2019

An important lesson from Bohemian Rhapsody

Manner of Speaking

I finally got around to watching the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I was not disappointed. Queen is one of my all-time favourite bands and the driving force behind Queen was the inimitable Freddie Mercury.

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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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Two PowerPoint accessibility features plus one “off label” use

PowerPoint Tips

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.

2019 176

Getting Close

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

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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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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Will 2020 Be Your Best Speaking Year Ever?

Speaker Launcher

It’s a part of my DNA to always be striving for improvement. I just can’t help it! How about you? Are you always thinking about the next steps and how to improve? Are you wondering if 2020 will be your best speaking year ever?

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How to Speak Up in a Meeting Even When You’re an Introvert

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There are many things that can have an impact on a person’s career trajectory, not the least of which is how they handle themselves when speaking “off the cuff.” A team member’s participation in meetings shows their ability to think, listen, and share their ideas in a clear and concise manner.

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New Rules for Authentic Public Speaking

Speaking Freely

It’s time we made new rules for public speaking, specifically new rules for authentic public speaking. Today I’m rewriting the old rules for public speaking. You know, those old rules that don’t really help speakers be authentic or even be comfortable. Rules like don’t put your hands in your pockets, don’t tell them you are […]. The post New Rules for Authentic Public Speaking appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

2019 116

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.

3 Types of Decisions Made from Data

Duarte Blog

Data drives decision-making across every industry. Should we hire another salesperson? You check the data. Should we change global freight carriers? You check the data. Should we acquire another software company? You sure as h*ll better check the data.

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6 posts for your public speaking in 2020

Manner of Speaking

As the clock winds down on 2019 and we enter a new year and a new decade, I wanted to share six posts from the past to inspire your speaking in 2020.

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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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How to speak like a leader

PowerPoint Tips

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.

2019 172

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 ?

2019 122

Do you need massive action or fine-tuning?

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients just emailed out his speaking schedule, inviting colleagues to attend. I was mistakenly added to the group—wrong Lisa! Here's what I saw: 29 speaking engagements. over 3 months. across five midwestern states (they drive to the majority of their engagements).

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Systems for Getting to 7 Figures with Josh Linkner

Speaker Launcher

Climbing the ladder of the speaking world takes time, dedication and hard work. I have been looking forward to this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show since it was booked and today, I’m thrilled to welcome Josh Linkner.

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How Public Speaking Can Help Build Your Brand and Social Media Audience

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What separates a business from a brand? Some might argue that it boils down to yearly earnings, number of locations or quarterly ad spend. But is that really why Starbucks is a brand and your local coffee shop is a business? I don’t think it is. Brands are brands because they somehow transcend their category […]. The post How Public Speaking Can Help Build Your Brand and Social Media Audience appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

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How to Save Your Presentation When Your Mind Goes Blank

Presentation Guru

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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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 Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

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

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Becoming a Master of Giving Thanks

Duarte Blog

“Thank you” was probably etched into your brain early in life, alongside its trusty compatriot—the “magic word”—“please.” ” In English, “thank you” comes from the word “think” and it originally meant something along the lines of “I will think about what you did for me.”

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What questions do you have for me?

Manner of Speaking

Questions from the audience. They are an important part of any presentation because they give members of the audience a chance to let the speaker know what is on their mind.

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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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Layer images and shapes for stunning slides

PowerPoint Tips

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 ).

2019 116

I dare you to be expressive

Speak Schmeak

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.

2019 158

Creating Your Long Term Profitable Speaking Business with Mark Sanborn

Speaker Launcher

How clear are you in regards to creating a great speaking business? Do you have a clear and well thought out design? Do you take time each day to ensure you’re maintaining your plan to build the career of your dreams?

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How Your Speaking Style Can Enhance Your Personal Brand

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In today’s ever-changing and increasingly-competitive business landscape, it’s no longer enough to define your company’s brand, you’ve got to also develop your own personal brand. Beyond staying ahead of the pack, there are other reasons you should work on your personal brand: Establish Your Credibility Your personal brand is your own unique value proposition. What […]. The post How Your Speaking Style Can Enhance Your Personal Brand appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.

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How to Deliver Robust yet Inspiring Presentations

Presentation Guru

Presentations. We have all been there and with varying degrees of success too. While a successful presentation is a proud moment, too often these are few and far between – with most receiving a lukewarm reception and almost immediately forgotten.

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

PowerPoint Tips

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.

2019 116

Being vs. becoming

Speak Schmeak

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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