January, 2021

Three public speaking resolutions for 2021

Manner of Speaking

We made it. We finally said goodbye to 2020, a year that will be forever remembered in the history books but not for the best reasons. And, we are still in the thick of the fight against COVID-19. Still, with vaccines now being distributed, there are reasons to be hopeful.

Using PowerPoint’s new illustrations

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint is adding new types of graphics and expanding existing ones. These are all available in Office 365, because they are constantly being updated. One of the most recent additions is called Illustrations.


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River, River

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I wish I had a river so longI would teach my feet to flyI wish I had a river I could skate away onI made my baby cry ‘River’, Joni Mitchell Watching Robson Green walking coast-to-coast along Hadrian’s Wall (a journey I made in September 2019) I was struck by the incongruity of him spending […].

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Sandra Zimmer on Time to Shine Podcast: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Speaking Freely

If ever there was a podcast right for me Sandra Zimmer to speak, it is Oscar Santolalla’s Time to Shine Podcast! I’m proud to be Oscar’s 165th guest on his podcast which is devoted entirely to public speaking and becoming a great public speaker.

Techniques for Using Critique Language for More Powerful and Effective Presentations

Duarte Blog

Designing visual presentations can be tough for those who are not visually or artistically inclined, or for presenters who are simply not well-versed in slide design technology.

Workplace Mentorship: A Guide for Leaders


At work, everyone has plenty of opportunities to learn — independently, through peer collaboration, and via help from more experienced colleagues. At most workplaces, such learning interactions are often informal, unplanned, and thus delivering varied results.

Amanda Gorman and “The Hill We Climb”

Manner of Speaking

Embed from Getty Images. Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate in the United States, was a highlight at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. At the age of 22, she became the youngest inaugural poet.

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A Nightingale sang…

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A decade before Charles Joseph Minard famous chart that portrays the losses suffered by Napoleon’s army in the Russian campaign of 1812, which Edward Tufte claims was “probably the best statistical graphic ever drawn”, English nurse Florence Nightingale created a “rose diagram.” ” In 1858 she published Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hospital Administration […]. Business Communication Culture Shock! COVID-19 Public health

Do You Suffer from Stage Fright?

Speaking Freely

Stage fright and public speaking fear are forms of suffering. We who suffer from stage fright are devastated because we know how much we have to give and our own sensitivity has turned against us. We are paralyzed by our fear of public speaking and not fully able to share what we know.

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How to Create a Presentation Using Free Stock Photos

Duarte Blog

Ideally, every presenter would have a photographer on-hand to call whenever they need to create a new presentation. This would afford them access to beautiful, one-of-a-kind photos that match up exactly with the message in their deck.

Intrinsic Motivation: How to Foster It Among Employees


Highly motivated and engaged employees equal corporate success. But how do you constantly keep your people driven around the common purpose? You create an environment where the employees’ motivation to do their best job comes from within them.

The importance of a first step

Manner of Speaking

If the purpose of your presentation is to persuade the audience to do something, getting them to take a small, simple first step is one of the most important things that you can do to achieve your ultimate objective. I do a lot of work with start-ups, helping them prepare for pitches.

MS PowerPoint Vs Google Slides: Which Platform is Better for Business Presentations?


Amid the upheaval caused by Covid-19, work from home became an overnight requirement for most of the organizations. In a matter of a few months, face-to-face meetings and business processes turned digital.

Creating Sales Connections (for Non-Sales People) with Frank Somma

Speaker Launcher

Does your sales pitch need a little polishing? Listen to hear Frank Somma share how to connect with your clients and feel great about selling. The post Creating Sales Connections (for Non-Sales People) with Frank Somma appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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The Brainpower of Story


“Let’s talk story.” That’s an invitation you might hear if you are in Hawaii. It’s a pidgin phrase that means to be together, not just chatting but sharing experiences, finding commonalities and connecting with each other.

New Research Report: Transformative Soft Skills and Training to Build the Teams of Tomorrow

Duarte Blog

2020 was one heck of a year. We experienced a global pandemic that upended life and business as we knew it. For those businesses that survived to see 2021, work has been forever changed.

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Retrospective in Scrum & Agile: A Quick Start Guide for Managers


Whether you are developing a complex software module or putting plans for entering a new market, you have a host of processes at the core of your action. Knowing how different actions (and actors, performing them) contribute to your project’s success is key to ensuring smooth progression.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 336) – Winston Churchill

Manner of Speaking

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister, Historian and Orator. “All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.” ” Winston Churchill. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.

4 Benefits of Brand-Aligned Presentations


“Design is the silent ambassador of your brand.” Paul Rand In the new era of hyper competition, all businesses, irrespective of their size and domain, look for creative ways to propel their brand to the forefront of the customers’ minds.

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Generating Diverse Income Streams with Michelle May

Speaker Launcher

Would you like to make more money? Listen to hear how Michelle May created several different income revenue streams and how you can too! The post Generating Diverse Income Streams with Michelle May appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

What if you have to sneeze in an on-camera interview?

More than PowerPoint...

What do you do when you feel like you have to sneeze during an on-camera interview? Here’s your two step process: 1. Camera off first. Then, hit mute. Nobody wants to see or hear you as you “ugly sneeze!”. —————————————-. Laura Bergells is a professional story finder.

Chronic: A sick novel. Four people with maladies live life to the fullest

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I may have mentioned this, but I am a writer. I was a freelance journalist for a decade. A corporate writer and trainer for 20 years. And I have written 20+ books, on various aspect of business and promotional writing, … Continue reading →

How to Use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix to Prioritize Tasks


Prioritizing tasks and allocating the required time for each task requires timely decision making that is free of analysis paralysis and procrastination. Both the aforementioned are often a result of the inability of individuals to prioritize tasks based on their urgency and importance.

Dealing with a creaky stage

Manner of Speaking

Have you ever listened to a speaker who is standing on a creaky stage? Have you ever had to speak from a stage that creaked whenever you stepped on certain spots. It is annoying for both speaker and audience. But there is a simple, effective way to deal with it.

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8 Project Timeline Mistakes that Project Managers Must be Aware of


A well-thought-out project planning and scheduling are crucial for the success of the project. A project schedule is similar to the heart that constantly pumps life into the project team to complete everyday tasks.

Your Branded Image with John DeMato

Speaker Launcher

Are your pictures telling an authentic story about you? John DeMato shares how to create images that show you in the best possible light. . The post Your Branded Image with John DeMato appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Discover Your Own Writing Genius to Sell More!

SpeakerSue Says...

I’ve spent the morning reading advice about how to write great sales emails. What I’m reading scares me. The Break Up. The “break up” email had its moment. It was clever, different and showed personality. By now, it’s old, stale and annoying. Oh, and it’s just not that fun or funny to read. The Stalker. It’s true making the next step easy is critical to engaging, nurturing and converting leads. But – and this is a very very large but(t)!


Max Atkinson

The windows firm, based in Cuffley in Hertfordshire, was plunged into crisis in March when the lockdown made it impossible for staff to make sales and installation visits to customers’ homes.Everest has been been sold back to its private equity owner Better Capital via an insolvency procedure known as a “pre-pack” administration.

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Servant Leadership: Key Principles for Managers


Over the years, many different leadership theories tried to explain how someone wields power and rallies the people around them. Most theories focused on the so-called ‘hard power’ methods — gaining influence via certain leverage, directives, and imposed authority.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 335) John Kennedy

Manner of Speaking

John Kennedy (1917 – 1963) 35th President of the United States.

Ring out, wild bells

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

An astounding reading of Tennyson’s poem ‘Ring out, wild bells’ by actress June Spencer (aka Peggy Woolley on BBC Radio’s The Archers) sent me to the words of this 19th century poem.

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Shifting Your Thoughts to get Better Results with Kris Plachy

Speaker Launcher

Kris Plachy joins Jane to share how you can shift your mindset to turn negative thoughts around and look at them in a more positive light. The post Shifting Your Thoughts to get Better Results with Kris Plachy appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

“Remove me from your mailing list”

SpeakerSue Says...

“Remove me from your email list.”. That was the response received by the writer of this email. “Hey Name, how is 2020’s sequel treating you so far? My name is Spaniel and I recently joined a team of event industry experts at www.eventindustry.com.

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Six ways to hook the audience from the beginning

Manner of Speaking

Plato said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” When it comes to speeches and presentations, your beginning is critical. You get one chance to make a good first impression, so you want to hook the audience with your opening words.

How to Set and Reach New Goals in 2021

Speaker Launcher

Happy New Year! With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward and think about what goals you want to set for yourself and your speaking business in 2021. To help you out, we’ve got some great tips and resources designed to help you set and reach new goals in 2021!

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#SPEAKERSUCCESTIP: 2 Tips for Achieving Your Impossible Goals

Speaker Launcher

It’s January and we are super focused this month on not only setting an impossible goal but paving the path to achieving it. Here’s the first tip for setting your impossible goal. Make it BIG! Make it so big that your brain can barely wrap itself around it.

Using Critical Thinking to Achieve Business Goals


Human beings are prone to a number of cognitive biases. These biases can often result in clouding our judgment and hinder us from making good decisions.