Sat.Sep 22, 2012 - Fri.Sep 28, 2012

When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

Manner of Speaking

The day of the big presentation has arrived. You’ve prepared, you know your material and you’ve arrived at the venue early to get set up. You check the room and everything looks fine. The stage is ready, the sound system works and the lighting is perfect.

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The blessed B key

PowerPoint Tips

Maybe calling it “blessed” is an exaggeration, but the B key is a great tool to use when you’re delivering a presentation. You simply press the B key on your keyboard. What does it do? It blacks out the screen. And the W key whites it out.

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Winning Emmy speeches

Speak Schmeak

Click the infographics for more Emmys fun Last night's Emmys speeches had a lot in common. Most of them were unprepared, thanked too many people, and were forgettable.

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Changing minds, when minds are set

The Presenter's Blog

Don’t give battle in vain. When audiences hold entrenched views, full frontal assaults only deepen the entrenchment.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 145)

Manner of Speaking

Scott Berkun – American Author and Speaker. When I’m the speaker, I know that special moment [just before speaking] is the only time I will have the entire audience’s full attention.

Prepare Your Speaker’s Toolbox

DeFinis Communications

By now, we all know that practicing your presentation and working on key public speaking skills will make you a better presenter. But practice and skill aside, there are other, more tangible, things that will help you excel at business presentations. I call these things your “toolbox essentials.”.

"Speak to Engage: 7-Step Shortcut to Public Speaking Success" starts October 4

Speak Schmeak

Yes, you can give engaging presentations -- presentations that compel your audiences to take action, presentations that persuade your audiences to buy, presentations that take your audiences from apathetic to motivated -- and you can do it with ease and with confidence!

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Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Keep ‘em awake!

Kate's Voice

This is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication. A quick tip might just save your voice or get you through that important conversation. I welcome any comments or questions. They’re falling asleep out there! How do you hold interest when you have no [.]. communication vocal delivery vocal impact vocal variety

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Which projector do you recommend?

PowerPoint Tips

A reader asked: A client needs a new business projector. Any advice or recommendations? They will be using it for small groups up to 150 participants and it needs to be portable. Which projector do you use and why? What do you like about it? Dislike?

What are you waiting for and how long are you willing to wait?

Speak Schmeak

I'm on a mission. To stop waiting. To stop waiting until "the stars are aligned," or "my ducks are in a row," or "everything falls into place," or "all the Ts are crossed and the Is dotted," or any of those other clichés that keep us wondering, thinking, planning, cogitating, meditating, studying, researching, questioning, fantasizing, imagining, and worrying, but not doing. I'm a perfectionist, so this is not easy for me.

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HUMOR: With or Without U

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to Oriana at Gotham Ghostwriters for alerting me to this artfully produced parody of Irish rock band U2′s song “With or Without You”, recast as a promo for a recently published book on Scrabble: Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of SCRABBLE. If you are part of [.]. Culture Shock! book promotion scrabble U2

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Natural Vocal Variety: The roles you say

Kate's Voice

I recently re-Read a post from earlier in the year by gavin on …saved in my Evernote notebook. Have I told you how much I love Evernote?!)The The post asks, “which speaker type are you?” and lists 6 types of speakers, with notes on the strengths and weaknesses of each. I agree that we all [.]. Practical application Speaking vocal delivery vocal power delivery role-playing vocal image vocal variety

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Famous Speech Friday: Fannie Lou Hamer's 1964 convention committee testimony

The Eloquent Woman

Now that the current U.S. political conventions have nominated their candidates for the next presidential election, this week's famous speech takes us back 48 years to another Democratic National Convention: The 1964 convention that Fannie Lou Hamer set on its ear.

Presentation European Seminars 2012 in London Nov 7 & 8

Presentation Zen

In cooperation with Ideas on Stage, I'll be holding two day-long presentation seminars in London November 7 & 8. Participants may register for either day or for both days. The first seminar (Nov 7) is similar to the Presentation Zen European Seminars which were held in Paris in previous years.

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Acting vs. Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Have you ever watched a speaker and wondered if he knew you were even in the room? It can be easy to go into acting mode as a speaker, especially if you've put a lot of work into your presentation. To start, you're on a stage, already separated from your audience.

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Seeya Next Summer, Spirit Week

Duarte Blog

Saturday marked the beginning of Fall. Which means it’s the end of summer, bummer. To celebrate the new season, join us in reminiscing about our favorite summer event, Spirit Week.

Furries and Fluid Identities: Will the concept of the "self" wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Furries, that is human beings dressed up in animal attire, have been banned in a public library in Portland, Connecticut.    Let's cut to the chase: The library fears that a Disney-like creature could lure a child away and that will be that. 

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When should speakers ask questions during Q&A? 6 options

The Eloquent Woman

You know the usual course of events: The speaker gives her presentation, there's applause, and then it's open for audience questions. But speakers don't have to limit themselves to the A in Q&A. In fact, I'd recommend judicious use of questions when these situations arise in news conferences, conference calls or standard presentations and speeches: To clarify a cryptic question: Let's face it: Most questions are brief efforts to encompass big issues.

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Yet Another Post on Originality

Speak and Deliver

I was speaking to a group of professional speakers and aspiring professional speakers Friday night about finding their message. I've said before that finding your message is the first thing you need to do in this business - and its also one of the hardest.

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People I’m Grateful for #11: Robert Cialdini

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

There is one book that everyone needs to know on why people do what they do.    It’s called Influence:  The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini, and it is a classic.    Cialdini is professor emeritus of psychology and marketing at Arizona State University.    He doesn’t speak often about persuasion, but he has people approved to speak on the subject for him, so if you get a chance to hear a Cialdini clone, do so. 

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Mitt Romney: Maybe he just isn't into us

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Perhaps Mitt Romney's journey - to use that popular term - has been about acquiring wealth.    In America, founded by Calvinists who framed material success as a sign of blessings from heaven, that is a noble pursuit. 

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Use W5 to help warm up cold calls

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I’ve been a freelancer for 20+ years. I’ve never liked cold calling. That’s why I like the Web – company sites contain email addresses. I can find and email a prospect and then follow up by phone if required. I consider that follow up call a ‘warm’ call, not a cold call. However, more and [.]. Business Writing Freelance Writing - Corporate Marketing Your Services effective communications W5 W5 and writing

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Acting Techniques for Everyday Life: A Book Review

Speak and Deliver

Yesterday I compared the two disciplines of Acting & Speaking - separating them in spots, joining them in others. I had a couple of comments suggesting that the two feed into each other - or as Michael Erwine succinctly put it "Acting and Speaking inform one another".

The 135 Rule


Heres a question that comes up nearly every week from someone: How much do I need to write for a speech of XX minutes? Seems like an innocent question. Unfortunately, reality and experience suggest otherwise. My general rule of thumb on the length of speeches is to write – as a first draft – 135 words per delivered minute. Notice I said “as a first draft” and “general rule of thumb.” Exceptions abound. In general the 135 Rule will get you in the ballpark.

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Presentation Success: What do You Want People to Feel?

Executive Speech Coach

Here's another criteria for presentation success. How do you want listeners to feel during and after your presentation? Why is that important? Because "How they feel" will determine how they react to your message more than anything else.

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What’s Your Definition of “Wealthy?”

Speaker Launcher

Being a Wealthy Speaker may mean different things to different people. My idea of “wealthy” is making money while I sleep and travelling just a few times each year. Most of my clients, however, want to do more gigs, which means travelling more frequently.

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Better Public Speaking Techniques - Presenting Like a Pro

Great Public Speaking

[link] If you want to get paid for your public speaking engagements then you need to know what professional speakers know. Over 450 public and professional speaking videos

People I’m Grateful for #10 – Harlequin Publishing – A Publisher Gets It Right

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

What do Harvard Business Publishing and Harlequin – the publisher of a gazillion romance novels – have in common?    More than you might think.    I’ve blogged before about Harvard’s efforts to create a community of readers, thinkers, and kibitzers.    It turns out that Harlequin has been doing the same for nearly 15 years – long before the Internet made it easy, or at least easier. 


Pivotal Public Speaking

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus. quotations memory wisdom

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"Arbitrage" - Richard Gere's comeback role

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Arbitrage" could have been a mess of cliches about the corruption in the world of investing.    In a comeback role, Richard Gere portrays a cunning self-absorbed shark incapable of caring about anyone else, including his own daughter. 

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How to Write Public Speaking Articles for Your Business

Great Public Speaking

Article maketing is a great tool for driving targeted traffic to websites, opt-in pages and sales letters. Using the different article distribution sites can be a bit tricky, though. link] [link] [link] [link] There are a few things to look out for when submitting articles to sites such as: Tip # 1 - Make sure your articles are on your own site first as a page of your website.

Top stories for Thursday

TJ Walker Interactive

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Speak clearly

Pivotal Public Speaking

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes. quotations about public speaking public speaking quotations

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Obama's 3200 Debate Parties: Invitation to one in New Haven, CT in email

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remember when Barack Obama upstaged the RNC by doing Reddit during it?    Now he's taken over the momentum of the debates with organizing debate-watching parties.    As POLITICO reports, his campaign has organized 3200 of them across the nation.

Public Speaking: Role Reversal

Great Public Speaking

This technique is always good for a laugh and sometimes brings down the house. Invite two people on stage that have opposite roles. It works particularly well with husband/wife , boyfriend/girlfriend, employee/boss Have them play the role of the other person, i.e., the husband acts as if he is the wife and vice versa. You could have some funny props like a wig to put on the guy and give the wife a handyman's tool belt, etc. (In

Top Stories for Wednesday

TJ Walker Interactive

Ann Romney appears on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno HD. September 26, 2012 8:49 AM. Edit. " />. 91 6 0 7. Mitt Romney Bashes Teachers Unions HD. September 26, 2012 8:47 AM. Edit. " />. 9 2 0 1. Obama Campaign Launches new Anti- Romney 47% TV Ads HD. September 26, 2012 8:46 AM. Edit. " />. 15 2 0 1. Romney’s education plan would cut billions in aid HD. September 26, 2012 8:45 AM. Edit. " />. 7 2 0 1. Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson Caught Trashing Medicare HD.

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Public Speaking tip – Your image

Pivotal Public Speaking

Everything the audience sees of you as a speaker needs to reinforce the image you have decided to present in your speech – clothes, facial expression, stance and gesture. At its most basic this means projecting confidence and sincerity. Unless you decide otherwise, the audience needs to know that you are comfortable with your message and believe in it. .