Your Dreams - Permission To Pull The Plug

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

She gives us the permission we need in America to pull the plug on all that. Had I not pulled the plug on becoming a prominent literary figure, I would have missed out on making a very good living as a commercial writer. There is the strange voodoo of dreams.

Book plugging news

Max Atkinson

It's 10 days since I posted some comments about the impact of BBC 'plug-a-book' shows on sales, following a mention of Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy (see above) on the BBC website. As expected, it soon slipped back from its all-time high of 1,841st in the Amazon bestsellers chart, but it's still been averaging about 220,000 places higher than it was before the plug on the BBC website. Tags: Book plugging Amazon waterstones booksellers

Book plugging

Max Atkinson

So instead of posting stuff about the impact on sales of BBC 'plug-a-book' shows, I thought I should be doing a bit more in the way of plugging my own books on the blog. If you're wondering why my books have suddenly appeared in such a prominent place at the top of the page, there are two reasons.

Facebook: Why I pulled the plug

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

She and I also added to the reasons for pulling the plug on Facebook: I am way too private for all that sharing and liking. The ethos of Facebook is The Happy Valley or PG-rated.  Positive rules.  That's been documented by research and experience.


Journalism Academic Programs: Emory pulling the plug

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everything changes.    Respected Emory is phasing out its academic program in journalism.    That sends a lot of messages. The most blatant is that journalism as a discipline isn't in demand, not as a source of influence, not as where the jobs are. 

Jack McCoy Is Back - Still Believes Law Is About Law, Not Justice (or compassion)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's before Barba takes it upon himself to pull the plug on Baby Drew. Although he hated his father, for example, he refused to approve pulling the plug.

Barnes & Noble - Should it also pull plug on laptop users, non-paying magazine readers?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I always had my profit doubts about the genteel practice of turning coffee shops and book stores into those Third Places - that is, where folks could just hang.    Now so do some of those Third Places in New York.    They are banning laptops.    After all, anyone can pop for one cup of something and monopolize the table forever, keying in, surfing the Internet, checking help-wanted.

Setting your corporate writing rate

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Plug in an hourly rate and you know how much you can earn, gross (before expenses and taxes), per year. Let’s say you plug in $50 per hour: 4 hours/day x 5 days/week x 50 weeks/year x $50/hour = $50,000/year. Plug in $100 per hour, and you will earn $100,000 per year—as long as you work four billable hours per day, five days per week, 50 weeks per year. [Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Writing – [link] ].

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Presentation Crimes I Have Committed #1

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Neat lines of plugs criss-cross his head, with painful looking red welts at the base of each. It must be really painful to get fully plugged. He tilted his head forward to reveal – oh, yes - hair plugs. Pic: Stgermh.

4 finds to streamline your public speaking and presenting

The Eloquent Woman

VideoStream for Google Chromecast: The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player itself is handy: For less than $30, you can plug it into any TV with an HDMI port and stream video programming. Presentations (most of the time) involve technology and tech headaches to match.

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Presenting with an iPad

The Presenter's Blog

Unable to plug-into the power while connected to a projector. With the iPad’s out-port connected to the VGA, there is nowhere to plug-in the power. You no longer take your laptop to a picnic if you want to play music; you take your MP3 player instead.

Interview with Shai Schwartz of VisualBee, automatic PowerPoint design software

PowerPoint Tips

Answer: VisualBee is a Free PowerPoint 2007/10 plug-in that automatically designs presentations. VisualBee was a Gold Sponsor of my Outstanding Presentations Workshop last fall.

6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

Duarte Blog

Look, speaking confidently doesn’t come easily to most of us (though, shameless plug alert: we’ve got a great workshop if you’d like help with that). “There’s this one guy at my company who…”. So began my in-flight conversation about presentations and presentation mistakes. This happens a lot.

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Why doesn't Amazon have a Spanish site?

Max Atkinson

Tags: Book plugging Amazon booksellers

A Public Speaker’s Checklist

Manner of Speaking

C onverter plugs for electrical equipment if speaking in a foreign country. As public speakers, we should be focused on our audience and the material. The last thing we want is to be distracted because we’ve overlooked a logistical detail. Set out below is checklist of 50 things that public speakers need to remember before speaking. A few things to note about the list: It is restricted to matters of a logistical nature.

How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

You can plug into that. Photo credit: AndiH. Live performances are magic. We pay to see our favorite bands performing even though we can listen to the songs anytime for free. We travel long distances to hear a famous speaker live, even though we can watch their speech online at home.

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Review of the Targus wireless remote/laser pointer

PowerPoint Tips

You just plug the USB adapter into your laptop and it works. Targus wireless remote. I use this inexpensive remote because it’s very simple. It’s small so your audience will hardly notice it and it fits easily in the palm of your hand.

5 public speaking tips from Nemo

Speak Schmeak

Use your 6th sense too, your intuition and plug yourself in your audience. While I'm moving over the next week, I've invited some of my favorite public speaking and communications bloggers to guest post here on Speak Schmeak.

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My Biggest Blunders of 2011

Speaker Launcher

” So, after doing some research and seeing that a bunch of speakers were running events as well, I pulled the plug and went back to the drawing board. I think it’s healthy to learn from your mistakes, don’t you?

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

You can plug into that. Photo credit: AndiH. Live performances are magic. We pay to see our favorite bands performing even though we can listen to the songs anytime for free. We travel long distances to hear a famous speaker live, even though we can watch their speech online at home.

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From the vault: A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Will my wardrobe allow me (if needed) to do things like crawl under a table to plug in a cord or reach high to point at a chart? When you choose what to wear for a speaking engagement or presentation, what goes into your thinking? Too many speakers don't think about wardrobe.or

Trading Time for Coffee

Speaker Launcher

And put in a little plug for myself at the same time). The coaching program that I’m involved in this year has really got me working hard to value my time, and to recognize when I’m spending it poorly. Are you spending your time effectively?

The commute communicator: Practicing speeches in your car

The Eloquent Woman

Feel free to plug it into your dashboard''s audio system. "I''m still practicing my speech on my way to the office! Okay, not every day, but many days.It''s hard to break habits." So wrote one of my speaker coaching clients after having given a successful talk.

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The Benefits of Collaborative Presentation Development

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Collaboration plugs critical gaps in your knowledge and skill. Discover the benefits of collaborative presentation development. Writing a presentation or speech on your own can be difficult and challenging – and it doesn’t need to be. You may never have thought to do so, but involving other people can make the task easier and less daunting – and can bring a host of extra benefits. Why use collaborative presentation development? Collaborators bring a fresh perspective.

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Presentation books: The Pin Drop Principle

The Presenter's Blog

The introduction is so laden with marketing plugs for that concept that I almost didn’t get past page ten. The Pin Drop Principle. by David Lewis and G. Riley Mills. Published June 5th, 2012. Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”.

How to Play a PowerPoint Slideshow on TV


Step 1: Plug in your HDMI cable into your laptop’s HDMI Port (as shown below). PowerPoint presentations are often presented via projectors, where an individual can copy files to a computer which is connected to the projector in the hall. However, sometimes the projector is replaced with a large monitor or TV. There are many ways by which you can connect your computer or mobile device to a TV for presenting your slides.

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A bizarre method of measuring speaking skills

Speak Schmeak

The Sunlight Foundation took the entire Congressional Record dating back to the 1990s and plugged it into a searchable database.

Presentation tips for PowerPoint

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Long extension leads & multi plugs – so you can plug in wherever the plug points are. This is an extract of a training session that I present “Putting the POWER back into PowerPoint”. Nowadays, many of us use PowerPoint for our presentations. While there are many courses and books on the technical side of how to create slides, there is very little material available on how to create effective slides and presentations. This course helps to address that issue.

Use social media to build sales

SpeakerSue Says...

Sorry for that shameless plug.). Is a connection a conversation or a fantasy? Always-on/always-on-you devices provide three powerful fantasies: that we will always be heard; that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be; and that we never have to be alone. Indeed, our new devices have turned being alone into a problem that can be solved,” says the New York Times and quoted in an excellent post by MediaPost Publications, Engage: Gen Y: Disconnection in a Connected World.

6 great gifts to encourage your favorite speaker

The Eloquent Woman

She can plug it into a laptop to watch her practice sessions, project the video, and later, when the final result is recorded, share it to social media sites and via email.

PowerPoint Tip: Equipment to carry when presenting

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

It plugs in to the headphone jack on the laptop, and it can also be used to play music from an MP3 player if you want to. I was speaking at the CSAE Trillium Chapter Winter Summit last Friday. I brought a lot of cables and equipment because I was doing a live demonstration of how you can create a video for your web site using visuals you create in PowerPoint. I normally don’t carry that amount of gear with me, but I do carry more than just my laptop and remote.

To read or not to read? That is the question for speechwriters - or is it?

Max Atkinson

As with the last one ( HERE ), he'd pulled yet more rabbits out of the hat, including speakers from Russia and the Netherlands, rounding it off with a memorable double act starring Graham Davies and Phil Collins (even though it was an extended plug for a forthcoming book that might compete with mine). Yesterday's conference of the UK Speechwriters' Guild was another stimulating treat, for which founder Bran Jenner deserves the thanks of all of us who were lucky enough to attend.

Greta van Susteren Lands Back in Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At the Voice of America, where she had been contributing since fall 2017, she heads "Plugged in with Greta van Susteren." "Greta van Susteren.

Winning Emmy speeches

Speak Schmeak

He started with humor, he ended with a plug for his show (nothing wrong with that at the Emmys!), Click the infographics for more Emmys fun Last night's Emmys speeches had a lot in common. Most of them were unprepared, thanked too many people, and were forgettable.

Are You an iPad Speaker? Here are the apps you need.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Because they were controlling the show, using their own computers, they didn’t want me just plugging in to their system.  A number of readers have asked me to talk about iPad/iPhone apps for speakers, especially since I recommended giving that special speaker in your life an iPad as a present this holiday season.    So here goes – the iPad and its apps for speakers. First let me say that I love the iPad for presenting. 

How can I give a presentation using my iPad

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Here’s what do you need to get started: Apart from your iPad of course, you will need: A VGA adaptor: this little dongle costs around £26 or $29 and plugs into the apple connector. I’ve been using my iPad for almost a year now and it has become an indispensable piece of kit.

Mary McCarthy's "The Group" - When Graduates of Women's Colleges Get Old

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

By the end of May 2014, I pulled the plug on all that. In 1963, Mary McCarthy shocked the literary world with her novel "The Group." " It chronicled eight graduates of an elite all-women's college. They seemed unable to get a handle on life.

James Dolan, Aaron Swartz - Suicide Is an Equal-Opportunity Disease

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  However, any connection between the two suicides could be explained more simply: Pulling the plug prematurely on a life is an equal-opportunity disease. Digital activist aka hacker James Dolan took his own life last December.

YouTube Launches Limited HTML5 Support

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Hopefully, this is the opening salvo in what will mean the end of plug-in driven sites using Flash and Silverlight. via Flash leaks memory like a colander and Silverlight is just another means for Microsoft to try to turn the web into its own proprietary playground. ENOUGH!!!

A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Will my wardrobe allow me (if needed) to do things like crawl under a table to plug in a cord or reach high to point at a chart?