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6 tips for better visual aids

Manner of Speaking

Jim Harvey and I are two of the three founders of Presentation Guru. Given the current state of affairs in the world, we have decided to experiment with webinars. We have a series of four webinars for anyone interested in delivering better speeches and presentations. The first webinar covered some of the secrets of storytelling. We discussed what stories are, why they are effective, the elements of a good story and how to find your own stories. You can find the replay of the first webinar here.

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I have a secret.

Speak Schmeak

There are so many great online programs out there, and I have several coaches whose programs I'm pretty much always going to join. But most programs have a Facebook group component, and this is where I find myself holding back from signing up for a program, especially if I know that this program has 50 or 100 people in it. When I'm about to join a group with 50+ people all doing the same homework every day, I get super anxious.

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What’s Next When Your Speaking Calendar is Wiped Clean? with Josh Linkner

Speaker Launcher

Being in the midst of the COVID 19 quarantine puts us in a very unique position. With cancellations and postponements, many are finding the “downtime” overwhelming and some are putting it to great use. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, I’m very excited to welcome back Josh Linkner who is here to share ideas about using this time to stay productive and even flourish. Josh has been the founder and CEO of five […]. The post What’s Next When Your Speaking Calendar is Wiped Clean?

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Lucas County, OH Leads State in COVID-19 Deaths - Face Mask Maker Marki

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Such a reversal of fortune. Lucas County, Ohio had been a relative safe heaven from COVID-19. We who lived here felt blessed. On Facebook we reassured our friends around the world that we were doing just fine. That was then. Now, the Toledo Blade reports that not only are COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Lucas County. In addition, the county leads the state in the number of death. Officials are stumped. As yet, they can't figure out why.

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Why Customer Centricity Will Win You More Business (in 2020)

SlideModel

Customer centricity is a buzzword you can hardly escape these days. But, despite so much talk, few companies actually understand how to keep their customer focus sharp and, more importantly, why this area is worth more attention. So let’s dig into the matter and take a look at some great customer centricity examples, illustrating why this practice cannot be ignored in 2020. What is Customer Centricity?

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Delivering Dynamic Virtual Presentations: How to Stand out in the Crowd

Duarte Blog

These days, we’re all inundated with virtual presenters. It seems every week we’re sitting through more and more virtual presentations. Think of how many you’ve sat through in the last month. Every one of those presenters wants to communicate something important. ?They’re They’re hoping to get results from that presentation in one way or another. continue reading. The post Delivering Dynamic Virtual Presentations: How to Stand out in the Crowd appeared first on Duarte.

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Zoom Polls: Use the Popcorn Rule

More than PowerPoint...

How long should you wait before ending your Zoom poll? USE THE BURNT POPCORN RULE!”. What’s the Popcorn Rule? Think about popping corn. After a few minutes of popping, you’ve got a good batch of popcorn to eat. But you still might be thinking, “But wait. There might be a few unpopped kernels. Maybe I should wait to see if I hear any other pops…”. but you can’t wait too long. If you do, you’ll burn the kernels that have already popped! It’s the same deal with an online poll.

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Presentation Podcast 4 – How Everyone Can Speak With Authentic Charisma

Presentation Guru

A big big thank you! Thanks to all of you that attended our podcast on storytelling – ‘How to speak with authentic charisma’ last week. It’s the last in a series of four podcasts by John Zimmer and Jim Harvey, founders of Presentation Guru, to help you do just that.… … Build Real Impact Build Your Skills Performance Audience Connection Confidence featured inspiration Nerves PowerPoint Public Speaking Role Models

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How to use email to prospect and grow new business at this moment

SpeakerSue Says...

“How do I prospect for new business now?”. Such a simple question, asked by thoughtful, experienced, caring sales people. Three weeks ago, I would have said, “You don’t.”. But that was ten years ago. So IF you’ve already connected with ALL your past customers, previous and current leads, it may be time for you to grow new opportunities. Please read that again. Have you connected with people who actually want(ed) what you offer?). Okay, so you have? I believe you. (Or

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My First Haircut In Covid-19 Time - May 15, 2020, Noonish (totally Twilight Zone)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Ohio, hair salons opened today. For too many, that's all they knew. That is, that salons had reopened. So, when they headed to their usual salon they encountered a locked door and stern notice that they needed an appointment, along with a face mask. Not me. I had called ahead. I had gotten an appointment. But, nevertheless, much of the experience was out that series from the Golden Age of television - "The Twilight Zone." 

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BuzzFeed - Austerity Train Makes 3rd Stop

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At BuzzFeed, its head John Peretti has a modest objective for 2020. That's to keep losses under $20 million. To do that, the digital media outlet has announced its 3rd round of cost-cuts. This time, reports the New York Post , globally 19 on the editorial side have been furloughed. They include Kate Nocera, daughter of famous journalist and commentator Joe Nocera. She had been in charge of the D.C. bureau.

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Publishing in Freefall - Vice Media Lays Off 55 in U.S.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Overall, companies are cutting back on advertising in this era of COVID-19. The ads they're still placing are primarily landing on the platforms of tech media giants like Facebook and Google. So, it's no surprise that, in general, publishing is suffering financially. Recently, BuzzFeed furloughed 19 on the editorial side, worldwide. The latest shoe to fall is this: Vice Media is laying off 55 in the U.S., mostly in its digital division.

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High Noon: May 15, 2020, 240 W. Alexis Road, Toledo, Ohio, and My Hair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine is conducting an experiment. He is phasing in ending the total lockdown of nonessential businesses. Maybe because he is a man, not a woman, he classified hair salons as nonessential. Well, tomorrow is the first day, after a forever, that hair salons can legally operate. For that sector and its customers it will be high noon. No one knows how it will play out.    Here's what we do know.    Yes, you have to make an appointment.

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Austerity Train Stops a Second Time at Weber Shandwick

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Weber Shandwick chief executive officer Gail Heimann struggled to prevent layoffs. Her first round of cost-cutting was comprehensive. That could have been it. But as the COVID-19 economy kept darkening clients held off on ordering new assignments and prospects backed off searches for an agency. So, the dreaded happened, reports Kevin McCauley in ODwyepr.com. The austerity train made a second stop. There have been layoffs. 

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Once Glam, Now Glum - Conde Nast Lays Off 100 Staffers, Furloughs 100 More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Glam just isn't cool any more. At least not cool enough to keep a business financially well-set. Recently, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus filed for bankruptcy. Now, reports the New York Post , Conde Nast announced it is laying off 100 staffers in the U.S. and putting on furlough another 100. The reason is the third month of a falloff in advertising revenues. Conde Nast chief executive officer Roger Lynch, of course, expresses his regret at having to take such drastic action.

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U.S. President Joe Biden - FDR 2.0

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When Joe Biden is president, observes Gabriel Debenedetti in New York Magazine : " by then, he thinks, the country could be in a much darker hole then it is today, presumably requiring even more federal investment and intervention." " The future of America will be played out as FDR 2.0.    Thanks to the first FDR, we OK, Boomers are receiving Social Security and Medicare.

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COVID-19 Lockdowns - Straining Neighborly Ties

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Guardian nails it: Around the world corornavirus shelters-in-place are fraying relationships among neighbors.    Here in northwest Ohio my beef has been with the visiting grandchildren two doors over. School isn't in session. On just about every sunny day they are running, screaming, singing, and laughing on the common ground near my apartment.    Meanwhile, I am struggling to operate my two boutiques - communications and coaching - on a telecommuting basis.

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TV/Cable Ad Spending - COVID-19 Accelerating Shift to Other Mediums

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Marketers are worried about the ability to sell their products in a prolonged economic downturn, and aren't certain what programming networks can put on the air, given the near-total shutdown of production in Hollywood." " - Suzanne Vranica, The Wall Street Journal , May 12, 2020. Contractually, May gives big marketers like General Mills and Pepsico an out on how much they will be spending for advertising on network television and cable.

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Senior Housing - Broken Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"While senior-housing industry executives say there is solid evidence seniors have been better off in their care they acknowledged they have suffered a major image problem."  "  - Peter Grant, The Wall Street Journal , May 12, 2020.    Clearly, senior housing is a broken brand. The industry will have to hire top public relations and marketing communications firms for reputation restoration.

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Madame Clairevoyant for Week of May 11, 2020 - Why Use of Psychics Is Surging

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Magical thinking hasn't worked. We huffed and we puffed and we couldn't blow COVID-19 away, as we were certain we could. Instead we are finding out it's going to hang around until a vaccine is developed. That means we could still catch the infection and die. It also means the hit to our ability to hold onto a job or operate our businesses profitably will go on. Way beyond a few quarters.    So, in New York Magazine, Madame Clairevoyant's column remains popular.

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Higher Education - Will Be Forced From Positioning & Packaging Itself as Luxury Brand to Returning to Public Service

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Scott Galloway has been on the money in his predictions over and over again. Those include calling the collapse of WeWork.    So, he's credible in his interview with BusinessInsider on higher education. Essentially, his take is that the future of that sector will be very different from its past and recent present. Much of that has been put in play by the COVID-19 phenomenon. Students have been driven from campus, thus putting on pause the tradition of the "college experience."

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Class of 2019, Compared to Class of 1967 - OK, Boomers Couldn't Go Home Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

USA Today features the plight of the Class of 2019. Many of them were among those who had been laid off or furloughed during the play out of COVID-19. Their next step after job loss had typically been to return back home. To them that has tended to be a symbol of failure. Typically, they will not be able to shake off such an early blow to their professional self-esteem.    That hadn't been the situation for my generation.

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The Fellowship of Suffering - Emotionally (and often even financially) the Playing Field Has Been Leveled

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  " the simple act of taking part in the fellowship of suffering." " - Vivian Gornick, The Atlantic , May 2020 (that is, COVID-19 time). A new trend has started. Those like Salary.com's former top lawyer Colin Levy who lost their well-paying jobs and those like Herald-Times' former top editor Rich Jackson who lost their not so well-paying jobs have gone social. They are not only sharing their situation on blogs, LinkedIn Updates, and Twitter.

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Golden Age of TV - When We Knew We Were Safe

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Alfred Hitchcock. The Twilight Zone. Perry Mason. The psychologists, executive coaches, and psychics have all been brimming with advice on how we human beings  should be  navigating the stress of the COVID-19. Both the health threats and the economic fallouts. If you have been helped by all that, good for you. But when sleep is supposed to come, after I make it through another day in COVID-19 Time, it doesn't. 

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COVID-19: Leadership and Language of Compassion (even in hardball legal sector)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Capitalism will never be the same. That is,  that  harsh. Influential BusinessInsider observes: " amid the grim unemployment figures, some companies have been able to step up and add value, providing free or discounted services, expanding their benefits, helping US government in its response, or donating." " Those in the loop on softening the human brunt of COVID-19 are the emerging brand heroes.

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Media - When Sectors Lose Their Sex Appeal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Every era anoints some kind of news story as sexy. Back in Watergate times it was media about media - more specifically, journalism. Then came Maria Bartiroma. And money became sexy. That was  the  story. Next was legal. Sure the ethos of Perry Mason was popular for years but law stories didn't catch fire as sexy until the glam came from programming like "LA Law." " Law as sexy lasted a long time. The quirky stories were part of Abovethelaw's early signature.

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The Best Presentation Tools for Students in 2020

Presentation Guru

Presentations have long been an integral part of every academic programme and there are quite a few reasons for that. First of all, due to the rate of progress nowadays, children now are more technologically advanced than ever. They learn to handle all sorts of gadgets from early childhood and, of course, they want to use technology in the classroom as well simply because it feels habitual to them.…

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The Future of Work Has Arrived with COVID-19 - Bank on Accelerated Rate of Automation (robots don't get sick)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" robots are not susceptible to the virus. Thus, pandemic-induced job uncertainty may boost the incentive for automation." " - From Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Working Paper , May 2020. If businesses want to return to operating they will encounter myriad obstacles in recalling human workers. After all, COVID-19 is expected to resurface over and over again. Instead of referring to such returns as "rounds," more influencers are using the term "innings."

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Need for an Inner Editor in COVID-19 Times - The Sad Saga of Kevin Bain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Not too long ago Kevin Bain had been the manager of document services at law firm Thompson & Knight. Now he's not. What transpired in between might be as simple as a very very very bad day.    Law.com reports that when shopping at Whole Foods in Dallas, Texas, Bain was mandated to wear a face mask. In the era before social networks and social media, he might have just walked out of the store and stopped at a bar for quickie rage-suppressant. 

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"World on Fire" - Unraveling, Just as in COVID-19 Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's palpable. Even across the ocean. In bed, Jan, who is in England, has a brutal nightmare. He picks up what is happening in his native Poland. Harry, who is married to his sister, is back home from war and is able to comfort him.    Meanwhile, throughout conquered Europe, human beings keep disappearing or committing suicide (the active or the passive kind). Lois' father is mad with both grief that his son might be dead and with hope that he is alive. 

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COVID-19, If Financial Crisis Worsens, Apartment Security

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If social unrest and financial hard times worsen, a surge in criminal activity could spread throughout America.    That should be a concern to the legal staff at residential apartment complexes. The security of residents should be on their minds. The oddball reality is that the last two complexes in which I leased did not have video monitoring.    Law & Crime reports that Ruth Wilson has filed a wrongful death suit against apartment complex FPACPS Ashford.

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COVID-19 Economy - Beyond a Few Lousy Quarters

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This - that is, the fallout from the COVID-19 phenomenon - has gotten serious. The impacts will be long term. How long? That's another uncertainty. So, businesses, individuals who have lost jobs, and the aging being forced into early retirement have to prep for an extended ordeal. That should change just about everything. Yes, business operations, charities, Everyman/Everywoman, and the newly retired/semiretired have to think and act differently.

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Election 2020 - Maybe Not Donald Trump as GOP Nominee

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's a matter of self-interest. If the troubles sticking to Donald Trump keep piling up, members of the GOP can see their own objectives threatened. So, it's no surprise that Rasmussen Report found that 23% would go for an nominee other than Trump in Election 2020.    The odds are that with both the rising deaths from COVID-19 and the associated economic freefall Trump's troubles will grow - in number and severity. The upsets during campaign 2020 could be historic.

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Kennedy Brand in Play: If Joe Kennedy III Loses U.S. Senate Race, the Clan Will Be "Excommunicado"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"At a time when all Democratic fire should be trained on Donald Trump, the thinking went, what was Kennedy doing picking an intraparty fight?" " -  Michael Damiano, Boston Magazine , May 13, 2020. In America The Pragmatic, many issues come down to Succeed or Fail, Win or Lose. It's possible that Joe Kennedy III, who is opposing U.S. Senate incumbent Ed Markey, could win the race. If he does, then all "sins" will be forgiven.

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Cybersecurity, Yeah Sure - Amazing Cyberattack on Grubman, Shire

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As a prominent entertainment and media lawyer Allen Grubman of Grubman, Shire is fully aware of the confidentiality of his client files. Of course then, he is no slouch at protecting them from hackers. Those clients range from Lady Gaga to Elton John.    But nevertheless, hackers who call themselves "REvil" got in. They, reports the N ew York Post , stole 756 gigabytes of documents. In addition, they deleted some backup files and encrypted others. 

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