March, 2021

A tribute to my father

Manner of Speaking

John Stephen Zimmer, Sr. 1933 – 2021). At the end of January, I had to travel to Canada on short notice because my father was ill and in hospital. Sadly, he passed away on 18 February 2021. That’s why I have not posted anything in the past several weeks.

How to Feel Good In Zoom Meetings

Speaking Freely

Virtual meetings have become ubiquitous. By now, we are all learning how to look good on video. Next we can focus on learning to feel good in Zoom meetings.


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Getting Booked with Speakers Bureaus with Tim Mathy

Speaker Launcher

Want to hear what’s happening with speakers bureaus and how you might become a client? Listen to hear Tim Mathy share his 20+ years of bureau experience and what it takes to stand out. The post Getting Booked with Speakers Bureaus with Tim Mathy appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Interview with author Paul Lima about his novels

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Heinrich Gautier is the author of ZAP: Confessions of a Channel Changer. In this blog post he interviews Paul Lima, author of Chronic: A Sick Novel, Geri: A Post-Pandemic LGBTQ+ Novel About Something and Rebel in the Back Seat (short … Continue reading →

The Manager’s Guide to Effective Teamwork


Let’s cut the chase: teamwork is challenging. Encouraging people to communicate better. Getting a team to consistent performance levels. Resolving conflicts. Everyone who tells you otherwise would be wrong.

The Ancient Storytelling Secret That Every Leader Needs to Know

Duarte Blog

When Ray Anderson, former CEO of the carpet company Interface, realized that his company needed to lead the charge on sustainability, he didn’t just plan an initiative and put it into action. He told a story. Anderson explained to employees that they’d need to climb a mountain “taller than Everest.”

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Three key words for every speaker

Manner of Speaking

There are three key words that every speaker needs to master. In many respects, they are the most important words that one can say on stage: “I”, “you” and “we” Each has its place. “I” and its variants (“my”, etc.).

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Leverage Zoom to Book More Business with Marquesa Pettway

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Want to learn how to best utilize Zoom to book more business? Join me to learn from the Zoom Queen herself, Marquesa Pettway. The post Leverage Zoom to Book More Business with Marquesa Pettway appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Interview with author of ZAP: Confessions of a Channel Changer

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Bias alert: I designed book cover. You can see it at the bottom of Paul Lima: Welcome to our virtual interview. Dr. Heinrich Gautier: Thanks for having me. Looking forward to it. PL: Some people think ZAP is a … Continue reading →

Telehealth: The New Reality of Healthcare Services


Telehealth as a practice has been around for half a century. But its popularity and importance surged in the later 2010s and then nearly doubled due to the pandemic. Does the current state of technological progress indeed allows the provision of effective remote healthcare services?

Do You Have What It Takes to Lead a Successful Change Effort?

Duarte Blog

Here’s the scene: You’re leading a change. You’re motivated. You’re energized. You have a good idea (or someone else does) and you can see it will result in great things. Now you’re trying to get other people to make it happen. It’s time to communicate!

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 339) – Dan Levy

Manner of Speaking

“Okay, look, um, I would hardly call myself an expert on this subject, and by subject I mean genuine human emotion. So, I am just going to tell you what I know. And you can do whatever you want with that. ” Dan Levy as David Rose in Schitt $ Creek. Photo courtesy of Vogue Taiwan.

5 Reasons Why You Really Need a Presentation Design Specialist


An Italian designer, Massimo Vignelli, has rightly said: “Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.” ” And who can better understand this language other than an expert presentation designer? Got a brilliant idea? That’s great!

Adjusting Your Mindset for Selling and Delivering Virtual Presentations

Speaker Launcher

We just crossed the one-year anniversary of the pandemic and have been talking a lot lately about how people are feeling. Some people had the COVID blues early on and really struggled to regain their identity and pivot to virtual.

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A Quick Guide To Write a Project Charter


Initiation is one of the most crucial stages of every project. If you fail to gain sufficient support for a planned endeavor, it will never see the light of day.

Celebrating Women Storytellers & the Lessons They Share

Duarte Blog

Throughout history, women have made considerable contributions to society in countless ways, including through the power of storytelling. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we want to amplify and celebrate the voices of some of these notable women.

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Interview on The Story Powers Podcast

Manner of Speaking

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Francisco Mahfuz on The Story Powers podcast. The show is about the power of stories, the people who tell them, and why you should be doing it too.

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4 Ways to Strike the Right Balance Between Passion and Emotion in Your Speech


Is the fear of being judged if you show up with emotion spilling over into public speech? If so, you are not alone! Many speakers are afraid of adding emotions in their speech, assuming that their message will lose its objective if it packs an emotional wallop.

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Risk Forward with Victoria Labalme

Speaker Launcher

Have you been holding back on your risk-taking? Victoria Labalme shares her unique ideas of when it’s good to take a risk and when you might want to take a step back and wait. The post Risk Forward with Victoria Labalme appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Mar 31 - Win Anyway LIVE - Weight Loss Wednesday

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Reimagine Business in Times of Coronavirus


For the past decade, businesses around the world have been gearing towards building an online presence. With that, they were also sold ideas associated with tapping into the potential created through globalization, integrated markets and the demand for luxury items.

Communicating Change in Turbulent Times [Illuminate Q&A with Patti Sanchez]

Duarte Blog

We are experiencing unprecedented levels of change as professionals and as humans—more so now than ever. This disruptive change is dramatically affecting the way we work, communicate, and lead. It’s time for leaders of all kinds to step up their communication. To help them navigate through a constantly changing landscape, people crave communication from their [.] continue reading. The post Communicating Change in Turbulent Times [Illuminate Q&A with Patti Sanchez] appeared first on Duarte.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 338) – Zig Ziglar

Manner of Speaking

Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar (1926 – 2012) American Author, Salesman and Motivational Speaker. “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” ” Zig Ziglar. Photo courtesy of BrokenSphere. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.

Great Emails Start with Great Questions

SpeakerSue Says...

I was working with a group of wedding specialists and they echoed a challenge almost all sellers have. How do you handle a client who keeps pushing for a lower price when you’ve gone as low as you can go? Your best offer is on the table. You know their experience/product/service will be worth every penny and as much as you’d like the business, you can’t lower the rate. So why are they still pushing? As George Costanza said, “It’s not them, it’s you.”

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The Super-Hero Struggle with Jamie Clarke

Speaker Launcher

Have you struggled with your identity during Covid? Listen to hear Jamie Clarke speak openly about the battle to embrace speaking virtually. The post The Super-Hero Struggle with Jamie Clarke appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Overview of 10 Proven Change Management Models


Any organization which wants to remain up-to-date with the evolution of market conditions, customer requirements, or service delivery cannot elude the inevitability of embracing change. Though painful, change is necessary and can be hard to implement across an organization.

A Year of Crisis: Nancy Duarte’s Successful Leadership Story

Duarte Blog

In times of crisis, good leadership is displayed through empathy and authority. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Nancy Duarte invited employees to contact her at any time with questions or concerns.

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Aristotle’s pillars of persuasion

Manner of Speaking

More than 2,300 years ago, Aristotle wrote Rhetoric , considered by many to be the Bible of persuasive speaking.

An audience with Dr Max Atkinson

Max Atkinson

Birthday greetings or obituary? On 3rd March, sixteen days before my birthday on the 19th, Brian Jenner (founder of the UK Speechwriters Guild & the European Speechwriters Network ) chaired a Zoom meeting with the title of this blogpost.

#SpeakerSuccessTip: What’s Between You and Your Goals?

Speaker Launcher

Ten years ago if you had asked me if it was possible to build a million-dollar speaking business, I might have said, ‘No Way!” But today I’m ten years wiser – and having worked with so many speakers over the last few decades, I’ve come to realize that ANYTHING is possible.

Mar 29 - Win Anyway LIVE - How Often Do You Remodel

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Motivation Remodel


An Introductory Guide to Due Diligence (+Checklist)


When you buy any product — be it a $50 kitchen appliance or a $50,000 car — you want to make sure that you are getting a good bang for your buck. In other words, you expect the goods to meet the advertised specs, work as intended, and don’t break up within a week of purchase.

The #1 Reason You Lost the Sale – Updated Research

SpeakerSue Says...

When I started mystery shopping my clients a few years ago, I didn’t realize how much I’d learn about how to – and not to – sell. But this month’s results blew my mind. My associate sent 20+ requests for information. It took more than a day, on average, for a response. That was bad. But this is worse. Only one – just one! – company followed up three times. And they were one of two that followed up twice. Guess who would win the business? Showing up IS half the battle.

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Six benefits of humour in a speech

Manner of Speaking

Humour is powerful. When used well in a speech or presentation, it can have a profound impact on the audience. This, in turn, can help get your message across. The infographic below sets out six benefits of humour.

Prof John Heritage's CONTRIBUTION TO AN AUDIENCE WITH Dr Max Atkinson

Max Atkinson

One of a number of welcome commets at the recent European Speechwriters Zoom meeting