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Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking expert is a title that carries tremendous weight. Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4 th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. Some of his most famous (and my favorite) addresses of his relate to his opposition to King Phillip II of Macedon. Although he passed away in 322 BC, Demosthenes is relevant to 21 st century orators because of his dedication to practice and preparation. Demosthenes’ dream was to be a great orator, but he had speech impediments.

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Asking a Favor

The Communication Blog

One of the most difficult of all conversational tasks is to ask someone for a favor. Of course, it depends on the favor and on the relationship you have with the person from whom you want the favor.

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Famous Speech Friday: Sue Austin's "most mobile person" at TEDMED

The Eloquent Woman

This morning, I''ll be wrapping up a week of backstage speaker coaching at the TEDMED conference here in Washington. Last year at TEDMED 2013, British artist Sue Austin managed to bring the audience to silence before she ever got on stage.

Dont be afraid of spicing up your corporate presentations

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Spice up your presentation. Last night I was talking to a friend at my local Toastmasters public speaking club when he talked about his challenge to make his work presentations more engaging.

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Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes, Part 1

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking expert is a title that carries tremendous weight. Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. Some of his most famous (and my favorite) addresses of his relate to his opposition to King Phillip II of Macedon. Although he passed away in 322 BC, Demosthenes is relevant to 21st century orators because of his dedication to practice and preparation. Demosthenes’ dream was to be a great orator, » Read more.

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Public Speaking - Your Best Guide Is St. Francis

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For some public speakers, human beings are all ears.   Their audiences may be sitting in a large auditorium or a corporate conference room, standing on the platform at the Metro North RR, attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, or waiting for a performance review.

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From the vault: 7 paths to success for panelists

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: Since this post appeared in 2009 , my own views on panels have shifted quite a bit. I now advocate for panels without slides and technology, so the panel discussion can be a real discussion--and my own preference is to attend conferences with few or no panels.

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More Trending

Ray Rice Crisis Communications Fiasco for the NFL

TJ Walker Interactive

It’s official. The NFL has a new stringent standard code of ethics for its players.

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Reinventing Paranormal for Post-Scientific Era - Call Those Otherworldly Presences "Spirits"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The STEM college graduates may be getting the full-time jobs. However, those with the ability to connect with "spirits" (we don't call them "ghosts" any more) are earning a nice buck.

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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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When to follow up on query letters

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Business of Freelance Writing: How to Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines, Conduct Interviews and Write Article Leads. How long should you wait before following up? Some editors reply immediately to queries. Others take weeks. Magazine editors can take a month or more. Some never reply. Here’s my strategy—and it is an important part of my sales and marketing effort: I give editors up to four weeks to reply.

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How to Milk More out of Every Media Interview | Media Training

TJ Walker Interactive

I’ve recently started using a new trick to get more mileage out of every single media interview request I receive. If a reporter calls me and wants to do a telephone interview, I ask the following “Would you mind if we did the interview via Skype video?

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Cover Letters Are All About Selling You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A cover letter is all about selling you. Like all sales communications, it presents briefly and effectively why you are the best fit for the job or assignment. A cover letter is not a laundry list of your credentials.

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Special Humor Workshop in Las Vegas

Humor Power

Humor Workshop In Las Vegas. Monday, September 29. Featuring nine humor experts. Time: 6:15 pm until 8:30 pm. Location: Pololu Robotics, 920 Pilot Road, south of the airport. Cost: It’s free. Topics: Humor for Teens to Seniors. How Presenting Humor is Different for Women and Men. Comedy Magic. Comic Timing. Accents an Dialects. Testing Your Humor. Success at Open Mic Night. Writing Funny Jokes. Humor is No Joke. Mark your calendar now! Humor In Speaking humor workshop Las Vegas

"Lassie" - When Males Weren't Scripted for Great Suffering

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the television series "Lassie" Jeff, then Timmy, grew up quietly on the farm. They were supported by a mother, a father, a best friend (Porky), a dog, and enough income. If something really bad happened like a tornado, we knew neighbors would rally around. That was then.

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Seton Hill, Greensburg, PA Class of 1967 - The Urban Parable of Cockroaches

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Anyone from an urban area knows from the get-go the peril of the cockroach. Once one enters, there's no getting rid of them. So, the lesson there is unambiguous: Don't let the first one in.

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"Retired" - Term Comes with Stigma

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The irony is palpable. On the one hand, the financial services industry hammers the need to save from weekly paychecks at least 10% to ensure a comfortable retirement. On the other hand, taking on the new identity of "retired" imposes a stigma.

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So Much for SEO - Scandals, Suicides Bring Traffic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The fundamentals of search engine optimization (SEO) are what every poster on the Internet must have down cold. Especially important is keeping up with Google's changes. Here and here are two articles I published which have each received plenty of attention.

Saving McDonald's - Rebranding Fast Food As Mindful Eating (Slow Food)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The global sales decline of 3.7% shocked Wall Street. Here is that grim analysis of McDonald's by Julie Jargon at The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.). Obviously, just like other stumbling icons, McDonald's needs to go radical in how it's positioned out there.

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The Buddy Cianci Brand - Embedded with Shakespearean Comedy and Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Providence, Rhode Island convicted felon and former jailbird Buddy Cianci is running for mayor. Here is Dan McGowan's take on that in Politico. The job of mayor is the one Cianci had had before spending four years in prison. His current day job is hosting his own radio program.

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F-Word - Tech Crunch's John Biggs Uses It in Headline

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everything changes. That could soon apply to the F-Word going mainstream in media. In the influential Tech Crunch, John Biggs provides the headline: "If Switzerland Is F _ed [he spells out the total word], Then The iWatch Is, Too"  Here is that article, posted 19 hours ago.

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5 Generations in Workplace - Talk Universal Business Language of Supply and Demand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The workplace might be a family grocery chain in central Pennsylvania. It's 2014 and 5 generations work together. They are the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, and Generations X, Y (Millennials) and Z. How do they talk about matters of business?

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The Never-Retire Baby Boomer - Talk Your Way to Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is no such thing as "old." " There are only Baby Boomers who shoot themselves in the foot talking like an aging professional, someone who's on the way to "finished." " That self-defeating pattern can stop.

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Public Speaking - Lessons from Peter Thiel, Partner Founders Fund

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At Disrupt 2014, Tech Crunch's Alexia Tsotsis interviews Peter Thiel, Partner of Founders Fund. Here , if you scroll down, you can view segments of that conference as it is livestreamed.

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Housing We Can Afford - Tipping Point

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night at a social gathering in Tucson, Arizona, I  again  ran into expatriots from New York City. This batch was Millennials. A few days ago the expats were Baby Boomers like myself who had left the Northeast Corridor.

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Micro Power - Little Power Standing Toe-to-Toe with Big Power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The new power game is about niches or  micro power.    That's Little Power. And, micro power is standing toe-to-toe with Big Power. The latter are the guys and (few) women who mug at the World Economic Forum at Davos Switzerland every January.

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Headline about Chuck Todd on the Drudge Report “TODD TURNS ORANGE ON ‘MEET’… – Media Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Yesterday was Chuck Todd’s debut as the host of NBC’s meet the Press (unfortunately I missed it). Todd is popular with he press and got mostly favorable reviews. However, the biggest media insider website of them all, The Drudge Report, mocked Todd for looking orange. Speculation abounds that Todd had used a self-tanning spray to make himself look more telegenic. I can’t say for sure what happened, but this is a problem that has happened to many people before.

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How to ask people for money for your favorite charity, non-profit, school or political campaign | Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

How to ask people for money for your favorite charity, non-profit, school or political campaign. Let’s face it, nobody really enjoys asking people for money, but money is essential if the institutions we care about are going to continue to operate. I’ve created an online course giving people a step by step process on how to ask for money, either through face-to-face meetings or over the phone. For now, the course is free of charge (though this may change soon).

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The Dartmouth Brand - Leveraging Disaster as Platform for Getting into Top 5

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Horrors. Academia is Big Business. The brand ranking is almost everything. Dartmouth's  Dartmouth's ranking in the all-important U.S. News & World Report ratings has fallen out of the top 10. That has dire implications. Those include recruiting talented students, brandname professors, donations from alumni, funds from foundations and (positive) media coverage.    Here  is the coverage from Bloomberg on this earthquake.

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How to us Humor in Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

One Laugh At a Time. The reality is that you don’t have to be a natural born comic or even the class clown to develop a reputation as a humorous speaker. It’s really just a function of hard work. If you speak on a similar subject on a regular basis, the trick is to occasionally say something that strikes you as amusing or funny. If it is funny to you, it might be funny to someone else. The, if you get a laugh, make a note of it. If it works with one audience, it might work with others.

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New Fear of Public Speaking Course

TJ Walker Interactive

New Fear of Public Speaking Course. For years I’ve noticed that some of my most popular YouTube videos dealt with helping people how to overcome fear of public speaking, speaking anxiety and nervousness associated with giving presentations. Yet my paying clients were never people who had strong fears of public speaking. Why the disconnect?

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New Public Speaking Podcast

TJ Walker Interactive

I just did a new Skype/Podcast interview with my colleague Jonathan Li. You can hear it here [link]. Some of the things we covered. In this episode you’ll learn: • How to use simple double checks to instantly make sure you’re prepared for any presentation… so you’ll always get a repeatable result no matter what the conditions are! • How to critique your own work… and a power-evaluation technique that will guarantee your presentation is the strongest it can be, time after time. •

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