October, 2016

It's my tenth blogiversary!

Speak Schmeak

Ten years ago this week, I started blogging. My first post was published on October 9, 2006. Since that time, I've published 1,475 posts, I've saved 86 drafts that are still waiting to be finished and published, and I'm turning about 60 of them into a book to be published by the end of this year.

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How to start a presentation

PowerPoint Tips

The first minute after you start speaking is crucial. Your audience wants you to succeed, but they also judge you pretty quickly. So don’t be boring in that first minute! Don’t… …say “My name is x and my topic is y. Let’s get started.”

2016 204

No Excuse For Scary Slides

Professionally Speaking...

Scary may be a good thing for Halloween decorations and theme park rides but certainly not for presentation slides.

2016 177

I read the news today, oh boy…

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I read the news today, oh boy About a lucky man who made the grade And though the news was rather sad Well, I just had to laugh. — The Beatles, A Day In The Life I’ve made a decision to avoid reading the news for the rest of 2016. This might strike some as […]. Deep End Book Review

2016 175

Your voice on conference calls: How to show up when no one can see you

Kate's Voice

Recently, I facilitated a workshop for a group of people who work in their pajamas. One of them told me that she will do her hair and makeup for the rare call when her customer turns on her video camera, but normally she doesn’t have to worry about being seen. What she has to worry […]. Presence Vocal Image conference call engagement perception

2016 155

Zen and the Art of Public Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was published in 1974. The book has sold more than 5 million copies and is widely considered a modern philosophical classic. In Zen, Pirsig discusses the metaphysics of quality. He explores the subject over the course of … Continue reading → Audience Preparation audience Presentation public speaking Robert Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

2016 207

If You Really Want To Engage Your Audience, Kill The Exercises!

Presentation Guru

At one point or another, most of us have been involved in some sort of exercise during a presentation. But do they really work to keep the audience engaged, or are they just a distraction?

2016 97

More Trending

Let's stop tormenting speakers about these four normal qualities

The Eloquent Woman

There's a type of speaker coaching that's common, but more and more distasteful to me. It's coaching (or just garden-variety advice) that focuses on factors that, in large part, are normal and natural.

2016 88

The Importance of Aligning With your Message Inside and Out

Speaker Launcher

What if you are a motivational speaker and you do not feel very motivated? Or, what if you are out delivering leadership training while back at your office things are falling apart? Congruence is not just an idea; it is a way of life.

2016 78

Drudge Report Gets Down to Business - Headlines Hacking of Internet (the whole e-economy could go down)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Around 9ish this morning Donald Trump might lost his voice - that is, the one he uses Twitter to transmit. That site was among those hacked. There was a fix. Then the whole thing went kaput again for hours. Here is coverage from The New York Times. And, the Drudge Report headlines with this link.

2016 75

9 Public Speaking Tips from a Slam Poet

Manner of Speaking

Adobe Spark is a suite of applications designed by Adobe System to help people create and share stories with graphics and videos. It looks like a great tool and I plan to investigate it. To learn more, and to try … Continue reading → Delivery Guest Posts Adobe Spark pacing Pages Matam pauses tone voice

2016 190

The Questions You Need To Ask To Really Know Your Audience

Presentation Guru

The ability to connect with your audience is imperative when presenting.

2016 89

Quick Tips to Kick-Out Boring Bullet Points

SlideModel

Using alternative bullet points delivers a powerful impact on your audience. Stamping out bullet points from the presentations is one of the most challenging task while preparing business presentations, as bullet points use high-value keyword phrases within bulleted content in a structured manner. Yet, at the same time using the basic, black font bullet points will leave a little room for creativity.

2016 61

Measuring who's talking: Men or women? A tool for your next meeting

The Eloquent Woman

We all owe Cathy Deng thanks for coming up with this simple tool that measures who's talking more: men or women? Freely available on arementalkingtoomuch.com , side-by-side timers let you keep track of who dominates the conversation, be it in a meeting, a panel discussion, or a conference.

2016 85

[Podcast] Is Making Money Killing Your Business with Chuck Blakeman

Speaker Launcher

We’ve all been there. We get so caught up working in our business that we don’t spend enough time working on our business.

2016 78

"Trust Gut," Shark Tank's Lori Grenier Tells Youngstown U

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is the era of trusting algorithms. So, it was a just-in-time gift for Shark Tank's Lori Greiner to parachute in and remind us: Trust the gut. At least if we want to be a successful entrepreneur or venture capitalist investing in the products/services of the future.

2016 74

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 243) – Ibn Battuta

Manner of Speaking

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.” — Ibn Battuta (أبو عبد الله محمد بن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي بن بطوطة). Quotes for Public Speakers Ibn Battuta public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes storytelling travel

2016 164

Why My Clients Will Pay $2000/hour for PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

For many in the presentation industry, deciding on an appropriate hourly rate to charge clients can be frustrating. How to determine how much your time is worth as a business can be incredibly difficult.

2016 88

How to Illuminate the Future and Inspire Others to Follow

Duarte Blog

To thrive in the long-term, organizations must continually reinvent themselves to avoid decay and decline. To envision the future is one thing; getting others to go there with you is another. By harnessing the power of persuasive communication, you, too, can turn your idea into a movement.

2016 60

Famous Speech Friday: Michelle Obama's "Enough is Enough"

The Eloquent Woman

This is the speech I've been waiting for, in more ways than one. In a year-plus of misogynistic insults and slurs aimed at our highly qualified first woman candidate for president, this is the speech I've been waiting for.

2016 84

Standing Ovations: How to Earn Them and Why Some Speakers Don’t Want Them!

Speaker Launcher

Elton John is a music legend. I went to his concert in my hometown last week, and it was apparent to everyone there that he deserved that title. Moreover, when he wrapped up, there was, of course, a 10-minute standing ovation.

2016 78

"Troubled" and "Troubling" - Verbal Pivot for Protecting Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

NBC  is "troubled" by the Billy Bush locker-room crude banter. Paul Ryan told the Wisconsin audience he was "troubled" by what Donald Trump said about women in that same tape which is swallowing Bush's career.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 244) – Nikola Tesla

Manner of Speaking

“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Nikola Tesla prepration public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes

2016 163

How To Get Your Audience Back On Time – 10 Simple Solutions

Presentation Guru

For presenters, keeping an audience engaged is of the utmost importance when presenting. However, when giving an all-day presentation, sometimes getting the audience back into full-swing after a break can be difficult.

2016 81

Trick or Treat: Costumes, Pumpkin Carving, Harry Potter Hogwarts School Halloween House Will Treat Visitors to Augmented Reality “Wizardry”

Duarte Blog

At Duarte, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and lets us flex our creative thinking and design skills every year – and this year is no exception.

Famous Speech Friday: Shirley Chisholm's 1972 contested debate time

The Eloquent Woman

These days, women candidates for President are often standalones in a sea of male candidates, and this election year, they've sometimes fallen afoul of television networks' insistence on poll data to determine who gets to debate.

2016 83

Are you Living Your Dream?

Speaker Launcher

Sometimes life gets in the way of us living our dreams. Then at other times the pieces of the puzzle just fall into place. Fifteen years ago my coach, Rich Fettke and I mapped out what I wanted my life to look like. Back then I lived in a small apartment in Dallas with just my […].

2016 77

Drudge Report Resurrects Ghost of Watergate on Halloween Before Election Day

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In case it didn't dawn on us that Emailgate could become another Watergate, the Drudge Report puts it out there. On this Halloween before the election, the Drudge Report tells us that 45% fear that Hillary is in worse trouble than Richard Nixon et al. had been.

2016 72

Query letter: how to sell your article ideas to editors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing – Find, Price, Manage Corporate Writing Assignments & Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines. Note : See link to Query Letter Video at end of blog post. You become a freelance writer when you start selling ideas to editors who pay you. To sell your ideas to editors, you need to pitch them using the query letter… Many freelance writers have difficulty with the idea of sales and marketing.

2016 57

Is Your Sales Presentation Fit For Purpose?

Presentation Guru

From preparation to execution, sales presentations can be difficult to manage. Previously, we’ve published some tips for pitching in general, but in this article Simon delves deeper into the underlying problems with sales presentations today – and tells us how to address them.

2016 80

How line editing can improve your next speech

Joan Detz Speaker Services

This week, I’m line editing a speech for a client I’ve worked with for years. The client wrote the first draft of the speech in-house and then sent it to me to polish. With some line editing, I was able to: * Make the speech easier for the executive to deliver * Make the speech […].

2016 56

For #HispanicHeritageMonth, 6 famous speeches by Hispanic women

The Eloquent Woman

Over the airways or through a bullhorn, from the bench or the ballpark or the awards stage, these six Hispanic women made their marks with speeches that swayed audiences and set the bar high.

2016 80

[Podcast] 6 Common Social Media Mistakes and How to Fix Them with Chris Tompkins

Speaker Launcher

Social media mistakes. We’ve all made them. It’s okay, though, because Chris Tompkins of the Go! Agency drops by to highlight how can you go from making common social media mistakes to a social media platform that on-boards people and converts them into enthusiastic evangelists.

Drudge Report - Emails Come Back To Blow Up HillaryLand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The headline on the Drudge Report doesn't need to be bombastic. The news itself is a stunner. That headline reads: "[FBI Director] COMEY: IT'S NOT OVER! CAMPAIGN ROCKED HUMAMABEDING@Y."

2016 72

How much can you earn as a freelance writer?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing – Find, Price, Manage Corporate Writing Assignments & Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines. Before we look at developing article ideas and pitching them to editors, we should talk money. I have been a freelance writer for almost two decades. People often ask me if one can make a living freelancing for newspapers and magazines.

2016 57

What Is The Best Multi-Touch Presentation Tool Around?

Presentation Guru

At Presentation Guru, we continuously try and keep our audience updated with the newest technology available. In this article, Damjan introduces us to Intuiface, a multi-touch capable program for presenters that’s geared toward the ever-growing market of touch-screens. .

2016 77

How to End Your Presentation Like a Master

SketchBubble

How many presentations have you listened to where the speaker ran out of steam at the end? For 30 minutes they were entertaining, captivating and engaging. And then… they ended with a thud.

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