Tag Archives: Motivation

Burning the ships and sailing away

The legendary Alexander the Great built an empire that, at its height, stretched from Ancient Greece to India. One of his strongest and most formidable enemies was the Persian Empire of Darius III. In 334 BC, Alexander led a fleet of Greek and Macedonian … Continue reading

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Fifteen reasons to give a speech in 2015

1.  Because you will grow. 2.  Because you will learn. 3.  Because you will be noticed. 4.  Because you can solve a problem. 5.  Because it scares you. 6.  Because it will open doors. 7.  Because you can make an impact. 8. … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 126) – Liz Smith

“Begin somewhere; you can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do.” — Liz Smith Photo courtesy of Angela George / Flickr

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 110)

“Prepare your heart and mind before you prepare your speech.” — Stephen Covey Photo courtesy of Abras2010

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A Public Speaking Lesson in a Pot of Clay

Today’s post was inspired by a story that I heard from my friend and fellow public speaker, Conor Neill. Conor came across the story via Malcolm Gladwell. I am not sure where Gladwell got it, but on with the story … Continue reading

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Public Speaking is a Risk

Did you ever have a really bad public speaking experience? For example, Did you ever forget what you wanted to say? Did you ever get lost, or stuck in traffic en route, and arrive too late? Did you ever have trouble … Continue reading

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Patience

Sometimes, for whatever reason, the people in the audience (or at least some of them) just don’t get it. They do not understand the point that the speaker is trying to make. They ask questions that the speaker thought had … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 77) – John Maxwell

If there is a more important key to communication than finding common ground, I certainly can’t think of it. Continue reading

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Leadership Lessons from Robin Sharma

Last week I attended a symposium at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland led by Robin Sharma, a globally recognized authority on leadership. Robin is the author of 11 international best-selling books, perhaps most notably The Monk Who Sold … Continue reading

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Maybe

Maybe I’m not cut out for public speaking. Maybe no one will listen to me. Maybe someone will laugh at me. Maybe I’m the only one who gets nervous in front of people. Maybe I’ll forget what I want to … 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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40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes!

It sounds like a tall order, I know, but a clever fellow named Matthew Belinkie has pulled it off. If you have not seen this montage of film scenes that he has put together, you are in for a treat. … Continue reading

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