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Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. In this blog post from … Continue reading → Seth Godin closings Presentation public speaking

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What made this one of TED's most popular talks in 2016?

The Eloquent Woman

I was pleased, but not at all surprised, to see Judson Brewer's TEDMED talk from 2015 about "an easy way to break a bad habit" on TED's list of the 10 most popular TED talks in 2016 , with more than 6 million views and counting.

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Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Presentation Zen

In cooperation with the Khan Academy , Pixar and Disney have been offering Pixar in a Box , an on-going series of behind-the-scenes lessons taught by Pixar's professionals (storytellers, animators, directors, artists, etc.).

Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose. About 6,500 attendees, 95% of them women by my estimate, gathered for talks on diversity, inclusion, women’s issues, careers, and trailblazing/innovating/disrupting/leading change.

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5 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes Most Beginners Make


New presenters have one thing in common: they don’t want to come across as new. They want to stand in front of that audience and look like an authority figure. If you are new to public speaking but want to come across as a seasoned pro, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid. […].

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Calling all speakers for IABC Heritage Region Conference

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Calling all Speakers! IABC Heritage Region Seeking Speakers for the 2017 Region Conference being held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, November 5-7, 2017 The IABC Heritage Region is currently seeking speakers for the 2017 Regional Conference being held November 5-7 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. The conference will consist […]. Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations

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BigStore Too Big in In-and-Out Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise , J.C. Penney announced today it will be closing 140 stores. Like so many other department stores its concept - The Big Store - is out of date. The model which is catnip to shoppers is the in-and-out brick and mortar space. A good example of that is Giant Eagle's getGo.

The Purpose of the Pitch

Presentation Guru

At the end of a pitch, your audience shouldn’t be the only ones asking questions. Asking your audience questions can help keep them engaged and can help provide an ample opportunity to continue to persuade them to see things from your point of view.

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Famous Speech Friday redux: Betty Friedan calls for a women's strike

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Organizers of the 2017 Women's March on Washington have been signalling their intent to organize a women's strike on March 8. But it's not the first time this has happened. Here's our Famous Speech Friday post on the first women's strike in the U.S.,

[Podcast] Recession Proof Your Speaking with Joe Calloway

Speaker Launcher

Hall of Fame Speaker, and author Joe Calloway is back! Joe’s speaking career has survived good times and bad over the years, mainly because he’s put so much effort into making his business recession proof.

Billionaires Can't Sing the Blues - No One Will Listen

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Extreme wealth, along with influence and power. That's how many perceive billionaires. Of course, they present role models of what newbie professionals aim to be and also reason to envy them. Not so fast with the latter.

If They Don’t Feel Anything, They Won’t Remember Anything

Presentation Guru

Engaging audiences is no easy task, but one of the best ways to ensure they take away your message is to make them feel something. Emotion is one of the best ways to bring an audience together, and keep them collectively on the edge of their seats.…

The 4 principles every successful speaker must master

Speak Schmeak

Just a quick video for you today to share these four principles (and give you a sneak peak at my upcoming retreat)! Authenticity Confidence Engaging the Audience Preparation Programs The Business of Speaking Training

Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose. About 6,500 attendees, 95% of them women by my estimate, gathered for talks on diversity, inclusion, women’s issues, careers, and trailblazing/innovating/disrupting/leading change. I left the conference energized and inspired.

Era of Slower Growth: Implications for Communications Vendors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mary Meeker, partner in Kleiner Perkins, began her annual Internet Trend slide show with the reality of slowing growth in myriad categories. Those range from the growth of the internet itself to the growth of the GDP of many nations. Meeker summed it up with: "Easy growth behind us."

WaPo - Is It Being Hustled with Fake News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Playing around with the media - establishment and social - is great fun.    And it's not new. On October 30, 1938, Orson Wells terrified America with the fake news that Martians had landed. Many assumed it was the end of the world.

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"The Founder" - Business Builder As Anti-Hero

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 2016 film "The Founder" exposes the iconic Ray Kroc as a ruthless business mogul. His total focus was on his own success. In terms of his character and entrepreneurial tactics he was as much the anti-hero as Steve Jobs and Roger Ailes.

Drudge Report - Martin Scorsese Warns World Scary Place with Plenty of Travis Bickles Who Have Nothing to Lose

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The  Drudge Report heads into the weekend with a warning from iconic director Martin Scorsese. Essentially, Scorsese says that the world has become a scary place. It's filled with a growing number of Travis Bickles who see themselves as having nothing to lose.

Curation: The Art & Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Content curation is right up there with search engine optimization (SEO) in terms of the success of a digital venture.    Yes, the stakes are that high.    That's why the weight of expert opinion is against the robots taking over curation. At

Drudge Report Headlines with One of Trump's Favorites: Chicago As Murderville

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report is back in Donald Trump's cheering section. It headlined tonight with one of the president's favorite subjects. That is the high murder rate in Chicago. On Wednesday that rate surpassed what it had been last year.

America Won't Let Trumpism Scapegoat Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The new Quinnipiac University poll found that 52% trust the media more than they do Donald Trump. The trust level of The Donald is at 37%. So, what seems to be the tactic of Trumpism to scapegoat the media isn't going to work, at least right now.

"Most Powerful Marketing Strategy" - Forget All That, Sell Me Results & Quantify Them

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The subject line of the email blast reads: "Most powerful marketing strategy." " Of course, I didn't click it open. At the very least, the term "powerful" is on the way to the graveyard of over-used buzzwords.

Presidential Legacies & Voodoo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Jimmy Carter, when U.S. president, did not appoint a justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. That's what lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, informs us on Abovethelaw. Here you can read all about it.

Trump-Bashing Fatigue - Moving Back To Worrying about Weight & Wrinkles

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those of us who are paid influencers get it right away. That is, when a trend has peaked or when one is on an upward trajectory. By the page views, it was obvious that content related to Trump-bashing wasn't pulling in as many eyeballs.

Uber Doing a 21st Century Fox: Hiring Law Firm to Investigate Alleged Sexual Harassment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Experts in crisis communications hammer: Move fast to gather the facts. And that's what Uber is doing in the scandal which has gripped it. That involves allegations of sexual harassment. The crisis has been kicked off by former employee Susan J. Fowler.

Drudge Report Headlines with News Bigger than Trumpism - Ouster of Milo Yiannopoulos from CPAC Keynote Slot

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The conservative Drudge Report headlines with the news of the day that is bigger than Trumpism. It's that iconoclast Milo Yiannopoulos has been ousted from his keynote speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Here is the media coverage from Politico.

Uber - Its Business & Brand Could Be In Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

By now, many have read engineer Susan J. Fowler's blog. If not, here it is. In it she claims pervasive sexual harassment of females at Uber. She reported her own situation to Uber human resources and claims no effective action was taken. She describes that as "negligence."

Cover Letters for Better Economic Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some of you may have believed that an improving economy was good news for your search for a job, contract assignment or new clients/customers for your enterprise.

"The Rainbow Comes and Goes" - Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

She was called "Poor Little Rich Girl" during the trial-of-the-century custody battle. As a mother herself, her son  Carter jumped to his death from her balcony. He struggled unsuccessfully to conceal being gay. And it was his brother who committed suicide.

Drudge Report's Curating Includes Articles Behind Paywalls - How Disappointing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For news junkies in a hurry, the Drudge Report used to be the go-to place. It had tons of curated content, continually brought up-to-date. However, a problem has developed. That's because so many media outlets are putting up paywalls.

Greenwood Chevrolet, Austintown, Ohio - No, I Will Never Do Business There

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I am no newbie to the rough-and-tumble world of selling vehicles. In Detroit, Michigan, I worked full time at GM, which makes the Chevrolet brand, and at Chrysler. As a communications consultant I had done work for Toyota and Nissan.

Syrian Opposition Represented by Law/lobbying Firm Squire Patton Boggs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"International law firm Squire Patton Boggs is providing legal and strategic policy advice to Syrian opposition bloc the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian Opposition." " - Jon Gingerich,, February 24, 2017. Here is the coverage.

Making a Buck from Real Estate Not Always Easy - Even If You Are a Trump

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For a while landlords seemed to have the upper hand. More folks were renting versus buying. Now, for lots of reasons, the power is shifting more to tenants. Case in point: Ivanka and Jared had to cut the monthly nut on their Trump Park Avenue Building condo from $15,000 to $13,000. Here are details.

Drudge Report Back to Scary Headlines - Iran Tells US to Expect "Strong Slap in the Face" If.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report's signature way back when was its flashing blue light for breaking news. Over the years it has gotten more sophisticated but not by much. Today, Drudge is back to its digital tabloid roots.    This time it's a scary headline about Iran.

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