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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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 37)

“The most precious things in speech are the pauses.” – Ralph Richardson

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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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Analysis of a Speech by Philip K. Howard

Philip K. Howard is a lawyer from New York and author of the books The Death of Common Sense, The Collapse of the Common Good and Life Without Lawyers. One of his great concerns is the manner in which his … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 7) – Mark Twain

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

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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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Anatomy of a Humorous Speech

Following my victories at the Toastmasters District Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests in Hamburg, many people have asked me how I go about preparing for a contest. In particular, they have asked how I crafted my humorous speech once … Continue reading

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The pause that refreshes

Today’s post is inspired by a 1929 ad from Coca-Cola.  In that year, the company came up with a truly great slogan that you still sometimes hear today: “The pause that refreshes.” As speakers, we can learn a lot from that … Continue reading

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