Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 252) – Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac (1922 – 1969) American Novelist and Poet

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

— Jack Kerouac

Photo courtesy of Tom Palumbo
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Four Public Speaking Lessons – and a Drone!

I recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Barcelona for work and pleasure. The first week was spent at IESE Business School where, once or twice a year, I join four others to teach public speaking and communication skills to the class of IESE’s Executive MBA Programme.

The week is always intense and rewarding. This year, 117 students were challenged, pushed and stretched to become better speakers and better leaders. The growth, in skills and confidence, that we see in the students in such a short time is always inspiring. 

But the week is also inspiring because I get to spend it with four great friends for whom public speaking excellence is just one of their many talents: Tony Anagor; Florian Mueck; Conor Neill; and Tobias Rodrigues. Our many conversations are thought-provoking and motivating.

Conor is an expert on video blogging and when we get together at IESE, we always shoot some educational videos. But this time, there was something new. Conor recently received a drone as a birthday present. And this meant one thing: gratuitous drone footage!

In the video below, Florian, Tobias, Tony and I share four public speaking lessons to help you empower your speaking and communication. Specifically, we discuss:

  • effective gestures
  • powerful pauses
  • empowering feedback
  • intentional communication

And did I mention that there’s also gratuitous drone footage? Enjoy!

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Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. The new Family theme is here!

Last summer, Florian Mueck and I released the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, the world’s first public speaking board game.

One of the great things about an app is that you can update it with new features. The first of those new features is now here: the Family theme.

Over the last several months, we have received messages of support from all over the world. Many people have told us that their children love playing the game. The thought of being able to help young people become comfortable with public speaking—a skill that is going to be crucial for them throughout their lives and careers—was inspiring. So we decided to make the Family theme our priority.

We have added 50 new Topic Cards and 50 new Challenge Cards that are perfect for family members of all ages. Now, you can choose to play the Classic or Family themes. You can see a few examples of the cards in the Family theme in the slideshow below.

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As of the date of this post, you can play RHETORIC in English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan. But more languages are coming. We are also working on new themes that will be added to the game. When you purchase the app, you get all updates (languages and themes) for free.

RHETORIC is being noticed by more and more people and has been getting great reviews. It has even been featured on Springwise. Dan Pink, author of A Whole New MindDrive and To Sell is Human, calls Springwise “an amazing roundup of new business ideas and surprising business models from around the world.”

RHETORIC is available on the App Store and on Google Play. If you download the app, we would be grateful if you would rate the game and leave a brief comment. It helps us get the word out.

Now, it’s your turn to speak!

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 251) – Marie Curie

Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) Polish-French Chemist and Physicist

“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”

— Marie Curie

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When is your next public speaking engagement?

It doesn’t have to be a TED Talk or a formal presentation at a conference. It could be a five-minute status report on your project at the next team meeting; it could be saying a few words about a colleague at a farewell lunch; it could be Skype call to your sales reps.

It all adds up.

In the 1990s, Nike came out with a number of commercials about cross-training; i.e., doing different types of sports and exercise activities as a way of getting in shape. The message? Every kind of exercise helps. Since then, cross-training has garnered a huge following as people do all kinds of exercises to stay strong and fit.

The same principle applies to public speaking. Every opportunity you have to speak is another opportunity to improve. Even if it is only a two-minute speech to say farewell to a colleague in a restaurant full of people, it’s two more minutes of public speaking experience than you had when you woke up that morning

Leonardo da Vinci said, “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

So, when is your next public speaking engagement?

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