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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 326) – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” —  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 320) – Kurt Vonnegut

“You are whatever you pretend to be.“ — Kurt Vonnegut (For some great insights from Vonnegut that can help you become a better speaker, click here and here.)

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A lesson from a farmer’s field

Public speakers can learn a lesson from a farmers. Behind our home is a large farmer’s field. Over the years, I have seen that field grow wheat, corn, barley, sunflowers – which look amazing when they are in bloom – … Continue reading

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Manner of Speaking recognized by Credit Donkey

Manner of Speaking has been chosen as one of the winning blogs by Credit Donkey for the Best Public Speaking Blogs in 2017. Credit Donkey is a credit card comparison site that publishes credit card research, deals, and tips to help … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 250) – Seth Godin

“You are not being judged, the value of what you are bringing to the audience is being judged. The topic of the talk isn’t you, the topic of the talk is the audience, and specifically, how they can use your … Continue reading

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Huge mistake at the Oscars and the lessons to learn

Good grief! I didn’t think that I would be writing another post of this nature so soon after the huge mistake that was made at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, but here we are. Again. In case you missed it, … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech

Yesterday, 10 January 2017, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago. It is the end of an era. Obama brought intelligence, dignity and character to the White House. As the first black President, Obama broke a barrier that seemed impenetrable … Continue reading

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“This Moved Me” Podcast: My Interview with Sally Koering Zimney

Sally Koering Zimney is a presentation coach, speaker, writer and host of the podcast, This Moved Me. She works with speakers and develops event programs. Sally also speaks to groups of people, helping them share their stories and move their audiences. You can … Continue reading

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8 Lessons from a Dutch Fashion Designer

I am a great believer in the power of consistent, focused practice in one’s chosen discipline. As a professional speaker, I spend a lot of time working to improve my skills. I speak, I train, I read, I write. I watch … Continue reading

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Clear Communication: A Must-Have Job Skill in 2013

I just came across a recent article by Ruth Mantell in the Wall Street Journal entitled Must-Have Job Skills in 2013. The four skills are personal branding, flexibility, productivity improvement and … clear communication (which is listed first). According to Mantell, … Continue reading

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Podium vs. Lectern

The podium and the lectern. We hear these two terms all the time when it comes to public speaking. What is the difference between these two mainstays of public speaking? And when speakers refer to them, are they referring to … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

On 19 November, we commemorate the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. In one of the first posts on this blog, I compared Lincoln’s two-minute address with the two-hour oration by Edward Everett on the same occasion. Today, people … Continue reading

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