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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 279) – Dave Barry

“All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears—of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, of speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words ‘Some Assembly Required’.” — Dave Barry Photo … Continue reading

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The benefits of humour and 10 tips for using it in a speech

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— French author Victor Hugo said, “Laughter … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 227) – Boris Johnson

“My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.” — Boris Johnson

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 195) – Georges Wolinski

“L’humour est le plus court chemin d’un homme à un autre.” (“Humour is the shortest road from one person to another.”) — Georges Wolinski

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Five Speaking Lessons from TEDx Place des Nations

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of speaking at TEDx Lausanne. It was a wonderful experience. Two days ago, I had the privilege of attending TEDx Place des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It was held in the impressive Assembly Hall of the … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 131) – John Cleese

“If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it, you … Continue reading

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Using Humour When Speaking to a Foreign Audience

My last post about delivering a speech or presentation via an interpreter has generated a lot of discussion. One of the tips that I mentioned in that post was the importance of using humour carefully when addressing an audience of … Continue reading

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Every Presentation Ever?

Here’s a clever video that rings true on many levels. And, as is so often the case with humour, there are lessons to be learned. See how many you can spot. Enjoy! For some great insights into what we can … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 109) – Mark Twain

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” — Mark Twain

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Rhetorical Devices: Paraprosdokian

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Paraprosdokian Origin: From the Greek παρά (para), meaning “beyond” and προσδοκία (prosthokhia), meaning “expectation”; thus, “beyond expectation”. In … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 102)

“English is the perfect language for preachers because it allows you to talk until you think of what to say.” — Garrison Keillor Photo courtesy of Prairie Home Productions

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Nothing Like a Pint of Guinness!

Something on the light side today. A few days ago, I published a post analyzing Conan O’Brien’s terrific commencement address at Dartmouth College. Today I came across a clip from Conan’s TV show in which he poked a little fun at … Continue reading

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