Sat.Mar 10, 2012 - Fri.Mar 16, 2012

Speak with Conviction

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the good fortune of working with a number of teenagers to help them with their public speaking and presentation skills for leadership roles that they have in their youth group.

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Duarte’s Diagrammer™: 4,000 Diagrams at Your Fingertips for 99 cents each

Duarte Blog

Where there is madness, Nancy Duarte finds method. This is how twenty years of sketches and infographic concepts became Diagrammer™ , a searchable taxonomy of over 4,000 PowerPoint®-ready diagrams, available for you to download for just 99 cents each.

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Question your thinking to communicate more clearly

PowerPoint Tips

When you create a presentation, you start with the content. But how do you know if your content is clear and logical? Here are some questions you can ask yourself.

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Here's one way that you may have perpetrated, or perhaps experienced as an audience member. First, let's talk to the perpetrator: Have you ever had to create a new presentation for a meeting or conference and decided that you had all the information you needed in several previous PowerPoint slideshows?

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Podium vs. Lectern

Manner of Speaking

No, today’s post is not about a new sci-fi movie. Rather, it’s about the distinction between two mainstays of public speaking: the podium and the lectern. A podium (pl. podiums or podia) is the raised platform on which the speaker stands to deliver his or her speech. “Podium” is derived from the Greek word ???? pothi) which means “foot” The word “podiatrist” (foot doctor) comes from the same source.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 121)

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin - American Entrepreneur, Author and Public Speaker. “The purpose of an elevator pitch isn’t to close the sale. The goal isn’t even to give a short, accurate, Wikipedia-standard description of you or your project. And the idea of using vacuous, vague words to craft a bland mission statement is dumb.

Famous Speech Friday: Annie Oakley's Libel Cases

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: For Women's History Month, our famous speeches series turns to historic women's speeches. Writer Becky Ham gives us this look at sharpshooter Annie Oakley's series of courtroom speeches, defending herself and her reputation against libelous accusations, early in the 20th century.)

How Do You Decide What to Say in a Presentation?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

You've been asked to give a speech.    Perhaps you're expert in some topic, or you've headed up some organization, or you've done something wonderful recently, or you’ve made the news.    You've got an occasion, an audience, and an opportunity.    How do you decide what to say?    How do you pick a topic and narrow it down? Here's where it gets ironic. 

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The 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m off this week to the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington DC. It’ll be my fourth conference and the second one at which I’ve presented. As in 2009, I’ll be podcasting interviews with attendees and presenters and grabbing some video with my Flip video camera to post to YouTube. It all fits with the [.]. Speechwriting Ragan Communications

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Controlling flashy graphics

The Presenter's Blog

I recently observed an exciting approach to presenting a boring subject. The type of subject that is entirely fact driven, very technical, and needs a lot of slides! This approach held an auditorium of 200 people in rapt attention for just under two hours. The entire presentation had been professionally animated! The basic animation scheme was simple.

The introverted speaker at TED: Susan Cain

The Eloquent Woman

I've told you before about Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, but last month, she took it one step further, giving a TED 2012 talk about introverts.

What’s the single most important secret for good public speaking?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When I’m asked about the secret to good public speaking, my first instinct is to respond, "It's a journey you take the audience on, both intellectual and emotional, involving both content and delivery, and it’s a complex process, an art form, involving lots of moving parts."  "  But if I'm pressed for one rule only, it would be this:  have fun.    That's right -- have fun.   Could it possibly be that simple? 

Presidential Speechwriters call for more discipline by candidates

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The first day of the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC concluded with a blue-ribbon panel of former Presidential speechwriters (from both parties) calling for more discipline on the part of contenders for the USA’s highest office. George H.W. Bush speechwriter Chriss Winston said Republican candidates are focused too much [.]. Culture Shock! Public Speaking Speechwriting chriss watson clark judge mitt romney President Obama

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Power Presentations Tip 58: So What?

Executive Speech Coach

So What? You probably didn't hear it but your audience is asking this question often during your presentation. So what? There it is again. Most of the time, it's silently echoing in their minds. If you don't answer this question you might lose them. And your presentation fails. This question is the silent killer of many presentations because it is seldom spoken yet often interrupting their thoughts.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's role as "Veep" on HBO pokes fun at public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Public speaking's a big part of the job for the Vice President of the United States and so it features a lot in "Veep," a new HBO series debuting in April that stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a vice president who is " simultaneously overlooked and over scrutinized. with hilarious results." You'll see the public speaking right away in the trailer, below, where her speech gets red-penciled by aides until she can only say "What's left here? I've got "hello," and I've got prepositions."

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Here's one way that you may have perpetrated, or perhaps experienced as an audience member.

Clapping Clegg's condemnation of economically rational behaviour?

Max Atkinson

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Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner: Choosing the Gun, General Peter van Uhm

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Congratulations to Annelies Breedveld for winning the 2012 Cicero Speechwriting Award with her wonderfully crafted speech for General Peter van Uhm, Chief of Defense for The Netherlands “Choosing the Gun” “I do not stand here today to tell you about the glory of weapons. I do not like guns, and once you have been under [.]. Speech Showcase Speechwriting Uncategorized guns non-violence NRA

Updates from the blog: Lists, networks and more

The Eloquent Woman

On the blog and The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , I've been making visible and not-so-visible changes. Here's an update for you: New lists for new information options: I've created a series of special mailing lists so you can be sure to get the updates you want about upcoming workshops, training options for groups and individuals, ebooks and more. In some cases, I've created specific waitlists for specific workshops, or you can ask for information on all upcoming workshops.

Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at

Speaking Freely

I just read an article on Forbes called “Why Public Speaking Scares and and How to Overcome your Fear” by Susan Adams. This is one of the best articles on fear of speaking I have seen in a long time! I am a presentation and speaking coach in Houston. I have specialized in transforming [.].

Writers: how to deal with feedback

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Whether you are a staff writer, a freelance writer writing for periodicals or corporate clients, or even write fiction or non-fiction books, you will get feedback. Every writer, unless they are writing in a vacuum, gets feedback before his or her work goes out. I go so far as to say that every writer needs an editor. And some, like me, need proofreaders too. The question is, how do you (should you) deal with with feedback?

How to Meet With and Speak to Your CEO

Executive Speech Coach

How to Present to the CEO of Your Company and Win. Guest Post by Dan McCarthy Most employees NEVER get to have a meeting with the CEO of their company. So if you do, it’s a one-shot deal that you don’t want to screw up. After all, exposure is a double-edged sword, and many CEOs and senior executives have short attention spans but long memories. This post isn’t written for the seasoned executive or middle manager who has regular interactions with the CEO.

Public Speaking - Projector Set Up

Great Public Speaking

When using projected visuals, or any visuals, it is important to incorporate them into your presentation from the beginning. You will want to plan your visuals to enhance your presentation. You don't want them to compete with you for attention. Decide early what percentage of your presentation will be based on visuals. This will help you decide how to seat the audience for maximum comfort. It will also help you make screen placement decisions.

Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at

Speaking Freely

Don’t shoot me, I’m only the copywriter

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

If a company is not looking at all 4Ps, plus external business environment factors (economic, political, legal, social/cultural, technological) it could be missing the problem impeding sales growth. Copywriting Marketing Your Services marketing

Trying something new before your presentation? Big mistake!

Speak Schmeak

I happened to be at an event recently where one of my former clients was introducing the speaker. I've seen her speak before, and she's usually very confident, with good eye contact and a strong physical presence onstage.

Public Speaking Presentations: What to Do If.

Great Public Speaking

YOU TRIP GOING TO THE LECTERN I also do magic tricks. It took years of finishing school to learn to do that. I had a good trip. See you next fall. I'm the only speaker who can fall UP a set of steps. Is there a doctor in the house? Say this in a playful manner so you don't alarm the audience.] All that money I spent at Arthur Murray's was a waste. Who planted the banana peel? I used to be too humble to stumble. Give me an inch and I'll take a fall.

Because I said so

The Communication Blog

Here is a brief article sent to me by someone from this site--usually packed with useful and practical information. In this case, however, I would disagree. The article identifies 10 instances when it's o.k. to say "because I said so" in answer to one or more of a child's questions. Generally, I would argue that "because I said so" is not so much an answer to the child's question as an expression of frustration on the part of the parent.

St. Patrick's Day Mythology: Ruin of many a fine writer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As writers know, at least those serious about the craft and who get somewhere, the inner software which equips them for that line of work is atypical. 

saying nothing

Pivotal Public Speaking

‘Of those who say nothing, few are silent.’ ’ Thomas Neiel. quotations quotations about public speaking public speaking

Presentations in New Orleans

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has asked me to speak at its CONNECT ‘12 program in New Orleans. My two sessions will be held on Thursday, May 17. I’ll address these topics: * “Give Presentations that Connect with Bilingual and Diverse Audiences” * “Create Value with Speeches that Generate Positive Media Attention” NRECA produces an outstanding, well-run conference. For more information on the organization, visit

Romney Making Iran Situation Worse

TJ Walker Interactive

A look at how Mitt Romney is making the situation with Iran worse. Communications Crisis Communications iran Mitt Romney

CHICAGO TRIBUNE Cuts 15: Era of "good enough" journalism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There just isn't the money any more to support the traditional journalism model of articles which are comprehensively researched, fact-checked, edited, and proofread by a team of professionals.  That kind of overhead can't be absorbed with the decline in revenues for print advertising. 

One Hundred Contests

Humor Power

We quietly passed a milestone a couple of months ago. In March, 2012, we featured Contest Number 103. Contests would be rather dull without the participation of our readers. Many thanks to the thousands of readers who have submitted joke lines and cartoon captions over the years. Participating in the contests is like going to the gym. Writing funny lines helps strengthen your creativity and makes it more likely you’ll be able to uncover a humor gem in your next speech.