September, 2019

It’s about the audience

PowerPoint Tips

You’re always presenting for your audience. Your presentation shouldn’t be about you. What type of presentation will give your audience the most value? Ask yourself… What do they need and want? Your content needs to be relevant to the needs and wants of your audience.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 320) – Kurt Vonnegut

Manner of Speaking

“You are whatever you pretend to be.“ “ — Kurt Vonnegut (For some great insights from Vonnegut that can help you become a better speaker, click here and here.). The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 320) – Kurt Vonnegut appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Confidence Kurt Vonnegut Motivation public speaking

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Fear isn't the reason you avoid speaking.

Speak Schmeak

Not Alex Honnold. Raise your hand if you watched "Free Solo," the documentary about Alex Honnold's untethered climb of El Capitan's 900-meter vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. Now raise your hand if you watched with one eye closed, hands in front of your face, hiding in a closet!

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When Does Saying No to a Speaking Engagement Make Sense?

Speaker Launcher

When I talked to Joe Calloway on the podcast a few weeks ago, I asked him, “If you could go back and talk to yourself 30 years ago when you were first starting out, what advice would you give Young Joe? He said, “I wish I would have said “no” to more things sooner.”

It’s Time to Maximise the Power of Storytelling

Presentation Guru

Take some time to remember one of the most famous of Aesop’s Fables. A slow, yet persistent reptile defeats a famously quick and cocky rabbit. Despite various setbacks, the underdog tortoise keeps at it and is rewarded with a victory.… … Message Storytelling featured Story Structure

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A Working Life IV: Sun Microsystems, 1990 – 2004

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

After attending a recent Sun Microsystems Alumni Reunion I’ve been inspired to continue the series on My Working Life that I last updated in May 2018 with Part III: My Early Career. As mentioned at the end of the last installment, I attended an interview in Milpitas for a position in tech support with Sun. […]. The post A Working Life IV: Sun Microsystems, 1990 – 2004 appeared first on Professionally Speaking.

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6 Powerful Speaking Lessons from Greta Thunberg’s UN Speech

Duarte Blog

Her back story is a doozy. She’s a 16-year old from Sweden who is dedicating her life—or at the very least her childhood—to raising global awareness for climate change. She’s blunt, she’s angry, and she’s getting airtime and awards worldwide.

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I can't believe I've never taught this.

Speak Schmeak

this is weird. I just realized something yesterday when going through the surveys I've sent to my peeps about what kind of help they need with their public speaking. What do you think shows up higher on the list than building confidence, reducing anxiety and engaging the audience?

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5 Keys to Scaling Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

Getting your speaking business off the ground is one thing. You’ve worked hard to pick your lane and develop systems for getting booked—it likely hasn’t been easy. But the reality of scaling your speaking business is that what got you to your first $100K is NOT going to get you to $500K or beyond.

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Scientific Presentations – It’s All About the Data… or Is It?

Presentation Guru

When I offered to a friend, who is still active in academic research and at the time was searching a new position, to help him with the presentations he’d invariably have to hold, he declined.

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How to Create an Effective Brainstorming Process in Your Company


Maintaining a competitive edge is critical for businesses that want to survive and flourish in today’s age of skittish consumer interests. One day you are in vogue. In a week you are out when a competitor storms the market with that unique idea.

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The Slides You Deliver Versus the Slidedoc You Leave Behind

Duarte Blog

When someone comes to Duarte for support with a sales deck, investor deck, pitch deck, or really any deck, one of the first questions we ask is “do you need to project these slides or do you need them as a leave behind?” That’s when we brace ourselves for the response “we need it for [.]

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 319) – Nancy Duarte

Manner of Speaking

“Research shows that people learn more effectively from multimedia messages when they’re stripped of extraneous words, graphics, animation and sounds.“ “ — Nancy Duarte. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 319) – Nancy Duarte appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Nancy Duarte public speaking public speaking quotes quote simplicity

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Stories That Stick

Speak and Deliver

Every now and again, I get asked to review an advance copy of a speaking related book - something I enjoy doing immensely. Such is the case today.

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How To Tame the Gremlins Holding You Back with Rick Carson

Speaker Launcher

We all have that inner voice that tells us we’re not good enough, smart enough, or worthy of what we desire in this life.

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5 Ways Using Video Will Make Your Presentation Even Better

Presentation Guru

Thanks to the accessibility of high-speed internet connectivity, staggering amounts of information are available at everyone’s fingertips. This, in fact, makes it even more challenging to deliver a sales presentation that leaves a lasting impression on your potential clients.

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Why I am Voting Green this Election

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I have been pretty much all over the map when it comes to politics. I have marched with member of the Communist Party of Canada. I have voted for members of the New Democratic Party (NDP). I have voted Liberal. … Continue reading →

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Transforming Numbers into Narrative will Build your Career

Duarte Blog

Organizations are drowning in data. We have access to more information than at any other time in history. Just think about all of the ways that we create and collect data today. Every time we use the Internet, scroll through social media, wear smartwatches, or have a blood test—we create data.

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What Athletes Can Teach Public Speakers About Performance Success


If you’ve ever watched professional sports, let alone the Olympic games, you’ve probably wondered what it takes to get to that kind of performance level. I mean, how do mere mortals keep their calm under such intense stress and get their bodies to do what they want on command? It’s not magic.

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Growth v. Profit Not Cutting It with Uber Investors - End of Gig Business Model Could Come with California AB-5

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As with WeWork, Uber investors are rising up.    For years, investors had bought into startups' pursuit of growth, at the expense of profit. After all, Jeff Bezos pulled that off at Amazon. That was then. Twice WeWork has dropped the valuation for its IPO.

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Dealing with Competition in the Speaking Industry

Speaker Launcher

How do you feel when you lose a piece of business that you know you were perfect for? Ugh!!! It hurts, right? But competition in the speaking industry is fierce, and I’m sorry to say, it’s only going to get tighter as more people enter the field. Understanding that is one thing.

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Being quiet can be a storytelling power move

More than PowerPoint...

Perhaps the hardest part of telling a business story is resisting the temptation to finish your story yourself. I call this “The Power of Shhhhh.” ” It’s where you stop talking. Be quiet. Let your story and its lessons sink in.

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Matrix Organizational Structure – Is it the right structure for your company?


An organizational structure determines the chain of command and the flow of information, instructions and activities in order to acquire organizational goals. There are various structures used by organizations according to their specific needs.

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Pitch not Perfect? How Women’s Voices Have Gotten a Bad Rap


It’s not your grandmother’s voice any more. Sure, women’s voices are still higher than men’s—typically ranging in pitch from 165 to 255 hertz, compared to 85 to 180 hertz for men—a difference that’s largely influenced by hormones and the size of the larynx.1

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Why Confidence is Important in Public Speaking


More and more business owners are trying their hand at public speaking and for good reason: speaking at industry events is a great way to become known as an expert in your field and get your message in front of large crowds.

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E-Bikes - Eco + Wellness + Minimalism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Check the help-wanted on Craigslist. You will notice recruiting for jobs and projects related to promoting e-bikes, that is, the electric bicycle. Those marketing initiatives range from special events for e-bike demos to planning the strategy for a social media campaign by a retailer.

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Stop Selling and Start Connecting with Simon T. Bailey

Speaker Launcher

Being authentic is a very important part of speaking today and helps you to connect with your audience, and in turn gets your message through loud and clear. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, we welcome Simon T.

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Flip W. Edwards Deming on his head…

More than PowerPoint...

A popular quote by W. Edwards Deming reads: “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” ” But what if you flipped this saying? “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” ” Leaders need to share informed opinions and insights. Any dashboard can spew data. It takes soft intelligence, leadership, and communication skills to win hearts and minds.

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Boris Johnson: 'The boy who wanted to be king.

Max Atkinson

At next week's European Speechwriters conference in Paris, Brian Jenner has asked me to run a breakout session on the afternoon of Friday 27th September - where the probable topic is the rhetorical skill (or otherwise) of new UK prime minister Johnson.

Manage your time

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Writing a speech? Rehearsing a presentation? Set a clear timeline, and hold yourself accountable. Hold everyone else accountable, too. For a long term speechwriting assignment, a weekly check-in might work. For a short term speechwriting assignment, check daily to reassess goals and monitor progress.

Make the short list with this one change to your next proposal

SpeakerSue Says...

You just spoke with your prospect and he told you everything you need to know about what is important to him, his client, his org.

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Tipping Point in Conversations: The Pause

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We talk our way to success. That includes how we propose marriage, land a job offer, or convince the board of directors to fund our department's initiatives. The high stakes can, of course, trigger insecurity. We try too hard. That is, we say too much. Too quickly. We don't listen.

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How to Understand Your Mindset Blocks and Overcome Them with Lindsay Preston

Speaker Launcher

I used to think that mindset was a small part of getting to where you want to be in your speaking career and business, but I have since concluded that it’s one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.

Are You Prepared to Over Deliver?

Speaker Launcher

I used to caution my clients to not give until it hurts. And I stand by the idea of not creating a win-lose situation (for you) in negotiations. But once you reach a win-win, I believe your job is to then over deliver. Let me explain. A Sudden Realization This past year, I’ve been studying wealth.

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Designing Your Dream Business with Peter van Stralen

Speaker Launcher

A large part of The Wealthy Speaker philosophy is to build the business and lifestyle of your dreams. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are talking to a speaker who has taken that mantra to the next level and beyond!

2019 64

Sign of More Competitive Times for Network TV - Dick Wolf's "Chicago" Triplicate Kicks Off New Season with Extreme Drama

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like all network television, NBC is competing for eyeballs. The dog fight is not only from other content providers such as cable and Netflix. It's also from internet surfing habits, video games, and fitness routines like working out.

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Impeachment Narrative Overtakes Media - Will That Kill Off Residue of Early-Social Snark?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sure, the Stephen Colbert types have artistic license to humor-loop about the decision of the House of Representatives to begin an impeachment inquiry into the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump. And, as Daily Mail reports, that's what late night talk show hosts did.

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