April, 2017

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It's hard to be human

Speak Schmeak

Pretending to be a giant at the Christmas tree lot Most of my clients aren't afraid of speaking. They're well past the point where they avoid speaking engagements or rush to get them over with.

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Using a slide layout template for infinite variations

PowerPoint Tips

Once you create a great slide layout for a presentation, you can use that slide over and over by changing the text and the image. This technique will save you an amazing amount of time and make your workflow easier. For example, this slide is simple but useful for many situations.

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Four Public Speaking Lessons – and a Drone!

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Barcelona for work and pleasure. The first week was spent at IESE Business School where, once or twice a year, I join four others to teach public speaking and communication … Continue reading → Delivery Conor Neill Feedback Florian Mueck gestures IESE pause public speaking Tobias Rodrigues Tony Anagor

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Kerrie Campbell - Will She Be Gretchen Carlson of Legal Sector?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The class action gender lawsuit against Chadbourne & Parke could become the analogue of Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment litigation against former Fox head Roger Ailes.

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How to inspire others

Kate's Voice

What makes a talk or conversation inspiring? Is it magic? Is it power? Is it beauty that inspires? Is it joy, pain, or sorrow? Leaders often feel a need to be inspiring because they want to get people to embrace their ideas and follow their lead.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 252) – Jack Kerouac

Manner of Speaking

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac Photo courtesy of Tom Palumbo. Quotes for Public Speakers TED Jack Kerouac public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes simplicity

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Bill O'Reilly - Odds Against Him for Comeback

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even The Wall Street Journal, owned by the Murdochs, has reported that Bill O'Reilly is likely on the way out. Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman gave us the details why the situation is darkening for O'Reilly. Here is the latest from New York Magazine.

2017 22

Guest Speakers – Respect Your Audience Or Else…

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

A lesson on how not to respect your audience. I attend a lot of presentations and am always on the lookout for what speakers do that turns me on or turns me off. Last week I attended a digital marketing show and was dismayed to witness one of the invited guest presenters committing one of the cardinal sins of public speaking. He failed to demonstrate respect for his audience. How did he do this? He started his presentation by talking about himself and his company not his audience.

2017 17

5 Ways to Make your Presentation More Visual and Effective

Presentation Guru

Visualizing slides (just a fancy word for transforming slides full of text into more visual slides) is a big part of my job, but you don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to apply some basic visualization techniques to your presentations.

2017 25

Has PowerPoint sucked you into this trap?

Speaking about Presenting

One of the many clever things that PowerPoint can do is allow you to dump lots of information into it. Unlike your human audience, you can just keep on adding information into a slide and the font size will adjust to allow as much information as you like.

2017 11

Famous Speech Friday: Gwen Ifill on politics, policy & leadership

The Eloquent Woman

Back when we used to watch the evening news on television--remember that?--we we spoke loyally of our favorite anchors and our habit of "inviting them into our homes."

2017 18

Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. The new Family theme is here!

Manner of Speaking

Last summer, Florian Mueck and I released the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, the world’s first public speaking board game. One of the great things about an app is that you can update it with new features. The first … Continue reading → Rhetoric Dan Pink Florian Mueck gamification public speaking Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game

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"Blue Bloods" - We Like that the Reagans Don't Do Shrinks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On "Blue Bloods," police commissioner Frank Reagan is suffering with a sustained bout of insomnia. In the middle of the work day, he sneaks out of his office, puts on sunglasses and enters a high-end building. In  In there is the typical objective and lacking warm shrink. From the get-go, Frank tells him that Reagans don't do those sorts of things. Then he does try to connect. The subject is his feelings about the long-ago  9/11. He survived.

2017 12

Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

To celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs (finally) making the playoffs, I present my short story Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue from Rebel in the Back Seat … and other short stories. Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue. by Paul Lima. Johnny Bower was my hero. He led the Leafs to victory. In 1967, the year he turned forty-three, the craggy-faced goal­tender backstopped the Toronto Maple Leafs to their third straight Stanley Cup triumph.

2017 10

I don’t attend conferences where speakers don’t get paid

More than PowerPoint...

I give up. Starting today, on #EqualPayDay — I won’t pay to go to business conferences where speakers don’t get paid. The conference organizers will pay for the room and the food. But they won’t pay speakers for crafting and delivering content? The conference venue makes money — but the speakers don’t? It makes no sense to me. But, still, I’ll hear unpaid speakers say, “No, wait. I get paid. I get paid with exposure, experience, and connections.”

Simple Presentation Ideas for First-Time Presenters


You’ve studied hard, achieved expertise in your field, and are building a solid reputation for yourself and your innovative ideas. The one thing you haven’t done is achieved a comfort level in public speaking. Now you’ve been asked to be a presenter at an upcoming event.

How trauma kills our storytelling abilities

The Eloquent Woman

I've told you why it's important not to make all your personal stories 'happily ever after' stories , and to keep in the messy parts. And I've shared here a real-life story about a cancer patient who was dying, and asked to speak about her treatment, clearly a difficult task.

2017 16

[Podcast] Locking Down Sponsors with Charmaine Hammond

Speaker Launcher

This episode is brought to you by the letter S…as in sponsors! Charmaine Hammond is a speaker, author, and former corrections officer. She has used sponsors to boost her speaking career, pursue philanthropic endeavors and travel around North America.

Shurnue Bratton - A Firing, Then Murder

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her story is not unusual. Shurnue Bratton was fired from law firm Casey Simmons and Bryant in Tennessee. That was in March. More recently she returned with a gun. Among her acts of violence was fatally shooting law firm employee Betsy Raines. Here are the details in Abovethelaw.com.

Want to be a better presenter? – Then don’t copy your colleagues

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

DON’T BE A MONKEY! I write lots of posts about how to be a better presenter or speaker but am continually frustrated that I still see so many poor presentations. Why is it that, despite being well into the 21st Century, many people still bore the pants of their audiences? The number one reason for poor presentations is, as far as I can see, that human beings are hard-wired to learn by modelling other people. Or to put it another way “Monkey see, Monkey do.”

2017 10

Why Webinars are Great and How to Design Them Effectively

Presentation Guru

More and more presentations these days are given via webinar instead of with a live audience in the same room as the presenter. If you haven’t given a webinar yet, we see one in your future.

How to Answer Questions.or Not?

Executive Speech Coach

How to answer questions or not? Many presentations include time for questions from your audience. This offers the opportunity to clarify key points and nurture trust. There might be questions that are irrelevant. Naturally, you don’t need to answer that type of question.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

2017 16

Why You Need to Pick A Lane to Win as a Professional Speaker

Speaker Launcher

This blog post will not be the first time I have talked to you about picking a lane. We talked about it back in 2014 when I told you that Becoming a Wealthy Speaker Requires Picking a Lane. We also talked about it again last June in our 4 Marketing Essentials to Ensure Your Positioning […]. The post Why You Need to Pick A Lane to Win as a Professional Speaker appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing pick a lane speaker expertise

Uber - Not Enough to Stop Drunk-Driving

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The mag ical thinking out there is that the technology underlying ride-sharing Uber will significantly reduce drunk driving. Various studies, reports The New York Times , have shown those kinds of results. But, that approach to research doesn't understand the mind of an intoxicated person.

You don't have to go it alone

Speak Schmeak

"How can I get my audience to ask more questions?" "How How do I create notes that are useful?" "How How do I make a more effective call to action?" "How How do I adjust my content into longer/shorter presentations?" "How How do I put together a speaker proposal for a conference?" "How

The Power of Storytelling to Persuade

Presentation Guru

“As a method of persuasion, I am not a big fan of PowerPoint presentations,” says the legendary screenwriting guru Robert McKee. So begins Garr Reynolds excellent post on the power of storytelling to persuade.

Body Language from your hands?

Executive Speech Coach

Body language is the combination of messages conveyed by all parts of your body. Your hands are certainly a noticeable and powerful channel for your body messages. Study this video of Allan Pease speaking at the TEDx Macquarie University. What might your hands say about you?

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Savvy speakers keep up with my wide-ranging reading list on women and public speaking by following The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , where these links and articles appear first. I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

Why a CRM is Essential for Growing a Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

As a speaker looking to grow your business, you must think about building an infrastructure that will support that growth.

Jobs & Brands - Preet, Jack, Hillary Who Who?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A tragic side effect of capitalism is this: Our job is the platform for our brand. When superhero Jack Welch was no longer head of GE, the shelf life on his brand quickly expired.

Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Duarte Blog

Do you remember when you first became aware of climate change? For me, it was 2006. My friends started driving Toyota Priuses, my parents began to buy LED lightbulbs, and I started composting my uneaten food.

The 10 Best Websites for Downloading Free Stock Photos

Presentation Guru

One of the best ways of making attention grabbing presentations is to use eye-catching visuals. The most convenient way to do that is to make use of readymade presentation templates and high-resolution images. However, many websites offering stock photos can cost a fortune.

Sloppy TEDx Presentation Opening

Executive Speech Coach

"Hi Everyone, ah , Thank you for your time today. It’s, ah , very daunting to get up here after those wonderful talks this afternoon. Ah , I’m here to talk to you about the next generation of the Internet, the way we see it, ah , in particular, the mobile internet, um, I have mobile internet here with my notes, (held up his phone) hopefully the mobile internet keeps working …" He continued his talk with many more ums and aahs. I wondered if he had prepared and rehearsed his presentation.