2020

6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers

Manner of Speaking

Speaking English to an audience of non-native speakers is tricky. Because English is so widely spoken around the world, many native English speakers tend to forget just how complicated English can be for others.

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Communication skills for online success

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Steve Kosch, a former ABC and CNN anchor (that’s him on the left), and a globally recognized expert communication skills trainer. For 10 more awesome tips to help you “Nail It” in your next presentation, go to mediatrainingnetwork.com.

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Seven Tips to Crush Your Next Conference Call

Matt Eventoff

It occurs on a regular basis for almost every individual in the corporate world, and it is also the most fraught with peril. The scourge of the modern executive. The captor of thousands (or maybe millions) of hours each and every day. The dreaded… conference call!

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Ex Machina

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Robin Wigglesworth highlights the effect of Artificial Intelligence on executive communications in an article in the Weekend FT (subscription required). A new form of “robo-surveillance” by trading algorithms is spurring executives to place a deeper focus on the spoken word.

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Happy Holidays: A Time for Connection and Reflection

DeFinis Communications

As this most challenging and disruptive year comes to a close, all of us at DeFinis Communications wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. As I connect with our team, our customers, and our online readers and supporters, I notice several conversational themes emerging.

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9 Steps to Conquer Nerves for Interviews and Communicate Authentically

Speaking Freely

In 2008, I was asked by Andrew Dlugan to write an article for his 6 Minutes Public Speaking blog about steps to help conquer nerves for interviews. Now in 2020 with so many people being laid off due to the COVID19 pandemic, I am revising that article and posting it here.

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Embrace imperfect action

Speak Schmeak

"It's always easier to just say no. It's always easier to say 'We can't do it.' Because when you say 'We will try to do it,' now you're changing things, and whenever you change, there's opposition. Every time. So it's always easier just to stay status quo.

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Top 10 Emerging Presentation Design Trends to Watch in 2021 and Beyond

SketchBubble

The abrupt outbreak of Covid-19 in the year 2020 has changed the world on the spur of the moment.

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How I Made My Dream a Reality… and You Can Too!

Speaker Launcher

With coronavirus and all of the change in the world, it’s easy to forget about the dreams for your business and your life. Many have been in survival mode. Some hanging on by a thread. But what about your dream? Is now the right time to bring it back into your view? I say, heck ya!

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3 New Design Trends to Use in Your Presentations

Presentation Guru

Let’s be honest, not everyone is a designer or has a professional designer on staff. A lot of business owners and marketers are creating their own graphics from scratch. At Venngage we have a ton of designers on staff but I still create a lot of my visuals!…

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Exciting news!

Manner of Speaking

I have some exciting news to share. I began writing this blog in May 2009. It was an experiment to see what blogging was like. However, given that the lifespan of the average blog is short – most blogs stop … Continue reading → The post Exciting news! appeared first on Manner of Speaking.

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Collaborate with others in real time using PowerPoint on the Web

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that you can collaborate with others on a PowerPoint file in real-time using PowerPoint on the Web? That’s the same thing as PowerPoint Online.) You can do the same in Microsoft Word and Excel, but I’ll focus on PowerPoint, of course.

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Beginning a Speech or Presentation – Four More Tips

Matt Eventoff

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” – Will Rogers. This quote certainly holds true for speeches, presentations, group meetings and any other public speaking opportunity that exists.

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Garbage Language

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Obfuscation is alive and well in the corporate world. Molly Young writes in New York Magazine about the ways the Millenial generation of white-collar workers replicate the communication patterns of the organization man and woman.

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Make Them Laugh: How to Tell a Joke on Zoom

DeFinis Communications

From the old knock-knock jokes we used to tell as kids to stories that make light of the workplace, everyone loves a good joke. Using humor is one of the best ways to get people engaged. And when you add a friendly, “jokey” tone you let listeners know your presentation won’t be one huge bore.

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The Speech of Self-Introduction

The Communication Blog

This is a new section I wrote for the new edition of Essentials of Public Speaking. But I thought it might be of use to anyone planning a similar speech. Here, then, are a few guidelines and a sample speech with some notes. The Speech of Self-Introduction The speech of self introduction is one of the standard speeches normally required in a public speaking course.

Rise up out of the noise

Speak Schmeak

Every day, I see more of my friends and colleagues speaking out against injustice, finding their voices, and speaking their truth. Just yesterday I wrote about a conversation with a friend who was feeling hopeless.

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Toxic Leadership at the Workplace: What Makes a Leader Toxic?

SlideModel

When it comes to leadership, the general idea is to often discuss aspects such as what makes a good leader or how can a leader be effective at the workplace? There are many articles centered around what can be deemed as a discussion about ‘good leadership’.

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10 Smart Ways to Wrap-Up Your Presentation

SketchBubble

A Motivational Tale that Reflects Your Key Message 2. Propel the Audience into Action with a Powerful Quote 3. A Surprise Fact or Statistic 4. A Rhetorical Question 5. Inspire with a Powerful Visual 6. A Running Clock 7. Wind Up with a Summary 8. Finish It With a Call to Action (CTA) 9. […].

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How to Land Speaking Sponsorships with Julie Austin

Speaker Launcher

How many times have you been told “I’m so sorry, we don’t pay our speakers”? Too many times, I’m sure.

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It’s Time to Improve Speaking Skills for the Classroom and Beyond

Presentation Guru

Most adults fear public speaking and, let’s me honest, lots of us aren’t actually very good at it. If adults who have had years to hone the skills are not very good, what do you think the average school kid is like?

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Every Breath You Take

Manner of Speaking

Every breath you take, Every move you make, Every bond you break, Every step you take, I’ll be watching you. The Police. Breathing. We do it constantly and, usually, unconsciously. We breathe when we are awake and when we sleep, when we work and exercise and rest.

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How to create a logo in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Would you like to create your own logo, product image, or course symbol in PowerPoint in a few minutes — following some easy steps? If so, you’re in luck, just read on. I’m going to show you how to create this logo — and you can customize it in any way you want.

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Nelson Mandela: Lessons for Future Orators

Matt Eventoff

* First appeared in The Atlantic Post. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”. – Nelson Mandela, 1994.

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Recommended: Korean Romantic Dramas

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

These are unusual times. A challenge we all face as the minimize the spread of the coronavirus is how to stay healthy and sane in the growing regions of the world where we’ve been asked to stay indoors. An antidote to the ‘self-isolation blues’ is to lose yourself in a good TV series. Apologies to […]. Shallow End coivd-19 coronavirus k-drama Korean Romance

Commit to Continuous Learning and Up Your Game at Any Age

DeFinis Communications

Recently I attended a Zoom birthday party for the 99-year-old father of a dear friend. Everyone in attendance—three generations of his family members—were in their own homes. Doug and his wife (also in her 90s) were totally unassisted by the younger crowd yet were using Zoom like pros.

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Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions

Speaking Freely

Use This Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions Massive numbers of layoffs during the COVID19 pandemic mean having a job interview strategy to win managerial and executive positions is a wise skill to polish.

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Adjust your expectations of virtual presenting

Speak Schmeak

One of the things that presenters love so much about being in front of a live audience is the instant gratification of your audience's responses. We're in direct contact with the emotional impact of our words and delivery. The audience smiles, they laugh, their body language changes and shifts.

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Understanding Gen Z: Characteristics, Habits, and Differences from Millennials Explained

SlideModel

Generation Z, Zoomers, iGen, Homeland Generation, Gen Tech — many names are floating around the interwebs to describe the “commonly uncommon” generation of 8 to 23-year olds. So who is Gen Z really? Let’s figure it out together! What is Generation Z?

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5 Ways Public Speaking Can Be Instrumental in Your Career Growth

SketchBubble

What do you want to become – a sales manager, a talent acquisition expert, a computer analyst, or a doctor? Whatever your career aspirations are, good public speaking skills make you stand out in the extremely competitive job market and give you an edge over other job seekers.

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The Best Speaker Website Contest 2020: And the Winner Is…

Speaker Launcher

This year’s Best Speaker Website contest brought us some fantastic examples of speaker websites. The process of narrowing down all the fabulous submissions was tough! And now all of your final votes are in… and it was the closest contest we’ve ever had!

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Problem Solving with Digital Signage

Presentation Guru

Everywhere you look, digital signage screens are popping up. Banks, restaurants, waiting rooms, government facilities, and factory floors are all using this new technology to keep their employees and customers informed.

New Logo for Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking has a new logo. For a website devoted to public speaking and presentation skills, there were many designs I could have chosen. A microphone or lectern or speech bubble were some of the obvious ones.

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Equipment for Speakers

PowerPoint Tips

I’m writing this during the Coronavirus pandemic and I just heard that webcams are on backorder. That’s because so many more people are presenting and attending meetings from home.

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

“What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. – Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877. Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.

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National Speakers Association, Northern California, January Chapter Meeting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Less is More! How Working Mothers Can Reduce the Stress of Online Meetings

DeFinis Communications

Leading a virtual presentation from the quiet of your kitchen table is challenging enough.

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