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Want your presentation to knock 'em dead? Use tips from comedy! Guest post by David Nihill

Speak Schmeak

There is a movement beginning. The dividing lines of business and comedy are beginning to blur. Attention spans are shorter than ever. Today’s generation want data delivered with a punch-line. VCs look to invest not in your company but your story. How you tell it makes all the difference.

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Engage: How to avoid becoming a human tranquilizer by Paul B. Evans

PowerPoint Tips

I came across this short video by Paul B. Evans and thought it provided practical yet inspiring advice for speakers. What do you think? What advice do you have to keep the attention of your audience? Connect with them? Make an impact? Leave a comment! Did you find this post useful?

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Your Visual Package: What The Audience Sees

Professionally Speaking...

The brilliance of your message is only part of what an audience will focus on during your presentation. The other part is you. Specifically, the visual package you present. Your audience brings a holistic perspective to your presentation.

One Subtle Communication Secret for Getting Others to Hear Your Message

Speaking Freely

Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ By Sandra Zimmer 2014 The prevailing model for speaking persuasively is a style of speaking that is enthusiastic, energetic and extraverted. The speaker is asserting a point in hopes to convince the listener to agree. However, this model can be a trap. It puts you in the position of selling. Of course others don’t [.].

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Are you an awkward dork?

Speak Schmeak

Do you identify with any of these: Awkward dork, goofball, character, goober, kook -- or other similar terms that you use to describe your inner weirdo? If so, join the club! I''ve always known I was an awkward dork.

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7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

Have you ever found yourself sitting in the center seat of a packed auditorium—hemmed in on both sides by people and laptops—listening to a keynote speaker who is supposed to be imparting knowledge and wisdom, but instead is droning on and on? You want to run, but you can’t. So you endure what seems like torture. You probably think this only happens in large university lecture halls, right? Not so.

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10 famous commencement speeches by eloquent women

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: It''s commencement time again, so we''ve updated this 2013 post with new additions to The Eloquent Woman Index since it first appeared.) Cue the Pomp and Circumstance , it''s that time of year again.

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Storyboarding & the art of finding your story

Presentation Zen

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Half CT Wants Out: This Writer Pulled That Off

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Why do so few pull up roots in a geographical area where they feel stuck? Maybe that state or local economy doesn't provide jobs and adequate opportunities for small businesses like mine. Maybe their aging in-laws are burdening them to the point of a nervous breakdown.

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Enthusiasm counts: Do you want to, or have to, give that speech?

The Eloquent Woman

When I created my popular checklist for the whole speaker a few years ago, I started the list with questions about your intentions as a speaker, mainly to help you consider whether you''re approaching the talk or presentation with your audience in mind.

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Partial Apologies

The Communication Blog

Here is a study from the Journal of Personalty and Social Psychology that shows that partial confessions/apologies may actually increase the guilt a person experiences. The reason, it seems, is that guilt is created by the lying implicit in the partial confession and this is added to the guilt felt over the original transgression. It''s unlikely that this will apply in all such situations and a full confession--depending on the situation--may actually increase the interpersonal problems.

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Speaker Leader Champion - Book 13 of 52 in 52 Weeks - A Review

Speak and Deliver

There''s been a lot of hoopla around Ryan Avery & Jeremey Donovan''s new book, Speaker Leader Champion - Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking , not in small part to Avery''s attempt to set a Guinness World Record of Most Books Signed earlier in April.

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Twitter: Is it too sophisticated for lots and lots of mainstream advertising?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I finally entered the ethos of Facebook when I drove cross-country from New Haven, Connecticut to Tucson, Arizona - with dog Lee K. Nightly, when we hit the motel I would share with Facebook friends the ordeals and pleasant surprises of the day.

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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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Functions of Smell

The Communication Blog

In the current issue of Wired (May 2014) there’s a brief article on Menssana Research and their efforts to detect sickness from breath samples. According to their website, they do NOT provide diagnostic tests for disease but instead a breath test to tell you if you don’t need to get more tests. So, for example, in the case of a lung cancer test, if the breath test is negative, the person need not go for additional tests.

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How to Add Humor to Your Presentation?

SketchBubble

No matter how serious is the subject, the audience is present only to find your presentation interesting and have definitely come to enjoy the time they are spending listening to you. Should you be able to add a little bit of humor and make them laugh or even smile; your presentation is a hit.

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Saints, Heroes, Anti-Heroes: All Good for Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Roman Catholic Church has been one of the most powerful and enduring global brands. One strategy has been to establish the community of saints. Those humans were designated, after a deep data dive with side orders of mysticism, as having a special place in heaven.

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Introduction to Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Introduction to 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. There is no such thing as writer’s block. How do I know? I know that there is no such thing as writer’s block because I have a dog. If you are feeling a tad quizzical right now, please stick with me. As a writer, I live a sedentary life. I don’t jog, lift weights or workout. Basically, I don’t exercise.

Crisis Communications Lessons from The NBA and Donald Sterling

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized Crisis Communications donald sterling NBA

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April Joke Contest Results — Hidden Benefits

Humor Power

It’s time for the results of the April Joke Contest. The theme for this month’s challenge, Hidden Benefits , was suggested by Gerald Fleischmann. New contests are announced on the first of the month. Look for the next contest on May 1, 2014. Here are the top lines for April. ** FIRST PLACE **. My dry cleaner mixes up all his orders, but I get a new wardrobe every week. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. My smartphone was out for repair.

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Post-Polar Vortex: New Personas for Improving Economy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last month, documents the Labor Department, 280,000 jobs were added.  The jobless rate plunged to 6.3%. Okay, some of the decline in unemployment was due to some people just throwing in the towel and giving up looking for jobs.

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Different types of “W” leads

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content . In a previous post , we looked at the W5 lead. There are times journalists find multiple W5 elements, or need more than the basic W5 points, before they can write stories. There are times when they do not use all the W5 points they find. Either way, W5 is the place to start.

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Are You Asking the Right Questions to Advance the Sale?

SpeakerSue Says...

I was in the midst of a fascinating conversation with a favorite 6 year old. My mother was visiting too and she mentioned what a pleasure it was because the child answered my questions in full sentences and fun stories.

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New Joke Contest — May 2014

Humor Power

It’s time for our May Joke Contest. Our theme this month is: What to Say to a Naked Person. Some of your lines might be “good” things to say, and some may be “bad” things to say. They will most likely be funny. And the challenge is to keep the lines in good taste. Here are some sample lines, based on the theme, to get you started. An alligator bag would compliment your outfit. What a brilliant disguise for the witness protection program.

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The 1% Economy: Homelessness Hits Home

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Weather. Think Polar Vortex. That was the primary reason given for Q1 2014 GDP growth being an anemic 1%.   Here is the coverage. But here in the Tucson Metro area, the weather hadn't brought any suprises. Yet, there has been recent economic suffering. A bit of that hit home.

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Post-Relationship Way Of Doing Business: Manhattan Money, Sophistication w/o MetroNorth Commute

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Organizations and individuals want the service, not the relationship. Hold the personality and the small talk. That's been going on for a while. But now, I would call this era "post-relationship."

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Suicide: Voodoo of Dying Together

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A singelton suicide might not have been news in the New York Post. But a jump off the George Washington Bridge, together, by a middle-aged man and woman, did today. Here is that coverage in the NYP.    So, did the suicides of those in the World Trade Towers on 9/11.

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Writer as College Professor (Tenure, Adjunct) - Another Shrinking Career Path

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For us writers, college teaching had been a source of immense satisfaction. As a tenured professor or an adjunct, we knew we were developing the next generation of communications pros and helping the stuck get going again.  Also, it provided income, prestige and a network of contacts.

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"Mad Men" - Self-hate Meme Hammered

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The driving value in "Mad Men" was always self-hate.  Now, in the series' last season that meme is hammered. Don Draper is back at the firm but is too full of self-loathing to really learn from his professional time-out.

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Public Speaking: Creating Chemistry

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Chemistry is the transmission of energy between you and those you are adressing.   It may be a keynote speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a presentation to the Board of Directors or a leadership pitch to your team at work.

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GhostWriters: Careerism Makes Us Poor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Scam artists have been getting writers, including ghostwriters, to labor for free or peanuts. The bait is: This clip, experience, knowledge base and/or contact will greatly help our career. At one time, maybe that was true. But I doubt it.

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The Sales Myth: Delighting Customers Converts Leads

SpeakerSue Says...

If you sell luxury products, it’s likely that you want to delight your customers. The trouble with “delight” as a strategy is twofold: 1.It’s a slippery slope. What you do today becomes an expectation and exceeding that becomes either unreasonably expensive or unreasonable.

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