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8 Tips from Kurt Vonnegut to Make You a Better Speaker

Manner of Speaking

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the United States’ most intelligent, witty and beloved authors. His novels such as Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions and The Sirens of Titan are still widely read and just as insightful as they were when they … Continue reading → English Kurt Vonnegut public speaking writing

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How to be more expressive

Kate's Voice

Some people are just more expressive than others. When you listen to an expressive person, you hear lots of pitches and pace changes and even more pauses than someone who is not as expressive. For years, in American business, people were taught to get rid of their vocal variety.

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The Public Library - Building Community, One Special Event At A Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yesterday, I attended a guided group meditation session at the Woods Public Librar y, here in Tucson, Arizona. It was conducted by Bev Paul. For the first time since beginning to meditate five years ago, I went into a trance. Yeah, Paul was that  gifted. 

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Are you missing a sense of place?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

You’re everywhere and nowhere baby, that’s where you’re at Going down a bumpy hillside, in your hippy hat Flying across the country, and getting fat Saying everything is groovy, when your tires are flat – Jeff Beck, Hi Ho Silver Lining I recently flew across the country on a business trip to Boston, the place […]. Culture Shock! airbnb voltaire

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What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach Us About Business Stories

Manner of Speaking

Storytelling is powerful. Stories resonate with people on a deep, psychological level. Stories are memorable and help support our messages. Hence the speaker’s maxim: Tell a story, make a point. The best stories contain many elements related to plot, character, dialogue, etc. For … Continue reading → Stories and Storytelling Business Kurt Vonnegut Maya Eilam Stories storytelling the shapes of stories

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5 Ways to Approach Conflict (without ending up with a Kryptonite spear in your chest)

Speak and Deliver

The big movie at the moment is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Huge opening. Lousy reviews. Great movie - but I'm biased.

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Presentation Skills – The Gentle Art of Moving Minds

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Why do we find people with well-developed presentation skills so captivating? What do the great orators of the past, the compelling media presenters of the TV era and great entertainers have in common? I believe that the answer lies in their ability to challenge our thinking.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 230) – George Bernard Shaw

Manner of Speaking

“I am the most spontaneous speaker in the world because every word, every gesture and every retort has been carefully rehearsed.” ” — George Bernard Shaw Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Communication George Bernard Shaw impromptu speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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How did the Harvard Professor Abuse the Audience?

Executive Speech Coach

Why are University Professors Boring? It’s no surprise that a university professor might be a boring speaker. I believe they are encouraged to be boring. The rumor is that professors are supposed to make life difficult for students.

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#publicspeaking save: 8 ways to say "I don't know" gracefully

The Eloquent Woman

Right behind early-career worries about what if the audience already knows what I want to say? and the risks that go with assuming what the audience knows , there's another speaker fear lurking for junior and experienced speakers alike: What happens when you don't know the answer to the question? "I

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We Ghostwriters Don't Need Jobs Report (215,000 additional ones in March) - Surge of requests for real (not e-) books tells us economy is humming

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are the number folks in the land. They need official data from government agencies such as the Labor Department to tell them how the economy is faring. Those numbers people are calmed down about recession fears with the announcement that 215,000 jobs were created in March.

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[Quick public speaking tip] Is your past undermining your speaking confidence?

Pivotal Public Speaking

Overcoming a fear of public speaking has many facets. One of those facets is taking the fear apart and looking to see where it came from – looking into the past for clues. Previous personal experience can affect our confidence in any situation. Teasing of any sort can destroy confidence and if it was associated [.]. fear of public speaking public speaking anxiety public speaking confidence public speaking nerves public speaking tips

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How to Come Across as an Authority in Your Presentation

SketchBubble

Nobody could doubt that Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg could speak as an authority on the subject of achieving your goals against all adversity. Forbes has estimated her net worth at $1.27 billion and placed her at Number Eight on the list of Power Women in the United States.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

If you want to keep up with my wide-ranging reading list about women and speaking in real time, follow The Eloquent Woman on Facebook where these links are posted all week long--or just head here on Mondays, where I summarize them all for you.

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Marque Lynche - Talent & Booze Don't Mix

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Marque Lynche, the former 'Mickey Mouse Club' star who passed away late last year, died of 'acute and chronic alcoholism' He also was a semi-finalist on the third season of 'American Idol.'" '" - Bryan Hood, New York Post, March 31, 2016.

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3 Key Website Elements to Ensure You’re Hitting the Mark with Visitors

Speaker Launcher

How often do you go to a business or person’s website and you can’t quite figure out what they do? That’s because they are missing key website elements that distinguish what they offer. We spend a tremendous amount of effort (and dollars) trying to drive people to our websites. Therefore, it’s so important to make […]. The post 3 Key Website Elements to Ensure You’re Hitting the Mark with Visitors appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Vladimir Putin - Will he be tamed by Wendi Deng?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's still a rumor. As yet, there have been no sightings in public of Vladimir Putin and Wendi Deng together. But even the hint of a romance has the world buzzing about the implications of the two becoming an item. In Vanity Fair , Emily Jane Fox provides a background about the two hustlers.

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Facebook - Still the multi-generationals hang-out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A flight from Facebook to Snapchat and Instagram for the young? Don't bet on it if you are trying to reach Millennials. A new survey from comScore, reports re/code , shows that Millennials still use Facebook at 2.5 times the rate of other social networks.

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Institutional Leaders: Want Millennials to Trust You? Meet 'Em in Person

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those 18 to 34  prefer meeting politicos in person versus just absorbing their tweets. And more of them feel that way than do members of Generation X and Baby Boomers. That's what research firm Ipsos found, reports Bloomberg. Here is the analysis.

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When Bill Walton Was Fired by ESPN - Of course, he considered suicide (don't we all)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Bill Walton [great basketball star] says in a new interview that he considered suicide after being fired as a commentator by ESPN in 2009." " - Chris Spargo, Daily Mail, March 29, 2016. Here is the article.

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Patty Duke, Giant in Reducing Stigma of Mental Illness, Dead at 69

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those of us who suffered our own dark nights of the soul revere Patty Duke as a mental health pioneer. With her 1987 book "Call Me Anna," she showed the world that even severe mental illness is a condition that can be lived with. She had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Corey Lewandowski - Bad Vibes for Make America Great Campaign

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In PR Week , Diana Bradley published "7 quick reactions to Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's battery charge." " One responder put the knock on the reporter as a cry baby. But the rest essentially framed the whole incident as emblematic of a troubled campaign.

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Donald Trump - Tipping point in campaign rhetoric.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Make America Great Again campaign has reached a tipping point. Constituencies, ranging from media to women, now demand that rhetorical rogue, Donald Trump, begin sounding like "White House material."

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Jones Day May Not Have A Good Week for a Long Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On March 25th, Marisa M. Kashino published an article in the Washingtonian. It was, she said from the get-go, about the bad week law firm Jones Day had been having.

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The Sexually Active College Male - Games Mother Must Teach Him

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A former George Mason college student, going by the moniker "John Doe," got off the hook. Legally. But he still could face more discipline static at George Mason before he is re-admitted.

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Virtual Reality (including Oculus Rift) Needs Plenty of Sophisticated Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The Wall Street Journal , Geoffrey A. Fowler essentially tells us that virtual reality (VR), including Oculus Rift, isn't ready for prime time.  Or Main Street. That's the rub. Like all new technology, VR has bugs. It's expensive. It has side effects.

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Pope Francis - Next Easter, Media Might Not Show Up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Easter Sunday is the most holy day in the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church.    Yet, the leader of that religion - Pope Francis - gave a sermon which is full of platitudes. He condemns the Brussels attack. And he asks the people of the world to defeat terrorism with love.

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Jesus Christ - The White Space between Success and Failure

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Documentaries such as "Race to Nowhere" and books such as "Beyond Measure" depict how success has come to overshadow  everything else.     That's what life has become all about for youth. And the game is binary.

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RNC - Packing Heat in July

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

About 20,000 have signed the Change.org petition permitting attendees at the Republican National Convention in mid July to pack heat. Currently, firearms are not permitted at the Quicken Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Drudge Report's All in the Family - Bill, Hillary & Now Chelsea Clinton

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report broke the story on Monica Lewinsky. Its target was Bill Clinton. And with that single success, the conservative digital tabloid became a household name. Then it moved onto Hillary Clinton. Its signature was the unflattering photo of Hillary posted at the top of the page.

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Chris Christie & Donald Trump - The Power of Blunt Talk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Chris Christie is looming large behind the scenes of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, coaching him before the last GOP debate and lining up policy experts, donors and big-name backers."  "  - New York Post, March 25, 2016. Here is the article.

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Biographies of Famous Personalities You Know - No, Readers Don't Want TMI about You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On the one hand, being a friend of a famous personality gives you insider information. That can create the makings of an outstanding biography. On the other hand, such an association with influence, power, and wealth can delude you.

Famous Speech Friday: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at Northwestern

The Eloquent Woman

As the current chair, CEO and president of IBM, Virginia "Ginni" Rometty has fended off criticism of Big Blue's sinking revenues since becoming its first woman CEO in 2012.

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