Something Just Like This

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the privilege of moderating the 9th WAVE (Women’s Added Value in the Economy) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s an annual event organized and run by the dynamic women of the Career Women’s Forum.

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4 layouts that always look good-video training

PowerPoint Tips

In my bestselling e-book, Slide Design for Non-Designers, I cover 4 layouts that always look good. These are for slides that have a title and an image. The layouts make it easy to quickly create a professional-looking slide.

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Stop Waiting till you Feel more Confident

Speaking about Presenting

Many times, back when I was working in the corporate world, I would sit in a meeting listening to a discussion knowing that I had a valuable perspective to offer. But as I thought about offering my opinion I would start to feel my heart beating hard inside my chest and feel myself growing hot.

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Four reasons to stop using PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

Many of my speaker colleagues reject the use of slides. They say slides are boring, prevent engagement, and distract the audience away from the speaker's message. And yep, they do.

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Creative Video for Communicators

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This Saturday I attended the annual Presidents Day meeting of the National Speakers Association Northern California Chapter.

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Inside Higher Ed: Connecting With Your Class

Matt Eventoff

For many thousands of students, the new semester, and academic year, is about to begin. Many professors will be speaking to a rapt classroom with eager students who are consumed with their subject matter.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership Messages and Meetings

Speaking Freely

Story Telling is a powerful way to open up presentations, leadership messages and meetings of all kinds. Telling the right story produces astonishing results for you as a speaker and leader. If you’re not sure what a story is, it’s just what happened. That means it involves human beings doing or experiencing something. In case you don’t […].

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How to Move Your Presentation Audience With This Powerful Story Technique

Duarte Blog

You can probably recall the last story you heard, but you likely don’t remember the last presentation you sat through.

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23 PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Creating Engaging and Interactive Presentations


PowerPoint presentations are not usually known for being engaging or interactive. That’s often because most people treat their slides as if they are notes to read off and not a tool to help empower their message.

Re-branding: Down the rabbit hole and a new era for this blog

Kate's Voice

For the past 10 years, I have been writing Kate’s Voice and been honored with a growing, loyal following and recognition by groups such as Global Gurus, as well as many individuals who I respect and admire. I’ve enjoyed the ride.

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Analysis of a speech by Oprah Winfrey

Manner of Speaking

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night (7 January 2018). There were several highlights and many winners, but the overwhelming consensus is that Oprah Winfrey stole the show. Winfrey, a talk show host, actress and philanthropist was … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Epizeuxis Golden Globes Oprah Winfrey Polysyndeton public speaking Recy Taylor Rosa Parks speech analysis tricolon

Create beautiful numbered lists in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

SmartArt and the new Designer feature in Office 365 are great for simple lists, but numbered lists are another story. Designer has a few options, but you can easily create a couple of templates for beautiful numbered lists and use them over and over.

The Introvert’s Ultimate Guide to Speaking Up in Meetings

Speaking about Presenting

Speaking up in meetings is a useful thing to do both for your career and for your personal growth.

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10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these points about the benefits of the program to you!

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A Conversation with Jeff Davenport on Speechwriting, Screenwriting and Delivery Coaching

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Jeff Davenport in a free conference call.

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Demosthenes and Public Speaking, Part 2

Matt Eventoff

What lengths would you go to in order to become a master orator, or to take your public speaking to the next level? Stand barefoot on blacktop while reciting your speech to test your patience and create proper cadence? Practice on a tightrope to master balance and control over motion?

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Tip for Finding Stories to Make Talks and Presentations Engaging and Compelling

Speaking Freely

Here’s a valuable tip for finding stories from your life that you can use to make talks and presentations more engaging and compelling. Both professional and personal stories can be used to illustrate ideas, make points and sell your services. If you read my last post on 6 Reasons to Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership […].

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Five Resolutions to Make You a Better Speaker in 2019

Presentation Guru

As 2018 draws to a close, many people turn their minds to the year to come and what they hope to achieve. And with those thoughts come resolutions.

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How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

Duarte Blog

There’s a saying, “people don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.”. That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a.

2018 99

Sexual Harassment in the Meetings Industry

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Photo Credit Mike Reddy/Rusty Elliott/SYLV1ROB1/Adobe Stock. The media firestorm over sexual harassment officially became something like an eternal flame last month when Time magazine published its “Person of the Year” issue.

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Etiquette and communication

The Communication Blog

Here's a wonderful brief post on etiquette and communication. A neat summary of some essential rules. link] [link]. Communication communication and etiquette etiquette rules of etiquette

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Simplicity is the key to brilliance

Manner of Speaking

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask … Aristotle Frédéric Chopin Chip and Dan Heath Steve Jobs Bruce Lee Charles Mingus Pablo Picasso Dieter Rams Ken Segall Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Robin Sharma Simplicity isn’t simple. It takes thought and … Continue reading → Uncategorized Aristotle Bruce Lee Frédéric Chopin Pablo Picasso presentations public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

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How to animate 3D objects in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you have Office 365 (the subscription version) and the Creative edition of Windows 10, you can insert 3D objects into PowerPoint. I explained this feature in an earlier blog post, “ How to Insert 3D in PowerPoint.”

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The Need to be Knowledgeable

Speaking about Presenting

When you have a big presentation coming up, do you say to yourself: “I must be knowledgeable.” ” “I must be the expert on this topic.” ” “I must be able to answer every question.” ” The problem with these statements. The first is the use of the word “must” This makes them into a demand – something that you must achieve. And demanding that you achieve something is likely to increase your nervousness.

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I can do anything better than I can

Speak Schmeak

Maybe you've heard the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." It's a classic duet with the characters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler attempting to prove their ability to outdo each other in a variety of tasks.

2018 184

Announcing: A conversation with Felicity Barber on Women Speaking

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I first met Felicity in 2014 shortly after she moved from England to San Francisco. She’s a speechwriter who has worked in both the UK and USA and has expertise in B2B, finance, insurance and technology.

Wall Street Journal/MarketWatch: Bernanke’s $250,000 Fee

Matt Eventoff

By Greg Robb. "Matt "Matt Eventoff, owner of Princeton Public Speaking, a firm that trains executives to give speak in public, said Bernanke will be highly desirable as a speaker for at least the next two years.

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Upgrade Your Style for the Stage with Anne Morrissey

Speaker Launcher

Today we are talking with Anne Morrissey about style and how to present our best selves on stage. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, Anne is with us to share some of her ideas on how to make what we wear translate into a much better presentation for our audience.

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Improvise to Improve Your People Skills

Presentation Guru

Most people don’t spend their lives giving presentations. Many people spend NONE of their lives giving presentations. Lots of leaders I’ve met would rather not have to give any.

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To Become A Powerful Public Speaker Master These Qualities

Duarte Blog

Once you have a compelling story and breathtaking visual design, presentation preparation eventually comes down to one final thing: you. You stepping up, taking the stage, and communicating with your audience.

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How to Use an Empathy Map to Understand Your Audience


As a presenter, one can tend to focus too much on the final presentation, missing one essential ingredient in the mix, empathy!

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Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers

Speaking Freely

“Be grounded and real…and don’t be afraid to be yourself,” says Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live. Jay gives us his best advice for both speakers and comedic performance in a video at INC.Video The Playbook. [link] Being grounded in your body and being real with your […]. The post Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills. Authenticity grounding Uncategorized

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5 Books for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— Today, there are hundreds of books about … Continue reading → Book Review Presentation Guru books Presentation public speaking

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Create presentation handouts using Notes pages

PowerPoint Tips

I recommend using the Tell ‘n’ Show SM method for your slides. That means putting a slide title on each slide that tells the point and adding an image, diagram, chart, etc. to show the point. You DON’T put everything you say on the slide.

The first time is never the best

Speaking about Presenting

At the beginning of term, a ceramics teacher divided his students into two groups, Group A and Group B. To Group A he said: “I want you to make as many pots as possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the weight of your pots.”. To Group B he said: “I want you to make the best pot possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the quality of your pot.”.

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Let go instead of holding on (to your content)

Speak Schmeak

"Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aircraft designer and author of The Little Prince I'm fortunate that, in most of my speaking, I'm not required to be particularly concise.

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Books Reviewed: How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig and Forever, by Pete Hamill

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

(Full disclosure: Matt is the nephew of my good friend James Haig. I heard Matt speak at a recent Marin County bookstore where I purchased his book. I’ve not read any of his other writing, but see from Twitter that he has a large and loyal fan base. It was Matt who told me that […].

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