May, 2019

Being vs. becoming

Speak Schmeak

Twice in conversations with a client, she's told me, "I'm not a writer." And yet, she is a writer, because she writes !

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Transitions in a speech or presentation

Manner of Speaking

Have you ever been in the audience listening to a speaker and found yourself lost? You weren’t exactly sure where the speaker was going or how the different points in a speech were connected?

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Communication as a College Major

The Communication Blog

Here's a brief article on the 10 most versatile college majors--Communication is No. link] [link

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Taking It to the Next Level: Stand up Comedy – How Hard Can It Be?

Presentation Guru

When John, Emma and I set up Presentation Guru we wanted to create a shared resource (The ‘guru’ is the community, not any one of us) of hundreds of articles for speakers, at every stage of their development, to help them do three things: Create engaging stories.

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Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Duarte Blog

Commencement season is upon us. You know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages for diplomas. And we’re watching the videos.

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Dick Wolf Sure Knows How to Orchestrate Finales

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night's three Chicago series produced by Dick Wolf had their finales.    And, boy, were they high drama. All were cliff hangers which are intended to have audiences return in the fall to find out what happened. For "Chicago P.D."

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Prologue to Family Tree, a novel

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This is the first draft of the three-part prologue to Family Tree , a novel, historical fiction, that I may be writing. I am looking for feedback on the prologue. Feel free to post detailed feedback here (or email it to paullima.com@gmail.com ), or simply let me know if, based on the prologue, you think you might be interested in reading the book — especially if you like historical fiction. Family Tree Prologue. Germany February 1945.

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More Trending

Public Speaking: Its Place in the Communication Curriculum

The Communication Blog

I wrote this as a post on the basic course list but I thought others might also be interested. For a variety of reasons, it seems useful to periodically review current practices and search for alternatives that might better serve our purposes. So, here I want to review the “basic course” and argue that the basic course in communication—often a required course—should not be public speaking but should be the hybrid/fundamentals course.

2019 100

Tips on Designing and Delivering Engaging Presentations

Presentation Guru

Every day, up and down the country, and across the globe, thousands if not millions of poor audience members are sat down in a conference hall ready to endure up to 3 hours of painstaking presentations.

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How to Write a Great Talk: Murder Your Darlings

Duarte Blog

Writing teachers commonly use the phrase “kill your darlings” to describe the editing process.

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TV - Of Course, There Will Be Another GoT

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The finale of "Game of Thrones" does not mean the end of the era of blockbuster television shows.    From the beginning of the medium of television, there was a primal need to attach to fictional characters.

2019 56

How to Expand and Grow Your Brand with Cheryl Cran

Speaker Launcher

In order to create a successful company, you need to invest the time and effort to make (and keep) yourself known. Sometimes this requires tweaks to your marketing while other times, a complete reinvention is required.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 308) – Simon Sinek

Manner of Speaking

“We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the … Continue reading → The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 308) – Simon Sinek appeared first on Manner of Speaking

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Speech of Acceptance

The Communication Blog

Here is a speech of acceptance that is sure to resonate with students and instructors alike. It's Madonna's acceptance speech for the Advocate for Change award from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation). The speech is all over the Internet; the one noted here is one clear version with commentary. link]. Acceptance speech Advocate for Change Award speeches GLAAD Madonna speech of acceptance

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You Have a File to Convert? You’ll Need One of These

Presentation Guru

As technology has evolved, we now have multiple devices and digital platforms that support different format of files. That is why we often come up against the problem of converting files into specified formats.

2019 55

All You Need to Know About Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

SlideModel

Analyzing failure is essential for rectifying issues and preventing them in the future. It can be catastrophic for a business to have a breakdown which halts an entire process; be it the manufacturing of a product or delivery of a service.

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#MeToo Era - Politicos Flock to "The View"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Not so long ago, "The View" seemed to be begging to be put out of its misery. The content was dull. The tone too safe. That was then. Now, as Amanda Fitzsimons reports on The New York Times , "The View" is a necessary stop in a political campaign. 

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How to Engage Your Audience Using Games and Other Fun Tools with Stephen Shapiro

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast we welcome Stephen who will share with us how he uses games and innovation to engage and inspire his audience.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso

Manner of Speaking

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ” — Pablo Picasso. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Pablo Picasso public speaking quotes quote

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Was your speech successful?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Measure the success of each presentation.

2019 52

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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How to Carry Out a Feasibility Study and Get Better at Business Decision Making

SlideModel

It’s a well-known fact that projects fail more often than they succeed. This happens for a multitude of reasons, but the lack of proper planning tends to be the most common one. The best tool for determining whether your project will be a win or a loss is a feasibility study.

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Globally, Millennial/iGen Trust in Business Declines

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We Baby Boomers, including females, embraced Corporate America. The M.B.A. was  the  degree. And even social conversations included business terminology, ranging from "the bottom line" to "allocation of resources." " That was then.

2019 56

5 Lessons Learned Building My New Website

Speaker Launcher

I recently launched a fully redesigned website. Since you are a business owner who has likely gone through this process once or twice before, I’m sure you can sympathize with the pain and stress I went through to bring this new project to a close. It was, to say the least, a challenge.

Focusing on the wrong things means sales – and customers – lost

SpeakerSue Says...

My male dog, BC, had a “hot spot” that I allowed him to lick (because really would you want to wear one of those collars of shame?). Don’t judge me. So this morning he and I went to the vet and he was cleaned, shaved, given a steroid shot and sent home with two prescriptions. And just now I received a text request to leave a google review based on my experience. No ask about the dog! No follow-up to see when we can come back for our follow-up.

2019 43

Quote of the day: US President Eisenhower

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“People in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think people want peace so much that one of these days our governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.” ” (during a 1959 TV broadcast). International speakers Speechwriting

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Max Atkinson's Blog: Which post-war Oxford prime minister was the best.

Max Atkinson

Max Atkinson's Blog: Which post-war Oxford prime minister was the best. Since 1945, 10 of the 14 (72%) UK prime ministers were graduates of Oxford university. None had been to Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, Lo

2019 40

Nancy Drew, et al. - When We Were Shaped by Characters in Books

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It might have been Nancy Drew's independence that set our generation off on second-wave feminism, embracing The Pill, and willingness to see how far we could go in Corporate America.    If there was a new clue in a mystery, Nancy would be off in her roadster.

2019 56

Sure, We Welcome Being 100+ - If We Can Continue Working

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's that great cultural divide. One group is the over-65 who have stopped working for income.    Then there are those of us who are determined to continue hustling for a buck until the wiring in our brain starts misfiring. The tensions between the two are palpable.

2019 56

Youngstown, Ohio - Symbol of Irrational Support for Donald Trump

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ghosts of Steel Past haunt the Ohio Valley, where the city of Youngstown, Ohio is based. The dominant narrative is how things used to be. The ambiance mirrors that of episodes from "The Twilight Zone." " Meanwhile a 90-minute drive east is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2019 56

Personal Branding - A Useful Concept Gone Berserk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some recall when management consultant introduced the concept of  Personal Brand.    That was how we were to differentiate ourselves from all the competition for jobs, bonuses, promotions and other professional goodies.    Mmmmm. Seemed like a good idea, didn't it.

2019 56

Influencer Marketing - Big (and getting bigger), Volatile, Smirks about F.T.C. Guidelines

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Anna Wintour, watch out. On Instagram, there are kid influencers in the fashion space who have greater reach and influence than establishment media players such as the Vogue crowd.

2019 56

Rainmaking - The Old-Fashioned Way

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's palpable: anticipating The Downturn. The only issues are when and how severe. That  could mean many growth niches could shift to becoming a zero-sum game.

2019 56

Strategic Forgetting - Neuroscience Is Already on That

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Forgetting is what we victims of PTSD yearn for. Not fear, as with those who carry the Alzheimer's gene. Here and here are at the top of the list of what I hope to strategically forget. On this front, Axios hammers there is good news from neuroscientists.

2019 56

Distressed Conde Nast Unloads Another Title

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's a dog fight in the media business for survival. And many of those media properties with a print background continue to get mauled. The Conde Nast publishing empire, which flourished in print times, has just unloaded another title. It's Brides.

2019 56

Disney + 20th Century Fox = Layoffs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mergers create redundancies.    Redundancies mean layoffs. Ever since Disney merged with 20th Century Fox, those reductions in force have been expected. Now, reports Variety , they have begun. The first group hit has been the film staff.

2019 56

Have a Legal Issue? Research It Just Like a Lawyer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On television legal dramas what plays out is the the brilliant strategy this or that lawyer creates. That's the theatre. But underneath the glam is the tedious task of research. That's what generates the strategy. And research is what non-lawyers like yourself can do.

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