Tag Archives: public speaking

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 318) – Ronald Reagan

“I learned [during my time as a radio broadcaster] the fundamental rule of public speaking. Whether on the radio, on television or to a live crowd, talk to your audience, not over their heads or through them. Just use normal … Continue reading

Posted in Quotes for Public Speakers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Things that public speakers don’t need on stage

When you deliver a speech or presentation, there are several things you do not need to bring on stage: – Your cell phone – Coins in your pocket – Keys in your pocket – Anything that can jingle in your … Continue reading

Posted in Delivery, Preparation | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 317) – Richard Powers

“The best arguments in the world won’t change a person’s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story.“ — Richard Powers Photo courtesy of www.richardpowers.net

Posted in Quotes for Public Speakers | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons from Senegal – Part 2

Teranga. It is the word that best represents the values at the heart of society in Senegal. During my trip to Dakar, I experienced it on a daily basis. There is no direct translation of teranga in English. “Hospitality” comes close … Continue reading

Posted in Audience | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 316) – Seth Godin

“The idea of marketing is this: Do you have a story that’s worth telling? Are there people who need to hear it and who want to hear it? And is it true? That’s marketing.“ — Seth Godin

Posted in Quotes for Public Speakers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons from Senegal – Part 1

I recently had the privilege of traveling to Dakar, Senegal. There I worked with 30 officials from the United Nations (in French) to help them improve their public speaking and presentation skills. These men and women are doing important work … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 5

This is the fifth and final post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 4

This is the fourth post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch is about … Continue reading

Posted in Stories and Storytelling | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 3

This is the third post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch is about … Continue reading

Posted in Structure | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 2

This is the second post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch captures the … Continue reading

Posted in Persuasion | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 1

On 6 June 2019, I had the pleasure of giving a workshop on public speaking and presentations skills in Hämeenlinna, Finland, at the Summer School of Rhetoric. It is an excellent event, held every summer, at a beautiful location in the idyllic … Continue reading

Posted in Preparation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 314) – J. K. Rowling

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” — J. K. Rowling Photo courtesy of S.macken6

Posted in Quotes for Public Speakers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment