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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Create a Vision Statement and Present it to the World


If you are running a company, at some point you are going to need to present your vision for it. That means explaining to others why you are doing what you do and which things you aspire to pursue in the future. In short, that’s the purpose of having a corporate vision statement.

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 [.]

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“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 →

The Brainpower of Story


“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.

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

More than PowerPoint...

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.

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


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.

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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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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Workplace Mentorship: A Guide for Leaders


At work, everyone has plenty of opportunities to learn — independently, through peer collaboration, and via help from more experienced colleagues. At most workplaces, such learning interactions are often informal, unplanned, and thus delivering varied results.

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.

How to Move Past Distractions to Achieve Your Goals in 2021

Speaker Launcher

This month our focus at The Wealthy Speaker School is setting impossible goals. But here’s the deal: we cannot talk about goals without talking about how to move past distractions to achieve those goals! Things happen and life often gets in the way of us reaching our goals.

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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.

Feb 20 - WinAnyway LIVE - Late to the Party

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Chronic: A sick novel. Four people with maladies live life to the fullest

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I may have mentioned this, but I am a writer. I was a freelance journalist for a decade. A corporate writer and trainer for 20 years. And I have written 20+ books, on various aspect of business and promotional writing, … Continue reading →

Analysis of a speech by Apollo Robbins

Manner of Speaking

This is a tremendously fun speech to watch. If you have not heard of Apollo Robbins, you will enjoy his 8-minute TED Talk. Robbins is a professional pickpocket and one of the best in the world. He has studied human behaviour, human attention, and how to misdirect that attention.

Is Your Impulsive Behavior Sabotaging Your Public Speaking Skills?


“Words transform. Speak only with a good purpose. Say only things that serve you and others.

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

Catch your inner coach to develop self-awareness and change negative thinking

Speaking Freely

When you want to develop greater self-awareness and transform negative thoughts, you can use a skill I call catching your inner coach. What I mean by catch your inner coach is to become aware of your thoughts especially your thoughts that are coaching you internally.

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Discover Your Own Writing Genius to Sell More!

SpeakerSue Says...

I’ve spent the morning reading advice about how to write great sales emails. What I’m reading scares me. The Break Up. The “break up” email had its moment. It was clever, different and showed personality. By now, it’s old, stale and annoying. Oh, and it’s just not that fun or funny to read. The Stalker. It’s true making the next step easy is critical to engaging, nurturing and converting leads. But – and this is a very very large but(t)!

Intrinsic Motivation: How to Foster It Among Employees


Highly motivated and engaged employees equal corporate success. But how do you constantly keep your people driven around the common purpose? You create an environment where the employees’ motivation to do their best job comes from within them.

New Research Report: Transformative Soft Skills and Training to Build the Teams of Tomorrow

Duarte Blog

2020 was one heck of a year. We experienced a global pandemic that upended life and business as we knew it. For those businesses that survived to see 2021, work has been forever changed.

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The Super-Hero Struggle with Jamie Clarke

Speaker Launcher

Have you struggled with your identity during Covid? Listen to hear Jamie Clarke speak openly about the battle to embrace speaking virtually. The post The Super-Hero Struggle with Jamie Clarke appeared first on Jane Atkinson.


Max Atkinson

The windows firm, based in Cuffley in Hertfordshire, was plunged into crisis in March when the lockdown made it impossible for staff to make sales and installation visits to customers’ homes.Everest has been been sold back to its private equity owner Better Capital via an insolvency procedure known as a “pre-pack” administration.

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Granite Construction Claims Staff, Managers Gave Auditors 'Potentially Misleading' Data

ENR Construction

The company says it has received SEC subpoenas

Should you speak in public?

Manner of Speaking

Many people wonder whether they have what it takes to speak in public. Are they capable of giving a speech or presentation? I understand. Many people would like to try public speaking; perhaps they’ve even made a resolution to do it this year.

4 Benefits of Brand-Aligned Presentations


“Design is the silent ambassador of your brand.” Paul Rand In the new era of hyper competition, all businesses, irrespective of their size and domain, look for creative ways to propel their brand to the forefront of the customers’ minds.

Ring out, wild bells

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

An astounding reading of Tennyson’s poem ‘Ring out, wild bells’ by actress June Spencer (aka Peggy Woolley on BBC Radio’s The Archers) sent me to the words of this 19th century poem.

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The importance of a first step

Manner of Speaking

If the purpose of your presentation is to persuade the audience to do something, getting them to take a small, simple first step is one of the most important things that you can do to achieve your ultimate objective. I do a lot of work with start-ups, helping them prepare for pitches.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 336) – Winston Churchill

Manner of Speaking

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister, Historian and Orator. “All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.” ” Winston Churchill. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.