September, 2017

10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these ten reasons I think the program is worth joining!

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What if we put the audience first?

Manner of Speaking

What if we stopped thinking of the audience as the number of seats filled? What if we started thinking about the audience as individuals who are giving us 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour of their time? Time that they … Continue reading → Audience audience Presentation public speaking

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Trending Sources

This is What Presenters Can Learn From Dancing Scientists

Duarte Blog

From the time of Biblical David to the era of Kevin Bacon, people around the world have been dancing to celebrate, worship, entertain, and tell stories.

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7 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Audience Hooked

Presentation Guru

There’s nothing worse than realising mid-presentation that your audience is asleep. In fact, a recent Harris Poll survey discovered that half of respondents do something other than listen during a presentation. Texting, checking email, and dozing off were the most popular distractors.

Using BIG circles on slides to make a bold, modern statement

PowerPoint Tips

One way to create a modern look is to use BIG shapes. Recent design trends often use large shapes with lots of white space. You can see this on some websites. In this post, I show you 2 ways to use circles to create a bold, modern statement. Use a circle for a numbered list.

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6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding

Duarte Blog

Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch.

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Can a slidedoc ever be a presentation?

Presentation Guru

In scientific presentations, pre-made slides are a bane and a boon at the same time. Some journals offer all the figures from publications as slides, but it’s usually as a single unalterable image, which make the slide often unsuited for presentation.

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Famous Speech Friday: Taylor Swift's harassment testimony

The Eloquent Woman

It was courtroom testimony by a harassed woman the likes of which is rarely seen, and that's really the pity here. But when singer-songwriter Taylor Swift took the stand in a Denver, Colorado, federal courtroom, her words resonated around the world.

Deloitte's Major Cyber Attack Involves Client Confidential Data - Branding in Crisis

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One of Deloitte's core competencies is providing clients with cyber security. That's why the major cyber attack of its own data and that of about six clients has thrown the Deloitte branding in crisis. The extent of the data breach is extraordinary, reports Jeff John Roberts, at Fortune.

Boost your clout as a writer or speaker: Develop strong research skills

Joan Detz Speaker Services

September is #LibraryCardSignUp Month. If you don’t already own a card for your local public library, get one now. Then get cards for major libraries throughout the country. You don’t have to be a resident of Philadelphia to apply for a card at Philly’s terrific Free Library.

A lesson from Apple’s launch of the iPhone X

Manner of Speaking

The iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone 10”) was touted as the next leap forward in smartphones. It is the first smartphone from Apple to feature a full-screen display, it has “Super Retina” resolution, wireless charging and more. Apple revealed it to the world on 12 … Continue reading → Preparation Props Apple Craig Federighi iPhone X Presentation props public speaking Steve Jobs

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Where Do You Get Your Speaking Business?

Speaker Launcher

I have a very important question for you: Where do you get your speaking business? Are you hustling and booking everything directly? Are they coming through referrals? Or are you using speakers bureaus and social media? Every day there are more and more apps and platforms popping up that purport to help speakers get booked. […]. The post Where Do You Get Your Speaking Business? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Deliver Online Presentations During Remote Meetings

Presentation Guru

Remote meetings are arguably more frequent today than ever before. Back in the day you might have expected a remote meeting between board members, executive directors or people at the top of the organizational hierarchy.

Famous Speech Friday: Susan Bro:"They tried to kill my child to shut her up"

The Eloquent Woman

On August 13, Susan Bro lost her child in an unimaginable fashion, after her daughter Heather Heyer was struck by a car as she participated in a counter-protest rally against white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Over-65: Falling-Down Drunk, Literally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What we are hearing more and more about, Paula Span's article in The New York Times documents: There's an increase in late-life drinking.    The spike is 65%. That statistic is based on a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 

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Speechwriters and speakers: When you develop your research skills, you develop your professional clout

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Your speeches and presentations can only be as good as the research you use to write them. Over the next few weeks, watch this space. I’ll share tips and techniques for doing better research in less time. Presentation skills Speechwriting

Make your next presentation your best yet

Manner of Speaking

The infographic in this post comes courtesy of the design agency Ghergich & Co. They developed it for Salesforce Canada and invited me to share it with you. The infographic captures some important principles from three experts in the field of … Continue reading → Delivery Design Slide Presentation Chris Anderson Guy Kawasaki Nancy Duarte PowerPoint Presentation public speaking TED

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[Podcast] How to Transition from Event Speaker to Event Business Partner with Enette Pauze

Speaker Launcher

When a company hires you to speak at an event, do you simply think of yourself as just another person they’ve hired that will appear on their stage? You parachute in, do your thing, leave and then collect a check? Or, do you think of yourself as a ‘partner’ with the organization and someone who […]. The post [Podcast] How to Transition from Event Speaker to Event Business Partner with Enette Pauze appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Convince your Audience that your Point of View is Valid


all the reasons you stand before microphones and address an audience, persuading people to take up your cause is one of the toughest.

Famous Speech Friday: Janet Yellen on holding women back

The Eloquent Woman

In America, the chair of our central banking Federal Reserve System (known familiarly as "The Fed") speaks frequently, but with care.

Millennial Women & Mommy Issues - Way Different From Those of CounterCulture Women

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"My mother said I wasn't hired for the grocery store's management training program because of my tattoo." " That's what the 25-year-old woman told me. She was concerned about her mother's opinion. 

September is Translation Month. Gratitude is in order.

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Thank you to Elena Bernardo Gill for translating HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH (St. Martin’s Press, 30th anniversary edition) into Spanish. TY to Alba Editorial of Barcelona for their publishing integrity – and to Maria Tena for her steady editorial support all along the way.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 259) – Jonathan Evison

Manner of Speaking

“You have to smile, if you expect anybody to smile back.” — Jonathan Evison Photo courtesy of Keith Brofsky. Quotes for Public Speakers Jonathan Evison public speaking public speaking quotes quotes smile

3 Strategies for Moving Out of Your ‘Money Comfort Zone’ and Finding Greater Success

Speaker Launcher

We have all been there. Trying to achieve the next level of our income in our business and boom – we hit a brick wall. We are stuck in our ‘Money Comfort Zone’ It is almost like your subconscious says, “well, we are making just about the right amount of money, so let’s stay here […]. The post 3 Strategies for Moving Out of Your ‘Money Comfort Zone’ and Finding Greater Success appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Communication requires presence: Why I won't have a meeting with you while driving

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who are of the opinion that talking on the phone while driving (sometimes with yelling or fighting kids in the back seat) makes more effective or productive use of your time, I doubt you'll change your habits after this one post.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well.

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End of World Baby Boomer Memories - This Time Tipping Point Is Supposedly North Korea

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From age five, we Baby Boomers had near encounters with the end of the world.    How vividly we recall the Cold War. Those in the know told us to hunker down under our desks. That would protect us from the Russian bombs. 

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IABC regional conference: Heritage Region

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The 2017 IABC Heritage Region Conference is fast approaching You can now download the complete conference brochure to review the schedule and learn more about the speakers for this year’s 4 KEYNOTES and 21 BREAKOUT SESSIONS. Be sure to check out the schedule and explore the complete list of speakers. Join us in one of the “17 Best […]. Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 260) – Madeleine Albright

Manner of Speaking

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” — Madeleine Albright. Quotes for Public Speakers Madeleine Albright public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Exercise: How to jump start your voice without saying a word

Kate's Voice

I don’t have to tell you that your voice is attached to your body. And I probably don’t have to tell you that your body needs exercise. But what kind of exercise makes your voice work better? And how does a full-body workout compare with vocal warm-ups for getting your voice going?

Announcing: A Conversation with Shel Holtz

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve long been an admirer of communication strategist Shel Holtz. who is a regular speaker on topics surrounding the application of online technology to strategic organizational communication. He speaks regularly at IABC and Ragan Communication conferences.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well. Here's what I've been reading lately: Speaking fees capped: A woman got a record speaking fee in New


The Language of Career Change - Make It Pragmatic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The neighbor is nearly 40. He is on his second career. Statistics show he has plenty more to go. Currently the expectation is for 5 to 7 career changes during a life of work. Unlike too many of those in the midst of career transition, he speaks about the process in pragmatic terms.

Media training: More words to avoid (Let’s shut the door on “open the kimono”)

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’m not sure why some executives say “Open the kimono” during a media interview. I really have no idea why they use these words. But I wish they would permanently drop the phrase from all future interviews, Q&A sessions, and presentations. In fact, it would be nice if they never uttered this phrase again. It’s […]. Media training Presentation skills Social media