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Great Souvenir (and Excuse) from a Presidential Speech

Manner of Speaking

Eleven-year-old Tyler Sullivan from Minnesota skipped school last week to go with his father to see President Obama deliver a speech at a local plant. History of Public Speaking Humour Barack Obama Minnesota public speaking Tyler SullivanHere’s a great story. After the speech, Tyler met Obama.

Drudge Report Links New York, New Jersey, Minnesota Attacks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The influential, conservative Drudge Report is linking the attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota. Our response should be fear, right.

Avoid making the big mistakes - what the Minnesota Vikings can teach us about public speaking

Dahle Communication

 Growing up in eastern South Dakota means one thing when it comes to professional sports - we usually follow the Minnesota teams.

U of Minnesota Law School - Template for Academic Crisis Communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Elizabeth Olson reports in The New York Times , the University of Minnesota has taken a multi-dimensional approach for crisis communications.

Custom graphic contest winners!

PowerPoint Tips

In my earlier post, “ Anatomy of a custom graphic ,” I described a technique for blending images using transparency. Contests

Public Speaking - Stand Up and Be Counted

Great Public Speaking

You've heard of stand-up comics, right? For the first group, the presenter sat down and talked across a table. Can you guess the results?

Coaching a cadre of scientists to give TED-quality talks

The Eloquent Woman

But there's one other wrinkle that sometimes trips up the process of turning scientists into public speakers: The coach.

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Public Speaking - Stand Up and Be Counted

Great Public Speaking

You've heard of stand-up comics, right? For the first group, the presenter sat down and talked across a table. Can you guess the results?

Public Speaking - Stand Up and Be Counted

Great Public Speaking

Another study at the University of Minnesota found that a stand-up presentation using visual aids will cause your customers to be willing to pay 26 percent more money for your exact same product or service. You've heard of stand-up comics, right? For the first group, the presenter sat down and talked across a table. Can you guess the results?

Speaking Season - 22 of 107

Speak and Deliver

Our job as speakers is first to focus them, second to keep them engaged, third - get them to act. My tactics were simple: A. Well, you cant win em all!

BTW, World Didn't End on Election Day

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some assume that on election day the world ended. They didn't know that Ilhan Omar prevented that. This is an upbeat story from the heartland.

Famous Speech Friday: Sarah Palin at the 2008 Republican National Convention

The Eloquent Woman

Palin waited for many long minutes at the podium in Minnesota before the fired-up crowd would let her speak. On August 29 2008, U.S.

Edward Adams - Allegedly, Yet Another Lawyer Shoots Himself in the Foot

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He also operated his own law firm. In addition, he launched the investment vehicle Apolo Diamond Inc. Yes, Adams had been a very busy guy.

Francesco Parisi - U of MN Law Professor Finds Himself in Legal Mess

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The possibility takes on even a more horrific possible scenario since he is a law professor at the University of Minnesota.

Francesco Parisi - Was It a Rush to Judgment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Imagine that you hold the coveted job of law professor at the University of Minnesota. The one filing the charges is a former girlfriend.

IABC Silver Quill Awards: Pacific Region

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The Pacific Plains Region includes communicators from: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Call for Entries: [link

Drudge Report - Shift to ISIS

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The explosions in New York and New Jersey, plus the stabbing in Minnesota, have unhinged any sense of state, national, and personal safety in this nation. No slouch when it comes to clickbait, conservative Drudge Report has shifted to ISIS. That's a 180-degree detour from Sick-Hillary and Declining-Hillary-Polls.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It didn't happen in Minnesota or New York. The food and beverage industries are facing strengthening headwinds.

Natl Assn of Govt Communicators

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Paul, Minnesota, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront. Mark your calendars: The National Association of Government Communicators will hold its 2011 “Communications School&# on May 9-12 in St. NAGC always produces an excellent program (and always at a moderate price). To learn more, visit www.nagconline.org.

Patrick Joseph Graves: Making a statement through suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At Goodrich in Minnesota, Patrick Joseph Graves, 51 years old, had received a poor performance report, was terminated, and then went to his car and in the full view of co-workers committed suicide.    An hour later, reports CBS MINNESOTA , he was pronounced dead.    Suicide is a statement filled with ambiguity. 

Why Language Matters

Dahle Communication

Minnesota Public Radio had a great program today on linguistics. There are many times in my life that I wish I was an English Major. For example, once I started blogging on a consistent basis, having an English background would have been nice. Additionally, giving speeches and helping critique speeches are a central component of English.

The Black Life We Care About: Elie Mystal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Other media outfits, as usual, are probably having him on-air commenting on Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas, and what could be next.

Resolve to Speak.& Deliver in 2011

Speak and Deliver

Over in my Champion of Choice blog today, I mentioned I wasn't going to share a list of goals for the year. Paul's Club in London, England.

June 29 - July 4

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Mayo (Mayo Clinic … Rochester, Minnesota). In my Basic speechwriting seminar, I show the participants how to tie a speech into historical events from “this week in history.&# Perhaps one of this week’s events will provide a hook for your next speech: 1861 Birthday of Dr. William J. 1918 Birthday of Ann Landers.

Contest Results — State of the Humor

Humor Power

Minnesota is funny because it is the home of Minnehaha Falls. Here are the top lines for the February Joke Contest — State of the Funny. Some of our subscribers said that this contest was more difficult than most. New contests are announced on the first of the month. The next contest starts on March 1, 2015. Humor In Speaking

Contest Results: Official Book/Movie/Song

Humor Power

Minnesota: A Tale of Two Cities. It’s time for the results of the Official State Book/Movie/Song contest. The top lines are listed below. New joke contests are announced on the first of the month. Our subscribers submitted the Official Books, Movies, and Songs for the different states. Not REAL ones. OFFICIAL STATE BOOK.

Joke Contest Results — State Slogans

Humor Power

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Likes. Our State Slogans theme was inspired by long-time subscriber and funny guy Sol Morrison, Santa Barbara, California. New Joke contests are annonced on the first of each month. Look for the next contest on October 1, 2014. Here are the top lines selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players).

This Week in History: Birthdays

Joan Detz Speaker Services

1865 Birthday of Charles Mayo (co-founder of the Mayo Clinic) … in Rochester, Minnesota. 1816 Birthday of Paul Reuter (father of the modern news service) … in Cassell, Germany. 1822 Birthday of Gregor Mendel (monk who pioneered the science of genetics) … in Silesia. The other, unfortunately, is talent

Public Speaking: Tips For Small Boardroom Presentations

Great Public Speaking

Arrive slightly early to conduct up-to-the-minute research. Make friends with the receptionists and/or secretaries. Stand-up during your presentation.

Toastmasters Friday: Getting Back on Track

Speak and Deliver

2010 saw me jump the tracks a bit, when it comes to Toastmasters. I wouldn't even count the office towards a TM award, at this point.

Speaking Season - 1 of 107

Speak and Deliver

I suggested they sign up now and avoid going with students from Minnesota, in an attempt to show some humor and state pride. Oops.

BOSTON, Other Monthlies Need More Than Just The Best 10 Ice Creams

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

BOSTON announced that it has laid off six people, including the editor James Burnett and named Andrew Putz, from MINNESOTA MONTHLY, as new editor.  BOSTON Magazine may well be in Stage Four of what management expert Jim Collins points do as the next-to-last phase before an organization tanks.  Grasping for a leader-as-savior.

End the Silence. Overcome Your Fear.

Green Room Speakers

Johnson, a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. Monday, February 14, 2011 End the Silence. Overcome Your Fear.

Flexibility - Lessons From The Road #2

Speak and Deliver

This vehicle will get me across Nebraska and up to the northern region of Minnesota between today and Sept. But.what if I couldnt?

Move Your Body

The Arrowood Curve

I remember an observational game we played in an undergrad acting class back when I was at the University of Minnesota. Do I have a silly walk

Getting Past The Gatekeeper

The Arrowood Curve

Hello, my name is Steve Arrowood and I'm a temp worker in New Brighton, Minnesota. Let's take a look at how we can talk with a secretary, assistant, or "gate keeper" on the phone so we can get to the person we want to reach. A little context. I am not interested in lying about why I am calling. Rapport Be Polite. Use Friendly Tones.

I've Been Out.Speaking and Delivering

Speak and Deliver

Ill be going into my choices lately over on my Champion of Choice blog , but let me sum up whats been happening the 3 1/2 weeks: 1. 5 (Tues).

If you're a professional speaker, who is your customer?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

James Oberstar (Minnesota congressman, transportation policy expert; oberstar.house.gov)?? I often blog that the way to a successful speech is via the audience -- in other words, start with understanding your audience, and make the speech about its issues.    The irony of the mis-match was not lost on any of us.  

MOVIES AREN'T NOVELS by Michael Hauge

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

The reason most Hollywood movies are easy to describe in a single sentence is because the plots are defined by the hero’s specific desire: “Fargo is about a pregnant policewoman from a small town in Minnesota who wants to catch a group of killers.” MOVIES AREN'T NOVELS. Michael Hauge is one of my teachers who has become a friend.