Sat.Aug 11, 2012 - Fri.Aug 17, 2012

Add a QR code to your presentation

PowerPoint Tips

By now, you’ve probably seen QR codes in many places. You may even have used them. They’re still fairly new. What’s a QR code? A QR code is a square image — usually black and white — that works something like a barcode that you see on products in a store.

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Is the elevator pitch dead?

Speak Schmeak

A discussion question was posted in one of my LinkedIn groups, and it sparked a lively thread. The question was, "Is the elevator pitch dead?"

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 140)

Manner of Speaking

Marcus Tullius Cicero (160 BC – 43 BC) Roman Statesman, Philosopher, Lawyer, Political Theorist and Orator. “When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully.

Governor Chris Christie: 8 Communication Lessons

Matt Eventoff

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) was just named as the Keynote Speaker at the RNC Convention in a few weeks. One of the reasons for his selection was certainly his ability to utilize vivid language and an animated speaking style to move audiences. Above is an example of the Governor speaking.

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Intention: The prescription for an authentic voice

Kate's Voice

Recently, I sat on a plane, connected to “GoGoWireless”, and “IM’d” with my seat mate while we both listened to our favorite music via Bose headphones. So who needs a voice? That experience was in contrast to this one: Later that day, I attended a presentation via Webex, and heard the presenter, but never saw [.]. intention vocal power authentic voice delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tips vocal image

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I'm on BlogHer today!

Speak Schmeak

BlogHer is featuring one of my recent blog posts in their Career section today as a BlogHer Spotlight ! Neato burrito! Thanks a million, BlogHer and Paula G. ! Check it out here: Do You Tell Little White Lies?

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The fine art of presentation distraction: Romney creates a Ryan smokescreen

The Presenter's Blog

“Look! A polar bear!”. It’s the classic presenter smoke-screen, and sometimes it can even work! If you have been unskilled enough to get yourself backed into the corner by your audience on a topic that you don’t want to discuss, then you only have one option left. The monumental distraction!

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Interview: Austin Hill Shaw – Creativity Instigator

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

For as long as he can remember, San Francisco Bay Area-based Austin Hill Shaw has been enraptured by creativity and the creative process. In 2004, stemming from a life-changing insight gained during a three-month meditation retreat, he began exploring the subject of creativity in earnest, wanting to understand the opportunities and challenges behind creativity’s seemingly [.]

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7 secret advantages of the speaker who allows extra time

The Eloquent Woman

How many times have you said, "They want me to speak for an hour?" Here's a secret: There may be an hour on the schedule for your talk, but if you're a smart speaker, you won't fill the time allotted.

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Romney uses presentation distraction to name Ryan VP

The Presenter's Blog

“Look! A polar bear!”. It’s the classic presenter smoke-screen, and sometimes it can even work! If you have been unskillful enough to get yourself backed into the corner by your audience on a topic that you don’t want to discuss, then you only have one option left. The monumental distraction! I believe today’s announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s choice for Vice-President is a presentation tactic simply to divert attention away from the growing tax questions circling around Romney.

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Nonverbal Communication Exercise

The Communication Blog

Here is a brief exercise that I used in teaching nonverbal communication and that I rewrote for a textbook in nonverbal that I’m in the process of writing. Here I use it as an introduction to the discussion of height but it can also be used with perception, stereotypes, and media influences, for example. You can adjust it in any way you’d like for your own classes.

Use Your Voice to Make a Great First Impression

DeFinis Communications

I recently had a phone conversation with a new client who had signed up for our Executive Immersion program. While our discussion was informative, it was also a little challenging. He spoke with a thick accent, had poor enunciation, rambled on and on, and spoke in monotone. I had to work hard to listen intently, process what he was saying, and then think of my own response. And this was on the phone! I could only imagine what it was like to listen to him present in front of a group.

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Famous Speech Friday: Julia Child's "The French Chef" cooking demos

The Eloquent Woman

Her lectern was a kitchen island, and, as you can see in the photo at right, she had a television crew at her feet while she spoke. Because it was a public television show on a tight budget, she was encouraged to start talking and not to stop, if at all possible, to avoid racking up overtime charges.

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Travis Kalanick CEO of Uber on Telling the Authentic Story

Speaking Freely

Travis Kalanick is the CEO of Uber, a service that uses apps to call a car, usually a Town Car, in 15 minutes. What I like about him is his authenticity. He says that telling your authentic story is how business needs to be communicating. He shares that in toughest times, we learn to [.]. Authenticity Communication Sales & Selling storytelling Transparency Leadership presence Persuasion

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Why do people love the positive-attitude presenter?

More than PowerPoint...

We have different feelings about that guy. Who’s that guy? Oh, you know that guy. He’s that presenter that’s very pumped up in front of his audience. He’s idiotically happy, and demands that you act that that way, too. HE : Good morning! AUDIENCE : Mmm. HE : I can’t hear you! Gooood MORNING!

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Speaking of the 2012 Toastmasters International Convention

Speak and Deliver

Just a few words from my heart to those of you competing at the World Championship of Public Speaking this year. Toastmasters Convention World Championship

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5 ways to look your best on Skype, video chat and Google+ Hangouts

The Eloquent Woman

Most of us do our "public speaking" at work in meetings and on conference calls--and these days, the options for visual conferencing are everywhere, from Skype to Google+ hangouts to traditional videoconferencing.

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Travis Kalanick CEO of Uber on Telling the Authentic Story

Speaking Freely

Travis Kalanick is the CEO of Uber, a service that uses apps to call a car, usually a Town Car, in 15 minutes. What I like about him is his authenticity. He says that telling your authentic story is how business needs to be communicating. He shares that in toughest times, we learn to [.]. Authenticity Communication Sales & Selling storytelling Transparency Leadership presence Persuasion

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Presentation Environment

Executive Speech Coach

The place and conditions in which you present have an important influence on how well your message is received. If the environment isn’t right, participants might not pay attention and worse - will become irritated. When the audience is irritated they always blame the speaker.

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Don't Let the Messenger They Shoot Be You!: A Book Review

Speak and Deliver

Time to catch up a bit. I was sent a review copy of "Don't Let The Messenger They Shoot Be You", by C. Mike Jousan , early in the Spring. It's a quick read, but I haven't found it to be easy to review.

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New comments and posting policies

The Eloquent Woman

Behind the scenes of this blog and the don't get caught blog on social media and communications, there's been a lot of activity--so I need to share these updates about new policies and frequency of posts: Comments: Comments have always been an important part of all my blogs.

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For-profit Education: Same troubles as non-profit, including hunger for star power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For-profit education was supposed to be such a simple proposition.    That was no fooling around career education and training packaged and delivered in ways mature learners demanded.    Therefore, the University of Phoenix and Kaplan were early adopters of online education.

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Olympic lessons for presenters who want to be the best

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

The dust has settled on the London 2012 Olympics and the UK can get back to normal but are there any lessons for presenters from the 2012 Games? I could be negative and have a go at the professional BBC commentators who managed to entertain us with a vast selection of bloopers, contrived alliterations, uhms and errs and general gibberish but to be fair, if most of us were in their shoes, presenting live for several hours a day, we’d probably [.].

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Speaking Resources

Great Public Speaking

[link] This video tells you where you can find tremendous video training to actually show you how to do speaking techniques. Over 450 public and professional speaking videos

My summer reading – a short look at 5 novels

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Here’s what I’ve read and what I’m reading this summer. Feel free to comment on any of the books I discuss here or to add a note about what you’re reading in the blog post comments section. I’m currently reading Ice Station by Matt Reilly. Picked it up for free at a garage sale. Not sure [.]. creative writing summer reading

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Toby Bloomberg, Patron Saint of Newbie Digitals, Joins Cox Media Group

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Good things happen to good professionals.    In 2004, I found Toby Bloomberg's name on an American Marketing Association's ListServ.    I knew I had to make the Great Leap Forward to digital.    But I was 59.    I was beyond terrified.

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PIX News at 10 re Presidential Politics

TJ Walker Interactive

Press Room

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Want to make outstanding presentations?

Pivotal Public Speaking

Presentations in Action. Jerry Weissman. Want to make outstanding presentations? See how others have done it! Legendary presentations coach Jerry Weissman shares powerful examples from the media, sports, politics, science, art, music, literature, the military, and beyond.

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Great review of Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Just received a tweet linked to a great review of "Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Writing". Here's a short excerpt with link to the full review. Everything You Wanted To Know About Freelance Writing Freelance Writing - Corporate Freelance Writing - General Freelance Writing - Newspaper/Magazine My Books business of freelance writing Everything you wanted to know about freelance writing freelance writing

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"The Intouchables" - French version of "Seabiscuit"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 2012 French film "The Intouchables" is about how a physically disabled wealthy man and a spiritually disabled street person heal each other.    It's Seabiscuit without the horse and the race. 

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Discussing Paul Ryan Selection on NYC Fox 5

TJ Walker Interactive

Press Room

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Want to make outstanding presentations?

Pivotal Public Speaking

Presentations in Action. Jerry Weissman. Want to make outstanding presentations? See how others have done it! Legendary presentations coach Jerry Weissman shares powerful examples from the media, sports, politics, science, art, music, literature, the military, and beyond.

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Public Speaking Business Marketing - Posts and Articles

Great Public Speaking

Blogs and Articles G uest posting on other people's blogs is a great way to find targeted traffic. Many major blog sites have been up and active for years, attracting thousands of page views a week and a ton of subscribers. They have done all of the hard work. By guest posting, you can give the blog owner fresh new content that they need and you can get a link back to your website that could drive thousands of readers to your services.

Patrick Kennedy & Congressman Jesse Jackson.: Using Kennedy clout on behalf of mental illness

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe it will be a Kennedy who will rebrand mental illness as just another form of malady.    After all, it was Patrick Kennedy, when he was in the House, who fought for and got parity in insurance reimbursement for mental illness. 

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3rd Story on Fox 5 about Presidential Politics

TJ Walker Interactive

Press Room

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Public Speaking Tip: Tighten and focus your presentations

Pivotal Public Speaking

Great speakers seem to stay on track effortlessly. Their presentations are tight and focused. Do you find yourself, on the other hand, sometimes, with too much information, or getting off the point of your story or presentation? One simple trick to tighten and focus your presentation is to define the message; the central message of your presentation – what one thing do you want the audience to take away? This message can be called a thesis statement or a theme.

Make sure your speaker pronounces names correctly

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Your manuscript should enhance a speaker’s delivery. For example: If you cite a proper noun that’s all-too-easy to mispronounce, provide phonetic spelling. Consider: “We want to congratulate Mr. Chianese [kee-uh-NAY-zee] on this accomplishment.” ” Not sure if a particular name requires phonetic spelling? Provide it! The last thing your speaker wants is to sound foolish at the front of the room