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Pico Iyer and the art of stillness

Pico Iyer is a renowned essayist and novelist who is best known for his travel writing. He has been to some of the most far-flung places on the planet and his writings have appeared in leading newspapers, magazines and literary … Continue reading

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Recovering from a memory lapse during a presentation

The people at Visme have designed a simple infographic with eight tips to recover from a memory lapse when delivering a presentation. They expand on these points in a blog post that you can read here. I like the tips, … Continue reading

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What happens when a speaker pauses for a few seconds?

First, let’s talk about what doesn’t happen. The audience does not think that you’ve forgotten something. The audience does not hear your heart beating. The audience does not think that you are stupid. The audience does not think that you … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 267) – Arthur Ashe

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe Photo courtesy of Rob Bogaerts / Anefo

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 266) – Spring Washam

“When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins, there is a tiny gap called ‘now’. Over time we learn to expand that gap.” — Spring Washam Photo courtesy of springwasham.com

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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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The Fermata

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect”. They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. This post is part of … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Lang Lang

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter, Kristen and I had the good fortune to attend a concert by Lang Lang at Geneva’s Victoria Hall. His performance was terrific. From the light melodies of Bach, to Schubert’s sombre Piano Sonata … 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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Make Your Quotes … Quotable!

Readers of this blog know that I frequently post quotes for public speakers to ponder. Today’s post is about how to make your own quotes memorable. It’s also a guest post by my friend and fellow public speaker, Fred Miller. Fred … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 75)

“It’s been said that music is what happens between the notes. I believe that a great speech happens between the words, during the pauses when an audience can reflect upon and internalize the message. Never forget the impact that a … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Elizabeth Gilbert

One of my favourite TED Talks is the one given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the international bestseller Eat Pray Love. In her talk, Gilbert speaks about the fears and frustrations of those who pursue a creative life, especially during … Continue reading

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