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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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Women’s Voices in Business: Strategies for dealing with 3 common issues

Kate's Voice

This week, I attended a conference for women presented by one of my corporate clients. There was a lot of discussion around Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, of course, and lots of tips on how to do that.

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Come see me this weekend in Santa Barbara!

Speak Schmeak

Sneak peek at what''s in my Speakers Survival Kit! Are you going to be around Santa Barbara this weekend? I''ve got two events coming up (well, one is technically on Monday), and I would love to have you join me! On Friday and Saturday, I''ll be at the Women''s Festival at Earl Warren Showgrounds.

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How to show paper forms or software screens on a PowerPoint slide

PowerPoint Tips

Do you have to reproduce paper forms or software screens on PowerPoint slides? This is common for training. For example, one of my clients created a training session to help K-12 school administrators complete important forms for the state Department of Education.

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How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, these are the words that are heard next: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be here with you today. My name is __, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.”.

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How to Encourage People to Speak the Truth

Speaking Freely

Have you experienced that people sometimes give you excuses rather than reasons? They respond, but somehow it just doesn’t ring true? Maybe their answer just does not satisfy you? I walked into the women’s restroom at my favorite pizza kitchen last week. A lovely young black woman was in the restroom talking on a cell phone. [.].

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"You are all rock stars. literally!" Speech lessons from Oscar winners.

Speak Schmeak

Today I want to give a shout out to Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, for their fun and engaging Oscar speech last night. The pair won the Best Song Oscar for "Let it Go," the hit single from the animated film "Frozen." Here''s why this was one of my favorite acceptance speeches. Teamwork: Most pairs or groups who take the stage to accept their awards aren''t prepared.

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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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The Textbook Writer

The Communication Blog

I wrote the following piece to put down some initial thoughts about what a textbook writer does and who a textbook writer is. I''m sure many (writers and readers) will see things very differently and I''d love to hear from you. I emphasize again that this is a first attempt to define textbook writing and is really in need of much refinement. This article was published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics 70 (3) July, 2013, 282-287. Textbooks are a fact of college life.

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The Amazing World of Speechwriting

OnSpeechwriting

So I heard an amazing story last week at the Ragan Speechwriters’ Conference. OK, maybe not amazing but it’s a story every speechwriter and everyone who uses a speechwriter should hear. I was there to mingle with some of the best people in the world: speechwriters who “get it.”

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Workshop journal: What happened Friday at 'Be The Eloquent Woman'

The Eloquent Woman

I launched a new workshop last week: Be The Eloquent Woman had its debut in my home city of Washington, DC, with a diverse group of women who came from as far away as Panama and as close as down the block.

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The Show Must Go On.

Speak and Deliver

A couple of weeks ago, I was booked to speak at my Advanced Toastmasters Club, Professional Presenters. Out of the three speakers, all but myself had dropped out, so I was looking forward to an extended practice of my speech about how to structure a keynote speech.

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Kitty Genovese: Revision of that meme of bystander apathy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We Baby Boomers grew up with the meme that Kitty Genovese died on March 13, 1964 in Queens because none of the 38 bystanders called the police.  Now, reports Nicholas Lehmann in The New Yorker, two recent books dispute all that.

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The Professional Speechwriters Association: Welcome to a Brand New World

OnSpeechwriting

David Murray, long-time speech hound and editor of the invaluable V ital Speeches of the Day , is at it again. Actually doing stuff that others had only dreamed about. This time? Two major events. First, he''s co-founded the Professional Speechwriters Association.

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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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How well do you welcome?

More than PowerPoint...

Your “Welcome” mat may be a visual cliché. You may think it’s de rigueur — but is it really making your audience feel welcomed? We’ve reached a point where merely saying or writing “welcome” doesn’t even mean anything.

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Book 8 of 52 in 52: The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson

Speak and Deliver

Carrie Wilkerson is a star on Social Media, making her name in a myriad of ways, from network marketing to information marketing to coaching to weight-loss to parenting to speaking to - well, the list is long.

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Saving Staples: More than small-business' nostalgia

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Millennial startups don't remember the rightsizing of Corporate America. One day there we were sitting pretty earning near six figures with great benefits.  The next we were shocked to be in outplacement, being educated about COBRA.

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Prominent Conservatives Side with Putin Over Obama | Communication Skills

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized communication skills

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3 Big Mistakes professionals make when presenting financial or operational data to executives

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Do you present financial or operational data to executives? Make sure you aren''t making these three mistakes

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The Professional Speechwriters Association: Welcome to a Brand New World

OnSpeechwriting

David Murray, long-time speech hound and editor of the invaluable V ital Speeches of the Day , is at it again. Actually doing stuff that others had only dreamed about. This time? Two major events. First, he's co-founded the Professional Speechwriters Association.

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Medical Doctors in Era of Obamacare: Don't look for the caring Norman Rockwell depicted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As in law, the field of medicine has shifted from being a high-status, well-paid profession to being a tough business.  Obamacare has made it even tougher.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Tells Off climate Change Denyers | Communication Skills

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized apple communication skills tim cook

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5 Questions to ask before you start to write your non-fiction book

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

A friend of mine told me he was starting to write a non-fiction book. I congratulated him and asked, “Have you answered your who, what, where, when and why yet?”. “I’m I’m writing a book,” he said, “not a news article. I don’t need to answer the W5.”. I suggested that he take a look at the W5, from the perspective of thinking about and planning his book, before he started to write. Since I have written a dozen non-fiction books, he cut me some slack. “So

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ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com site down due to attack

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com website is down due to an attach that started early this morning. I am working to resolve the issue and hope to have it running later today. Sorry that the links from here are not working at this time.

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Tax Time & The Religion of Capitalism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Capitalism is the religion of America.  So, when we're not in the money we are sinners.  The saints cast us out of their frame of reference.  We become invisible. Even my tax accountant more or less looked through me when we were on the last lap of my return.

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John Travolta makes Oscar Night Presentation Blunder | Presentation Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized john travolta

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The Amazing World of Speechwriting

OnSpeechwriting

So I heard an amazing story last week at the Ragan Speechwriters’ Conference. OK, maybe not amazing but it’s a story every speechwriter and everyone who uses a speechwriter should hear. I was there to mingle with some of the best people in the world: speechwriters who “get it.” And I delivered a workshop, a breakout session and was on a panel. But the whole conference began with a great keynote.

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Using Humor On a Sales Call

Humor Power

How do you use humor on sales calls? I prefer fresh humor over off-the-shelf jokes in most cases. With that said, passing on jokes you’ve heard or read might be the right thing for you. If you’re a great joke teller, recycled jokes might be right up your alley. It’s just not at the top of my personal list of ways to make connections. Storytelling is a great vehicle if you have the skill. It’s different from telling jokes you’ve heard.

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Chris Christie: Plain-speaking, with Jersey Brashness

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the end, it could be Chris Christie's rhetorical genius which gets him to the White House. Audiences will forgive a lot of those who can inspire them. Remember Winston Churchill's comeback during World War II.

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Rep Alan Grayson Caught in Messy Domestic Abuse Situation | Crisis Communications

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized Alan Grayson Crisis Communications

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Empathy: Risky business in executive communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No fools, executives know the power of connecting with constituencies through empathy.  That lesson became obvious when Bill Clinton told voters how he felt their pain and got elected, despite scandals.

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Il Mio Papa (My Pope) - Fan magazine about Francis published by Mondadori

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The good times keep rolling when it comes to global pop star Pope Francis.  Today, Ash Wednesday in the Roman Catholic Church, marks the launch of a fan magazine Il Mio Papa (My Pope) by Mondadori publishing, reports The New York Times.

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Ronan Farrow: He's the type parents, nuns and cops on the beat loved when I was growing up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is Ronan Farrow, 26, really an old soul? Maybe.  Why else would that prized demographic - the 18 to 49 - not be embracing his show on MSNBC. According to the media, what Farrow represents, including his persona, is what geezers like.

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Mark Penn: A known Machiavelli could be just what Microsoft needs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

New Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has appointed communications guru Mark Penn as Chief Strategist.   What Joshua Green reminds us of in Bloomberg Business Week is that Penn is a Machiavellian player.  And that might be just what the stuck corporation needs.

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Last Middle Class Person Leaving Over-priced, Frigid Northeast Shut Off Lights

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"I'm thinking about relocating to Mexico."  "   That's what my rooted (her two daughter are in New Haven, Connecticut) neighbor told me today. Both of us were walking our dogs amidst the Polar Vortex.

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Kim Novak: So, she didn't give good face

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Katy Bates showed you could be fat and still make it big in films.  Clint Eastwood demonstrated several times that you could grow out of making bad films and start producing and acting in ones which will be classics.

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