October, 2016

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 211

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.” ” …just read the name of your presentation and go to the next slide.

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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. With all things scary taking center stage as we get ready to celebrate Halloween, it's a good time to ensure that we have some tools to engage our presentation audiences rather than scare them with our terrible PowerPoint slides.

2016 136

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 174

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. I've repurposed those posts into audios, teleseminars, webinars and trainings, and many of them are finding new life in LinkedIn and other places I never considered!

2016 158

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

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

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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? Here, Jack talks about his experiences and how timing the exercise correctly can make all the difference. … Message Performance Audience Connection credibility Events Interaction Presentation Mistakes

2016 75

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. This is why speakers must align with their message from the […]. The post The Importance of Aligning With your Message Inside and Out appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2016 71

Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

Presentation Zen

A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others. The book may also help you understand why you decide to do the things you do.

2016 60

"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. Geiner spoke at Youngstown University last night to a packed auditorium. Here is the media coverage.   Although her focus was entrepreneurship, there were plenty of us Baby Booomers there. 

2016 57

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 181

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.

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The Questions You Need To Ask To Really Know Your Audience

Presentation Guru

The ability to connect with your audience is imperative when presenting. Here, Emma has compiled a list of questions to keep in mind for your next speaking engagement, so you can make sure your message doesn’t fall on the deaf ears of an audience you knew nothing about. … Build Real Impact Understand your Audience Audience Connection credibility Interaction Making it Memorable Public Speaking

2016 70

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 […]. The post Are you Living Your Dream? appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaking Profession achieving goals living the dream principles of manifestation setting intentions wayne dyer

2016 70

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. The sad reality is, no matter how awesome your first 30 minutes are, audiences typically remember the last thing they hear more […]. The post How to End Your Presentation Like a Master appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

2016 69

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. That's the findings of a Morning Consult poll. Here is the link to the coverage by the Washington Examiner. The implications of a Hillary kind of Watergate are massive. For example, just consider how the Clinton Inc.

2016 55

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

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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 50

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. Here, Nolan gives some tips he’s learned from personal experience about summing up an hourly rate by value, rather than time. … Powerpoint Software PowerPoint Practice presentation technology

2016 69

[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. Chuck Blakeman is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and world-renowned business advisor who built ten businesses in seven industries on four continents, and now uses his experience to advise others. Chuck […]. The post [Podcast] Is Making Money Killing Your Business with Chuck Blakeman appeared first on Jane Atkinson. We’ve all been there.

2016 67

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. Much is made of these factors, but the honest truth is that you'd do better to focus on your content and your confidence, and practice more, than to obsess about any of these normal qualities, in my humble opinion.

2016 68

Business Models - What Refugees from Other Industries Get So Wrong

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The classic disaster in superimposing a business model which was successful elsewhere on where it would prove a disaster was JC Penney. In parachuted Apple retail wizard Ron Johnson. He was determined to buck the trend of deep- discounting-as-usual at Penney. After all, look how customers at Apple retail ponied up the bucks for the value provided, There was no need for the steep discounting ethos, Johnson assumed. By time Johnson was gone, Penney was in really bad shape.

2016 54

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. Steve Jobs wasn’t just a founder and driver of Apple; he catalyzed a movement. Whenever Jobs took to the stage to talk about new Apple products, the whole world seemed to stop and listen.

2016 47

No amount of technology will make a bad story good

Presentation Zen

When Toy Story opened in the US at the end of 1995, it was met with enthusiasm and great critical acclaim. The film would go on to be the highest-grossing film of the year. There was tremendous buzz (ahem) about the film before it arrived here in Japan a few months later. Much of the talk focused on the stunning 3-D animation and the remarkable technical achievements by Pixar to pull this movie off. I remember sitting in a movie theatre in the spring of 1996 in Osaka, Japan watching the film.

2016 47

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. … Message Understand your Audience Audience Connection Core Message Corporate Speaking Pitching preparation Sales Presentations

2016 65

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. He likely could have stood on his head and spit nickels, and he would […]. The post Standing Ovations: How to Earn Them and Why Some Speakers Don’t Want Them! appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2016 67

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. But all that seems fair compared to what happened to Shirley Chisholm, who paved the way for women presidential candidates in the television age--and who was completely shut out of the 1972 televised debates for her party. Yes, you have that right.

2016 67

Stuck Speechwriters - Let Us Pray

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Religion in America, from Puritan times. has been the platform for rhetoric which persuades, inspires, and, yes, changes behavior. It's been said that it was the Southern Baptist Church which shaped President Bill Clinton's charismatic speaking style. But even before the founding of America and the cultivation of politics as big business, preachers such as Jesus Christ and Buddha have been powerful influencers. Their talks endure until current times.

2016 54

The Unstoppable Freelance Revolution

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

The Unstoppable Freelance Revolution. by Lisa Goller, MBA. October is Small Business Month, so it’s the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate a thriving entrepreneurial trend: the rise of the freelance movement. In the past decade alone, technology, globalization and economic factors have empowered and inspired workers to leave the corporate world behind and establish their own freelance business.

2016 47

5 Public Speaking Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

SketchBubble

If you were to list some of the qualities of an entrepreneur you’d probably say courageous, intelligent, risk-taker, and committed, to name a few. But you would certainly have to include busy on that list. Today’s entrepreneurs have more on their plate than ever before. They’ve got to raise capital, figure out which social media […]. The post 5 Public Speaking Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

2016 65

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. Here, George shares 10 quick tips he’s learned to make sure the next time you’re delivering a message, your audience will stay attentive enough to receive it. … Events Performance Audience Connection Corporate Speaking preparation Public Speaking

2016 63

[Podcast] What’s New (and working) in Social Media with Chris Tompkins

Speaker Launcher

Chris Tompkins, social media expert and CEO of the Go! Agency is back to tell us what’s new and working, in social media. Social media changes fast. So fast, in fact, that some of what Chris talked about only a year ago is already out of date. Chris drops by for an updated take on […]. The post [Podcast] What’s New (and working) in Social Media with Chris Tompkins appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Chris Tompkins, social media expert and CEO of the Go!

2016 66

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. It's simple and elegant--and a great way to check out your perceptions with data.

2016 65

Content Marketing - Long Form Dominates

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's face it. Those public relations players who publish articles on industry newsletter O'Dwyer PR are engaging in content marketing. Sure, their how-tos and insights represent a kind of public service. There is a sharing of experience to help others up their game. But, those doing the publishing invest the resources pitching the idea to the O'Dwyer editorial staff and then creating the material in order to accomplish commercial objectives.

2016 54

Feedback and the Communication Process

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content . Communication is a process that often, but not always, ends with feedback. If you want to communicate effectively—in writing or when speaking—you should understand the communication process. Communication requires a sender who sends a message through a channel (email, letter, report, article, tweet, blog post and so on) to a receiver (the reader).

2016 45

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. After months of planning, today we get to share our magical creations with our fellow co-workers as well as the broader San Jose, CA community. Kicking things off today will be our annual costume contest and the final votes will be tallied to determine the winners of our pumpkin-carving contest.