Why are US visa questions so weird?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Journalist Michael Skapinker notes in the FT that US Visa questions include Are you coming to the United States to engage in prostitution or unlawful commercialized vice or have you been engaged in prostitution or procuring prostitutes within the past 10 years?

2012 U.S. “Prezi”dential Election Recap

Manner of Speaking

Slide Presentation Barack Obama Keynote Mitt Romney PowerPoint Prezi U.S. I came across this presentation on Prezi that provides a recap of the recent election in the United States. If you are not familiar with Prezi, have a look.

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What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach Us About Business Stories

Manner of Speaking

Storytelling is powerful. Stories resonate with people on a deep, psychological level. Stories are memorable and help support our messages. Hence the speaker’s maxim: Tell a story, make a point. The best stories contain many elements related to plot, character, dialogue, etc. For … Continue reading → Stories and Storytelling Business Kurt Vonnegut Maya Eilam Stories storytelling the shapes of stories

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Obama v. Romney: Blogging the 2012 US Presidential Debates

The Presenter's Blog

The ancient Romans and Greeks gave us the skills we today call Public Speaking. They also brought us the arena. This week, we will see those traditions of the ancient world resonate in the gladiatorial collision of the US Presidential Debates.

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8 famous speeches by women before the U.S. Congress

The Eloquent Woman

Some would say there's no more high-stakes talk you can give than testimony or an address before the U.S. Anita Hill's Senate testimony against Clarence Thomas's nomination to the U.S.

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SXSW | Meet us in Austin!

Duarte Blog

And if you’re not there but wish you could be, we want you to live vicariously through us via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, interpretive dance, smoke signals, and, of course, a presentation. So, send us a shout out, and let’s meet.

What Japan Can Teach the World About Communication / ?????????????????????????

Matt Eventoff

I recently returned from conducting workshops throughout Japan on behalf of the State Department, U.S. Japanese students are taught very differently than are U.S. “When one teaches, two learn.” – Robert A. Heinlein.

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13 famous U.S. political convention speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

As Americans head to the polls with the option, finally, to elect our first women president, it seemed right to focus on political speeches by women.

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What have the Romans done for us?

The Presenter's Blog

When it comes to presenting, the Romans and the Greeks taught us all we know. That’s the subject of “What Have The Romans Done For Us?”, ”, which is my guest-blog for my new friends at Big Fish Presentations. My new blog can be found here. Drop in for a read.

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BigPR in U.S. - Will Mueller Investigation Throw Shade, What PR Firms Must Do

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some of us watchers of BigPR have a hunch that its mission is under attack. It isn't just the Mad Men industry-advertising-which is under attack. As many know, WPP's financials are down.

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: An analysis of their speeches

Manner of Speaking

As I write this post, the votes are still being counted in some states, but the results will not affect the outcome; Trump … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Donald Trump Hillary Clinton public speaking US electionThe 2016 Presidential election in the United States is over and Donald Trump has emerged as the winner.

13 communication and life tips that children teach us

Presentation Zen

Our fear and our tendency to keep our minds fixed on the past and the future keeps us from being spontaneous in the moment. (3) When we were kids, no one had to tell us to get out of the house and exercise. Play helps us learn and discover new insights.

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5 famous speeches by women candidates for U.S. president or vice president

The Eloquent Woman

But we do have a representative sample of the women who wanted to represent us through the ages, from the first to the most recent. She was not only the first woman to run for U.S. Shirley Chisholm''s 1969 introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment preceded her run for U.S.

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Slides Prevent Us From Connecting at a Human Level

Duarte Blog

Mac Slocum interviews Nancy Duarte at Web 2.0. The kind folks at O’Reilly had me speak at Web 2.0 and then Mac Slocum asked some s-m-a-r-t questions at their booth. Watch the video below to hear answers to these four questions: Are presentations inherently broken? Are we going about it the wrong way?

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Picture this: US college kids – then and now

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to the fascinating website Sociological Images for a pointer to this interactive map at The Chronicle of Higher Education website that presents data on the proportion of U.S. adults with a bachelor’s degree over time. In 1940, in the vast majority of counties no more than 10% of the population had graduated from college [.]. Business Communication Keynotes Speechwriting

Two Things Charles Dickens Can Teach Us About Successful Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Charles Dickens is 200 today, and in his honor, this blog will explore a little-known side of the great novelist:  his public speaking, and in particular 2 lessons the great Boz still can teach us today.   At 200, Dickens can still teach us a thing or two about speaking, performance, and memory. 

How to answer the dreaded question: "Tell us something about yourself"

Speak Schmeak

And these introductions are dreaded by most of the people in the room, who find deep discomfort with having to talk about themselves, especially when the question is vague, like "Tell us something about yourself." Remember: They aren't judging you.

The Future of Work - When That Means No Work for 50% of Us, Embrace of Universal Basic Income (UBI)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The brutal reality is that the future of work could mean none of work for about 50% of us. Right now, most of us hope we are not among those "unlucky" ones. The creation of 209,000 jobs in July 2017 is being cheered. That's  The Now  of the world of work.

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Corsets come off in Downton Abbey. Time they come off for us as well

The Presenter's Blog

When we ring-fence our IP it is because scarcity mentality tells us that if we release this precious idea, we’ll never get another one. Abundance mentality however would tell us that where that idea came from, there are plenty more waiting to be born. Poor Lord Grantham.

The Worker Bee U.S. President

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are: Withdrawing the U.S. Essentially this prohibits any NGO receiving U.S. The conservative Drudge Report spent most of the weekend on football. But today, Monday, it got back to covering the dynamics of Trumpism. And what a day it has been.

PowerPoint at war – how one soldier changed US strategy in Iraq

Duarte Blog

US forces in Iraq lowered their flag on Wednesday, officially marking the end of our nine-year military mission. At the time Ramadi was the source of some of the worst violence in the country, having claimed the lives of hundreds of US soldiers.

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Save Us From Ugly PowerPoint Slides

Executive Speech Coach

How can you change this ugly PowerPoint typical bar chart slide.into this simple and more visual pleasing PowerPoint slid e? Notice that the second slide is more visually pleasing. It's also much easier to understand the key point - that Australia leads the world in this study.

Drudge Report - Earth Hack Makes Us Wonder If There's a "Patch" for Evil

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Drudge Report posted just the right headline: "Day the Earth Was Hacked." " This global catastrophe has made everything from climate change to Comeygate seem small potatoes. Of course, lives will be lost since hospitals can't function normally. Global GDP can take a hit.

"Sunday Night" June 9, 2017 - Megyn Kelly's Ratings Stuck (unlike Oprah, she's not one of us)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Clearly Kelly is not one of us.  She shared with us the details of her difficult past and the roller-coaster of her daily feelings. Many of us professional women were rooting for her success.We had assumed she was one of us.

Women in the U.S. Senate. 17 Strong…and Hopefully Growing

DeFinis Communications

And while those figures are low, have you ever noticed how few women represent us in the United States senate? Here are few shocking facts: Since the establishment of the US Senate in 1789, there have been only 39 female Senators. Currently, only 17 of the 100 US Senators are women.

Humor techniques of 22 prominent U.S. politicians

Speak to Lead

As the 2012 U.S. presidential primaries begin, humorist John Kinde has analyzed the key humor techniques of 22 current and former candidates. Here, with his permission, are his findings: With the caucus and primary events coming soon, let’s reflect on. Humor 2012 Republican primaries John Kinde Lou Hampton political humor presidential humor

Do all your references to women in speeches cast us as "mothers, wives and daughters?"

The Eloquent Woman

In Stop Calling Us Wives and Moms , Salon writer Tracy Clark-Flory shares word of a petition calling on President Obama to "stop using the rhetorical frame that defines women by their relationships to other people." Former U.S.

33,000 U.S. Jobs Lost in September - Gig Economy Players Have More Control

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Obviously, the job situation in the U.S. However, during the worst of economic times in the 21st century, many of us "day workers" have managed to obtain enough work to pay our bills and even sock away some in retirement funds.  is volatile.

Famous Speech Friday: Jane Goodall's "What Separates Us From the Apes"

The Eloquent Woman

So what does separate us from the apes, anyway? Most people find it difficult to name a living scientist , and even tougher to name a woman scientist, dead or alive.

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How to Get Angry in Public - Australian Prime Minister Gillard Shows Us How to Get It Right

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

    Many of us are uncomfortable with anger, especially in public, and we’ll often avoid making eye contact with the object of our fury because it’s easier to unload if you block out the other. 

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Obama vs. Romney. Blogging the 2012 US Presidential Debates. Round 2. Head to Head at Hofstra.

The Presenter's Blog

Reblogged from make a powerful point: Over $1.1billion has been spent so far on this year’s presidential debate. The American public, tired of two wars, a recession and a flagging economy is also suffering from campaign fatigue. There’s an outcry against political rhetoric.

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"Nimble" and Other Buzzwords Which Make Us Seem 20th Century

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in pre-digital times, corporate folk would use the buzzword "nimble." " It was intended as shorthand to indicate needed flexibility. Post-Chrysler turnaround by the Lee Iacocca team, the company was warned to remain "nimble."

Mr. Rogers Video Showed the US Senate how to Speak from the Heart

Speaking Freely

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Presentation Lessons from a Cooking Demonstration

Professionally Speaking...

In my volunteer role at the U.S. Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentation cooking demonstration U.S. What do a cooking demonstration and a business presentation have in common? More than you might think.

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Famous Speech Friday: Susan B. Anthony's "Is it a crime for a U.S. citizen to vote?"

The Eloquent Woman

This week's famous speech took her case to the court of public opinion in a direct effort to reach potential jurors : Anthony delivered the speech "Is it a crime for a U.S. It was public speaking that spurred Susan B.

Sam Shepard, Dead at 73 of Lou Gehrig's Disease - Taught Us to Channel Pain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From the get-go, Sam Shepard's life had been difficult. Despite success and international recognition of his playwriting and acting talents, he suffered to the end. The cause of his death, at age 73, had been complications from Lou Gehrig's disease.

U.S. Tech Industry - 40 & Finished

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Technology has become  the  glam industry. The work is stimulating, well-paid, and high profile. So, no surprise, in it, the players tend to be finished by age 40. That ageism is more of a problem than gender discrimination. The culture is youth-based. 

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Robots - They Could Take 38% of U.S. Jobs in 15 Years

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The statistic PWC puts out there for the U.S. Already Artificial intelligence (AI) is gobbling up those well-paying jobs on Wall Street and in the legal sector.

How to us Humor in Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

One Laugh At a Time. The reality is that you don’t have to be a natural born comic or even the class clown to develop a reputation as a humorous speaker. It’s really just a function of hard work. If you speak on a similar subject on a regular basis, the trick is to occasionally say something that strikes you as amusing or funny. If it is funny to you, it might be funny to someone else. The, if you get a laugh, make a note of it. If it works with one audience, it might work with others.

James Comey Said at Cybersecurity Conference He Didn't Want to Freak Us Out - But, He Sure Did

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As you see in this video , at the Boston College conference on cybersecurity, FBI director James Comey said he didn't want to freak us out. But he did exactly that. He hammered that there is no such entity as "absolute privacy."