2021

A tribute to my father

Manner of Speaking

John Stephen Zimmer, Sr. 1933 – 2021). At the end of January, I had to travel to Canada on short notice because my father was ill and in hospital. Sadly, he passed away on 18 February 2021. That’s why I have not posted anything in the past several weeks.

Using PowerPoint’s new illustrations

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint is adding new types of graphics and expanding existing ones. These are all available in Office 365, because they are constantly being updated. One of the most recent additions is called Illustrations.

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Desolation Row

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Dylan’s recording of Desolation Row was the longest track (at just over 11 minutes) on his 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited. While I can’t remember the first time I heard it, it’s been in my head for most of my adult life.

There's no such thing as a dry topic, only a dry speaker

Speak Schmeak

The other day someone commented on a post I wrote, saying, "Public speaking is easy if you love what you're speaking about and know it thoroughly. Then you just can't wait to stand up and tell everyone about it." But sadly, not everyone feels passionate about their speaking topic.

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Sandra Zimmer on Time to Shine Podcast: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Speaking Freely

If ever there was a podcast right for me Sandra Zimmer to speak, it is Oscar Santolalla’s Time to Shine Podcast! I’m proud to be Oscar’s 165th guest on his podcast which is devoted entirely to public speaking and becoming a great public speaker.

Can Forest Bathing Improve Your Presentation Skills?

DeFinis Communications

Even though many of us have been working remotely for the past year, few would say the time at home has felt like a vacation. Quite the contrary!

Getting Booked with Speakers Bureaus with Tim Mathy

Speaker Launcher

Want to hear what’s happening with speakers bureaus and how you might become a client? Listen to hear Tim Mathy share his 20+ years of bureau experience and what it takes to stand out. The post Getting Booked with Speakers Bureaus with Tim Mathy appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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10 Must-Have Slides for Your Corporate Profile Presentation

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Whether you are a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you must have a distinguished company profile to make an unforgettable impression in front of the intended stakeholders. However, creating a company profile presentation afresh is indeed a tough row to hoe.

4 Ways to Incorporate Meaningful Movement Into Your Daily Communication

Duarte Blog

After a long day of work sitting in front of my screen, I often stand up to make dinner and think, “Oh, my shoulders have been up to my ears ALL DAY!” With driving deadlines, back-to-back virtual meetings, and—let’s face it—the non-stop nature of our world at this moment, it’s easy to go an entire [.]

Interview with author Paul Lima about his novels

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Heinrich Gautier is the author of ZAP: Confessions of a Channel Changer. In this blog post he interviews Paul Lima, author of Chronic: A Sick Novel, Geri: A Post-Pandemic LGBTQ+ Novel About Something and Rebel in the Back Seat (short … Continue reading →

Three public speaking resolutions for 2021

Manner of Speaking

We made it. We finally said goodbye to 2020, a year that will be forever remembered in the history books but not for the best reasons. And, we are still in the thick of the fight against COVID-19. Still, with vaccines now being distributed, there are reasons to be hopeful.

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.

River, River

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I wish I had a river so longI would teach my feet to flyI wish I had a river I could skate away onI made my baby cry ‘River’, Joni Mitchell Watching Robson Green walking coast-to-coast along Hadrian’s Wall (a journey I made in September 2019) I was struck by the incongruity of him spending […].

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Three key words for any Slayer

Speak Schmeak

Were you a fan of the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer?" I missed it the first time around; having been out of high school for some time when it came out, I didn't find a show about high school kids killing vampires to be very appealing.

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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.

How to Build Your Business Vocabulary

DeFinis Communications

No matter what industry you’re in, if you want to reach higher levels of success, having a strong business vocabulary is key. Your vocabulary helps in not only your everyday business communications, but it also enables you to navigate the political landscape within your organization.

The Future of Speaking with Barry Banther

Speaker Launcher

Have you been wondering what the future of speaking looks like? NSA Chairman Barry Banther shares his thoughts on where it’s all heading. The post The Future of Speaking with Barry Banther appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Mastering the Power of Positivity

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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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MS PowerPoint Vs Google Slides: Which Platform is Better for Business Presentations?

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Amid the upheaval caused by Covid-19, work from home became an overnight requirement for most of the organizations. In a matter of a few months, face-to-face meetings and business processes turned digital.

Techniques for Using Critique Language for More Powerful and Effective Presentations

Duarte Blog

Designing visual presentations can be tough for those who are not visually or artistically inclined, or for presenters who are simply not well-versed in slide design technology.

Interview with author of ZAP: Confessions of a Channel Changer

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Bias alert: I designed book cover. You can see it at the bottom of paullima.com/books Paul Lima: Welcome to our virtual interview. Dr. Heinrich Gautier: Thanks for having me. Looking forward to it. PL: Some people think ZAP is a … Continue reading →

Three key words for every speaker

Manner of Speaking

There are three key words that every speaker needs to master. In many respects, they are the most important words that one can say on stage: “I”, “you” and “we” Each has its place. “I” and its variants (“my”, etc.).

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Practice your speaking skills with PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach

PowerPoint Tips

I talk about presentations having 3 components: content, design, and delivery. I probably spend the least time talking about delivery, but it’s important! You can be engaging, lively, and informal. You can also appear wooden, dull, and formal.

A Nightingale sang…

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A decade before Charles Joseph Minard famous chart that portrays the losses suffered by Napoleon’s army in the Russian campaign of 1812, which Edward Tufte claims was “probably the best statistical graphic ever drawn”, English nurse Florence Nightingale created a “rose diagram.” ” In 1858 she published Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hospital Administration […]. Business Communication Culture Shock! COVID-19 Public health

The Brainpower of Story

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“Let’s talk story.” That’s an invitation you might hear if you are in Hawaii. It’s a pidgin phrase that means to be together, not just chatting but sharing experiences, finding commonalities and connecting with each other.

Do You Suffer from Stage Fright?

Speaking Freely

Stage fright and public speaking fear are forms of suffering. We who suffer from stage fright are devastated because we know how much we have to give and our own sensitivity has turned against us. We are paralyzed by our fear of public speaking and not fully able to share what we know.

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Smile Like Tom Brady to Make All Your Presentations a Success

DeFinis Communications

Seeing Tom Brady’s smile after he won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night was one of the game’s high points. His grin stretched from ear to ear, highlighting the absolute joy he was feeling in that winning moment.

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Scaling your Consulting Business with Bill Fournet

Speaker Launcher

Tune in to hear Bill Fournet offer great tips on how to scale the consulting side of your speaking business and maybe even expand your team. The post Scaling your Consulting Business with Bill Fournet appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

The 10 Key Differences Between Leadership vs Management

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Many managers assume that they are providing leadership to their subordinates, however that might not be true! There is a distinct difference between leadership and management. This difference not only lies in the form of standard definitions but the way a team is managed or led by an individual.

5 Tips to Craft a Compelling Vision Statement for Your Company

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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!

How to Create a Presentation Using Free Stock Photos

Duarte Blog

Ideally, every presenter would have a photographer on-hand to call whenever they need to create a new presentation. This would afford them access to beautiful, one-of-a-kind photos that match up exactly with the message in their deck.

“Kitty” section from Chronic: A Sick Novel

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Having grown up with cats, I am biased, but this short excerpt is one of my favorite sections from Chronic: A Sick Novel, a book about four folks with different maladies who live together. The character named Paul has MS, … Continue reading →

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 339) – Dan Levy

Manner of Speaking

“Okay, look, um, I would hardly call myself an expert on this subject, and by subject I mean genuine human emotion. So, I am just going to tell you what I know. And you can do whatever you want with that. ” Dan Levy as David Rose in Schitt $ Creek. Photo courtesy of Vogue Taiwan.

What if you have to sneeze in an on-camera interview?

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What do you do when you feel like you have to sneeze during an on-camera interview? Here’s your two step process: 1. Camera off first. Then, hit mute. Nobody wants to see or hear you as you “ugly sneeze!”. —————————————-. Laura Bergells is a professional story finder.

Six secrets of President Kennedy's rhetorical success

Max Atkinson

JFK's inaugural speech: Six secrets of his success By Max Atkinson Rhetoric expert Published 19 January 2011 The poetic "ask not" quotation is among the speech's most memorable lines President John F Kennedy would have been delighted to know that his inaugural address is still remembered and admired 50 years later.

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How to Feel Good In Zoom Meetings

Speaking Freely

Virtual meetings have become ubiquitous. By now, we are all learning how to look good on video. Next we can focus on learning to feel good in Zoom meetings.