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Speak with Conviction

Manner of Speaking

It’s always great to see young people who are interested in public speaking and willing to take the plunge to share their ideas with others.

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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. She then asked her trusty assistant (at the time, that was me!) Lo and behold, a taxonomy emerged.

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? Purpose. Concepts. Questions.

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. So you sat down, opened them all up, and started cutting and pasting slides from the previous presentations into a new one? Did you feel confused, lost or frustrated? Period.

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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 ???? Small.

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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. ” — Seth Godin.

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. Louis to Scranton. Appearance counts.

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? 

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How To Integrate Your Inbound & Outbound B2B Marketing Tactics

Content Marketing Today

How To Integrate Your Inbound & Outbound B2B Marketing Tactics. Posted by Chris Fell on Thu, Mar 08, 2012 @ 07:20 PM. Email Article .

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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 [.].

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The introverted speaker at TED: Susan Cain

The Eloquent Woman

For one thing, it demonstrates how well a self-described introvert can tackle what some think of as the most daunting public speaking task, a TED talk.

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."    That's right -- have fun.

4 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Generate Awesome B2B Content | Marketri

Content Marketing Today

Committing to blogging and the process of content marketing is often a big hurdle for our clients. ” “What if we run out of ideas?”

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. Culture Shock!

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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 visuals had swamped the message.

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." I've got "hello," and I've got prepositions." government.

11 Secrets of Viral Videos: What’s Buzzing at SXSW – Forbes

Content Marketing Today

What makes some Web videos go viral, while others languish? Gupta’s formula starts with six factors that define successful videos’ content.

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. A variation of "So what?" is "Why is that important to me?" So what?

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Did you feel confused, lost or frustrated? What's your objective?

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.

Need Google Plus and Twitter content? Go old school | SEO Copywriting

Content Marketing Today

Once upon a time, long before Twitter, Google + and Facebook, there was a powerful piece of marketing collateral that’s all but ignored now.

Clapping Clegg's condemnation of economically rational behaviour?

Max Atkinson

If "scheming" means consulting accountants and if the advice they give you is legal, what exactly is it that's "frankly disgraceful" about anyone keeping "their tax bill down to the bare minimum" ? Or is Mr Clegg suggesting that we should all be volunteering to pay more tax than we should?

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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 [.].

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.

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.

Be Compelling In Your Advertising Message | B Squared Ads

Content Marketing Today

Did you ever look at a company’s brand and think, that’s stupid, or that’s weird? Or maybe you’ve wondered what on earth they’re trying to say.Don’t look now, but people could be saying that about your own brand message.A compelling message gets attention. Via

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

Speaking Freely

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. Also, have a backup plan.

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

That lift-off sound? Yep, that would be social media ad spending | SMI

Content Marketing Today

billion this year in ad revenues. Here’s the data that caught our eye, courtesy of the Advertiser Perceptions survey as reported in Ad Age.

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. First she said, "NO. I know I was off.

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.

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. It's a disconfirming strategy. link] [link].