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Kevin Spacey’s Three Key Elements to a Compelling Story

“The story is everything, which means that it’s our job to tell better stories.” — Kevin Spacey In 2014, actor Kevin Spacey delivered the final keynote address to over 2,500 participants at the Content Marketing World Conference in Cleveland. The theme of … Continue reading

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Five Speaking Lessons from TEDx Place des Nations

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of speaking at TEDx Lausanne. It was a wonderful experience. Two days ago, I had the privilege of attending TEDx Place des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It was held in the impressive Assembly Hall of the … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Ed Gavagan

Ed Gavagan is an architect who lives in New York City. He is the owner of a design firm specializing in boutique residences. In this talk at The Moth, Gavagan tells a very personal story about an incident that almost … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Stunning Three-Minute Stop Motion Film

I recently rediscovered this brilliant—and it is brilliant—three-minute stop motion film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Olympus PEN camera. I first came across it in 2009, the year in which it was released. According to the people who made … 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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 82) – Jewish Parable

“Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village. Her nakedness frightened people. When Parable found her she was huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up and … 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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A Public Speaking Alphabet

A – Audience. Fitting that it comes first. The most important part of any speech. A speech is for the audience and about the audience. Always. B – Books. There are so many resources available these days for public speakers. … 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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Analysis of a Speech by Elif Şafak

Analysis of a terrific TED Talk by Elif Şafak. Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 41) – John Steinbeck

“We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.  One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ‘Yes, that’s the way it is, … Continue reading

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