Sat.Jul 19, 2014 - Fri.Jul 25, 2014

Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest blog post from Larry First. The bio he sent me: An “experienced” (newly retired) geek from Alabama. The instructions discuss how to sync lyrics with a music video, but you could use it to transcribe the text of a tutorial as well.

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45 years ago today, a speech never given

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

45 years ago today, on July 20 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the Moon. In advance of the mission, anticipating the risks involved, White House speechwriter Bill Safire prepared a speech to be given by President Nixon if the lunar module was unable to return to Earth. Thankfully, this was a […]. Speechwriting Apollo 11

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How Pronouncing Consonant Sounds Clearly Makes a Non-Native English Speaker Easier to Understand

Speaking Freely

Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ Learning to pronounce consonant sounds is vital to mastering clear, crisp, intelligible speech. This translates into meaningful spoken communication that is easily understood. Pronouncing consonant sounds clearly makes every word you articulate more precise. This in turn makes your overall message more readily understood by your audience, whether it is a small [.].

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Famous Speech Friday: Theresa May takes the Police Federation to task

The Eloquent Woman

I always thought it was odd that the initial focus when Theresa May took office was on her fashion choices instead of her policies , because Britain''s Home Secretary is a decidedly unglamorous job. That''s despite it being one of the four "great offices of state" in British government.

2014 102

Speak Up For Your Business - by Michelle Mazur - Book 22 of 52 in 52

Speak and Deliver

Yet another book not on my list, but just released, and directed straight at those who read Speak & Deliver! Speak Up for Your Business comes with an inherent promise - that you can take the skills within and improve your business, either your own business, or the business of your career.

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How to use Google auto-complete to generate content

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

If you are stuck for a rhetorical question to use as a speech opening, or just want to see what is a popular about a topic, you can use Google to ask: Why is [topic] so… before pressing ‘Enter’ Google will kick in with an ‘auto-complete’ algorithm that predicts what you are searching for, based […]. Speechwriting

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Steps for Practicing to Reduce or Modify an Accent

Speaking Freely

Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ I have been coaching non-native speakers of English to improve their pronunciation for almost four decades. I was trained by Arthur Lessac in the Lessac Method of Voice and Diction. Thanks to Arthur’s fine training and method, I can quickly and easily identify the sounds of English that non-native speakers need to [.].

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Harvard Business School - Focus on Recruiting Those With STEM Backgrounds

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How do you get admitted to Harvard Business School? It might help a lot to have a STEM background.    In Mediabistro.com Jobs Section, HBS has a help-wanted for a Admissions Marketing Coordinator.

2014 60

One thing you Must do to Improve Sales

SpeakerSue Says...

It is so easy to improve sales and it has nothing to do with the officially designated sales team. It has to do with the receptionist, reservationist, greeter. Here is how a luxury hotel “operator” answered my call today: (Think blah.) “He…llo… This is Name of Hotel.

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How to mark the 10th Anniversary of Lend Me Your Ears?

Max Atkinson

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of this book of mine. Suggestions on how best to mark it - e.g. with another book based on this blog and/or what - will be very welcome

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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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"Story Teller" - Public Relations Firms Should Shelf Dated Concept

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a time when creative nonfiction was fresh and exciting. Lee Gutkind, pioneer in leveraging the devices of fiction to nonfiction, became a sought-after guru.

2014 60

Webinars on business writing and business of freelance writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This fall, I will offer a variety of webinars on Business Writing, Copywriting, and Business of Freelance Writing. You can read the webinar titles and sign up to be informed of upcoming webinars or arrange a customized webinar for your organization or writing group.

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What to say after “hello” – Prospect for Success!

SpeakerSue Says...

A few months ago I read an article about how awful it would be if the right to use mobile phones on airplanes became a reality. The author’s reasoning was this: Only old people still use a phone as a talking device and a lot of them are hard of hearing. Could there be a worse combo on an airplane than having to listen to a conversation about convalescence? . Good for a laugh, I think the writer got it wrong.

Contest Results — First Date

Humor Power

It’s time for our contest results for the July theme of FIRST DATE. Our Top-Three lines were selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players). Our contests come out on the first of the month. Our next contest will be announced on August 1, 2014. Here are the top lines for this month. ** FIRST PLACE **. What NOT to say on a first date: Don’t worry, liquor doesn’t affect my driving. Gerald Fleischmann, Fountain Valley, California. ** SECOND PLACE **.

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Forbes, Symbol of American Capitalism, Sold to Asians

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For now, Steve Forbes will keep his titles at Forbes: Chairman and Editor-in-Chief. But, essentially Forbes will morph into a whole different entity than it had been. For almost a century it had been a symbol of American capitalism.    As Keith J.

2014 60

Conducted a Webinar on BigMarker

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This morning, I conducted a BigMarker webinar on How to Write Query Letters. The technology worked well. People could see my PowerPoint and hear me and text me questions and comments. We even conducted several polls, and people could ‘put up their hands’ and vote with a click of a button. People could also see me via my webcam. Don’t know if that was a plus, though… It was a free webinar, and the site cost nothing to use.

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At Checkout - No One Flips Through Magazines, Tabloids

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those single copies of magazines life Family Circle and tabloids like Globe were never cheap. That's why we used to flip through them while waiting in line at the checkout. On a busy night we could have down cold several exciting new recipes and find out if Camilla will be going to rehab.

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Madonna Badger Elopes with William Duke!

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Advertising executive Madonna Badger has found a new happiness. This was three years after a fire in Stamford, Connecticut snuffed out the lives of her three young daughters, mother and father. On Facebook she announced that she and her real estate broker William Duke have eloped.

2014 56

Amazon's Q2 $127 Million Loss: Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Amazon model, at least currently, is to go for market share. Forget profits. Encouraged by the seeming success of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in building his empire, entrepreneurs have been doing likewise. That might prove to be the road to ruin.

2014 56

Retail's Smart Move in Hot Summer: Arctic Blast of Air

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Just like the Polar Vortex, this extreme summer heat has been discouraging going out and shopping. Then retail here in Tucson, Arizona got smart. Today, the temperatures in many of the stores is downright arctic. The temperature where we live from our window air conditioners is anything but.

2014 56

Going Out to the Movies - How 20th century

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, box office receipts for new films are down.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, they are expected to be about 15 to 20 percent behind revenues for 2013.   Here is the coverage. Who goes to the movies any more?

2014 56

"My Son The Lawyer" - That Could Soon Become "My Son The Bum"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Becoming a lawyer, Alfred Brophy tells Jennifer Smith at The Wall Street Journey, "isn't the path into the middle class that it once was." " Here is that article (sub. req.). Brophy should know. He's a law professor at the University of North Carolina.

2014 56

Nostalgia - Set Parameters 4 Those Demographics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe you're never too young to have nostalgia. That seems to be what Calvin Klein is betting on. Like Levi's and Guess, the company is leveraging the yearning for the past. Here is coverage of that trend by Veronique Hyland in New York Magazine.

Baby Boomers: We finished college in 4 years, got good jobs, were loyal to The Man

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media captured us as the Counterculture Woodstock generation. But our branding was really stuck in the Eisenhower era of conformity.  Just look at our track record. Unlike Millennials and the oldest members of Generation Z, we finished college and we did it in 4 years.

2014 56

Those The New Yorker Cartoons - Like, They're Getting on My Nerves

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's plenty about The New Yorker which gets on my nerves. It had a second chance with me when Tina Brown snatched it away from the blue-haired old ladies and made it relevant to The Professional Class.

2014 56

Post-Catastrophe: How Humans Re-group

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What we learned at today's discusson of how humans process catastrophe at St. Philip's in the Hills , Tucson, Arizona was that it essentially plays out either of two ways. One is that people never get through it to the other side.

2014 56

The New Losers - July 2014 Versions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New Losers are those who wake up and assume today will be like yesterday.  The new winners are those who wake up and have already rewired their systems to identify and respond to change. Every era has its own conception of loser, whether that proved valid or not. 

2014 56

Best Business Practices 2014 - Raw-boned Lessons from Lee K.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everything always changes. The rub is that the everything is changing in more ways and more often in 2014. After a wildly successful 2013, I hit a wall in the beginning of 2014. The good news is that I have been able to adapt fast to what now is.

2014 56

Narratives: When Clients Should Change the Stories They Tell

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"In the Hebrew Bible, God says to Abraham: "Leave your father's house.' ' In effect, leave what is familiar - leave what you have known to be home in order to begin the journey of your life." 

2014 56

Daily News: Laid-off Were Likely Making "Too Much"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's a familiar story: Highly credentialed players get cut from the team. At the Daily News 17 were laid off. Track record and talent don't stop the budget-watchers from swinging the ax.   Here  is the coverage.

2014 56

Jerry Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Cuomo - Anyone-But-Hillary Movement Gaining Momentum

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ambitious politicos and we citizens waiting for a new deal are becoming annoyed with Hillary Clinton's To Run or Not To Run game. No surprise, high-profile Democrats have been experimenting with how much they might resonate with constituencies. 

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Ups and Downs of English

Humor Power

UPS and DOWNS of the English Language. I’m a fan of creating my own humor writing exercises. I saw a post online which discussed the crazy English Language. It got me going UP and DOWN the strange contrasts in our colorful language. Here are some of the things I came up with: Why fill a pillow with DOWN if you’re only going to fluff it UP? Why do they say a bank robbery is going DOWN when they’re being held UP? If a balloon goes UP in flames, will it come crashing DOWN?

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