Sat.Apr 11, 2015 - Fri.Apr 17, 2015

Use PowerPoint like a flip chart–draw as you speak

PowerPoint Tips

A flip chart can be a great way to present. You write or draw as you talk. Yes, people have to wait until you finish writing or drawing, but the process is very engaging to the audience. If you’re old enough, you may remember teachers writing on the blackboard as they taught.

Unplugged

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Denziens of the San Francisco tech scene are greeting the sun at a series of Daybreaker Digital Dextox dance parties in Mission District lofts.

Vocal Impact Tip: How to get over the sound of your voice

Kate's Voice

Is that my voice? The best way to know what your voice sounds like to others is to record it and listen to it. Right? Wrong! In fact you will probably never hear your voice as others hear it. That’s right, the voice you have perfected to be so incredibly sexy and powerful is NOT […].

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Lydia Pinkham

The Communication Blog

I want to bring to your attention a new book by a friend of mine; we went to graduate school together at the U of I. The book— Lydia Pinkham: The Face that Launched a Thousand Ads by Sammy R.

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Why You Don’t Like The Sound of Your Voice & What to Do About It

Speaking Freely

Most people don’t like the sound of their voice when they hear it replayed on a recorder. As a voice and diction teacher for almost four decades, I can attest to that fact. When Arthur Lessac trained me to teach his Lessac Voice Method, he also trained me to have a great voice. The day […]. The post Why You Don’t Like The Sound of Your Voice & What to Do About It appeared first on Speaking Freely.

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Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt II: 7 Quick & Dirty Writing Solutions

Speak and Deliver

A few weeks ago, I wrote about ''Speechwriting in Reverse'' as a solution to Writer''s Block. In a nutshell, it means Speak, Record, Transcribe. That doesn''t work for everyone, though, and we don''t always like to have just one solution, so I promised more to come. Here we go: 1.

For #EarthDay, 7 famous environmental speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

Next week, we celebrate Earth Day, and it''s no surprise that women have shaped so much of the public speaking about environmental issues.

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Data Analytics & Campaign 2016 - So, Who Cares What Peggy Noonan Opines?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"We have aggregated the data, including from social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Here is the probability that X and Y candidates will get the nomination from their party."

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How to be more confident – dismiss your demons

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Public speaking can certainly be daunting. When faced with such an opportunity, it is tempting to give in to the words of our inner demons who tell us to say “I can’t” or “I won’t” Recently I had the pleasure of working with a group of young adults who were coming to the end of a12 week Prince’s Trust Programme.

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From the vault: Got lots to say? Save it for the Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: This 2010 post is a process I use for my own presentations: Start by planning the Q&A first, then work on your formal content. It''s a great way to look smart when question time rolls around.)

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Selecting Our Contest Winners

Humor Power

On a recent survey of subscribers, a few comments suggested that the selection of contest winners is subjective. I agree. The results are totally subjective. What is funny to one person is often not funny to another. Here is some background on the judging process for our contests. - I try to minimize the subjectivity factor by having at least 8 – 10 judges for each contest. And usually the panel of judges is different each month.

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The Three Campaignteers - Politics Is Family Affair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The family of John Adams established the model: Getting elected in America is a family affair. The Kennedys transformed that concept into a powerful machine. And now Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton have joined together in what might be called The Three Campaignteers.

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Thought Leaders - Here's Why Pema Chodron's 2013 Book "How To Meditate" Is Still 1,660 On Amazon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We are all basket cases, at least some of the time. That's what American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron says in her 2013 book "How To Meditate: A Practical Guide To Making Friends With Your Mind." " Although already out there 2 years, the book remains at the 1,660 ranking on Amazon.com.

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After The Fall - 12 Years Later

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, as a give-back, I took a break from my 18-hour work day to donate blood at the Red Cross. Incidentally, my hours on duty are unusually long not because I am engaged all that time in revenue-producing activities.

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That Elevator Speech - Yes, You Can/Maybe Should Change The Story

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Your elevator speech is your business card that you present in person and in real time. It should not only capture what value you provide commercially. It should do that in a sticky way. Those hearing your elevator speech should remember it - and you.

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Leaders, Campaign 2016, Trust - Being There

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Edelman's signature has become its annual trust survey. Here is the one for 2015. Those involved in assisting candidates in Campaign 2016 should be analyzing what are the impediments to creating this necessary glue between leaders and followers.

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Jodi Arias: Cupid Is Harsh Task Master

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Jodi Arias will spend the rest of her life in the slammer, without the possibility of parole. Sure her lawyer can appeal and appeal. But the judge hammered the brutality of the premeditated murder.

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Hillary Clinton's Campaign - Deja Vu Wicked Smart Hillary, Whom We Admired

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are two Hillarys. One is the wicked smart one we had to admire and wanted to follow. The other is the arrogant Hillary entitled to whatever. In this early stage of Campaign 2016, the wicked smart Hillary has re-emerged.

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Hillary Clinton As Presidential Candidate: Power Of Branding, In Everything

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Hillary Clinton ended years of speculation about her plans on Sunday and launched her second campaign for president, asking voters to keep the same party in control of the White House for 12 years, a request that has been granted only rarely in modern history."

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Thought Leaders - Learn From Bloomberg Not To Over-Apologize

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Bloomberg Politics published a report about Nancy Reagan based off a fake news site NationalReport.net." " Dylan Byers, "Bloomberg falls for fake Nancy Reagan report," in Politico, April 10, 2015. Here is the article.

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"Mad Men" - Away From Don Draper, People Find Happiness

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For a long time, we assumed that shut-down Don Draper and his first wife uptight Betty were made for each other. Now, we wonder if Don might have turned an ordinary human being capable of happiness into the messed-up Betty we got to know too well.

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Michelangelo - Dead Ringer For Steve Jobs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Geniuses, like Michelangelo and Steve Jobs, intuitively know they aren't to be distracted from creating. Those sources of distraction can include customers. In the day of Michelangelo, customers took the form of patrons. In the new biography "Michelangelo," Miles J.

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Pope Francis As Thought Leader - Sure He Gets Headlines, But What About Game-Changing?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Most recently, Pope Francis has taken a position on the situation in Armenia. And the media have covered it. Here is one example. But those who understand the dynamics of press understand that media presence doesn't necessarily translate into being able to be a game-changer.

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Suicide - Just The Right Staging (like Lane Pryce on "Mad Men")

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On "Mad Men," a crushed Lane Pryce returned to the office after he was fired for stealing from the ad firm. There is where he staged his suicide by hanging. It did transmit a powerful visual statement. So, it's no surprise in our visual era that a man would check out outside the U.S.

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Writers, Just Like Actors, Are Asking: When Should I Give Up On The Dream?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I took formal acting lessons in my 40s, the instructor said, "You might have a shot at a career. Most of your competition gives up by the age 30." " Well, just as with stand-up comedy, that career path was fun to try out.

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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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The Preet Bharara Brand - Leveraged To Deter The Bad Guys

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Former Gov. David Paterson took crusading U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to task Friday, suggesting he sometimes is a headline-grabber." " - Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News, April 17, 2015. Here is the article. In this total media era, prosecutors have to build their brand.

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Gawker - Writers Want A Union

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" a group of editorial staffers from many of the group's sites [at Gawker] met with union organizers at the Writers Guild in New York. Gawker would become the first online media company to organize." " Reem Nasr, "Gawker writers trying to unionize," CNBC, April 16, 2015.

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CEOs - Fewer Of Our Executive-Communications Clients Are Getting Fired

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Firings of chief executive officers fell to the decade's lowest point in 2014 [according to The Conference Board], but the more important change may be a shift in the CEO's role in governance.

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No, You Can't Ditch The Script - Just Make It Sound Non-Scripted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The way to cast spells in public speaking is to be on scripted message but not sound that way. According to Frank Rich in New York Magazine , Hillary Clinton can't pull that off in Campaign 2015. At least not yet. Never underestimate the game-changing behavior Clinton's drive could generate.

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Writers In Career Transition - Your Pet Companions Feel Your Pain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"I didn't think it would be 'this hard.'" '" That's what a writer confided to me early this morning. We were waiting to start training for an onsite communications assignment which could be the path out of hands-on writing. 

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"The Good Wife" - Did Writers Anticipate Hillary Would Run?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night's episode of "The Good Wife" has Alicia encountering how ugly politics can get. In response, she falls into the arms of estranged husband Peter. He is both her worst enemy and her key supporter.

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Joshua Bryce Newman - Power Of Cool In Digital Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Cool is a selling tool some lucky businesspeople get to leverage. Among them seems to be Joshua Bryce Newman. That cool exuded from his Yale pedigree, being a Silicon Valley player and heady coverage by influential media such as The New York Times. Few, if any, investors in his ventures did due diligence.

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Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush - Has Learned There Is No Such Thing As Off-The-Record

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"'Well, how did you get to our 30% organic growth?' ' [Jonathan] Bush said to a panel of laughing listeners. 'I 'I said I dunno. I got it out of my ass.'" '" - quoted by Linette Lopez, "Athenahealth CEO said he pulls numbers 'out of his a ' in a video, and David Einhorn put it in a devastating presentation," in BusinessInsider, April 13, 2015. Here is the article.

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