...

In my workshop for content writers, I talk about the importance of being both focused and unfocused. We need to be focused to be productive. And that’s why we do things like set deadlines and write outlines. So that we can be productive and stay focused.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 295) – Byron Reese

Manner of Speaking

“Stories are central to humanity, for they gave form to human imagination, which is the first requisite for progress.” — Byron Reese Photo courtesy of byronreese.com. Quotes for Public Speakers Byron Reese public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes storytelling

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Sandra Zimmer and Shonda Rhimes Agree on how to Really Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Speaking Freely

What do a little known public speaking coach and a world renowned TV writer have in common? They agree on how to really overcome fear of public speaking actually transforming it into the power to speak authentically! For over 30 years, Sandra Zimmer has been evangelizing about what you really have to do to overcome and transform stage fright […].

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Dick Wolf's "FBI" Getting Its Footing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In last night's episode on CBS, "FBI" began to showcase Dick Wolf's old magic. There was none of the tricky kind of shocking opening. The first episode featured a whole bunch of people falling dead after consuming poisoned salad. Instead, there was a mild scene of a U.S.

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Stage Time is Wealth Time

Presentation Guru

How to use the stage to raise your profile, build your authority and grow your business.

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Make Your Marketing Messages Useful

Duarte Blog

Marketing messages are for consumption, just like products. Your audience will value your brand and engage with it if you create content that’s more meaningful than all the listicles and other hackneyed advice out there — content that’s worthy of publication in its own right.

What to do When your Mind Goes Blank During a Presentation

SketchBubble

Has this ever happened to you? You have a speech to give. You spend hours creating what you think is an educational and engaging presentation and rehearse it until you have it down solid.

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Write the way your best customers talk to their friends.

More than PowerPoint...

OK Google. Cortana. Alexa. We’re all using voice and audio interfaces right now. . If you’re interested in voice search optimization and writing content for your brand’s voice — go ahead. Do a search for some how-to articles on writing for voice and voice optimization.

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How to Boost Productivity using the Pomodoro Technique®

SlideModel

Digital devices have helped us master one art in particular more than all others, procrastination! Many analysts are now arguing the strain on productivity that digital devices are causing. To boost productivity and to enhance the quality of work, it might be time to go Pomodoro®.

Whitey Bulger - How Americans Love Our Bad Guys

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Whitey Bulger might have been murdered in a West Virginia federal prison because he was poised to do "the right thing." " That's a bit of speculation from the Daily Mail. The buzz is that he had long been a federal snitch and now was going to snitch on the feds themselves.

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Choosing a Presentation Remote Control

Presentation Guru

I had a kick-ass presentation prepared for my seminar on “Managing Equity Funds”. I was extremely careful with my arrangement: set up the screen just so, timed my slides perfectly, ensured the mic was working seamlessly without any annoying feedback. The room was full, it was time to start.…

Overcome Presentation Anxiety Easily with These Steps

Duarte Blog

You know the feeling: You’re about to give a big presentation (maybe it’s not even that big), and your nerves set in. You feel pressure in your chest. Your breathing gets shallow. Your blood pressure increases. And suddenly it seems inevitable that you’re going to mess this up — and everyone will see. There’s an [.] continue reading. The post Overcome Presentation Anxiety Easily with These Steps appeared first on Duarte. Audience Presentations anxiety Delivery nerves nervous presentation

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Speaking Career or Speaking Business, Which do You Choose?

Speaker Launcher

When you meet someone on a plane and they ask what do you do, what do you say? – I am a speaker. – I am a coach. – I am a consultant. As you’ve probably heard me say before, I go once a quarter to a group called Strategic Coach, which really has me […]. The post Speaking Career or Speaking Business, Which do You Choose? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Don’t let cold hands stop you from writing: try Voice Typing

More than PowerPoint...

Sometimes, voice typing can come in handy for really unexpected reasons! It’s October 1, and it’s freezing. My poor fingers are now cramped from typing in a cold room all morning. Google Voice Typing to the rescue!

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Presenting a Force Field Analysis to an Executive Audience

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A Force Field Analysis is a principle, which was developed by an American psychologist, Kurt Lewin. It looks at to opposite forces influencing a situation to help assess the best course of action. At an organizational level, a Force Field Analysis might be used for making essential decisions.

". at least 80 percent of an executive's job is communication," Gene Grabowski, Crisis Guru, kglobal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Words. Voices. Body language.    Those are what Gene Grabowski , crisis guru at kglobal public affairs, helps executives focus on. That's really not the tough nut to crack, though. Once those executives recognize the need for training, they are usually all in.

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Props as visual aids

Max Atkinson

Some of hose who attended the European Speechwriters and Business Communicators Conference in Helsinki last week had to put up with me struggling to give a short presentation using my iPhone.

A Penny For Your Thoughts, Retirees - GE Cuts Dividend from 12-Cents a Share

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Retirees in general, those who had retired from GE, and those who were planning to retire from GE but can't afford to got the rug pulled from under them - the financial one. To rebuild its balance sheet, GE slashed its more than century old quarterly dividend. It had been 12-cents a share.

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High Building in Manhattan - Platform for Suicide, Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's there: Enough height to practically ensure a fatal leap.    The high building in Manhattan has essentially become  the platform for suicide.    And, again that method has been used for self-deliverance. 

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IBM - Can It Keep Red Hat Hot?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Over at Facebook, the growth and branding bright spot has been its acquisition - Instagram. The all-important teen market segment, which represents the future, has settled in on that social network, with only about 30% even bothering to swing by Mother Facebook once a month.

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Monday's Stock Market - Panic Will Probably Gain Traction, Many Will Rejoice at the Pickle Enemies Are in

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A nation grieves. But in the headquarters for capitalism - America - that very human emotion endures a relatively short time. Monday morning the stock market opens. And BusinessInsider reports that panic will likely shift into an upward trajectory. 

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