2020

6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers

Manner of Speaking

Speaking English to an audience of non-native speakers is tricky. Because English is so widely spoken around the world, many native English speakers tend to forget just how complicated English can be for others.

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How to create a logo in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Would you like to create your own logo, product image, or course symbol in PowerPoint in a few minutes — following some easy steps? If so, you’re in luck, just read on. I’m going to show you how to create this logo — and you can customize it in any way you want.

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Seven Tips to Crush Your Next Conference Call

Matt Eventoff

It occurs on a regular basis for almost every individual in the corporate world, and it is also the most fraught with peril. The scourge of the modern executive. The captor of thousands (or maybe millions) of hours each and every day. The dreaded… conference call! And now it is happening more frequently than ever before, and will continue to increase in frequency.

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How to Recover When Your Virtual Presentation Goes Off Track

DeFinis Communications

It happens to even the best of us: You’re leading a virtual presentation and you see signs that things aren’t going well. People are visibly distracted. They’re looking at their cell phones; they’re muted and having a side conversation; some are even turning off their camera completely.

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Rise up out of the noise

Speak Schmeak

Every day, I see more of my friends and colleagues speaking out against injustice, finding their voices, and speaking their truth. Just yesterday I wrote about a conversation with a friend who was feeling hopeless.

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How to Use Business Systems to Find More Buyers

Speaker Launcher

This month at The Wealthy Speaker School, we are focusing on the topic of finding more buyers. This is an area that many speakers struggle with, regardless of how long they’ve been in business.

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3 New Design Trends to Use in Your Presentations

Presentation Guru

Let’s be honest, not everyone is a designer or has a professional designer on staff. A lot of business owners and marketers are creating their own graphics from scratch. At Venngage we have a ton of designers on staff but I still create a lot of my visuals!…

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A Quick Guide to Dissertation Writing

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The final year of graduate school is an exciting time. At least for some. For others, dissertation panic begins to set in. After all, penning a 100+ page manuscript, defining your further academic career and integrity is a pretty big deal.

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Recommended: Korean Romantic Dramas

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

These are unusual times. A challenge we all face as the minimize the spread of the coronavirus is how to stay healthy and sane in the growing regions of the world where we’ve been asked to stay indoors. An antidote to the ‘self-isolation blues’ is to lose yourself in a good TV series. Apologies to […]. Shallow End coivd-19 coronavirus k-drama Korean Romance

An Exercise for Managing Anxiety from Sandra Zimmer

Speaking Freely

It seems like a good time to share some techniques and exercises for managing anxiety with whomever happens to land on my blog. The Coronavirus outbreak has brought a focus on anxiety. It is a real issue for many of us as we are working from home and sitting with uncertainty about our future.

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Exciting news!

Manner of Speaking

I have some exciting news to share. I began writing this blog in May 2009. It was an experiment to see what blogging was like. However, given that the lifespan of the average blog is short – most blogs stop … Continue reading → The post Exciting news! appeared first on Manner of Speaking.

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Collaborate with others in real time using PowerPoint on the Web

PowerPoint Tips

Did you know that you can collaborate with others on a PowerPoint file in real-time using PowerPoint on the Web? That’s the same thing as PowerPoint Online.) You can do the same in Microsoft Word and Excel, but I’ll focus on PowerPoint, of course. Moreover, because you do this with PowerPoint on the Web, your collaborators don’t even need to own PowerPoint. Because you invite others to participate, only people with the link can access the presentation.

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Inside Higher Ed: Connecting With Your Class

Matt Eventoff

For many thousands of students, the new semester, and academic year, is about to begin. Many professors will be speaking to a rapt classroom with eager students who are consumed with their subject matter.

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How Stories Can Help Your Virtual Presentation Come Alive!

DeFinis Communications

When leading a virtual presentation, many speakers find it difficult to hold people’s attention. Keeping an audience engaged on a screen, when your listeners have many other things around them competing for their attention, is definitely a challenge.

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How to be comfortable with uncertainty

Speak Schmeak

I had an enlightening conversation with my acupuncturist yesterday about the uncertainty of life, that triggered a revelation I want to share with you as a lesson for public speaking. But first, let's go back to December 1, 1990.

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How to Get Booked with More Associations with Mary Byers

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “My favourite thing about associations is that they are all committed to making the world a better place.” Mary Byers Do you have all the clients you need, or do you have space on your calendar to keep adding to your list?

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It’s Time to Improve Speaking Skills for the Classroom and Beyond

Presentation Guru

Most adults fear public speaking and, let’s me honest, lots of us aren’t actually very good at it. If adults who have had years to hone the skills are not very good, what do you think the average school kid is like?

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Ethics in Public Speaking

The Communication Blog

Ethics in Public Speaking I wrote this for the new edition of Essential Elements of Public Speaking, 7th edition (Hoboken, NJ: Pearson, 2021) but I thought it might be useful for any class in public speaking as a way of introducing the dimension of ethics and clarifying what is and what is not plagiarism. Because your speech will have an effect on your audience, you have an obligation to consider ethics—issues of right and wrong, or the moral implications of your message.

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Micromanagement: Signals to Avoid It and Become a Better Leader

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Micromanagement can turn your company into a toxic workplace that good employees abandon. Most leaders realize this, but few take proactive action towards addressing this issue.

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National Speakers Association, Northern California, January Chapter Meeting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

How to Lead Better Virtual Meetings

Duarte Blog

Leading effective meetings is hard enough; and suddenly, we all have to be just as effective without the benefits of meeting in person.

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Public Speaking Training – The Essential Guide

Manner of Speaking

Why invest in public speaking training? The ability to speak well in public and share a message that is clear, compelling and that moves people to take action is a critical business skill.

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Communication skills for online success

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Steve Kosch, a former ABC and CNN anchor (that’s him on the left), and a globally recognized expert communication skills trainer. For 10 more awesome tips to help you “Nail It” in your next presentation, go to mediatrainingnetwork.com. If you’re looking to lead a cause or movement, spread your influence or do any kind of marketing online, you need to sharpen your communication skills and your presentation skills.

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How to Open a Speech or Presentation

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, this is what is heard to open the speech or presentation: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be here with you today.

Speak Up! 3 Powerful Voice Tips to Become an Influential Virtual Speaker

DeFinis Communications

When you’re giving a virtual presentation, your voice plays a crucial role in your success. In fact, I’d say that of all the presentation skills vital for influencing others on Zoom (and other online meeting platforms), your voice plays the most essential role. Think about it … in the online environment, you’re always going to be a flat 2D image to your audience. And no matter how you try to improve the quality and impact of your visual image, you will still be flat.

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Embrace imperfect action

Speak Schmeak

"It's always easier to just say no. It's always easier to say 'We can't do it.' Because when you say 'We will try to do it,' now you're changing things, and whenever you change, there's opposition. Every time. So it's always easier just to stay status quo. It's always easier not to risk, not to try to raise the bar. Because maybe you can't do it, maybe there will be problems. So it's easier just to say no, it's easier to say 'This is all we can do. It's impossible.'

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Creating Your Rockstar Attitude with Mark Schulman

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “It’s my job to entertain, engage and inform at the highest level possible.” Mark Schulman Over the past several months we’ve been taking a close look at speakers who are making virtual presentations work to their advantage.

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Problem Solving with Digital Signage

Presentation Guru

Everywhere you look, digital signage screens are popping up. Banks, restaurants, waiting rooms, government facilities, and factory floors are all using this new technology to keep their employees and customers informed.

Universals of Choice

The Communication Blog

This article was published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics, 75 (January and April 2018), pp. 76-83. Universals of Choice Joseph A. DeVito* Universals are qualities or characteristics of a process or concept that are present in all instances. For example, if we consider the universals of language, we’d find that all languages have nouns and pronouns, all languages have a deep and surface structure, and all languages have vowels and consonants (Greenberg, 1963).

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The 5 Main Phases of Project Management Life Cycle 

SlideModel

Whether you are tasked to lead a small in-house project or take over a large, multi-people company-wide program, understanding how to plan and execute your project is integral for success.

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Speechwriting in the Zoom era

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jeff Nussbaum and Kate Childs Graham, the 2020 Democratic convention speechwriters, have written a fascinating article in the Washington Post detailing how the ‘Zoom era’ has radically transformed political speechwriting. While this probably won’t cause Bob Lehrman to tear up the guidance in his excellent book The Political Speechwriter’s Companion, it shows how the future […]. Speechwriting DNC2020 political speechwriting Robert Lehrman

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How to Develop a Growth Mindset and Accelerate Your Career

Duarte Blog

If you had to name one thing that would keep you employed, get you hired, or advance your career—what would it be? According to research by LinkedIn, the most sought after soft skills in 2020 are: Creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, and emotional intelligence.

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A new look for Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking has a new look. I began writing my blog on public speaking in May 2009. After almost 11 years and nearly 4 million visits, it was time to upgrade the website. Over the past two months, I have been working with Moonshot , a team of website developers based in Budapest, Hungary. They have been terrific in terms of technical skill and responsiveness to my feedback.

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Equipment for Speakers

PowerPoint Tips

I’m writing this during the Coronavirus pandemic and I just heard that webcams are on backorder. That’s because so many more people are presenting and attending meetings from home. So I thought I’d list my recommendations for equipment for speakers, including webcam, lighting, screening, mics, and much more. The links are on Amazon. Note: They are affiliate links.). You can see all of the items in one place here. Lighting. Ubeesize 10″ Selfie Ring Light.

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WSJ/Marketwatch: Why Jay-Z has 5 careers, and you don’t

Matt Eventoff

Few have the resources to be Renaissance men today, experts say. Jonnelle Marte. "…Jay-Z,

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Make Them Laugh: How to Tell a Joke on Zoom

DeFinis Communications

From the old knock-knock jokes we used to tell as kids to stories that make light of the workplace, everyone loves a good joke. Using humor is one of the best ways to get people engaged. And when you add a friendly, “jokey” tone you let listeners know your presentation won’t be one huge bore. But even if you’re a natural joke teller and known as the office comedian, it can be a challenge to make a joke come alive on Zoom. First, your audience is often muted, especially if there is a large group.

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Empowering women means paying them

Speak Schmeak

After yet another request from a women's organization asking me to speak for free, I wrote this post on Facebook. I then posted it on Instagram and Twitter, and as an article on LinkedIn. My speaking colleagues are sharing it and getting lots of comments!

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