I am pleased and excited to announce Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, which I have co-created with Florian Mueck. Florian and I have a passion for good public speaking. Yet we know that for many people, the mere thought of it can get their hearts pounding. So we set out to create a game that […]
Last weekend, I was in Lisbon, Portugal attending the Toastmasters District 59 Spring Conference. There were many things that I enjoyed about the conference and I will be talking about it in future posts. One of the guests of honour at the conference was Darren LaCroix. Darren was the 2001 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking. […]
Carmine Gallo: “Speaking in jargon carries penalties in a society that values speech free from esoteric, incomprehensible bullshit.”
A checklist of 50 things that public speakers need to remember before their presentation.
Thank you? No thanks. Much has been written (in this blog and elsewhere) on ways to improve the quality of slide presentations by, for example, reducing the number of words on a slide, using good visuals, going easy on the bullet points, turning the screen black from time to time, etc. Today, I want to […]
Are we up to 50 quotes already? Time flies. When I began this series, I decided to limit the quotes to those that were directly related to public speaking (as opposed to quotes on general topics that are often used in a speech). Soon afterwards, I began to wonder whether I would run out of […]
Victor Borge, the Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, once said that a smile is the shortest distance between two people. It’s a shame that people do not do it more often. And yet, as we grow older, we smile and laugh less. Studies have shown that the average child laughs up to 500 times a […]
To become adept at public speaking, we need to practise. However, we can also improve our skills by watching and learning from other speakers. Today’s post provides you with a great resource to do just that: TED. TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) began in 1984 as a conference to bring together people from these three […]