Sat.Aug 15, 2015 - Fri.Aug 21, 2015

Unmasking the Myths of Silicon Valley Innovation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Alerted to the work of the economist Mariana Mazzucato by an intriguing Lunch with the FT article I took a look at her blog.

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How to take a moment to lead…quietly

Kate's Voice

An actor is required to get up on stage and do their part whether they feel like it or not. Leaders need to do that too. However, very capable leaders may resign themselves to sitting back and letting someone else speak up or show up because that leader can’t seem to get a word in […].

2015 169

Turn a presentation into a report or e-book

PowerPoint Tips

You might find it valuable to create a report or e-book from a presentation. While you may be familiar with creating handouts, you might want something longer or more structured. For example, you might want to include a table of contents and a cover.

2015 158

New! 2 workshops on creating a TED-quality talk set for January 2016

The Eloquent Woman

I've spent much of the past five years coaching more than 100 speakers who've been featured on the TEDMED stage, at TEDx conferences around the world, or on TED.com to give proper TED talks.and many more to give talks in the style of TED.

2015 114

Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: Review

Pro Humorist

Note: This is a version of a review I posted on Amazon. I don’t believe you can learn to be funny. Some reading this (when I say some I mean all one of you), will disagree with me. Some suggest you can learn to be funny. In my experience, people like this, myself included, have been stuck using techniques that stifled their own sense of humour. Once they break out of that, and learn to effectively capture their sense of humour, then it seems as though they learned to be funny.

2015 109

A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. I was watching here in my office in Colorado as you literally smoked the competition. But this post is for the rest of you. The losers.

2015 104

Drudge Report Double Dipping - Focuses Not Only Emailgate, But Also Monicagate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Conservative site Drudge Report has been specializing in posting photos of an evil-looking Hillary Clinton during emailgate. To that it has added "Memories." " That section features cover stories from newspapers on monicagate.

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More Trending

Not Taking No for an Answer

Pro Humorist

My second son is nearly 4 months old at time of writing. I cannot help reflect back three years and think about the crummy guidance a nurse gave us when we had our first son. “Your life is now on hold for the next 18 years” Huh? Naturally, we panicked. We felt we hadn’t even scratched the surface of what we wanted to do. My son had only turned two a couple of weeks when we wrapped filming on “Falling for You”, our first feature film.

2015 100

Microsoft Sway: give it a try, avoid the hype

More than PowerPoint...

Microsoft Sway is now freely available online. If you’re a story teller, check it out. Take a few minutes to watch the Microsoft tutorial video. It will give you a broad overview of what Sway is and how you might use it. Then, go monkey around with it a little. It’s at Sway.com.

2015 72

What I Learned From A Drunk That Turned My Business Around

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 30-something man was canary yellow. He smelled of booze. He looked bored. "You're new, here." " I said to him. We were seated across from each other at a table in the basement of a church in Seymour, Connecticut. The 12-step meeting was supposed to start in about 6 minutes.

2015 72

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.

2015 102

Be clear about the purpose of your presentation.

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech Coach , Business presentation tips from George Torok , the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

2015 54

Tough Crowd? 5 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected

Duarte Blog

I love it when a new season of Downton Abbey makes its way across the Atlantic every January. But during the torturous months of waiting to see what happens next, I distract myself with a different British program: British Prime Minister’s Question Time. During the weekly session, the British Prime Minister stands in front of the entire House of Commons and answers questions from any Member of Parliament who wants to raise an issue.

2015 54

The Un-Wasping Of America - Donald Trump's Oddball Machine

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"From the grassroots base to the brunt-orange top, Trump's hastily assembled operation is not the typical presidential campaign. Rarely in American politics has such an unlikely gang of misfits, rogues and loose cannons helped a candidate climb to the top of the heap." 

2015 70

Essential Elements of a Perfectly Designed Presentation

SketchBubble

Designing a presentation in PowerPoint, Prezi or any other platform can look rather easy. However, once we start we begin to doubt ourselves, questioning whether we’ve used the right layout. This is the point when we decide to use a template and play it safe.

2015 73

Dump the Mystery Shop to Build More Sales

SpeakerSue Says...

A new client was explaining how customer-centric his luxury brand is, yet customers, when queried, weren’t exactly feeling the love – nor selecting his hotel. Me: “Are you shopping your people?” ” Him: “Yes, of course.

2015 63

Throw Out Your Sales Pitch and Win More Business

Beyond Bullet Points

If you’re part of a team that delivers pitches to win new business, you’re keenly aware of the value of the brief and precious time you have to meet in person with your prospective clients.

2015 61

Amazon - Was It Ambushed By The New York Times Or Is Toxic Corporate Culture For Real?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Jon Russell at the influential TechCrunch raises the possibility that The New York Times coverage of Amazon's corporate culture might not have been accurate. That would be a stunner, given the many interviews the NYT conducted and its credibility as "the paper of record."

2015 70

Observational Humor — Case Study # 138

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. The principles used to create the humor are the same ones you would use to present a single joke at any meeting you might attend. Observational Humor is usually the kind of humor where “you had to be there” for it to be funny. So, I’m preparing you for the monologue by giving you the set-up for the jokes. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting.

3 Ways to Immediately Close More Business

SpeakerSue Says...

Every sales person needs to close the sale yet the idea of “closing” (think about these examples [but before you play, know these are not G rated clips]:The Wolf of Wall Street , Reco , Glengarry Glenn Ross often feels really sleazy.

2015 56

"The Real Life M.B.A." - Jack Welch's Book Plunges To 17,856 On Amazon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That didn't take long. "The Real Life M.B.A." " by Jack Welch came out in April of this year. It's now down to 17,856 on Amazon. Also, only 60% of customer reviews give it a 5-star rating. My beef with the book was that I found nothing disruptive in it.

2015 68

Pope Francis - Like Father McKenzie, Writing Words Of Sermon No One Will Hear

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Pope Francis released a 180-page indictment of capitalism and climate change that has fallen, for the most part, on deaf ears in the U.S.    Just 31 percent of Americans know that the pope has made fights against global warming and poverty top issues."

2015 68

First David Messerschmitt, Then AshleyMadison.com Users - So, Who Isn't Living Double Life?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

First there was David Messerschmitt. He was a comer in the legal sector, employed as an associate by law firm DLA Piper. He had this beautiful, young wife. Then he was found murdered in a Washington D.C. posh hotel, waiting for gay sex. His killer Jamyra Gallmon faces up to 25 years in prison.

2015 65

Giving A Speech Has Become Like A Sales Pitch: Get In, Get Out Fast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Short forms like Twitter have changed everything. Audiences for speeches now expect the speaker to get in and get out fast. It's a lot like, well, giving a sales pitch for that lovely house with great curb appeal in the Happy Valley. Donald Trump understands that.

2015 65

To The 2,500 Employees To Be Laid Off At Kraft Heinz - I Was In Same Pickle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On a sunny day in November 1987, in Rye Brook, New York, I was laid off from General Foods Headquarters. I had been in middle management, which was being downsized in Corporate America, and was middle aged.

2015 65

Recovery - The New Hot Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's an actual brand: recovery. Its pull force or aura is like wearing one of those 10-grand watches. And since we humans are all flawed and should be recovering from those character defects, anyone can be part of the brand.

2015 65

AshleyMadison.com Hack - Big Names Learn It's Smarter To Seek Romance Old-Fashioned Way

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

High-traffic legal tabloid Abovethelaw.com is among the media properties spilling the beans on the Big Brandnames which were found to be users of AshleyMadison.com, which has been hacked. That's the e-middleman which connects married people who want to have hanky-panky.

2015 65

Small Talk - Why So Much Of It In Fry's Supermarket, Tucson, Arizona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Fry's Supermarket, on First & E. Roger, Tucson, Arizona, I don't scan the lines to see which one is the shortest. After shopping there for 16 months, I know to estimate which one has the most small talkers.

2015 65

Capitalism - Can Axing Quarterly Reports Tame It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The extreme pressure for great quarterly financial results four times a year, every year, has been transforming capitalism into, well, funny business. Corporate leaders are forced, especially by activist investors, to pull out all stops to pump up those results.

2015 65

Staples - Tragedy Of Brand Which Lost Its Way Becomes Cartoonish

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Staples Inc. said its profit more than halved in the second quarter, as sales continued to decline and store traffic dwindled, deepening the chain's challenges as it awaits regulatory approval for its takeover of Office Depot Inc."

2015 65

The New York Times V. Amazon Executives - The PR Week Poll

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This weekend was dominated by The New York Times expose of the brutal organization culture at Amazon. Today, Amazon executives said it wasn't so. PR Week has a poll surveying which entity do we believe. When I voted at 7:50 P.M.

2015 65

Melania Trump - As First Lady, She Would Be Hot Jackie Kennedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Melania Trump studied architecture in college. Like Jackie Kennedy, she's a cultural sophisticate. Her passion is design. So, expect the White House to get a fresh look if her husband, Donald Trump, is elected U.S. President. But, Melania is also a former model.

2015 65

Gabriel Sherman: Almost Famous

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Journalist Gabriel Sherman could have chosen the wrong subject to devote his career to. For example, it might have been The Clinton Machine. That's glutted journalistic territory. So much has leaked over the years and recently. Predictable  Predictable stuff. Sherman

2015 65

"Amy" - She Never Found A Disinterested Third Party

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her father piggybacked on her fame. Her mother had never been mothered so was clueless about nurturing another human being. Her husband wouldn't let her become self-sufficient. Just about everyone else in her adult life hung around her for the goodies. 

2015 65

Let The Healing Begin - Jamyra Gallmon, David Messerschmitt Killer, Sentenced To 24 Years

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Jamyra Gallmon had been a model student, never in trouble with the law. Then she got clever. She cooked up a scam to shake down men seeking gay sex. She would respond to their ads, showing up in their hotel rooms, then robbing them. No, they didn't push back or complain to the law.

2015 61

AT&T Still Ma Bell - Don't Overestimate Reputation Hit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"AT&T Inc.'s 's reputation may take a blow from reports suggesting the telecommunications company had a deeper level of involvement in U.S. government surveillance programs than had previously been disclosed, analysts said." " - Brian Louis, Bloomberg News, August 17, 2015. Here is the article. The media have caught onto reputation risks as predictable clickbait. Any supposed hit to the reputation, as with AT&T, is dutifully reported.

2015 50

Journalist - Opening At The Economist, Based In London, Will Travel

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You will specialize in global public policy. Here are details. careers Media Travel

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