Sat.Aug 16, 2014 - Fri.Aug 22, 2014

How many goofs are in your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

I met with a client recently who will be speaking at a prestigious conference in his industry. When we started working together, I discovered that we have a similar approach to audience engagement.

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Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

PowerPoint Tips

A story. Recently, I went to an Internet Marketing conference and met the owner of a company that sells high-end products for marketers.

A Peridoic Table of Visualization Methods

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Swiss researchers Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler from the Institute of Corporate Communication (how cool is that!) at the University of Lugano have created a “periodic table” of 100 visualization methods.

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Five architect’s jewels for your next presentation

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. Dramatic business presentations don’t require drama. They’re better off without it. Drama is showy and blowy and overstated. It instantly puts the audience on their guard.

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Famous Speech Friday: Mindy Kaling at Harvard Law School's Class Day

The Eloquent Woman

"I liked the way she takes on the ''I''m not qualified to speak'' fear and makes it hilarious," said reader Cate Huston in recommending this speech for the blog. While I wouldn''t advise you to use this much self-deprecation, you can pull it off when you''re actress and comedian Mindy Kaling.

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Speak & Deliver in Kuala Lumpur

Speak and Deliver

I''ve been busy - a bit too busy, perhaps - getting ready for the semi-finals of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur on August 21. Lots of practices, lots of fundraising, all on top of regular life with six kids.

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Book Review: Hack Attack, by Nick Davies

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Hack Attack, Nick Davies’s exhaustively researched exposé – subtitled “How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch” – details how the press baron and key members of his staff pulled the levers of power in British politics and business during the six years from 2008 to 2014. While denying and lying, they slipped in and […]. Business Communication

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Even famous speakers are made, not born: 4 examples

The Eloquent Woman

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. President Bill Clinton. Lady Bird Johnson, a First Lady of the United States. Susan Cain, TED speaker. All seasoned, famous speakers who''ve reached millions with their oratory--the kind you''d call a "natural born speaker."

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Books (including self-published) - New 1 Listed on Amazon, Every 5 Minutes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From the beginning of careerism, publishing a book was always the price of entry - into the big time. It still is. University professors, politicos, players in professional services, and business leaders understand the game.

Picking the Perfect PowerPoint Template – Choose, Fill, Apply

SketchBubble

You are mentally prepared for that crucial presentation. You have your text ready. It is well-researched, thorough, structured and organized, interspersed with anecdotes and interesting titbits, and yet, it is just that – a lot of text.

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Contest Results — Almost TV

Humor Power

It’s time for this month’s contest winners. The theme for the contest is ALMOST TV. The challenge is to come up with the title of an imaginary TV show that almost sounds like a real show. Then follow the made-up title with a brief description of the show. Here are the top lines selected by our panel of judges (improv players and speakers). ** FIRST PLACE **. Leopardy. Quiz show where if you don’t have the right questions about predatory animals, you really lose.

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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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Your Digital Remains - Could Be in Hands of Your Estate Lawyers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When estate-planning now you have to factor in your digital remains. What do you want done with your emails, blog posts, Facebook account, tweets, and YouTube videos?  Should you family have access to all that?

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4-Legged Children - Taiwan Joins the Trend

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even in Taiwan, Karen Bender reports in The Atlantic, folks are opting for the 4-legged type of children. That bypasses the expense of educating the 2-footed ones for a future in which they may or may not ever have proper jobs.    Here is that coverage.

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The Micro Memoir - Sorting Out Memory Clutter, Before Next Steps

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

To get from where you were and are to where you want to go it's necessary to sort through the clutter of memories. Which ones were platforms for painful wisdom, unexpected joy, and for developing courage and strength?  And which are keeping you stuck?

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Careers & New Rules - Master The Poker Face

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a glut of talent, even in the high-growth field of public relations. To get in, hold on to what you got and simultaneously navigate to better positioning on the food chain, we have to be able to decode the new rules for careers.

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Humanities - Young, Hopeful Graduate Students Start Perilous Journey

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Their friends from the state they came from or even a mother have helped them "get settled in." " They are young, hopeful graduate students in the Humanities. Slowly and carefully they describe to me their niche interest such as medieval history or the American novel. 

The Witch in Every Ghostwriter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ghostwriters astral travel into the past, present, and future of the leaders we capture in tones, concepts, and words. That's exactly how their books, keynote addresses, articles, and opinion-editorals are game-changes. And that's why there has to be a witch in every ghostwriter.

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"Retired" - Concept/Word Being Phased Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Healthy people with a marketable skill will likely never "retire." " Count on that concept and term being phased out. To retire in our capitalist society means to become invisible. Also, the money validates that one is of value.

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James Wright Foley - The Horror (If the video from Iraq is accurate)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Before it was yanked, a video by Iraq depicted the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley. Extremists like that kind of theatrical staging.    Here is the coverage by the New York Post. 

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Golf: Fading as Symbol of Elite Networking

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back at the turn of the century, I attended a special event at Women in Communications in Manhattan. The speaker was an executive from golfing media. You bet, we were there to get the edge on how to leverage that sport for elite networking. That was then.

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Communications Careers, Including Writing - The Apprenticeship Route, Intead of Academic Degrees, Internships

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

To become a lawyer in America, it is possible to go the apprenticeship route. Yes, just like Abraham Lincoln had. There is no need to graduate law school. To practice law, they do have to pass the state bar. Here is the coverage of that option by The New York Times.

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Robin Williams - Celebrities as Family

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tim Murphy tells us in New York Magazine that plenty of people are mourning the death of Robin Williams. It's as if he had been an actual friend. Here is that coverage. Well, that might be an understatement.

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Millennials, Generation Z - Creating Their Own Economic Misery By Working Free

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is capitalism. In it what isn't exchanged for money has no value. That's what Millennials and Generation Zers don't understand when they persist in writing for media outlets free. They are not only creating negative branding for themselves.

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Michael Brown's Body - Six Bullets, Ending Times of Rage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) changed everything. Drunk drivers ceased to be the material for cartoons. Laws punished them severely, often including mandatory jail time. America, perhaps the world, needs the same kind of public affairs initiative to ensure that rage stops being okay. 

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Elizabeth Vargas - One of Us

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Alcoholism has been called "an equal opportunity disease." " That is, it finds its victims in all parts of planet earth, economic classes, ethnic groups, races, and genders. However, it seems to prey more aggressively on high achievers like Robin Williams - and Elizabeth Vargas.

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Making a Speech - Listen Before, During, After

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The greats in public speaking were and are aggressive listeners. When Abraham Lincoln was learning the influence game, he watched human beings, right down to the most minute facial gesture. That became one source of his effectiveness as a game-changer.

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Sharing Economy - Uncertain Ride for Workers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are called "microearners," reports Natasha Singer in The New York Times. They are the contingent workers in the Sharing Economy. They depend on assignments from the Ubers and TaskRabbits.  Here is Singer's coverage of this growing phenomenon. 

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Hillary Clinton: Prince Charles Syndrome

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Hillary Clinton could go down in history as suffering from the Prince Charles Syndrome.  That is, for a growing number of reasons she, like he, never landed the top job, one that she might have assumed she was entitled to.

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Presentations - No, Baby Boomers, Silent Generation, You Can't Get By w/o Visuals

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even amazing content won't cut it in a presentation in 2014 if it is delivered naked. Visuals are required. They are the mandated way of dress-up.    They could be simple stick figures on a green/white/black board. They can be fancy PowerPoint slides.

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Edelman: Not a Mean-Spirited Mindset

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Who hasn't gotten in the soup over wording? Language, from the time of Socrates, has been a weapon to use against humans by other humans. That's the game mankind, unlike our trusty canine and feline companions, play. Read George Orwell for more about that. Public relations agency Edelman got slammed because of how its words were interpreted by so many layers of media and watchdogs. Here is Stuart Elliott's account in The New York Times. 

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