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Analysis of a Speech by Elizabeth Gilbert

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One of my favourite TED Talks is the one given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the international bestseller Eat Pray Love. In her talk, Gilbert speaks about the fears and frustrations of those who pursue a creative life, especially during those moments of angst when the creative juices are not flowing, and offers some advice and encouragement.

It is a touching performance. Even though I have seen it numerous times – I use it as part of one of the courses that I teach on public speaking – I never tire of it. Although there is certainly room for improvement, the positive aspects of Gilbert’s talk make it moving and memorable.

So where is the analysis? Well, to find it, you will have to visit a terrific blog for public speakers – Six Minutes. Written by my public speaking colleague, Andrew Dlugan, it is one of the best resources on the web for public speakers. You owe it to yourself to spend some time exploring it.

I was delighted when Andrew invited me to write a guest post in which I analyzed a speech. You can read my analysis of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk here.

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