Book Review: Speechwriting In Theory and Practice

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kjeldsen, Amos Kiewe, Marie Lund and Jette Barnholdt Hansen Reviewed by Neil Hrab, Rhetoric Editor, Vital Speeches of the Day A Book We’ve Long Awaited Speechwriters have hoped for a long time to see a book like this appear in print. Speechwriting Book ReviewSpeechwriting In Theory and Practice, by Jens E.

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How to Write and Present a Performance Review


The performance review, as a crucial part of performance management, is one of the dreaded exercises of both managers and team members. In fact, a manager performance review tip by Harvard Business Review is to pointedly keep the conversation positive.


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Day One review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here’s my review. Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary review copy from Day One. Products Web/Tech reviewsIf you use a Mac and keep any sort of journal this is an app to look at. If you are a Windows user this is one more reason to make the switch. I have been a user of Day One version 1 for several months, and it is an excellent tool for journaling. They pay attention to detail in both the design and the features.

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Product Review: Logitech Spotlight Remote

Manner of Speaking

Slides are a staple of most presentations. And if you use slides, you should use a good remote to go through them. My latest remote is the Logitech Spotlight. I have been using it for the past couple of months and am … Continue reading → Slide Presentation Logitech presentations Spotlight

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Book Review: The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Cultural Differences Speechwriting Book ReviewIn a book that is in part the machinations of The Good Wife and in part the political farce of Yes Minister, Barton Swaim shares insights he gained into the life of a speechwriter during the second term of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. The author of The Speechwriter does not dwell on the series […].

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Big speeches of 2016 reviewed

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s a concise review of the major speeches of 2016 on both sides of the Atlantic by FT columnist Sam Leith. Public Speaking Sam Leith

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Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

For anyone who has worked in the speechwriting, executive communications or PR business and supported an executive who has presented at a major event, much about the new movie Steve Jobs will seem very familiar. No matter how truthful a portrait it is of the man (played by Michael Fassbender) who founded Apple — debate […]. Business Communication Keynotes product launches Silicon valley

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Breaking Comedy’s DNA: Review

Pro Humorist

The post Breaking Comedy’s DNA: Review appeared first on Pro Humorist. Comedy Reviews Comedy Writer comedy writing humor Stand-up ComedyI’ve been on author Jerry Corley’s mailing list for a couple of years now. I really enjoy what he has to say. And there’s a lot to be learned, for free, on his blog. He’s always entertaining and insightful.

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Book review: The Healthy Programmer.

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Disclaimer: I was given a free review copy, and I run 20km+ races on a regular basis. Books agile programming review This book is a practical guide for computer programmers (or any office worker) who want to get more fit and healthy.

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Book Review – Visual Thinking by Emma Bannister

Presentation Guru

… Book Reviews Design Principles Resources Visuals books featured Presentation Design Reviews Visual Aids Visual LanguageIf you want to make better presentations, and I think most of us do, Visual Thinking is a presentation design book aimed at real people with a message to share. A resource for people who have presentations to create as part of their work or studies, and who aren’t professional designers.

Book Review: Disrupted, by Dan Lyons

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Cultural Differences Technology Book Review start upsPeople in Limerick like to point out that Angela’s Ashes is more a story of Frank McCourt’s life in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father than it is about growing up in the Ireland of the 1930s. I’d like to point out that Dan Lyons has written more of a story about one dysfunctional […].

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Book review: Your Best Just Got Better

The Presenter's Blog

It’s a pleasure to review a book that has changed not only how I achieve results, but most importantly has affected the results that I choose to achieve. Tips From The Top book review business inspiration Jason Womack performance productivity public speaking Wiley Your Best Just Got BetterThis is a book that you can immediately gain from. Training to give presentations that make a powerful impact on audiences is akin to training as an athlete.

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Review: PowerPoint 2010 Bible

PowerPoint Tips

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Review: “HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations” by Nancy Duarte

The Presenter's Blog

Now for the confession: This wasn’t the Nancy Duarte book that I initially wanted to review. Presentation Structure Presenting Tips From The Top Visuals book review Harvard Business Review HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations Nancy Duarte persuasive presentations PowerPoint presentation skills book presenting public speaking quality visuals sales skills slides tips visual layout visuals

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Book Review: Leonardo’s Brain, by Leonard Shlain

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Deep End Book Review Leonardo da Vinci Leonard Shlain’s latest, and final, book is a tour-de-force. Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius follows from the spirit of the author’s previous books, most notably The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image and Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light. Taken together, the three books examine […].

2014 145

Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: Review

Pro Humorist

Note: This is a version of a review I posted on Amazon. The post Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: Review appeared first on Pro Humorist. Comedy Jokes Reviews Comedy Writer Late Night Stand-up ComedyI don’t believe you can learn to be funny. Some reading this (when I say some I mean all one of you), will disagree with me. Some suggest you can learn to be funny.

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Book Review: Cash Out, by Greg Bardsley

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Book ReviewAll these people that you mention Yes, I know them, they’re quite lame I had to rearrange their faces And give them all another name – Desolation Row, Bob Dylan Fear and Loathing in Silicon Valley Greg Bardsley does for Silicon Valley what Hunter S. Thompson did for Las Vegas. His new novel, Cash Out, [.]. Culture Shock!

Book review: Obstacle Illusions

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Books deaf reviewObstacle Illusions: Transforming Adversity into Success. Stephen J. Hopson was born deaf but quickly learned to speak and began attending public school. At five years old, he told his parents he would become a pilot and was dismissed as being foolish, but as an adult he made aviation history by becoming the world’s first deaf instrument-rated pilot. He says “As a transformational speaker, my audiences expect no less from me.

Hackers: book review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Thanks to the folks at O’Reilly for the review copy. Related posts: Book Review – Speak Up! Book review – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership I have just finished reading a remarkable book – The. Tags: Books Resources computers hackers hardward review software Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution – 25th Anniversary Edition Steven Levy.

Quick Review of Project Management Methodologies


Let’s take a look at the basics of project management, including the different roles attributed to individuals, with a quick review of project management methodologies. The post Quick Review of Project Management Methodologies appeared first on SlideModel

Review: Viewfinder

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

If you’re like me, you like to take advantage of the power of visuals to not only get your point across, but also increase retention of that very message. To get those visuals, you can use your own photographs for the ultimate in originality, stock photography for professional, yet expensive and unoriginal images (if you use the popular ones, that is), or go to flickr for an image with a Creative Commons license you can live with.

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Book Review: Keynote Mastery, by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My recent review on Amazon of the new book, Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker was incomplete. 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 […]. Freelance Work Public Speaking

Book Review: Cold Cream, by Ferninand Mount

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A memoir by a shy and retiring British aristocrat with the unlikely title Cold Cream: My Early Life and Other Mistakes would not usually grab my attention, or warrant a review in this blog. However, Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mount’s autobiography is a delightful book filled with tales of a vanished world. He grew up a member […]. Cultural Differences Speechwriting Margaret Thatcher

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Review: Cloudberry online backups

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I have far too many friends that just don’t create backups, and far too many that backup to an external drive that lives next to their computers, which while marginally better is still basically useless. Online backups are such a simple solution to this problem, but I have (until now) struggled to find a solution that really meets my needs. In my quest to find the ultimate online backup solution, here are my requirements: Compression of files before they are sent to the cloud.

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Managerial Guide to After Action Review (AAR)


In a nutshell, that’s what is AAR (After Action Review) entails. This after-action review is then reduced to writing, in an after-action report, so that it is available for future reference. After each exercise, there was a review to assess successes, failures, and flaws in both strategies and implementations. Project Post Mortem vs. After Action Review: Key Differences . The after action review format also assumes scheduling multiple meetings, not just one.

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Speaking PowerPoint by Bruce Gabrielle — A review

PowerPoint Tips

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review. I’m embarrassed to say that I received the book many months ago and am only now getting around to writing the review. ReviewSpeaking PowerPoint: The new language of business , by Bruce Gabrielle is an important book. Why do I say that? It covers “boardroom presentations&# exclusively. These in-house business presentations are undoubtedly the most common type of presentation given today.

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Charteo review – create custom slide decks

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

PowerPoint Products reviewsHere is an interesting way to create your presentations. It’s an online tool called Charteo, which allows you to create a custom slide deck based on a selection of over 10000 online slides. In summary, you pick and choose your slides and create a custom desk. Select whatever slides you need, and once you are ready, checkout and it will create a downloadable PowerPoint presentation containing all your slide which you can then edit and customise as you wish.

Book Review: The Compelling Communicator, by Tim Pollard

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The true value of Tim Pollard’s excellent new book is conveyed by the subtitle: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design. While much of the literature on what makes a ‘compelling communicator’ focuses on cultivating delivery skills and stage presence, Pollard rightly consigns these topics to a brief Epilogue. Rather, his focus on […]. Public Speaking Speechwriting presentation design

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

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Freelance Work Book ReviewHaving 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. 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 [.].

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Book Review: Cold Cream, by Ferdinand Mount

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A memoir by a shy and retiring British aristocrat with the unlikely title Cold Cream: My Early Life and Other Mistakes would not usually grab my attention, or warrant a review in this blog. However, Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mount’s autobiography is a delightful book filled with tales of a vanished world. He grew up a member […]. Cultural Differences Speechwriting Margaret Thatcher

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After Life: mini review

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

If you like series written by and starring Ricky Gervais, you will love After Life, a six episode comedy (and I use the word “comedy” loosely) on Netflix. In After Life, the wife of main character, Tony (Ricky Gervais) dies after a prolonged battle with illness.

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Book Review: The Art of Immersion, by Frank Rose

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Business Communication Social Media Speechwriting Book Review storytelling transmediaA decade ago, the tools of communications belonged to a chosen few. Editorial control over newspapers, television and radio was in the hands of those professionals tasked with selecting content deemed worthy of the front page, the headline, the news bulletin. National newspapers and mass media channels were scarce resources. The stories they carried were [.]

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Review: Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson

PowerPoint Tips

ReviewThis is the 3rd edition of this very successful and well-known book. Cliff Atkinson was one of the first major presentation experts to talk about ridding slides of bullet points and with the 1st edition of the book, he launched a revolution in slide design. The 3rd edition is significantly reworked and improved, in my opinion. Beyond Bullet Points is not only a book; it is a system of creating PowerPoint presentations.

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I’m feeling lucky – book review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Books google reviewI’m Feeling Lucky. The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59. Doug Edwards. This book is for anybody looking for an inside view into the growth of one of the biggest brands in the world. Marketers, techies or anybody wanting to learn what it is like working at Google should ready this book. He tells a personal story, describing his own misgivings, challenges and successes as an early employee.

2011 116

Book Review: The Political Speechwriter’s Companion

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

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Timeline 3D: A Review

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

This surely doesn’t seem like a glowing review. If you’re a Mac user like me, you might be aware of those software bundle deals like Mac Heist and MacUpdate Promo. I bought the promo bundle last year, which gave me $500 of legit, full-featured (not demo) software for $50. It’s hard to beat that. This year’s bundle wasn’t as impressive dollar-wise ($376-worth of software for $50), but what caught my eye was Timeline 3D from BeeDocs. Normally, this is $65.

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Book Review: You Talkin’ To Me? by Sam Leith

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Business Communication Public Speaking Speechwriting Book Review Sam LeithThey say to never judge a book by its cover. One can only hope that Sam Leith’s book on rhetoric, You Talkin’ to Me, rises above the graphic design disaster of its open-mouthed, red-lipped cover. It richly deserves to. Leith’s book is, in fact, a magnificently entertaining romp through the intricacies of classic rhetorical [.].

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Book Review: The Backchannel

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

How to augment your live presentation using social media Effective public speaking is a challenge for many executives. They must prepare interesting content, overcome stage fright and deliver a speech that will hold the audience’s attention. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, they are increasingly likely to find themselves looking out at a sea of faces [.].

Before Keying in Negative Review - The Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, those online reviews have power. With so much choice available, would anyone check out an apartment in Tucson, Arizona that, two online reviews claim, is the hangout for cockroaches? But, leaving a negative review can have serious legal consequences.

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Confessions of a Public Speaker – review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Thanks to the Folks at O’Reilly for the review copy. How to introduce a speaker The other day I head a speaker being introduced, Book Review – Speak Up! Tags: Books Communication Speaking book review Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Burken. When I received a copy, my initial reaction was that it was yet another publich speaking guide. Paging the book, I quickly realized that I was wrong.

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How to Write an Effective Quarterly Business Review


The Quarterly Business Review is an important concept you would need to ponder upon. Let’s take a quick look at what these reviews are and their importance. What is a Quarterly Business Review? A Quarterly Business Review, or QBR , is a discussion meeting that you have with your customers on a quarterly basis. With a quarterly business review, you get a chance to understand the client’s vision and a window to craft your plan to help them out.

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Book Review: Hack Attack, by Nick Davies

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Hack Attack, Nick Davies’s exhaustively researched exposé – subtitled “How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch” – details how the press baron and key members of his staff pulled the levers of power in British politics and business during the six years from 2008 to 2014. While denying and lying, they slipped in and […]. Business Communication

2014 122

Book Marketing Made Simple – A Review

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Product Review book marketing made simpleHaving published by first book The Presenters Edge, back in December 2016 and, having made loads of book marketing mistakes along the way, I was keen to read Karen Williams Book Marketing Made Simple. My first reaction after reading this useful publication was – “I wish I had read this before I published my first book!”

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