2019

How to speak like a leader

PowerPoint Tips

Do you think of yourself as a leader? Do you want to sound like a leader when you speak? What does that even mean? A leader tries to guide and motivate others to take action and implement change.

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Being vs. becoming

Speak Schmeak

Twice in conversations with a client, she's told me, "I'm not a writer." And yet, she is a writer, because she writes !

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Transitions in a speech or presentation

Manner of Speaking

Have you ever been in the audience listening to a speaker and found yourself lost? You weren’t exactly sure where the speaker was going or how the different points in a speech were connected?

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Interview: Resolving Public Speaking Anxiety with Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W. has pioneered treatment for performance and social anxiety since 1978. A certified psychotherapist, he has worked with thousands of individuals of all ages in individual, group, and family psychotherapy. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Sally Jessy Raphael”, “Joan Rivers”, “CNN Medical News” and many other TV and radio shows. […] Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W.

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Communication in the Workplace

The Communication Blog

WELL-BEING WISDOM WONDER PURPOSE SLEEP SPECIAL SECTIONS COMMUNITY THRIVE TAKES // April 11, 2019 Try This Now: Stop Sending a “Gentle Reminder” A popular way to nudge a co-worker is to employ this phrase, but it misses the opportunity to be compassionately direct.

2019 130

The Power of the Pause

Presentation Guru

A story from Spain. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona. One of my students was a fellow named Manuel.…

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19 Powerful Presentation Stats to Transform Talks in 2019

Duarte Blog

Here is a list of some of the most important presentation stats we could find: what is working, what is trending, and what people struggle with when it comes to giving successful talks. Some of these numbers come from brand new research, and others are tried and true classics.

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Building Leadership Presence and Power through Embodying Gravitas

Speaking Freely

Learning to embody the physical, vocal, psychological and spiritual qualities of gravitas can help you build leadership presence and power. I coach leaders to build leadership presence and power through developing the characteristics of gravitas. Gravitas is a mix of several complex skills and behaviors – being comfortable in your physical body, thinking deeply, acting […].

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Steve Jobs - Was He Psychic & Did That Help with Product Development?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Over and over again, Steve Jobs told his illegitimate daughter Lisa two things. One, that he would someday be famous. And, two, that he would die young. Both happened. That's what Lisa recounts in her memoir "Small Fry."

2019 66

The Age of Social Media Calls for #NewPresentationTips

SketchBubble

Being a great public speaker has always been challenging. Let’s face it, getting up in front of a group of strangers takes courage and a commitment to ensuring the 3 E’s: engagement, education, and entertainment. But these days, even the 3 Es aren’t enough to come off as an awesome speaker.

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Layer images and shapes for stunning slides

PowerPoint Tips

A simple way to create stunning slides is to layer an image, a shape, and text placeholders. Here are 2 examples: Here are the steps to create these slides: 1. Enter your text. Use the Title and Content layout. You can right-click any blank area and choose Layout>Title and Content.

2019 213

Speaking tips from "Serial"

Speak Schmeak

I finally got around to finishing the original season of the podcast "Serial," in which the case of convicted murder Adnan Syed is re-evaluated in detail by investigative journalist Sarah Koenig. I had listened to the first four episodes on a road trip last year, but never picked it up again.

2019 135

How to handle public speaking nerves

Manner of Speaking

On 3 June 2017, professional rock climber Alex Honnold accomplished something that few people thought could be done. He climbed the 3,000-foot granite wall of Yosemite Park’s famous El Capitan, the vertical wall in the photo above. Alone.

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IBM Project Debater – will AI eliminate speechwriters?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I caught a rebroadcast of an Intelligence Squared debate on NPR last night. Intelligence Squared is a weekly forum for balanced and intelligent debate. Their goal is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. Hurray for them, although I can’t help thinking they’re p **g into the prevailing wind these days.) […]. Speechwriting Technology AI Artificial Intelligence Debating

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The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

The Communication Blog

A most interesting article!

2019 130

5 Public Speaking Tips for Even the Most Introverted

Presentation Guru

Let’s face it, running a small business requires you to do things you wouldn’t normally do, like public speaking. From presenting in front of investors and lenders to speaking at conferences, public speaking is inevitable for business success. But, up to 75% of people are scared of public speaking.…

2019 94

Why (And How) to Care About the First 30 Seconds of Your Talk

Duarte Blog

In 2010, researchers at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. conducted a study about the attention span of lecture attendees. They found that most people stopped paying attention to a speaker only 30 seconds into the speech.

2019 82

The Ins and Outs of Working with a Speakers Bureau to Build Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

A common area I see many people working to build their speaking business explore is working with a speakers bureau to get more gigs. While for some, this can prove to be highly effective, it isn’t for every speaker.

2019 98

6 Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence through Embodying Gravitas

Speaking Freely

Training in acting can enhance your leadership presence through learning to embody gravitas! Acting teaches you how to become something new. To “become” means to be comfortable with new qualities, behaviors and skills. I taught acting for many years to adults who were mostly professionals. Many of them came to acting classes because they thought […].

2019 100

Shame - Killed off by PR, Lawyers, Free Thinkers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Puritans imported it into America. That was shame. Back then and until fairly recently shame served as a powerful tool of social control. Men were shamed into being extreme successes. Women into maintaining great bodies. And neighbors into mowing their laws.

2019 66

What do ‘ill’ freelancers do?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

As many followers of this blog know, I have been a freelance writer and writing teacher/trainer for 25+ years. Some of you may know that I also have MS (Multiple Sclerosis). I was able to work while dealing it for over a decade, but for the last four years it has slowed me down considerably. Can’t go out to teach or train (although I conduct some webinars and teach some online courses) and I can’t attend client meetings.

2019 68

Transcribe or translate your live talk in PowerPoint with a Star Trek twist

PowerPoint Tips

If you have Office 365 (the subscription version that is always updated), there’s a new feature coming out that is truly extraordinary! If you’re in the Office Insider program , you may have it already. Otherwise, you’ll get it when it’s rolled out to everyone with Office 365.

Learning is not a one-way street

Speak Schmeak

I frequently hear colleagues and friends complain about all the money they’ve spent on coaching or training with disappointing results. Literally never have I heard someone complain about all the work and effort they put into coaching or training, with disappointing results.

2019 135

Patrick Stewart: A lesson from Shakespeare and Star Trek

Manner of Speaking

I do not consider myself to be a Trekkie, but I was a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the second Star Trek series and the only one that I watched from beginning to end.

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National Speakers Association, Northern California, January Chapter Meeting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Communication as a College Major

The Communication Blog

Here's a brief article on the 10 most versatile college majors--Communication is No. link] [link

2019 100

Taking It to the Next Level: Stand up Comedy – How Hard Can It Be?

Presentation Guru

When John, Emma and I set up Presentation Guru we wanted to create a shared resource (The ‘guru’ is the community, not any one of us) of hundreds of articles for speakers, at every stage of their development, to help them do three things: Create engaging stories.

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Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Duarte Blog

Commencement season is upon us. You know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages for diplomas. And we’re watching the videos.

2019 70

How to Create Realistic To-Do Lists and Get More Done

SlideModel

The to do list debate never gets old. Some swear by their agendas saying that having a to do list is the only thing keeping them sane. Others shrug and state that listing up a bunch of tasks never helps them get more done. Yes, it’s true that 41% of to­-do items are never completed.

2019 67

Crafting the Perfect Promise Statement for Marketing Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

The Promise Statement. Those of you in my community know that I talk about the importance of a perfect promise statement often. It is, after all, essential for effectively marketing your speaking business and getting people to understand exactly who you are and what you’ll deliver.

2019 93

Dick Wolf Sure Knows How to Orchestrate Finales

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night's three Chicago series produced by Dick Wolf had their finales.    And, boy, were they high drama. All were cliff hangers which are intended to have audiences return in the fall to find out what happened. For "Chicago P.D."

2019 56

Executive Presence is Not About You

K8sVoice

When we facilitate our Vocal Impact workshop on Executive Presence, we begin with a discussion of the characteristics of EP. What is it? Often, participants describe it as “charisma,” or that indescribable “certain something” that some people have because “they were just born that way.”

2019 65

Prologue to Family Tree, a novel

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This is the first draft of the three-part prologue to Family Tree , a novel, historical fiction, that I may be writing. I am looking for feedback on the prologue. Feel free to post detailed feedback here (or email it to paullima.com@gmail.com ), or simply let me know if, based on the prologue, you think you might be interested in reading the book — especially if you like historical fiction. Family Tree Prologue. Germany February 1945.

2019 59

Get your free copy of Presenting for Humans before April 15

Speak Schmeak

Hey y'all! I'm giving away 100 digital copies of Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection ! I'm celebrating the second anniversary of publishing my first book on April 14 and I want you to have a copy! The giveaway started today and 51 copies are already gone, so if you're a Goodreads member, get over there ASAP to reserve your free digital download.

2019 104

4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat

Manner of Speaking

Today, 15 May 2019, is a big day in our family. Our cat Pico is now 20 years old. A significant milestone. According to generally agreed conversion rates, if Pico were human, she would be 96.

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Public speaking for women

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It’s good to see Susan Cain getting well-deserved press in the Financial Times. Her 2013 book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and guest posting on this blog are a a great resource for anyone intimidated by the challenge of speaking in public. Opening an article in the Dec […]. Public Speaking Kate Peters lisa braithwait Patricia Fripp susan carter women speakers

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Public Speaking: Its Place in the Communication Curriculum

The Communication Blog

I wrote this as a post on the basic course list but I thought others might also be interested. For a variety of reasons, it seems useful to periodically review current practices and search for alternatives that might better serve our purposes. So, here I want to review the “basic course” and argue that the basic course in communication—often a required course—should not be public speaking but should be the hybrid/fundamentals course.

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