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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!

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.

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.

2015 76

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.   Here is the Forbes coverage.

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."

2014 89

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. Tardy.

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

The Eloquent Woman

Some speakers get out from behind the lectern, but give their regular talk, loaded with slides and no storytelling. Now that's a public speaking goal!

2017 27

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

The Eloquent Woman

In effect, her three points suggest the possibilities nonprofits can reach for when they emulate a successful company working in the same region.

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.

2016 24

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

The Eloquent Woman

Though the session was billed as “TED talks” I was the only one who really followed the TED-talk approach and I think it made a big difference.

2015 30

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.

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. Is it simple ? Is it unexpected ?

2011 52

Giving back, doing what I love

Speak Schmeak

The light bulb went on -- coaching, training, speaking, teaching! -- and the rest is history. It''s only my favorite thing to do.

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.

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. Did you feel confused, lost or frustrated? What's your objective?

2012 45

Is your presentation like shampoo?

Speak Schmeak

During my long career in nonprofits, I frequently gave the same presentations over and over. Here's my response to their complaint. Maybe.

2011 58

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

The Eloquent Woman

You can shape and hone messages and speakers to create a cadre of messengers for your nonprofit, agency, company or product, as Browne points out.

2015 30

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. What do you do? Be prepared.

2012 39

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. My advice? workshops

2015 37

'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. Department of Energy, the U.S.

2014 26

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

The Eloquent Woman

The Eloquent Woman Index --and its source, our Famous Speech Friday series--has grown considerably. We'll resume the series next Friday.

5 tips from speakers on getting past practice to great delivery

The Eloquent Woman

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I always recommend practice, and lots of it. Can you avoid sounding like a robot?

2015 30

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.

2016 37

The Eloquent Woman Index reaches 150 famous speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

That would be ambitious enough. But within that framework, I set myself some additional goals: An international mix of women speakers. Please join me!

2014 29

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

The Eloquent Woman

Now I'm bringing my small-group workshop on creating a TED-quality talk to London for the UK Speechwriters Guild and European Speechwriter Network.

2017 13

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

The Eloquent Woman

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

2014 18

Why (and how) you should publish your speeches

The Eloquent Woman

If you give a speech, but don't take steps to publish or preserve it afterward, did you make a sound? Transcribe: No text? Please?

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. Through baby steps.

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.

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

The Eloquent Woman

You''ve done what many speakers only dream of, giving a talk at TED, TEDGlobal, or TEDMED, or at a locally mounted TEDx conference. Send it on!

Gig 29

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! Madelyn Mackie is a Professional Development and Career Advancement expert. All those big dreams have come true.

Famous Speech Friday: Laverne Cox on transgender activism

The Eloquent Woman

All that made her a popular choice for the opening keynote at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference, "Creating Change." to me.

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

The Eloquent Woman

Many in America and around the world have expressed their dismay about the recent results of the U.S. I admit, I've laughed at my share. And it should.

2016 16

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. An event planner I know emailed me this week to ask about a speaker's upcoming event. License those one-of-a-kind options.

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 get that.

Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Did you feel confused, lost or frustrated? What's your objective?

Famous Speech Friday: Reps. Jackie Speier and Gwen Moore

The Eloquent Woman

Speier then pointed out that abortion and other services offered by the nonprofit were legal under current U.S. That's what Rep. Congress.

A conversation with Bob Lehrman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Bob has written for political figures, celebrities, heads of nonprofits, and corporate CEOs. Robert A. Robert A. and Barack Obama.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 How did you shift your mindset to nonprofit?  I especially want to motivate small businesses to participate with nonprofits.