Sat.Feb 07, 2015 - Fri.Feb 13, 2015

Toastmasters Kicks Off World’s Largest Speech Contest

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The world’s largest speech competition has launched with more than 30,000 contestants in 126 countries vying for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.

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Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: The secret to a great Valentine’s Day conversation

Kate's Voice

(Do not read this if you are completely prepared for every upcoming conversation that matters.) Valentine’s Day can be confusing, if not downright depressing. This often stems from the fact that all those little cupids and hearts put pressure on you to have an important conversation.

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What can you do in 30 seconds?

More than PowerPoint...

Throwback Thursday… In 2005, Merv Griffin said he wrote the Jeopardy! them e song in under a minute. “That little 30 seconds has made me a fortune, millions,” he said. How much exactly? Somewhere between 70 and 80 million. And that was ten years ago.

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Content Marketing & Ghostwriting - Can Be Counterproductive

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The quantity-over-quantity mentality killed the content marketing game.

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Famous Speech Friday: Lupita Nyong'o on following your fear

The Eloquent Woman

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong''o has already made her mark as an actor, as a style icon, and as a public speaker. She has tackled even the briefest acceptance speeches thoughtfully and eloquently, which you can see in her first Famous Speech Friday entry, a short speech on black beauty.

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Levels of Credibility & the Big Lie for Speakers

Speak and Deliver

Credibility - it''s a quality every speaker must have. Credibility can help us believe in ourselves. Credibility can help other believe in us. The fear of not having Credibility can stop us from speaking altogether. Are you Credible?

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The first draft of anything is sh,,,

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

From Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it – with over 70 writing exercises to get you started and keep you writing. As Ernest Hemmingway said, “The first draft of anything is s**t.”. So you don’t have writer’s block if your writing isn’t as good as you want it to be or if it is not flowing smoothly and eloquently. Smooth and eloquent writing is as much a part of the editing process as it is of the writing process.

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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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30 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint

SketchBubble

PowerPoint is a powerful tool. In fact, it has many features that can help your presentation clear and effective. Because it is somewhat complex, it may take you a time to acquaint yourself with all it can do. Following is a list of a few out of the many things that may help you use […].

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Bringing your audiences into resonance

Beyond Bullet Points

A recent research study discovered that during lower-quality speeches, the brain activity of audience members was out of sync.

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Enjoy Your Snow Day: It Comes W/O (Much) Economic Angst

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Snowfall is on track to subtract 0.4 percent from growth in the three months through March, based on estimates from Macroeconomic Advisers LLC. That's way smaller than the estimated 1.4 point weather-created hit to GDP growth for the same period last year."

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My effort to reform the panel discussion, starting with the moderator

The Eloquent Woman

Panels, in my view, are often dreadful or just plain boring. One reason I like attending the speechwriters conferences I go to in the UK and Europe : They won''t include panel discussions. And that''s happening all over, an indicator of how awful the form has become.

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Ellie Clougherty, Joe Lonsdale & Stanford University

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The New York Times Magazine, Emily Bazelon chronicles the sexual relationship between Stanford student Ellie Clougherty and a Stanford mentor Joe Lonsdale. Here is that article. The woman's later perception of that "romance" turned sour.

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Facebook - Managing Your Account After You Pass On To That Great Social Network In The Sky

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Today Facebook began letting users select a 'legacy contact' who can partially control their Facebook profile after they die." " - Josh Constine, "You're Going To Die.

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Your Book - Don't Bother Publishing W/O Sophisticated Promotion Strategy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Even the most successful writers need to invest large amounts of time and resources in promoting themselves. Now wise writers hire their own publicists, whether they are unknows   or stars."  "  The Economist, "Authorpreneurship," February 14, 2015.

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Business Undone By Weather - Not Everything Transacted In Bits And Bytes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Virtually every kind of business, from technology firms to liquor distributors to real estate agencies to hospitals are reeling from the historic storms [in Boston]." " - Taryn Luna, Boston Globe, February 11, 2015. Here is the article.

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Working To 100+ - The Emerging New Status Symbol

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"For economic growth and greater security, we'll need to find new ways to work to 100+ while investing for the long haul in our health, mental faculties, friends, neighbors and society."  "  - Olivia Mitchell, Wharton Professor, "A Retirement Age of 100?

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Existential Question: If Anna Wintour Doesn't Perceive Rat Problem, Does It Exist?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is there or is there not a rat problem at Vogue's new offices in the World Trade Center? According to Vogue's head Anna Wintour and its spokesperson there are no rats. At least not any more. There had been rats.

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Brian Williams - Will He Star In Next Woody Allen Film?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unlike a regular gig reading the news on network television, trying to make it in comedy is tough. For every Jerry Seinfeld there are millions who wind up crying into cheap beer.

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Charles Tan - Like Thomas Gilbert Jr., Allegedly Killed His Father

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Fathers and sons. That meme has somehow gotten buried during Second and Third Wave Feminism. Our attention has been focused primarily on the relationship between daughter and mother. However, there might soon be a shift back to fathers and sons.

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"Better Call Saul" - Why We Love Losers Who Keep Hustling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Saul Goodman, who had been Jimmy McGill and now is Gene, fascinates us. All losers do who are relentless in their hustling. Actually, we come to love them, care about how they make out.  That's why "Better Call Saul" will go for several seasons.

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Thought Leadership & Personal Essay/Speeches - Downsize The "I"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a time when thought leaders adopted a statesmanlike tone and the third person. There was no "I." " Or very limited use of it, even in public speaking. That was then. Then came conversational rhetoric. That was reinforced by social media.

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Cinnabon Leverages Association With New Employee Gene (aka Saul Goodman)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The chain [Cinnabon] is giving away one free 'mini-bon' per person, packaged in boxes depicting the pathetic Saul [going by name Gene], on Monday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. at all 704 of its stores.

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"Better Call Saul" - Both Tuco and Jimmy Are Open To Reason

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The dark humor of Episode 2 of "Better Call Saul" comes from the absurd kind of reasoning. It's that oddly logical process which results in two skateboarders getting one broken leg apiece instead of being killed and Jimmy also not being offed.

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"Downton Abbey" - Modern Women

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Hitler is thrown in prison. But not before his thugs murder Edith's lover and father of her child - Michael. Once she finds this out she does a paradigm shift.    Armed with Marigold's birth certificate she marches over to Margie's and gets her baby back.

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Brian Williams Goes On Leave: Will This Register in Edelman Trust Metrics?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Brian Williams is on leave, for now. Could be forever. Likely the powers that be at NBC and the most vocal in the court of public opinion (aka social media) will determine that.    Here is the latest in The Wall Street Journal.

Bruce Jenner - Real-Life Play-Out Of "Nightcrawler"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"[After the accident killing one and injuring eight] Jenner claims he was being chased by five paparazzi vehicles. Jenner's vehicle rear-ended a white Lexus driven by a woman [who died]."

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The Office - Falling In Love Can Be Smart Financial Move

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Life is what happens amidst all the shoulds and should-nots. One of those life happenings is falling in love in the office. That's supposed to be a should-not. However, it's downright commonplace. The Wall Street Journal focuses on three sets of office lovebirds.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg - America's New Sweetheart (Move Over Mary Tyler Moore)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In our hearts, it may not be Taylor Swift who is replacing Mary Tyler Moore as America's Sweetheart. No, it's U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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A Prayer For Boston

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Bay Staters, who are still recovering from record-breaking snowfall after three major storms in just over two weeks, will have no reprieve as another storm with potential blizzard conditions is expected to dump up to a foot of snow this weekend." " - Aneri Pattani, the Boston Globe.

That Snow In Boston: Local PR Agencies Can Make It Big Suggesting Disruptive Removal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Desperate to clear away the excess snow that's crippled the region, Boston officials are asking the public to conjure up creative ways to dispose of it - and fast." " - By Steve Annear, "What will we do with all the snow?

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Gas Prices: So, How Can Everyman Plan?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

According to the Energy Information Administration, the price of gasoline is on the way back up. Everyman has noticed the same thing. Here at Fry's at East First Avenue and E. Roger Road, Tucson, Arizona, within a week the price shot up from about $1.71 a gallon to $1.79.

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Chris Christie - Without His Signature Brashness Can He Work A Room?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The new Chris Christie [in Iowa] was serious, earnest, calmly gesturing as he spoke - hoping to reach the kind of moderate, business-friendly Republican voters he will need if he is to compete in Iowa and eventually take the GOP presidential nomination." " - Roberta Costa, The Washington Post, February 10, 2015. Here is the article. Personas are like brands - hard to change. That's why executive coaches and marketing experts say: Do it right the first time.

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The Conference Business - Can Tina Brown Make It Big

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

High-profile conferences such as TechCrunch's Disrupt and LegalTech make it seem like producing those kinds of get-togethers is the right business to be in.    Not so fast. It's a tough, glut business. It requires having big brandnames. Seducing people to exit their ordinary job duties and ponying out thousands of dollars. And being able to stage a memorable experience, otherwise no one will return next year.

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