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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The Main Attraction – How to be a Great Panel Speaker


The post The Main Attraction – How to be a Great Panel Speaker appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Have you recently been asked to take part in a panel discussion? Being part of a panel is a great way to share your expertise and position yourself as a leader in your industry.

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Google Searches Up for "Dow Jones" - Can Freak Main Street into Frugality, Increasing Odds of Recession

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both those who own equities and those who don't are doing a lot of Google searches for "Dow Jones." " That's what Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, has observed, reports Marketwatch. That can be a dangerous development for the economy.

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How to write a speech outline

Manner of Speaking

What are the main points? For each of your main points, list the things that you will use to support that point. Preparation help how to write a speech outline main points in a speech public speaking speech outline speech structureWhat is a speech outline?

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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.

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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.

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The Julie Hamp Affair - PRWeek EIC Steve Barrett Fingers Diversity in Japanese Business As Main Victim

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No one knows what former Toyota public relations leader Julie Hamp was thinking when she mailed 57 oxycodone pills to herself in Japan. Given the stress of that relocation from the U.S. to the very different culture of Japan, she might not even have been thinking. At least not clearly.

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The 7 main points I’m going to cover | What NOT to Say | Presentation Skills

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized presentation skills public speaking presentation training what not to say

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The main reason you haven’t closed the sale today

SpeakerSue Says...

Two people said yes, and the rest of us each mumbled something, mainly “oh, not yet!” The main reason sales don’t close is because we don’t ask for the next step, give a compelling reason to take it, and make it super easy for them to do so. Attending my local Arizona chapter of Meeting Professionals International is always a treat. My friend and tech guru, Jim Spellos , was presenting and I was in Arizona so there was every reason to attend.

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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." 

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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. 

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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.] 

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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?

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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.

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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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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%.

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.

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Connect with Your Virtual Audience – Use Compelling Touch Points

DeFinis Communications

Touch points are the supporting evidence that develop and prove your main point, and each main point of your presentation should have one or more touch points. Again, make sure each main point (not just one or two) has one or more touch points.

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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.

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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!)

Working with Co-Presenters: How to Organize a Team Presentation

DeFinis Communications

Develop the meat in the middle: The middle section or “body” of your topic includes a series of 3-5 main points developed with various forms of enriching support evidence, followed by a benefit or value point. Think of each sub-section or main point like a play within a play.

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 3

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

It's not just that you might be asked again, it may turn out to be some vital piece of information that needs to be included in the main body of your presentation, not left for possible inclusion in the Q&A afterwards. Main PageTalks April - May 2010 New Forest/Waterside U3A In April 2010 I spoke for third time at the New Forest/Waterside U3A in the St Andrew's Centre in Dibden Purlieu, Hampshire. There were around 60 there for my talk about Groucho Marx.

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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.

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'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.

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.

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Blog Catch-Up Part 4

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Main PageMy speaking tips in the national press Last year, my speaking tips appeared in one national newspaper in the UK and on the website of another. In the first case, I was one of a number of people responding to a reader's request for help and in the second I was asked to join an illustrious panel for an online discussion! Daily Mail 'Answers to Correspondents' The Daily Mail has a long-established feature where readers can write in asking others for answers to various queries.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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).

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Try the Turkey Tail Technique in your next Zoom Meeting

More than PowerPoint...

And yet, you need to cover your main talking points. How can you look at the camera and still keep focused on your main talking points? ” In the Turkey Tail, you put each agenda item or main talking point on one post it note.

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New evidence that bullet-points don’t work

Speaking about Presenting

There are two main types: Intrinsic cognitive load – how inherently difficult something is. At last, we have some scientifically rigorous evidence to show that slides full of bullet-points don’t work. The research is the work of Chris Atherton , a cognitive psychologist.

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

Speaker Launcher

While this contest is a lot of fun, there are two main reasons that we run it: To point out […]. 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!

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3 ways to use images

PowerPoint Tips

As the main focus of the slide, with smaller text that supplements the image: The purpose is to have a strong impact. As the main focus of the slide. Here’s the same slide designed with this principle… Here, the image is the main focus of the slide.

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Become a “Consumer” of Virtual Presenting

DeFinis Communications

Interestingly, not all classically trained speakers who exude energy and charisma on the main stage are great virtual presenters. If you want to become great at something, you have to immerse yourself in the topic and study it thoroughly.

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The Focused Hustle 5 | June 2020

Speaker Launcher

While we are waiting for main […]. JUNE 2020 MUST LISTEN PODCASTS Here are this month’s must-listen podcasts: We’re All in This Together with Mike Robbins What’s Next When Your Speaking Calendar is Wiped Clean?

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The Final Word on the Final Thought: End Your Virtual Meeting Successfully

DeFinis Communications

Think of it like this: If you were giving a keynote speech on the main stage, you’d likely wear formal business attire. Over the past several months, many people have asked me if the formalities of standard speech preparation apply to the more casual virtual presentations taking place today.

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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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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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Data Visualization – The Perfect Combination of Analytics and Art

Presentation Guru

The company and a current Tableau user, who was the main case study, gave impressive presentations and it certainly whetted our appetite to find out more. Presentation Guru was recently invited to a demonstration by Tableau on how to Make Your Data Make an Impact.

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