November, 2019

Pauses in a speech: Why, when and how

Manner of Speaking

A STORY FROM SPAIN Pauses aren’t easy. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona.

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Think BIG to create high-impact presentations

PowerPoint Tips

You want your presentations to have an impact on your audience — change them, move them to action, inspire them. One way to do this is to think BIG, both in terms of your concepts and your visuals. Big ideas help to inspire people.

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Moving on to 2nd Round of the 250-word Microfiction Challenge!

Speak Schmeak

Like many people, I'm very happy in my comfort zone. I mean, it's comfy, right? That's why we stay there. At the same time, I know that if I don't force myself out of my comfort zone, I won't grow as a person or as a professional.

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A Good Presentation Needs Structure

Presentation Guru

When you deliver a presentation, you know what you want to say but your audience doesn’t. It’s like you are on one side of a body of water and your audience is on the other. Your goal is to get the audience across to your side; your presentation is the bridge that will help them do just that.…

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Overcoming Obstacles and the Power of Attitude with Alvin Law

Speaker Launcher

Imagine for a minute if you can, a world where you are born different. How would you live your life? Would you focus on your disability, or would you strive to create your best possible life? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, we are thrilled to have Alvin Law join us to share his story.

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How to Identify and Tell Your Most Powerful Stories

Duarte Blog

When I ask executives what their favorite speech is, Steve Jobs’s Stanford commencement address is always at the top of the list. Many think of Steve Jobs’s talk as their favorite because it is incredibly moving — thanks to the stories it contains.

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An important lesson from Bohemian Rhapsody

Manner of Speaking

I finally got around to watching the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I was not disappointed. Queen is one of my all-time favourite bands and the driving force behind Queen was the inimitable Freddie Mercury.

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BF + SBS + Cyber Monday + Free Gift = Today!

Speak Schmeak

I hope you're enjoying the long weekend (if you're in the US)! I realized that my friends in other countries now do Black Friday, even though there is no Thanksgiving on the preceding Thursday! Wow, talk about spreading American culture worldwide. Personally, I don't shop on Black Friday.

2019 141

Powerful Presentation Formats You Didn’t Know About (But Should!)

Presentation Guru

We live in a world of public speakers who are so good at presenting information, they’re famous for it. There’s something about their style and delivery that just gets us to listen. As public speakers, they’re skilled and well-practised.

2019 84

Where to Find the Money in Speaking with Jane Atkinson

Speaker Launcher

Recently, one of my private coaching clients shared that somebody told him “there is no money in speaking”. And I thought about that for a minute. And I’m like, what, what do you mean there’s no money in speaking?

2019 87

Becoming a Master of Giving Thanks

Duarte Blog

“Thank you” was probably etched into your brain early in life, alongside its trusty compatriot—the “magic word”—“please.” ” In English, “thank you” comes from the word “think” and it originally meant something along the lines of “I will think about what you did for me.”

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 322) – Thelonius Monk

Manner of Speaking

“A genius is the one most like himself.” ” — Thelonius Monk. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 322) – Thelonius Monk appeared first on Manner of Speaking

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The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Here is a sobering report on the five college majors students most regret. Unfortunately, communication is one of them with 27% of students regretting their selecting communication as a major--with the most common complaint that it was too general. link] [link]. communication as a major communication students studying communication

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How to Use Two Factor Theory to Improve Employee Engagement


Employee engagement has finally come to the forefront of the business world. A motivated, healthy and committed workforce is key to effectively scaling your business. Businesses with engaged employees enjoy lower rates of employee turnover.

2019 69

How to Deliver Robust yet Inspiring Presentations

Presentation Guru

Presentations. We have all been there and with varying degrees of success too. While a successful presentation is a proud moment, too often these are few and far between – with most receiving a lukewarm reception and almost immediately forgotten.

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Launching Your Podcast with Doug Sandler

Speaker Launcher

Do you currently have a podcast…if not, what are you waiting for? If you do, are you happy with how it’s going? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are so fortunate to welcome back Doug Sandler to share his expertise on how to create and maintain a successful podcast.

How Gratitude Motivates and Sustains Our Workshop Facilitators and Coaches

Duarte Blog

I’ve been leading workshops and coaching for nearly 10 years now, and I’ve realized that gratitude is one of those essential characteristics of an impactful facilitator. First of all, it helps to be personally grateful. Grateful to be doing something that you love.

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Get a QR code that links to your LinkedIn profile – put it on the last slide of your presentation

More than PowerPoint...

How do you get a QR code of your LinkedIn profile? You can do it directly from within LinkedIn! I often put a QR code that leads to my LinkedIn profile on or near the last slide of my presentation. I sometimes will put one in a video.

50+ PowerPoint Design Tips and Tricks Every Beginner and Expert Should Know


What are some smart PowerPoint tips that can help me ace my next presentation? If a similar query has brought you here, then this would probably be the last guide that you will read. PowerPoint by Microsoft is the most popular tool to create all sorts of presentations.

2019 86

The State of Remote Work: Key Trends for 2019-2020


The face of the modern workplace is changing. It’s a matter of several things – companies are going global, or at least employing workers in places all over the globe.

The Best Way to Use Visual Elements in Your Slides

Presentation Guru

As I work with many professional graphic designers, I’ve witnessed firsthand how important it is to synergize great messaging with strong visuals. I’ve also witnessed this pairing go very, very wrong.

2019 70

How to Find Speaking Gigs that Pay

Speaker Launcher

I just got off the phone with a client who was told by somebody that there is no money in speaking and that you should only speak for free. Well, if that’s true, then someone is going to have to explain to me how it is that my clients are getting paid, $3,500, $7,500, $15K, and $30K per speech!

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"The Long Depression" - The Language of Economics Darkens

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Push-back against globalization. Populism. Stagnant wages (along with polarization of the job market due to technology). Decline in productivity.

2019 56

Closed Captioning with Google Slides provides CC for live presentations

More than PowerPoint...

In an attempt to make live presentations more accessible, I first used Closed Captioning in Google Slides for a presentation I gave around a year ago. Closed Captioning in Google Slides is easy to use and does a terrific job.

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Do freelancers ever retire? How MS has changed my perspective.

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Do freelancers ever retire? If you had asked me that question 25 years ago, my answer would have adamant. I’m going to keep on conducting writing workshops until my voice gives out. I am going to keep on writing … Continue reading →

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A High-Level Overview on Strategic Planning


Every organization has grand goals on their business agenda. However, there’s a long way between formulating those goals and seeing the results of their successful accomplishment.

2019 56

How to Speak Up in a Meeting Even When You’re an Introvert


There are many things that can have an impact on a person’s career trajectory, not the least of which is how they handle themselves when speaking “off the cuff.” A team member’s participation in meetings shows their ability to think, listen, and share their ideas in a clear and concise manner.

2019 68

Social Media Like a Boss with Erin Gargan King

Speaker Launcher

For most of us, creating a great social media following doesn’t come easy. We have to work hard to generate content that entices our audience to follow us and keep them engaged. What is the best platform? How often should I post?,

Totally Cool Public Interest Version of Airbnb: NYC Home Sharing Program

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 60 or over with a spare room in all five boroughs of New York City gain access to additional income. Homeless youth at least 18 years of age gain a roof over their heads which isn't a shelter. That's the public interest version of Airbnb. It's called Home Sharing.

2019 56

Walk and Talk meetings for data and research briefs

More than PowerPoint...

Do you do “walk & talk” meetings at your organization? One of my favorite times for a “walk & talk” is when I’m presenting research findings. If it all possible — due to the weather and other constraints — I want to get my clients out of the office and into nature. My reasoning?

Are You Where You're Supposed To Be?

Speak and Deliver

Inspiration Motivation Results Sales

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Why do Christians consider all Gods but their God to be fiction?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Ask any Christian if they believe that the Greek and Roman gods were real and they would laugh. “Of course not,” they’d say. “Those gods were myths.” ” Ask them if they believed in the ancient Celtic or Aztec gods and … Continue reading →

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3 Email etiquette rules to follow to get ahead in 2020

SpeakerSue Says...

What is the biggest difference between email and verbal communications? For verbal, we know the rules. We hear intonation, understand pauses, detect nuances. Email. Not-so-much. Here are 3 email etiquette rules to buy respectability and elevate your reputation: Use a searchable subject line How will your buyer find your email when they want it? Your subject lines should be an accurate, honest summary of the email you’ve just sent. Not the email you originally sent a month ago.).

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Johnson v Corbyn TV 'debate'?

Max Atkinson

I've spent a long time watching, recording and analysing politicians speaking in different contexts and, after writing books on legal language, political speeches and presentation skills, I sometimes get invited to appear in radio shows as an expert. So a few days ago, I was asked by two BBC local radio stations (Berkshire and Somerset) to comment on ITN's TV 'debate' between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

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Goodbye, OC Weekly - And, Jobs of All Employees

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe the timing was the cruelest cut of all. Yesterday, the day before America celebrates its blessings, owner of OC Weekly Duncan McIntosh informed employees he was shutting down the print publication. All 19 were immediately laid off.

2019 56

How to transform presentation content into video social media posts

More than PowerPoint...

Here’s a question about presentations and videos I started to get a lot last month. I’ll paraphrase it: Hey Laura. How do you do those square, short, silent little videos that you share on LinkedIn and Twitter? The answer is: really easily! I use a tool called Canva.

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