Sat.Aug 25, 2012 - Fri.Aug 31, 2012

How virtual presentations can help your live presentations

Speak Schmeak

I learned how to use a teleprompter yesterday. It was easier than I thought it would be in some ways; in other ways, it was harder. The easy part was following the words and not getting behind.

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Ten Common Mistakes When Hiring a Keynote Speaker

Manner of Speaking

Paul Rulkens is a personal and organizational development consultant and professional speaker. He helps improve business results by making people, teams and organizations more successful.

How to format photos that are cut off — like part of an arm

PowerPoint Tips

When you insert a photo of a person on a slide, often that photo doesn’t show the entire person. Part is cut off. For example, the photo might be a head shot or just show the top half of the body. But placing that photo in the middle of the slide looks awkward.

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Charteo review – create custom slide decks

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is an interesting way to create your presentations. It’s an online tool called Charteo, which allows you to create a custom slide deck based on a selection of over 10000 online slides. In summary, you pick and choose your slides and create a custom desk.

What if you could share your message only once every four years?

Speak Schmeak

Do you take your speaking opportunities for granted? Do you rehash the same presentation over and over without refreshing the stories or finding new and better ways to express your concepts? Do you give the same canned talk to every group without bothering to find out who's in the audience? Do you feel burdened and put-upon every time you speak instead of feeling gratitude for the opportunity to educate, inform, persuade or entertain this group of people who have give their time to hear you?

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If I Were Clint Eastwood’s Speech Coach…

DeFinis Communications

Along with many people, I’m still scratching my head about Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night. I can only think that this is another example of what can happen when good intentions go awry.

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That Back-to-School Feeling. No kids required

The Presenter's Blog

Fresh paint is the smell of back-to-school. At least for me. It was always industrial yellow with raised lumps of white stuff. As you queued the corridor for lunch on the first day back, you could still chisel out paint patterns with your thumbnail.

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Famous Speech Friday: Elizabeth Glaser and Mary Fisher convention speeches on HIV/AIDS

The Eloquent Woman

Election season can bring out the big speakers, and 20 years ago it was two women who commanded the national stages. Their topic was HIV/AIDS, and the speakers were Elizabeth Glaser and Mary Fisher.

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What’s a Presentation without Visuals?

DeFinis Communications

When it comes to visual aids for a presentation, what’s the first thing you think of? If you said “PowerPoint™” or “slide ware,” you’re in the majority. That’s the default most presenters rely on.

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How do you feel about the “thank you” slide?

More than PowerPoint...

At the end of a presentation, you can say, “thank you.” ” Sure, it’s not the strongest close in the world. However, it’s certainly acceptable to say “thank you” if you’re feeling especially grateful or moved.

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Nancy is 50! And still as hot as this super-hot deal.

Duarte Blog

Our fearless leader is officially 50! In true Nancy fashion, it’s her birthday, and she’s the one giving gifts.

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Scientists, need to give a talk? Here's a free guide to get you started

The Eloquent Woman

If you're a scientist, chances are you'll give many talks--to your colleagues and even to non-technical audiences. But how well-prepared will you feel? Will you ace the opportunity, or wind up giving what one blogger recently called " the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad scientific talk ?"

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Clint Eastwood at the RNC: 9 Ways He Made Our Day

Speak and Deliver

Last night, Clint Eastwood gave the world what it wanted. He gave the Republican National Committee a rousing speech that is being talked around the world. He gave people who are not Republicans a performance they could denounce and demean.

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Leadership and Effective Communications

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

There's a new blogger on the scene, and he was kind enough to blog about my book Trust Me.    Vince Molinaro is rocking the leadership world with some very provocative ideas about how leadership involves both a community and a contract and how leaders need to join up and sign up before they are ready to lead.    Here's the link to the blog about my 4 steps to effective leadership communications, but don't stop there:  [link].

Oreo: Enduring brand, 100 years young

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Oreo  celebrates its 100th anniversary.    The genius of this enduring brand is that it has managed to create a special relationship with every generation. 

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Make a Room Appear Fuller

Executive Speech Coach

Sometime you might be speaking in a room that is too big for the audience. That has at least two negative effects on your audience. The empty space drains away the energy that you are trying to create in the room. It's always easier to speak to a packed room versus a half empty room.

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Top stories for Saturday

TJ Walker Interactive

How to fold a man’s pocket square – handkerchief HD. August 25, 2012 4:32 PM. Edit. " />. 6 2 0 2. AP Interview: Obama on Romney’s ‘extrem… HD. August 25, 2012 4:30 PM. Edit. " />. 4 1 0 0. Did Mitt Romney mean to Say “Nobody ha… HD. August 25, 2012 4:29 PM. Edit. " />. 3 0 0 0. Why Are Most People Afraid to Post Video Blogs? August 25, 2012 4:27 PM. Edit. " />. 0 0 0 0. Ann Romney’s speech moved HD. August 25, 2012 4:26 PM. Edit. " />.

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The Value of Public Speaking in Business

Great Public Speaking

By Guest Author Eve Pearce The Value of Public Speaking in Business One of people’s greatest fears is that of making a public speech. People seem to tie themselves in knots to avoid making public presentations even amongst familiar colleagues or friends. However public speaking or at the very least the ability to communicate confidently both on paper and verbally is one of the skills that employers today value the most.

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"Breaking Bad" - Who will be offed in last episode of the season?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Breaking Bad" is high on dramatic visual season endings.      Last season Gus emerged from the room in the nursing home with his eye dangling.    Then he fell to the floor in the corridor and died. 

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8 Ways to Deliver a Boring Sales Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

A boring sales presentation does not motivate your listeners to buy. They might stop listening. They might be annoyed. They might even leave the room. They won't feel interested to buy. Avoid these sales presentation mistakes as described by Kelley Robertson. -- Unfortunately, many sales people bore their prospects. Here are eight ways they do that.

Top Stories for Sunday

TJ Walker Interactive

Neil Armstrong: “This is one small step fo… HD. August 26, 2012 11:24 AM. Edit. " />. 2 0 0 0. Politico: ‘Fortunate son’ rap threatens Ben Quayle’s reelection HD. August 26, 2012 11:23 AM. Edit. " />. 1 0 0 0. In Maryland, Gay Marriage Seeks a ‘Yes’ a… HD. August 26, 2012 11:22 AM. Edit. " />. 2 0 0 0. 2016: Obama’s America documentary Ra… HD. August 26, 2012 11:21 AM. Edit. " />. 0 0 0 0.

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Public Speaker Marketing - Selling With Affiliate Programs

Great Public Speaking

Affiliate programs allow you to make money by recommending other people’s products. You get a commission if someone buys something. These programs also allow you to have an army of commissioned salespeople selling your stuff around the world and you don’t pay them anything unless they sell something. There are basically two ways to make money with associate / affiliate programs: 1. You put other people's links on your site, or in your ezine.

Brand GOP: It has allowed itself to be caught looking old

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Something horrific happened at the Republican National Convention: The GOP came across as old.      In a nation hell-bent on continuing to function like a bunch of youthful tribes, that is a transgression which will not be forgiven.

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Bring In Some Quiet Achievers To Ensure Your Presentation Is A Success

Pivotal Public Speaking

Quiet achievers. Unobtrusive. Professional. There to make sure your presentation gets the results you want. These are your visual supports. They support your presentation, underscore its impact, give power to your points. It may be that in the culture of your organisation or of your audience, impact will be created by your visuals.

Speechwriting awards

Joan Detz Speaker Services

IABC (the International Association of Business Communicators) has announced that it’s refining the Gold Quill Awards program. One significant change: The entry period will be expanded (running from October through March) so entrants have longer to prepare. I’ll post that link when it’s available. Meanwhile, consider submitting a speech

My Infamous Electronic Marketing "ButtCamp" is Back.

Great Public Speaking

My infamous electronic marketing "ButtCamp" is back. This is my serious seminar (done in 11 countries since 1997) with a goofy name where you learn how to make more money sitting on your rear end than going to work for a living. Check out the details of what you'll learn and register to attend at: [link] - Multiple Revenue Streams - Hybrid Webinars - Crowdfunding - Email Marketing - List Building and more!

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Clint Eastwood: When we don't know when to hang it up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

His signature raspy voice had gone the way of the sound of an old man.    His attempt at simulating a scene from a skit was a narrative which didn't hold together.    And that was all which seemed left of a former legend from Hollywood. 

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Bring In Some Quiet Achievers To Ensure Your Presentation Is A Success

Pivotal Public Speaking

Quiet achievers. Unobtrusive. Professional. There to make sure your presentation gets the results you want. These are your visual supports. They support your presentation, underscore its impact, give power to your points. It may be that in the culture of your organisation or of your audience, impact will be created by your visuals.

Public speaking: acrimony, royalty, charity, Spinetti, simplicity

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Speaking after an acrimonious meeting! I had been a public speaker for almost a decade before I encountered a group having a really heated business meeting just before I was due to speak to them. It was a men's luncheon club and it took me by surprise. That evening I had another booking, this time for a women's institute, and their discussions also turned out to be very argumentative!

Labor Day speeches

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day weekend.” ” (Doug Larson). For quotes on Labor Day and other holidays (Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, etc), turn to Quotations for All Occasion s , compiled by Catherine Frank. Excellent source notes

Reddit: Barack Obama does it again with social media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Again, Barack Obama upstaged whatever the GOP was up to with social media. His participation in Reddit's Ask Me Anything was sheer genius.    We were bug-eyed paying attention to the questions asked, the ones he selected to answer, and how he answered them.

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Top Stories for Wednesday

TJ Walker Interactive

GOP Puts Brown-Faced Non-Voters in Front Seats at Republican Convention HD. August 29, 2012 11:10 AM. Edit. " />. 6 1 0 1. Democrats Launch New TV Ad “You Destroyed It” HD. August 29, 2012 11:09 AM. Edit. " />. 2 0 1 0. Trump Trashes Huffington: ‘Understand W… HD. August 29, 2012 11:08 AM. Edit. " />. 1 0 0 0. Ron Paul claims Democrats are Responsible for Paul Ryan’s Deficit Cutting Image! August 29, 2012 11:07 AM. Edit. " />. 6 0 0 0.

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Public speaking from the Staines snowball to confidence-boosting in a cafe!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

The Civil Service Pensioners Alliance, Bournemouth and District Group. My first talk in May was back here in Bournemouth, a presentation about Patrick Campbell for the Bournemouth and District Group of the Civil Service Pensioners Alliance , who meet at St Michael's Church Hall. My last booking for them had been in March 2006 and they were a very good audience on both occasions.

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Would your resume get you a great job?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

A couple years ago, a highly skilled print writer attended my “Business of Six-Figure Speechwriting” workshop. From time to time, he sends me updates on his efforts to get more freelance speechwriting work. A few months ago, I asked to see his resume and I made a number of recommendations - namely, to cut certain sections and expand his corp comm section. Update? He is now a finalist for a top national speechwriting job. Will he get the job? He doesn’t know yet.

Facebook: Peril of high expectations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Facebook's sin, and it has been regarded as a mortal one, has been that it disappointed investors.    There are four more lockout expiration dates to go and by that time the stock price could be in the low single digits.

Top Stories for Tuesday

TJ Walker Interactive

Rosie O’Donnell & Michelle Rounds Are … HD. August 28, 2012 10:36 AM. Edit. " />. 2 0 0 0. Paul Krugman on the GOP Plan “Voucherizing Medicare” HD. August 28, 2012 10:34 AM. Edit. " />. 6 2 0 0. Was the Moon Landing Faked? August 28, 2012 10:32 AM. Edit. " />. 2 0 0 0. Fox’s Neil Cavuto Asks Donald Trump If he’s just seeking attention to promote his TV show? August 28, 2012 10:31 AM. Edit. " />. 2 0 0 0.

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Speeches in a common language for a fistful of voters?

Max Atkinson

If proof were needed of a point I made a while back - that actors, with the notable exception of Ronald Reagan, are often hopeless public speaker s - look no further than Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican Convention (above).

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