Sat.Feb 09, 2013 - Fri.Feb 15, 2013

5 public speaking lessons from a college president

Speak Schmeak

Two weeks ago, I attended a dinner event held by one of my networking organizations. The speaker for the evening was Dr. Lori Gaskin , the new president of Santa Barbara City College.

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How to hire a freelance Annual Report writer

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

There are a number of things to look for when hiring a freelance writer for any project. For a once-a-year event like an Annual Report the stakes are even higher.

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Use a texture as a frame for your slides

PowerPoint Tips

Do you want an interesting background but fret that it is distracting from you message? One way to resolve this conflict is to use a textured background around the edges of your slides. Here’s an example. The slide provides the steps, but I’ll explain them in more detail.

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Our first PodCast! The Jason Womack Interview

The Presenter's Blog

I recently wrote a blog about a productivity book called “Your Best Just Got Better” It’s a book that has made a huge personal difference to how I work, where I set my priorities, and how I go about defining those priorities.

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Can you convey your message without words?

Speak Schmeak

This spot is only 30 seconds long. There's very little dialog. But you are instantly drawn emotionally into the story (only someone with a heart of stone could look at that little girl's expression and not feel something).

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Good Habits Make Good Speakers

DeFinis Communications

During a recent executive speech coaching session I was working with a client and having him repeat a single line from his speech over and over. I wanted him to develop the habit of saying a key phrase a certain way so he would get a particular response from his listeners.

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The Financial Times is 125 years old today

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I was delighted to open my favorite newspaper this morning and learn that the FT celebrates 125 years in print today.

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Love conquers all.

Speak Schmeak

In honor of Valentine's Day, I want to talk about love for a moment. Have you heard the expression, " Love conquers all? You may not know this, but it's part of a line from a poem by the Roman poet Virgil; the complete line is "Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love." (I

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Famous Speech Friday: Josephine Baker at the March on Washington

The Eloquent Woman

I'd heard for many years that no women speakers were included at the March on Washington in 1963, the event that concluded with Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

In Love Poems and Presentations, Less is More

Duarte Blog

The latest installation in our Duarte Gallery is a series of blackout poems. Specifically love poems, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

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First Date

The Communication Blog

Here’s an interesting little piece ([link] offering ten suggestions, for making the first date a memorable one. Among the suggestions are “be your best self,” “live in the moment,” “don’t apply too much pressure,” “keep your schedule flexible,” and—perhaps most important—“have a conversation, don’t perform a monologue.”

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Romantic Love: Has this Western invention been a bad thing?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Valentine's Day, like Christmas, has its critics.    Some of those decry how commercial the special day is. 

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Elizabeth Alexander on poetry and speaking

The Eloquent Woman

In our 100th Famous Speech Friday, writer Ursula K. Leguin's commencement speech at Bryn Mawr linked poetry and the power of women's voices when they speak the truth about their experiences, and she used poetry throughout that speech.

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Lessons in engagement from Flight of the Conchords

Presentation Zen

What makes some of the best speeches or presentations so memorable is not that they are perfect or slick, or overly polished, but that they are human. And to be human is to be imperfect. This is why so many of us are attracted to live musical performances.

Who is the better presenter? Extraverts or Introverts

Executive Speech Coach

When you look at your friends you probably can easily indentify those who are clearly extraverts and those who are clearly introverts. There might be a group about which you are not sure.

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Christopher J. Dorner as Folk Hero: He did it his way

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Rouge California cop Christopher J. Dorner may or may not be dead.    But his legacy will live on in a nation which reveres its outlaws.    Unlike the ethos depicted on "Downton Abbey," values in America tilt toward taking on authority. 

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Readers who are fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see these good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. Want to keep up with them?

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Tips for Marco Rubio to Prevent Dry Mouth

Speak to Lead

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went out of his way to connect with the average American during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Perhaps farther out of his way than he intended. His son-of-immigrants success story. Public Speaking dry mouth Lou Hampton Marco Rubio nervousness public speaking State of the Union response

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Are you an aspiring, new or mid-career speaker who wants to build a successful and sustainable business?

Executive Speech Coach

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Executive Communications: Hotheads not welcome

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many lines of work are binary: There are leaders and there are followers.    In executive communications, we ghostwriters have to be the followers.    No, we're not order-takers and are expected to come equipped with everything from ideas to strategy. 

Meet 4 writers/authors on the Blog Hop

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Welcome to my blog hop where you will learn a little more about me and three other writers and authors. Freelance Writing - General blog hop freelanc writers Paul Lima

Tips for Marco Rubio to Prevent Dry Mouth

Speak to Lead

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went out of his way to connect with the average American during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Perhaps farther out of his way than he intended. His son-of-immigrants success story.

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State of the Union Address, 2013: Surfing applause to bring about better gun control?

Max Atkinson

One of the things that impressed me when writing Our Masters' Voices (1984) was former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn's technical ability to carry on speaking afte r his audience had started to applaud.

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No Cars on Road: Nemo makes Connecticut look like day after end of whatever

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The next election is won or lost, depending on how adeptly politicos manage a severe snow storm.    Nemo has been severe.    So, it's no surprise that the powers that be have been taking decisive action.

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Public Speaking Marketing: BlogTalkRadio

Great Public Speaking

BlogTalkRadio is a very popular Internet radio service that you can use to help build a following and spread the message about your business. Based on topics and highly searchable in Google, coaches, consultants ans speakers from all over the world use the power of Internet radio to reach the masses. There are two versions of the service available: a paid service, that makes 60 minutes available for your show and a free version, that gives you 30 minutes.

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Tips for Marco Rubio to Prevent Dry Mouth

Speak to Lead

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went out of his way to connect with the average American during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Perhaps farther out of his way than he intended. His son-of-immigrants success story. Public Speaking dry mouth Lou Hampton Marco Rubio nervousness public speaking State of the Union response

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Waterbottle gate: a reminder about drinking and speaking from Senator Marco Rubio

Max Atkinson

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GOP: Do members of the party have the self awareness and humility for rebranding/

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The GOP, in its heyday, was the smug party of family values, white ones.    Those of us who wrote speeches and opinion-editorials for them sometimes wondered how they could get away with stances which were so out of touch with where America was. 

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Public Speaking Marketing: Article Marketing Tips

Great Public Speaking

Tip # 1 - Make sure your articles are on your own site first as a page of your website. Also, make sure that the article page on your site has been indexed by the search engines first before submitting to the article sites. To find out if a webpage has been indexed, copy and paste the URL of the page into the Google search box and hit "search."

Observational Humor — Case Study #95

Humor Power

Here are several more Observational Humor lines presented at the end of a meeting. We’ll look at the set-up (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the Observational Humor lines were delivered). Then we’ll look at the lines and the process that made the lines funny. THE SET-UP. The officers were not ready to open the meeting on time.

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Higher Education Search Business: Stakes high for value of alumni degrees

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When institutions of higher education need to fill a top position they increasingly use official search firms - just the way large corporations do.    Here are some of those higher education headhunters. One primary reason is that financial stakes are high. 

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Jesse Jackson, Jr. v Working Class Kids: James Joyce was right about nets which capture souls

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In his early novel "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," James Joyce listed the "nets" which capture souls, eventually bringing them to deep unhappiness and likely eventual ruin.    One of those nets was the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. 

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Ambition Re-thought: Maybe not going to work for nonprofit was big mistake

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Monday is yet another holiday in nonprofits.    The families of those who had gone to work in nonprofits, when we more ambitious types opted for careers in Corporate America, have been enjoying some quality vacation time. 

First Daughters: Good, bad, and ugly

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe it's because Americans treasure the ritual and rites of a wedding that we tend to pay a lot more attention to First Daughters than First Sons. 

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Oscar Pistorius: Everyone needs a gimmick and he had one

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In a world of glut of talent, just about everyone in just about every line of work needs a gimmick.    That's the crude way of referring to what marketing folks call personal branding, creating unique space, or a blue ocean strategy. Oscar Pistorius had such as gimmick. 

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A Medium Doesn't Die: CBS has record Q4

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A new generation has the tendency to declare that its medium is the "it" one and will kill off the medium or mediums of previous generations.    Let them have their fun. 

"Downton Abbey" Season Finale: Will Mary Crawley have baby bump

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mary Crawley has had her "procedure." " The doctor wants her to return for a checkup in six months and assumes by then she will be pregnant. All the Crawleys, including the Earl, had been concerned because the union of Mary and Matthew had not produced an heir. 

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