Subway Rat Fight over Bagel - Great Material for New Reality Show Titled "2 Rats, 1 Bagel"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The behavior of rats provides fun and sometimes useful insight into how we humans go after what we want or need. The latest installment is this: The push and pull of 2 rats at the 59th street subway station in Manhattan. At stake is breakfast. The best player will get the whole bagel.

150 Resources to help you write better, faster, and more persuasively

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Business Communication Speechwriting reference material writers Here’s an incredibly comprehensive listing of 150 resources for writers compiled by Claire Morgan and published on the Open Education Database website. It includes everything writers need, from proper citation and grammar guides to organizational tools, legal help, news digests, media resources, and much more.

Publib Speaking - Selecting Humor Material

Great Public Speaking

Selection of Material I'm sure you take great care in selecting the educational material you present to your audience. Appropriate Targets You must constantly remember to base your humorous material on an important target shared with your intended audience. The same care should be taken when selecting the humorous comments you plan on including. You must decide who and what to joke about while avoiding being offensive and/or inappropriate.

Podcast: Speech Preparation and Research Material

Communication Steroids

During the creation phase of your speech, you’ll want to access a variety of material. During the creation phase of your speech, you'll want to access a variety of material. Where should you look to find those items and tidbits to back up your speech information? Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon and Roger Pike take a look at what you’ll want to consider in putting a speech or presentation together.

Same material, different group

Speak Schmeak

I got a question in my workshop yesterday from a student who has been invited to speak at two different banquets for two different groups of people, and he wondered if he could use the same material for both.

Creatives - If You're In Our Lives, Of Course, You're Material

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Any creative worth his or her salt absorbs every bit of life and retrofits it into material. That might be for a book, article, film, television script, painting, ad, design for a smartphone, or research experiment. That's just the way it goes. 

Keynote Speaking: It’s not Brain Surgery!

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Most Recent Post best keynote speech humor in a keynote speech Jane Atkinson speaker training speaker training material The Wealthy Speaker book The Wealthy Speaker eBook training and development resources for speakers

Ashton Kutcher - Did A+ Use Others' Material, Without Attribution?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Any Silent Generation or Baby Boomer (former) professor like myself will tell you this: Naive, insecure students have been attempting to take short cuts on producing expository material since the beginning of the university system.

Matthew Muller - Artists Will Always Have New Material for Depicting Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From ancient Greek times to the present, artists have struggled to sort out why human beings put tragedy in play. They seem to have it all. Then their actions bring it all down. For some reason, those tragic figures dominate the legal profession.

Corporate White Papers - Should Marketing Material Pass "Peer Review"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 No corporation can "afford" that kind of time gap on what it intends as marketing materials. Are corporations, like academic institutions, responsible for introducing new knowledge and then share it?

Need material for holiday speeches?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Several speechwriters have told me they’re tasked with writing motivational speeches for holiday events, and they don’t know where to find fresh material. Consider this resource: QUOTATIONS FOR ALL OCCASIONS, compiled by Catherine Frank. . You’ll find sections for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year … as well as an excellent section of quotes about Winter.

More Monkey Material

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Posts that fit in our ‘Monkeys’ category are like buses - none for months, then a bunch (I’ll ignore the temptation of a banana gag there) come along at once. Here’s a corporate monkey presentation of no educational value at all, though it shows how a drawing can be more interesting than PowerPoint. And Ross Noble discusses why your audience might be watching your lips move, but not hearing a word you say because they’re thinking about a tiny monkey on a bicycle.

Learn Public Speaking Material Easily Using Bits

Great Public Speaking

A bit is a section of public speaking material that is so related that it makes it easy for you to memorize. Each point flows naturally from one to the next so you can deliver the information without notes (if you know your material). This person really knows the material.' You will be more likely to practice your material (and we all need practice) if you can practice a three or five-minute chunk rather than the whole presentation.

4 Types of Audience Tension or A Review from an Evening with Ed Tate

Speak and Deliver

Materials. Keep your materials short, simple, and supportive to your speech. No matter how much we may want to give credit where credit is due, eventually material just becomes part of what we deliver.

On-Demand-Economy Workers with New Niche - Yes, you need separate marketing materials (keep brands separate)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Employers, temp agencies, and clients hiring on-demand-economy workers want to deal with a simple narrative. It might take the form of: Joe Smith has advanced expertise in content marketing, including all formats and all mediums. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

Public Speaking: Creating Material Out Of Adversity

Great Public Speaking

Note to speakers from Tom : Do you see how you can come up with bizarre/memorable/funny material for your speeches just by forcing your mind to look for the bright side of any situation. It's 5:30 AM Eastern time.

Lessons in Simplicity from Apple’s Former Ad Agency Creative Director

Manner of Speaking

Recently I have been catching up on some reading material that sits in a stack on a side desk. The stack grows and shrinks, but I suspect that the stack will always be there.) One of the articles that caught … Continue reading → Design Preparation Apple audience Ken Segall Presentation public speaking simplicity Steve Jobs

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SuperBowl Halftime: Material Girl performs 12 minutes for free

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's plenty of incentive for a celebrity to perform for free during halftime on the SuperBowl.    For Madonna this year, it's the platform for her comeback.    That won't be easy since the space she created so many years ago is now inhabited by Lady Gaga.

Need speech materials translated into Spanish?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Adrianne has translated a wide range of business materials: from technical, legal, energy-related documents … to creative writing (articles, poetry). Adrianne Guzman, who has attended several of my speechwriting seminars, is a skilled Spanish instructor and translator. As Adrianne puts it, “I adore the language/culture!&#. If you would like to take Spanish lessons (in person, or online), email . Need help translating a speech into Spanish?

Boom Niche Business in ghostwriting academic material

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those who operate those ghostwriting factories for academic material recruit the help on Craigslist.  Even if higher education migrates totally online, as it's predicted to do by 2020 , students will still need to produce the case analysis, term paper, thesis, book report, reflective essay, and dissertation.    That's already become a boom niche business for ghostwriters.    You decide the ethical piece.

Public Speaking: Writing Copy for Your Marketing Materials

Great Public Speaking

Public speakers who learn to write good copy for their public speaking marketing materials can increase the traffic to their websites. What elements should you include? What techniques are effective? How can questions increase your sales?

Translating Your Materials


How To Speak from Other People’s Material | Public Speaking Training

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Milked Material: When does it start smelling sour?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Then, like many successful people, she seemingly started to rest her creativity a bit and milk old material.    Even before the mantra of the era became "move on," Ephron's defaulting to overworked material would have been suspect.  Incidentally, the supposed fresh material about her alcoholic mother is a little late in the genre.  Nora Ephron became a brandname in writing and then in film by fresh takes. 

India's Blackout: Great material for U.S. speechwriters/ghostwriters in energy, green

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What a lucky break for us speechwriters/ghostwriters in energy or any aspect of green.    We now have the dire example of the two blackouts in India to leverage. 

Speechwriting secrets for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This posting is a summary of Pete’s material. This is the first of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

12 Public Speaking Lessons from “Comedian”

Manner of Speaking

The documentary follows Jerry over a period of several months as he works to develop material in small comedy clubs in New York City with the objective of getting his act to a level where he can take it to a big stage. Lesson: Refine your material; know your material.

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Guest Posting: How to be a Presentation Hero, by Adam Noar

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This material is […]. Adam Noar is the founder of Presentation Panda. He’s an expert marketer, entrepreneur, and presentation design expert. After building a successful website in the sportswear industry, he’s refocused on what he loves most: Building and designing exciting presentations for clients. Presentation Panda uses a simple, clear, and vibrant approach to presentation design. Business Communication PowerPoint

Storytelling and presenting explained

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Following my recent post about graphic recording videos I’ve been amazed at the variety of entertaining and instructional material that’s out there in this format.

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Essential tools for visual communications

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This posting is a summary of David’s material. This is the second of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Do you really need to give a presentation?

Speak Schmeak

Especially when a presentation is delivered by webinar to people spread around in distant offices and there''s no live gathering of people in the same room: Could the same goals be achieved by delivering material another way?

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Material created by your own sense of humour, not lifeless techniques on paper. Know how to Revive Old Material - it’s not always time to ditch old material as you may just need to find a way to revive the materiual instead. Incorporate New Humorous Material - don’t go out with new material straight away.

32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Material created by your own sense of humour, not lifeless techniques on paper. Know how to Revive Old Material - it’s not always time to ditch old material as you may just need to find a way to revive the materiual instead. Incorporate New Humorous Material - don’t go out with new material straight away.

Professional Speaking Tips: Autographed Books

Great Public Speaking

This video teaches you about marketing your speaker materials [link] Over 350 public and professional speaking videos.


The Communication Blog

7.21.2009 Communication Heres an interesting site for material on communication that we dont often see in our textbooks. Other than that, Im trying to use this blog to provide materials that may be useful to the instructor teaching a communication course and to the student taking such a course. Especially interesting are the lists of the ten best and worst speakers of different years. This, and much more on this site, will make for interesting class discussions.

Lost in Translation – Ten Tips for Working with Interpreters

Manner of Speaking

Here, I am thinking of things such as a glossary of technical terms you will use, copies of materials that you will reference, copies of slides that you will show, etc. A good interpreter will want to be prepared and familiar with the material.

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Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations


When we read something, we retain approximately 20% of the material, however, when videos, images, and audio feed are involved, the amount of retained information rises up to 60% and even higher.

Does your audience want to fast-forward you?

Speaking about Presenting

But so often, they drag out the trivial low-value material and then run out of time before they really hit the important stuff. I cringe when I attend a seminar and they spend ages at the beginning, telling me how useful this material is going to be.

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The Most Actionable Presentation Delivery Tips


Here are some tips to make sure that your material is presented as well as it’s written. A speaker can have the most prepared, well thought out talk. But, if the presentation of the talk, falls flat, the message won’t get across.

Losing Credibility in the Instant Information Age

Speak and Deliver

First point of business for any of us on Social Media, of course, needs to be vetting our material. Sourcing our non-original material and quotes has always been ethical and important, but in today's lightning fast information age, its essential. Start by using more original material.

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