Three Lessons from the Island of Corfu

Manner of Speaking

I recently returned from a lovely – and much needed – vacation in Corfu, Greece. Stunning scenery, beautiful weather, delicious food and, most importantly, some of the nicest people you will meet anywhere.

Making text stand out with text formatting techniques

PowerPoint Tips

A presentation style that’s sometimes called the Takahashi or Lessig method, involves putting just a word or two on a slide, usually with very large text. The text is used as a prompt, but also as a graphic.


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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.

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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How to Prepare Your Scientific Presentation


Since the dawn of time, humans were eager to find explanations for the world around them. At first, our scientific method was very simplistic and somewhat naive. We observed and reflected.

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.

7 Reasons How Great Marketing Presentations Can Upscale Your Business


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.

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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.

Be Your Own Life Coach

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Many people hire life coaches when they are trying to figure out what to do with their lives,]. Many people stumble through life not knowing what they want to do. If you can’t afford a life coach, if you feel … Continue reading →

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The Presentation Guru Presentation Skills Questionnaire – How Do YOU Rate?

Presentation Guru

For the past 18 months, Presentation Guru has been developing a comprehensive presentation skills questionnaire to help people (whatever their experience as presenters) assess their current ability in this life-changing skill.


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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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.

Misleading COVID-19 map

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This map is an Edward Tufte-level poster child of the poor visual display of quantitative information. MSNBC show it at least once a day. At first glance it appears to show that Wyoming, Vermont, and Maine are *much* safer places than COVID-19 hotspots like California and Texas.

Does Tom Brady even eat bread?

Speak Schmeak

Have you seen the new Subway commercial featuring Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady? The dialogue goes like this: Brady: This new turkey Cali Fresh is incredible Stephen Curry: You even eat bread? Brady: Steph, it's a commercial.

How to Create and Present a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)


Managers will find themselves dealing with all kinds of projects throughout their profession. Some will be large and ambitious, while others will be straightforward and more manageable.

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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8 Essential Skills for a Successful Zoom Presentation


Giving Zoom presentations is just as challenging as making a real-life pitch in the office. Capturing your audience’s attention is even harder, given that they can turn off their screens – and focus on something instead. Despite these predicaments, you can still ace your virtual pitch.

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 Get (And Keep) Others Committed To Change

Duarte Blog

When Graham Weston came up with the idea to move Rackspace’s headquarters to the once-thriving but empty Windsor Park Mall in a struggling area of San Antonio, he was thrilled at the possibility of breathing life back into his hometown and attracting new talent.

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 →

#SpeakerSuccessTip – Have a COVID Strategy!

Speaker Launcher

At this point in the pandemic, we are accustomed to pivoting and being creative when planning live events. Unfortunately, it seems as though every time we think we are ready to host live speaking events again, another wave starts to ramp up.

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.

Interview with Alfred Poor: Better Online Presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Alfred Poor is an expert in helping speakers and companies create successful online events.

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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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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 Use Theory of Change to Plan Successful Programs


Humans are resistant to change; especially one imposed externally. We may prefer the status quo, even if the proposed changes improve our lives. Program managers and policy-makers are well-aware of this tendency. Yet, they manage to drive successful outcomes even for the most challenging initiatives.

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.

10 Must-Have Slides for Your Corporate Profile Presentation


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.

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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Q&A: Top Delivery Struggles Speakers Face & How to Combat Them Expertly

Duarte Blog

In our recent webinar Top Delivery Struggles Speakers Face we received many thoughtful questions. Here Jeff Davenport, Speaker Coach and Content Developer, answers the top questions received so you can expertly overcome the most common struggles speakers face and inspire your audience to act.

Retired. Something I thought I’d never say.

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

It’s official. I am retired. That is something I never thought I’d say. I thought I’d keep on working until my fingers fell off. I didn’t think about age and illness. But I’m 66. I’ve had multiple sclerosis (MS) for … Continue reading →


Leverage Zoom to Book More Business with Marquesa Pettway

Speaker Launcher

Want to learn how to best utilize Zoom to book more business? Join me to learn from the Zoom Queen herself, Marquesa Pettway. The post Leverage Zoom to Book More Business with Marquesa Pettway appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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.

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

Stop hiding [part 1]

Speak Schmeak

I consider this to be a horribly unflattering picture of me. Not only is my hair thinning, I have a couple of bald spots that happened spontaneously a couple of years ago that never grew back. I don't like how my aging body looks a lot of the time.

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Personal SWOT Analysis: Quick Guide (with Examples)


Job interviewers want to know what your weaknesses are. Your boss wants to know what plans you have for continuous improvement. And you want to know what threats to look out for that could stunt your growth.