Sat.Aug 30, 2014 - Fri.Sep 05, 2014

Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

PowerPoint Tips

Would you like to create shapes like this in PowerPoint? I like them because they look informal, hand drawn. They don’t come with PowerPoint, but you can easily create them using the Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature. This feature is not well known because it isn’t on the ribbon.

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Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

Speak Schmeak

I''m currently participating in the Bloom Your Online Relationships Challenge , a 30-day free program to encourage relationship-building with our online communities, and today''s challenge dovetails perfectly with a post I''ve been wanting to write.

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Presentation Myths

Professionally Speaking...

Of the various titles I’ve held in my career, myth-buster actually hasn’t been one of them.

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Guest Posting: Non-Verbal Techniques in a Large Group Forum, by Theresa Zagnoli

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Theresa Zagnoli has 28 years of experience providing practical trial expertise and communication solutions as a jury consultant, communication expert and founding CEO of Zagnoli McEvoy Foley LLC in Chicago.

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Health Magazine: How to Get Ahead in Work (and in Life)

Matt Eventoff

Talk Like a Boss. Do you clam up in large groups? Try these remedies from Matt Eventoff, owner of Princeton Public Speaking in New Jersey…. Please find the original article here. » » Read more.

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Winning Anyway in Kuala Lumpur - A Look Back

Speak and Deliver

I''ve been back for about 8 days - and I''ve had a chance to more fully digest the 2014 Toastmasters Convention, and specifically, this year''s World Championship of Public Speaking. Here''s the rundown: FIRST - the results - I didn''t place in my semi.

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How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days: Review

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Review by Franklin Carter. Paul Lima has written a thin paperback called How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days. If you are an aspiring writer of non-fiction, you should read Paul’s book and take his advice. How to Write explains the steps you should follow to create the first draft of a 25,000- to 50,000-word manuscript. Paul’s advice can help you spend time more efficiently, reduce unnecessary frustration and write a well-organized manuscript in just 60 days.

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More Trending

Apple’s Rotten Crisis Communications Cost $26 1 Billion (AAPL)

TJ Walker Interactive

Apple’s Rotten Crisis Communications Cost $26 1 Billion (AAPL). Earlier this week, Apple was caught up in the security/privacy issues surrounding leaked nude photos of Hollywood stars. How did Apple respond? Typical Apple: Nothing.

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Public Speaking - Drop Happy Talk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A pall has descended over planet earth, much like the darkness which overtook America after 9/11. It's palpable. That's why those doing public speaking who are in touch with their instincts have dropped the Happy Talk.

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Famous Speech Friday: Debi Jackson on her transgender child

The Eloquent Woman

The Listen To Your Mother tour (motto: "Giving motherhood a microphone") is an important platform for women speakers, with events in more than 30 U.S. cities this year. Mothers get five minutes or so on stage, and cover every topic under the sun.

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Joan Rivers

Humor Power

Memories of a comedy professional…Joan Rivers. The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it. My best birth control is just to leave the lights on. I am definitely going to watch the Emmy’s this year. My makeup team is nominated for Best Special Effects. People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.

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10 Steps to Delivery an Outstanding Speech

TJ Walker Interactive

Brainstorm on every possible message (one sentence max for each message) you would want to convey to your audience. Prioritize your messages. Eliminate all but your top 5 messages. Think of a story involving an actual conversation with a real person, client, colleague, customer about each message point. (if if you can’t think of a story for the message point, then throw away the message point). Create a visual for each message point. Do not use any text. DO NOT USE ANY TEXT.

Nasty Girl Runs into Nasty Trouble - Maybe it's like mom said, be nice

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

More data have come in: Nice trumps nasty. The old version of the evidence was the struggle the late Joan Rivers had with her nasty humor. Her career could have been bigger, with fewer ups and downs had her comedy been less mean-spirited.

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Coaching a coach for a best man's speech

The Eloquent Woman

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New Joke Contest — State Slogans

Humor Power

The theme for this month’s contest is STATE SLOGANS. Thanks to Sol Morrison, Santa Barbara, for suggesting this theme. Many states have slogans, such as New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die.” ” Your challenge is to create a State Slogan that is not real, but funny. Here are three examples: Kansas: Not in OZ Anymore. Wisconsin: Chez Cheese. North Dakota: The Snow Me State. Challenge yourself to write a dozen lines. Maybe more.

Obama on ISIS “We don’t have a Strategy Yet”

TJ Walker Interactive

President Obama has received a great deal of criticism for stating at a press conference that he and his administration “don’t have a strategy, yet,” regarding ISIS. I will leave it to other geo-political experts to figure out what the best military strategy is here.

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Beheading As Contagious - Should Media Become Circumspect?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, given that we know human behavior is contagious, a female civilian was beheaded in North London. This was bound to occur. It might not have if online media had been more circumspect in covering the murders of journalists by the Islamic State.

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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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Joan Rivers - Ahead of Her Time, Now Belongs to All Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Joan Rivers passed into the ages today at a bit after 1:00 P.M. New York time. Her profesional and personal lives were not easy. That might have been because her signature humor was ahead of its time. In her time, female humor was wholesome and soft, e.g. Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore.

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Our Little Lives - We Want 'Em Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" because we were tired of Great Causes, there was no more than a short outbreak of moral indignation." " -  F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Echoes of the Jazz Era," November 1931, in Crack-Up, edited by Edmund Wilson. Planet earth might be blown up.

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Pat Desmond

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I met Pat Desmond in Wilmington, Delaware in 1967. It was that last summer of self-absorbed girlish innocence for her sister Anne Desmond and myself. We had just graduated from Seton Hill , Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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Leadership Communications - It's the Angle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Leaders who resonate on podiums, in opinion-editorials in The New York Times, books, and in motivating employees develop angles. This mimics the classic role of brandname journalists who just don't simply report the what is. They connect the dots in a unique way.

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Brand Connecticut - In The Crapper

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In influential New York Magazine, Annie Lowrey publishes her article "What's The Matter with Connecticut?" " Here you can read that insightful deep dive into the erosion of Brand Connecticut. When I had first moved to Fairfield, Connecticut from Washington D.C.

Underemployed College Graduates' Majors - Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, English Lit Top List

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No shock to those of us who are out here hustling for work, PayScale reports that among the top majors for underemployed college graduates are Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and English Literature. Here is that coverage.

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David Muir Had Interviewed Me - More than 15 Minutes of Fame

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Before he was the David Muir who now heads ABC Nightly News, he had interviewed me. Yes, on national television. Here you can see the clip. Diane Sawyer was still the number-one. The nation had just climbed out of the worst of The Great Recesssion.

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The "New Old Age" Brand - Selling Over-Priced Condos, Ridiculous Personas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"That age ninety in the twenty-first century may turn out to be the same old ninety is a prospect that the hucksters of longevity refuse to entertain." " -  Susan Jacoby,  "Chapter 1" in Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of New Old Age.

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Working 2014 - We Are All Temps

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You and I may not be among 2.8 million Americans employed by temporary services agencies. That number comes from the research "Temped Out," conducted by the National Employment Law Project. Here you can read that report.

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"End-of-Life Talks" v. "Death Panels" - Shift in Language Is Everything

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For us Baby Boomers, death has finally come out of the closet. An article on "end-of-life talks" is on the front page of The New York Times. Here you can read it. And one reason it has is because of the shift in language.

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Dan Gibson, Editor of Tuscon Weekly - Took a Full Page Explaining The Game

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"For some reason, there's been a rush of people calling and emailing to ask if they can write for the [Tucson] Weekly lately, something I appreciate because I guess that means we're something worth being a part of." 

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Not Being (Strongly) Disliked - More Important Than Being Liked

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Business Insider has yet another how-to on being liked. But isn't that totally 20th century. Back then, as Hendrick Smith hammered in his book "Power Game," likability was a form of power.

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Labor Day - The Zen of Hustle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This Labor Day many of those who want to labor won't have a shot at it. The reason they are left out of the success machine purring so nicely in America, especially along the Northeast Corridor, is that they don't understand the zen of hustle. 

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USA Today Cuts 10% - End of an Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the 1980s, USA Today roared out there, upending conventional journalism. Stories were short-form. Photos were in color. And there were lots of charts. That was then. Now, USA Today is no longe the "it" media property.

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Apple in Center of Media Crisis | Crisis Communications

TJ Walker Interactive

Apple is characteristically mute in its response to criticisms that it has poor security, hence naked photos from Hollywood stars are everywhere. A normal well-run company would hold a press conference and offer a CEO to answer tough questions from the media. Apple isn’t normal.

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TrainingNew Online Course on How to Create a YouTube News Channel

TJ Walker Interactive

I’ve created a new course over at Udemy.com on how to create a digital online TV Network. Here is the curriculum. Section 1 – Your TV New Network. Lecture 1: How to Create a Digital TV Network Overview. 05:15. Lecture 2: What is Your Editorial Focus? 05:22. Lecture 3: How to Actually Start Your Network. 07:05. Lecture 4: Determining Your Style Options. 04:08. Lecture 5: Your Technology Needs. 08:14. Lecture 6: Editing Options. 05:57. Lecture 7: Blunders to Avoid. 07:07. Start lecture.

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TrainingNew Online Course on How to Create a YouTube News Channel

TJ Walker Interactive

I’ve created a new course over at Udemy.com on how to create a digital online TV Network. Here is the curriculum. Section 1 – Your TV New Network. Lecture 1: How to Create a Digital TV Network Overview. 05:15. Lecture 2: What is Your Editorial Focus? 05:22. Lecture 3: How to Actually Start Your Network. 07:05. Lecture 4: Determining Your Style Options. 04:08. Lecture 5: Your Technology Needs. 08:14. Lecture 6: Editing Options. 05:57. Lecture 7: Blunders to Avoid. 07:07. Start lecture.

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