2019

Pauses in a speech: Why, when and how

Manner of Speaking

A STORY FROM SPAIN Pauses aren’t easy. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona. One of my … Continue reading → The post Pauses in a speech: Why, when and how appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Delivery pauses Presentation public speaking

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Two PowerPoint accessibility features plus one “off label” use

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People with visual disabilities may use a screen reader to read the screen to them. PowerPoint has features that work with screen readers and you can help to ensure that this experience is useful for people with visual disabilities. Accessibility is the concept of making any software more usable by people with disabilities. Many companies and governmental organizations require that you make documents, including PowerPoint presentations, accessible.

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Brakes are connected and working. Shifters are installed and the new bar tape has been installed as well. The front derailleur and the cable guides are installed. As you can see, I went with white for the cable housing, in keeping with the original look. I hope to give it a test ride within a week. I just have the chain, pedals, and hook-up of the rear derailleur to do. Bike Builds Fuji S10-S

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Interview: Resolving Public Speaking Anxiety with Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W. has pioneered treatment for performance and social anxiety since 1978. A certified psychotherapist, he has worked with thousands of individuals of all ages in individual, group, and family psychotherapy. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Sally Jessy Raphael”, “Joan Rivers”, “CNN Medical News” and many other TV and radio shows. […] Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W.

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Don't wait for someone else to speak up

Speak Schmeak

Once upon a time, I was getting on the freeway at an onramp near my home, and for the nth time, was nearly sideswiped by a car entering in the lane next to me. This onramp has two left turn lanes to enter the freeway, but once you begin the turn, the lane markings disappear. If someone doesn't realize there are two lanes, it's very easy for them to drift from the left into the right lane. Accident waiting to happen.

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The Power of the Pause

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A story from Spain. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona. One of my students was a fellow named Manuel.… … Build Real Impact Performance Confidence Create Powerful Messaging featured Making it Memorable Presentation Delivery Voice

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Are You Prepared to Over Deliver?

Speaker Launcher

I used to caution my clients to not give until it hurts. And I stand by the idea of not creating a win-lose situation (for you) in negotiations. But once you reach a win-win, I believe your job is to then over deliver. Let me explain. A Sudden Realization This past year, I’ve been studying wealth. My primary guru is Brooke Castillo who earns about 15 million per year. With my old philosophy of being very careful and guarded […]. The post Are You Prepared to Over Deliver?

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The Executive’s Guide to Digital Transformation

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Digital transformation is a popular industry buzzword, but a difficult concept to master as it covers so much ground. As a leader, it is your responsibility to understand exactly how emerging technologies are changing the standard business processes, modern workplace and managerial best practices. More importantly, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your organization remains competitive, and uses digital transformation as a means to grow and innovate.

The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Here's a more positive view for communication majors. link] [link

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What do ‘ill’ freelancers do?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

As many followers of this blog know, I have been a freelance writer and writing teacher/trainer for 25+ years. Some of you may know that I also have MS (Multiple Sclerosis). I was able to work while dealing it for over a decade, but for the last four years it has slowed me down considerably. Can’t go out to teach or train (although I conduct some webinars and teach some online courses) and I can’t attend client meetings.

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10 tips for dealing wth dry mouth when you speak

Manner of Speaking

If you give a lot of speeches or presentations, there is a good chance that you have experienced dry mouth (also known as cotton mouth) — that parched, sticky sensation that makes your mouth and throat feel like cracked soil … Continue reading → Delivery Nerves dry mouth public speaking Xerostomia

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How to speak like a leader

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Do you think of yourself as a leader? Do you want to sound like a leader when you speak? What does that even mean? A leader tries to guide and motivate others to take action and implement change. Of course, there are many ways of doing that, but it’s important to note that leadership doesn’t involve forcing people to act in a certain way. For that reason, as a leader you need to: Inspire and motivate people. Guide them to work together.

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Bottom Bracket Is In

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Well, after a mishap of ordering the wrong bottom bracket, I finally got it installed. When I measured the width of the space for the bottom bracket and converted it from imperial to metric, I got 70mm. What wasn’t clear to me was that 70mm = Italian and that my measurement was off by 2 mm. Lo and behold, the first one just wouldn’t fit. Ain’t bottom bracket standards grand ?

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IBM Project Debater – will AI eliminate speechwriters?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I caught a rebroadcast of an Intelligence Squared debate on NPR last night. Intelligence Squared is a weekly forum for balanced and intelligent debate. Their goal is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. Hurray for them, although I can’t help thinking they’re p **g into the prevailing wind these days.) […]. Speechwriting Technology AI Artificial Intelligence Debating

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I dare you to be expressive

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One of my clients has been working her way through the upper levels of her organization with a culture-changing idea for her company. She flies jumbo jets, and her idea would impact all pilots in her airline, and ideally, pilots across all of aviation. After her first presentation, to which she had invited some of her peers for support, she felt really good about her performance.

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How to Save Your Presentation When Your Mind Goes Blank

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Have you ever been in the middle of a great presentation and all of a sudden your mind went completely blank about the next part of your presentation? Have a little sympathy with this guy then: As you stand there and try to remember what you were going to say next, you can feel the silence growing and the awkwardness build in the room.… … Performance Anxiety featured Nerves Presentation Delivery

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Making Better Connections on Social Media with Phil Gerbyshak

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of the Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we are talking about making significant connections on social media. Today we are joined by social media guru, Phil Gerbyshak. Phil has written 5 books and over 3000 articles. He began his career in the Navy, delivering email – by hand – for the National Security Agency. […]. The post Making Better Connections on Social Media with Phil Gerbyshak appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

6 Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence through Embodying Gravitas

Speaking Freely

Training in acting can enhance your leadership presence through learning to embody gravitas! Acting teaches you how to become something new. To “become” means to be comfortable with new qualities, behaviors and skills. I taught acting for many years to adults who were mostly professionals. Many of them came to acting classes because they thought […].

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The State of Remote Work: Key Trends for 2019-2020

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The face of the modern workplace is changing. It’s a matter of several things – companies are going global, or at least employing workers in places all over the globe. Millennials and Gen Z’ers, who now comprise the majority of the workforce, view ‘flexible working’ as a necessary perk and most lean towards freelance and remote work (at least part-time).

The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Here is a sobering report on the five college majors students most regret. Unfortunately, communication is one of them with 27% of students regretting their selecting communication as a major--with the most common complaint that it was too general. link] [link]. communication as a major communication students studying communication

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6 Powerful Speaking Lessons from Greta Thunberg’s UN Speech

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Her back story is a doozy. She’s a 16-year old from Sweden who is dedicating her life—or at the very least her childhood—to raising global awareness for climate change. She’s blunt, she’s angry, and she’s getting airtime and awards worldwide. To arrive at the summit, she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a sailboat powered [.] continue reading. The post 6 Powerful Speaking Lessons from Greta Thunberg’s UN Speech appeared first on Duarte.

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Association of Speakers Clubs Conference in Edinburgh

Manner of Speaking

As regular readers of this blog know, I co-created a public speaking board game with my good friend and fellow speaker, Florian Mueck: Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. It is available as both a traditional tabletop board game and an app. … Continue reading → The post Association of Speakers Clubs Conference in Edinburgh appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game Association of Speakers Clubs Edinburgh John Zimmer public speaking

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Layer images and shapes for stunning slides

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A simple way to create stunning slides is to layer an image, a shape, and text placeholders. Here are 2 examples: Here are the steps to create these slides: 1. Enter your text. Use the Title and Content layout. You can right-click any blank area and choose Layout>Title and Content. You’ll see the empty layout. Then enter the text. This technique works best when you don’t have a whole slide full of text — which you shouldn’t have, anyway. Insert a picture.

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Big Round Rolly Things

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

A couple weeks ago, I took the Fuji (I need to come up with a name) to Vélo Classique in Purcellville, VA. Felt most comfortable taking it there because they specialize in vintage bikes. The reason for the visit was that the distance between the forks was 96mm. I don’t have the tools or the expertise and he has both. Luckily, he was able to fit me in and get the fork spaced and aligned properly. Even got a spacer for the head set (see my previous post ).

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Hay Festival : 15 Speeches That Changed the World

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The second Festival Foundation Gala event at the 2019 Hay Festival celebrated the power of persuasion and words. From calls to arms to demands for peace, this performance captured the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman. The selection of speeches was inspired by Simon Sebag Montefiore’s “new book” [sic] – […].

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Being vs. becoming

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Twice in conversations with a client, she's told me, "I'm not a writer." And yet, she is a writer, because she writes ! Perhaps I'm oversimplifying a bit, because I suppose there's a difference between someone who writes all the time and enjoys it (whether or not they receive income from it), and a person who writes sometimes and finds it a struggle.

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7 Ways a Voice Coach Will Make You a Better Public Speaker

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Vocal coaches do not just coach those who sing. Just as people who want to improve their singing voice will seek out voice coaches to help them learn how to match pitch, sing out, and increase their range, vocal lessons can also be utilized for those who wish to improve their speaking voice, work on their stage presence, or learn how to speak more clearly and effectively in front of an audience.… … Performance featured Voice

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How to Turn Your Website Bio Into a Selling Tool

Speaker Launcher

How do we write a killer website bio that makes our clients pick up the phone or email us to ask us if their date is free on our calendars? Do you think someone who charges $1,000 per biography might know something about it? Last year I had copywriter Caroline Mays on my podcast to talk about writing a killer website bio. Her wisdom was so, ahem, a-Mays-ing, I wanted to share some of the […]. The post How to Turn Your Website Bio Into a Selling Tool appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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The #1 Public Speaking Rule that has to Change

Speaking Freely

It is time we update one public speaking rule to align with the collective wish for more authenticity in communicating. Public Speaking coaches everywhere advise their clients, “Don’t ever tell them you are nervous. They won’t know.” This old-style public speaking rule causes us to sacrifice being real for looking perfect. Public speaking will always […]. The post The #1 Public Speaking Rule that has to Change appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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Now the World Wonders: Had Paul Fox Not Been Adam Lanza's Psychiatrist, Could Sandy Hook Have Been Prevented?

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Now there can be wild speculation: Could there have been no Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, had Adam Lanza received the right kind of psychiatric care? The New York Post reports that Lanza's psychiatrist back then - Paul Fox - has taken a plea. It is for one count of second degree sexual assault. He violated the Connecticut state statute prohibiting sex with a patient.    Fox is 66. The patient was 18 years old.

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The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

Another interesting article on workplace communication. link]. communicating at meetings communication in the workplace Interpersonal Communication workplace communication

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19 Powerful Presentation Stats to Transform Talks in 2019

Duarte Blog

Here is a list of some of the most important presentation stats we could find: what is working, what is trending, and what people struggle with when it comes to giving successful talks. Some of these numbers come from brand new research, and others are tried and true classics. But one thing is certain: all [.] continue reading. The post 19 Powerful Presentation Stats to Transform Talks in 2019 appeared first on Duarte.

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4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat

Manner of Speaking

Today, 15 May 2019, is a big day in our family. Our cat Pico is now 20 years old. A significant milestone. According to generally agreed conversion rates, if Pico were human, she would be 96. Most cats don’t make it … Continue reading → The post 4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Personal cat cats curiosity focus persistence Pico public speaking sleep tabby

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Transcribe or translate your live talk in PowerPoint with a Star Trek twist

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If you have Office 365 (the subscription version that is always updated), there’s a new feature coming out that is truly extraordinary! If you’re in the Office Insider program , you may have it already. Otherwise, you’ll get it when it’s rolled out to everyone with Office 365. As you talk, PowerPoint will display what you are saying on your slides — or translate it into any of more than 60 languages. Right now, it understands 6 spoken languages: Chinese (PRC).

Well I’ll Be A Monkey’s Father’s Brother

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

In my previous post , I shared the tip from GCN to remove rust from a bicycle. I was a bit skeptical. Before. After. Even gave the chrome some vinegary love. Cleaned up the bits of rust the best I could and put some clear coat on them. I then decided to clean up the seat post. Took some work getting it out. When I did, I learned that there’s a bit of a difference between seat posts of yore and those from this age.

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A Working Life IV: Sun Microsystems, 1990 – 2004

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

After attending a recent Sun Microsystems Alumni Reunion I’ve been inspired to continue the series on My Working Life that I last updated in May 2018 with Part III: My Early Career. As mentioned at the end of the last installment, I attended an interview in Milpitas for a position in tech support with Sun. […]. The post A Working Life IV: Sun Microsystems, 1990 – 2004 appeared first on Professionally Speaking.

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Moving on to 2nd Round of the 250-word Microfiction Challenge!

Speak Schmeak

Like many people, I'm very happy in my comfort zone. I mean, it's comfy, right? That's why we stay there. At the same time, I know that if I don't force myself out of my comfort zone, I won't grow as a person or as a professional. And communication challenges are particularly interesting to me, as a way to expand the skills I use and teach as a public speaking coach.

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