What happens when a speaker pauses for a few seconds?
First, let’s talk about what doesn’t happen when a speaker pauses. The audience does not think that you’ve forgotten something. Nobody can hear your heart beating. Nobody will think that you are stupid. The audience does not think that you are a bad speaker. The audience does not think that your speech is over. So […]
Master the Art of Presenting 2016
I am excited to announce that the third annual Master the Art of Presenting. It will take place on 20-21 October 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. A few years ago, my friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, was staying over at our home in Switzerland. We got to discussing different ways in which we could collaborate. This event was the […]
The Potent Simplicity of Donald Trump
As election year 2016 rolls along in the United States, we can no longer ignore the very real possibility that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President. I did not think that American politics could get much more bizarre, but this election cycle has proven me wrong. As Trump’s support grows and as the Republican […]
10 Ways Public Speakers Should Be Like Santa Claus
Anyone looking for public speaking training should start by taking a good look at Santa Claus. Here’s what Kris Kringle does that all speakers should do. 1. Prepare thoroughly Santa Claus spends most of the year getting ready for his one big night. When he takes off in his sleigh, there’s no turning back. […]
Analysis of a Speech by Elizabeth Gilbert
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 […]
Beat the Clock!
The next time you have a presentation, see if you can beat the clock. Speak for less than your allotted time.
Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 37) – Ralph Richardson
“The most precious things in speech are the pauses.” Ralph Richardson
Basic Public Speaking Etiquette
How good is your public speaking etiquette? The next time you give a speech or presentation and are introduced by someone, wait until that person sits down before you start talking. Too often, many speakers overlook this most basic aspect of public speaking etiquette. The result is usually something along the lines of the following […]
Speeches from Film: Any Given Sunday
Today we look at a powerful speech by Al Pacino in the movie, Any Given Sunday. The premise for the movie (and the speech) is pretty simple: Pacino is the coach of a once-great football team that is now riddled with injuries and internal dissension, and is struggling to make the playoffs. Prior to the big game, Pacino […]Tagged Al PacinoAny Given SundayDeliveryEmotionMotivationmotivational speechpause