Sat.Apr 19, 2014 - Fri.Apr 25, 2014

The biology of courage: Make stress your friend

Speak Schmeak

Kelly McGonigal says, "How you think about stress matters." It''s a not-very-well-kept secret that a person''s attitude toward stress makes a big difference in how they respond in stressful situations.

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Create your own graphics with bursts and stars

PowerPoint Tips

Do you need to create striking graphics for company newsletters, blog posts, posters, training materials, and so on? A nice way to do this is with one of the burst or star shapes. Here you see an example.

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12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

Matt Eventoff

“I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” ” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” ” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis. Fear and anxiety before speaking publicly is nearly universal – it targets all of us, at different times and to varying degrees. Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting.

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No amount of technology will make a bad story good

Presentation Zen

When Toy Story opened in the US at the end of 1995, it was met with enthusiasm and great critical acclaim. The film would go on to be the highest-grossing film of the year. There was tremendous buzz (ahem) about the film before it arrived here in Japan a few months later.

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From NASCAR slides to "Any questions?": 8 kinds of slides to delete right now

The Eloquent Woman

Lately, I''ve been coaching several speakers getting ready for industry conferences--hired either by their companies, or the conference organizers. As a result, I''ve spent an enormous amount of time telling speakers to ditch slide after slide after slide.

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The Most Boring Speaking Advice in the World

Speak and Deliver

If you''ve been in a speaking class, a training room, a Toastmasters club, or even worked with many speaking coach, you''ve heard the following advice: Tell them what you''re going to tell them. Tell them. Then Tell them what you''ve told them. Makes sense, right? Repetition is good, isn''t it?

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12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

Matt Eventoff

“I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” ” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” ” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis.

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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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Book 10 of 52 in 52: The Media Training Bible - Brad Phillips

Speak and Deliver

The Media Training Bible was not on my original list of 52 Books in 52 Weeks , but when I was given a chance to read & review it, I couldn''t pass up the chance. Speaking with the media takes a skill-set beyond public speaking, much like being a newspaper writer is different than a novelist.

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Public Speaking “Fight or Flight” – Acute Stress Response

Matt Eventoff

“The only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.” ” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Sweating. Rapid heart rate. Dry mouth. Faster breathing. The “jitters.”. Most of us have experienced some, or all of these prior to speaking or presenting publicly.

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Author: No tag line presented in Arizona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I had to pump this author for more information.  When she introduced herself to me at a church gathering in Arizona, all she said was that she was a writer.  Along the Northeast Corridor, there would have been the mandatory tag line, actually a long laundry list of credentials.

Famous Speech Friday: Laverne Cox on transgender activism

The Eloquent Woman

In an awards season where a heterosexual man has been picking up prizes for portraying a transgendered woman in the movie Dallas Buyers Club , Laverne Cox is the real deal.

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Public Speaking Course: Powerful Persuasive Presentations

TJ Walker Interactive

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12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

Matt Eventoff

“I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” ” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” ” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis.

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Unscripted: Why Alcoholics Anonymous Speaker Meetings Continue to Resonate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tonight I attended a class at a Buddhist temple.  The instructor kept reading excerpts from this book and that book. I wondered why.  The public speaking which resonates, no matter the format or the setting, is from the heart.

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How to Avoid Presentation Disasters?

SketchBubble

PowerPoint presentation is considered the best medium to present what you have to explain, in a creative way.

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Writing W5 News Article Leads

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content . The W5 — who, what, where, when and why (and sometimes hoW) is key to the news article, particularly to the lead of a news article.

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12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

Matt Eventoff

“I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” ” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” ” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis.

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Client Allegedly Implodes: Should Ghostwriter Leave Story to Journalists?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's the perfect storyline to get a writer an assignment in brandname media: Millennial wildly successful tech entrepreneur gets charged by federal authorities for fraud.  Assets are seized.  Organizations have already slammed their doors in this mover and shaker's face.

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Does Delighting Customers Really Drive Sales?

SpeakerSue Says...

Is it possible to truly delight customers? If you haven’t yet read The Effortless Experience , it’s worth your time. Developed from the HBR article, “ Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers” , it actually recommends that you should delight them. It’s just that “delight” doesn’t mean that you need to create impressive, wow, over the top experiences. (In

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NHS still employes social workers (and at least one doctor) without a clue

Max Atkinson

Having had quite a lot more conversations with the social worker discussed in the previous post, I can report that he is worse than ever. Worse still, he pretends to be medically qualified when he clearly isn''t. And he''s now got one of his GPs on board and she''s behaving just as badly. So he''s not the only incompetent twit draining the NHS budget. And, if they carry on like this, I may have to ape their unprofessional behaviour by naming them

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Creative Cell Phone Announcement

Humor Power

Here’s a creative way to ask the audience to turn off their mobile devices using a Flash Mob. ClickHere to view video which was produced by ImprovEverywhere. Let it stimulate your own, original way to make this otherwise routine announcement as you begin your meeting. The link was passed to me by AllenKlein , The Jollytologist from San Francisco by way of SpeakerNetNews. Life Skills cell phone announcement using humor

Ladies' Home Journal: Icon to end being a monthly July 2014 (35 laid off)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Before there were racy like Cosmo and experimental like Lear's (for the mature woman), there was Ladies' Home Journal. For 131 years it was there, guiding those striving to be middle class (like my mom) how to arrange their space and lives.

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SpeakerSue Says... - Untitled Article

SpeakerSue Says...

Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth Because I’m happy Clap along if you know what happiness is to you Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do. Pharrell Williams. If only everyone could feel Happy every day, and especially everyday at work, especially when talking to customers, guests, prospects and buyers.

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Communications Pros & Media: Not need to be news junkie

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those at the top of the food chain in communications don't keep up with every development in media. The first thing they check in the A.M. isn't Mediabistro.com's newsfeed and the last in the P.M. its laundry list of what media player is where.

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Jeb v Hillary: Clash of Two Dynasties, Two Generations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

While Hillary Clinton still continues with the Hamlet stance, Jeb Bush is making it explicit: He is considering running for president in 2016. Here is the coverage from Politico. Immediately, the game is changed.  Hillary can't continue with the Run or Not To Run stance.

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Over: Game is to leverage the experience, eventually

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In America, optimism and endings usually can't occupy the same space. We expect the whatevers such as a plum assignment to continue, forever. But The Over happens.   Rarely do we like it, even if we put it into play.

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Valentine's Day: Meme captures complexity of "Mad Men"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Mad Men" is set in an era when people still hungered for love. This was before it was possible for finance types and then the tech crowd to get very wealthy relatively fast. They don't need love.  Perhaps they don't even want it.

2014 61

Sunday Politico Shows: Yawn in Era of Anti-hero

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Who wants to hear folks from This Town presenting boy-scoutish and girl-scoutish positions on Sunday morning?  Not many, not in this age of the anti-hero. Here the  media outlet Politico captures the current yawn. 

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No Hipster Rhetoric: Queen Elizabeth, Enduring CEO, Turns 88

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like Rupert Murdoch and Warren Buffett, Queen Elizabeth has held onto influence, power and her job as CEO into her 80s.   Tomorrow Queen Elizabeth turns 88.  And she has done this without experimenting with hipster rhetoric.

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