Retirement & Relocation - First, Check Crime Statistics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Then I dug up the crime statistics for that city for her. The financial services industry has the aging preoccupied with not outliving their money. So, it's predictable that as they consider retirement, semi-retirement, or just lowering fixed costs while still working full-time, the over-50 will investigate where living costs are rock bottom. That single-minded focus can wind up having them became crime victims.

Strong openings: shocking statistics

Speak Schmeak

Give a "shocking statistic" I find the shocking statistic to be the most difficult to pull off effectively, because it's hard to come up with statistics that can really move your audience. People are jaded, and a statistic like, "One in six 10th graders smokes pot" will just make their eyes glaze over. Both campaigns use a shocking statistic effectively. Is there a jaw-dropping shocking statistic you can use in your presentation?

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Statistics don’t Need to be Sleep-Inducing in Your Presentation


American detective writer Rex Stout once quipped that there are two kinds of statistics: the kind you look up and the kind you make up. In the average presentation, as soon as statistics appear on a background slide, two out of three audience members automatically fall asleep. That is a made up statistic. The post Statistics don’t Need to be Sleep-Inducing in Your Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.

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“Statistically Speaking”

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If you write speeches pertaining to any aspect of math or science, you’ll want to know about this book: “Statistically Speaking&# : A Dictionary of Quotations (selected and arranged by C.C. I am often asked about my favorite websites and reference books. Gaither and A. Cavazos-Gaither, published by Institute of Physics Publishing). Chapters range from Actuary, Analyses, Average, Bayesian … to Testing, Theory, Truth and Variability.

Death From 3,600 Feet - Alana Cutland, 19 Years Old, Becomes Another Statistic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now, Cutland defaults into a statistic. Alana Cutland, age 19, once had a life bursting with promise. The young woman was beautiful. She was a student at Cambridge University with a passion for biological research. Her parents were supportive. Yet inside her a switch flipped on a six-week project to investigate crabs. The initiative was not proceeding according to her plan. She experienced panic attacks. 

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Public speaking & media training: Statistic of the month

Joan Detz Speaker Services

” (Susanna Raffalli, nutritional coordinator, speaking about the human devastation in Caritas Venezuela) Notice: + the impact of using the personal pronoun “you” to engage listeners in the statistic (“It’s not normal for you to […]. “It’s not normal for you to go to a community, weigh 100 children and have 30 of them close to dying.”

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Hans Rosling & the art of storytelling with statistics

Presentation Zen

Hans Rosling is the Zen Master of presenting statistics. Hans proves what we all know, even if our teachers from yesteryear did not: Statistics are not boring. Statistics tell a story. Gapminder World Gapminder World is a web service that displays time series of development statistics for all countries (Google acquired Trendalyzer from the Gapminder Foundation in 2006). He's brilliant.

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Do you use statistics in your speeches?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

More to the point: Do you use those statistics as effectively as possible? When I taught a speechwriting workshop a few weeks ago, I recommended this book to the participants: INNUMERACY: MATHEMATICAL ILLITERACY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (written by John Allen Paulos). . This outstanding small book addresses two key questions: Why do we know so little about mathematics? And what is the social cost of our “innumeracy&# ? Highly recommended reading for speech writers at all levels

Public Relations: Field growing at 21% (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The good things we have been feeling in the field of public relations have been confirmed by statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.      As BUSINESS INSIDER reports, public relations is growing 21%.    Being a PR specialist has been included in the 15 fastest growing job categories in the U.S. Others are web developer, social media manager, and licensed practical nurse.

A Day in the Internet

Manner of Speaking

Drawing inspiration from such sources as Carl Sagan and the Long Island Initiative , I have tried to show examples of how statistics need to be put into context. As Chip and Dan Heath emphasize in Made to Stick : Statistics are rarely meaningful in and of themselves. Statistics will, and should, almost always be used to illustrate a relationship. These statistics and images would be very effective in a presentation about the Internet and how much time we spend on it.

Public Speaking: Fake Facts And Statistics

Great Public Speaking

Deadpan expression, or keeping a straight face, is a good technique to couple with fake facts and statistics. Stating falsehoods as if they are absolutely true is another fun way to play with the audience during a public speaking engagement. However, you must make the statements obviously false by your words and your facial expressions. When you use this technique in this fashion, you don't want to leave any doubt in the audience's mind whether you are being funny or not.

Two Thirds of Public Speaking Statistics are Made Up | Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized public speaking

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19 Powerful Presentation Stats to Transform Talks in 2019

Duarte Blog

Marketing Presentations Storytelling Strategy Tips datastory marketing presentation presentations slidedocs statistics storytelling Talks VisualStoryHere is a list of some of the most important presentation stats we could find: what is working, what is trending, and what people struggle with when it comes to giving successful talks. Some of these numbers come from brand new research, and others are tried and true classics. But one thing is certain: all [.] continue reading.

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Analysis: 2012 State of the Union Address

Successful Speeches Blog

Events How to start a speech Live Presentations Opinion Political Speeches Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Starting Your Speech StatisticsLast night, President Obama delivered what could be his last “State of the Union” address. As I stated in my last blog post, I’m not going to express my feelings about his policies or discuss politics. My goal is to analyze the elements within the speech.

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Romney Falsely Claims Good Job Numbers Are Because People Have Stopped Looking For Work

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized bls economics employment Mitt Romney obama Politics statistics Unemployment

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Robert McKee: Persuasion through storytelling trumps statistics

Presentation Zen

Data and storytelling Statistics and storytelling are not mutually exclusive. "As a method of persuasion, I am not a big fan of PowerPoint presentations," says the legendary screenwriting guru Robert McKee.

2012 86

How to prepare a televised speech, Part (2): script, statistics & teleprompter timing

Max Atkinson

Last week, I posted a couple of video clips to mark the 30th anniversary of the BBC comedy series Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister ( HERE & HERE ). This is the second in the series of three on how Jim Hacker was coached to make a televised speech

Jon Stewart Interviews Nate Silver on the Daily Show (video)

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized jon stewart nate silver polling statistics the daily show Video

2012 43

40 Fatal Public Speaking Mistakes

Successful Speeches Blog

Tags: Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Statistics Visual Aids Bad Habits How to start a speech PowerPoint Speeches

40 Fatal Public Speaking Mistakes

Successful Speeches Blog

Tags: Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Statistics Visual Aids Bad Habits How to start a speech PowerPoint Speeches

Want your data to go viral? Make it visual.

Duarte Blog

Strategy Video Brian Dennehy Long Island Index Rauch Foundation RSA statistics viral video visualizeHow do you turn an academic report into a viral video? The Rauch Foundation challenged Duarte to solve this puzzle as they re-launched the Long Island Index in January. The Long Island Index aims to reveal the challenges and opportunities facing Long Island through the collection of unbiased data.

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7 and a Half Ways to Make Your Information Matter

Speak and Deliver

Pictures, not Numbers - numbers, statistics, and hard data in general don't work well when displayed or spoken, in terms of memorability. percent increase' as a verbal only statement, or as stark numbers on a screen, consider a graphic of a small stack and a bigger stack of burgers side by side in combination with the verbal statistic. Create a leave-behind that has your statistics, your research, your sources, even your slides, to give to folks AFTER your presentation.

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Writing a speech? Make Numbers Work for You

Pivotal Public Speaking

Tags: public speaking speech writing speeches statistics support material in speeches writing speeches

2010 48

10 Smart Ways to Wrap-Up Your Presentation


A Surprise Fact or Statistic 4. A Motivational Tale that Reflects Your Key Message 2. Propel the Audience into Action with a Powerful Quote 3. A Rhetorical Question 5. Inspire with a Powerful Visual 6. A Running Clock 7. Wind Up with a Summary 8.

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Cyberflirting etc

The Communication Blog

12.20.2010 Cyberflirting etc Here is a startling statistic from a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and reported in The Week magazine (December 17, 2010, p. I checked the website ( and couldn’t find exactly that statistic but I did discover there a wealth of material on the role of cyber flirting and e-communication generally and their impact on interpersonal (mainly romantic) relationships.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 285) ? Brent Kerrigan

Manner of Speaking

We may believe they have an infinite ability to remember our funding analysis and statistics, but they will remember one or two points, at best. “The cold truth is that audiences remember little about any speech. We must therefore present … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Brent Kerrigan public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Speechwriting

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A Nightingale sang…

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A decade before Charles Joseph Minard famous chart that portrays the losses suffered by Napoleon’s army in the Russian campaign of 1812, which Edward Tufte claims was “probably the best statistical graphic ever drawn”, English nurse Florence Nightingale created a “rose diagram.”

8 Sure-fire Ways to Write a Compelling Executive Summary


These statistics are relevant to the biz world where the people at the management levels, C-level executives, lenders, and investors don’t have much time to read the lengthy documents thoroughly. According to a report, 55% of people spend less than 15 seconds actively reading the content.

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What's Your Hook?

Speak and Deliver

This used to be a ''startling statistic'' - but frankly, that''s way overused, and shocking statements are catching up as well. First 30 seconds Get your audience''s attention How to start your speech Open with a joke Shocking Statements Speech Hook startling statistics Storytelling We hear the term ''Hook'' bandied about a lot in marketing circles - usually it refers to your theme, your brand, your ''One Big Thing''. For me, it''s Win Anyway!

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A public speaking example

The Communication Blog

9.02.2009 A public speaking example In a recent ad to defeat the debt there’s an interesting example of using statistics (just numbers, actually) and making the numbers real for the audience, something we always tell our public speaking students. Categories: Public Speaking , statistics 3comments: Huzaifa Tabassum said.

Starting Your Speech in the Middle

Speak and Deliver

There are several ways to get their attention - from asking an opening question to starting with a startling statistic to saying something controversial or shocking. Example 2: Speech Topic: Taking Risks A typical start to this speech might be a statistic - "40,000 people a year die in car accidents". Speech Openings Audience Attention Shocking Statements Statistics Audience Connection Dialogue StorytellingJaakko Iisalo - the enemy of your presentation.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 16, 2013: Since 1991-92 there has been no set formula for providing funds for PA schools. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

Speaking Of...

65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

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Are You Creating Followers?

Speak and Deliver

Beyond that, you can grow your network to thousands of people, many who may care what you say, others who just treat you as a statistic. Have you communicated with the audience, or just talked at them, throwing out one impersonal statistic, quote and cliche after another? Quotes Cliches Facebook Social Media Statistics Audience Connection Twitter Linked In FollowersThe Original Facebook.

2012 54

SOCIAL MEDIA: KEY TO YOUR CAREER | Communication Steroids

Communication Steroids

Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter Home About Contact Us Current Programs Inner Circle Newsletter Products 20 Presentation Skills That Kill: Audio CDSeminar Social Media and Public Relations: Audio Task Oriented Teams: Audio CDSeminar What We Do SOCIAL MEDIA: KEY TO YOUR CAREER by Roger Pike on March 30, 2011 The most recent statistics are staggering.

1st prize winner in’s contest: Smoke, the Convenient Truth

PowerPoint Tips

The statistics will shock you! This presentation won first prize in’s World’s Best Presentation contest. Both the message and the graphics are outstanding. View more presentations from Empowered Presentations, Honolulu, HI. Contests & giveaways contest

The Best Way to Use Visual Elements in Your Slides

Presentation Guru

I’ve watched presenters read from a PowerPoint deck as though it were a script, nodded off while speakers rattled off pages of statistics with nary a pie chart or graphic to support their data.… As I work with many professional graphic designers, I’ve witnessed firsthand how important it is to synergize great messaging with strong visuals. I’ve also witnessed this pairing go very, very wrong.

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Beginning a Speech or Presentation – Four More Tips

Matt Eventoff

2) A Statistic - Not a boring statistic. A surprising statistic; a powerful statistic; a personalized statistic. . “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression&# – Will Rogers. This quote certainly holds true for speeches, presentations, group meetings and any other public speaking opportunity that exists. Your opening often determines just how much of your presentation the audience is going to “tune in&# for.

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What Moves an Audience?

Speak and Deliver

You have statistics and famous quotes to back you up. skip to main | skip to sidebar What Moves an Audience? Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Monday, September 21, 2009 Labels: Storytelling Youre passionate about the topic. You know what you want your audience to do. Youve developed the perfect catchphrase. You even have an amazing PowerPoint presentation glowing in the background.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 54)

Manner of Speaking

“Oratory is dying; a calculating age has stabbed it to the heart with innumerable dagger-thrusts of statistics.&# – Keith Hancock. Sir William Keith Hancock (1898 - 1988) Australian Historian.

Fox Turns To Donald Trump To Peddle Unemployment Rate Trutherism via Media Matters

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized "Donald Trump (TV Personality)" "Fox News Channel (TV Network)" economy obama statistics Unemployment

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 117)

Manner of Speaking

“Start strong with a ‘grabber’ A personal story, a quote from an expert or a shocking statistic — something that takes a hold of your audience and gets them hooked and opens their mind to your message. Conor Neill - Irish Teacher at IESE Business School, Entrepreneur and Author.

How to Prepare Your Scientific Presentation


To come up with proof for your hypothesis, use different statistical analysis methods to interpret the meaning behind your data. Since the dawn of time, humans were eager to find explanations for the world around them. At first, our scientific method was very simplistic and somewhat naive.

How to Spot Data Lies

Presentation Guru

Here’s a simple guide to spotting them, but it comes with a warning: you will never look at any statistic without a little smidgen of cynicism again. Many charts don’t tell the truth (or, at least, are quite misleading). However we shouldn’t be too cynical.… … Bitesize Charts and Graphs Visuals Data visualisation Presentation Mistakes

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