May, 2021

Use contrast to make your text and colors pop!

PowerPoint Tips

’ve been working on some training about presentations that are accessible to people with sight and hearing challenges and have learned some techniques that I believe everyone can use. One has to do with increasing contrast between the background (of the slide or a shape) and the text.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 340) – Anthony Fauci

Manner of Speaking

Anthony Fauci – American Physician, Scientist and Immunologist. “I accept and welcome the opportunity to have an impact [in the battle against Covid-19] because I know the things I can do well and the things that I would prefer not to do.


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People with Public Speaking Fear can Learn from a Downs Syndrome Golfer

Speaking Freely

Amazing Amy is a young golfer who has Downs Syndrome. Amy has no fear or anxiety. She has played confidently with golf pros and even inspired them to win trophies. People who have public speaking fear can learn to develop their confidence from Amy.

Mastering the Power of Positivity


A famous American author, Hellen Keller said; ‘Keep facing the sunshine, and you won’t see a shadow’ This is a reference to the power of positive thinking. You might have heard about the power of positivity or how having a positive outlook can transform your life.

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The Path to 7-Figures with Ryan Estis

Speaker Launcher

Want some great advice from a 7-Figure speaker? Listen as Jane and Ryan Estis answer your questions about how to grow your speaking business! The post The Path to 7-Figures with Ryan Estis appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Your Top 6 Storytelling Questions (Answered by an Expert Storyteller)

Duarte Blog

In our recent webinar, “Persuading Your Audience Through Story” with Duarte content developers and speaker coaches Jeff Davenport and Doug Neff, we received great audience questions about the art of storytelling. Following, Jeff answers six of the most asked questions we weren’t able to answer live.

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5 Tips to Craft a Compelling Vision Statement for Your Company


Have you ever wondered what it is that keeps you hooked to a specific brand even if so many cheaper options are available out there? Why do you recommend a particular restaurant when someone outside of your town asks for suggestions? Well, there is a good reason behind it!

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Shakespeare as speechwriter

Max Atkinson

In my continuously failing efforts to tidy up my study, I came across a programme for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar at Stratford upon Avon in 1992 (below).

Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (8 Types of Intelligences)


We learn problem-solving skills using puzzles, building blocks, board games, and outdoor games from an early age. From taking that first step to riding a bike and eventually driving a car or creating a PowerPoint presentation, there is an essential factor that comes into play: intelligence!

What Are You Waiting For? with Jen McDonough

Speaker Launcher

Are you letting fear stop you from making a big change? Hear Jen McDonough share her story of taking that big step and how you can too! . The post What Are You Waiting For? with Jen McDonough appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Speaker Sue’s Winning Formula for Email Success

SpeakerSue Says...

Business is booking. Are you getting your fair share (and more)? Did I just hear you mutter, “I wish”? Hmmm… please know it’s not likely your venue, offer or rate that isn’t right (though it’s easy to think that). It’s much more likely to be your outreach and follow-up. How happy would you be – and your leaders too – if you could depend on a simple formula to ensure your emails engaged, nurtured and moved to close?

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4 Reasons Why Visuals are the Power Boosters for eLearning Courses


In today’s digital era, visualization has become an integral part of learning and education. Visuals are the most comprehensive communication language that learners from different cultural backgrounds can easily and quickly understand.

May 6 SpeakAnyway Life - The Crash that Inspires

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The Queen's Speech: an exception that proves the ruler

Max Atkinson

This blog is from 22 years ago when the Queen opened parliament by reading a speech written for her by Gordon Brown's Labour government.

What is Risk Analysis and Risk Management?


What is inevitable for any entrepreneur is risk! Without risk, there can be no reward, and at a manageable level of t risk, businesses can achieve success. On the contrary, threats that don’t result in a positive outcome can ruin a business. However, this is not a zero-sum game.

The 2021 Best Virtual Demo Video Contest

Speaker Launcher

Over the last 14 months we’ve seen some major shifts in the professional speaking industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a world that almost overnight went virtual, many speakers saw the immediate need to embrace the shift and up their ‘virtual’ game.

Stop Annoying Your Co-workers with these Common Responses

SpeakerSue Says...

“Got it”. Noted”. You’ve been there before. You crafted a thoughtful message explaining or asking, and your colleague/boss responds to your efforts with “Got it”. Unbelievable that you took time to present details and content to ensure s/he understood the full picture, had the facts and heard the evidence. And all they can manage to respond is “Noted”. Here is the thing: The person who responded that way likely thought s/he was doing you a favor because they took the time (nanosecond!)

Using Mind Maps To Share Ideas in PowerPoint Presentations


Making mind maps for jolting down your ideas to scribble a blueprint for a venture is one of the most effective techniques for conducting brainstorming sessions, gathering your thoughts, and bringing out your creative side.

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Countering Business Competitors using OODA Loop Decision Making Model


Countering business competitors amidst cutthroat competition is like going to war. No wonder various business concepts consist of so many military terms with words like war, menace, etc.

How Starbursting Brainstorming can Help Generate Creative Ideas


Many brainstorming sessions can get lost in translation due to the conflicting ideas and opinions of participants. You might want to create a better product than the competition, only to come up with a difference of opinion which seems irreconcilable.

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How to Organize Decision Making Process using the Vroom-Yetton Decision Model


Leadership and decision-making require carefully considering the various variables that may result in a positive or negative outcome of a decision; for this purpose, several decision-making theories have been introduced over the years.

May 5 - WinAnyway LIVE - Winning Isn't Always What You Think

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Losing Motivation Patience Perspective Sales Winning

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Making Effective Group Decisions with the Stepladder Technique


Making decisions in groups can be difficult; making good decisions can be even harder. However, such decision making might be a part of a contractual requirement, such as between consortium members, business partners, at Annual General Meetings, etc.

12 PowerPoint Themes 2021: Impactful Presentations That Stand Out


As a presenter, leaving a lasting impact on your audience requires a number of things. You need a good presentation design, cohesively designed slides, public speaking skills and a topic that resonates with the audience.

A Lowdown on Decision-Making for Business Leaders


You’ve got an important decision to make. But instead of cooperating, your brain goes into chaos mode, bombarding you with conflicting thoughts and loads of doubts. At the same time, the clock is ticking, raising your anxiety levels even further. Sounds familiar?

A Lowdown on Decision-Making for Business Leaders


You’ve got an important decision to make. But instead of cooperating, your brain goes into chaos mode, bombarding you with conflicting thoughts and loads of doubts. At the same time, the clock is ticking, raising your anxiety levels even further. Sounds familiar?