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.

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.

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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.

Stop hiding [part 3]

Speak Schmeak

Remember last year, when no one could get their hair cut or colored professionally? There was a huge panic among women.especially around those silver roots?????????. Remember what happened? Thousands, maybe millions, of women went natural!

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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!

Time to Vote: Best Virtual Demo Video Contest

Speaker Launcher

A couple of weeks ago, we announced our Best Virtual Demo Video contest, and all I can say is WOW! Thank you to all of the speakers who submitted their videos. We’ve gone through and watched all of them… and now it’s time for you to check each one out and vote!

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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 [.]

7 Reasons How Great Marketing Presentations Can Upscale Your Business

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The sole purpose of marketing for any company is to advocate its products and services to raise brand awareness and generate sales. This task can never be accomplished with dull demonstrations.

No such thing as an intelligent theist

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as an intelligent theist. And I am not just talking fundamentalists. I am talking about anybody who believes in God, heaven and/or hell. In fact, I am not … 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.

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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Choosing a platform for your online course

PowerPoint Tips

When you’re ready to get your knowledge out to the world with an online course, you have many decisions to make! An important one is which platform you’ll use. The platform houses your course content.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

5 PowerPoint Design Principles to Make Your Presentations Stand Out

SketchBubble

How do you look at your presentation – as just a fancy list or a great story that has the power to change the preconceived notions and perceptions of the audience?

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 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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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

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.

You will be judged

Speak Schmeak

I haven't been completely honest with you. I've been posting a lot lately about body positivity and age positivity because so many women hold themselves back from getting in front of an audience because of shame or embarrassment about their bodies and their appearance.

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.

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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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.

How Different Cognitive Bias Impact Your Presentation

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The human brain is a weirdly wonderful organ. It processes gazillions of sensory data points in a matter of seconds. But such supersonic cognitive speed comes at a toll. Rather than bringing up a ton of information from memory, our brain often leans on mental shortcuts to accelerate thinking.

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.

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.

Use Your Time to Do What You Want to Do

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I told a friend that I was writing a blog post called Use Your Time to Do What You Want to Do. He said, “Shouldn’t the title be Find time to… or Make Time to…?” ” “They might be sexier titles,” … Continue reading →

Amanda Gorman and “The Hill We Climb”

Manner of Speaking

Embed from Getty Images. Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate in the United States, was a highlight at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. At the age of 22, she became the youngest inaugural poet.

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Dylan’s Lyrics: Written for the ears not the eyes

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On a recent episode of the charming Start the Week BBC Radio 4 program we heard Frances Wilson, Salman Rushdie and Simon Armitage discuss the rehabilitation of DH Lawrence and the relationship between the writer and their work. In the closing minutes (approx 37:00) host Andrew Marr asks Armitage about an essay that claims Bob […]. Culture Shock! Deep End Speechwriting bbc radio 4 Bob Dylan nancy duarte Robert Lehrman simon armitage start the week

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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.

Even Eddie Murphy needs the nerves

Speak Schmeak

I loved this conversation between Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Those of us who have the most experience speaking and entertaining on stage know this to be true: If you're not a little bit nervous, you just don't do as well.

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.