Sat.Dec 15, 2012 - Fri.Dec 21, 2012

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 154)

Manner of Speaking

Dale Carnegie (1888 – 1955) American Writer and Lecturer. “Students of public speaking continually ask, ‘How can I overcome self-consciousness and the fear that paralyzes me before an audience?’

Is your speech spammy?

Speak Schmeak

Today I was scrolling through Facebook, you know, for work. and came across a story that didn't quite seem believable to me. Yet several people I know had shared and commented on it.

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Visionary Artist: Nam June Paik anticipated the internet

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

An astounding story on BBC America this evening about the Korean-born visual artist Nam June Paik, considered the father of video art, who coined the phrase “electronic superhighway” in 1974 while creating works that pushed the boundaries of television.

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Holiday and New Year Card for you!

PowerPoint Tips

Ellen Finkelstein can train you or your team to create high-impact, engaging, professional presentations for training, sales, business, or education. For more information on PowerPoint/presentation training and coaching, please click here. Events holiday card new year

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Analysis of a Speech by Janine Shepherd

Manner of Speaking

Janine Shepherd is one of those people whose picture should appear beneath the definition of “remarkable” in the dictionary. I chose one of Janine’s quotes as the 100th quote for public speakers , and you can read a short summary of her incredible life there. Recently, Janine told her story at a TEDx event in Kansas. It was moving and motivating. The video of her TED Talk is below. I encourage you to watch it and be inspired.

Dealing with a distressed audience

Speak Schmeak

Sometimes we have to give a presentation under less than optimal circumstances. I'm not talking about those times when you're having a bad day or haven't gotten enough sleep, although those are also less than optimal and we've all experienced it!

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Book Review: The Art of Immersion, by Frank Rose

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A decade ago, the tools of communications belonged to a chosen few. Editorial control over newspapers, television and radio was in the hands of those professionals tasked with selecting content deemed worthy of the front page, the headline, the news bulletin.

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More Trending

Like catnip for audiences: Irresistible speaker tactics

The Eloquent Woman

If only your audience for a speech or presentation could be totally focused on you, oblivious to the outside world, and completely happy when it's all over. That's exactly how I'd describe cats with catnip. The speaker's audiences, though, can be more difficult.like, say, herding cats?

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Media: Sandy Hook, CT tragedy will force reporters to practice civility

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The nature and the scope of the Sandy Hook, Connecticut school massacre will impose civility on the media. 

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Losing Credibility in the Instant Information Age

Speak and Deliver

{EAV:311a9f443c52784a} Did this picture of Morgan Freeman make you want to read this post? Or was it because you know ME, and want to read what I'm about to write? By now, many of you may have read the following statements regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.

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Lights, Camera, Inaction: The Onion’s Take on TED

Duarte Blog

Compelling speakers. Powerful visuals. A captive audience. And remarkably stupid ideas. This is the premise of “Talks,” a two-month-old video series from the comic geniuses at The Onion.

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Tears while speaking: Lessons from President Obama

The Eloquent Woman

So many speakers--men and women--have asked me how they can avoid crying during a speech on a difficult or emotional topic that I've lost count over the years. As someone who has caught glimpses of herself crying, I can relate.

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Inflection and influence – how to use your voice to gain influence

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

In this short post I’d like to focus in on one particular area of out vocal delivery namely inflection. Inflection is the way we change our vocal tone within a sentence and it can dramatically change the meaning of the words we say. You can harness the power of inflection to increase your ability to [.]. Influencing Presentation Skills Public Speaking inflection influence voice

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Christmas and Pet Grief: Comfort from "Going Home" by Jon Katz

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even in those moments when we let down our guard with intimate friends over the holidays, we tend not to share our sadness about our animal companions who have passed over.    After all, every Christmas society has a fresh human tragedy. 

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Public Speaking Stress

Great Public Speaking

Amazing Public Speaking Learn to overcome stress in your presentations. Be cool for each and every speech

Famous Speech Friday: Ida B. Wells's 1909 "This Awful Slaughter"

The Eloquent Woman

Public speaking is an important tool for the campaigner--not just those campaigning for public office, but those campaigning for a cause. And around the cusp of the 20th century, former journalist and civil rights leader Ida B.

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TJ Walker Show Dec 19, 2012

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Newtown, CT: Rebranding to save property values

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Soon enough the media and the politicos will leave the Newtown, Connecticut area.    The global support will shift to another human cause.    And the economic reality will set in that selling a house in that location might become very difficult. 

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Gratitude for an Industry

Speaker Launcher

At age 25, I lacked direction, focus, and ambition. It was the early 90′s and I was working as a temp at 3M and waitressing at night. I had nearly finished my contract with 3M’s marketing department and was thinking about what was next.

Public Speaking to Sell Products and Services

Great Public Speaking

We talk a lot about how to increase your speaking fees by building your celebrity status. We've discussed a lot on this blog about marketing your speaker services and selling your products with a website. But speaking from the stage and at seminars is critical for anyone selling training or books online. Sometimes having a website is not enough. I've heard it said that not every public speaker needs to be an author, but every author needs to be a public speaker.

TJ Walker Show Dec 21, 2012

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Golden Retrievers, from Lutheran Church Charities, Comfort Town of Sandy Hook, CT

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Dogs are like mothers: They bring unconditional love.    And that's what the town of Sandy Hook, Connecticut needs as it picks up the pieces after the deaths of 27 of its own.    The Lutheran Church Charities has sent a group of Golden Retrievers to the area.

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Short story: The Cattle Were Lowing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

The Cattle Were Lowing: Joseph and Mary Bethel were depressed. Except for a few temporary jobs, Joseph had been out of work for over eight months. Mary was pregnant and due within weeks and Joseph’s unemployment insurance benefits, barely enough for the two of them to survive on, were about to run out. Visions of welfare line-ups loomed in their future. My Books

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6 Must-Know Ways to Respond to an Email Jerk Without Becoming One

SpeakerSue Says...

Do the emails you receive ever make you feel like you’re living a Dilbert cartoon? I can’t imagine what people are thinking when they send emails that they know will offend the recipient. Oh, that’s right, they aren’t thinking. Or maybe they had no idea we’d be offended!

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TJ Walker Show Dec 20, 2012

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Robert Bork: GAWKER's John Cook crosses some lines, but which ones

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Robert Bork, who the U.S. Senate turned down as a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, died at the age of 85.    What has the media and public buzzing is not that.    Instead, as if viewing a train wreck, we sit transfixed contemplating John Cook's uncivil commentary on the man. 

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December is supposed to be a slow month…

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

December is supposed to be a sloooooow month, where I get to do my stuff. That is not the case this year. I'm a freelancer, so this is NOT a complaint. Freelance Writing - General My Books it pours when it rains

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What You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

Great Public Speaking

You know that public speaking book you have always wanted to write but never did because you would have to pay the printer to print hundreds more than you need and then store them forever in your garage? I have good news for you. Now with print-on-demand, you can have a few or many books printed at a nominal price. This means you can order just enough to sell from your website, at your book signing, at back-of-the-room sales during your seminars, or for giving away to promote your business.

Staff speechwriting job in NJ

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Today I touched based with the Campbell Soup Company and learned their speechwriting position is still open. It’s a good job with a good salary and good benefits: [link]. You can reach recruiter Nick Rosato at nick_rosato@campbellsoup.com. . . Speechwriting

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Facebook Got Class of 1967 through Newtown, CT Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Generations filter catastrophes differently.    When the reports of a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School started early last Friday morning, I needed my buddies from the Class of 1967. 

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One = Three religious questions in Obama's Connecticut speech

Max Atkinson

For students of rhetoric and oratory, there's always a silver lining to the horrific mass shootings that have become such a regular feature of American life - because one thing that's certain is that we'll get to hear yet another example of President Obama making a masterful speech that catches the mood of the nation. The full video and transcript of what he said at the interfaith Prayer Vigil in Newtown, Connecticuton on Sunday can be seen below.

Why I referred a speechwriting assignment to another speechwriter

Joan Detz Speaker Services

This week, a last-minute speechwriting request came into my office. A timing conflict made it impossible for me to add this job to my schedule, so I referred the work to someone else. So, that’s why I made the referral. Now, more to the point: Who did I recommend for this freelance assignment? I referred it to a skilled speechwriter who has attended several of my speechwriting seminars over a 5-year period.

Holiday Party - Live Blogging @ Image Marketing Consultants gala

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At Image Marketing Consultants (IMC)holiday party we intended to live blog for hours.    Then the Italian wines, good company, and gourmet treats pulled us away from technology (not a smartphone in sight, nor any texting by all the Millennials who work at IMC). 

Lessons from a Five-Year-Old

Humor Power

Here is a wonderful video link sent to me by Karen Lewison. It features a five-year-old piano prodigy. There are lessons to be learned: – A performance is more than notes. A speech is more than words. – Performing and speaking from the heart is the essence of a great performance. . – It’s more than the hands. It’s more than the voice. A great performance involves the whole body. – Being in fun is critical.

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Asperger's, Mental Illness, Alcoholism - Crying out for rebranding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That destructive emotion has replaced the compassion we often have for those with diseases. 

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John Boehner & GOP: Need for Conservatives Anonymous

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As we in 12-step programs observe: Hitting bottom is a good thing because there's incentive to try things differently.    Hey, no one likes to change and it usually takes the end of one's world to break open to whatever.

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