Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Denziens of the San Francisco tech scene are greeting the sun at a series of Daybreaker Digital Dextox dance parties in Mission District lofts. Before they emerge into the workday world to spend an average of 10 hours a day looking at the screens in their lives (PC, TV, smartphone and now watch) they leave […]. Culture Shock! Digital Detox Matthew Crawford smartphones tiffany shlain

Unplugged for the week

The Eloquent Woman

This and all my blogs are on hiatus this week while I unplug. Normal service will resume next week! Creative Commons licensed photo by Craig Sunter ). weekly speaker toolkit


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Michael Pollan, Live and Unplugged

Duarte Blog

Photo by Mark Heaps. We recently worked with Michael Pollan to design a presentation for the Annual Pop!Tech Tech Conference, ( [link] ) and I have officially been transformed from appreciative fan to groupie. He’s wicked smart, and a great communicator; and until his recent appearance at Pop!Tech, Tech, he had never delivered a presentation with slides. Scary, right? This approach keeps all the attention focused on his story, which means he’s gotta have a damn good story.

When to unplug your remote or mouse

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Second, if you get unstable behaviour while presenting, unplug the receiver from the computer. I had a good conversation with a client this week about a struggle they had during a presentation. Things were going along well until an unknown problem caused every attempt to advance to the next slide to cause the pen pointer to come up on the screen. They eventually made it go away but were unsure what they did to stop the problem.

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Breakfast with Clayton

Speaking Of...

I'm convinced that had to do with the fact that I was unplugged, he had a natural cuiriosity about meeting new people, and he gladly engaged in a real conversation as a break from his graduate studies homework. Tags: iPhone unplugged conversation On a rare snowy day in Dallas I found myself having breakfast at the Dallas Fort Worth airport, in a distant corner of the terminal next to a small Starbucks. I spotted a young man working on his laptop with an iPhone plugged into it.

Joan’s tech tips

Joan Detz Speaker Services

An occasional series of quirky tech tips for writers, speakers, teachers, entrepreneurs, execs … and pretty much anybody who has to communicate for a living (which is to say, almost all of us) This, from author Anne Lamott: “Almost anything will work better if you unplug it for a few moments … including you.”

WFH - Beware Alexa (Potential Catastrophe in Legal Sector)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Obviously, unplug Alexa, except what it is to be used in a task that doesn't concern a confidential client matter.

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iGen less i

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" In the workplace, a pull force in hiring can be the guarantee that employees can and do unplug. Members of iGen (born in 1998 and beyond) grew up only-digital.    So, the findings of a global survey by DfK, as reported by BusinessInsider , should alarm the tech industry. In addition, they have game-changer implications for marketers and employers. Essentially, iGen isn't big on i. Only 34% feel optimistic about the impacts of technology on society.

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[Podcast] The Roller Coaster of Speaking with Ryan Estis

Speaker Launcher

8:33 What happened when Ryan unplugged for 9 days? The roller coaster of speaking; one day you’re up, the next day, you’re down. The prodigious speaker and author, Ryan Estis, weighs in on how he has dealt with the ups and downs of his own speaking career. This episode is jam-packed with great advice about staying well, balanced, and grounded in the midst of a demanding […]. The post [Podcast] The Roller Coaster of Speaking with Ryan Estis appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Confessions of a Public Speaker – review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Burken. When I received a copy, my initial reaction was that it was yet another publich speaking guide. Paging the book, I quickly realized that I was wrong.

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Hillary Clinton - Seems Not Planning Hero's Farewell

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This version she presents, which is supposed to attract attention, is Hillary Unplugged. Drudge Report had developed a popular niche deriding Hillary Clinton. A major piece of that were the unflattering Hillary photos. Those ranged from wicked witch Hillary to manic Hillary. A good time was had by all, even progressives who personally disliked her. After Hillary lost the election, the Drudge Report promised to cut that out. Essentially it did.

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The Power Of the Metaphor

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

All too often, when people are trying to do the right thing by creating a strong visual to represent an idea, they fall back on the literal meaning of the word. This often makes it very difficult to find the right image to convey the idea and will often result in a visual that seems forced.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I was unplugged last week, so this week catches you up with posts from just before the hiatus: Besting stress: Stress is essentially a series of changes in your body--so listening to your body can help you reduce stress and build resilience , key skills for public speakers.

Oy Vey: The Land of LinkedIn Groups

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The electronic village now is debating if there should be monitoring of compliance of the Unplugged Order. The land of LinkedIn began to be filled with friendly helpful groups. Members had much to share.  And there was great joy throughout.  "We are learning so much." "  "We are making such wonderful contacts." "  "There are many fresh ideas." " That's what the residents of the land exclaimed.

The Experience Economy: No one needs Starbucks, Sephora, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 There, where there was WiFi, I blogged about how we who had been unplugged by nature found refuge in a book store. Before the current digital technology, many had to depend on companies like Starbucks and Sephora to create "experiences" for us.  We were passive recipients of rituals like the careful making of each latte or the ability to try out shades of lipstick.  Now, even with a smartphone we can frame our own experiences.

The State of Remote Work: Key Trends for 2019-2020


Unplugging from Work. The face of the modern workplace is changing. It’s a matter of several things – companies are going global, or at least employing workers in places all over the globe. Millennials and Gen Z’ers, who now comprise the majority of the workforce, view ‘flexible working’ as a necessary perk and most lean towards freelance and remote work (at least part-time).

Technology--Friend or Foe of Good Communication?

Speaking Of...

Is silence, or being 'unplugged,' now unnatural to you? The Great Idea, that will make a speech memorable, or maybe even change a life, often comes when we least expect it, when we are otherwise unplugged, or listening to another person speak. Friend or Foe? iPhones , Blackberrys , GPS, Instant Message, Texting --are these your new Masters, and are you their Slave? Have you replaced the old fashioned verbal conversation with text, even when the person you communicate is steps away?

Famous Speech Friday redux: Betty Friedan calls for a women's strike

The Eloquent Woman

Active verbs make a call to action: Read the verbs in the excerpt above: Put, close, unplug, stop, assemble, carry, converge, occupy, sacrifice, make. (Editor's note: Organizers of the 2017 Women's March on Washington have been signalling their intent to organize a women's strike on March 8. But it's not the first time this has happened. Here's our Famous Speech Friday post on the first women's strike in the U.S.,

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No TV Set: Catching peeks at other folks' houses

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Do TV executives realize that there is a a growing number of choice demographics who have not only unplugged but are no longer even boxed in?  Tonight I ran into yet another professional who no longer has a TV set in the house.    She told me that she now and then catches a peek at other folks' houses.    Last week I encountered two others.    The week before five others. 

Are You A Tech Master?

Speaking Of...

You can take a tech break, e.g. unplug, and your stress level doesn't increase. You understand that unplugging helps those other parts of your brain, that aren't tech wired, to flourish. Here are a few signs that you master technology and use it to improve your speaking. You own only the tech tools you get the most value from. You define what value actually means to you.

WSJ Portrays Us as Geezer Gen Screwed - We're Proving It (Very) Wrong

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A growing number of the over-50 I coach are focused on figuring out how they can unplug from those lifestyles. Darkness sells, especially if it's about poor old grandma and grandpa. So, it's predictable The Wall Street Journal would frontline an article that we between 55 and 70 are screwed financially as we enter retirement age. That's assuming that we will ever retire. And, by the way, the Federal Reserve Board found that one-third of retirees bounce back into the workforce.

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Are You A Tech Slave?

Speaking Of...

For those of us who speak and write, a bountiful source of stories and information is passing us by if we don't stop, unplug, and start listening. Technology, no matter how wonderful its claims, can turn you into its slave if you're not careful. I just came back from a business trip, and hadn't flown in about two years. My observations in several airports and on several airplanes gave me real cause for concern. Conversation between strangers just doesn't seem to be happening so much.

Famous Speech Friday: Betty Friedan's call for a women's strike

The Eloquent Woman

Active verbs make a call to action: Read the verbs in the excerpt above: Put, close, unplug, stop, assemble, carry, converge, occupy, sacrifice, make. It was an ending speech, her March 20, 1970 farewell speech at the conclusion of her term as the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She was nearly 50.

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12 famous protest speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

The call for a strike astonished her audience, but inspired a real strike not long after, with word pictures like this: "The women who are doing menial chores in the offices as secretaries put the covers on their typewriters and close their notebooks and the telephone operators unplug their switchboards, the waitresses stop waiting, cleaning women stop cleaning and everyone who is doing a job for which a man would be paid more stop." Today is inauguration day in the U.S.,

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PowerPoint Tip: Corrupted PowerPoint file

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you suspect that a piece of hardware is causing the issue, unplug it and try the presentation again. I got a panicked call recently from a past workshop participant. She supports presenters who were out on the road doing a major presentation in venues across the country. Whenever they started the presentation, its gives them the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD as it’s known). It is likely that the PowerPoint file got corrupted. How could it have happened and what can you do about it?

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Personal Kaizen: 15 Tips for your continuous improvement

Presentation Zen

11) Get completely unplugged and off the grid — no iPhones or BlackBerrys, etc. — Kaizen (??) means "improvement" — "kai" (?) means change/make better, and "zen" (?) means good — but as the term is used as a business process it more closely resembles in English “continuous improvement.” Kaizen is one of the keys to the steady improvement and innovation found at successful companies in Japan such as Toyota.

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Writers & Demon Alcohol

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Another lesson I learned is that I can unplug from that awful entity reality [which even T.S. Have you've known an influential writer who hasn't battled Demon Alcohol [DA]?    Unlikely.    The two seem to go together like W.B. Yates's concept of the interrelation between the dancer and the dance. That battle seemed to have been lost by F.

Joke Contest Results

Humor Power

Cure: Effected by releasing the TV’s magnetic pull; typically by interrupting the TV signal by turning it off or unplugging it. Here are the results of this month’s joke contest– Disease Definitions. New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months). New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months). The next caption contest is September 1, 2011. ** FIRST PLACE **.

12 ways to get the most out of a speaking or presentation training session

The Eloquent Woman

Unplug. I'll be leading the "Good on Your Feet" workshop on dynamic speaking skills next week--you have signed up, haven't you?--and and I've been thinking about how to give the participants a great experience and valuable learning opportunities. But if I'm honest, the participants themselves can make or break a training session. Here are a dozen things you can do to make sure you can get the most out of your next presentation or public speaking training session.