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The secrets of the best public speakers
Fast Company
American culture places a premium on the ability to speak confidently before a crowd. Career counselors will tell you it's a sure path to professional success. Compelling speakers can achieve positions of power and wealth. But what seems off the cuff is usually planned, rehearsed and edited.
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Be a leader in your industry: Help others
Forbes
Think about the qualities that define industry leaders. They are knowledgeable, well-connected, credible, and amiable — among other things. And, because of these traits, they're always in a position to help others in the industry. It's this potential to help that contributes to a leader's authority and credibility, and it results in something else: Helping others can allow you to differentiate yourself and naturally attract people to your brand in a meaningful way.
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Authenticity: The key to awakening your full intelligence
Speaker Magazine
Be yourself. Be real. These clichés are easily uttered, but far from easily lived. Many people include these clichés in their list of success tips, but very few people personifying them. You hardly see any on-stage authenticity in the speaking profession, to be frank. Yet, being sincere is central.
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Delivery or discovery? The dueling conference competitors
Midcourse Corrections
When delivery of information and knowledge is the key, we believe that conference education can be improved by removing speakers who have poor presentation skills, personalizing topics based on crowdsourcing technology tools and using technology to deliver a more media-rich experience. Then conference organizers say "We've revolutionized our education." It's still old thinking about education just in new wrappers. Ultimately, in the day and age of abundant information and knowledge at our fingertips, how does this better serve our attendees?
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Business travel expected to bounce back in 2014
USA Today
Companies will spend more money on business travel this year, with a renewed focus on foreign destinations, according to a recent report. There was stronger-than-expected growth in business travel in 2013. That momentum should continue throughout this year, projects the Global Business Travel Association. U.S. business travel spending will jump 6.6 percent to $289.8 billion in 2014, the group predicts. The total number of trips should also increase, by 1.7 percent, to 461 million.
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You should never include the following in an email
American Express OPEN Forum
For more than 30 years, the good news about email is that it's a very quick, direct and efficient form of communication. The bad news is that it's a permanent record, saved forever, even if it's deleted off an individual account.

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4 fundamentals to build and sustain a thriving speaking business
Speaker Magazine
There are some fundamental necessities to getting into, growing and sustaining your speaking business. The following are some basics for starting out. But, even if you are a seasoned pro, don't discount these tips as being just for beginners.

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2014 Meetings Focus trends
Meetings Focus
With the economy stuck in low gear on its long, steep climb up "recovery mountain," meeting planners and industry experts are forecasting a temperate climate in 2014, but perhaps shaded by clouds of uncertainty.

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Rules for becoming a better visual storyteller
Ragan's PR Daily
PR pros are always looking to improve themselves, and one area everyone can improve upon is how we give presentations and deliver our messages. Too often, people give talks instead of presentations, full of valuable information, but short on the skills that it takes to keep an audience attuned. It's hard — and it's time that we accepted that we can gain wisdom from others who have mastered the art of visual storytelling.
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The dollars and sense of conference mobile apps
MeetingsNet
You only have to look around to see that everyone is on mobile phones. According to American think tank organization the Pew Research Center, more than 90 percent of American adults own a cellphone, and half of them download apps. Mobile apps make sense for organizations that want to stake out a place on their constituents’ devices for an event or for a much longer period of time.
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10 phrases great speakers never say
Inc.
While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation. In the following, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, explains 10 things you should never say during your presentations to make sure you don't lose your audience.
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How to publish your book
GalleyCat
Inkwell's Zachary Petit has created an infographic called, "How to Publish Your Book," which illustrates all of the distractions involved in writing a book. The humorous graphic highlights all of the things that authors do to avoid writing and editing their books from drinking and watching TV to starting a blog and Googling themselves.
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Maintain your composure in difficult times
Forbes
Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace. With the change management requirements, increased marketplace demands and intensifying competitive factors that surround us, leaders must have greater poise, agility and patience to minimize the impact of uncertainty. How leaders respond to these and other growing pressures is an indicator of their leadership preparedness, maturity and acumen.
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