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A lesson from a farmer’s field

Public speakers can learn a lesson from a farmers. Behind our home is a large farmer’s field. Over the years, I have seen that field grow wheat, corn, barley, sunflowers – which look amazing when they are in bloom – … Continue reading

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Lessons from Senegal – Part 1

I recently had the privilege of traveling to Dakar, Senegal. There I worked with 30 officials from the United Nations (in French) to help them improve their public speaking and presentation skills. These men and women are doing important work … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 5

This is the fifth and final post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 1

On 6 June 2019, I had the pleasure of giving a workshop on public speaking and presentations skills in Hämeenlinna, Finland, at the Summer School of Rhetoric. It is an excellent event, held every summer, at a beautiful location in the idyllic … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 312) – Trevor Noah

“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. “We spend so much time … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 308) – Simon Sinek

“We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the … Continue reading

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6 tips for handling a remote when presenting

If you use slides in your presentations, whether PowerPoint, Keynote or some other software, you must become comfortable using a remote to advance those slides. The alternatives are not great: 1.  Standing by the computer the entire presentation and advancing … Continue reading

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In the footsteps of Aristotle

In May 2018, I visited Athen, Greece to speak at a conference. While there, I had the opportunity to visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. With the Parthenon as an amazing backdrop, I made a short video on Aristotle’s … Continue reading

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Important News About Data Protection

If you’re wondering why you have recently received a raft of emails from different companies, organizations and sites about data protection, there is a reason: a new European law on data protection. What is the GDPR? On 25 May 2018, … Continue reading

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3,000,000 visits

In May 2009, I wrote my first post on this blog. Almost nine years to the day later, I have received my 3,000,000th visit. My sincere thanks to everyone who has stopped by. I am glad that so many have … Continue reading

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Simplicity is the key to brilliance

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask … Aristotle  Frédéric Chopin  Chip and Dan Heath  Steve Jobs  Bruce Lee  Charles Mingus  Pablo Picasso  Dieter Rams  Ken Segall  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  Robin Sharma  Simplicity isn’t simple. It takes thought and … Continue reading

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What happens when a speaker pauses for a few seconds?

First, let’s talk about what doesn’t happen. The audience does not think that you’ve forgotten something. The audience does not hear your heart beating. The audience does not think that you are stupid. The audience does not think that you … Continue reading

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