The Perfect Retreat

DeFinis Communications

This is another installment in my Wednesday for Women blog series, where I feature information to help women gain greater influence, power, and confidence in their professional and personal life. If you’re a man reading this, please enjoy it and then forward these weekly Wednesday blogs to the powerful women in your life. They’ll thank you for it! I’m a big proponent of vacations.

Aspiring Women

DeFinis Communications

No one ever said work was easy, but for women, the workplace can be an increasingly difficult place. First, the old cliché of the “glass ceiling” is still alive and well in many industries. Second, the fact is that women still earn less than men—77 cents to every man’s dollar, to be exact. Yes, women have to overcome a lot to be successful. Therefore, having the advanced skills to break through that ceiling and help shrink the pay gap is critical.

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Toastmasters’ Most Buzzworthy Speeches of 2015

Manner of Speaking

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters … Continue reading → Toastmasters Beck Caitlyn Jenner David Letterman J.K. Simmons Mohammed Qahtani public speaking Tim Cook Viola Davis

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Alum award: nonprofit speechwriting

Joan Detz Speaker Services

My congratulations to Cynthia Starks, who won an Honorable Mention (nonprofit category) in the Cicero Speechwriting Awards program. Cindy wrote the speech for the President of the United Nation’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to give in Hanoi last autumn. Title: “Giving Hope A Voice

Contently.org - New Nonprofit Takes on Mission of Investigative Journalism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The mission of the foundation is investigative journalism and it's structured as a nonprofit. Will traditional media outlets like The New York Times be around in five years?

Your stats are paralyzing your audience

Speak Schmeak

I''m working with a nonprofit project right now where 20 nonprofit leaders are getting training and coaching to develop three-minute "fast pitches." When you''re using statistics in a presentation, it''s really easy to get caught up in the numbers.

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What Every Leader Should Know About Nonprofit Practices

More than PowerPoint...

"Google the word 'nonprofit' and you'll get over 40 million results," explained Krista Rye, Marketing Coordinator for the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Grand Valley State University. For most nonprofit leaders, being overwhelmed with information is not helpful. Enter the online Nonprofit Good Practice Guide. You can find carefully researched and pointedly relevant nonprofit resources organized by topic area.

Putting things in threes: 2 great video examples from women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

Melinda Gates, speaking at TEDxChange on What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola , shares three unexpected lessons she observed while doing her foundation's charitable work in sub-Saharan Africa. We've talked before about why crafting your message in an outline of three points works so well.

Group & 1:1 speaker training for TED talks and more: 4 case studies

The Eloquent Woman

Take a look at these examples, just some of the group training projects I've conducted for corporate, nonprofit, and government clients. If you have a group of executives and want them to do a better job as speakers, there are lots of ways to reach that goal.as

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Be the only presenter who stands out with a truly TED-quality talk

The Eloquent Woman

As they march out with their new skills, many of these executives--from Fortune 100 companies, private philanthropies, major nonprofits, health systems, and more--are finding out firsthand that there are lots of misunderstandings and misinterpretations of this popular public-speaking style.

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"I was the only one who really followed the TED-talk approach"

The Eloquent Woman

As they march out with their new skills, many of these executives--from Fortune 100 companies, private philanthropies, major nonprofits, health systems, and more--are finding out firsthand that there are lots of misunderstandings and misinterpretations of this popular public-speaking style.

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Four tips for a better networking event

Speak Schmeak

There were tables set up around the perimeter for service providers, nonprofits and other groups to promote their businesses. Here's a quick tip for making your networking event a success: Get rid of the tables.

Do the same old clichés motivate your audience?

Speak Schmeak

I was using this coffee appeal 20 years ago when I worked in nonprofits writing fundraising letters. How does your audience respond to the same old clichés? Are you finding fresh ways to make your points and persuade them to act, or are you relying on decades-old (or older) concepts?

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Giving back, doing what I love

Speak Schmeak

I completed WEV''s Self-Employment Training (SET) in 2004, for a jewelry business I had started after being laid off three times in four years from nonprofits that kept running out of money for my positions.

Don't Sacrifice the Eyes

Green Room Speakers

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Dont Sacrifice the Eyes Yesterday I led a presentation skills training for a group of nonprofit fundraisers. Posted by Sarah Gershman at 9:35 PM Labels: eye contact , face to face , fundraising , nonprofit communication 4comments: Anonymoussaid.

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

For example, if I'm talking to entrepreneurs rather than nonprofit employees, I will change slides that refer to building relationships with "donors and volunteers" to "customers and vendors." The first slide, below, is from a presentation to a nonprofit organization: The second slide, below, is from a presentation to an event planning association: I'm talking about the same thing in each presentation: using an effective quote or statistic to engage your audience.

Is your presentation like shampoo?

Speak Schmeak

During my long career in nonprofits, I frequently gave the same presentations over and over. Click the ad twice to see it full size In group coaching last week, there was some dissent about having to do the same 3-minute presentation more than once.

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Coaching a cadre of conference speakers to give TED-quality talks

The Eloquent Woman

If you want to invest in your executives--be they nonprofiteers, government leaders, or company managers--public speaking and presentation coaching and help preparing for a high-stakes event are investments your executives will truly appreciate. "Amazing."

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It's hard to describe.

Speak Schmeak

I used to run a nonprofit, a jewelry business and my public speaking coaching business all at the same time. Have you ever gotten stuck while describing something and just couldn't quite put it into words?

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What's missing from your TED-like talk, and what should be

The Eloquent Woman

Nor do the best nonprofit talks make a plea for funding. "I''m giving a TED talk." There''s a lot of that going around. I hear hundreds say it casually, many more than there''s room for at any of the official TED conferences.

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'Be The Eloquent Woman' at my October speaking workshop in Amsterdam

The Eloquent Woman

congressional staff; and from nonprofits, universities, medical practices and research labs.

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The Eloquent Woman Index: My treasure trove of 70+ women's speeches

The Eloquent Woman

We look for speeches from corporate executives, government leaders, nonprofit executives, university professors, scientists, engineers, attorneys and more--but also from individuals who might never have given a speech before.

5 tips from speakers on getting past practice to great delivery

The Eloquent Woman

Make sure your practice mimics reality: Lisa Lamkins, a nonprofit healthcare executive who spoke at the Align health quality summit , relied on her practice. If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I always recommend practice, and lots of it.

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Coaching a cadre of scientists to give TED-quality talks

The Eloquent Woman

We used an approach that has worked for many of my clients, nonprofit or corporate, mixing group and 1:1 coaching.

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The Eloquent Woman Index reaches 150 famous speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

Here''s a milestone of which I''m proud: We''ve now published 150 famous speeches by women in our Famous Speech Friday series, all of which make up The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women.

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Registration open for 'Be The Eloquent Woman' workshop in Amsterdam

The Eloquent Woman

Department of the Interior, and many more businesses, universities and nonprofits.

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Why (and how) you should publish your speeches

The Eloquent Woman

Make it normal to do this: If every organization with a women's committee, every professional group, every conference organizer and every company or nonprofit made publishing speeches and presentations routine, we could make this process the new normal.

London workshop: Creating a TED-quality talk, April 3

The Eloquent Woman

I've been coaching speakers at the TEDMED conference and speakers on TEDx stages around the world for six years.and have trained many more corporate and nonprofit executives to learn how to give presentations in this distinctive way.

12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 launches January 2!

Speak Schmeak

Whether you speak for your job, your business or your favorite nonprofit organization, building confidence is a must. Wouldn't you love to radiate confidence as a speaker?

Don't forget the emotional appeal

Speak Schmeak

Dear Lisa: Spring returns to Nonprofit Organization! I would like to thank you for your past support of Nonprofit Organization. Nonprofit Organization has not been exempt from our harsh economic climate.

9 things to do with the video of your TED, TEDMED or TEDx talk

The Eloquent Woman

Use it to raise funds: Whether you''re an entrepreneur looking for investors or a nonprofit executive looking to find donors, your video can be an effective calling card with people who can support your initiatives, projects and products.

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Interview: Madelyn Mackie – Career coach

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Having successfully navigated careers in biochemistry research, Tony Award winning theaters and major nonprofit agencies, she brings experience, motivation and step-by-step action plans that will Activate Your Career Dreams! Having successfully navigated careers in biochemistry research, Tony Award winning theaters and major nonprofit agencies, she brings experience, motivation and step-by-step action plans that will Activate Your Career Dreams!

Famous Speech Friday: Laverne Cox on transgender activism

The Eloquent Woman

Cox''s speech was interrupted by cheers and applause some 30 times, in part because she made the speech not about her, but about local nonprofits with a focus on helping transgendered people in the U.S.

From the vault: Easy ways to avoid copyright problems with your slides & handouts

The Eloquent Woman

Seek out free and shareable content: Creative Commons is a nonprofit that helps creators license their content, with options ranging from all rights reserved (that is, you'd have to ask permission) to free and shareable. (Editor's note: This 2010 post has been updated and is still essential today--a trainee just asked me a similar set of questions last week!) An event planner I know emailed me this week to ask about a speaker's upcoming event.

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

For example, if I'm talking to entrepreneurs rather than nonprofit employees, I will change slides that refer to building relationships with "donors and volunteers" to "customers and vendors." Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways.

Famous Speech Friday: Reps. Jackie Speier and Gwen Moore

The Eloquent Woman

She used her brief allotted time to speak about her own abortion, during a heated debate over an amendment to take funding away from Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit, for its women's health and sex education services.

My FLOTUS #publicspeaking wish list for Melania Trump (or any new leader)

The Eloquent Woman

If you're a senior manager or CEO, leading a board of directors, running a nonprofit, or starting some other official role, you need the same level of prep, anticipation, and help for your speaking.

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Big fish or little fish. what's right for you?

Speak Schmeak

I especially love working with nonprofits, because that's the sector where I spent 16 years and even co-founded my own organization. I know that the work people do in the nonprofit sector comes straight from a place of wanting to improve their communities, straight from the heart.

The Vantage Group's 30th Anniversary - Live interview with Greg Chester

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 How did you shift your mindset to nonprofit? CG: I am frustrated to be living through an era when it is tougher and tougher for funding for nonprofits.  This is at a time when regulations for nonprofits such as serving those with disabilities become more in number.

My Challenge to Coach Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks

Matt Eventoff

What I ask for in return is simple: If LeGarrette shows the improvement I know he can, and makes it to the NFL, he will donate half of his contract to a major Oregon Nonprofit dealing with violence and bullying. Pt.I - The Message. The college football season started earlier this week. By now, most of the country has witnessed the highlight from the first televised game, an Oregon loss.