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How to Memorably Introduce Another Speaker

What to say to get your audience’s attention.
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Do this. Offer it as a service. Every speaker deserves an introduction. Every conference. Every event. 

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How Mind Maps Removed Stress From My Working Day

How Mind Maps Removed Stress From My Working Day | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Stress is often created by the sheer volume and diversity of tasks we each have on our lists. Mind mapping is a method to organize these tasks and reduce stress.
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I love Mind Maps! You? 

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The One Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing

Keep your focus on the reader.
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This applies to all professional communication. The challenge for many is when you have multiple audiences. And thats why we look to structure and frameworks to guide us. 

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The 7 habits of highly effective writers | Publication Coach

With apologies to Stephen Covey, here is my list of the 7 habits of highly effective writers. Follow these tips and watch your writing improve dramatically.
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Solid. 

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Critical conversations: 5 questions every next-decade leader should answer | SmartBrief

Critical conversations: 5 questions every next-decade leader should answer | SmartBrief | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
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I embrace conversation as a core component of effective communication (it's even in the model); it really allows everyone to engage. 

 

The improvement is having a structure (or more) to guide the communication and ensure everyone has a voice. And that's one of the benefits of Straight Talk. 

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One Simple Question to Ask Before Any Purchase

One Simple Question to Ask Before Any Purchase | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
To counter the empty promises of consumerism, I want to offer a simple, life-transforming question—five simple words to ask before making any purchase.
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No question, I love questions. And this is a solid way to consider purchases, actions, major decisions. It's a valid communication tool. All around, this is a quick read packed with value. 

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From Passive Voice To Active Voice - How To Spot It & How To Change It

From Passive Voice To Active Voice - How To Spot It & How To Change It | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
We live in a country that has 11 official languages. There is a good chance that either the writer or the reader of any given document is a second language English speaker. This makes the us
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Want to write better? Take a few minutes to read this. And then get rid of passive voice. 

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A Remarkably Powerful Way to Increase Sales Success

A Remarkably Powerful Way to Increase Sales Success | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Scientists showed that mimicry while negotiating could cause a 500 percent increase in successful outcomes. Mirroring works.
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Note the connection to trust. 

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How and Why We Built a Company Style Guide - StatusPage.io Blog

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Solid approach for internal and external communication. The downside is a ruthless adherence to "templates" without embracing the essence. 

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How Concept Maps Help Deepen Learning

How Concept Maps Help Deepen Learning | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Concept mapping can deepen learning by involving students in showing what they know. Educator Curtis Chandler shares three online tools to get students started.
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Interesting... I used mindmapping. I also use hand-drawn "concept maps" all the time. Sometimes I share them with colleagues and clients -- usually to positive response. Which means I probably need to do more of it. But perhaps now it needs to be something I actively incorporate into communication & teaching. 

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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.
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Powerful communication includes clear, compelling prose. 

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Bad Writing Costs Businesses Billions

Bad Writing Costs Businesses Billions | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
It’s not just a chore to wade through the badly written memos, emails, and other lousy business communication—this inefficiency costs us insane amounts of money.
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This is friction at work. The Straight Talk Framework is the antidote. 

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Why is it so hard to persuade people with facts?

Why is it so hard to persuade people with facts? | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
An effective way to correct people’s falsely held beliefs is to address them directly with evidence. However, such rebuttals can sometimes backfire, leading people to double-down on their original position. A new paper published in Discourse Processes suggests why: when people read information that undermines their identity, this triggers feelings of anger and dismay that make…
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How To Influence Others by Drawing, Even if You Flunked Art

How To Influence Others by Drawing, Even if You Flunked Art | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Drawing is like talking! And, you can use it to lead, influence, and persuade - even if you think you can't draw.
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Interesting. I do this all the time - usually just to sort my own ideas. then I started sharing with colleagues and clients. Never polished like a presentation. Just a way to express some thoughts... 

 

Now I will likely continue to do it. I also might take some drawing lessons, too :) 

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8 insights from Malcolm Gladwell that made him a better speaker

8 insights from Malcolm Gladwell that made him a better speaker | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist author and speaker. He has written five books: The Tipping Point; Blink; Outliers; What the Dog Saw; and David and Goliath. All five made it to the New York Times Bestseller List. I have read the first three and look forward to getting to the other two at some…
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Nailed it. Note #1... and then apply that (again) to EACH of the balance of the list. Want to be a powerful communicator? It takes work. 

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Good Presentations Need to Make People Uncomfortable

Being persuasive starts with cognitive dissonance.
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The second paragraph is key --> notice the time it takes and why the investment pays off. Now consider how many recent presentations you've experienced (or given) that reflect that investment of time?

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How to Get a Great Introduction at a Conference | Presentation Guru

How to Get a Great Introduction at a Conference | Presentation Guru | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
6 tips to ensure you get the high impact introduction that your presentation deserves.
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Introductions are essential for powerful communicators -- especially when speaking at important events, conferences, even local meetings. Done right, it sets the stage for your success and ends the awkward, "good morning." You can build on the momentum and carry the audience into the journey. 

 

This lays out solid steps on how to do it right. And if we're ever at an event together, it'll be my pleasure to introduce you!

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Infringement Or Fair Use: Knowing The Difference

Infringement Or Fair Use: Knowing The Difference | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Copyright is complicated, particularly in the music industry. With the recent rash of lawsuits which has been cropping up of late, we're taking a minute to breakdown the difference between fair use and infringement, with the hope of avoiding the later. _________________________ Guest post by Jessica Kane Copyright la
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Lots of infringement is either poorly justified or flat out used without realizing it. Here are some basics... worth understanding if you're making professional pitches and engaging in business-level presentations. 

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The Art of Scannable Content: How to Write for Today's Online Readers

The Art of Scannable Content: How to Write for Today's Online Readers | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
marketers who use words to convert people online
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This applies to organizations writing internally, too. People increasingly read on screens, distracted, and skimming for familiarity. Fight it or embrace it and make a difference. 

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The 30 Things Customers Really Value

The 30 Things Customers Really Value | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
“The Elements of Value,”
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This is helpful when communicating value... 

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What to do when Hemingway needs help | Publication Coach

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Awesome advice on using a highly recommended app to improve your writing. 

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Take Photos Like a War Correspondent

Take Photos Like a War Correspondent | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein shares what's in her camera bag, from SLR to software.
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Powerful images are always worth it. 

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The Best Startup Pitches Are Empathic, Not Egotistic

The Best Startup Pitches Are Empathic, Not Egotistic | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
For entrepreneurs to pitch effectively, they must first free themselves of attachment -- the root of all suffering. Which makes 500 Startups Venture Partner,
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This applies to more than startups ... 

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