Sat.Feb 15, 2014 - Fri.Feb 21, 2014

My latest SmartArt faves

PowerPoint Tips

As you probably know, SmartArt (available since PowerPoint 2007) is a way of converting bulleted text to a diagram, or at least a visually attractive graphic. When I work with presenters, I often see slides that have a lot of text on them.

2014 203

San Francisco Writers Conference 2014

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I spent part of the weekend at the San Francisco Writers Conference which is organized by the irrepressible Mike Larsen and Elizabeth Pomona. I was helping staff the Editorial Freelancers Association booth so did not have time to attend any of the rich offering of sessions.

In speaking, as in sports, the reward outweighs the risk

Speak Schmeak

Photo: World Figure Skating The Winter Olympics are full of risk-taking athletes. They jump, they spin, they twirl, they flip, they slide, they glide, and they push as hard as they can -- all at the risk of falling on their behinds and losing time, points and medals.

2014 192

The Beautiful Spirit & Creativity of Zina Nicole Lahr

Presentation Zen

Yesterday, I was deeply moved by the beautiful spirit of a young, creative, and intelligent woman, a woman who I''ve never met. I was not the only one. Thousands of people have now been moved by the amazing work and personality of 23-year old Zina Nicole Lahr from Ouray, Colorado.

2014 112

Customize slide objects to the extreme

PowerPoint Tips

Do you want to take customization of slide objects to the extreme? You can customize slide objects in 2 big ways: Combine Shapes: You can add them together (Union), substract them, and more — combine, fragment (PowerPoint 2013 only), intersect.

Pink Paper, Purple Prose

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Weekend FT continues to delight with unexpected and refreshing views. I’ve noticed before that, unlike any American newspaper I know of, it has no problem using explicatives when the context calls for them. The latest example is Sarah Churchwell’s article on censorship at the cinema.

2014 190

Famous Speech Friday: Meryl Streep on Emma Thompson & Walt Disney

The Eloquent Woman

At some point in your speaking career, you may be asked to speak in tribute to someone special or important--an honoree or nominee, perhaps. That''s happening all over Hollywood this awards season. Many of the tribute speeches fall flat with me, too torturously scripted and full of platitudes.

2014 109

More Trending

Presentation Insight: Are your slides Re-Tweetable?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

What does Twitter have to do with effective slides in your PowerPoint presentation? A lot more than you think. This occurred to me last week as I was helping a client prepare a presentation for an upcoming investor conference.

2014 86

Speechwriters Conference Debrief 3 of 4: Michael Long

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this third edited highlight from the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable call, freelance speechwriter Michael Long shares his impressions of the conference.

2014 181

Inside Voice: Liz O'Donnell, PR executive, blogger, author

The Eloquent Woman

( Editor''s note: Inside Voice is a new interview series on The Eloquent Woman, in which we''ll ask speakers, speechwriters, and storytellers to share their insights.

2014 84

Book 7 of 52 in 52: Presentation Zen - by Garr Reynolds

Speak and Deliver

I may be the one speaking coach in the world who hadn''t read Presentation Zen yet. At least until the last couple of weeks. I have an excuse, though. I HATE PowerPoint. I rarely use it. So why read a book about it.

2014 71

This Annoys Intelligent People

Executive Speech Coach

Do NOT start your presentation with this trashy opening, “How is EVERYBODY today?” After the audience responds the speaker yells, “I can’t HEAR you!” It’s insincere, manipulative and offensive. The old “motivational speakers” used to do this (some still do) and it was corny then.

2014 70

Speechwriters Conference Debrief 1 of 4: Jon Favreau keynote

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable conference call took place Feb 20 at the end of the first day of the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. There were 16 callers online from around the country.

2014 173

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.

2014 83

"Downton Abbey" - Which Character Do You See Yourself As?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This Sunday is the two-hour finale of "Downton Abbey." "   My friends on Facebook have been taking quizzes about how they match up to the profiles of the major characters in that imported prime-time soap opera.

2014 68

Is this really the best presentation skills book you’ll read this year?

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I hope you can excuse a little piece of shameless self-promotion, but I am delighted to say that my new book, The Presenter’s Edge, is now available globally on Amazon Kindle.

2014 65

Speechwriters Conference Debrief 4 of 4: Q&A Session

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this fourth and final edited highlight from the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable call, we hear from the callers who had comments and questions. Helping me respond to callers questions is MasterCard VP Douglass Hatcher. By listening to the Q&A you’ll hear comments and opinions about many aspects of the first day of the Ragan [.]

2014 154

Do it for You: Enter the Cicero Awards

OnSpeechwriting

Let''s face it, speechwriters are a faceless group. We sit in offices, writing material for other people to stand up and deliver. The best speechwriters stay hidden, satisfied in the role they play in helping a speaker develop and deliver a useful and engaging talk or speech. Unknown. Unseen.

2014 56

Book Authors: Mostly Labor of Love or Marketing Tool

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The old saying holds: If you want to make big money, get a job on Wall Street. It's rare that a book author will become wealthy, at least not through the royalties from books.  Hugh Howey, as Joshua Brustein points out in Bloomberg Business Week, is the exception.

2014 65

How to Do a Network TV Interview With Skype | Media Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized skype tv interview

Skype 52

Speechwriters Conference Debrief 2 of 4: Rosemary King & Douglass Hatcher

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this second edited highlight from the call, freelance speechwriter Rosemary King and Douglass Hatcher, VP of Thought Leadership at MasterCard, share their impressions of the conference and specifically the panel they were both on: Chart your career path: Job advice from successful professionals. The other panelists were freelancer Eric Schnure who has worked for [.]

2014 126

Observational Humor — Case Study #113

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. I’ll share the set-up, the joke, and some brief comments on what made the jokes work. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). Bill Brown was a guest attending the meeting. Linda Bown is a new member. I sometimes use a cane. Sometimes a walker. Someone commented on my walker’s cup holder. It was holding a small bottle of water.

Monica Lewinsky: Timing right for packaging herself as a woman all-grown-up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With global attention on whether Hillary Clinton (prototype of The Good Wife) will run for president, the timing is right for Monica Lewinsky to hit the speaking circuit.  That is, if she frames her message as A Woman All-Grown-Up.

2014 65

Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized public speaking

2014 52

Jan Koum: WhatsApp Founder New Symbol of Whatever

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Jan Koum, the media, idea entrepreneurs, politicos favoring relaxing immigration rules, STEM teachers and Silicon Valley have a gold mine.   This founder of WhatsApp easily lends himself to be a symbol of whatever.  Facebook is buying his company for $19 billion in cash and stock.

2014 61

Speechwriting: Learn by listening (forget buying books)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This evening, thanks to the initiative and technical savvy of Ian Griffin, we in executive communications tuned in to the Ragan Speechwriters Conference in DC.  Again, it amazed bookish, over-degreed me how much we learn by simply listening + maybe asking a few questions.

2014 61

The New Republic Doesn't Like Chris Christie - So?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It is totally predictable that a media outlet would dump on a politico who's already down.  That's what Alec MacGillis does in the current issue of The New Republic.  His target, of course, is Chris Christie.    Here you can read all that negativity. 

2014 61

BMW: Death of the salesman

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

BMW is joining the conga line in retail in which the brick and mortar space is to engage prospects, not necessary close the sale.  That reduces inventory for retailers which are embracing this model.  And can increase total sales in an era when people hate to be sold to.

2014 61

Professional Persona: No, you're can't just be yourself, says Miss Manners

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"When attempting to enter the business world, you need to learn to be someone else.  It is called having a professional identity." 

2014 61

Barbie Is an Entrepreneur

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Will there soon be female entrepreneurs with the power and profile of a Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg?  The new Barbie might make that happen.    In Tech Crunch, Alexia Tsostsis champions this latest identity for the Barbie Doll.   Here you can read it.

2014 61

Conversations: Line between private and public blur

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A headline in Tech Crunch reads, "Snapshot Hires Googler, 'Pisses Off' His Googler Friends." "   Here is that article by Alexia Tsotsis.  Use of that phrase "pisses off" is very very tame, of course, for digital media.

2014 61

After 14 Snow Storms: A Dickensian Mindset Needed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe majoring in the Humanities does have a payoff.   That background has given me a way to frame the soul burnout I am experiencing after 14 snow storms this season.  The framing comes from Victorian novelist Charles Dickens.  In his world view survival was tenuous.

2014 61

Jimmy Fallon: Can he distract Millennials from whatever?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Television, thanks to the antihero like Walter White, has had an amazing comeback.  All generations find those kinds of dark characters compelling.

2014 61

Snow Storms: As of 2/18/14, 14 in New York Metro Area

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Professionals in Connecticut with business interests in Manhattan had to again dig out their cars from the snow and ice.  Today brings the 14th snow storm to the region.   Once that car is road-ready, there is the slow careful drive to Metro-North.

2014 61

Being Re-tweeted: New Status Symbol

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the morning, hipsters check who's been re-tweeting them  That's the new status symbol.  And, it could be the beginning of bringing a celebrity or at least someone with a brandname onto their network. The marketing implications are huge.

2014 61

Ghostwriters: Reconfigure your business into an ER

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today is a national holiday: President's Day.  Today I accepted three emergency assignments.  Cheerfully.   Somehow I have managed to reconfigure my executive communications boutique into a well-known ER for whatever.

2014 61

"Downton Abbey" - Will Edith engineer/pull off scheme to keep the baby?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lady Edith is a loser.  She is self-absorbed, lacking in judgment and plain in looks. But she, it turns out, is capable of maternal feelings.  She opted not to abort the illegitimate child she is carrying.

2014 61