2019

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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Create an infographic in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Infographics are an engaging way to present data and concepts. What is an infographic? It’s a graphic with minimal text, graphics, and numbers (usually). You can think of it as a chart or diagram.

2019 221

Don't wait for someone else to speak up

Speak Schmeak

Once upon a time, I was getting on the freeway at an onramp near my home, and for the nth time, was nearly sideswiped by a car entering in the lane next to me. This onramp has two left turn lanes to enter the freeway, but once you begin the turn, the lane markings disappear.

2019 207

Getting Close

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Brakes are connected and working. Shifters are installed and the new bar tape has been installed as well. The front derailleur and the cable guides are installed. As you can see, I went with white for the cable housing, in keeping with the original look. I hope to give it a test ride within a week.

2019 169

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.

2019 179

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.…

2019 113

How to Turn Your Website Bio Into a Selling Tool

Speaker Launcher

How do we write a killer website bio that makes our clients pick up the phone or email us to ask us if their date is free on our calendars? Do you think someone who charges $1,000 per biography might know something about it?

Bio 101

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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

Now the World Wonders: Had Paul Fox Not Been Adam Lanza's Psychiatrist, Could Sandy Hook Have Been Prevented?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now there can be wild speculation: Could there have been no Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, had Adam Lanza received the right kind of psychiatric care? The New York Post reports that Lanza's psychiatrist back then - Paul Fox - has taken a plea. It is for one count of second degree sexual assault.

2019 83

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.

2019 82

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.

2019 250

Two PowerPoint accessibility features plus one “off label” use

PowerPoint Tips

People with visual disabilities may use a screen reader to read the screen to them. PowerPoint has features that work with screen readers and you can help to ensure that this experience is useful for people with visual disabilities.

2019 229

I dare you to be expressive

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients has been working her way through the upper levels of her organization with a culture-changing idea for her company. She flies jumbo jets, and her idea would impact all pilots in her airline, and ideally, pilots across all of aviation.

2019 206

Bottom Bracket Is In

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Well, after a mishap of ordering the wrong bottom bracket, I finally got it installed. When I measured the width of the space for the bottom bracket and converted it from imperial to metric, I got 70mm. What wasn’t clear to me was that 70mm = Italian and that my measurement was off by 2 mm.

2019 158

Hay Festival : 15 Speeches That Changed the World

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The second Festival Foundation Gala event at the 2019 Hay Festival celebrated the power of persuasion and words. From calls to arms to demands for peace, this performance captured the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman.

2019 164

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.

2019 103

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 104

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 115

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The Communication Blog

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2019 130

Eric Scott Sills MD - A Murder Trial Could Rock California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The details mirrored so many of the real-life story lines from "DateLine." " Here are the details from the LA Times. On the morning of November 13, 2016, Susan Sills is found dead at the bottom of the stairs by her husband Eric Scott Sills. She has an MBA, he an MD.

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 83

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.

2019 247

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.

2019 221

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 !

2019 198

Big Round Rolly Things

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

A couple weeks ago, I took the Fuji (I need to come up with a name) to Vélo Classique in Purcellville, VA. Felt most comfortable taking it there because they specialize in vintage bikes. The reason for the visit was that the distance between the forks was 96mm.

2019 151

Hay, Hey, Hay!

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It’s over dozen years since I first profiled The King of Hay-on-Wye and then listed the Top 197 Tweets from the 2008 Hay Festival. I’ve finally made the pilgrimage to the little Welsh-border village where books are celebrated.

2019 151

How to Save Your Presentation When Your Mind Goes Blank

Presentation Guru

Have you ever been in the middle of a great presentation and all of a sudden your mind went completely blank about the next part of your presentation?

2019 97

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.

How to Start Digitizing Your Supply Chain Management

SlideModel

New technological innovations are disrupting every major business sector, and every business process out there. Supply chain management is no exception.

2019 72

What you don't say

The Communication Blog

Here is a good example of what you don't say speaking louder than what you do say. A perfect classroom example: [link] [link]. classroom example DeSantis glbtq what you don't say

2019 100

Now Rhoda and Mary Are Back Together Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Wasn't the "Mary Tyler Moore" show the template for all future programming about how women can be friends, not rivals for men? The latest wrinkle on that prototype is the offbeat "Good Girls."

2019 72

3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

Duarte Blog

Have you ever had lunch with a genius? And I don’t mean just someone really smart, but someone who lives and breathes their profession and can explain its mysteries with both passion and skill to anyone, regardless of education.

2019 74

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?

2019 242

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.

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Your voice: small pebble. big ripples

Speak Schmeak

A few years ago, I was taking my usual shortcut through Earl Warren Showgrounds on my daily walk, when I was stopped by a family in an SUV. They had a couple of questions about the Fiesta rodeo, a longstanding Santa Barbara tradition that's part of our annual Old Spanish Days festivities.

2019 171

Well I’ll Be A Monkey’s Father’s Brother

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

In my previous post , I shared the tip from GCN to remove rust from a bicycle. I was a bit skeptical. Before. After. Even gave the chrome some vinegary love. Cleaned up the bits of rust the best I could and put some clear coat on them. I then decided to clean up the seat post.

2019 151

National Speakers Association, Northern California, January Chapter Meeting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking