July, 2017

Create a soft look with semi-transparent images in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can’t make an image itself transparent in PowerPoint, but there’s a workaround. Why would you want to make an image transparent? For a soft look. To overlap images. To let text show through. You might have other reasons — if so leave a comment! It’s a matter of choice.

The life-changing magic of tidying up your presentations

Manner of Speaking

As I write this post, my wife and I are approximately three weeks into a massive effort to tidy up our home. This is no ordinary, annual clean-up; this is a methodical full-on assault to go through all of our … Continue reading → Book Review Preparation audience content Marie Kondo Presentation public speaking The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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The Relationship Between Incontinence, Credibility, Trust and Value

Presentation Guru

You read it right. Here’s the back story. Whenever I’m a guest lecturer or conducting training, I’ll frequently start out with a story. And just for the record, I’ve been telling stories long before it became a recognized sales tool!)

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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.

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The business of speechwriting: Client service

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Whether you write on staff or freelance, you want your speechwriting clients to feel like they’re in good hands. Think about the clients you served last week. Write down 3 specific things you did to convey your professionalism. Keep this list of actions on file.

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What Should I Do With My Hands?

Presentation Guru

Many people will naturally feel uncomfortable when speaking in public, with all eyes upon them. But while we may be concentrating hard on our words, our hands could be sending out the wrong message without us even realising it.

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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. It's a great way to expand your public speaking knowledge: Why speak?

Public speaking & media training: Statistic of the month

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“It’s not normal for you to go to a community, weigh 100 children and have 30 of them close to dying.” ” (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 […]. International speakers Media training Speechwriting

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Jr. - What Any Rookie Lawyer Could Have Told Him

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now,  lawyer Alan Futeras is advising Donald Trump Jr. That's a little late into the loop. Any rookie lawyer or even a IL law student such as Tiffany Trump will be at Georgetown could have advised Jr. never to put anything in writing.

3 Keys to Walking on Stage with Confidence

Speaker Launcher

Imagine you are getting ready to speak in front of 1500 of your peers; professional speakers who can be your warmest audience, but also the most critical. They examine your work like no other audience, knowing when a story or idea lands, or when it fails miserably. They can be your biggest cheerleaders or your harshest […]. The post 3 Keys to Walking on Stage with Confidence appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

How to Explain Complicated Concepts in Your Speech

SketchBubble

The average human being’s ability to process information is astonishing. In this digital age, a social media user is apt to absorb 285 pieces of content every day, and be exposed to as many as 1,000 digital links. If we are puzzled about something, we “Google” it and find a simple explanation.

Data Visualisation Advice to Stop You Drowning in the Numbers

Presentation Guru

How to engage an audience when data is your story and the fact that data needs context in order to mean anything are two areas that Jude Barak has previously written about for us.

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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.

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Copyright and democracy: a quote to remember

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“Copyright protection is a linchpin of democracy. The Founders wrote copyright law into the Constitution because a democracy needs an informed citizenry.” ” [from a January 15 2017 speech, given by the Authors Guild executive director Mary Rasenberger] I happened to reread this speech over the long July 4th weekend and the quote sticks with me. […]. Freelance Writing

SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts' Commencement Speech - Tops Steve Jobs' Classic at Stanford

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the speechwriting community, Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech at Stanford  continues to resonates. We who coach scriptwriting keep serving up bits and pieces of it as examples of brilliant thinking expressed with amazing simplicity.

15 Ways to Market Your Speaking Business and Build Your Brand

Speaker Launcher

We all know that whether you are a new business or one that’s been around for years, marketing is the key to building a brand and getting your message to the world. That said, there is no shortage of things that we “should” be doing to market our business. From blogging to writing a book […]. The post 15 Ways to Market Your Speaking Business and Build Your Brand appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Conversational Analysis

The Communication Blog

Tools to analyze and ultimately improve conversation and communication generally have traditionally come in the form of suggestions or guidelines written in a textbook or a how-to-do-it trade book. But, recently, software programs such as Cogito have been developed. These programs are based on an extremely thorough analysis of all sorts of communication signals, especially nonverbal signals, for example, varied or consistent emphasis, mimicking or mirroring, and vocal-cord tension.

The Ultimate Collection of Books to Improve Your Skills

Presentation Guru

I guess it all comes down to the old nature vs nurture debate. Some people think that great presentation skills come naturally, and certainly some aspects including body language and confidence may, but that doesn’t mean you can rule yourself out if they don’t.…

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. It's a great way to expand your public speaking knowledge.

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Quick advice for speechwriters

Joan Detz Speaker Services

What images do you create in the minds of your audience? “Some say that nothing is more vivid or memorable than a picture. We disagree. No visual image is as vivid as the image created by the mind in response to words.” ” [Norman Cousins] Wise words to guide your speechwriting … Speechwriting

Drudge Report Headlines "United States of Distrust" - No One's Watching Our Back (except courts/intelligence agencies)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The influential Drudge Report hammers the lack of trust in the United States. That  That distrust includes the Trump Administration, Congress, opinion polls and the media.

Six Elements of Vocal Variety and How to Master Them Part 1- Volume

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

What is Vocal Variety? Vocal variety is just one of nine key components of effective speaking, but it is often ignored or misunderstood. In this series of posts, I’d like to look at this important topic in greater detail and show you how you can improve your impact and engagement by learning how to harness the full power of your voice.

[Podcast] How Do I Find an Agent or Hire a Coach?

Speaker Launcher

Each episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast features a guest star in the speaking industry…someone who is ready to share knowledge about their specific area of expertise, whether it is marketing your speaking business, booking more gigs, perfecting your presentation, or something else. This week I decided to try something a little different. The featured […]. The post [Podcast] How Do I Find an Agent or Hire a Coach? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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How to Use Morph Transition for PowerPoint

Presentation Guru

PowerPoint just gets better and better. In a previous post, Timo Sorri introduced us to the Morph transition function which allows end users to create complex animations by simply applying the Morph transition.

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Do your company's meetings and offsites need a code of conduct?

The Eloquent Woman

In the recently released "Holder report" recommendations prepared by Covington & Burling for Uber about its corporate culture and needed changes , there was buried a recommendation that women speakers should know about: Codes of conduct should apply to both in-house meetings and offsite meetings.

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Quote: Differences & Diversity

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Media interviews talk about fixing the USA’s growing divisiveness. Corporate presentations talk about the need to encourage diversity. Government officials talk about “the bi-partisan need to come together” as a nation. I ran across this quote from a commencement address given by President Kennedy back in 1963 at the American University in DC. The second sentence […]. Media training Speechwriting

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Technology As Executive Coach

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The must tech tools for most professionals are gmail and iPhone. The essential social network is LinkedIn. The personal one is Facebook. All have blocking/delete features. Because they do, we need fewer $150 sessions with our executive or even our life coach. 

How to insert 3D into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

3D is here! Yes, you can now insert certain types of 3D models into PowerPoint, rotate them and even animate them. At the end, I’ll show you a video of an animated 3D model in PowerPoint. To be clear, to get this new feature, you have to have Office 365, which is the subscription version.

Infographic: How to deliver a world-class presentation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kudos to Hong Kong based Malcolm Andrews for publishing a great infographic on how to deliver a world-class presentation. Malcolm is UK national who has been involved over the last 10 years in the development of business management and communication skills for companies across Asia.

How to water your voice

Kate's Voice

I was standing in the wings, about to make my entrance when I noticed that it was raining on stage. I mean it wasn’t supposed to be, but it sure looked like rain to me. Then I realized that what I was seeing was saliva raining forth from the mouths of the chorus! Get […].

Famous Speech Friday: Malala Yousafzai at the Canadian Parliament

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Leonoor Russell, a speechwriter from the Netherlands, calls this speech "a joy to watch," something we often forget about speeches. They can be fun, funny, and joyous, even in a staid parliament setting. I asked Russell to write about this speech for Famous Speech Friday.)

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What is Prezi? Is It Any Good? Is It For You?

Presentation Guru

Prezi Next, Prezi’s latest incarnation, was launched recently as their most powerful presentation platform yet but what do its users really think of it? Today we catch up with Lesley Barringer, a designer and committed Prezi user, who gives us her considered opinion.

"Sunday Night" June 9, 2017 - Megyn Kelly's Ratings Stuck (unlike Oprah, she's not one of us)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For Megyn Kelly's fifth "Sunday Night," essentially the ratings remained stuck, both for total viewers and the coveted 10-49 demographic.   Here are the details from Joe Otterson at Variety. The programming offered what could have been grabbers.

What to get done

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

In my previous post I gave some tips on getting tasks done; here are some tips on what to get done. Never accept a meeting on the same today – it messes up your planning. Know what you need to do today, and only focus on those – remember to eat the biggest frog First (Brian Tracey). Don’t do other people’s work – it is too easy to say yes, but mean no – delegate! Only commit to work that you can complete, and if you can’t complete it, don’t commit!