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Powerful presentations, even with PowerPoint

This is a guest post by David Lindelöf. David obtained his PhD in Physics at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. From 2010 to 2018, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Neurobat. Since 2018 he has been the Senior Data Scientist … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 313) – Voltaire

“The secret of being boring is to say everything.” — Voltaire

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Message from the Berlin Wall

I regularly travel to Berlin, Germany to work with a client there. My client’s offices are located close to the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, so I know that part of the city well. It is always a … Continue reading

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A lesson from the Toronto Raptors

Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors! They are the 2019 NBA Champions. I am delighted for Toronto — where I lived for over 15 years — and for all of Canada.  In a thrilling Final, the Raptors defeated the defending Champion … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 311) – Simone Weil

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” — Simone Weil

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3 tips to deal with the room where you speak

When we give a speech or presentation, we usually don’t have any control over the room where we speak. We might be able to move chairs and tables or adjust the lighting, but in general, we have to deal with … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 310) – Epictetus

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” — Epictetus

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4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat

Today, 15 May 2019, is a big day in our family. Our cat Pico is now 20 years old. A significant milestone. According to generally agreed conversion rates, if Pico were human, she would be 96. Most cats don’t make it … Continue reading

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Transitions in a speech or presentation

Have you ever been in the audience listening to a speaker and found yourself lost? You weren’t exactly sure where the speaker was going or how the different points in a speech were connected? There are many possible reasons for … Continue reading

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Authenticity

The temptation to be like others is strong. But if we always try to fit in, we will never stand out. We become just one more slice of bread in one more bland, homogenized loaf. And there are millions of … Continue reading

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Association of Speakers Clubs Conference in Edinburgh

As regular readers of this blog know, I co-created a public speaking board game with my good friend and fellow speaker, Florian Mueck: Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. It is available as both a traditional tabletop board game and an app. … Continue reading

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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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