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Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

He begins with a strong hook, states his purpose, and then lays out the agenda of his three to five main points. He spends days, not mere hours, in preparation for one of his large main stage product announcements.

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8 Points for Presentation Structure

The Presenter's Blog

The Main Message. Presentation Structure argument conclusion framework introduction main message presentation presentation skills presenting public speaking questions structurePreparation is everything. While we focus on our content, and sometimes fuss about our slides, it’s essential we never forget about the framework holding everything together. How will we introduce and conclude? How should we segment the content into logical bite-sized pieces?

War On Food, Beverages Continues To Accelerate - Maine Wants Ban Of Candy, Soda With Food Stamps

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The latest potential problem is the attempt by Maine to ban using food stamps for purchasing candy and soda. The food and beverage industries are facing strengthening headwinds. Likely this won't happen. It didn't happen in Minnesota or New York.

Maine Tourist Account Upset: Dilenschneider Group trumps in RFP process

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 So public relations publications have been focusing on the win of the Maine tourist account by The Dilenschneider Group (DGI).  In addition to domestic locations, DGI will have to make the case why we should visit Maine instead of China. Account upsets make big news.

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"Downton Abbey" - It's Official, Next Season Is Its Last, But Will Main Characters Find Joy?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" The question Lockett poses is if any of the main characters will wind up happy? In New York Magazine, Dee Lockett confirms that the next season will be the last for "Downton Abbey." Let's look at the probability: Robert.

Food Trucks: Jane Genova wins marketing contest sponsored by MSN Business on Main

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He also has served as a judge in the contest sponsored by MSN Business on Main for ideas on marketing food trucks.  The grilled cheese sandwiches James DiSabatino serves from his Food Truck Roxy in Boston are more than "food out the window." 

He didn't deliver: Biz, Main St. on the President

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It's less than a year into his term and yet business and Main Street are writing him off on not delivering economically what they assumed he had promised.  It's called magical thinking: The belief, despite the facts and trend lines, that what we want to happen will happen.    It probably will be exactly that which does in Barack Obama. 

'Seasoning' your presentation

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageA further form of 'timing' for speakers Regular readers will know that I am always suggesting ways to make at least part of your presentation or speech seem unique - even if it is one that you frequently deliver. This could be through such additions as topical humour or content relating to your connections with or previous visits to that venue or general vicinity. Another way is to bring in something about the time of year.

All the local news that's fit to print: "Brown dog crossed Main Street @ 10:14 A.M"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

NEWSDAY has joined the media outlets which are investing heavily in hyperlocal.    It's added about 13 reporters to the Long Island desk.    Actually, though, that's small doings compared to AOL. Last year, Ken Auletta tells us in his January 24, 2011 THE NEW YORKER article "You've Got News," AOL Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong hired 900 journalists [Article abstract here.] 

One of last year's best short speeches - and it came from Masterchef!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageSaying it in a different way In recent years I have become a big fan of Masterchef, whether in its amateur, Celebrity or Professional versions. Unlike so many TV talent contests, the judges do not make snide comments; their criticism is always constructive (rather like the teacher of a public speaking class should!)

How to Feed Your PowerPoint Addiction

Green Room Speakers

In this weeks "Killer Apps" on, Farhad Manjoo shows us a few: [link] I was disappointed to see that the main app featured enables further dependency on PowerPoint.

Structuring a topical comedy monologue within a speech

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageHow to construct a logically-sequenced and effective short topical comedy routine for public speaking In my previous post I wrote about adding topical jokes to a speech or presentation. If you have a number of these then they can either be inserted at various points in your script if they can be introduced naturally or, if appropriate, you may wish instead to link several of them together into a 'what's-been-happening?' routine.

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 1

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageSpeaking engagements December 2009 - March 2010 Sharp-eyed readers may just have noticed something missing from this blog of late: namely accounts of 16 months' worth of speaking engagements! Bloggers often fall behind on their postings.

Impact of Visual Aids in Presentations


Before you start making a presentation you need to ask yourself what your main goal is, and what message you want to convey. There are three main characteristics of a successful presentation: Speaking skills – in order to have a successful […].

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138 Top Tweets from the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Over 200 professional speechwriters met for two days and attended a series of main stage keynotes and break out sessions. The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 14 – 16, 2012 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Unlike other Ragan Conferences I’ve attended, where I had to select a small number of “top [.]. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference Twitter

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From Information to Imagination: Delivering a Good Story

Kate's Voice

Nike and many other global companies are already mainly storytellers. “The highest-paid person in the first half of the next century will be the ‘storyteller.’ The value of products will depend on the story they tell. That is where the money is — even today.” Rolf Jensen, futurist and author of The Dream Society I [.]. intention Storytelling vocal delivery Expression public speaking tips

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 5

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageCoaching for a Mayor-Making In April 2010 I found myself coaching speakers in quite a variety of settings: a family dining room where I worked with a father and son who were speaking at a wedding, then a university lecture theatre where I coached a lecturer delivering an academic paper to colleagues and finally the impressive council chamber at a town hall where I trained a Mayor-elect in preparation for their speech at the ceremony where they would be installed.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 2

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageTilsworth & Stanbridge Women's Institute Group, Bedfordshire, March 2009 One of last year's most far-flung - and enjoyable - speaking engagements was for a WI Group meeting held at the Village Hall in Billington near Leighton Buzzard.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 8

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageKidlington and District Probus President's Night, Oxford There are some bookings I really look forward to, for example, when it's a favourite type of event in an area where I know from previous experience that the audiences are very responsive and when I find myself being booked by an organiser who knows exactly what their own expectations are - and what the speaker's requirements will be - for the event.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 7

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageHamble Valley Stick Club, Hampshire Sometimes I find myself speaking at a club with its own fascinating traditions. This was certainly the case when I was booked for the Hamble Valley Stick Club in Hampshire last October. This is a 41 Club. These are for ex-Round Tablers who had to retire from the organisation when they were 45 (it used to be 41, hence the name).

How to present when there’s no time to prepare

PowerPoint Tips

Start with 3 main points that you’ll cover. Then, when you have to address a group, you can quickly list 3 main points as soon as you know you have to present/preside — or even as people are coming into the room.

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 6

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageTalks from June - September 2010 Boscombe and Southbourne Probus In June last year I spoke for the fifth time to Boscombe and Southbourne Probus, my previous visit having been in November 2007. The club is still well-attended and I was pleased to see Mr Tony Harrington MBE again as I had another collection for the charity he founded, the Kabanana Care (Zambia) Trust.

200 Top Tweets from #NSA12

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Over 1,000 professional speakers met for the four days and attended a series of main stage keynotes, break [.]. The annual National Speakers Association Convention was held July 14 – 17, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis. I was not able to attend this year’s event, but took the opportunity to follow along on Twitter. Public Speaking Social Media Conference National Speakers Association

Listen: Can you hear me now?

Kate's Voice

After all, our main problem was bad communication. I discovered active listening while going through a divorce. For a moment, I had the illusion that active listening could save my marriage. Well, it didn’t save the marriage.

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Using Pauses the Right Way for Epic Presentations


And while those points are valid, they’re not the main reason pauses are important. You’ve probably heard others speak about the fact that pauses add drama to your presentation and make you look confident and secure.

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Social Networking Cautions

The Communication Blog

According to Main Street, 81% of the top divorce lawyers (from a survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers) used or faced evidence gathered from social networking pages. 7.06.2010 Social Networking Cautions Heres another reason for being cautious about what you write on your social networking pages. Facebook leads the way with 66% saying this was the primary source; MySpace was at 15% and Twitter at 5%.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 18, 2013: Pew Poll: With education cuts Philly is eating its own young. "Gov. Corbett's main focus is to ensure that students in the district have access to the best education possible," said Timothy Eller, a spokesman for the state Education Department.

Speaking Of...

Corbett''s main focus is to ensure that students in the district have access to the best education possible," said Timothy Eller, a spokesman for the state Education Department.

206 Top Tweets from #nsa10

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Over 1,500 professional speakers met for the four days and attended a series of main stage keynotes, break out sessions and informal workshops Attendees generated over 4,300 tweets under the hashtag #nsa10. The annual National Speakers Association Convention was held July 17 -20, 2010 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden

PowerPoint Tips

Currently, the main tool he uses at work is Articulate Storyline. This is a review of a blog post by Craig Hadden , who blogs about presenting at Remote Possibilities. Craig is an instructional designer living in Sydney, Australia.

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In Praise of Proverbs

DeFinis Communications

I spent this weekend at the Inn on the Harbor in the charming seacoast village of Stonington, Maine, where I have stayed many times before. Tags: Content Development Speech Preparation Inn on the Harbor Maine proverbs Stonington zany Every summer, the innkeeper revises the guest book and adds what she calls a “zany” page that returning guests like me look forward to reading. This year was one of the best for “zany” reading.

Verbal communication is the MOST important candidate skill

PowerPoint Tips

That’s because the professor is interested mainly in the content. I want to shout this from the rooftops! The National Association of Colleges and Employers does a survey of employers each year, asking the most important skills they want from new candidates.

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Basic Speech Geometry

Manner of Speaking

Many people think of a speech as something that is linear: introduction; development of the main points; and conclusion. You could open with the beginning of a personal story and then transition away from it (before its conclusion) into the main body of your speech.

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The flipped presentation

PowerPoint Tips

Here are the steps: For each slide, cut the main content (Ctrl + X) , click in the Notes pane, and paste (Ctrl + V). Use the slides for the main principles and conclusions.

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Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Presentation Zen

The storytelling series will cover six main parts that take you from the formation of your rough idea to actually creating storyboards.

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Working with multi-speaker presentations

PowerPoint Tips

On the slide master, I put 2 very thin bands of color at the bottom using the 2 main logo colors. I just finished work for a client on a multi-presenter presentation. It was a presentation that will be given to nurses at a nursing school and I thought I’d share my experiences with you.

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Integrating Live Power BI Dashboards into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

The main benefits of using Power BI for your presentation dashboards is: Power BI is connected to live data. The main dashboard looks like the following image. Introduction.

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Create a looping ending for your PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint Tips

If you already have saved your main presentation, be sure to save this presentation in the same folder! Now go back to your main presentation and insert a shape on the last slide. Save your main presentation. A reader asked me how to create a looping ending.

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PowerPoint Surgery: Tips to create presentation slides that make your message stick, not suck -- Guest post by Lee Jackson

Speak Schmeak

Once you have got to the the core of your talk, i.e. what''s the main message (what do I want them to take away?) There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world and it''s estimated that there are a million presentations happening right now. But most of them are dull or even bad.

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Speeches from Film: The Pursuit of Happyness

Manner of Speaking

It is very moving and Smith is terrific in the main role. One of my favourite movies from recent years is The Pursuit of Happyness , starring Will Smith.

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Slide design rules–what are yours?

PowerPoint Tips

Even chart labels should be readable and main text should be even larger. Slide design can be very subjective but there are some rules that are objective. These rules ensure that your slide is easy to understand and remember.