Sat.Feb 25, 2012 - Fri.Mar 02, 2012

Famous Orators – 5 Lessons from William Bourke Cockran

Matt Eventoff

Today is a special day in the world of public speaking and communication. Today is the 89th anniversary of the death of William Bourke Cockran, who in my estimation may be one of the greatest speakers of all time. Who is William Bourke Cockran, and how can I make such a bold statement, having never witnessed him speak, as he passed away well before speeches were recorded on video? I have been fascinated by the ability of an individual to influence through spoken word since I was a young boy.

You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

I get why you love your stats, your graphs, your charts so much. You put your blood, sweat and tears into the research. Or at least into finding other people's charts to paste into your slides. Your data is brilliant. It makes your case. It explains everything you want to say.

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Duarte.com/edy Episode 2: Avoid Clichés

Duarte Blog

Bob and Finn are back for the latest Duarte.com/edy episode: Avoid Clichés. If you like what you see, please share with your friends, and be sure to leave a note in the comments. You just might hear back from Bob or Finn in person!

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Meetings are Presentations Too

Professionally Speaking...

In a classically funny John Cleese video entitled Meetings, Bloody Meetings , Cleese's wife says to him, "Why can't you do your work while you're at work?" He replies, "There isn't time. I have to go to meetings.". A sentiment we can all likely identify with. Yet meetings are a fact of business life.

Public Speaking Day – 5 Lessons from William Bourke Cockran

Matt Eventoff

Today is a special day in the world of public speaking and communication. Today is the 89th anniversary of the death of William Bourke Cockran, who in my estimation must be one of the greatest speakers of all time. Who is William Bourke Cockran, and how can I make such a bold statement, having never witnessed him speak, as he passed away well before speeches were visually recorded?

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New book on introverts advises finding your public-speaking "sweet spot"

The Eloquent Woman

Call it a quiet but powerful statement: The most-wished-for book on Amazon.com right now is a book about introverts, and public speaking plays a big role in the book's effort to describe introverts' strengths.

The 10 Commandments of Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

A few years back I did a version of these.    Today, I was inspired to update them.      I.    Thou shall speak authentically, from the heart.   II.    Thou shall focus on the audience.   III. Thou shall not use Power Point as speaker notes.   IV.    Thou shall not begin thy speech with a joke*.      V.    Thou shall speak with all appropriate passion, and not be boring.   VI. 

Want to Speak like Steve Jobs? |

Speaking Freely

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Easily create flexible diagrams that look professional

PowerPoint Tips

In PowerPoint 2007 and later, you can easily convert bulleted text to diagrams that look great — with just a few clicks. For example, you can change this to this. Why is the diagram better? It shows a relationship among the 3 components, something the bullets don’t do.

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Five finds for speakers in work presentations & meetings

The Eloquent Woman

Your most frequent "public speaking" probably takes place in work-related settings, from videoconferencing to meetings and presentations. Here are five new tools, ideas and resources that have come across my desk recently to give you an edge in work-related speaking situations: Projector phone: The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone might whittle your presentation kit down to size, since it includes a projector.

Being Open Is Risky Business - But the Alternative Is Riskier

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When you stand up to speak in front of others, you're risking a great deal.    You can fail to engage the crowd, you can make a fool of yourself, you can attempt too little or too much and miss the mark.    And while the risk is almost always greater in your own mind that it is in reality, it is a real risk nonetheless. Knowledge of that risk is what causes people to play it safe when they’re preparing their presentations. 

Ed Miliband talks during his own speeches set to music in Labour's latest PPB

Max Atkinson

These days, you can watch party political broadcasts before they've even been broadcast, as with this one from the Labour Party that's scheduled to appear on television tonight. It has at least two irritating features that I've blogged about before.

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21 Ways to Make Money Speaking: A Review

Speak and Deliver

For beginning speakers, the million dollar question is "How do I make money speaking?" There are books and programs galore out there, and it's easy to get overwhelmed, wondering who has all the right answers in the best format that's guaranteed to work.

Famous Speech Friday: Jackie Kennedy's 1962 televised tour of the White House

The Eloquent Woman

Fifty years ago on Valentine's Day 1962, major U.S. television networks aired an unprecedented public speaking tour de force by a woman, when First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy led a televised tour of the White House and its just-completed $2 million renovations.

Rhetorical Devices: Anadiplosis

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 : Anadiplosis. Origin : From the Greek ??????????? anathiplosis), meaning “doubling” or “folding” In plain English: Beginning a sentence or clause by repeating the last word or words of the previous sentence or clause. Effect: Repetition of the words adds rhythm and cadence. The repeated words are emphasized.

Are all animals right or left handed?

Max Atkinson

Now for something completely different - a video sequel to Basil's Book Launch plus a question for zoologists, ethologists or anyone else who might know about such important matters.

10 Ways to Engage Your Audience in Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Engaging your Audience Listeners who are actively engaged in your presentation will remember more and are more likely to act on what you say. You might engage them intellectually, emotionally, visually, and/or physically. You must decide what techniques will work with each audience. Be careful not to overdo any technique and not to embarrass your audience. There are many subtle and overt ways that you can engage your audience. Here are 10 ideas for you.

Public Speaking - Numbers

Great Public Speaking

Most businesses have numerous uses for numbers, both written and oral. Again, some numbers are funnier and more interesting than others. A number like zero has other names that are funny that aren't even numbers. Goose egg, nada, nil, zip and zilch are all funny ways to express the number zero. Even zero is funnier than the word none. Although none is funny when you talk about the two chances of a hostile takeover as slim and none. A hundred dollar bill is a C-Note, a five-dollar bill is a fin.

What did you expect when you wrote your speech?

Pivotal Public Speaking

You wrote your speech, prepared it, presented it. Was it successful? Did you get some response? . What did you expect? . If it was not successful, if it did not get response, then possibly it did not meet your expectations. What were your expectations? Did you have expectations? . Expectations are vitally important in creating a presentation. And they need to start before the speech, be a part of the planning stage, not just a part of the finale.

News broadcast of a speech read out in full for 3 minutes: too much & too inauthentic?

Max Atkinson

Something very unusual happened today.

Rebel in the Back Seat and other short stories

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Sometimes tragic. Often hilarious. Frequently poignant. And always uplifting. Rebel In The Back Seat" (and other short stories) will make you smile, make you laugh, make you feel and just might cause you to reflect on growing up -- the good, the not always good, and the painful. And yes, even the funny moments too. My Books Rebel In The Back Seat

Speaking Lesson from Meryl Streep: Take a Breath

Green Room Speakers

So often Oscars acceptance speeches are a torrent of thank you's - the speaker tries to get everything in before the music cuts in. While understandable at the Oscars, this is a mistake speakers often make. We try to fill up the space with as many words as possible - and leave no room for what is one of the speaker's most powerful tools - silence. What made Meryl Streep's acceptance speech so refreshing - and so elegant - was her pacing. She breathed. She spoke slowly.

You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

I get why you love your stats, your graphs, your charts so much. You put your blood, sweat and tears into the research. Or at least into finding other people's charts to paste into your slides. Your data is brilliant. It makes your case. It explains everything you want to say.

Guest Posting: Three Ways to Find a Voice Coach by Sarah Stockton

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

You’ve always heard you have a way with voices. You make all your friends and family laugh with the crazy characters you play. Or maybe you’ve been told you have an excellent speaking voice. You don’t need a voice coach. You’re ready to embark on a career as a voice actor now. Or are you? [.]. Public Speaking voice coach

Saying "I love you" online

The Communication Blog

Here is a brief article on saying "I love you" online. It looks like it will make an interesting discussion starter for relationship development and commitment. link] [link]. saying I love you relationship development relationship commitment

Is social media worth your time?

Succeed Speaking

I was talking with two speakers last week about social media strategies and I thought you might find this interesting. One is deep into the process of creating 30 short videos to accompany 30 short blog posts, all of which will be released over time. This will “feed” her blog readers and her Twitter followers, and it will also enhance her positioning in the search engines, as both the blog entries and the videos (hosted on YouTube) will be indexed.

It's hard to describe.

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever gotten stuck while describing something and just couldn't quite put it into words? If you're sitting around with friends and you can't quite explain the amazing meal you had at the Indian restaurant, it's no big deal.

"My Week With Marilyn" - When we believed a broken heart was worth the experience

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Colin, an upper-class Brit who decides to enter the film industry (horror, his family thinks), enters into the experience of his life.    In a light comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and big Brit names, Miss Monroe falls in love with him and he with her. 

New Cartoon Caption Contest — Witch

Humor Power

It’s time for our Cartoon Caption Contest for the month of March. We feature the art of professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months).

Audience feedback!

Pivotal Public Speaking

We learn what we have said from those who listen to our speaking. Kenneth Patton. audience in public speaking public speaking audience listening quotations

Public Speaking Presentation Graphics

Great Public Speaking

[link] Do you think your presentation graphics will make up for your poor performance? Better think again. Over 450 public and professional speaking videos

New "Sacred" = Where, when we don't bring our smartphones

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This has become the era when we have to create our own concept of "sacred."  "  After all, even on Christmas, given the global economy, some of us put in almost a full day of work. 

How much should you charge for a freelance speech?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Someone who attended one of my speechwriting seminars a decade ago (currently a staff speechwriter), called with a pricing question. He received an opportunity to “moonlight” with a freelance speechwriting assignment, but he didn’t have any idea what to charge. I told him, “Make your life easy. Ask the client what their budget is.” ” 90% of the time, the client’s numbers will give you an excellent framework for discussion.

Your own perspective

Pivotal Public Speaking

Powerful stuff!! “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” ” – Alan Keightley. quotations inspiration quotation