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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 157) – Robert McKee

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” — Robert McKee Photo courtesy of John Hyams

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 156) – Phillip Pullman

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” — Philip Pullman Photo courtesy of Adrian Hon

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Analysis of a (Very Short) Speech by Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling is a Swedish doctor, statistician, public speaker and Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is also one of the best known presenters at TED. Rosling has a passion and a gift for making … Continue reading

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Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

In this post, I return to one of my favourite themes that run through this blog: the importance of storytelling. Past posts on the subject include this one and this one. I recently came across a great TED Talk on … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by William Kamkwamba

Today’s post is about a remarkable young man named William Kamkwamba. William comes from a poor village in Malawi in southeast Africa. Life there is hard. The main source of income is farming. When the rains don’t come, conditions become … Continue reading

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How to be an Outstanding Communicator

Today’s post is from Martin Shovel. Martin is a writer, speechwriter, cartoonist and communications expert with a special interest in new media and social networking. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Mind Your Language blog and has appeared on BBC Radio … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 93) – Clint Eastwood

“You can tell any story 20 different ways. The trick is to pick one and go with it.” — Clint Eastwood Photo courtesy of Bryan Frank

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 84)

“The market is not seduced by logic. People are moved by stories and drama and hints and clues and discovery. Logic is a battering ram, one that might work if your case is overwhelming. Wal-Mart won by logic (cheap!), but you … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Mark Bezos

Analysis of a great TED Talk by Mark Bezos. Continue reading

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Breaking the Ice: A Guest Post by TeachStreet

From TeachStreet: How to break the ice when giving a speech. Continue reading

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The Psychology of Storytelling

Earlier this year, Pam Allyn, the Executive Director of LitLife, a national organization specializing in innovative literacy education for schools and families, wrote an article entitled Storytelling Connects us All. In her article, Allyn focuses on the importance of storytelling … Continue reading

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