George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Stage Fright

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by BrainPickings “The best speakers are those who make their words sound spontaneous even if memorized.” The art of giving a great presentation has occupied humanity for as long as recorded history can trace, from the great oratory schools of Ancient Greece to the TED era. In How to Use the Power of the Printed Word (public library) — the same treasure trove that gave us Kurt Vonnegut’s...

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All Stories Are the Same

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from The Atlantic From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception. A ship lands on an alien shore and a young man, desperate to prove himself, is tasked with befriending the inhabitants and extracting their secrets. Enchanted by their way of life, he falls in love with a local girl and starts to distrust...

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Sales Training 2017 Outlook: Content, Access and Relevance

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Content Raven Sales training is a $5 billion dollar industry, according to Sales Performance International and companies spend as much as $30,000 or more training individual sales reps. We know that sales training is big business with big investments. In 2016, sales trainers realized that the high cost instructor-led training sessions that take sales teams out of the field and seat them in conference rooms was ineffective.  In...

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5 Ways E-Learning Enables Effective Sales Training

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Content Raven Sales trainers are smart people. They know when something is broken, and if The Bridge Group is correct and sales reps are only meeting their quota half of the time, then something is very broken.  It is clear that sales kick off events, in-room presentations, and mandated day-long training sessions are not working for the 50 percent of today’s sales learners who are failing to...

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5 Public-Speaking Tips TED Gives Its Speakers

from Forbes.com “Presentation literacy” isn’t an option anymore, according to TED Talks curator Chris Anderson. “It’s a core skill for the 21st century.” Anderson calls presentation and public-speaking skills a “superpower” for those who want to express their ideas. TED talks, which are viewed more than 1 billion times a year, have become the gold standard of public speaking. In his new book, TED Talks, Anderson gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the speakers...

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Lead With Joy: How To Have More Impact While Loving What You Do

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Sabina Nawaz posted at Forbes.com Abelio is the CMO of a US Fortune 500 company. When his sister was diagnosed with a serious illness, Abelio decided to relocate to Colombia to help her. He had the full support of his CEO and his team for the move. But managing an organization, dealing with his peers and customers across international borders and managing his mostly US-based team remotely...

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5 Spots Opened Up – Finding Story Workshop Oct 11, San Francisco

Speechless is excited to invite you to our Finding Story workshop this October 11th, 2016. It will be a four hour session that will introduce you to how Speechless can work for your organizational goals around storytelling. Come experience what one client said “…was honestly the most beneficial speech training workshop I have ever taken and the most fun, by far!” Space is limited to twenty attendees by invitation only. WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9am-1pm WHERE: 55 Hawthorne St., San Francisco — Make-a-Wish, Suite #800...

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Your Freaked Out Brain Seeks SAFETY

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Denise Green Imagine this. You’re about to start a one-on-one meeting with an employee when you get a text message from your boss saying the Senior Vice President wants to know why you’re over budget on project x. What happens to you physically? What do you do next? Here’s what most of us don’t do. We don’t pause and wonder how urgent this message is and whether...

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Half Day Coaching on Storytelling

Speechless is excited to invite you to our Finding Story workshop this October 11th, 2016. It will be a four hour session that will introduce you to how Speechless can work for your organizational goals around storytelling. Come experience what one client said “…was honestly the most beneficial speech training workshop I have ever taken and the most fun, by far!” Space is limited to twenty attendees by invitation only. WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9am-1pm WHERE: 55 Hawthorne St., San Francisco — Make-a-Wish, Suite #800...

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The Secret to Happiness (Well, one of them anyways)

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Robert Graham I heard a podcast last week that stopped me in my tracks. It was called “Simply Happy” from the TED Radio Hour. In it, six experts dealt with that most important of questions: What makes us happy? They proposed several powerful ideas, including: Slow down Have less stuff Create positive meaning from things Be grateful But the one that has stuck with me is the...

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