Sat.Apr 13, 2013 - Fri.Apr 19, 2013

Be a better moderator: Stay out of your head

Speak Schmeak

Photo Credit: net_efekt via Compfight cc The topic of "being present" during presentations or while waiting to be introduced to speak has come up a lot lately in my conversations with clients and on this blog.

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The paradox of performance

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jan Dalley writes in the Weekend FT on the paradox that in an age of increasing digitization of our culture (via music downloads, YouTube video and more) people still seek out the unique personal experience of attending live performances: at literary festivals, rock concerts, and lectures.

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3 ways to make objects equidistant in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Any time you have 3 or more similar objects on a slide, you may want to make them equidistant. PowerPoint offers 3 separate ways to create equidistant objects. Duplicate, place, duplicate. This method is so easy, yet many people don’t know about it. I used it for the above slide.

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Let Your Public Speaking Skills Age Like Fine Wine

DeFinis Communications

Imagine having the opportunity to write a speech about a topic you know and love and deliver it nine times in the course of a day to a rapt audience, gaining new supporters and perfecting your delivery each time.

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Forget perfection: Strive for connection.

Speak Schmeak

"The adults of the last four generations have blessed our children with the destiny of a shorter life span than their own parents." TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver has this wish: "I wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity." Watch his video to see how he envisions this happening (my comments are below). (If If the video isn''t showing up, go to this link.)

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Book Preview: The Age of the Image, by Stephen Apkon

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Christopher Caldwell writes in the Weekend FT about a new book, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, by Stephen Apkon (available tomorrow on Amazon). Apkon argues that there is a new kind of global literacy, based not on words, but images.

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1 question for the speaker coach: "Effective hand motions and hands at rest?"

The Eloquent Woman

If you could ask a speaker coach one question about your speaking or presenting, what would it be? I asked that question recently on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , and I''ll be answering those questions here on the blog. You''re welcome to post your questions here in the comments or on Facebook.

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Let Your Public Speaking Skills Age Like Fine Wine

DeFinis Communications

Imagine having the opportunity to write a speech about a topic you know and love and deliver it nine times in the course of a day to a rapt audience, gaining new supporters and perfecting your delivery each time. That’s precisely the opportunity afforded to my client David Amadia, VP of Sales for Ridge Vineyards, when he attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival last month and participated in their “Meet Your Match” event. Meet Your Match” is the wine education version of speed dating.

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Duarte Workshops Are Coming to London

Duarte Blog

Duarte is excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our first international workshops in London! We’ll be conducting two consecutive sessions of our 1Day VisualStory workshop: Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 – at the beautiful Hoxton Shoreditch Hotel in East London.

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Famous Speech Friday: Francine Wheeler's radio address on gun control reforms

The Eloquent Woman

What if the President of the United States stepped aside and let you give a talk in his place?

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How to Turn 3 Mistakes into Profitable Content

Great Public Speaking

Jeff Herring, "The Article Marketing Guy" was a special guest during my 3 night telesummit. He is the number one man in the world teaching article marketing to authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs. He revealed how to write and market articles for more prospects, publicity, and profits.

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Hedge Funds: Still good to have as clients

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Despite all the media gloom and doom about the state of the global hedge fund industry, the top 25 hedge fund managers still are flying high, reports THE ECONOMIST. 

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On the death of Margaret Thatcher: notes on the evolution of charismatic woman

Max Atkinson

When I wrote ''Our Masters'' Voices'' (1984), Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and looked well set to win at least one more term of office (and actually won two more).

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Readers who follow The Eloquent Woman on Facebook are already used to seeing links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. I''m summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog, so all readers can benefit.

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How to Make Stats More Interesting

Executive Speech Coach

Watch this video to discover: 1. how to take stats from boring to brilliant and 2. how to make charts on your slides more entertaining and instructive. This video is from a TED talk by Hans Rosling. When I first heard the topic and saw the typical chart displayed I expected a boring lecture.

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Facebook: Will it make college reunions obsolete?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Face it, transportation costs keep skyrocketing.    For me to drive or fly from Connecticut to my alma mater Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania for a reunion would set me back.    And in these days of the new frugality, being set back on my budget is unacceptable.

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Presentation Tip: Word clues to better organize information

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

With information overload being the number one issue for audiences today, how can presenters better organize their information so it is easier to understand? I see hundreds and hundreds of slides for each customized workshop I do as I create the slide makeovers for that group. I have come up with four clues that I look for in the words being used on the slide that indicate an opportunity to better organize the message for the audience.

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How to Engage Your Friends on Facebook and Get Them Talking

Great Public Speaking

A fun and interesting way to get your Facebook fans to pipe in with comments is to ask them a question in the form of a fill-in-the-blank.

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Benefits of, and how to write, white papers explained in “White Papers for Dummies”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

White papers describe the benefits of a business to business (B2B) product or service, or highlight a better way to solve an industry problem in a way that helps business people understand the issue, solve the problem, or at least make an important business decision. Read the review of "White Papers For Dummies". Published Articles

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Hardship Fatigue: Slouching toward joy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Let's go camping, where the wireless carriers can't find it." " That's what a buddy from way back suggested to me yesterday.    He had had with the media's hammering on tragedy and hardship, ranging from 9/11 to all those who had lost their houses. 

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Contest Results — Games to Play

Humor Power

Here are the results of April’s contest as picked by our panel of judges. The theme for the contest was: Games To Play in Prison. The challenge was to make up games (which are not real), based on actual games which do exist. The original games can be board games, TV games, reality games, carnival games, sport games, etc. The new games should fit the prison theme. New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month. The next contest will be announced on May 1.

Fabulous Complimentary TeleSummit: Perfect for Public Speakers

Great Public Speaking

I''m putting on a spectacular complimentary telesummit April 16-18, 2013 Can''t make it? Register anyway and get the recording. I have 7 spectacular presenters lined up for the event that you can listen to in the comfort of your own home or office. If you know me, I don''t mess around and I won''t deal with anyone who isn''t world class so you can be sure his lineup of speakers will rock your world.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Was this the mind of Raskholnikov in "Crime and Punishment"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings Dzhokhar Tsaranaev a type of Raskolnikov from "Crime and Punishment?" " Has he been driven by an idea or abstraction, not a passion?

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CNN: Use this reporting error on Boston Marathon to start over

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

CNN's error in reporting that there had been an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombing is a great opportunity for the struggling cable network. 

"42" - Guts for Jackie Robinson meant not fighting back, just playing ball

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After "42" ended, in the rest room two mothers mused that it was unbelievable that such racial prejudice ever existed.    Their daughters just looked on, as if they had watched a film about medieval times. 

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Lost Legs: This Boston Marathon bomber understood symbolism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Boston Marathon is about running.    So, what better way to send a menacing message than destroying the equipment for that running: the human legs.    The bomber understood symbolism.

Marissa Mayer: Should she transform Yahoo into venture-capital firm?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For Q1, revenues, mostly from display advertising, are down 7% at Yahoo. But earnings , reports AP, are up 36%, mostly to Yahoo's 24% investment in fast-growing internet company in China Alibaba. Yahoo

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King & Spalding Law Firm To Block Employees' Personal E-Mail: Efficiency down the drain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's face it.    What gets us through the work day, even when we love our jobs and contract assignments, is checking our personal email. This

Martin Richard, 8 Years Old: Symbol of fear of taking your children to large public gatherings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the fall, parents will think two, three, four times about bringing their children to the iconic Thanksgiving Day's parade in Manhattan.    Likely, they will persuade their children to watch all the giant balloon characters on television. 

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De-stressing When Smartphones Make Everywhere an Office: Blissed-out monk way

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK , Venessa Wong discusses how to de-stress in the open-space office.    Small-time problem.

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Boston Marathon: A different version of Newtown, CT

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Again, a spirit of celebration turns to sorrow in New England.    We in the region all know someone who practiced continuously and then traveled to participate in the Boston Marathon. 

"Mad Men" January 1968 - Were we women that bad off?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The Collaborators" episode of "Mad Men," set in January 1968, provides flashbacks of how tough we women had it back then.    No female on the show has the emotional strength to lean in, not even Peggy Olson who we once thought had the greatest potential for growth.

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Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin: Scenes from a marriage in today's NY TIMES MAGAZINE

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some things in life are very hard.    For Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin holding together their marriage, after his sex scandal, seems like one of them.    Today, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE provides scenes from that marriage. 

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When Mothers Told Us Baby Boomer Girls To Get Teaching Certificates - No leaning in

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

History will never be kind to relationships between mothers and their Baby Boomer daughters.    Even the smartest girls in the advanced placement classes at Snyder High School, Jersey City, New Jersey were mandated by mom to "get teaching certificates." 

"Renoir" - The artist as an old and young man

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The film "Renoir" shows how art happens - and how artists make the shift from being simple craftspeople.    It's almost a how-to for us who want to transcend how we use our talent to make a living.

Kobe Bryant's Achilles Tendon: The writer's creativity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those with extraordinary talent like basketball player Kobe Bryant sometimes seem like they sign a secret pact with the devil. 

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Humor Program in Las Vegas

Humor Power

Powerhouse Pros presents a special Humor Skills program – “Prison Games” presented by John Kinde, DTM – on Monday, April 15 at 6:15 pm in Las Vegas. It will include techniques for helping you focus your humor skills on creating original humor. The program will be interactive and fun. You are invited to join as we learn to create fresh humor and laughter. The club meets at Pololu Robotics and Electronics, 920 Pilot Road in Las Vegas.