When you speak, break the pattern

Manner of Speaking

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How to… Break the Pattern

Presentation Guru

In this one we’re going to talk about pattern-breaking and what you can do to get the audience’s attention by doing the unexpected. Welcome to the latest in my occasional series of ‘How to….’ ’ articles. Remember, as a presenter, your success depends on your ability to grab, and then keep, your audience’s attention.… … Performance Create Powerful Messaging featured Making it Memorable Presentation Openings

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5 Patterns of Popular TED Talks

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Ever wondered why some TED talk recordings on YouTube gather a respectable few hundred thousand views while other go viral and attract many millions? Is there a difference in content, facts and figures or information shared that is more compelling and pertinent to a wider audience? Does one speaker have more name recognition than another? […]. Public Speaking body language

2015 203

Digital - Shifting Traffic Patterns

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are those of us bloggers who repurpose our posts on LinkedIn Update. There is where the action, that is the heavy traffic, is happening right now.    Of course, we still need our blogging platform to post the original content. But, if we want a shot at lots of page views, we will create a catchy headline, line up a photo, and put the link on LinkedIn Update. There, our blog URL is converted to a LinkedIn one. On Twitter, our blog URL isn't converted.

Do your emails create pattern interrupt to prospect successfully?

SpeakerSue Says...

The great news is we know what matters to buyers today and it starts with pattern interrupt. Current research makes it possible to create an email framework that works again and again to create pattern interrupt. Use these tactics in your next prospecting email to create pattern interrupt, distinction and desire. Ramping up your prospecting is key to packing your pipeline. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. You have to do more prospecting now.

Break The Pattern of Dullness: 10 Questions To Ask Yourself

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Tags: Technique Top 10 dullness patterns Presentations Q&A

Millennials Can't Shake Memory of Hard Times - That's Blowing Up Traditional Purchasing Patterns

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Millennials are much like Lee Chandler in  Manchester By the Sea.    They experienced a catastrophe and just can't shake the memory of it.    For Millennials, reports BusinessInsider , that was the sustained economic downturn. Those psychological scars won't heal. The consequences have been dire for a growing number of industries. For example, frugal Millennials are not slaves to brands. They will go for private label.

Fame: Is the need for it getting re-wired into our brain patterns?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Neuroplasticity" is the term researchers use to describe how human beings can re-wire the patterns of their brains.    Most commonly this is accomplished through mindfulness training.    MRIs show, for example, how monks' gray matter changes. But our brains can also be changed through the collective push of contemporary culture which salutes fame. In some circles it has become a dominant value. 

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Comments on "Racial Segregation Patterns in Selective Universities"

Speaking Of...

Peter Arcidiacono of Duke University has been publishing a steady stream of papers examining the role of race in college admissions, with a particular focus on the effects of affirmative action. I''ve discussed his work on this blog before , and given the substantial attention that generated, I''m sharing thoughts on another relatively new piece.

2013 40

Harnessing the power of self talk to improve your presentation skills

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

He then went on to share a little about his future aspirations as a speaker and I noticed that he used a particularly simple but powerful language pattern in his self talk. What are your favourite positive linguistic patterns and how do you harness the power of your self talk? Confidence Limiting Beliefs Presentation Skills Public Speaking language patterns presuppositions yetLearn how adding one word to your self talk can help you become a better presenter.

2011 57

From Dating to Mating

The Communication Blog

7.11.2009 From Dating to Mating Heres a great article on patterns of pursuit with some really excellent advice on moving from dating to mating. Categories: dating , mating , patterns of pursuit 3comments: Kealah Parkinson said. Thanks for these resources, Joe! As you well know, once you've "mated," communication doesn't end; it increases. Here's some expert insight: [link] 2:22 PM maestra said.

2009 100

Garbage Language

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Molly Young writes in New York Magazine about the ways the Millenial generation of white-collar workers replicate the communication patterns of the organization man and woman. Obfuscation is alive and well in the corporate world. Silicon Valley She reviews Anna Weiners’ memoir Uncanny Valley about life in San Francisco during the current tech bubble: …the […]. Business Communication Culture Shock!

2020 107

How to, like, stop using “like” kind of all the time

Kate's Voice

People use speech patterns of popular culture because they are, like, popular. Part of the fun of life is to copy what we hear said in films and TV because it is a way to share common experience. Common experience is a great way to engage others. However, as my mom used to say, “Everything […]. Presence Vocal Image cadence filler words perception Taylor Mali upspeak

2017 152

Communication Congruence – How to Organize Your Ideas to.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

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2008 40

How to Use Data Analytics in Your Presentation

Presentation Guru

This includes correcting detrimental patterns and further improving the ones that have proven to be positive and effective.… Simply put, data analytics is the close examination of all observable data in order to draw valuable conclusions with which an organisation may improve itself. … Data Visualisation Understand your Audience Charts and Graphs Corporate Speaking Data visualisation Explaining Complex Subjects featured Presenting Data Scientific presentations

2018 60

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Are you afraid to commit or do you just sound like it?

Kate's Voice

Upspeak is a speech pattern wherein […]. One of my clients, a c-level executive, sounds like he is asking questions all the time. At least, that’s what his team tells me. What I hear is a vocal image (how people perceive of you by the sound of your voice) of indecision created by lot of upspeak. Vocal Image cadence perception personal brand public speaking tips Taylor Mali up-speak upspeak

2015 130

Proving you can do it

The Presenter's Blog

We think in words and that’s why the special speech-patterns used in rhetoric can be so powerful. One of my favourites is a pattern called “Argumentum a Fortiori”. by Peter Watts. Thought is language, and language is thought. They help you, and your audience to think in whole new ways. It means argument from strength. It’s a form of logical proof.

2013 125

The king's real speech

Speak Schmeak

Oscar-nominated Colin Firth did a masterful job reproducing both the speech impediments and the speech patterns of the king. The BBC archives have posted this recording of King George VI's 1939 speech that was recreated in the movie "The King's Speech." Can't embed, though, so go here to listen. If you haven't yet seen the movie, here's my blog post about it. Don't miss it! Speakers Academy Awards

2011 141

Are you a speaker or an impressionist?

Speak Schmeak

However, when you decide to model yourself so specifically after a particular speaker, to the point of mimicking speech patterns and cadences, then you're going off track. It's because the actors have identified and are copying those distinctive speech patterns that make the person recognizable. So play with your speech patterns. Once you start mimicking the patterns of other speakers, you lose your individuality, and you sound like a copycat!

2011 159

Two PowerPoint accessibility features plus one “off label” use

PowerPoint Tips

If it has no meaning — a curlicue border or patterned background — you should mark it as decorative. People with visual disabilities may use a screen reader to read the screen to them. PowerPoint has features that work with screen readers and you can help to ensure that this experience is useful for people with visual disabilities. Accessibility is the concept of making any software more usable by people with disabilities.

2019 176

PowerPoint Tip: Adding crosshatching fills to graphs in PowerPoint 2007/10

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

When I was presenting a course for accountants in July, a number of the participants mentioned that starting in PowerPoint 2007, they had lost the ability to fill graph segments with crosshatch patterns. First, let’s start with what crosshatch patterns are and why you may need to use them. A crosshatch pattern is a series of lines on a white background that is used to fill a shape or, in the case of a graph, a column or pie wedge.

2011 49

Lights, Camera, Action! Presentation Skills for Virtual Delivery

DeFinis Communications

Avoid clothing with patterns. On the surface, acting in a blockbuster movie and delivering a virtual presentation may appear to having nothing in common, aside from the fact that they both use a “screen” as their modus operandi. But a closer look reveals striking similarities between the two. Think about it: They both share common goals, namely to entertain, to educate, to build awareness, to influence, and to persuade. They both are about performance.

2020 100

Playing with audience perceptions of size

The Presenter's Blog

Rhetoric works by using word patterns. Whether you intended to do it or not, if you trip one of those patterns during a sale or a presentation, then a sizing spell kicks in and you shrink your positives or enlarge your negatives. by Peter Watts. Size is relative to the words you use. Those words will make your subject appear either dramatically bigger, or pathetically smaller.

2013 183

TransCanada chief uses rhetoric to lay the blame on rhetoric

The Presenter's Blog

Item: Use of the sound-pattern ‘FunPhrase’ It’s no coincidence that we’ve got those double ‘M’s, repeated ‘S’s and finally that lovely triple-play on ‘rhetoric…won…reason’. A well structured sound-bite is guaranteed to win you headlines. TransCanada president and chief executive, Russ Girling, knows this.

Disney Can't Mickey Mouse With America Any More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Or will they adopt a new consumption pattern - especially one that is more affordable? Mickey Mouse had a good run. But now, the ethos of happiness through paying high prices visiting Disney theme parks is collapsing.

2020 56

Boost Your Public Speaking Skills by “Sounding” Confident!

DeFinis Communications

Using a slower speech pattern makes you sound confident and calms your nervous system. If you’re feeling nervous about giving an upcoming presentation, use your voice to your advantage. In other words, as you speak, make your voice sound like you are enjoying yourself even if you’re under stress. Easier said than done? Perhaps. But the sound of your voice will convey confidence so that even if you are nervous you won’t sound nervous.

2017 130

Seasonal variation in presentation

The Presenter's Blog

How can you take advantage of that thought pattern to increase both the pleasure and the memorability of presentations? We’re hardwired to think in seasons. For our ancients ancestors, there was a time to plough, a time to plant, a time to reap, and a time to party round a fireside because outside the snow was deep and crisp and even. Think of sport: Different seasons have their different games. Think of religion: Different religions have their different holidays and festivals.

2012 133

The king's real speech

Speak Schmeak

Oscar-nominated Colin Firth did a masterful job reproducing both the speech impediments and the speech patterns of the king. The BBC archives have posted this recording of King George VI's 1939 speech that was recreated in the movie "The King's Speech." Can't embed, though, so go here to listen. If you haven't yet seen the movie, here's my blog post about it. Don't miss it! Speakers Awards shows

2011 100

Maria Miller and the jewel of Epanodos

The Presenter's Blog

Figures are word patterns that vary in some way from standard spoken language. They do, after all, rely on knowing just the right patterns of words. Maria Miller, the UK Minister for Culture , used a figure of speech so rare and beautifully powerful that it is seldom encountered outside the Old Testament. To speak directly into the minds of her opponents she used Epanodos; blending logic and emotion in a way guaranteed to be heard and heeded across the most passionate of debates.

2013 169

Summer of Great Suffering: Possible Newsroom Carnage If Alden Global Boosts Stock Ownership of Tribune Publising

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That had been the pattern, years before COVID-19. Journalism remains a vocation or sacred calling. Not just a job. In this summer of great suffering, there might be more horror piled on that sector which has always been mission-driven.    At the end of this month hedge fund Alden Global Capital would be legally allowed to increase its 32% stock holdings of Tribune Publishing. That could include the 24% owned by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.

2020 43

Public Speaking Secret: Think Haiku

DeFinis Communications

Use eight to thirteen words per sentence so that your thoughts are bundled in a pattern that is simple, clear and easy to understand. . . “Oh,” Yes,” I said, “that’s the perfect analogy!” ( Japanese Haiku is a form of poetry that is typically structured with 10-17 syllables in a 5 -7- 5 pattern.) . . I recently worked with a writer who was preparing to interview a well-known artist at a retrospective honoring his decades-long contribution to the world of crafts.

2009 148

Circular Economy to Save the Planet


This often happens as unsustainable consumption patterns hit a roadblock. This leads to a short-term rise in profits and creates unsustainable jobs which decline as soon as the pattern of overconsumption hits a peak. However, the circular economic model can help create sustainable businesses and jobs which are stable and need not rely on overconsumption and unsustainable patterns of production. What is the Circular Economy?

2019 40

How to create your very own cool shapes with the Custom Shapes tools: Part IV-Combine

PowerPoint Tips

Here are some patterns I created using the Combine Shapes feature. This is the final installment of a 4-part series on the Custom Shapes tools. If you haven’t read those posts, I recommend reading them first. Part I: Union (This part tells you how to find the tools, which are hidden by default.). Part II: Subtract. Part III: Intersect. Combining shapes. You might think that Union and Combine would do the same thing and the difference between them isn’t obvious from their name.

Are you a speaker or an impressionist?

Speak Schmeak

However, when you decide to model yourself so specifically after a particular speaker, to the point of mimicking speech patterns and cadences, then you're going off track. It's because the actors have identified and are copying those distinctive speech patterns that make the person recognizable. So play with your speech patterns. Once you start mimicking the patterns of other speakers, you lose your individuality, and you sound like a copycat!

2011 100

Employee Engagement: 6 Strategies That Work


The current state of machine learning enables algorithms to sift through all the data at hand and identify early patterns of dropping performance or engagement. Happy and productive employees are good for business. It’s a fact. However, few workplaces managed to maintain high engagement levels. In 2020, 49% of workers stated that they are disengaged, according to Gallup’s latest data.

2020 68

Jinxed by Aging - How Losing Streaks Begin

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The pattern of losing can be broken, but not without a serious shift in mentality and focus. "  - From Chapter 3 "Break The Pattern of Losing," in Scott Hamilton's 2018 book FINISH FIRST.   The inner demons sustaining that pattern of losing are four: Over-thinking. But the smallest shift can have a seismic impact. With a few small perspective changes." 

2018 43

Using Heuristic Problem-Solving Methods for Effective Decision-Making


Profiling as a heuristic method for problem-solving might entail analyzing data to understand and resolve a problem or to look for patterns, just like a root cause analysis. Problem-solving capability and effective decision making are two of the most prized capabilities of any leader.

2020 52

Repetition in Your Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

His presentations to live audiences follow a similar pattern. Repetition has long been heralded in advertising, politics and public speaking as a device which can add emphasis and impact to key thoughts and phrases. But too much repetition in a presentation becomes annoying rather than powerful. I recently attended a webinar given by a well-known author – whose name you would recognize – and he repeated so much of his presentation I felt I was hearing it all twice.

2013 123

Sales arguments that build presentations

The Presenter's Blog

If they are then it’s because you’re recognizing the pattern from some of the better examples of television advertising. by Peter Watts. At the core of a sales presentation are logical arguments that lay out why your product benefits the customer. Those sales arguments need the force of mathematical logic. 1 + 2 = 3.

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Hey, You With The Stars In Your Eyes - You Still Need A Prenup

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What must be next is not choosing dinner-plate patterns. You won out against the odds. You are not only in love. You and your soulmate have agreed to make a commitment to each other in marriage. Congratulations. It's seeing to it that you two have a prenup. That protects both of you in that very unromantic subject: finances. In this article , published today on MyBankTracker, I explain why a prenup is a necessity for most couples and why a DIY is not a good idea.

2016 43

Use Your Voice to Make a Great First Impression

DeFinis Communications

Not only were his voice and speaking pattern were much better, but he also smiled, carried himself well, came across as genuine and sincere, and projected energy. But I’ve found that for presenters your voice and speaking pattern carry just as much weight. I recently had a phone conversation with a new client who had signed up for our Executive Immersion program. While our discussion was informative, it was also a little challenging.

2012 152

Media - Jodi Arias Is Gift That Keeps Giving

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was even though the court found, in regard to the prosecutor Juan Martinez a "pattern of intentional misconduct saturated the trial." Convicted Fatal Attraction murderer Jodi Arias is back in the news. Yet again. For the media she's the gift that keeps giving. It's five years after her 2015 high profile trial for rage-stabbing and putting a bullet in her former lover Travis Alexander. 

2020 40

The three causes of public speaking fear (and what you can do about them)

Speaking about Presenting

Most of us have patterns of thinking that contribute to our nervousness.You can reduce your nervousness by exploring your patterns of thinking. One of the most common patterns of thinking that contribute to the fear of public speaking are demands. Fear of public speaking often feels like it hits you out of nowhere. But I’m going to suggest that there are three distinct causes of speech anxiety.

2009 217