Sat.Jun 29, 2013 - Fri.Jul 05, 2013

4 ways to get the right people images

PowerPoint Tips

A client of mine needed images of people to make his presentation come alive. But he couldn’t find the diversity he needed. And he’s in the field of education, which has many more females than males. I came up with 4 ways to find the people images you need. Take your own photos.

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Relevant Resources: Speaker Magazine and Voices of Experience

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Anyone interested in the world of professional speaking should check out two relevant resources from the National Speakers Association (NSA). Note: This is the NSA that speaks, not the NSA that listens! SPEAKER Magazine Published 10 times a year this house magazine of the NSA is sent to all members.

Screw Self-Confidence: Guest post by Stephanie Adams

Speak Schmeak

Big thanks to Stephanie Adams, Licensed Professional Counselor, for offering this spot-on post about the "what ifs" of speaking, while I''m gallivanting around New York. I hope you''re all enjoying your long 4th of July weekend in the US. Back at work on Monday!

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Gay Pride and the Spiral of Silence

The Communication Blog

Yesterday, I attended the 44 th NYC Gay Pride Parade. Standing on 14 th Street and Fifth Avenue and scanning the thousands and thousands of marchers and side-line well-wishers, many waving the rainbow flag, I was reminded of an incident from a long time ago when I had the pleasure of having dinner with, among others, John Paul Hudson (1929-2002). John was a gay activist (at a time when there were very few) and out gay writer (at a time when there were even fewer).

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Doing Nothing is the New Doing Something

More than PowerPoint...

Recently, I noticed this absurd trend of gallantly and heroically doing nothing. About 19 months ago, I accidentally left my cell phone home and traveled out of town on business. When I arrived at the hotel, I needed to find the conference organizer.

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What Came First, the Story or the Point?

Speak and Deliver

"I have this great story - I just have to find a way to tell it!" There are many phrases that make me internally cringe when I hear them from a speaking client - and this is in my Top 5 - it''s right up there with ''I know you suggested I do this, but my MOM says."

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A remote control can set your presentations free!

Presentation Zen

You do not have to use multimedia in a live talk to be successful, but if you do choose to present with the amplifiying power of multimedia, then a small, remote control device is a necessity.

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More Trending

Closed for the week

The Eloquent Woman

In this first week of July 2013, the blog is taking a short hiatus for some routine maintenance and work on special features coming in the weeks and months ahead.

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How to follow up lost sales

SpeakerSue Says...

You worked hard to win the business but you didn’t. Now what? I’m not saying that you dance in the streets. Waaaaay too many professional and dedicated salespeople simply accept the turn down without bothering to learn from it.

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A fascinating look at the history of aspect ratios

Presentation Zen

If you work in filmmaking or other forms of visual storytelling you are already comfortable talking about aspect ratios. But for many people it is still a bit of a mystery. An aspect ratio of a screen, for example, simply describes relationship between its width and its height.

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(Deep) Regrets of an "A" Student

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The world should be run by C students, my father liked to say. because I always got A's." "  Jeffrey Harrison, "C Student," THE NEW REPUBLIC, July 15, 2013 (subscription required). Harrison's father is on the money.

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New Joke Contest — IQ Pressure Points

Humor Power

I heard a joke last month. It went something like…Being next to a beautiful woman lowers a man’s IQ 20 points. My thought was, “This could be a theme for a joke contest.” ” The format would be: BLANK ACTIVITY/BEHAVIOR LOWERS/RAISES IQ XX POINTS.

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Pope Francis Innovation of Sainthood on Fast Track: It's useful for branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Once one of the most powerful and enduring global brands, Roman Catholicism has fallen on hard times.  Not to worry, though.  Pope Francis, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES,  had put the creation of saints on the fast track.

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Pet Grief: When animals in the household mourn for other animals

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We sure know that when an animal companion in our family dies we mourn.  Sometimes forever.  Canine Molly Mittens passed away on a vet's table seven years ago.  I'll be driving and tears come.

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Investors Watching Lead Paint Litigation Issues: Sherwin-Williams, Arco et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As with asbestos, litigation against the former manufacturers and sellers of lead paint could wallop stock prices. And could even push companies such as Sherwin-Williams and Arco into bankruptcy.  Security analysts are watching this closely.

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Ghostwriting/Speechwriting for Millennials: The mistakes we Baby Boomers make

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the past 14 months I had more Millennial clients than I did members of the Baby Boomer and Silent Generations.  Very quickly wealth, influence, and power have shifted to those between 18 and 34 years old.

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Artist as Maturing Woman: Rosanne Cash Looks at Her Work, Self at International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Rosanne Cash is daughter of music icon Johnny Cash.  She has produced on her own 11 number-one singles.  Had a Grammy award.  And became a brandname with two Gold albums.  She's no slouch as a published writer either.

Roseanne Cash: Instinct has to be developed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At age 58, Roseanne Cash is not the performer she was in her early 20s.  She's better, she told us at the final presentation at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas , in New Haven, Connecticut. One area in which she's improved is in being able to rely on her instincts.

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Seton Hill U, Greensburg, PA - Gets interim president, finally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's not a surprise that my alma mater Seton Hill University , Greensburg, Pennsylvania has yet to find a new president.   Being a president of a liberal arts institution these days is no walk on the beach.

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Blogging: Perk is getting review copies of books

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The postman here only rings once.  So, I have a note, with my signature, on my door authorizing that parcels be left.  The majority of those will be books send from publicists and authors for me to review.  That's because I am a blogger.

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Newly Down and Out: Celebrate your professional Independence Day

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Just lost your job, as did the 60 well-paid attorneys at law firm Weil Gotshal?  Well, a guy who walked away from it all and literally walked across the U.S. with dog Mabel says that's a blessing.  On his blog Tyler Coulson helps you to see it's not the end of the world.

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Solopreneurs: Trend will continue, despite June's 195,00 new jobs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For many of us Baby Boomers, our idea of making a living has gone full circle.  We grew up with the Italian immigrant (my uncle was one of them) who ran a fruit stand.  And wound up retiring at age 50.  Then we went off to college and then corporate America to work at that good job.

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"20 Feet from Stardom" - Chronicle much like that of the ghostwriter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There comes a time in every artist's career, whether the professional be a vocalist or a ghostwriter, when the thinking goes: Hey, I can do what The Big Guy/Girl does.  The documentary film "20 Feet from Stardom" chronicles those attempts.

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"Long-term care" - Insurance industry has to reframe/rename this concept

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Somehow I can stomach considering buying a long-term care policy if it were presented a whole lot differently than it is now.  For example, the insurance industry, with the help of top-drawer marketing and public relations help, can reframe and rename it to embody staying whole.

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Happy Independence Day

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now, if Americans can only become independent of excessive materialism as the recovery gains traction.  

Our Alma Maters: Are they really commercial ventures, taxable?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Our alma maters are with us forever, these days.  On their part they hit us up for money.  On our part we look to them for networking opportunities and life-time career placement.

Content Providers: Yes, be aggressive, very aggressive (next week)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Since the game keeps changing, we gotta keep figuring out how to get business and how to keep it.  In the past 18 months I have figured out that it's best to err on the side of being too aggressive than be the passive order takers we in executive communications used to be.

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Barnes & Noble Stores: All that shelf space at risk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yes, everyone  with a vested commercial or literary interest in books is getting nervous, reports PW.  If Barnes & Noble calls it quits, a lot of shelf space goes with it.  Authors, their publishers, agents, and publicists have a reason to worry.

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Writers: Will we retire like Alice Munro, Philip Roth, or keep at it like Chris Hitchens?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Since so many of us writers are self-employed no company policy dictates that we retire.  We have the luxury of going on until the very end, as Chris Hitchens did.

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Blogging: Do it right like Outten and Golden and business/national media will come

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Blogging doesn't work." "   Those who say that are admitting that they don't know how to use this medium.  Sure, it's mature.  But it remains a low-cost multi-purpose marketing tool for both B2B and B2C. 

Gov Ain't Listening In On Me: Sigh

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are those of us who no official authority is interested in. At least not enough to listen in on our communications.  As Frank Rich points out in NEW YORK , we kinda wish that were different.  Not that we want to be bad guys.

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Michael Campbell: U.S. Tourist Industry Should Leverage this Hero

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Helicopter pilot Michael Campbell, 22, landed his craft in the Hudson River.  The engine had failed.  Thanks to his calm and skill, neither the passengers nor himself were injured, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.    Those passengers were four tourists from Sweden.

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Business School Branding: Students who accept job offers and then back out punished

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A business school's brand is made up of many aspects.  One is through its relationship with employers who can hire their graduates.

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Maine Tourist Account Upset: Dilenschneider Group trumps in RFP process

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Account upsets make big news.  So public relations publications have been focusing on the win of the Maine tourist account by The Dilenschneider Group (DGI).

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Meditating Our Way to Monetizing: Post The Great Recession

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In America, capitalism is bound to reshape all institutions.  That seems to include mindfulness, which has been imported from the East via Buddhism.

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Joke Contest Results — Comedian At Work

Humor Power

It’s time for the results of our June Joke Contest. The theme is “ Comedian At Work.” ” What might a comedian say if he/she worked a normal job? The top lines were selected by our panel of five judges (speakers and improv players). New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month. The next contest will be announced on July 1. Here are the top lines for the June contest: ** FIRST PLACE **.

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