Tag Archives: Speech

A lesson from Dubrovnik

My wife, Julie and I recently went for a vacation in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Wonderful people, beautiful scenery, fascinating history. If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. One day, we took a cable … Continue reading

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Be prepared to cut your ending short

I have written in the past about managing your time when giving a speech or presentation. One of my tips in the link above related to being prepared to cut material if necessary: Have a plan to cut material. Logistics … Continue reading

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Own your speech

Recently, I was working with a group of people over a couple of days to help them improve their public speaking skills. For one exercise, I asked them to give a short (5-minute) speech on something that they cared about. The first … Continue reading

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Every time you have to give a speech or make a presentation, do this calculation

Here’s a practice to develop with regard to your public speaking. It’s something that I started doing many years ago. It’s a simple calculation that should take 30 seconds (or less if you use a calculator) but the result is always … Continue reading

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A Groundhog Day Public Speaking Lesson

Happy Groundhog Day! For those of you unfamiliar with the occasion, it is a quirky little celebration observed in Canada and the United States on the 2nd of February. According to legend, if the groundhog (see picture) wakes up and … Continue reading

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Speakers: It’s About Time (and How to Manage It)

A while back, I wrote a post about why speakers should stay on time when giving a speech or presentation, and how failing to do so is a sign of disrespect. I encouraged speakers to finish on time or, if … Continue reading

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What will the audience do when you’ve finished speaking?

Long-time readers of this blog know that I frequently stress the importance of thinking about the audience before preparing a speech or designing a presentation. A speech or presentation is always about the audience: first; last; and foremost. That’s why … Continue reading

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Speeches from Film: Up in the Air

Analysis of George Clooney’s “What’s In Your Backpack?” speech in the movie, “Up In the Air”: Continue reading

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Basic Speech Geometry

The basic geometry of a speech should be circular, not linear. Continue reading

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A Public Speaker’s Checklist (Addendum)

The response to my recent post, A Public Speaker’s Checklist, has been great. Comments have been pouring in on Twitter, LinkedIn, email and this blog. People have been offering some great suggestions for additional things that public speakers need to … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 50)

Are we up to 50 quotes already? I cannot believe how time flies. When I began this series, I decided to limit the quotes to those that were directly related to public speaking (as opposed to quotes on general topics … 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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