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I have a client whose organization requires a watermark logo on every slide. It’s awful and he knows it. So he cheats. (I’m I’m keeping his name private so he won’t get into trouble.).

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Friday Fun: Graham Norton red chair survivor!

Speak Schmeak

Wanna know if your story is any good? Sit down in Graham Norton''s red chair, and if you walk away without being tossed out on your head, you''ve told a good story!

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TED Talk: Mastery & the Passion Imperative

Presentation Zen

I asked Patrick Newell below for an example of a Japanese presenter he had worked with who greatly improved over the years.

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Where were you when the tech went out?

More than PowerPoint...

Well, it happened again. The event coordinator gave me a firm 50 minutes to speak — no wiggle room! — and a nifty state-of-the-art presentation system. I love walking into a building with shiny new equipment!

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The Nonverbal Communication Book Preface

The Communication Blog

Recently, I published The Nonverbal Communication Book with Kendall Hunt. Here is the preface; the TOC will follow in another post. Welcome. The Nonverbal Communication Book. The Nonverbal Communication Book is one of many textbooks currently available for the popular Nonverbal Communication course. This book, however, is different in several important respects. Here I explain the focus of the text, its plan and organization, and the ways it may be used. Focus of The Nonverbal Communication Book.

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From the vault: 7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: Published last year, this post is one of the most-read-ever on the blog--and it''s one I share with my trainees again and again, in the hopes they''ll discover these bonuses for themselves.)

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Interview with Patrick Newell from TEDGlobal 2013

Presentation Zen

The TED organization provides many lessons in 21st-century presentation approaches. I first featured TED Talks on the presentationzen website way back in 2006, just after TED made some of its talks available on line for the first time.

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Textbook Changes

The Communication Blog

You may have noticed (or will soon notice) a number of changes in your textbooks and I thought I’d note some of these here. Quotations that often introduce our chapters or that appear in margins will be a thing of the past unless they’re very old; contemporary quotations will be gone. The reason: permission problems. The same is true of quotations from research studies that occur within the basal text.

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Famous Speech Friday: Essie Washington-Williams: "I feel completely free"

The Eloquent Woman

She waited until she was in her late seventies to speak in public about it, and even though the facts were known by many, she''d kept them secret even from members of her own family at different times during her life.

Guest Post – Digital Goldfish: Writing for the Web

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

No matter what platform you use, writing is about communication. Therefore, to succeed at writing, your first step should be to identify your audience – to know who you are writing for, and why. Business Writing

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Edward Snowden: Public relations industry says his act has jumped the shark

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is it his youth or just being ham-handed in public relations?  Whatever. The Edward Snowden act has jumped the shark.  As POLITICO reports, brandname public relations experts are bemused at all the errors he has been making in image creation. 

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The Nonverbal Communication Book TOC

The Communication Blog

Here is the Table of Contents for The Nonverbal Communication Book. The Nonverbal Communication Book. Contents in Brief. Welcome to The Nonverbal Communication Book. Part One. Foundations of Nonverbal Communication. Introducing Nonverbal Communication. Part Two. The Codes of Nonverbal Communication. Body Messages. Facial Messages. Eye Messages. Artifactual Messages. Space Messages. Touch Messages. Paralanguage and Silence Messages. Time Messages. Part Three. Putting It All Together.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Readers who follow The Eloquent Woman on Facebook are already used to seeing links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. On Mondays, I summarize that extra content and put it here on the blog, so all readers can benefit.

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Stacking the Observations — A Humor Technique

Humor Power

When doing Observational Humor, the set-up is normally something that was said or done before you deliver the humor line. Here’s a good technique to add more power to your set-up. I call it stacking the observations. What the technique involves is using multiple call backs to set up your punchline. Here’s an example: – The first call-back is presented to make a point.

Mindfulness: Unbundling it from religion

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's a generational divide.    Geezers like Leonard Cohen and the Beatles went to get their training in being present in the now from religious folks.    Today, successful professionals get the secular version.    Hold the religion.    Mindfulness training, without all the religious trappings, is taking place at Raytheon, McKinsey, Ford Motor, Unilever, and General Mills. 

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Free Agents: The (temporary) despair of not enough work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's irrelevant that I grossed more in May for a month than in any previous month I have been in business since the end of the 1980s.  The only thing that is relevant to a free agent such as myself is the now.   It's binary.

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Howard Kurtz: Paid off that he didn't savage Fox News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Howard Kurtz could be on his way to a comeback.  In July he will be starting at Fox News, reports POLITICO.  He will be leaving CNN where his reputation has plummeted due to his too many errors. The guy is lucky.

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Mindfulness: Could it have worked better for Tony Soprano than psychotherapy?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Think about it. Traditional blue-collar Jersey guy Tony Soprano was suffering from anxiety attacks so much to see a psychotherapist.  If he was willing to go that far he might have listened to a pitch about mindfulness. Tony could have just gotten into a relaxed position and meditated.

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Tony Soprano's Last Supper

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tony Soprano liked to eat. So did James Gandolfini.   "The Sopranos" ended with a fade-out in a New Jersey downscale restaurant.  We will never know what happened to Tony.  Was that his last supper?

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Catholic Schools - Shut 'em down in Northern Ireland, say President Obama at G8 Summit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Catholic schools in Northern Ireland can be divisive, said Barack Obama at the G8 Summit, reports BizPack Review.  And he recommends that they be shut down.   Doing that can help restore peace. That's the kind of good idea which winds up being presented at TED talks.

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MERS-CoV - Should we accept that job/assignment in Saudi Arabia?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For those in Saudi Arabia the death rate from respiractory disease MERS-CoV is about 65%, reports THE WASHINGTON POST.      It's passed along person-to-person, so keeping clear of the chickens won't help.

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Edward Snowden: 2013 was a very good year

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What is more titillating emotionally than speculating one's life may be in danger?  Those of us who were born cynical or picked up a dark understanding of human nature in life might be assuming that leaker Edward Snowden will look back on 2013 as a very good year.

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When I Stopped Stalking Media, I Started Making Big Money

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's funny.  When we're consumed with media, we assume that everyone is.  Then, as more and more business came in with a strengthening economy, we don't have time to "keep up" with media.  Or to be preoccupied with how we can get in it more often.

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Staples Easy Tech: Baby Boomer's Best Friend

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As usual, I crawled toward Staples Easy Tech counter in North Haven, Connecticut, after a night of no sleep. I'm a Baby Boomer, with a business to run from home.  That means no tech staff to call.  When something goes wrong with apps on my laptop, the buck stops here.

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Suicide: Remains a great career move

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ovens, guns, ropes, razors, rivers.    There are diverse ways in which one can get the edge on professional recognition through suicide.    It's rarely not a smart career move.    Would we Baby Boomers have pored over Sylvia Plath's poetry about Daddy had she not ended it during a frigid winter in England via gas?    I doubt it.    VICE captures the mystique of sucide among female literary figures in a photo composition. The

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Edward Snowden: Was his motivation fame?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Who doesn't want fame?    But for most of us it's out of reach.    Not so for a tech wizard.    So, Edward Snowden was not being grandiose when he boasted of his tech abilities and how in demand he was.    As THE NEW YORK TIMES chronicles, this seemingly unambitious man was quite ambitious.

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Chris Christie: Could he have gone national w/o Tony Soprano?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tony Soprano made everything Jersey cool. That ranged from our distinct accent (which linguists know differs from Brooklyn) to blue collarish (even among the middle class).  The creation of this character could have been the platform for the state governor Chris Christie's rapid rise in politics.  Quickly he gained a national presence.  His signature was his Jersey accent, unrefined body language, and bluntness.

Tony Soprano's Cunning Grin: James Gandolfini left that for us

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Forever, thanks to the technology of film, we have that cunning grin Tony Soprano flashed.  We have a hunch it turned on his buttoned-down but fragile shrink. But the man who gave us that iconic facial gesture is gone.   James Gandolfini died at the age of 51.  The cause seems to have been a heart attack.  Plenty was going on in that heart for him to give the world such a range of emotion.    careers Television

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AmazonFresh: Can it disrupt food-shopping industry?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

TECH CRUNCH chronicles how much AmazonFresh, which delivers groceries to homes, has learned from the failed WebVan.    For example, right now the location is restricted to dense urban areas.    That makes the low-margin business more cost efficient.    And it has robots working in the warehouse, which further keeps costs in line. 

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"Mad Men" - Sally bitter about Dad Don

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At one time, Sally Draper was the most interesting character on "Mad Men," at least in her capacity for growth. We expected, for example, her parents Don and Betty to stay frozen in their self-absorbed ways. Now, though, she is just one among several characters who change. Her development is to recognize Don for the selfish person he is.    She has aligned herself more with Betty. 

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Betty White as Dirty Old Lady: Great work if you can get it

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At 91, Betty White is not only still employed in the tough field of acting.    She's all over the television.    Many in diverse circles marvel that I manage to get more than 60 hours of week of speechwriting/ghostwriting assignments at my age : 68. Yet, in THE NEW REPUBLIC , Laura Bennett has hammered White's persona as a dirty old lady.    Perhaps Bennett was struggling to find a provocative angle. 

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Sabbaticals? - Not if you don't want to get rusty

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remember when former Apple Chief Executive Officer John Sculley took his high-profile sabbatical?    Well, to make a long story short, he returned to eventually losing his job.    That was light years ago.    Today, with the economy so turbulent, it's even more perilous to take a time out. Yesterday a college friend and I talked on the phone after a 30 years hiatus. Facebook  Facebook had brought us back together.