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These posts help people who want to enhance their professionalism through Business Writing, Speeches and Presentations. Feel free to reach out to me if you need specific help or feedback.

Developing a Great Presentation: Lessons from Pecha Kucha

Tamela in front of the Pecha Kucha crowd

Right before Labor Day weekend I delivered my first Pecha Kucha, "Alone in the Tetons After Dark." The constraints of the Pecha Kucha format taught me a few things that could help anyone developing ANY kind of presentation. Read on!

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Presentation Tips from a Brain Doctor

While everyone else in my family, and perhaps the country, is obsessed with basketball, I'm enjoying a couple of of PBS shows that only come around during fundraising season. One of them features Dr Daniel Amen,  who is a child and adult psychiatrist and  brain imaging specialist.

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Don’t Be So Punny

daily show logo

This Daily Show segment, while aimed at news shows, rings true for business communicators, too.

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Is it a Slogan or a Key Message?

In the continuing discussion of key messages in your business writing, here's a quick example of how a slogan can reflect underlying key messages.

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Key Messages that Resonate


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How to work with a Ghost Writer

People ask me all the time if there's A WAY to work with a ghostwriter. Chemistry between any two people varies so I can only answer by describing the way I work with my clients.

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Argh! Piracy in the Newsletter

engraving of Blackbeard

Perhaps you don't even realize you're a pirate. Most people committing acts of piracy don't realize they're stealing.

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Mark Twain, The First Blogger?

Tamela Rich & bust of Mark Twain in Hannibal, MO 2010

I totally understand Twain's decision to dictate his story, mostly from his bed in the four years before his death at age 74. He argued that speaking his recollections and opinions, rather than writing them down, allowed him to adopt a more natural, colloquial and frank tone, and Twain scholars who have seen the manuscript agree.

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Presentation Note Taking

This morning I co-presented a workshop on social media for real estate agents with Andy Ciordia and Beth Griffiths.  The Broker In Charge asked us to provide the presentation in advance so that she could print it out for everyone to  take notes on.

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Strategy First, SPAM-Avoidance Second

WOW, it feels good when a stranger calls from two time zones away and says "Thanks to you I know everything I've been doing wrong."

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