Tag Archives: pauses

A conversation with Conor Neill

I have just returned home after my annual week teaching public speaking and communication skills at the IESE Executive MBA Programme in Barcelona, Spain. It was my 7th year working with fellow speaking professionals — and dear friends — Tony … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 298) – Charles de Gaulle

“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.” —  Charles de Gaulle

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9 Public Speaking Tips from a Slam Poet

Adobe Spark is a suite of applications designed by Adobe System to help people create and share stories with graphics and videos. The team at Adobe Spark recently reached out to me to share a blog post that they had … Continue reading

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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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Seven Powerful Public Speaking Lessons from “Mad Men”

My recent post in which I had some fun with the hit TV series, Breaking Bad, reminded me of a clip from another popular series, Mad Men. If you who don’t know the show, Mad Men is set in the 1960s and is focused on … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 173) – Martin Farquhar Tupper

“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” — Martin Farquhar Tupper

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Speeches from Film: The Pursuit of Happyness

One of my favourite movies from recent years is The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. Based on a true story, the movie is about Chris Gardner, a man in financial difficulty who is trying to raise his son alone … 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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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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