Sat.May 10, 2014 - Fri.May 16, 2014

9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

Speak Schmeak

I discovered this fun challenge posted by Téa Silvestre Godfrey on Facebook, to use one of these 50 bizarre stock photos to inspire a blog post title. I couldn''t resist. And then I decided to go a step further and actually write the blog post inspired by the image!

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How to specify the position of an image or object on a PowerPoint slide–precisely

PowerPoint Tips

Recently someone left a comment on my website asking how to specify the position of an image precisely. Setting the position of an image is easy — what’s hard is finding the setting! Why not eyeball it?

2014 207

Communication and Ethics

The Communication Blog

Here is an interesting case that would work well in any communication class dealing with ethics. In Sunday''s New York Times , Chuck Klosterman, the Ethicist, was asked if it was ethical for a beer company to bottle the exact same beer but package it in two different type bottles with different labels, one “regular” and one “premium.”

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Famous Speech Friday: Anne Summers on Julia Gillard's misogyny factor

The Eloquent Woman

On this blog, I often bemoan the lack of documentation of women''s speeches. Not so in the case of this one. Dr. Anne Summers has published a wide range of materials about this lecture.

2014 92

Misses and Hits: Lessons from Singapore’s YPAP Video

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Editors Note: This post is written entirely for learning purposes. Any sarcasm and cynical comments found herein are included for entertainment purposes, and not meant to offend. [C''mon. C''mon. give me […]. Articles Body Language Dealing with People Events & Experiences General Image and Impressions Public Speaking Sales & Persuasion The Shy Speakers'' Guide Thoughts and Reflections Videos & Podcast

2014 70

Toby Bloomberg's Diva Marketing Blog - 10 Years Young, Still Game-Changer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A decade ago, the Diva Marketing Blog hit the web. When it came to explaining principles of sales and marketing, it was a game-changer. Intead of corporate-speak, its creator Toby Bloomberg used stories to illustrate stickiness, integrity and value.

2014 68

How to Be a Professional Speaker - Tom Antion's Wake 'em Up Video System

Great Public Speaking

I want to help speakers turn into professional speakers! No-cost media marketing methods that get new clients to call you. Advanced database marketing techniques. you''ll know just who to call and exactly when to call them.

2014 66

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Why your query letter should be ‘pitch-er’ perfect

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing and from Business of Freelance Writing: How to Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines. If you ran a business manufacturing widgets and wanted Sears to buy your widgets, you would pitch the benefits of your product to an appropriate product buyer at Sears. If you baked pies and wanted to sell them to consumers, you would open a storefront and promote your pie business.

2014 65

Business Rhetoric: Apple Retail Casual

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"You can just hang out at that front table."  "  That's what the genius at Apple Retail, in Tucson, Arizona, told me when I arrived a few minutes early for the free workshop on advanced features of the iPhone.

2014 68

How Does He Get So Many Speaking Gigs?

Great Public Speaking

Are you still looking for ways to grow as a professional speaker? I have a tip for you: SELL YOUR KNOWLEDGE! This is my overriding principle that came from years of hard knocks trying to get people to hire me to speak. I get more speaking engagements than I ever had before. I made a change that had a positive effect on my career. I quit trying to sell the hard knocks and began selling my knowledge.

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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.

2014 79

How Fascinating Are You?

SpeakerSue Says...

Recently, I’ve received a plethora of emails about the importance of being “fascinating.” ” “Are you fascinating?” ” they shout. Umm, no. I think I’m smart and strategic and look good (for my age) and I’m energetic and even cute (for my age).

2014 60

PetSmart, Thank You For Not Cross-Selling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No more Norman Rockwell ethos when we do business with an increasing number of vet services.  There's a glut out there of both vet practices and vets. When we bring Fido or Muffy in for routine maintenance we can expect cross-selling.

Family Feud Funny Failure

Humor Power

Why is a dumb answer on a game show funny? There are lots of examples on YouTube: Family Fued, Newlywed Game, Wheel of Fortune, Pyramid, PassWord. Superiority. The viewer feels superior. Tension. Release caused by the embarassment of the victim. Relationships. The disconnect of the given answer from a good answer. The further the disconnect from a right answer the funnier. Surprise. Amazement at how far off-base a contestant could be. Self-deprecation.

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AP Slashes Story Length, AA Times Sharing, Employers Beg To Keep Cover Letters Short

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Father,  forgive me, I tend to be verbose." " "I am sorry, my child, but that is a sin we can no longer forgive. Society won't allow it. You are doomed to be a loser in your career and a social pariah." " Wire service AP has downsized story length.

2014 65

Homesnap: Activism Goes Mobile

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The chanting of Occupy Wall Street seems so 20th century. Now activists have a mobile tool to highlight inequality.  That's Homesnap. It's an app that allows anyone to take a photo of a house and automatically find out data ranging from square footage to, ah-ha, the market value.

Tech: Takes more than that to get brick and mortar out of the ICU

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You have probably heard all about how sexy ways of not paying conventionally for merchandise in brick and mortar will pump new cool into that shopping experience. The latest is the non check out.  That consists of electronic virtual networks.

2014 61

Craigslist (Temp) Help-Wanted - Gaming The System, Part 1

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The non-hustlers among us don't bother checking out Craigslist help-wanted.  With the intensity of conviction of all uninformed they proclaim the site contains no legitimate well-paying assignments. From the get-go I knew better.

2014 61

"Mad Men" - Deep Dive into Controlling Others, One Emotional Victim At a Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What better setting than the 1960s to play out the meme about how people attempt to control others. This week's episode of "Man Men" was a comeback for Don Draper not only because he brilliantly pitched the Philip Morris account.

2014 61

Life of a Salesman: Free Agents in 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We are all only on assignment.    That's the 21st century meme. The traditional job is vanishing. Maybe we get to still have one of those when we are young. But then we really are only on assignment, with our eye constantly on hustling for the next one.

2014 61

Dishing Inside Beltway Dirt: Middlemen Journalists Eliminated

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Traditional middlemen are being squeezed out just about everywhere. Who needs a travel agent to find the best fare when we can do that directly online.  So, it's no surprise that journalists are being eliminated in the official business of dishing the dirt Inside the Beltway.

2014 61

Headlines, Even For Fortune 500 Client Assignments: From Clever to Shocking

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Clever word play for headlines used to get us ghostwriters plenty of repeat business. Even establishment clients welcomed that provocative touch.  That was then. Now even the Fortune 500 and the ad/public relations which represent them want more.

2014 61

Writers & Rejection: Even Pippa Middleton Gets Bounced

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Rejection comes in many forms for us writers.   Sometimes an editor simply nixes our proposal and we don't get to do an article for that media property for that month. Sometimes we actually lose our little part-time job at the publication. Whatever.

2014 52

Ghostwriter's Love Affair with Journalism: Schoolgirlish Crush?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The satisfaction of doing a deep dive into a subject, the sources' pleasure at being interviewed and folks contacting you after they see your byline.    All that is heady stuff. And that's why I suspect my love of journalism is really a schoolgirlish crush I never got over. After all, compared to ghostwriting it pays peanuts.    Today, the publisher of a regional parents' publication offered me $60 for a 1,000 worder on online education. 

2014 40

“No problem” and Other Customer Turn offs

SpeakerSue Says...

THIS IS A TEST. THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM. . THIS IS ONLY A TEST. THIS IS A TEST. . THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM. THIS IS ONLY A TEST. This agent failed. Can you spot why? Me: I’m calling about the Paul McCartney pre-sale tickets for the August 12 show in Phoenix. Agent: No problem. May I ask you to confirm your credit card number? Me: (Though I had just entered it through my key pad) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Agent: Thank you, Ms Coore.