Sat.Mar 17, 2012 - Fri.Mar 23, 2012

Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Presentation Zen

Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school. Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world.

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Are you inviting dialog or shutting it down?

Speak Schmeak

This post, about shutting down your audience, was inspired by interactions I've experienced on Facebook, where someone demonstrates that it's more important to be right and to denigrate other people's ideas than to have a two-way conversation. I wonder.

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Executive Communication Skills: Tech Habits

Matt Eventoff

Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on. Smartphones, net books and tablets have enabled our ability to work faster, cheaper, more efficiently and often more productively. Through social media we are able to meet people we might never have met and develop working relationships we would have been unable to develop years ago.

How to Make a Favorable First Impression

Duarte Blog

Kate Middleton received a lot of press attention this week for delivering her first public speech as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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138 Top Tweets from the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 14 – 16, 2012 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Over 200 professional speechwriters met for two days and attended a series of main stage keynotes and break out sessions. Unlike other Ragan Conferences I’ve attended, where I had to select a small number of “top [.]. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference Twitter

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Create a looping ending for your PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint Tips

A reader asked me how to create a looping ending. In another post, I explain how to create a looping introduction. Although the technique that I came up with is different from the one for a looping introduction, it’s quite easy.

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Justina Chen: The Heart of Storytelling

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This is one of the longest blog postings I’ve done on a single presentation. I believe that there was sufficient content in Justina Chen’s keynote to justify the cost of attending the entire 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. In a spectacular closing keynote at the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference, Justina Chen celebrated The Heart of Storytelling. [.]. Speechwriting justina chen microsoft Ragan Speechwriters Conference story telling storytelling

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 123)

Manner of Speaking

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) Irish Playwright. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ” — George Bernard Shaw. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

Can You Present Sitting Down?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

We live in an era of flattened hierarchies, informality, and collegial behavior. And so naturally enough, many clients ask me if they can present sitting down. It's an inevitable question -- it feels more collegial, and less exposed, to sit down around the table like everyone else.

New training and coaching opportunities for you!

Speak Schmeak

Happy Monday! I want to update you on some of the new opportunities I'm offering for coaching and training. Travel to Las Vegas, visit a Facebook group, or just send me an e-mail. there are several options for improving your public speaking between now and the end of the year.

Book Review: 10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech, by Fletcher Dean

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech: The Definitive Guide to Professional Speechwriting, by Fletcher Dean Fletcher Dean is a working speechwriter at the Dow Chemical Company where he is Director of Leadership Communications. He’s also a regular presenter at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference and delivered a half-day workshop at the 2012 event on How [.]

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 122)

Manner of Speaking

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist, Philosopher and Poet. “Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.” ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson. Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers.

What’s the best way to end a presentation?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

A speaker asks a lot of an audience.    Understanding, enthusiasm, support -- and inactivity.    Speakers expect audiences to be passive most of the time.    That's after all what speakers are paid for -- to inform and entertain the audience.    Not the other way around.    And the higher the price, the more entertaining the speaker better be. 

Famous Speech Friday: Mother Jones Speaks Before Striking West Virginia Miners

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: During Women's History Month, we're focusing on famous historic speeches by women. Here, writer Becky Ham tackles the inimitable Mother Jones.

Video: 2012 Ragan Speechwriting Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

From first-time attendees to 10-year veterans, attendees at the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference were uniformly impressed with the event. Hear what a random baker’s dozen of the audience had to say. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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Analysis of a Speech by Kate Middleton

Manner of Speaking

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given her first public speech since becoming a Royal. She did it at the opening of the Treehouse Children’s Hospice for sick children in Ipswich, E ngland. The Duchess, who admitted that she finds giving speeches “nerve-wracking” was under a lot of scrutiny for this first performance. So how did she do? Her two-minute speech is below and the analysis follows.

Your First Speech, Kate Middleton, President Obama, and the Teleprompter

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently half of England’s most adorable royal couple, gave her first public speech yesterday.    Don’t envy her! 

What have we done to the panel discussion? How would you reform it?

The Eloquent Woman

Is it me, or are panel discussions in trouble? When they're done right, panels can be an inspiring source of varied ideas, sparkling discussion and crackling energy. But more often, you get panels that: Have too many speakers , like the one I turned down that wanted eight speakers, each of whom would have 2.5 minutes to speak. Find moderators fumbling to introduce the speakers, manage the room or handle the questions.

How Will You Show Your Blind Audience?

Executive Speech Coach

If you want to show them what you see - how will you do that? If your purpose is to persuade your audience to see things your way - what will you do if they are blind ? Often your audience is blind to your message. This old poem by John G. Saxe is a good reality reminder.

Rhetorical Devices: Epanalepsis

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Epanalepsis. Origin : From the Greek ?????????? epanalipsis), meaning “repetition” or “resumption” In plain English: Repeating the initial word or words of a sentence or clause at the end of that same sentence or clause. Effect: Repetition of the words draws attention to them. The speaker can use epanalepsis to emphasize a key point or concept.

Presentation Tip: Essential iPad apps for presenters

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Apple’s latest iPad was released last week and many presenters either already have an iPad or are considering purchasing one. I have had one for about a year (the iPad 2) and have found it very valuable for my work. In this article, I want to share what I consider to be some essential iPad apps for presenters. GoodReader – This is the first app I suggest you purchase when you get your iPad. It is a file viewer, but it is so much more than that when you dig into all the capabilities it has.

Michael Erard: In praise of verbal stumbles

Speak Schmeak

I enjoyed this essay on by Michael Erard, author of Um. Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. You have to imagine that I'm going to like an article that backs up my view of "ums" and "uhs" NOT being the downfall of civilization as we know it.

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BATS Global Markets: Its problems shake trust in technology

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is the universe sending mankind a message about technology?    At the very time BATS Global Markets was having its IPO, it developed such serious technical problems wrong quotes were being listed for the stock Apple. 

Podcast: Exhibitor 2012 and Expo West Re-Cap

Communication Steroids

Tim Patterson, aka Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon, discusses his recent visits to Exhibitor 2012 in Las Vegas and Expo West in Anaheim with podcasting partner Roger Pike. Check out the various videos Tim posted from the show at Tim Patterson, aka Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon, discusses his recent visits to Exhibitor 2012 in Las Vegas and Expo West in Anaheim with podcasting partner Roger Pike.

Superior Presentations Public Seminar in Toronto Mar 28

Executive Speech Coach

Attend this public seminar - How to Deliver Superior Presentations - in Toronto on March 28.

7 Tips for Giving the Perfect Eulogy

DeFinis Communications

Recently I attended a memorial celebration of the all-too-short life of one of my husband’s colleagues.

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Words and phrases to never use in email. Ever.

SpeakerSue Says...

If you’re on the conservative side, you may want to just take my word for it. Don’t use the phrase, “Hope this helps” in an email. On the other hand, if you want a laugh (and you don’t mind a bit of obscene language), read ScaryDuck’s post: A bit of email etiquette. Hope this helps really means – now leave me alone [or something like that].). Steve Griffith posted his comments today about not using the phrase, “No problem.”

Speech writing – Write for the ear!

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

One pitfall that many would be speech writers fall headlong into is that they write for the eye rather than for the ear. You are not creating perfect prose. You are creating something that is easy to listen to. Here are some guidleines to help you improve your speech writing. Guidelines Keep sentences [.]. Presentation Skills Public Speaking Speech Writing

Public Speaking Skills - Question-and-Answer Sessions

Great Public Speaking

Question-and-answer sessions are great opportunities to show off your sense of humor, get audience participation, and make two powerful closings. Did I say two closings? Yes I did say two closings.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results — Witch Brew

Humor Power

Here are the results of the March Cartoon Caption Contest–Witch Brew. The top lines were selected by our panel of ten judges (speakers and improv players). We feature the artwork of professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich.

How to write an email sells for you

SpeakerSue Says...

Email is likely to be your primary way of connecting with prospects and customers. (I’m I’m not saying it’s the best way; I’m saying it’s the most common way.) If you’re going to use email to build business, here are 5 must-follow tips: 1. Flip your thinking. You know how passionate you are about your product or service? Now flip that passion for your customer’s success.

Are you inviting dialog or shutting it down?

Speak Schmeak

This post, about shutting down your audience, was inspired by interactions I've experienced on Facebook, where someone demonstrates that it's more important to be right and to denigrate other people's ideas than to have a two-way conversation. I wonder.

Public Speaking Seating Tips and Tricks

Great Public Speaking

Seating Tips: People prefer to sit by aisles. Avoid chairs next to walls. Audience members will feel trapped. Aisles should get bigger as they get nearer the exits because they must accommodate more people. Seat for least distraction and best focus on presentation.

Facebook Habits

The Communication Blog

Here's an interesting piece on bad habits that kids can pick up from their Facebook activities. The habits identified and the suggestions are really applicable to everyone, not just kids. To this list I would add the principle that online communication is irreversible and uneraseable. link]. link]. irreversibility Facebook uneraseability bad habits