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The Importance of Public Speaking

Public speaking is one spoke on the marketing and PR wheel, but is a very powerful medium to get your name, your company’s name out there and to brand yourself and your organization as thought leaders.

This is an excellent article on getting yourself out to speak, either for yourself or your company (or both!). 

Read the whole article here.

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Presentation Technique

This is a great video – Energy is certainly a vital presentation technique. I just couldn’t help wondering how much more power this presenter would have had, if he had stood still occasionally!
Click on the picture to click through to the video.


High-Profit Business Practices That Put More Money in Your Pocket

 with Rogene Baxter, RN, MA, CMC
Rogene BaxterHaving a successful speaking/training/consulting business takes careful focus on consistent practices that can make or break your profitability. You’ve heard about spending time ON the business, not just IN the business — but what fun is that when you’d rather be speaking? Talented presenters have gone broke because they didn’t know how to squeeze the most profit from each engagement. If you don’t know how to do this you might be one of them.

Rogene has had a highly successful practice for nearly three decades. Clients flock to her for six-figure engagements. She’s figured out the small business practices that pay off big and keep her and a bevy of subcontractors thriving.

You will learn:

  • why to start with a business mind-set
  • how to develop formulas to more accurately determine fees in proposals so you are not underpricing your services
  • what key components to include in a contract to ensure your IP is protected
  • how to make sure you are paid on time and ramifications if you are not
  • how to you make sure you’re paid regularly for more than one-time engagements
  • ways to assure you are making what you think you are
  • what you should know about using subcontractors to extend your impact and business

Register or order the CD or MP3 recording

Date: Thursday, June 26
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain, 4 pm Pacific
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $25

Special Limited-Time Offer:

If you want more information on ways to run your business more profitably, we’re offering a special discount — only $10 each (while quantities last) — on the audiotapes (note: not CDs or MP3s) of two earlier programs to complement Rogene’s program:

  • “Don’t Grow Your Career — Build a Business” with Rita Risser, JD, CSP
  • “Profitable Proposals For Contracts Beyond One-Time Events” with Warren Evans, CSP
  • “Make More Money By Doing Less: How to Leverage One Engagement into Profitable Results for Your Clients and Your Bottom Line” with Lorna Riley, CSP

With your order of Rogene’s teleseminar, CD or MP3, at checkout you will be offered these tapes and transcripts at a special discounted price of $10/each. This offer expires July 15.


Make a point


Ed Sykes celebrated International Make a Point Day! and made his points very succinctly.  Very useful!

Have you ever been in a meeting where the presentation when on and on. Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s the point to this presentation?”

Here are five public speaking secrets that will keep your message on point:

Read his secrets here…

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Wake me when it’s over : A guide to no-nap presentations

 It’s 9:30 in the morning and you’ve made it to the third presentation of today’s marketing meeting. The presenter is pretty much reading word for word from a deck of 40 slides, which are mostly densely worded, bulleted items with an occasional chart or graph thrown in.

  You have no interest in the topic, and to keep from falling asleep during the next 30 minutes, you are taking this opportunity to proofread some documents for a pressing deadline.

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Loneliness – a business proposal

Via Lisa’s blog (who can embed videos – a skill I keep putting off, so I’ve put a link to the page on my website) – a video of a nine-year old from whom many or us could learn the value of self-possession, dignity, naturalness; oh and the value of a smile and excellent body-language ….


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The Power of Your Speech

Language expert Wilfred Funk was one of the first to study highly successful men and women to determine what they have in common. What he discovered was that they all have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Since then, many studies have shown the same thing. In fact, members of the “speaking” professions – lawyers, politicians, professional speakers, salespeople, and entertainers – are among the highest paid. There appears to be a high correlation between word power and earning power. The ability to speak, to persuade, and to keep an audience’s attention is well rewarded.

What about you? Have you been sabotaging your own success because you feel that speaking in front of a group is something you would rather die than do? If so, it is time to do yourself a favour and learn the skills that can change your life.

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Edit Clip Art Images inside PowerPoint Presentations


PowerPoint Clip Art Background

Microsoft PowerPoint is like Photoshop for clip art images. In just a few clicks, you can modify existing clip art graphics in PowerPoint so that the image appear more relevant to the theme of your Presentation.

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The Art of Using Humor in public speaking

 Psychology of Humor

Because humor is such a powerful emotion, it is a good idea to understand (if that is possible), the psychological basis of humor. More specifically, what makes laughter and the humorous situation “work”. Your assignment, from now on, is, when you hear people laugh, to ask yourself, “Why did they laugh”? This attention will sharpen your skills at recognizing possible material for your own use and help you get a feeling for what makes humor work.

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PowerPoint – Rearranging shapes in Organization Chart

You can insert an Organization Chart by clicking Insert > Diagram > Organization Chart.

You will though realize that if the shapes are in incorrect order, you cannot reposition or reorder the shapes in the organization chart while AutoLayout is on. Here’s one simple and neat trick to reorder the shapes.

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