The Reference Game - Badmouthing the Legal Way

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For that very reason, the reference game is becoming an anachronism. It's very old news that you can be sued for badmouthing a job applicant when, for example, a search firm asks for the lowdown on that professional. Middlemen such. Branding careers Current Affairs Games legal Personal Musings Public Speaking

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Reference books for design

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Would you like your PowerPoint presentations to look better? Invest a couple hours to read about design from top design authorities. I keep these books in my library and recommend them highly: Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, by Nancy Duarte Envisioning Information, by Edward R. Tufte. Presentation skills Speechwriting

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Reference: UK quotes

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If your speakers want to include British details in their speeches (historical, literary, or political references), turn to Brewer’s Quotations: A Phrase and Fable Dictionary by Nigel Rees. While you will also find good quotations from the United States and other European countries, this book is best for accurate notes pertaining to Britain, Australia, Scotland and Wales. Well researched, solid sourcing

Reference: African-American Quotations

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The book provides a Name Index, Subject Index and Occupation Index - the sort of reliability I’ve come to expect from Facts on File reference materials I was asked if I could recommend a good collection of African-American quotes. I can: African-American Quotations , by Richard Newman (with a foreward by Julian Bond). It’s published by an imprint of Facts on File, Inc., which has an excellent track record of providing authoritative material.

Recommended reference for speechwriters

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The best source for proverbs from England? The Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs , edited by Elizabeth Knowles and published by Oxford University Press. Oxford has been collecting, sourcing and researching proverbs since 1935. This book contains an international selection (proverbs from Africa, the U.S., Haiti, China, etc), but I turn to it most often for its carefully sourced English proverbs. .

How are you referred to in speeches--your own, and those of others?

The Eloquent Woman

You might apply this test: Would a male executive refer to his gender here in the speech? Inserting references to "as a woman, I." If you or your speechwriter need some ideas, you'll find more of them in my post, Do all your references to women in speeches cast us as "mothers, wives and daughters?" As a coach, I think you, the woman speaker, needs to take charge of how your speeches--and those of others--refer to you.

2017 62

"Bums" - That's 1950s Word NY Post Writers Use To Refer To Bronx Homeless

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The headline for the New York Post article reads "Bums declare war on Christmas." " The journalists who wrote it are Kevin Fasick and Bob Fredericks. The subject is how the tree lighting ritual in the Little Italy section of the Bronx was cancelled. That's because the "bums" were menacing the area with alleged aggressive panhandling and public urination. I hadn't heard that term - "bum" - since growing up in the 1950s, in an urban area.

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Good reference tip from Alum

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Margie Gabriel, Maj, USAF, has attended several of my speechwriting seminars, and she is always wonderful about sharing information. Today I received this email from Margie: . “I was sent this resource and thought it might be useful for other speechwriters. Today’s page features the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge and I can see it being used as an example for a multitude of different kinds of speeches.

Do all your references to women in speeches cast us as "mothers, wives and daughters?"

The Eloquent Woman

I'll bet this protest comes as a surprise to politicians and their speechwriters, who commonly load up speeches with references to moms, wives, and daughters when women's issues are on the table. If, however, you are relegating us to "mothers, wives and daughters" in your only references to women in your speeches, you're helping to ensure that our legacy has only to do with whether we gave birth to you, married you, or are your offspring.

2013 69

Why I referred a speechwriting assignment to another speechwriter

Joan Detz Speaker Services

A timing conflict made it impossible for me to add this job to my schedule, so I referred the work to someone else. I referred it to a skilled speechwriter who has attended several of my speechwriting seminars over a 5-year period. This week, a last-minute speechwriting request came into my office. So, that’s why I made the referral. Now, more to the point: Who did I recommend for this freelance assignment?

Public Speaking : Check Local References

Great Public Speaking

On the international speaking tour I just returned from I could have made a serious flaw had I not checked out material with the locals after I got in the country. Apparently one country hates a certain kind of animal to the point where some natives actually try to run over the animal when driving on the road. A nearby country loves the same animal.

2008 40

150 Resources to help you write better, faster, and more persuasively

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Business Communication Speechwriting reference material writers Here’s an incredibly comprehensive listing of 150 resources for writers compiled by Claire Morgan and published on the Open Education Database website. It includes everything writers need, from proper citation and grammar guides to organizational tools, legal help, news digests, media resources, and much more.

2013 149

SCOTUS Ruling: Pelosi reinforces Dem victory with reference to Kennedy legacy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A stroke of political genius, Nancy Pelosi reinforced the Obamacare victory with a reference to the Kennedy progressive agenda.    POLITICO  reports that Pelosi stated, "Now, Ted can rest." " The Kennedy Brand might be more embedded in the collective unconscious of Generations Baby Boomer and X than it is in Y's.    But the older people are the more likely they will show up at the polls. 

2012 40

Plastic: Just as in "The Graduate," only it refers to credit cards

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In writing - oh, excuse me, we have to now call what we do "creating content" - the game is all about following the money.    Some of us assumed the money was going to be in green, pun not intended.    I bulked up on knowledge of sustainability and did lots of work for clean tech companies.    Ha, that got me less than $2000. But the money is really there in credit cards, that is, writing and ghostwriting about them. 

Oh No - President Donald Trump Dates Himself By Alfred E. Neuman Reference

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A fundamental of communications is to keep references today - and cool. A negative reference which is appropriate for this time might be to hapless Stan on the current popular Sunday night television show "Good Girls."  Otherwise the speaker, tweeter, or establishment media player comes across as, yes, "old." " Donald Trump, a baby boomer, has made the error of reaching too far back into the past for a way to discredit Pete Buttigieg. 

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How Leaders Used to Refer to Thinking/Thinkers They Disagreed With

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What Law and Crime, Dan Abrams' invention, reported was that Tribe referred to U.S. Aside for getting covered by news site Law and Crime , Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe's name-calling is a yawner. Donald Trump as a possible Russian asset and an idiot. Yes, Tribe has a big following on Twitter. That's a lot of fun. But, overall, Name-Calling Fatigue has set in. Residents of the U.S. are preoccupied with the economy per se and the stock market more specifically.

2019 40

A dramatic reading from one of the books in the PPT Reference Listing

PPT - Powerful Presentation Techniques

Tags: Books Great Speakers Presentation Techniques Presentations presentation skills presentation tips.

2009 40

The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Confront Your.

The Communication Blog

1.10.2011 Communication Strategies: Confront Your Stereotypes Originally, the word stereotype was a printing term that referred to the plate that printed the same image over and over. A sociological or psychological stereotype is a fixed impression of a group of people. Everyone has stereotypes—images of national groups, religious groups, or racial groups or perhaps of criminals, teachers, or plumbers.

Stopping Unwanted Behavior

The Communication Blog

2.15.2010 Stopping Unwanted Behavior A recent letter to Dear Abby is from a woman whose husband slaps her on the bottom which he refers to as a "love tap" and she as "degrading and frustrating." Although she has told him repeatedly to stop, he doesnt. What to do? The answer to "Dear Soar" was "Its one in which there is a serious communication problem. Hardly a satisfactory answer.

2010 100

Outing

The Communication Blog

Originally the term was used to refer to disclosing someone’s homosexuality as a way of preventing him or her from discriminating against the gay community. 8.17.2009 Outing In the discussion of self-disclosure, we often mention the process of outing which essentially is disclosure by some third person. So, if a politician advocates homophobic policies, outing him or her, effectively strips the person of influence.

2009 100

Speaking of Religion

Speak and Deliver

Should we balance our Christian references with Buddhist, Islamic, Judaic, and Sikh references (among others) ? How do YOU handle religious references in your speaking? Religion and Speaking Jesus and Speaking Spiritual Speaking Religious Tolerance Success and Religion Easter Speaking Biblical ReferencesOver the past few days, the worldwide Christian community celebrated Easter, and were vocal about it.

2011 67

Speaking With Humor: Catchy Cultural References

Speak and Deliver

skip to main | skip to sidebar Speaking With Humor: Catchy Cultural References Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Labels: Audience , Catchy Cultural References , Dan Weedin , Go Ahead and Laugh , Humor , John Fox , Laughs Its no longer enough to speak to audiences - now they expect us to make them laugh! In using this approach, avoid stretching too far to achieve it, or using a reference youre not familiar with.

2009 40

Viva Victoria! – VJC Public Speaking Bootcamp « The Shy Speaker's.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I’m referring to the vivacious students from Victoria Junior College! Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS! NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!: Facebook: Shy Speakers Guide on FB Mobile: (+65) 91380556 Email: gary@garyguwe.com Subscribe Click below !

2008 40

41 Reasons Good Speakers Give Bad Speeches

Successful Speeches Blog

If you subscribed to my newsletter more than a year ago, then you know what I’m referring to. This year, I didn’t even think about it. Well, I did think about it, but I didn’t think about doing it. On my birthday, I usually attempt to do the number of push ups that equals my [.]. Opinion PowerPoint Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Uncategorized

2011 192

Book Review: The Freelancer’s Bible, by Sara Horowitz

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

An excellent reference for all freelance workers The primary value of this well-designed 462-page book is as a one-stop reference for new freelancers [.]. Having heard Sara Horowitz interviewed on KQED Radio I immediately ordered her book The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms.

2013 119

Guest posting: A Speechwriters Wish List, by Boe Workman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Boe said he keeps this list pinned to his notice board and refers to it whenever he starts a new project. […]. At a recent conference for senior speechwriters, Boe Workman the Director of CEO Communications at the AARP shared a one page ‘wish list’ for speechwriters to use when developing a presentation for their client. Speechwriting Checklist

2015 147

Book Review: Keynote Mastery, by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I need to explain in more detail the many positive elements of Patrick’s story as well as clarify why I referred to it on Amazon ‘flawed’ and show where other emerging speakers can learn from […]. My recent review on Amazon of the new book, Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker was incomplete.

41 Reasons Good Speakers Give Bad Speeches

Successful Speeches Blog

If you subscribed to my newsletter more than a year ago, then you know what I’m referring to. This year, I didn’t even think about it. Well, I did think about it, but I didn’t think about doing it. On my birthday, I usually attempt to do the number of push ups that equals my [.]. Opinion PowerPoint Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Uncategorized

2011 131

101 Public Speaking websites

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This is a comprehensive, annotated list of websites and blogs dealing with Public & Professional Speaking Presentation Blogs & Tools Speechwriting General Communication & Debate These include many of the sites I refer [.]. I’m honored to have my blog listed among the 101 Public Speaking websites published by the Guide to Online Communication Master Programs.

Public Speaking Commentary: The Third Era?

Successful Speeches Blog

The first claim she makes refers to great orators of the past and the era of the orator in general. I recently read a post by Olivia Mitchell called “Are You Ready for the Third Era in Presenting?&# In the post, Mitchell makes some sweeping claims that still have me scratching my head. She claims: [.].

2010 125

Podium vs. Lectern

Manner of Speaking

And yet, many people say “podium” when they are actually referring to a lectern. Conversely, I have never heard anyone say “lectern” when referring to a podium.). No, today’s post is not about a new sci-fi movie. Rather, it’s about the distinction between two mainstays of public speaking: the podium and the lectern. A podium (pl. podiums or podia) is the raised platform on which the speaker stands to deliver his or her speech.

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Think BIG to create high-impact presentations

PowerPoint Tips

It uses a metaphor to show a child on a road that obviously refers to a person looking at his or her future. You want your presentations to have an impact on your audience — change them, move them to action, inspire them. One way to do this is to think BIG, both in terms of your concepts and your visuals. Big ideas help to inspire people. Plus, the brain learns more easily when new knowledge is connected to existing knowledge. How to think big in terms of ideas.

2019 123

Julia Child's advice to speakers

Speak Schmeak

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” ~ Julia Child Okay, so maybe she wasn't referring to speakers, but who can argue that her advice surpasses cooking and crosses over into many other areas?

2016 138

Textbooks

The Communication Blog

In some cases I think this is a good idea, for example, keeping the texts in your major or perhaps texts for courses you really enjoyed and want to refer to at a later time. Here's an interesting piece on keeping your used textbooks. In some cases, however, it probably would just add to clutter. link] [link]. used textbooks Textbooks

2012 109

Are your slides ‘Visual Musak’?

Speaking about Presenting

Clever metaphors/references. For example, here’s a slide from a slideshare presentation on K12 education : As far as I can tell this photo is a reference to the ‘Penguin Effect”, a term coined in an academic paper about technology adoption. Few people in a lay audience are going to get this reference. Your audience should be able to understand your metaphor or reference just by looking at the image. I saw very few bullet-point presentations at the SXSW conference.

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Presentation images: Are you making these mistakes?

Speaking about Presenting

Clever metaphors/references in your presentation. For example, here’s a slide from a slideshare presentation on K12 education : As far as I can tell this photo is a reference to the ‘Penguin Effect”, a term coined in an academic paper about technology adoption. Few people in a lay audience are going to get this reference. Your audience should be able to understand your metaphor or reference just by looking at the image.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Successful Speeches Blog

Even though the holidays are just around the corner, that’s not what I’m referring to when I mention the most wonderful time of the year. Truth is, what I’m most excited about doesn’t happen every year. What am I talking about? I’m talking about election time. With the debates now in full swing, I’m licking [.]. Events Music to their ears Political Speeches Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing

2011 100

Riveting analysis of Steve Ballmer speech

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She color-coded Apple campaign references; unnecessary filler words or phrases; confusing words, phrases or statistics; Ballmer’s references to himself; upgrade fixes problems, and bold statements with no supporting information. Nancy Duarte (whose company designed the slides in “An Inconvenient Truth”) did a riveting analysis of Steve Ballmer’s Windows 7 launch speech transcript.

The CEO’s Guide to RPA: Robotic Process Automation Explained

SlideModel

The Gartner Glossary offers the following definition: Robotic process automation is a productivity tool that allows a user to configure one or more scripts (which some vendors refer to as “bots”) to activate specific keystrokes in an automated fashion.

When the right words create the wrong message

The Presenter's Blog

Everything was going wonderfully, until an unfortunate reference to “the Occupied Territories” accidentally slipped a non-Kosher item onto the buffet of his pro-Israeli credentials. If your audience uses a specific term to refer to a specific entity, then you had better use either the same term or a close approximation. How would you refer to the lands contested between the Israelis and the Palestinians? by Peter Watts.

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International speeches?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If you write speeches for audiences in other countries, consider this reference source: www.historyorb.com. It provides fast access to “on this date in history” references from countries throughout the world

Riveting analysis of Steve Ballmer speech

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She color-coded Apple campaign references; unnecessary filler words or phrases; confusing words, phrases or statistics; Ballmer’s references to himself; upgrade fixes problems, and bold statements with no supporting information. Nancy Duarte (whose company designed the slides in “An Inconvenient Truth”) did a riveting analysis of Steve Ballmer’s Windows 7 launch speech transcript.

Riveting analysis of Steve Ballmer speech

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She color-coded Apple campaign references; unnecessary filler words or phrases; confusing words, phrases or statistics; Ballmer’s references to himself; upgrade fixes problems, and bold statements with no supporting information. Nancy Duarte (whose company designed the slides in “An Inconvenient Truth”) did a riveting analysis of Steve Ballmer’s Windows 7 launch speech transcript.