Sat.Dec 06, 2014 - Fri.Dec 12, 2014

DIY speaker gift: Speaker Survival Kit!

Speak Schmeak

Last March, I had a booth at a local women''s business festival. I wanted to give something away in a drawing that would be useful to those who stopped by, and specifically useful to speakers.

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Annoying animation–don’t make people wait for the text to appear!

PowerPoint Tips

Your audience doesn’t want to wait for text on the slide to appear! I don’t mean each line of text coming in separately. There’s certainly controversy about that and I suggest that you make a choice based on your needs and your audience. I’m talking about text that fades in, wipes in, flies in, etc. While that animation is happening, your audience has to wait until the text is readable. It’s annoying! Watch this 15-second video as an example of annoying animation.

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Podcasting comes of age

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It’s been over seven years since I recorded my first podcast and six years since I posted my Podcasting 101 tutorial. I’ve been encouraged by the growing popularity of podcasts and my own playlist allows me to listen to the BBC, NPR and experts such as Wendy Hanson and Phil McKinney. However, it wasn’t until […]. Podcasts

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: The story gives the clue

Kate's Voice

Designed to help you stay in the game, this is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication. What story are you telling? Relationship expert John Gottman says that the best predictor of the quality of a relationship is the story you tell about it.

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Executive Presence Demonstrated

Speaking Freely

Executive presence is at play when a person walks into a board room, a staff meeting, or a negotiations session and the room goes quiet. This quiet reception is a sign of respect which is the demonstration of high regard for an individual due to his or her personal qualities and achievements. Executive presence earns […]. The post Executive Presence Demonstrated appeared first on Speaking Freely. Communication Confidence executive presence Leadership Presence Leadership presence

Talk About the Talk: Caroline Goyder on confident speaking at @TEDxBrixton

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: I''m launching a new series, Talk About the Talk, in which I''ll ask speakers I''ve worked with to share their perspectives about giving big or important talks. First up is Caroline Goyder , who spoke this autumn at TEDxBrixton on "the surprising secret to speaking with confidence."

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Better presentations – what not to do before the night before

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

To be honest, I am a positive kind of a guy and so my normal approach is to focus on what to do and not what not to do.

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Mastering Your Speech - Lance Miller - Book 31 of 52 in 52

Speak and Deliver

OK - I admit, this isn''t a book. But, part of my original list DID include some audio/DVD programs on Public Speaking, and ''Mastering Your Speech'' - a 4 DVD set by 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking Lance Miller was #51 on that list.

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Famous Speech Friday: Sheena Iyengar's TED talk on the art of choosing

The Eloquent Woman

'Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar does her research at Columbia Business School, and has published the popular book The Art of Choosing to describe her findings on what happens when we have too many--or not enough--choices, and how we make decisions large and small, from which soda to drink to whether to pursue physician-assisted suicide. And when she spoke at TED Global in 2010, she joined the ranks of one of the very few TED speakers to use a lectern. But that was only because she happens to be blind. Until an aide helped her walk across the stage to that lectern, no mention of her blindness had been made in the program. And then the audience got to hear a clear-as-a-bell description of the experiments she has conducted that let us see our own choices. The woman whose own choices don''t include vision then used those findings to explain that Americans are a nation that believes in limitless choices: The story Americans tell, the story upon which the American dream depends, is the story of limitless choice. This narrative promises so much:freedom, happiness, success. It lays the world at your feet and says, "You can have anything, everything." It''s a great story, and it''s understandable why they would be reluctant to revise it. But when you take a close look, you start to see the holes, and you start to see that the story can be told in many other ways. Americans have so often tried to disseminate their ideas of choice, believing that they will be, or ought to be, welcomed with open hearts and minds. But the history books and the daily news tell us it doesn''t always work out that way. The phantasmagoria, the actual experience that we try to understand and organize through narrative, varies from place to place. No single narrative serves the needs of everyone everywhere. Moreover, Americans themselves could benefit from incorporating new perspectives into their own narrative, which has been driving their choices for so long. At the end of her talk, the host comes out on the stage with her and says, "Sheena, there is a detail about your biography that we have not written in the program book. But by now it''s evident to everyone in this room. You''re blind. And I guess one of the questions on everybody''s mind is: How does that influence your study of choosing because that''s an activity that for most people is associated with visual inputs like aesthetics and color and so on?" Her answer involves a personal story about trying to choose between two similar shades of nail polish, based on the recommendations of others--and how that prompted yet another piece of research. What can you learn from this famous speech? Your limitations don''t have to prevent you from speaking: Having help to walk on and offstage and a lectern are all the "extras" Iyengar needed to deliver this talk. Otherwise, it''s a classic TED talk, mixing intriguing research that makes us think about ourselves in a new way with personal stories from the speaker. Think about that the next time you''re considering what limits you from speaking. If you''re speaking about research, aim for clarity: Iyengar''s work looks at complex decision-making processes, most of which we experience but take for granted and don''t examine closely. Yet her descriptions of the research are brief and clear, able to be understood by all because they''re described in simple, approachable ways. Many researchers fret about having to "dumb down" their explanation of their work, which insults the audience. Iyengar makes it clear so we can follow her complex thinking. It makes a big difference. How will you describe yourself? Every speaker needs to anticipate speaking about herself, whether she''s introducing herself, telling a personal story or explaining in answer to the host''s question how her blindness affects her work. Iyengar handles this smoothly, noting "one of the things that''s interesting about being blind is you actually get a different vantage point when you observe the way sighted people make choices," then tells her nail polish story. Turns out that sighted people aren''t terribly good at descriptions. Iyengar is comfortable describing herself. Can you be? You can read the transcript of her talk here and watch the video below. I thank reader Cate Huston for pointing me to this speech. Watch and learn from it. famous speeches'

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Connect with George Torok Online for Presentation Skills

Executive Speech Coach

Recently I''ve been asked about where to find my posts, articles and articles online. This blog post lists the most popular links to blogs, websites and social media.

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Creatives - If You're In Our Lives, Of Course, You're Material

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Any creative worth his or her salt absorbs every bit of life and retrofits it into material. That might be for a book, article, film, television script, painting, ad, design for a smartphone, or research experiment. That's just the way it goes. 

A PowerPoint 'weather bomb' presentation!!!

Max Atkinson

What is a weather ''bomb''? A Met Office "be aware" warning is running for parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Parts of western Scotland are braced for strong winds and "unusually high" waves, while there have already been a string of road accidents amid snow and ice.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won''t miss a thing, since I''m summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #129

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. In the text that follows, we will look at the set-up for the jokes. The monologue is provided with a short comment on what made each joke tick. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting, before the monologue was delivered.). My name on the agenda was misspelled Kindy instead of Kinde. There is a freeway exit sign between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. named ZZYZX Road.

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Teenagers Allegedly Fed Living Cat To Dogs - Memories Of The Living Cat Set On Fire

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Two teenagers [ages 15 and 17] who allegedly fed a live cat to two dogs, videotaped the attack and posted it online have been arrested in Kern County [California] on suspicion of cruelty to an animal."  "  - AP, in Sacramento CBS Local. Here is the coverage.

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What is a PowerPoint 'weather bomb'???

Max Atkinson

December 2014 Last updated at 12:18 Help A Met Office "be aware" warning is running for p arts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Parts of western Scotland are braced for strong winds and "unusually high" waves, while there have already been a string of road accidents amid snow and ice.

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Thought Leaders, Entrepreneurs - Leverage Fragmented American Dream

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Talk to many of us Baby Boomers. You will find out that we see home ownership as too much work, too much uncertainty, and the potential for too many boosts in property taxes. Talk to the lion's share of Millennials. You will probably get a roll-of-the eyes.

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No Response - The Preferred Response

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sure, there are exceptions. The media ask the Chief Executive Officer of Corporation if the company plans to eliminate 8,000 jobs. There must be a response, even if it's an interim one stating not much.

Pet Grief & The Holidays - Don't Compare Loss

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I took my hand off her little furry body to walk over to review some medications with the vet. Within about 90 seconds, the tech advised us that Molly Mittens had given out her last breath on a vet's table. "She was waiting for you to let go," was what the vet told me. He offered CPR.

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Story-Telling - Don't Fall In Love With Your Own

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The influence and power of story-telling come from the editing process. Stories which serve as effective platforms for advocacy, branding, and actual selling have been carefully crafted.

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"I Am Not Important" - Radical Insight For Unemployed, Underemployed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There seems to be a correlation between having no work or not enough of it and a sense of entitlement. It's the unemployed and underemployed writer, lawyer, or marketer who complains about: How long employers are taking processing their applications.

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Campaign 2016 - No More Candy Crowley At CNN To Cover It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unthinkable, at least for Baby Boomers and some members of Generation X. This coming presidential campaign without Candy Crowley on CNN to cover it. But that's exactly what will happen. On Politico Dylan Byers tells us that, after 27 years on the political beat at CNN, Crowley is moving out.

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Thought Leadership - Stop Selling Failure Meme

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Talk with many lawyers who lost a job after the legal sector crashed in 2007 and you meet up with one of the ugliest manifestations of failure. They're depressed. They're broke. Their spouse might have left them.

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Conversational Styles - Troubles Talk Over, Coping Talk Dominates

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Troubles talk bonded, at least among women in the office. That was way back then. And that kind of insight about conversational styles made linguist Deborah Tannen a brandname. Currently, what brings minds and hearts together is coping talk. We all have way too many troubles.

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Missed Out On That $500,000 A Month Manhattan Rental? Be More Decisive In The Future

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"A full-floor rental of New York's Pierre Hotel that was listed for $500,000 a month has found a tenant."  "  - Stefanos Chen in The Wall Street Journal.

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Professional Success, Persona, Performance Art

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No, in professional life, you can't "be yourself." " Not if you want to succeed. Or, even in these hyper-competitive times, hold onto what you got. That is nothing new, of course. The meme in Shakespeare's plays is that all the world is a stage and we are actors on it. Iconic sociologist Erving Goffman systematized that in the still-classic book "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life."

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Weight Watchers - No More Celebrity Spokespeople (hey, losing weight too tough for glam)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In its new advertising campaign Weight Watchers is not using a celebrity spokesperson. Instead, it is getting down and dirty. It is admitting how tough it is to lose weight. That our relationship with food is complicated. And that our eating plans offer differ from what we actually chow down. Given all that, what does it help us porkers to have a celebrity bring glam to the ordeal of resisting that medium-size vanilla Dairy Queen, with chocolate hot dip, when life doesn't go our way?

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Blogging - Gawker's Nick Denton Hails It As THE New Medium In Digital Age

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

An early adopter of blogging, Nick Denton became wealthy and a global brandname through his creation of Gawker. The media platform also launched stars like Ana Marie Cox, who had authored "Wonkette."  "  Now, reports Politico , Denton is stepping down from leading Gawker to return to blogging. Politico quotes him as saying that blogging is "the only truly new media in the age of the Web."

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