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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.

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. People Use people they know in your jokes and stories.

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? Podcast Speech Writing

Same material, different group

Speak Schmeak

However, having good base content that you can tweak and customize is a great idea. There's no need to reinvent the wheel each time we go out.

Tech Communication Tips

Matt Eventoff

Having worked with technical professionals ranging from top IT executives to Ivy League scientists to internationally ranked engineers, I fancy myself a cocktail party technologist – I understand enough about a wide spectrum of technical disciplines to discuss them for a minute or two, but can barely hook up Wi-Fi in my own house.

Winfrey/Armstrong Interview: Material for mutual comebacks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  According to the AP source, Lance Armstrong did "come clean" in his interview with Oprah Winfrey on OWN.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Accusations of plagiarism and proof that those "borrowings" have taken place are nothing new. Writing is a skill civilization acquired late.

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. It can last about 2 years.

Keynote Speaking: It’s not Brain Surgery!

Speaker Launcher

I just hung up from a coaching call with one of my clients who happens to be a surgeon. It got me wondering, how hard is speaking, really? ” .

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. .

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.

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. His fee is $35 per hour.

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.' I discovered that no one memorizes long talks.

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. Audience v. Presenter. Audience v. Audience. Audience v.

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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Public Speaking: Creating Material Out Of Adversity

Great Public Speaking

It's 5:30 AM Eastern time. While I'm sitting here I had one reminder and one revelation. Why I broke this rule, I really don't know. Who cares?

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.    Also her new film "W.E."

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!&#.

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. 

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.

Translating Your Materials


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

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized presentation skills public speaking public speaking trainng

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. 

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.    She remarked, "They are used to it, there." 

Speechwriting secrets for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This posting is a summary of Pete’s material. Award-winning speechwriter Pete Weissman revealed how he helps […].

Storytelling and presenting explained

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It shows why presenting your ideas organized as a […]. Speechwriting Storytelling Barbara Minto Robert McKee

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Essential tools for visual communications

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This posting is a summary of David’s material. David Sibbet is President and founder of The […].

Do you really need to give a presentation?

Speak Schmeak

Is there a persuasive element to the presentation where a live speaker is necessary to convince and convey the importance of the material to the group?

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12 Public Speaking Lessons from “Comedian”

Manner of Speaking

Seinfeld is trying out new material in a small club … and he forgets his lines! Lesson: Refine your material; know your material.

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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.

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.

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. Impolite Questions, What Are They?

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. Content

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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. Start by using more original material.

Lost in Translation – Ten Tips for Working with Interpreters

Manner of Speaking

A good interpreter will want to be prepared and familiar with the material. Bring two sets of materials for the interpreters. I disagree.

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Improve Your Public Speaking – 4 Tips for Using Evidence

Pivotal Public Speaking

public speaking speech writing evidence supporting materialsMany tools can be implemented for success in delivering your speech, whether you are giving a speech to a public audience, talking with members of a company board meeting, or simply offering a sales presentation.

How much should I charge per word?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

After all, the words were going on all McDonald’s advertisement and a lot of other promotional material. By the same token, expect to charge less if you are editing a book of straight prose than if you are editing a corporate document, especially if it is a complex shareholder document or marketing material. ” I asked.

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Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations


A presentation plays an important role in both business and education, considering how it can boost our retention. PowerPoint Tips

Publishing Tips for the Multimedia Age

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Greg will present Publishing Tips for the Multimedia Age, a look at how you can turn the material you produce for your agency into […]. On Wednesday, November 16, the National Association of Government Communicators hosts Greg Leatherman, managing editor of ECO magazine and former communicator for NASA, the U.S.