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Are You a Fox or a Hummingbird? Dan Roam Explains Your Brain

Duarte Blog

That and more in his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH Dan Roam fox hummingbird metaphor verbal visual

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Presentation nerves

The Presenter's Blog

Beating presentation nerves can seem like a battle; a no-holds-barred FIGHT to overcome your fears. Bosses and colleagues, like drill sergeants, urge us from the trenches and up onto the no-mans land of the stage. “You’re team needs you. Get out there soldier!” ” This approach is completely wrong. Tightness of breath. Nausea.

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? But remember, this is all about getting out of your comfort zone. Still. listen.

Famous Speech Friday: Diana Nyad on dreams, determination and defeat

The Eloquent Woman

The story is one of dreams, determination, and ultimately, defeat--and how she handled it. You're swimming with the fogged goggles. On stage?

Quit Talking and Start Thinking

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam explains why we talk too much, and how we can use our predilection for vision to become better problem solvers.

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Creative Like a Fox! Dan Roam and I Compare Notes on Creative Process

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam schools me on creative process. Book Reviews Interview Tips Video BLAH BLAH BLAH creative process Dan Roam fox hummingbird

Managing Content Marketing: Expert Interview with Joe Pulizzi

Content Marketing Today

What is content marketing?What Content Marketing Marketing Basics News

Why both stories and a storyline are important for your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

A lot of people are talking about telling stories during a presentation. Why is that? Stories are. It was interesting and funny. It was a story.

Bill Gates and the head posture -- can you get away with it?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Bill Gates was all over the news last week in the UK talking about his charitable programs, taxes, and eradicating disease.    Here’s a brief sample clip of the billionaire in action on the BBC.    What’s up?    Audiences read the posture as subservient, timid, unhappy to be there, and shy.  or just “creepy!” 

Grammar Ain’t Just for Words Anymore

Duarte Blog

Dan Roam used the rules of verbal grammar to build a Visual Grammar Graph that bridges the gap between verbal and visual concepts.

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Readers & I share small speaker confidence-boosters

The Eloquent Woman

I think of speaker confidence as a muscle, something you have to train over time to make it strong and resilient. But readers of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook reminded me that sometimes, just like a muscle, a quick move or two at the last minute also provides that rocket-boost for your bravery. I smile! 23 hours ago · Like Jeannette Shields pray.a

11 Deadly Social Media Sins for Brands

Content Marketing Today

Most brands are trying really hard to succeed with their social media initiatives. Via

Don't say "you" when you mean "I"

Speak Schmeak

In this interview with Ellen Degeneres, Seal talks about his separation from his wife, Heidi Klum. Notice his use of second person ("you") narrative in telling his story in this clip, rather than the more appropriate first person ("I"). Here are a couple of quotes: "You go into these things with the greatest intentions." Why not?

Silent Impact - The Speaker's Frustration

Speak and Deliver

I know how you feel. You spoke in front of a large this morning, delivered a message you've labored over for weeks, months, in some cases, YEARS, and.nothing. Yes, they applauded. But, other than that, NOTHING. No one came up and said you were brilliant. That you've changed their life. You've failed. Utterly and completely. Or have you? You Stank.

Questions To Ask Your Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach

When you are selecting your public speaking or presentation skills coach - here are some important questions that can help you select the best speech coach for you. Tell me about your most unusual or most challenging presentations that you have delivered. Tell me about some of the books that you have read recently on presentation skills.

How to Put Social Media Marketing to Work for Your Company

Content Marketing Today

Social media marketing is a trend, not a fad. Moreover, it’s a terrific extension of your content marketing strategy.

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Secrets of Successful Independents: Toronto, March 7

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Join the IABC panel of successful communicators as they share insights and tips to help you achieve your business goals. You will learn: How to extend your brand into new areas; How to market yourself to attract the clients you want; How to generate “passive” income from self-publishing.

Presentation Tip: The Audience's Gift to You

Professionally Speaking...

When someone gives us a gift we generally feel: happy. grateful. excited. humbled. honored. touched. Perhaps we need to look through a different lens.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 115)

Manner of Speaking

Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475 - 1564) Italian Renaissance Sculptor and Painter. “If If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” — Michelangelo. Quotes for Public Speakers Michelangelo Michelangelo Buonarotti public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotations

Businesses generated more than $39 billion from mobile content marketing in 2011

Content Marketing Today

A report from PQ Media found that mobile content marketing campaigns are driving massive revenue for businesses. Via

Interview: Timothy Tosta – transformative listener

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Timothy Tosta is a cancer survivor, a seasoned hospice volunteer and a widely acclaimed speaker and lecturer. He is the author of two books and a featured columnist of the Daily Journal, California’s leading daily legal newspaper. Tim is an executive coach to legal and business communities. He also is recognized as one of California’s [.]

Four reviews for Everything You Wanted To Know About Freelance Writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Here are four reviews for Everything You Wanted To Know About Freelance Writing. The book is now being used for the University of Toronto’s online version of The Freelance Writing Business as well as courses offered by The University of Western Ontario and Humber College. Review: I found your book, Everything You Wanted To Know About [.].

[video] 2012 Goals

Speaker Launcher

We’re already in month two of 2012, how’d that happen? Most Recent Post

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5 Lessons from Coca Cola’s New Content Marketing Strategy | Jeffbullas’s Blog

Content Marketing Today

Coca Cola has been part of popular culture for over 100 years and has been called a “Vision Brand“. Coca Cola’s mission statement.

Urban Life in Modern China: rush-rush to crush-crush

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In 1985, controversial French sociologist Michel Maffesoli created the term “urban tribe” to describe groups of people who share common interests. The current issue of The Economist has a fascinating article about the subdivisions of urban China into various improbably named tribes (or zu in Mandarin). Culture Shock! chinese tribes

Effective Presentations - Organization

Great Public Speaking

Being able to find humor, stories, quotes and other speech material when you need it is very important. It is very frustrating to know you have a piece of material, but you can't find it. Some type of system of organizing all this material is essential to efficient preparation. I use both a computer and hard copy filing system.

eSpeech Coaching is Here

Executive Speech Coach

eSpeech Coaching - expert presentation coaching when you need it Good news for you if standing and speaking before a group is critical to your career or business success. Contrary to some opinions, the best public speakers are not naturals. The best speakers learned how to develop their presentation skills. Practice those techniques extensively.

Content – A Seven-Step Road Map for Your Content Marketing : MarketingProfs Article

Content Marketing Today

Content – A SevenStep Road Map for Your Content Marketing (7 step road map for creating content marketing.)…

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New Joke Contest — Being Single

Humor Power

It’s time for our Joke Contest for the month of February. The contest theme is Being Single. New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). The next caption contest is March 1, 2012. It has its ups and downs.

Public Speaking Skills - The Size of the Audience

Great Public Speaking

Members of very small business groups tend to be too self-conscious to laugh much. Use short one-liners. Then most of the rest of the crowd will laugh.

Presesntation Tip #53: Passion

Executive Speech Coach

Passion Add passion to your presentation to be more effective. Passion can help energize you to prepare and deliver your presentation - especially if you need to deliver your message repeatedly or to challenging audiences. Passion as perceived by your audience can help engage and persuade them. Passion can be infectious. Neither is right nor wrong.

How to Use Your Voice Mail to Turn Your Website into a 24/7 Answering Service

Content Marketing Today

Great Content Marketing Advice from the Original Guerilla Marketer. I get lots of useless emails from allegedly savvy marketers. But, much more often than not I can count on Jay Conrad Levinson for succinct, actionable, affordable advice. Think of your Website as 24-hour answering service. Thanks, Jay.

Is the sound of music on TV getting more and worse?

Max Atkinson

Many outstanding movies have been greatly enhanced by outstanding music. Famous film scores by composers like John Willams , Enno Morrikone and John Barry have deservedly won a much wider audiences among listeners around the world. And, as I've noted before, even political speeches can occasionally be enhanced by suitable background music (e.g.

Too hot, too cold, or just right?

Speak Schmeak

If you don't know the story, here's a brief version similar to the one I grew up with.) One session featured a speaker who was bold and colorful.