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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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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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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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.

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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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

'For a UK-US wedding, Union Jack socks, blue tie, and cufflinks with image of the first American flag British speaker coach Peter Botting and I live on opposite sides of our partner desk called the Atlantic Ocean, but when he learned a best man''s speech would bring him to Washington for the union of a British groom and an American bride, he asked for my help. I can guess why Sarah and Matthew, the bride and groom, wanted Peter to speak. He''s played a key role in their relationship, and he''d be a built-in speaker coach for the groom. But more than that, Peter speaks with passion, taut language and nuance. He uses surprise, cheeky jokes, and heartfelt insights. He takes his work seriously, but doesn''t take himself too seriously. Or at all. Most important, this speech mattered to him, deeply--he''s written a Prime Minister''s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, but said this best man''s speech would be the most important speech he had ever written and delivered. That''s a good thing for a speaker, and a challenge. In Peter''s preview post about the task, he notes the expectation that a speaker coach and speechwriter would deliver a spot-on speech. The groom''s brother piled on the pressure and said, "If you were a carpenter and gave a crap speech it would be ok. But you aren’t!” Venue and guests were no less intimidating, set at Mount Vernon, estate of George Washington, the first President of the United States, with attendees including political heavyweights working in the Obama White House, the UK Parliament and more. So here''s what we worked on together: Left to right: Best man, photo- bombing bride, and groom on a tour of the White House Keeping it simple: Peter''s draft speech, sent to me before his arrival, was nearly where it needed to be, and what he said that day was almost indistinguishable from the first draft. His words didn''t need embellishment. Peter coined one of my favorite reminders for speakers, "Big ideas don''t need big words." It''s a riff on one of our favorite authors, Ernest Hemingway, who said, "Big emotions don''t need big words." When it comes to speeches at weddings and funerals, the emotion and the event heighten the words without any extras. A simple, heartfelt delivery is best at moments like this. Speaking while emotional: Not crying was high on his wish list for this speech. I get all the easy tasks, right? So I reminded Peter that crying and blushing, once begun in earnest, can''t easily be stopped. I taught him my tricks for emotional moments: Shut your mouth, breathe through your nose, swallow, and pause however long you need to. Breathing through your nose is less visible and audible, but provides needed air at the right time and can help interrupt a full-on cry, as does swallowing. Shutting your mouth helps block a sob. Pausing is an underused tactic. If you''re midway through an emotional speech, a pause is understood and respected. So are tears, for that matter. Later, I learned that the wedding party was passing around the "breathe through your nose" tip like a plate of hors-d''oeuvres. In the end, tears were shed, and tissues passed, but they didn''t derail anyone''s remarks. Peter paused a lot. But the room stayed silent. This was all fine--after all, you wouldn''t want wholly unemotional speakers at your wedding, would you? Be funny and a little bit risky: You have to balance the tears and emotional moments with humor, in part as catharsis and in part to entertain. And then there''s also the goal of yanking the groom''s (and perhaps the bride''s) chain just enough, then making them feel amazing. In his speech, Peter described his effort, speechwriter-like, to run jokes past the bride and her repeated ruling-out of his choices, which hinted that they were more than a little risky. Noses were tweaked. Dennis the Menace has serious competition here! Personalized humor, rather than off-the-shelf jokes, makes a big difference. But after each joke at the expense of the bride or groom came praise and tribute, lest the best man leave the impression that the joking image was the one the guests should take away. It''s a diplomatic touch many best men forget at their peril. Figuring out the job your story has to do: Peter also was to relate a moment when the groom supported his absence from a campaign so Peter could handle his uncle''s funeral. His expression, understandably, was somber as he spoke about this dark moment. But every story has a job to do, coaches say, and this one was not just about a difficult time in Peter''s life, but a testament to the groom''s generosity, loyalty and support. I urged him to end with a smile to give the audience its cue card about how to react--not with tears, but with appreciation. He ended that story with the line, "And that''s the type of guy Sarah married today." Thanking people lovingly and not by rote: Peter''s speech began with a litany of thanks and acknowledgments, my least favorite way to start a speech, but necessary here. He did the right thing by making them not rote thanks, but individualized and special and funny, peppered with some insider jokes and the sly tone noted above. Ending strongly: Peter didn''t have an ending when we began coaching, but did have a million-dollar anecdote at the end of the speech. He was describing the night Matthew wanted to talk through proposing to Sarah, during which Peter finally handed him a Post-It note that said, "Stop talking and propose to the girl - before she gets her eyes checked." (The anecdote was properly drawn out and hammed up for dramatic effect during the speech.) He ended with: "So now I''m going to take my own advice. And shut up. And propose. A toast. All happiness, Sarah and Matthew." Even with an expert speechwriter doing the speaking, a good coach can contribute to a speech''s content, helping with grace notes and transitions and building on the authentic content that''s already there. Sharing a secret that captures the feeling of the day: The closing anecdote had something else going for it. I often tell speakers giving wedding speeches or eulogies to share something about the principal that only you and the honoree know--it''s both connected and surprising, grounded and exciting. In speeches rife with platitudes and cliches, this kind of content rivets the listener. That worked so well here that the bride turned to the groom in front of all to ask whether it really happened, a priceless moment. All that preparation was richly rewarded, in part because the wedding party decided to put the speeches during a stand-up reception early in the proceedings, rather than after a meal or while guests were trapped at tables. Everyone was alert and attentive, both speakers and listeners. As a result, Peter spent the rest of the evening getting feedback like, "Home run!" and "The speech!!!" I''m told you could hear a guest say during his remarks, "I need to hire that guy to be my best man!" Peter turned out to be more than right about the pressure of being "the speechwriter" and "the speaker coach" who''d be speaking, an easy target. Even the staff at the venue told him that his speech was being hyped a lot before it was given. Everyone in the wedding party who spoke referenced it, and he was the last to speak. But the best feedback of all came afterward from the groom''s brother: "You''re no carpenter." In the end, I am sure that his speech succeeded not just for its structure, well-chosen anecdotes, cheeky jokes and practiced delivery. This speech was full of heart and honesty, two aspects of authenticity that absolutely cannot be faked. It drew everyone in the room closer to one another and let them feel connected. It was no surprise to me that Peter was told by a guest, "This is the most intimate wedding I''ve ever attended," even though the crowd numbered 140 people. That''s the feeling you get from his speech. For every best man who pulls a stock speech off the Internet, this set the bar very high, indeed. The speech''s ability to forge strong connections also reflected our coaching process. When another speaker coach hires me as a coach, a fellow professional says, in effect, "I need to prepare, and I trust you enough to let you see me prepare," with all the false starts, objections, questions, changes, cold feet, anxiety and other loose ends any speaker might have. We both know all too well what might happen, and the need for help. I''ve coached a couple of fellow coaches, and have learned that that''s what makes this exchange special. When we can help each other be vulnerable, present and emotional, it''s a real victory. I''m so delighted to have been able to contribute to this special day, speech and speaker.'

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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