Sat.Aug 08, 2015 - Fri.Aug 14, 2015

Lessons from driving: Don't be a mechanical speaker

Speak Schmeak

(c) Jenny Rollo Do you remember what it was like when you were learning how to drive? There were so many things to pay attention to, so many details. Where do I put my hands and my feet? When is it too soon or too late to press the brake pedal? How much pressure do I put on the gas?

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Side-by-side speaker video and slide content for a live presentation feel

PowerPoint Tips

Start by watching this short video. What do you think? https://s3.amazonaws.com/ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/powerpoint-tips-video-slide-content-side-by-side.mp4.

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Trending Sources

Going Global: Toastmasters International Reaches Growth Milestones

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters International, the global organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development, has grown its membership by 57 percent over the past 10 years.

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Apologies and Excuses, Vietnamese Translation

The Communication Blog

It's a real pleasure to post this translation Vietnamese by Nicy Nguyen of a post on Apologies and Excuses. For more information on such translations check out: [link] Why Do We Translate?

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Famous Speech Friday: Jimmy Carter on religion & women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

When I watched former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's TEDWomen talk on a livestream this year, I knew it was headed for the blog. Frequent readers know that I've only published a man's speech one other time in our Famous Speech Friday series.

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Presentation Zen seminar in Paris October 5. Don't miss it!

Presentation Zen

My friends at Ideas on Stage will hold the first ever Presentation Zen Experience seminar in Paris on October 5, 2015. The facilitator for the seminar is the incomparable Phil Waknell , co-founder of Ideas on Stage, the premier presentation design and training company in Europe, based in Paris.

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Bernie Sanders - Maybe It's Time For Hillary Clinton To Give Her Supporters To Him

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Emailgate is deepening for Hillary Clinton. And it's expanded to her aides. Conservative sites like Drudge Report are having a ball detailing the latest developments. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders has been drawing more than 100,000 folks to his rallies in recent weeks. He seems the real deal.

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More Trending

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 18-Minute Rule and More Must-have Skills for Public Speakers

SketchBubble

You’ve studied for years to become an expert in your field and now you’ve been called to deliver a keynote address to a conference of your peers. It’s an exciting moment and when they ask you to speak for half an hour, you want to say “yes, yes, yes!” But if you want them to […].

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Trump Mania Phase 2 - The Death Watch (LOL)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Post the first GOP Debate on Fox, the death watch has begun for Trump mania. For example, it's been made a top news item that Donald Trump has been disinvited to a conservative event. Powerful  Powerful Roger Ailes, it is rumored, is no longer in his corner.

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Podcast: What you can learn from high-stakes presentations

Beyond Bullet Points

What can you learn when you look under the hood of million-dollar presentations? Listen in on this podcast where Amiel Handelsman interviews me about the key lessons anyone can learn from high stakes presentations.

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Make your talk better with practice and memorization

The Eloquent Woman

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Huma Abedin - Alleged Vortex Of Recklessness Of Clinton Inc. Sucks In Aide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Be careful whom you work for. And, beware defaulting into what seems to be the organization's values. Those might be the 2 lessons beleaguered Human Abedin islearning. She, reports Rachael Bade in Politico , is on the hot seat for 2 matters.

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Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt - Motherless Girls

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Hissing Cousins" chronicles the two very different paths taken by two motherless girls. Written by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer, it examines where cousins Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt found emotional sanctuary and how that alienated them from each other.

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The Carly Fiorina Rebrand - It Worked (unlike Hillary Clinton's many attempts)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

America is the land of second chances. Or, as it's labeled today - rebranding. And former head of H-P, Carly Fiorina has emerged as the role model for how to do that just right. She delivered a smackdown in the second-tier GOP debate on Thursday. 

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The Power Of Not Responding - Post-Oprah, Robert Scoble Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Silence casts spells. Being too eager to have a conversation about whatever marks us as less valuable. We should have learned plenty since verbal behavior was dominated by the ethos of let's-talk-about-it. Oprah has moved on to other stuff.

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ClintonWorld's Tale Of Two Media And More - This Doesn't Seem To Be Camelot

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Vanity Fair features Chelsea Clinton. That represents a "get" for both. The magazine gained access to ClintonWorld. And the former First Daughter enhances her emerging presence as a global player in thought leadership and philanthropy.

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Drudge Report Gleefully Curating Both Hillary Clinton Email Coverage, Unflattering Photos

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Not since Matt Drudge broke Monicagate (remember that blue dress) has there been such glee on the Drudge Report. Non-stop the site has been curating the worst of the emailgate coverage on Hillary Clinton, along with unflattering photos. The

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StumbeUpon - Tragedy Of Yet Another Early Adopter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"San Francisco-based content discovery company StumbleUpon is laying off about 70 [out of 100-person workforce] between its offices here and in New York after failing to secure additional funding, VentureBeat reported."

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William "Preston" King, Homeless - Happens All The Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

William "Preston" King used to be a Wall Street player. That included running with Jordan Belfort, the Wolf of Wall Street. Now, as the New York Post reports, he's homeless. Actually, that's not news. It never really was or is.

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Campaign 2016 Fatigue - Let's Vote September 1, 2015

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It is walking, talking, and smelling like Campaign 2016 fatigue. A pox on both their houses - Democrats and Republicans. Let's vote September 1, 2015. And that will be that. Current Affairs Games Intuitive Personal Musings Politics Television

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"Testament Of Youth" - When War Intervenes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Before World War I broke out, Vera Brittain's only battle was with her upper-middle-class British father. He opposed her sitting for the exam at Oxford. Her brother lobbied her father for her. And she landed a seat at Oxford. Soon enough she wound up battling for her will to live.

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Jimmy Carter - Like John F. Kennedy, He Was An Outlier

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Millennials had missed it all. We Baby Boomers had the torch of a new generation passed to us by Roman Catholic very young U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. Then the world turned dark for a while. But soon enough came along another outlier, Jimmy Carter.

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Power - Campaign 2016 Teaches Everything We Need To Know About Getting It, Keeping It, Getting More Of It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Campaign 2016 provides a comprehensive hour-by-hour tutorial on the power game. Anyone who is alert, even somewhat analytical, and willing to rebrand can emerge from these lessons a wildly more successful player. 

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Tragedy Of Answered Prayers - St. Teresa Of Avila Was On The Money

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers." " - St. Teresa of Avila. Marketing is everything in this Darwinian era. So, no fool and former good Catholic girl, I prayed that I would get the hang of selling with confidence.

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Power Games - Trump 1, Roger Ailes 1 (that's way it is supposed to look)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Attention is the currency of the second decade of the 21st century. Donald Trump has enough to buy whatever he wants. And likely he wanted the continued support of cagey Roger Ailes, head of Fox News. So, Trump has been gracious in allowing Ailes back into his good graces.

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