Sat.Aug 02, 2014 - Fri.Aug 08, 2014

The Straw Man Fallacy

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. As the big bad wolf will gladly confirm, it’s way easier to blow-down a house of straw. And so it is with arguments. An argument made of straw is easier to demolish than one that’s made of stone.

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2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part II

PowerPoint Tips

Part I of this series covers the Comments and Compare features. A second way to collaborate online is to post your presentation on Office Online (previously called Office Web Apps).

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Apologies. and I'm back!

Speak Schmeak

Wow, I can''t believe I''m saying this, but I haven''t written anything for Speak Schmeak in SIX WEEKS. So first, I owe my readers an apology.

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When Giving a Speech, It’s All About You!

DeFinis Communications

A client suffering from a mild case of public speaking anxiety recently told me, “When I’m giving a presentation, I’m too concerned about what people think of me to act like ‘the leader.’

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A Gentle Confrontation Skill for Communication

Speaking Freely

Having a gentle confrontation communication skill allows us to feel a sense of power to influence other’s behaviors. This week I share a very valuable confrontation communication skill learned from my personal trainer JV. During my training, two young men were using a body bar too close to the mirrored wall. JV stopped them without hesitation. Masterfully, […]. The post A Gentle Confrontation Skill for Communication appeared first on.

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Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I love it when readers leave comments and ask me to write about specific topics. Recently someone said “Hey Gavin….This This post helped me a lot. But I have a problem. I am really bad at extemporizing….when

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The Eloquent Woman Index reaches 150 famous speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

Here''s a milestone of which I''m proud: We''ve now published 150 famous speeches by women in our Famous Speech Friday series, all of which make up The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women.

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A Visionary? - But Have You Earned the Right?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in the days of traditional journalism, we editors used to educate newbie reporters on the fundamentals of presenting material as objectively as possible. Of course, total objectivity was and is a human impossibility.

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Free webinar: How to Find Corporate Writing Gigs

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Free webinar: How to Find Corporate Writing Gigs. Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (EDT). . . For freelance writers (and editors), this webinar looks at how to find corporate writing (and editing) gigs.

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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.

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A False Positive When Selling

SpeakerSue Says...

My client invited me to skype into her sales meeting. “Wait until you hear what they think is a legitimate – a hot! – lead. It will make you sick,” she said. And it did. When a prospect says, “Sure, send me more info” that is not a HOTlead.

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Personal Branding - Why Transparency Is Mostly Wrong

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe government, corporate governance, and non-profit administrative expenses should be transparent. But we individual players would be more successful in our careers if we kept our cards closer to our vests. And, who we really are in the shadows.

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Comedy Musician on America’s Got Talent

Humor Power

This two-minute performance illustrates several humor principles. Thehumor could be described as off color, but it passed the TV censors…sohow bad can that be? It would be the perfect entertainment for anight-club lounge. Lessons learned: 1. The performer uses humor to be likable. He is witty from beginningto end. His style is very conversational. It illustrates the permission principle that older people can often getaway with things that a younger person can’t.

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For better results in speaker coaching, think 'gain' not 'pain'

The Eloquent Woman

I always ask some version of the question, "What prompts the need for coaching?" when you come to me for help with a speaking task. The answers are as different as the speakers.

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Millennials' Arrogance Is Good Has Replaced Baby Boomers' Greed Is Good

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Millennials, whether successful or not, seem to believe that Arrogance Is Good. They strut themselves, their opinions, their selfies and their gadgets, without any of the boundaries of more socialized folks.

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Tech Backlash - Not Good for Personal Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those not in the money are the ones most visible in the growing backlash against tech. For instance, fixed income aging renters are protesting those tech commuter buses in Silicon Valley. Here is the coverage by Sarah Buhr in Tech Crunch. Well, those anti-tech activists aren't working. So

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U.S. Senator John Walsh - At the time, "borrowing" others' work might have seemed convenient

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As so many know by now, U.S. Senator John Walsh has discontinued his campaign for a full term. He will remain in the position to which he was appointed until January 2015. The negative public relations about his alleged plagiarism on a project for a master's degree seems to have done him in.

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Ghostwriters & Time Travel

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ghostwriters can time travel. That's why we have staying power, compared with so many other professionals who run out of time. The extreme stress of trading tends to fray investment bankers' wiring for decision making. Soon enough they are out of time.

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Why Memoirs Fail & How Ghostwriters Can Prevent That From Happening

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ghostwriters worth their salt would have told even an august client like Hillary Clinton to focus on the audience, not herself, and not even what she perceived to be her "story."  "  In essence, with a memoir, there is no "story" in the absolute sense.

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GOP Goes Cool - Supports Uber

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Uber has become a symbol of innovation, digital, sharing.    In short, cool. Getting its ducks in a row for the midterms and onto 2016, the GOP is supporting Uber.    The Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn has legislation banning the Uber concept.

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Job Interviews as Performance Art - Play to Audience

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Everyone is watching you." " That's what mom keeps saying. Then from high school on we are hammered with the image concept that all the world's a stage and we are players on it.

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USA Today - Can it make it financially on its own?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Gannett Company is spinning off its print businesses. Those include its flagship USA Today, the newspaper which changed the game in the early 1980s. With its short articles and tons of graphics it made the daily newspaper an easy, entertaining read.

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Players, in Sports or Everything Else - When We're "Finished," When We're Not

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 In golf, Tiger Woods is being labeled "done." " It's his body that can't seem to keep up in the game. Here is the coverage. Maybe he'll have a comeback. Maybe not. This scenario of being "finished" haunts all players across all lines of work.

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Cereal Needs Its Cool Factor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Cereal just isn't cool. And in this era of high tech we all have to be cool or seem it. No surprise, Kellogg's earnings for Q2 were down 16%. Here is the coverage from Annie Gaspararro at The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).

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Curse of Being an Early Adopter - That goes all the way back to Henry Ford I

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Being first out there is heady business. And a curse, once others move in on the opportunity. Henry Ford I learned that. His company almost went kaput when upstart General Motors offered automobiles in a variety of colors and styles. 

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Time Passing - Fewer Rites of Passage (Kodak Moments) in 16th Century

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In our time-obsessed, accomplishment-oriented era, we conjure up myriad rites of passages.

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