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Presentation delivery tips for the greatest impact

PowerPoint Tips

I just did a webinar for the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education called “Presentations that Impact Lives.” ” Near the end, I used a slide that summarized a few points about presentation delivery.

5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

DeFinis Communications

Last week I received a call from a sales manager whose team we worked with last year. He wanted a presentation skills “refresher” for his salespeople because their presentations were getting “sloppy” again.

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The Power of Self-Expression

Speaking Freely

“What we say is important… for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”- Jim Beggs There is simply nothing that transforms your life as much as self-expression, because a profound shift in consciousness happens when you open yourself to share your truth. As you express your inner Self, your whole [.].

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10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen

Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies of all time.

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Guest Posting: Communicating at Virgin Atlantic, by Adam Schair

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Adam Schair is Vice President, Human Resources Communications at Thomson Reuters in New York and a member of the Thomson Reuters Internal Communication & Engagement Council. He manages a team of human resources communications specialists. This post appears with his express permission. Fortune Favors the Bold: Communicating at Virgin Atlantic, by Adam Schair I recently […]. Business Communication Marketing Richard branson Thomson Reuters Virgin Atlantic

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Famous Speech Friday: Benazir Bhutto at the UN Conference on Women

The Eloquent Woman

It''s Hillary Clinton''s "women''s rights are human rights" speech , also part of The Eloquent Woman Index, that is best remembered from the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing.

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Sticks & Stone Do Break Bones & Words Do Kill: Omotayo Adeoye, 17, Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For decades I have had flashbacks about being chastised in public. Yes, words can wound in ways sticks and stones do not.  Healing has been slow. The words of her teacher Eva Malikova at Harlem High School for Math and Science seemed to precipitate the suicide of Omotayo Adeoye.

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Why Your 2nd Self Must be as Brilliant: Email Etiquette Part 1

SpeakerSue Says...

If you aren’t already familiar with the term “second self”, it’s time. Your second self is the self you opt to put out there to the world.

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Inside Voice: Gillian Davis, author of First-Time Leader

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: Inside Voice is an interview series in which we ask speakers, speechwriters, and storytellers to share their insights.

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"Well Connected" Is Power Phrase of 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The research on mirror neurons by scientists in Italy confirms that we humans affect each other cell by cell. Sure, technology is a connector force. But there is nothing like one in-person human presence pressing up influentially against another in-person human.

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Austin Pun-Off Competition

Humor Power

The Austin O.Henry Pun-Off was held on May 10. Here are a couple of links posted from the competition. Marty Bernstein’s set. Marty is a long-time subscriber and participant in our monthly joke contests. He did a great job at the pun contest. Winner of the competition was Alex Petri. A judge’s three-way tie was broken by audience applause-off. The competition was also was featured on CBS News. Humor In Speaking creative humor writing pun contest

Email Etiquette meets I Love Lucy: Part 2

SpeakerSue Says...

My inbox reminds me of that classic I Love Lucy skit where Lucy and Ethel work on a chocolates assembly line. Their task is to wrap each chocolate as it comes off the line. The line starts slowly enough and then as they seem to get the hang of it, speeds up and up and up.

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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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Beyond Self-Editing: Value-Added From Another Pair of Eyes (and values)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The help-wanted ads scream: Writers must be self-editing. And, in the downsized world of media, most of us are. Then we have the rare experience of actually being at a media outlet in which we are edited, including at the front end when the story angles are created.

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New Joke Contest — Living On Mars

Humor Power

The theme for our June Joke Contest is: Living on Mars. Mars One is offering you the opportunity to sign up for a one-way ticket to Mars. You can be selected for seven-years training to prepare you for the first team to colonize the red planet. And that leads us to the challenge for this month’s contest. Complete this statment: “I want to live on Mars because…” Here are some sample answers: - After work I could relax in one of the many Mars Bars.

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GhostWriters & New Business Development: Consider Change of Time Zone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One prospect gave it to me straight: He didn't select me to ghostwrite his financial communications because of the difference in time zones. He was based on the west coast. I was on the East.

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CT Writer: How Not To Sell

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"I am a 27 year old Account Manager, with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Marketing, but have a strong passion for writing."  "  - "Selfie" on Craigslist, Connecticut section of New York Metro.   Here is the entire pitch.

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Bare Breasts: Making a Statement through Youth and Beauty

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Rihanna and Scout Willis have been spotted in public with bare breasts.   Rihanna wore a gown with a transparent top to receive the Fashion Icon Award.  Willis shopped in the East Village topless.

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Dimmi ResDiary Evaluates Restaurant Customers: Beware Getting a Scarlet Letter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The customer may always be right.  But that doesn't mean she will get a good seat in a restuarant in Australia.  If Dimmi ResDiary notes that she tends to be tight with the tip and keeps asking for water refills she will carry a kind of Scarlet Letter the rest of her dining career.

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Public Relations Networks: How Short Are the Shelf Lives?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The "Chevron Alumni" (informal) Club of public affairs pros had struck me as odd.   After all, it had been decades since we had worked together at a full time job at that energy company.  The members actually had reunions in Pittsburgh.

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Leadership Communications: Wander the streets on garbage day

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Leaders who want their voice, both in speeches and prose, to resonate should stop alluding to celebrity entrepreneurs, living and dead. Instead they should take the time to look at little lives and mine that material for lessons learned. Today is garbage day in Tucson, Arizona.

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Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II: Allegedly, his thinking got a little wiggly (happens all the time)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The public relations and political consultant communities are expressing "shock." "  Allegedly Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II stored explosives in his apartment in San Francisco.  He's signature is as a force in social media, especially for high profile political campaigns.

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Cute: Weak Communications Tool, Brands You Old

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When there's a conflict or a full-blown falling out, hipsters (i.e. Millennials) don't default into cute. Maybe they'll text a sincere apology. They might deposit concert tickets or a Starbucks e-gift card on Facebook.

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Leadership Communications - Meme of Employment Dominates

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Today, employment is the most important issue in the world." " -  Danny Crichton, Tech Crunch. Here is that article.    When leaders focus on employment, immediately their speeches, opinion-editorials, white papers and books cast spells.

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SuperBowl 50 Does It Arabic: Marketers' 1-Year Opportunity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Marketers should already be on this.   For 1 year, the SuperBowl logo will be done in Arabic numbers, not Roman numerals.  SuperBowl 50 will look just like that.   The 5 and the 0 will be dissected with the Vince Lombardi trophy. The dominant color will be gold. That's 2015.

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