June, 2018

Do you tell, teach, or train?

PowerPoint Tips

What’s the difference between telling, teaching, and training? And which should you be doing? They really ARE different — although related — and which one you should do depends on your goals, your audience, and your situation.

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My triple Axel moment

Speak Schmeak

If you don't watch figure skating (and even if you do), you may not understand the importance of the triple Axel in competition. First of all, it's the only forward-facing jump in the skaters' arsenal. All other jumps are executed while skating backward.

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A lesson from the Parthenon

Manner of Speaking

I was recently in Athens, Greece to speak at a conference. While there, I had one free day and, as it was my first time in Greece, there was one place I had to see: the Parthenon that sits atop … Continue reading → History of Public Speaking Rhetoric Acropolis Aristotle Athens Greece Ethos Logos Parthenon Pathos rhetoric

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Book Review: The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America, by Robert Love

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Long before Lululemon, Bikram Hot Yoga and the ubiquitous downward facing dog, yoga was being taught in small studios in San Francisco, New York and the Hudson River Valley.

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Insights from the first round of Journey to Confidence

Speaking about Presenting

The pilot of Journey to Confidence has just concluded and I am busy wrapping it up and getting ready to open the program up for enrollment again. Meanwhile I want to share with you some of the insights that the first group of students had. Torna Pitman has been a university lecturer, and so is a reasonably experienced presenter. She was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at a workshop on domestic violence.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 284) – Anthony Bourdain

Manner of Speaking

“Practicing your craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable and satisfying.” ” — Anthony Bourdain Photo courtesy of Peabody Awards. Quotes for Public Speakers Anthony Bourdain public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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Toastmasters International Announces Keith Ferrazzi as its 2018 Golden Gavel Recipient

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned world-renowned author and entrepreneur Keith Ferrazzi is the recipient of the organization’s 2018 Golden Gavel award.

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Using Your Selling Systems to Convert Sales

Speaker Launcher

Many moons ago when I was working as an agent for speakers, I developed my own customized system for selling. From the moment I connected with a prospective client, I documented the process and often, after a number of communications via phone, email, and mail, I would convert the prospect into a buyer. What are […]. The post Using Your Selling Systems to Convert Sales appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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3 Simple Tricks I Learned from Giving the Most Important Speech of My Life

Presentation Guru

Scared Speechless is the story of how an ordinary guy, Roy Rosell, overcame his crippling fear of public speaking.

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GE - Remembering Its Better Days

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Oh! You have GE Capital as a client." " My colleague was envious. And, I couldn't believe my good fortune in becoming a communications vendor for a part of GE. Eventually, I worked my network from GE Capital in Stamford, Connecticut to GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT.

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The science is IN! What every anxious public speaker must know before their next big presentation…

More than PowerPoint...

After a student gives a class presentation, I’ll sometimes conduct a quick poll. I’ll ask the entire class: on a scale of 0-10, how nervous did the speaker appear? The audience might give the speaker a 2 or a 3. But the speaker? A nervous speaker might rate themselves a 7 or 9.

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A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons and Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands. Bob is a speaker and speechwriter who has helped people and businesses tailor and tell their stories for the last 25 years. He has also been a Pastor, Entrepreneur, Coach and Radio Broadcaster. Currently, he is focusing his time […] On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands.

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The Atomic Hobo Thinks the Unthinkable

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Fiona Sturges has a great weekly column in the Financial Times reviewing podcasts. This week she highlights The Atomic Hobo by British journalist, cold war specialist and self-confessed “nuke geek” Julie McDowall. Julie has an engaging Scottish accent, which adds a degree of surrealism to the subject of her regular podcasts: the ways in which […]. Culture Shock! Podcasts H-Bomb

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Announcing: A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Tuesday, June 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Bob Sands in a free conference call. Bob is an ordained minister and “preaching man” David Murray’s recent PSA White Paper titled A Provocation from the Pulpit: Dead Preachers Challenge Living Speechwriters states that the lessons in a 1971 book on writing sermons “helped […]. Speechwriting conference call

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The Four Leeches That Suck All the Power out of Your Communication

Presentation Guru

Julian Treasure is a sound and communication expert who travels the world training people to listen better and create healthier sound. He has identified a set of 4 ‘leeches’ – that most people exhibit to some extent – that suck the life out of your communication.…

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Jones Day - It Could Come Undone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former Jones Day partner - Wendy Moore - has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit in San Francisco state court against the law firm. That could force it to abandon its "black box" approach to compensation. No one knows what anyone else is paid.

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Brand Challenge: Positioning and Packaging Side Hustles

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Once unthinkable (or, at least kept under wraps) in professional life was The Side Hustle. The attention was to be focused totally on the day job. That is, there was no diluting the personal branding. That was then.

2018 52

The New Aging - Taking Social Security Early, Reverse Retirement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This may be an era of high job creation and low unemployment. However, it's also a time of extreme volatility in terms of who are in those jobs. Mergers and acquisitions, routine restructurings, and simple ageism are forcing many employees to decide to retire before they envisioned.

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How to Make Sure Your Accent Won’t Ruin Your Career

Presentation Guru

If English isn’t your first language and you feel less confident about your presentations, what should you do? Change your accent? Give up? Do what Einstein did. Be carefree, careful and learn a couple of tricks to help you be better understood wherever you go.…

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Workers Over-40 - Good (and some bad) News from Bain & Co

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's cut to the chase: According to the new report from management consulting firm Bain & Co. age discrimination isn't going away. That report is titled "Labor 20130: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality." " That's the bad news.

2018 52

Common Law vs. Media Coverage - Which Will Win the Day in "Aphrodite di Kansas City?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Under common law in Kansas, a child must be under the complete supervision of an adult. Therefore, Sarah Goodman, mother of the child who toppled the art work in the museum, could be declared negligent - and responsible to pay for it.

Theranos - Will David Taylor Oversee Bankruptcy Process, Restructuring?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ever since The Wall Street Journal broke the story that Theranos' breakthrough technology might not be all that it was touted to be, the story of the startup has been hot.

2018 52

Shift - Focus Not on Absract Business Model

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The dust is settling on the Milbank Bump. That is, boosting entry-level associate salaries to $190k.    Of course, members of the legal and business media are reporting that a number of in-house legal departments are outraged.

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Encore Careers - Leaving the Rat Race, Not Working/Earning Income

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In New York City, a 60-something client I am coaching is weighing taking early retirement. He told me that today the temperature could reach 100 degrees. And the summer could be the hottest since 1929.

2018 52

Business - Elimination of Seasons

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Business - global, 24/7, continually disrupted by technology - had become season-free. That is, those standard off-duty times such as summer had been eliminated. We work, all the time.    Or, do we?

2018 52

Kate Spade - Her Suicide Reminds Us That Life and Death Remain Mysteries

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How little anyone knows about life and death. Suicides of those who seem to have it all remind us that there are more mysteries than absolute knowns. Famous handbag designer Kate Spade hung herself in her Manhattan apartment. She used a scarf.

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(Very) Hot Summer Begins - Will It Be Another 1967?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The summer of 1967 was very hot. The tall buildings of urban areas trapped the heat. And, so, it was no surprise that cities like Newark, New Jersey went up in flames. Then there was copy-cat violence in the smaller Jersey City, NJ.

2018 52

Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order SVU" and Marisksa Hargitay for "Joyful Heart Foundation"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sure actress Mariska Hargitay is talented. But it was through her long-running role as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order SUV" that she gained the power to bring attention to sexual assault - years before the #MeToo movement.

2018 52

Working - Often That's Key Part of a Life, Not "Missing Out on Life"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is near 90. And there is no sign that he is experiencing overseeing his Fox empire and making global deals as "missing out on life." " The same applies to investment guru Warren Buffett, who is in his late 80s.

2018 52

So Much for PinPricks - Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Indicted for Fraud

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, founder of blood-testing startup Theranos - Elizabeth Holmes - and a former executive - Sunny Balwani - have been indicted for fraud. Essentially, they were accused of leveraging advertising and other means to motivate the medical community and consumers to use their blood-testing services.

2018 52

Retirement - Concept That Outlived Its Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Smirk. That must be what many Millennials are doing if they read the Politico article on how they are not adequately preparing themselves financially for retirement.

2018 52

"S.W.A.T." - Shemar Moore Truly Becomes Hondo, Team Chemistry Kicks In (we hardly remember Derek Morgan)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On "S.W.A.T." " Shemar Moore has truly become Hondo Harrleson - and leaves Derek Morgan from "Criminal Minds" in the past. In addition, the chemistry among his team is happening. It took a while for the new character to take shape.

2018 52

Bill Cosby - Will He File a Skakel-Type Appeal?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The big news yesterday was the Bill Cosby has fired his legal team. Those lawyers include the brandname Tom Mesereau, who successfully had defended Michael Jackson.    In September, Cosby will be sentenced. He had been convicted of three counts of sexual assault.

2018 52

Opportunity of Lifetime: Executive Branch Job Fair for "Competent Conservatives"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The churn in manpower at the Trump Administration White House provides a silver lining for "competent conservatives."

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