Tag Archives: Delivery

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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Master the Art of Presenting 2016

I am excited to announce that the third annual Master the Art of Presenting will take place on 20-21 October 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. A few years ago, my good friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, was staying over at our home … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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“So” what?

The word “so” can undermine your credibility when you speak. Continue reading

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10 Ways Public Speakers Should Be Like Santa Claus

1.   Prepare thoroughly. Santa spends most of the year getting ready for his one big night. When he takes off in his sleigh, there’s no turning back. Similarly, when you step on that stage, be sure that you know … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Make Sure Your Slides Don’t Fall Behind

A while back I wrote a post about the way in which you can turn the screen black during a PowerPoint presentation and the reasons why you should do so. You can read it here. Today I want to show … Continue reading

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Beat the Clock!

The next time you have a presentation, see if you can beat the clock. Speak for less than your allotted time. Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 37)

“The most precious things in speech are the pauses.” – Ralph Richardson

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Basic 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Power of Gestures

Effective speakers understand the power of gestures. Good gestures can add emphasis to an important point. They can be used to help explain a complicated concept. They can turn a speech into drama. As I have said previously, we should not … Continue reading

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