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Speeches from Film: Band of Brothers

The moving speech by the German General at the end of the series “Band of Brothers”, and what we can learn from it. Continue reading

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Speeches from Film: Henry V

William Shakespeare wrote many inspirational speeches for his different characters. One of the best known is the St. Crispin’s Day speech delivered by King Henry to his troops in the classic Henry V. To set the stage, prior to the epic battle … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Elif Şafak

Analysis of a terrific TED Talk by Elif Şafak. Continue reading

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A Winning Oscar-Winning Speech

A great example of how to give an acceptance speech in one minute. Continue reading

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Being There

David Bader has a wonderful quote that public speakers should take to heart: “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?” In a previous post, I wrote that as speakers, we enter into a social contract with … Continue reading

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Speeches from Film: Invictus

Just because a speech in a movie is scripted, it doesn’t mean that we cannot learn from it. In fact, when you think about, some of the most famous speeches in history were rigorously prepared and polished before they were … Continue reading

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Eye Contact

The eyes have it.  The eyes definitely have it. Eye contact is one of the most important forms of non-verbal communication, especially for speakers.  Have you ever had to endure a speaker who read from the lectern, or talked to the … Continue reading

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A Noteworthy Idea

When delivering a speech or presentation, it is preferable for a speaker to do so without notes whenever possible.  Being free from notes allows a speaker to have maximum eye contact with the audience; it frees the speaker from being anchored … Continue reading

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Seabiscuit and Public Speaking

I never thought that a non-fiction book about a sport I rarely follow would hold my attention, but after only a few pages of “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” by Laura Hillenbrand, I was hooked.  The story of the little brown horse … Continue reading

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