Analysis of a speech by Oprah Winfrey

Manner of Speaking

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night (7 January 2018). There were several highlights and many winners, but the overwhelming consensus is that Oprah Winfrey stole the show. Winfrey, a talk show host, actress and philanthropist was … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Epizeuxis Golden Globes Oprah Winfrey Polysyndeton public speaking Recy Taylor Rosa Parks speech analysis tricolon

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Creative Video for Communicators

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This Saturday I attended the annual Presidents Day meeting of the National Speakers Association Northern California Chapter.

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How to animate 3D objects in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

If you have Office 365 (the subscription version) and the Creative edition of Windows 10, you can insert 3D objects into PowerPoint. I explained this feature in an earlier blog post, “ How to Insert 3D in PowerPoint.”

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Stop Waiting till you Feel more Confident

Speaking about Presenting

Many times, back when I was working in the corporate world, I would sit in a meeting listening to a discussion knowing that I had a valuable perspective to offer. But as I thought about offering my opinion I would start to feel my heart beating hard inside my chest and feel myself growing hot.

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I can do anything better than I can

Speak Schmeak

Maybe you've heard the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." It's a classic duet with the characters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler attempting to prove their ability to outdo each other in a variety of tasks.

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, 50 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far.

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How To Use SWOT Analysis or SOAR Analysis


Introduction. The SWOT and the SOAR models are business management tools used as organizational frameworks to enhance business performance. In recent times, many organizations have used both methods while others have substituted one strategy with the other.

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10 Tips for…Building a Strong Story

Presentation Guru

The story is the thing – understand that you’ve got a strong message and everything else will follow. So many business presentations have little or poor story structure. Here are the 10 steps to follow to help you to make your points interesting and memorable for every audience you address.…

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Something Just Like This

Manner of Speaking

I recently had the privilege of moderating the 9th WAVE (Women’s Added Value in the Economy) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s an annual event organized and run by the dynamic women of the Career Women’s Forum.

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Mum and Dad

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My parents funeral took place on January 30, 2018 at Crewe Crematorium. This is the eulogy I read in celebration of their lives. Shakespeare wrote in his play The Tempest: We are such stuff as dreams are made on / And our little life is rounded with a sleep. Mum and Dad were together for […].

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Create beautiful numbered lists in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

SmartArt and the new Designer feature in Office 365 are great for simple lists, but numbered lists are another story. Designer has a few options, but you can easily create a couple of templates for beautiful numbered lists and use them over and over.

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Resurrecting a long held dream

Speaking about Presenting

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that over the last couple of months, I’ve been stuck in bed due to an accident. I’ve been using the time to resurrect a long-held dream. That dream is to create an online program to help people overcome the fear of public speaking. Tony (my husband and business partner) first had the idea of creating such a program in 2001.

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12 Keynote Tips to Deliver an Outstanding Presentation


If you have a Mac or work with the iWork productivity suite, then you must already be familiar with Keynote. The tool is developed by Apple and lets us create visually appealing presentations pretty easily.

2018 68

Making Choices

The Communication Blog

Here is a Word file of an article published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics , vol. 73, no 2, April 2016, pp. 173-179. The journal is a bit behind its normal publication schedule so this was just published. Making Choices* Living is a process of making choices. Much as you cannot not communicate, you cannot not make choices. Making choices is inevitable--even, as William James noted “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it that is in itself a choice.”

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How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

Duarte Blog

There’s a saying, “people don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.”. That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a.

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Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Speakers

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of the Wealthy Speaker podcast, we are sharing daily success habits that every speaker can incorporate into their lives to find greater success. These habits help with focus, time management and lead to better execution of the things needed in business to help grow and scale.

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New volume of talks from The Moth focuses on uncertainty

The Eloquent Woman

I received as a gift The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown from a friend after a hospital stay during which the doctors couldn't yet diagnose me, so I was living in medical uncertainty.

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First Law of Digital Media - Focus on Revenue (attention doesn't keep the electricty on)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Digital media is now a mature industry. Sure, some early adopters have not only survived the volatility of the internet. They have scaled and keep on scaling. The iconic example is the Drudge Report.

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Use Storytelling to Present with Power

Presentation Guru

Think of the last good movie you watched. It likely had bright images, a compelling script, music, rhythm and heroic characters. All these elements came together and made you feel something – excited, sad, angry, maybe even apathy.

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What happens when a speaker pauses for a few seconds?

Manner of Speaking

First, let’s talk about what doesn’t happen. The audience does not think that you’ve forgotten something. The audience does not hear your heart beating. The audience does not think that you are stupid. The audience does not think that you … Continue reading → Delivery Uncategorized pause pausing presentations public speaking

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White House staffers resettle in Silicon Valley

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kudos for the FT’s Hannah Kuchler for reporting on the number of Obama-era White house staffers who’ve gone West and taken up lucrative speechwriting and communications roles in Silicon Valley. She notes that the talent from DC is a match made in heaven for Silicon Valley companies.

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2 ways to save time and effort by setting default shape formats in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I rarely use shapes with outlines. So every time I insert a shape, I click the Format tab, choose Shape Outline, then No Outline. Wait, why am I doing that? I can customize my themes! I often use the default theme to create graphics.

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How to prepare for your Q&A session

Speaking about Presenting

In 2001, I was a candidate for the Green Party in New Zealand. I spent a ton of time preparing for the “Meet the Candidate” meetings. But I didn’t spend most of my time on planning my presentation. I spent most of my time preparing for the Q&A. I knew this would be the most important part of my performance, and where I was most likely to get hammered if I wasn’t prepared. And because I’m an introvert, thinking on my feet is not a natural strength.

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7 Things to Avoid at All Costs with Your PowerPoint Presentation


PowerPoint Slides are a bit like fire: they can either really help a situation (as in heating your house and cooking your food) or really hurt a situation (as in burning down an entire forest or town).

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What makes things funny

Pivotal Public Speaking

An interesting take on what makes humour here… So what is violation and what is benign and how do we mix them? Think about how you might incorporate that into your speeches or presentations. You can also learn from his presentation skills.

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Communicate Like MLK and Change the World

Duarte Blog

This post was updated January 15, 2018. Thanks to the proliferation and growth of social media and live video today, nearly everyone has a public platform that they can use to convey a message to a large audience.

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Body Language for the Epic Keynote with Mark Bowden

Speaker Launcher

As a professional speaker, your body language on stage plays a big part in how the audience receives you. The way you present yourself and the movements you make, either purposefully or subconsciously, can say more at times than the words leaving your mouth.

"Find your voice and use it:" New book encourages women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

A British writer gave two powerful lectures on women and their right to express themselves, and they were published as a book that went on to be a manifesto for women's right to an independent voice that had a huge impact on women for decades.

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University of Northampton launches app-based prospectus

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

University is using software to create an app-based prospectus and improve internal communications

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Fixed with Gold – the Painful Lessons That Help the Presenter Grow

Presentation Guru

If you want to grow as a speaker, you can’t learn if you don’t fall, and it’s not whether, or how far, you fall that defines you, it’s how you get up, dust yourself off and carry on.

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Analysis of a Speech by Andrew Solomon

Manner of Speaking

Andrew Solomon is an American writer who focuses on politics, psychology and culture. He has written for The New York Times and The New Yorker among others. His book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression won the 2001 National Book … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Andrew Solomon public speaking quotations Rhetorical Devices speech analysis TED Talk

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The 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards – A conversation with David Murray

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero called rhetoric a “great art.” Since then, staggering advances in mass communication haven’t diminished the transformative power of a great speech. And the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the speechwriters and the speakers who make it great. Presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the prestigious monthly collection of speeches, […] More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero called rhetoric a “great art.”

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Executive Speech Coach

Wonderful presentation by Dewitt Jones at TEDx Watch it the first time to enjoy the delivery, the visuals and his inspiring message.

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Be inspired by these two women

Speaking about Presenting

Shonda Rhimes is the creator of award-winning TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Like many introverts, her safe space was sitting in her office writing. She turned down most speaking engagements and when she couldn’t get out of it … “I was a walking panic attack. My stage fright was so complete and overwhelming that it ruled my every public appearance.” ” Then she made a commitment to say “Yes” to every speaking opportunity.

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