Sat.Jun 07, 2014 - Fri.Jun 13, 2014

Stupidity, lies and coverups = literal Death — by PowerPoint, or not?

PowerPoint Tips

I’m going to ask you to stick with me here and click 2 links. It’s important. You could save lives. This post is in response to “ Did PowerPoint Ruin GM ?” ” You can skim the article, but do read the first and last lines. Nonsense.

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One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

Presentation Zen

Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. But for others, such alone time is a nice respite and a bit freedom to be creative and just see what happens.

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Alan Rabinowitz: How a Severe Stutterer became the Voice for African Wild Cats

Speaking Freely

Alan Rabinowitz could not talk to people at all, but he could talk to animals fluidly. He promised his childhood pets if he ever became a fluid speaker, he would speak up for the animals of the world. I heard Alan tell his story about being a severe stutterer as a child on the [.]. Communication Fear of Public Speaking public speaking Public Speaking Courses Public Speaking Training storytelling Alan Rabinowitz Fear of Speaking overcoming fear of public speaking Stuttering

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Sales Presentation Tips | Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized sales presentations

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Famous Speech Friday: Michelle Obama's eulogy for Maya Angelou

The Eloquent Woman

It''s tough for political and public figures to transcend their roles when they speak. After all, it''s their position, most often, that puts them behind the microphone in the first place.

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Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

Presentation Zen

For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it''s that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify.

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"She [Hillary Clinton] was very rusty," John Heilemann on Charlie Rose

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are key lessons for public speakers to learn from Hillary Clinton's stumbles this week, both in her interview with Diane Sawyer and in her speech in Chicago.    At the top of the list is: Don't take a break from the game. Immediately you're off your game.

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Returning to the stage, part 2: Speaking to dudes about love

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: Many readers and participants in my workshops have reacted to the post A reader shares: Returning to the stage.after harrassment , in which Google engineer Cate Huston talked about taking a hiatus from public speaking after being harrassed during a talk.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #120

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor Monologue presented at the end of a meeting. We will look at what was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered. Then we’ll examine what made the joke work. THE SET - UP. The outside temperature was over 100 degrees. About 75 percent of our members were attending the meeting in shorts. The Word Of The Day was CONTIGUOUS. Member JD told the group that he was not feeling well. A member gave a speech: Goals Are On Purpose.

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Your Wikipedia Page - Being on LinkedIn Not Enough

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"We don't see you on Wikipedia."  "    That's what venture capitalists are telling startups pitching for funding.  In The Wall Street Journal, Jeff Elder reports how being on Wikipedia has become a must for those hustling for whatever.

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3 Reasons Sales People Have NEVER Been More Important – Indispensable Really!

SpeakerSue Says...

A long time ago in a galaxy far away…. sales people held all the power. That not being true for 2 decades now, how do sales people contribute to the buying process, beyond providing answers that they still try to keep secret until asked (is space available? What rates will you give me? What better rates can you give ME?). More than ever! Sales people contribute more than they ever have and here is why: 1.

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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 Hillary Brand: Boring

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The week is closing on a very bad patch for the Hillary brand.   The analysis of her "rusty" performance has been fascinating.  In fact, it is boosting the brand equity of those doing the opining on Politico, Charlie Rose and Drudge.

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Establishment AmEx Partners with Controversial Uber: Brilliant Move, For Both

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You may have already used your AmEx rewards points to pay for a ride via Uber. Or you may simply have earned double points using your AmEx card for Uber.  For more than a week the two have had this kind of partnership. All you had to do was download the Uber iOS app. 

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Boost Your Credit Card Debt: That Helps Boost U.S. GDP

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

High credit card debt is a key economic indicator.  And not necessarily a negative one. In an article, published today in Payment Week, I explain why a trillion-dollar credit card debt could signal the U.S. economy has shifted into a high-growth mode.   Here you can read it. 

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Pima Community College: Beware self-praise in documents which can be made public

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The leadership at Pima Community College, here in Tucson, Arizona, learned a hard lesson. In the self-rating part of the performance evaluations, several praised themselves. That's despite the fact that the institution is on probation.

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Sawyer v. Clinton

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both Diane Sawyer and Hillary Clinton are Baby Boomers. Both are practiced in public speaking. And both are iconic in their staying power - Sawyer in the tough world of television, Clinton in that of politics.

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Time: Time to Partner Up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meredith, which publishes women's and home magazines, also owns television stations. Meanwhile Time, cut loose from Time Warner, stands alone.  As Bloomberg reports, that doesn't sit well with investors.

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AmEx Partners with Uber Cool

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

According to AmEx, its card customers are big users of Uber. So, it has gone where its customers hang out.  It will benefit from Uber cool. And Uber benefits from this partnering with an establishment brand.

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Apartments: Brick-and-Mortar Social Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In "Mary Tyler Moore," pioneer single woman in the big city Mary Richards probably couldn't have made it had she bought a house.  Apartment living gave her access to her human support system, ranging from Rhoda Morganstern to Phyllis Lindstrom.

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Airbnb: Can it extend its brand to shared home-cooked meals? (I can live-blog that here in Tucson, AZ)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The restaurant industry is likely nervous.   Airbnb could disrupt it, just as it is doing in the lodging business.  In a pilot program in San Francisco, Airbnb is trying out matching cooks with those who would like to enjoy a home-cooked meal in a private setting.

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Award-Winning Whatever: Who Cares?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We watch "Downton Abbey" because we are hooked on the values of another era and are waiting to see how the characters manage through The Great Depression.  If it won any awards, most of us don't know. And we don't care. The same thing applies to so many awards.

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Writers v Wall Street Traders

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sometimes with gravitas, sometimes with glee, the business media are tracking the human carnage among Wall Street traders.   Because of new regulations and less market volatility, financial institutions are cutting thousands of traders loose.

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Ghostwriting: Brisk Business in LinkedIn Profiles

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everything changes. That includes the kinds of materials we ghostwriters do.    Increasingly I am getting requests to re-do professionals' LinkedIn profiles. They discovered that those profiles weren't accomplished the things they expected.

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Hillary Clinton: Is there a limit on personas politico can create?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The influential The New York Times frames Hillary Clinton's new book "Hard Choices" as an example of her softer side.   Here is that analysis. But will all the sides of Clinton do her in? Sure, communications experts worth their salt recommend flexibility in persona for leaders.

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Harvard Students: Sign up for Jill Abramson's course for fall

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Harvard graduate (Class of '76) and former The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson will be teaching at Harvard this fall.  The course is Narrative NonFiction, as offered by the English Department.   Here is the coverage in USA Today.

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Food Service Turnaround Pro: Learned it all from dad's construction business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"No, Jane, I never took a course in business.  And the only formal education I've had was culinary school." " That's what Victor Jesus Tehran told me when we started to do a deep conversational dive about how he turns around food-service businesses.

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America's New Lost Generation (18 to 24): They Simply Ran Out of Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the influential The New York Times, the Editorial Board laments how those 18 to 24 got caught in lousy-economy timing.   That generation, observes the Board, "should have been the lucky ones." " They were born at a time to wait out hard times.  But hard times didn't end, as they had with previous downturns.

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