Sat.Mar 24, 2012 - Fri.Mar 30, 2012

Lessons from a Stunning Three-Minute Stop Motion Film

Manner of Speaking

I recently rediscovered this brilliant—and it is brilliant—three-minute stop motion film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Olympus PEN camera. I first came across it in 2009, the year in which it was released.

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You deserve to shine

Speak Schmeak

I want you to think for a moment about all the things you haven't done or tried because of fear of failing, fear of embarrassment, or fear of looking foolish. Was there a job you should have applied for? A guy you wanted to date? An adventure you turned down? A book proposal you never submitted?

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The wonderful Selection pane lets you easily hide objects, select them and even rename them

PowerPoint Tips

A subscriber reminded me about the Selection pane and I realized that I don’t have a tip on it. The Selection pane is so useful, especially for complex and animated slides, that I decided to immediately write a tip on it. The selection pane was introduced in PowerPoint 2007.

Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

Meryl Streep just won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the movie The Iron Lady , and in my view she deserves an equally prestigious award for her introduction of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Women in the World Summit 2012 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 124)

Manner of Speaking

Gonzalo Álvarez - Spanish Telecommunications Engineer and Ph.D. in Computer Science. “Si tu presentación no produce un cambio en la audencia, es una pérdida de tiempo para todos.”

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 125)

Manner of Speaking

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. ”. Steve Jobs. Photo courtesy of Kazuhiro Shiozawa / Flickr.

Famous Speech Friday: Amelia Earhardt's "A Woman's Place in Science"

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: For Women's History Month, our Friday series is focused on famous women's speeches in history.) She disappeared in 1937 and was declared dead in 1939. But pilot Amelia Earhardt still captures our imaginations--even this month, U.S.

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The Brilliance of Broccoli

The Presenter's Blog

Piercing hyperbole delivered the veggie-based sound-bite used by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the Supreme Court’s health care deliberation. Hyperbole uses exaggeration to create strong impressions in an audience. If health care reform is allowed to stand, will it really lead to Government enforced consumption of broccoli? Of course not. But by deploying a natty line of logic-based hyperbole the Justice has lodged an indelible image in the minds of the audience.

What Do Audiences Owe Presenters?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

We expect a lot of speakers and presenters.    We want them to be witty, wise, and gnomic.    We want them to give us insights we’ve never had before.    We want them to change the world.    We expect a lot.    But what about the audiences these speakers work so hard to please? Do we have the right to expect anything of them? I think the answer is yes, and I think there are 3 ways in particular that audiences fall down.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 126)

Manner of Speaking

Liz Smith - American Journalist. Begin somewhere; you can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do. ”. — Liz Smith. Photo courtesy of Angela George / Flickr. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

Reconsider red in your speaker wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Do you favor a red jacket or suit when you speak in public? Lots of women refer to their red jackets as their "power" outfits, and prefer them for public speaking, presentations and television appearances as a way to stand out. But do they know what they're communicating? Red makes you sexy, dumb, attractive and repellant sums up a lot of research on how red is perceived when it's worn by women.

When was the last time you flipped someone the bird?

More than PowerPoint...

Earlier this week, I showed this image of an adorable baby during a body language training segment. I asked the class, “Is this baby angry?”. The class smirked. Sure, the baby’s flipping the bird, but the infant’s not angry.

Why Authenticity Is Hard; Why It’s Essential

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Authenticity is hard because it is hard to be open and honest about ourselves, warts and all. Authenticity is hard because sometimes we want to hide our own less-than-perfect traits from ourselves. Authenticity is hard because other people may seize on our weaknesses as proof of our unworthiness, rather than our humanity. Authenticity is hard because we think what makes us human is our uniqueness, but it’s really our commonalities. 

Rhetorical Devices: Erotema

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Erotema. Origin : From the Greek ???????

Does your conference have a harrassment code of conduct? I wish mine did

The Eloquent Woman

I will not forget that one of my professional groups turned its back on me when I complained about sexual harrassment at our conferences. I've held all the roles that give one some standing: host of the meeting, speaker, moderator, program committee. The people in power of late have been women. None of that helped.

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Business of Freelance Writing questions and answers

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Towards the end of each course, I encourage students to ask any remaining questions they might have. I’ve saved a number of questions and my answers, which I am posting here. Freelance Writing - Corporate Freelance Writing - General Freelance Writing - Newspaper/Magazine business of freelance writing freelance writing

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor. Sure, a couple of people on the panel made jokes here and there, and the audience laughed from time to time.

C-Level Presentation Tip #4: Beware of Too Much Detail

Professionally Speaking...

Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. The risk of drowning is high. This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your presentation practices so you can successfully navigate through any C-Suite waters.

Pecha Kucha Night – Tuesday 4/17 San Jose, CA

Duarte Blog

The sixth Pecha Kucha Night – San Jose is just around the corner! If you’re interested in diving into a highly creative, low-risk presentation environment, Pecha Kucha is for you. Each speaker presents 20 slides, for 20 seconds each.

Experiential Learning: Learning by Doing

Speaking Freely

Learning by doing is different from learning with the intellect where you are collecting concepts. When learning intellectual concepts, you can go as fast as your mind can grasp the concepts. But, just because you can grasp the concept does not mean you can do the skill associated with that concept. When you need [.]. public speaking Learning by Doing Public Speaking Course public speaking training

Reporting back on coaching a dying friend for a final speech

The Eloquent Woman

You might recall that another speaker coach wrote to me recently asking "How do I help a dying friend with a speech about her life and illness?" and asking for help and ideas from The Eloquent Woman's readers. Several other speaker coaches weighed in with 7 ideas and resources for preparing a speech for a dying friend , and now the coach who requested those ideas has reported back on the results.

An orator returns to the House of Commons

Max Atkinson

Twitter has been alive with mixed feelings about George Galloway's return to the House of Commons via the Bradford West by-election.

Impressive PowerPoint Presentation for a change

Executive Speech Coach

Enjoy this PowerPoint presentation with lots of powerful visuals - along with tips of how to do it yourself. As you view this, remember that PowerPoint is best when used as a visual medium. Text is not a visual even when displayed on a screen.

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Speaking Freely

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Brand Ivy League: Is Harvard et al. going way of linear careers in journalism, law, and business?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Watching the Ivory Tower Topple" - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL , March 24, 2012, by Holly Finn. Will higher education become the latest battleground for leveling the playing field in opportunity in America?    We all know that life isn't fair.  

How to speak on the spot – successfully

Pivotal Public Speaking

Being put “on the spot” can be a challenge. And yet to some it seems so easy. They rise to the occasion, speak fluently, seemingly without preparation, and with such ease. We would all like to be able to emulate them – that effortless presentation of ideas, that seemingly impromptu connection with an audience, and an outcome that establishes them as credible and convincing.

Power Presentations Tip 59: When They Cut Your Presentation Time

Executive Speech Coach

How to Adapt to Changing Time Constraints The worstpresentation sin is to waste time. Imagine thissituation. You prepared a 45 minute presentation because that's what you weretold to deliver. You arrive at the meeting ready to speak and the chair informsyou that your time has been cut to 30 minutes.

Keith Olbermann Fired from Current TV

TJ Walker Interactive

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Become a Professional Speaker and I'll pay YOU!

Great Public Speaking

I’m Tom. And I want to share with you a powerful new resource that can change the lives of you and your family.

The Power of Emotion: Lesson from the Solicitor General

Green Room Speakers

This morning on Politico, J. Lester Feder explores the question: Did Verrilli choke? And does it really matter? Feder quotes Arnold & Porter's Lisa Blatt, a former assistant to Verrilli: Blatt said she was primarily surprised that Verrilli "didn't seem that excited to be up there."

Superior Presentations: Participant Feedback from Lyle video

Executive Speech Coach

The next public seminar of "How to Deliver Superior Presentations is March 28, 2012, by the Toronto Airport.

Dinner with Gov. Rick Perry, Defense Sec. Leon Panetta, & DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Speak to Lead

Saturday evening I dressed up in white tie and tails for an intimate dinner with Rick, Leon and Debbie. But it's hard to keep meetings secret in Washington, especially with an exquiste, definitely-not-rubber-chicken, menu, so soon we were joined by. Musings-On Topic & Off Gridiron Dinner Leon Panetta Lou Hampton off the record Patrick J Sloyan Rick Perry

Public Speaking - Promoting a Band

Great Public Speaking

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Sheldon Adelson Dumps Newt Gingrich

TJ Walker Interactive

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