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Six-Word Speech Contest
Here are the winners of the SpeakerNet News Six-Word Speech Contest, along with all of the submitted entries.
Where a number of entries fit into a topic or category, we grouped them together. The final category, “Other,” was for entries that preliminary judges liked, but where there weren’t enough on that same topic to have a separate category.
- Give wisdom away; it returns tenfold. (Charlie Hawkins)
This entry got more votes than any other in any category, so we wanted to give it special recognition.
Advice to Speakers
- Stand up, be great, sit down. (Margaret McDonald)
- Check zipper. Open heart. Walk on. (Max Dixon)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- Speak eloquently, be funny, get paid (Doc Blakely)
- Tell a better story: inspire change. (Rachel Prosser)
- Explain persuasive visuals, don’t read slides (Dave Paradi)
- Inspire me to listen to you (Patti Wood)
- Quit adding value, start having impact. (Tim Durkin)
- Be different or nobody remembers you (Jeff Hornstein)
- Make us laugh – we’ll remember you. (Pamela Alexandra)
- Tell me a story, I’ll listen. (Pamela Alexandra)
- Want to work? Make ’em laugh (Victoria Maxwell)
- Stories add poetry to your prose. (Kathy Reiffenstein)
- Reading from PowerPoint slides brings snores. (Pamela Alexandra)
- A speech without humor breeds boredom. (Pamela Alexandra)
About Speaking & Training
- Model what you seek to teach. (Max Dixon)
- Don’t speak unless you improve silence (Jesus Nebot)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- Whoever tells the stories shapes society (Plato) (Gayl Murphy)
- Presentations are verbal and visual ballets. (Kathy Reiffenstein)
- It’s a joy watching people blossom. (Robert and Rande Davis Gedaliah)
- Hungry old dogs learn new tricks (Dick Larkin)
- Measure your life in lives touched. (Mark Black)
- We are each experiments in possibility (Rob Swineford)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- If exercise is fun, it’s done. (Rita Makana Risser)
- Rewards received equate to risks taken. (Douglas Rice)
- Gave up security; having more fun! (Milo Shapiro)
- Life is a gift, cherish it! (Clark Roberts)
- Life is a conversation with yourself. (Marvin Marshall)
- Change your thoughts, change your life! (Victoria Carvalho)
- Predict your future by designing it (Sharon Worsley)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- Don’t settle for less than wonderful. (Barbara Niven)
- Everybody has the power of choice (Glenn Brandon Burke)
- No more excuses. Make better choices. (Sam Silverstein)
- Larry Winget: You’re broke, I’m not. Listen up (David Newman)
Writing & Communication
- Never underestimate the power of words (Victoria Maxwell)
- Words are tools, be a technician (Joe Liss)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- Listening takes place between the ears. (Al Borowski)
- One-way communication is an oxymoron. (Helen Wilkie)
- Good business writing requires great editing. (Al Borowski)
- Daily discipline will determine your destiny (Lisa Ford)
- You’re in control of your choices. (Pat Altvater)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- Big ideas usually start out small. (Dave Balch)
- Recession redemption…live simply, give generously. (Elaine Froese)
- Wasted time can never be recycled (Cathy Emma)
- Written goals are your treasure chest (Leanne Hoagland-Smith)
- Believing in yourself leads to success. (Pamela Alexandra)
- For success, make others feel important. (Bob Shaff)
- Have higher standards, get higher results. (Jeffrey Scott)
- Employee appreciation isn’t a special event (Donna Cutting)
- True leaders share their lessons learned. (Shawna Schuh)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- Most disengaged workers were once engaged. (Terri Kabachnick)
- Seek counsel, but decide for yourself. (Douglas Rice)
- Pick a strategy, stick to it. (Douglas Rice)
- Give wisdom away; it returns tenfold. (Charlie Hawkins)
- Hope is not an investment strategy. (Douglas Rice)
- Net worth and self worth differ. (Douglas Rice)
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
- Customer loyalty is fleeting and subjective (Lisa Ford)
- Exceptional service is no longer optional. (Laurie Brown)
- Pamper your clients. Confound the competition. (Mitch Carnell)
- Repeat customers are the most profitable (Dick Larkin)
- Referred prospects make the best customers (Dick Larkin)
- Social networking – come tweet with me. (Jim Carrillo)
- No stress with three deep breaths. (Rita Makana Risser)
- Stop whining. It hurts my ears! (Susanne Gaddis)
- A closed mouth doesn’t get fed. (Peggy Duncan)
- Only the visible get known. Really! (Roberta Guise)
- Investing in the future is history (Doc Blakely)
- Read people from the outside in. (Patti Wood)
- Wear your jammies while educating people (Joe Liss)
- Use brains before you use brawn (Bob Mittelsdorf)
- The opposite of harassment is respect. (Rita Makana Risser)
- Wrap your work around your lifestyle. (Cher Holton)
- Your children will lead the world (Brian J. Donley)
All submitted speeches
Six-Word Speech Speaker’s Category Speaker Make us laugh – we’ll remember you. Pamela Alexandra Believing in yourself leads to success. Pamela Alexandra A speech without humor breeds boredom. Pamela Alexandra Tell me a story, I’ll listen. Pamela Alexandra Reading from Powerpoint slides brings snores. Pamela Alexandra Self-love paves the way to happiness. Pamela Alexandra When speaking it’s not about you! Pamela Alexandra Customer encounters spin positively or negatively! Customer Service Teresa Allen Never the violin. Always the violinist PowerPoint Rick Altman You’re in control of your choices. Inner Power Pat Altvater Eliminate Operational Delays, Defects and Deviation. Lean Six Sigma Jay Arthur Polite writing wins clients, contracts, friends Diane Autey Get to the point. Get results. Diane Autey Be there. Do it. Every time. Diane Autey Be there. Be charming. Be gone. Diane Autey Interest in others makes you interesting. Diane Autey LinkedIn. Business networking at its best. Diane Autey Twitter? I don’t give a tweet. Diane Autey Passion and practice produce career success! Halelly Azulay It feels good to be romantic. Dave Balch Medically challenged people need coping skills. Dave Balch Caregiving is harder than it seems. Dave Balch Big ideas usually start out small. Dave Balch Big ideas grow from small ideas. Dave Balch Six word speech. Don’t do it. Michael Benidt & Sheryl Kay Believe in self, success, and significance. motivation – inspiration Ty Bennett Measure your life in lives touched. Mark Black Never play leapfrog while wearing spurs Doc Blakely Never slap a man chewing tobacco Doc Blakely Shoot for the moon after dark Doc Blakely Investing in the future is history Doc Blakely Eat, drink and date Hallie Berry Doc Blakely Speak eloquently, be funny, get paid Doc Blakely Remember the Alamo, learn Spanish now Doc Blakely Listening Takes Place Between the Ears. Al Borowski Good Business Writing Requires Great Editing. Al Borowski Successful Proposal Writing Avoids Boilerplate Pollution. Al Borowski Perfection; no destination. A perfect process! Motivational Jim Bouchard Wanna Grow? Ask For The Business! Bpgstripes Exceptional service is no longer optional. Customer Service Laurie Brown The Power of Choice determines everything! Glenn Brandon Burke Everybody has The Power of Choice Glenn Brandon Burke Never retract – Never explain – Never apologize. from Canadian feminist Nellie McClung Dick Caldwell Keep focus, find balance, clarify motives. success Dick Caldwell Lead with integrity. Listen with compassion. Leadership Mitch Carnell Pamper your clients. Confound the competition. Sales Mitch Carnell Speak with confidence. Reap the rewards. Speaking Mitch Carnell Say something nice. Be a lifter. Motivation Mitch Carnell Social Networking – Come Tweet with Me. Jim Carrillo You are not what you own. decluttering Allison Carter Not enough space equals too much stuff Organizing/Decluttering Allison Carter Change your thoughts, change your life ! Motivation Victoria Carvalho Negotiation: Communication to satisfaction–for everyone. Allie Casey Communication: You can’t live without it. Allie Casey To be heard: Shut-up and listen. Allie Casey Success: To accomplish what you intended. Allie Casey Wealth: Your measure of exchange value. Allie Casey Make audiences laugh until they leak. Christine Cashen Be outstanding or get involved elsewhere! Christine Cashen Hearty Laughter, Happy Staff, Healthy Profits Staff Retention Phillipa Challis Ideas come, ideas go, I remain. Maggie Chicoine Great leaders are life long learners! Judy Clark The little things make the difference. Kathy Condon Recessions always end. Recovery? Plan now. Bill Conerly Employee Appreciation Isn’t a Special Event Donna Cutting Don’t Stop Before the Miracle! Customer Service Rosanne Dausilio Everyone needs breathing space, especially you. Jeff Davidson Tear your cubicles down, be happy! Motivational Design and Ergonomics Ralph DeAmicis Provide Unique Value, Receive Big Benefits Internet Promotion Ted Demopoulos Six words – near soliloquy for me Ted Demopoulos Customer Retention: the new Sales Strategy. Chuck Dennis 2009’s Sales Strategy is Customer Retention. Chuck Dennis Give life away to find it. Dan Diamond In a crisis, make an altar. Max Dixon Break the rules when necessary. Max Dixon Live the life you pretend to. Max Dixon Model what you seek to teach. Max Dixon Move from stillness; speak from silence. Max Dixon Check zipper. Open heart. Walk on. Max Dixon Yes Dear! You are absolutely Correct! Happy Marriage Brian J. Donley I apologize Profusely! Please forgive me! Successful Marriage Brian J. Donley Please! Do what ever you want! Happy Child Brian J. Donley Dad! No is not the answer! Smart Child Brian J. Donley Yes Lord, Thy Will Be Done! Answer to Prayer Brian J. Donley I will listen to MLM opportunity! True Friend Brian J. Donley MLM, isn’t that a pyramid scheme? False Friend Brian J. Donley Your children will lead the world Successful Salesman Brian J. Donley 50% off, guaranteed, sign here, OK! Unsuccessful Salesman Brian J. Donley Let’s take a 20 minute break Successful Speaker Brian J. Donley Sorry, A/C is not working today Unsuccessful Speaker Brian J. Donley Your image will announce the outcome. Image Sandy Dumont A closed mouth doesn’t get fed. Public Relations/Marketing Peggy Duncan Think before you speak on paper. Sylvia Durant Leaders provide light, managers provide heat leadership Tim Durkin Talk less, listen more, sell tons sales Tim Durkin When experience exceeds expectations, service excels customer service Tim Durkin Quit adding value, start having impact. Motivational Tim Durkin I’m too blessed to be stressed Relaxation Cathy Emma Live, love, learn all you can Formula for Life Cathy Emma Respect the contributions of all generations Generational Cathy Emma Wasted time can never be recycled Time Management Cathy Emma Where the majority rules, be different Uniqueness Cathy Emma The truth simplifies, but dishonesty complicates Ethics Cathy Emma I am here to entertain you. Bob Esposito Write love letters. Send. Spread joy. Tresa Eyres Creating a Word-of-Mouth Grapevine Networking Donna Fisher Consciously Connecting and Contributing Cool Contacts Networking Donna Fisher Daily discipline will determine your destiny Lisa Ford Customer loyalty is fleeting and subjective Lisa Ford Recession redemption…live simply, give generously. Elaine Froese Stop whining. It hurts my ears! Susanne Gaddis Plan. Focus. Execute. Win! Win! Win! Susanne Gaddis Powerful speech main ingredient: Add shortening. Speechwriting Martin Galasso Refine with key ingredient: Add shortening. Speechwriting Martin Galasso Glitch-less technology, the speaker’s unfulfilled dream! Speaker Technology Patricia Gangi If you use it, it’ll fail! Speaker Technology Patricia Gangi Listen, don’t assume. Ask. Listen again! Counseling & Communication Skills. Joan Garrity Do Something. Be Honest. Laugh More. James Gaskin It’s a joy watching people blossom. Seminars Robert and Rande Davis Gedaliah Proper bookkeeping procedures prevent business bankruptcies. Marie Gibson Content, concisely delivered, wins the game! For InfoPreneurs Fred Gleeck Do what you resolve to do. Motivation Sohan Gokarn Know audience, know message, know speech. speeches Mark Greasley Why oh why do we die ? life Mark Greasley Make your move and stop pretending! motivation Mark Greasley We fight to make us right! war Mark Greasley Only the visible get known. Really! marketing Roberta Guise The spotlight has been forever skewed. Jeffrey Hansler Health-Esteem: You are worth being healthy! Judith Parker Harris BlockBuster: Knock Yourself Out of Being Stuck Judith Parker Harris Only you can make it grow Business Roger Harrop Make meetings matter – clarify the purpose. Charlie Hawkins Eye contact isn’t optional – it’s critical. Charlie Hawkins Get invited back by providing value. Charlie Hawkins Give wisdom away; it returns tenfold. Charlie Hawkins Look Inside To See Results Outside Visualize Success Derrick Hayes She had cancer. He was caregiver Kate Helfman Motivational speakers are like professional wrestlers. Joe Heuer Speaker speaking with speakers about speaking. Ralph Hillman Stop Spraying and Praying, Improve Results Sales Leanne Hoagland-Smith Captain Wing It Not in Sales Sales Leanne Hoagland-Smith Written goals are your treasure chest Sales Leanne Hoagland-Smith Wrap your work around your lifestyle. Work/Life Enrichment Cher Holton We help people remember inner truths. Speakers Cher Holton Customer Service: It ‘is’ your business! Bob Hooey Leadership Success: Lead by example! Bob Hooey Selling Success: profitably power your business! Bob Hooey Speaking Success: Heart and head connection. Bob Hooey Team Work: Solid foundations for success. Bob Hooey Present yourself well or die trying Jeff Hornstein Speak to influence or don’t speak Jeff Hornstein Be different or nobody remembers you Jeff Hornstein Who hates audience participation? Raise hands. Teven Hunt Don’t criticize. Ever. Please. Thank you. Relationships Janet L. Jacobsen Fell off the stage. He bombed. Cheewa James It’s how you recover, not mistakes. Cheewa James Handkerchiefs pulled. Mascara running. I scored. Cheewa James The shadow of optimism is denial. Leadership Dave Jensen Life: Give yourself permission to succeed. Noah St. John It’s time to change the paradigm! Traditional Medicine Maureen Minnehan Jones For Profits You Need People. Period. Terri Kabachnick They quit but manage to stay. Terri Kabachnick Before you begin, begin with you. Terri Kabachnick Business IS people – people have lives. Terri Kabachnick Your best people leave you first. Terri Kabachnick Most disengaged workers were once engaged. Terri Kabachnick My personal motto: Back to Nature nurture our Future Melody Kiang Bad speakers are paid hush money. Speaker paychecks John Kinde A speaker who plagiarizes is paid in counterfeit money. Speaker paychecks John Kinde Futurists are never paid in currency. Speaker paychecks John Kinde Works well until the audience arrives. Microphone Allen Klein We can choose what we believe. W. R. (Bill) Klemm How you behave affects your thinking. W. R. (Bill) Klemm Excuses are fig leafs for behavior. W. R. (Bill) Klemm You are what you repeatedly do. W. R. (Bill) Klemm Life is a lot like golf. W. R. (Bill) Klemm Live by the inch, not yard. W. R. (Bill) Klemm Positive attitudes can become self-fullfilling prophecies. W. R. (Bill) Klemm You find happiness by not seeking it. W. R. (Bill) Klemm Passionate people produce prosperity and perspicacity. Success Charles Kovess Full house. Great speech. Standing ovation. Mitch Krayton Returns OF investment trump ON investment Finance Dick Larkin Hungry old dogs learn new tricks Training Dick Larkin Sell something people want to buy Marketing Dick Larkin Failure is both option and teacher Marketing Dick Larkin Repeat customers are the most profitable Marketing Dick Larkin catchy tunes are the best teachers Marketing Dick Larkin Stop the eye, start the sale Marketing Dick Larkin Use fewer words, make bigger sales Marketing Dick Larkin Referred prospects make the best customers Marketing Dick Larkin Focus on what you can do. Mark LeBlanc Just open your ears to see. Nancy Lininger Vice versa can set you straight. Nancy Lininger Practice works best over and over. Nancy Lininger Live intentionally to create abundant possibilities. Cathy Liska Obama bipartisanship: I won, you lost Joe Liss Bush foreign policy: My gun’s bigger, dude Joe Liss Power: What every politician wants Joe Liss Email: black and white communication Joe Liss Business building: Care for a referral? Joe Liss Dogs: Loving creatures, no brains! Joe Liss Yourself: Respect no matter what Joe Liss Chemically induced sadness, take your medicine! Depression Joe Liss Pinch the tails, suck the heads! Louisiana Crawfish Joe Liss Big storm that changed my life Hurricane Katrina Joe Liss Words are tools, be a technician Speakers Joe Liss Figure them out? I give up! Women Joe Liss Live for today, save for tomorrow Money and Life balance Joe Liss Get 1/4 of what you give Love Joe Liss Watch for fun, don’t be compulsive. TV Joe Liss Oh my God, please help me! Prayer Joe Liss Work hard, encourage others, stay positive Life Plan Joe Liss Born with nothing, die with nothing Materiality Joe Liss Score the most points and win! Games Joe Liss When things get bad, fight back! Persistence Joe Liss Used to have credibility, no more. Journalism Joe Liss Function through the fear, collapse afterwards Courage Joe Liss Get in front and stay there. Leadership Joe Liss Good intentions without reality based ideas Liberals Joe Liss One time liberal who got mugged! Conservative Joe Liss Helping clients fix their hardest problems Consulting Joe Liss Peak performance even if passion cools Discipline Joe Liss Fame doesn’t always result in quality Famous Speakers Joe Liss Usually lost once taken for granted Freedom Joe Liss Meant to serve, not to rule Government Joe Liss Mirrors reflecting who the parents are Kids Joe Liss The music that stirs one’s soul! New Orleans Jazz Joe Liss Blood on the floor justifies interruption Dianna Booher writing a book Joe Liss White briefs on stage turn heads Marc Leblanc Joe Liss He’s funny, but so politically incorrect! Dale Irvin Joe Liss The benevolence we strive to emulate Cavett Robert Joe Liss Silly songs that you don’t forget David Glickman Joe Liss Weekly publication that stirs the juices SpeakerNetNews Joe Liss Speak more, speak better, make money NSA Joe Liss Wear your jammies while educating people Webinars Joe Liss Always the truth no matter what Friends Joe Liss Be careful what you ask for! Dreams Joe Liss Compliance required. Avoidance, yes. Evasion, no. Income Taxes Joe Liss I’ll get around to it. Soon! Doug Lower Life is a conversation with yourself. Marvin Marshall Don’t Do That! – A Lifetime of Observations Lena Maxwell Never underestimate the power of words Victoria Maxwell Want to work? Make ’em laugh Victoria Maxwell Stand up, be great, sit down. Margaret McDonald EXCEL: Effective Xciting Communicators Engage Leaders Marty Mercer Use brains first, then work hard Project Management Bob Mittelsdorf Plan the work, work the plan Project Management Bob Mittelsdorf Plan it, do it, check it Project Management Bob Mittelsdorf Use brains before you use brawn Project Management Bob Mittelsdorf Project Management: Work smarter, not harder Project Management Bob Mittelsdorf Stakeholders dictate requirements; teams deliver results Project Management Bob Mittelsdorf Superstars tell it to sell it. Gayl Murphy Whoever tells the stories shapes society. Plato Gayl Murphy Don’t speak unless you improve silence Jesus Nebot Don’t speak except to improve silence. Jesus Nebot New ideas lead to more business Jane Neumiller-Bustad Assume love and reconsider what happened. handling marriage problems Patty Newbold They’re not accidents, they’re preventable wrecks. Driving Safety Ric Newell Make them come to your genius Marketing David Newman Shut up and ask killer questions Sales David Newman Get in, Be fun, Get Done Motivation David Newman Hire, Thank, Coach Then Be Gone Leadership David Newman What should you be doing now? Time Management David Newman Set it, get it, aim higher Goal setting David Newman Remember Relationships, Resources, Rapport, and Reciprocity Social Media David Newman Alan Weiss: I don’t like you; charge more David Newman Larry Winget: You’re broke, I’m not, Listen up David Newman Eric Chester: What up with those young people? David Newman Mark LeBlanc: Growing your business: simple not easy David Newman Sam Silverstein: No more excuses: I’m boss now David Newman Jeffrey Gitomer: Forget selling, you need more friends David Newman Scott Ginsberg: My nametag says approachability… and YOU? David Newman Forget work-life balance. Hug then work! Michelle Nichols To Survive Hard Times, Increase Value Articulate Your Sales Message Nick Nichols Your Value Proposition is What Sells Articulate Your Sales Message Nick Nichols Boost Your Value – Boost Your Sales Articulate Your Sales Message Nick Nichols Dominate Your Market By Being Different Blow Away Your Competition Nick Nichols Dare to Differentiate: Dominate Your Competition Blow Away Your Competition Nick Nichols Why Meaningful Differentiation Equals Market Domination Blow Away Your Competition Nick Nichols Your Employees Are Stealing From You Get More Productivity From Your Workforce Nick Nichols Time Theft: The 21st-Century Scourge Get More Productivity From Your Workforce Nick Nichols Immediately Fire Most of Your Employees Get More Productivity From Your Workforce Nick Nichols 10 Reasons Why Your Website Sucks Get More Customers Using the Internet Nick Nichols Hits are How Idiots Track Success Get More Customers Using the Internet Nick Nichols Why Internet Marketing Beats All Others Get More Customers Using the Internet Nick Nichols Still Think YouTube is for Kids? Using Video for Branding Awareness Nick Nichols Social Media: How Effective Is It? Using Video for Branding Awareness Nick Nichols Imagine – You – An Internet Video Star! Using Video for Branding Awareness Nick Nichols Don’t settle for less than wonderful. Barbara Niven Don’t give up before the miracle. Barbara Niven Listen now, hear however. Your choice. Podcasts Helen Osborne Podcasts: Listen now, hear however. Choose. Helen Osborne Explain persuasive visuals, don’t read slides Dave Paradi Don’t Discriminate, Do Investigate, Don’t Retaliate HR and the Law Patricia Justify employment terminations with defensible documentation. Personnel Practices Patricia Keep Your Company out of Court Risk management Patricia Enforce contacts with effective documentation. Contract Enforcement Patricia Courage and Confidence: Springboards to Success Carol Pierce Courage and Confidence: Fear’s Greatest Enemies Carol Pierce I think, there for I speak Michael Podolinsky A fool and audience soon parted Michael Podolinsky A tome stuck in the head Michael Podolinsky All the stage is a world Michael Podolinsky Management: Getting things done through others Michael Podolinsky Stress Management is your energy management Michael Podolinsky Time Management is your productivity control Michael Podolinsky I am in the right place! Attitude Bob Prentice Tell a better story: inspire change. Rachel Prosser Overcome stereotypes: tell a better story Rachel Prosser To connect: tell a better story Rachel Prosser Tell a better story: motivate action Rachel Prosser Tell a better story: unlock potential Rachel Prosser Rhetorical questions ask audiences to imagine. Kathy Reiffenstein Presentations are all about the audience. Kathy Reiffenstein Presentations are verbal and visual ballets. Kathy Reiffenstein Stories add poetry to your prose. Kathy Reiffenstein Powerful language affects hearts and minds. Kathy Reiffenstein Listen intently. Learn fearlessly. Respond creatively. Fred Reisz Rewards received equate to risks taken. Douglas Rice Think independent thoughts using objective analysis. Douglas Rice Pick a strategy, stick to it. Douglas Rice Accepting mass media creates massive mistakes. Douglas Rice Risk taking isn’t sure thing taking. Douglas Rice Measure your life without attaching money. Douglas Rice If you’re trusting, find a skeptic. Douglas Rice Have credit, but don’t use it. Douglas Rice Credit card debt limits future happiness. Douglas Rice You can’t get rich spending money. Douglas Rice You care about you, others won’t. Douglas Rice Hope is not an investment strategy. Douglas Rice Seek counsel, but decide for yourself. Douglas Rice Numbers don’t lie, however people do. Douglas Rice We are capitalists, act like it. Douglas Rice Net worth and self worth differ. Douglas Rice Assume people try to take advantage. Douglas Rice When checkbooks balance, so does life. Douglas Rice Turn off the TV and READ! Douglas Rice The opposite of harassment is respect. Rita Makana Risser If exercise is fun, it’s done. Rita Makana Risser Eating right keeps your body tight. Rita Makana Risser No stress with three deep breaths. Rita Makana Risser Life is a gift, cherish it! Motivational Clark Roberts Having fun minimizes daily stress issues. Barry Roberts People skills always produce profitable results. Shawna Schuh Positivity is the secret to productivity. Shawna Schuh True leaders share their lessons learned. Shawna Schuh Audiences rave when first you give. Shawna Schuh Share your wisdom or speak not! Shawna Schuh Give it all, with great love. Shawna Schuh Adults learn by talking, not listening. Speaking/Breakouts Jeffrey Scott market less, and sell more, now. Business Development Jeffrey Scott Have higher standards, get higher results. Leadership Jeffrey Scott Copywriting: words you love pay off! Rosalind Sedacca For success: Make others feel important. Bob Shaff Gave up security; having more fun! Milo Shapiro Got interactive; that’s why they call! Milo Shapiro When stuff goes wrong, just laugh. Milo Shapiro Self-publishing makes anyone an author. Milo Shapiro Thanks to You-Tube: Mailing NOTHING! Milo Shapiro I came, I learned, I’m dying Beryl Shaw My story of overcoming and triumph Beryl Shaw You think you can beat me? Beryl Shaw I hate when you say that Beryl Shaw Pick yourself up and keep going Beryl Shaw It’s too hot to think today Beryl Shaw Soft Sell Marketing is conscious commerce. Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski Selling is spiritual service in action. Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski Bridging heart and marketing breeds dignity. Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski Speaking: opening to grace every moment. Diane Sieg No more excuses. Make better choices. Sam Silverstein Better late than never? Never late! srharden Immediately stop supporting poor project management Project Audit Michael Stanleigh Grow yourself strong, everyone will benefit! Stephanie Staples Leaders drive Mission. Mission drives Performance Rebecca Staton-Reinstein How Is That Working For You? Motivation Michael Stoughton Leaders Lead, Followers Follow, Politicians Blame Leadership Michael Stoughton If You’re Not Growing, You’re Dying Growth Michael Stoughton WIIFM – Your Prospect’s Favorite Radio Station Sales Michael Stoughton You become what you think about. Earl Nightingale Michael Stoughton We are each experiments in possibility Rob Swineford Empowerment is not entitlement, it is earned Marlene Ward Assert your way to the top Marlene Ward There is no one-way communication. communication Helen Wilkie One-way communication is an oxymoron. communication Helen Wilkie Let them hear, make them feel. Jurgen Wolff Read people from the outside in. Body Language Patti Wood Tell me why I should buy? Sales Patti Wood Inspire me to listen to you Speaking Patti Wood Connect your thoughts to listeners lives Speaking Patti Wood Predict your future by designing it Sharon Worsley
Most New Years resolutions last only a few days or even hours (!) and they often bring tons of guilt with them, when we fail, but one thing we can do makes all the difference.
Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest difference.
Make good choices.
Yes, I know it’s obvious, I’m almost embarrassed to write it – but it’s true.
There’s no getting away from it, we are all a result of the choices we make.
Sure, life throws curve balls and challenges, I’ve known quite a few of them myself.
But, after 42 years of learning on this planet I can tell you now that making good choices in 2013 will have the greatest impact on your life, your family and your work.
Deciding to keep on going instead of giving up, deciding to prioritise a relationship instead of work, deciding to believe in your strengths not your weaknesses.
Whatever it has to be in 2013 for you, you know, you decide, no one else can do that for you.
We can’t control everything that happens to us, but we can always decide how we react to these things and how we approach daily life.
What’s your priorities for 2013?
Ask those closest to you, don’t just keep them a secret.
Have a great 2013!
Extract…”For the past year or so, sporadically, I have kept what the University of California psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky calls a “gratitude journal”: a notebook in which I list between three and five things for which I am currently thankful. Naturally, I am hugely embarrassed to admit this. Keeping the journal contradicts my sense of myself as a sceptical, rational, irony-appreciating British person, immune to the lures of cheesy, Oprah-esque, feelgood nonsense. Besides, I have political qualms about techniques that might turn me into a grinning, uncomplaining conformist: perhaps we should be angry and gloomy about, say, our politicians’ behaviour, or the state of the climate. The awkward truth, though, is that keeping a gratitude journal has made a detectable and sustained difference to my state of mind….”
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To say it was a unusual day would be an understatement. Have you ever been in a situation, and suddenly wondered how on earth did you get there?
This was one of those days.
After the very nice people at The Yorkshire International Business Convention in Leeds ( http://www.yibc.biz ) gave me a ticket, I bizarrely found myself face-to-face of one of the most influential, followed and controversial people in the world. A simple friendly bespectacled monk who has devoted his life to a nation oppressed by a super-power, but this monk causes a stir wherever he visits, just by turning up. This visit was no different, only a few days beforehand the Chinese government had threatened to remove their Olympic athletes from the Leeds training camps just because he was visiting the city (nowhere near the athletes!).
I’m not a Buddhist, but I was keen to hear the Dalai Lama’s wisdom for us in these challenging times. His time was very limited and the media scrum and entourage was big, so I only got to ask one question.
After getting a “hurry up, get on with it” nod from the PR team I quickly asked: “What advice would you give to people living in the 21st century today?”
He answered with a smile: “The twentieth century became a century of bloodshed. That immense bloodshed failed to bring a better or happier world. If we use common sense, we must now find a different approach when we are facing problems; we should not be using violence. The only approach that there is left is dialogue…in order to create dialogue, you should first respect others’ rights…then compromise or reconciliation dialogue can be meaningful…a long time ago, people just thought ‘me, me, me, me, me’. Now we should think ‘us’. The whole world should be part of ‘us’, a part of ‘we’.”
He was polite, friendly, and as he spoke looked me square in the eye, like with every other interviewer, a real people person, I was impressed. But what impressed me more was that his interviews and his speech were all about people and relationships. Timely, after such a turbulent year in the business world.
Not only that, but he shared the stage earlier in the day with the retail guru Mary Portas and former Olympian Steve Cram too. When I asked them a few questions, their messages lined up with his in many ways. I don’t think this was planned, how could they have been? As a professional speaker myself I know how these things work, they seemed “off script”.
I asked Mary Portas about her journey from a Saturday job in Boots to one of the UK’s business gurus. She also looked at me straight in the eyes and talked about hard work but also the importance of integrity: “As you get older I think you must come from a place of honesty and integrity; that is the most essential thing to do in business today…every time I have gone for a new challenge I have thought, ‘Yes, if I do this from my heart then it will work’.”
And then I chatted to the Olympic legend Steve Cram about his sporting success, he was a great interviewee too: “You might be in business in a really good business, doing really well and being very positive and then your major suppliers go bust or your normal customers disappear; you have to react to things that are going on around you and you have to stay positive…you come second for now but you then have to go, ‘Right, you know I’m going to make sure…this doesn’t happen.’ You do your best to try and work on those things….I have learnt that as you move into other spheres, i.e. broadcasting, you have bad days; I have bad days commentating. You do not come off air saying: ‘I’m not doing this anymore’. You have got to be honest…sometimes outside of sport, people are not honest enough. Unless you are honest with what the truth is, it is really hard to put things right.”
I was starting to join the dots, at one of the biggest corporate business conferences in the UK where companies had paid serious money to attend, the main speakers were all talking about the importance of good relationships, honesty and integrity. Subjects that I’ve been passionate about for years.
Whether people took these messages any further of course is up for debate but I was encouraged. Often big business can do better and do more to foster real relationships and show integrity, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Don’t believe the hype, we aren’t / weren’t in a recession that we can never get out of, and there are good people running good businesses out there. We just have to look. But, as Michael Jackson cheesily put it, we can only start with the man/woman in the mirror!
We have a head start. Lets keep pushing on. Relationships, honesty and integrity are key, and we need keys to unlock doors we’ve never been through before.
The world is indeed full of good people and great stories… don’t believe all the doom and gloom…
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PLAN EARLY – I often plan talks weeks in advance because I like ideas to “marinade” a bit. Fresh ideas aren’t always the best ones, as I am sure you’ve seen! Also a lot of stress comes from “what am I going to say tommorow?!” I have a booking for a new talk in March 2013, I’ve already started thinking about it, i scribble things down when they pop up and forget them until nearer the time.
I can teach you and your colleagues how to present better here – I can save you time, effort and stress.
And, if we all do our bit we can kill death by PowerPoint one presentation at a time, here’s my take on it here Peter .
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Until next time, enjoy the crisp weather, and remember what Billy Connolly said “Theres no such thing as bad weather, just inappropiate clothing!” 🙂
Death by PowerPoint takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the unfortunate tale of William Henry Harrison, our nation’s ninth president. Harrison was elected to the presidency in 1841, back when there was something called the Whig party and everyone lived without electricity. At 68, he was the oldest president elected to office until Ronald Reagan, and he’s mostly remembered for giving the worst inaugural speech ever–– a speech that directly resulted in his death.You see, Harrison delivered the longest inaugural address in history, reading over 8,000 words that clocked in at over two hours. The inauguration was on a cold, overcast day in March and he delivered it sans overcoat, hat or gloves. Unsurprisingly, he caught a cold that he couldn’t shake, which eventually escalated to pneumonia. And so, our ninth president died just 32 days after his terrible, awful, no good speech.Though the advent of the computer was more than a century away, William Henry Harrison’s unfortunate fate encompasses the two most typical elements of Death by PowerPoint: It was ridiculously long and inexplicably boring.
A presentation or speech that clocks in at over two hours is almost laughable, especially in this day and age. One can only imagine what Harrison’s audience was thinking (expletives come to mind). Hopefully they hadn’t made other plans for that March day, and hopefully they’d come more appropriately dressed than Harrison.
Keep your presentations short and to the point. They say that the average person’s attention span is 18 minutes, which is probably on the generous side, so aim for brevity. Harrison’s speech was supposed to be something like 20 minutes long, and it goes without saying that if it had been that short, he probably wouldn’t have come down with pneumonia in the first place.
Bored to Death
Much of the 8,000 words Harrison spoke that day were about ancient Roman history. Granted, it was 1841 and maybe that was a more relevant topic at the time, but it’s a good bet that Harrison’s audience wasn’t expecting an extensive history lesson when they showed up on Inauguration Day. Shouldn’t a new president spend most of his Inaugural Address speaking about the country that elected him?
Don’t bore your audience to death. Always present on a topic that is relevant and engaging to the members in your audience. Think of their desires before your own. You may be able to wax poetic for 2 hours about the new iPhone 5, but that’s not relevant if your audience is a room full of doctors (or most other professions for that matter). Make sure you answer each audience member’s inevitable concern: “What’s in it for me?”
How to be a Presentation God
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About Maggie Summers
Maggie Summers is the resident blogger and content writer at Ethos3 – a leader in presentation design and training based in Nashville, TN. She takes pride in empowering presenters through her knowledge and passion for presentations and powerful storytelling.
Taken from the kind people at Knoodle – http://www.knoodle.com/blog/death-powerpoint-1841