Tag Archives: Speech

Basic Public Speaking Etiquette

The next time you give a speech or presentation and are introduced by someone, wait until that person sits down before you start talking. Too often, many speakers overlook this most basic aspect of public speaking etiquette. The result is … Continue reading

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The Power of Gestures

Effective speakers understand the power of gestures. Good gestures can add emphasis to an important point. They can be used to help explain a complicated concept. They can turn a speech into drama. As I have said previously, we should not … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 15) – Dale Carnegie

“There are always three speeches for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” — Dale Carnegie

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What Yanni can teach us about public speaking

I have been writing this blog for a little over eight months now. I recently looked back at some of the posts that I have written. Most of those posts contain advice about things that we should, or should not, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Humorous Speech

Following my victories at the Toastmasters District Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests in Hamburg, many people have asked me how I go about preparing for a contest. In particular, they have asked how I crafted my humorous speech once … Continue reading

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Making it Stick: Credibility Counts

This is Part 5 of a seven-part series on making speeches and presentations memorable.  It is based on the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath. OK, this blog has become officially cool because I have figured out … Continue reading

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Making it Stick: Keep it Simple

This is Part 2 of a seven-part series on making speeches and presentations memorable.  It is based on the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath. Being simple in our presentations is not so … well … simple.  … Continue reading

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A Noteworthy Idea

When delivering a speech or presentation, it is preferable for a speaker to do so without notes whenever possible.  Being free from notes allows a speaker to have maximum eye contact with the audience; it frees the speaker from being anchored … Continue reading

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Funny You Should Say That!

Delivering a humorous speech is no laughing matter.  It is hard work. In the fall of 2008, I had the terrific experience of competing in the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest in District 59 (18 countries in Continental Europe).  The contest … Continue reading

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And so it begins

One of the greatest public speakers of ancient Athens was Demosthenes (384 – 322 BC). His speeches have been studied for centuries. Not only do they provide insight into the culture and society in which Demosthenes lived, they also provide wonderful … Continue reading

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