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Change your perspective

Good, better, best. Bad, worse, worst. One, two, three. Past, present, future. When we speak, we often find ourselves comparing things (e.g., different investment opportunities; different options for a business) or reviewing a timeline (e.g., stages of a project). Thus, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn From Josh and Grace

Every once in a while, you come across a simple story that brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye; a story that makes you realize what is important and gives you hope for the future. … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 105) – Oscar Wilde

“Just as the orator marks his good things by a dramatic pause, or by raising or lowering his voice, or by gesture, so the writer marks his epigrams with italics, setting the little gem, so to speak, like a jeweller.” … 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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A Winning Oscar-Winning Speech

A great example of how to give an acceptance speech in one minute. 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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Analysis of a Speech by Shukla Bose

Shukla Bose is the founder and head of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation, an extraordinary nonprofit that runs schools for poor children in urban India. Parikrma is transforming education so that these children can have equal access to the best opportunities. Parikrma manages … Continue reading

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A Charlie Brown Christmas: Linus’ Speech

We can learn an awful lot about giving a good speech from Linus. In “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, Linus delivers a 45-second speech that is full of insight into great public speaking and presentation skills. Continue reading

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Gone Walkabout

I have a number of friends from Australia (or “Oz” or “the Wonder Down Under” as the Aussies call it).  I have also had the good fortune to visit that great country.  If you know any Australians or have heard … Continue reading

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Funny You Should Say That!

Delivering a humorous speech is no laughing matter.  It is hard work. In the fall of 2008, I had the terrific experience of competing in the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest in District 59 (18 countries in Continental Europe).  The contest … Continue reading

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A Good Tip, Hands Down

Have you ever been empty-handed in a conversation at a cocktail party? No drink or plate of undercooked canapés to hold? Did you suddenly become acutely aware of your hands? So much so, that you were not sure what to … Continue reading

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