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Be a tease

Speak Schmeak

In working with several clients on creating and structuring their presentations, there seems to be a common theme among their efforts.

How to Make Your Speech More Memorable

Successful Speeches Blog

This past week, President Obama was criticized for not making his inauguration speech more memorable. There were certainly quotable sections, but not the clear “hook&# that Obama has been known for. He did it again in 2008 in New Hampshire with three simple words: “Yes we can.&#. ANTITHESIS. ALLITERATION. By the people. For the people.

President Obama Speaks to Inspire All |

Speaking Freely

Public Speaking: Improvise Your Flipchart

Great Public Speaking

broke my own rules and did not follow a checklist on my last presentation. Oh oh! borrowed one piece of flipchart paper and went back into my room.

Thought Trap #7: Magnifying and minimizing

Speak Schmeak

Thought Trap #7: Magnifying and minimizing Continuing on in the series on Thought Traps. Two sides of the same coin here. Write it down. Take action.

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If you speak with an accent, read this! Guest post by Sue Hershkowitz-Coore

Speak Schmeak

If you haven’t yet heard my accent, you soon will. That’s because I’m presenting in English today. With that, the first point…. Yes, I’m a Yankee.

Learn the Speech Writing Secrets of Obama and Martin Luther King - Toronto Speech Writng Workshop

Successful Speeches Blog

Although I’m a born-and-raised Canadian, most of my blogging (and even speaking examples) focus on American speakers. In the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time examining and commenting on the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and President (still getting used to that) Barack Obama. The way the speech was developed.

How Compelling?

Speaking Of...

I couldn't help but be struck by the contrast between these two news events last week. Guess the speech wasn't too interesting. Bush farewell speech

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inaugural speeches of the past

The Eloquent Woman

Are you "sleep-presenting?"

Speak Schmeak

The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. However, you don't have to pop a pill to be a "sleep-presenter."

In with the New: Barack Obama’s Inauguration Speech

Successful Speeches Blog

In stark contrast to the 43rd President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama spoke clearly, concisely, and confidently to the millions of people listening to him deliver his inaugural address. His task was a difficult one. Everyone knows how significant this inauguration was. Race was (and still is) a contentious issue in America.

KICK OFF QUIZ ‘09: What’s your Determination Factor??

Speaker Launcher

2009 is shaping up to be a year that could be challenging for some and prosperous for others. That doesn’t mean they won’t ever spend.

fun for speakers: Obama speech generator

The Eloquent Woman

You fill in a variety of verbs, adjectives and nouns, Mad-lib style, and get a short speech. And why not? Join in. Lightning strikes.

Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges! Guest post by Lee Potts

Speak Schmeak

At least that was the case at an earlier point in my career. Unfortunately, not every event can provide this level of luxury. Ritualize it.


Max Atkinson

Some people have been telling me that the absence of a simple list of headings for earlier postings in the Blog Archive on the left makes it difficult to find topics posted before the current month. To make things easier, here's a list of everything posted since the Blog started in September 2008. Wisdom of forethought?

The 50 Best Career Coach Blogs

Executive Speech Coach

You will find this post helpful if you are looking to improve your career by improving your job skills. This post on the " Online Univeristy Reviews " blog list the 50 best career coach blogs. The Executive Speech Coach blog is included on the list. Finding a new career, or simply preparing for a potential layoff, can often be an overwhelming task.

Talking with Terri Murphy

Speaking Success International

I have the great pleasure to be talking with Terri Murphy, Social Media Expert, CEO of Women’s Wisdom Network and top rated Motivational Speaker at NSA about bringing in cash in these times. She gave so much info for us to use! Listen to the interview - she rocks! highly recommend you hear the 10 minute recording.

Podcast with a Speechwriter

The Speechwriter

This week Dan Hodgson, a distinguished alumnus of the Bournemouth Media School, interviewed me about my work as a speechwriter. Dan is providing a commercial service to businesses wishing to communicate with their customers through podcasts. You can email him

Obama’s inauguration rhetoric won approval for some uncomfortable messages

Max Atkinson

A point I made a couple of days ago was that bursts of applause can be used to identify which points in a speech an audience liked best.

Public Speaking: Make 'Em Wonder

Great Public Speaking

I suppose most of my readers know by now that I push the limits most of the time to make sure my audience stays awake. It should be no surprise to you then that I will attack another common old style snoozer technique (and I know I will get letters from educational theory folks, but that is OK). which forces them to stay alert to find out.

Center yourself before you present

Executive Speech Coach

Center yourself before you start speaking. Here is a simple yet helpful technique to center yourself before you start your presentation. learned this technique from fellow professional speaker, Paul Huschilt. So he knows some things about performing on stage and how to get ready for your presentation. Here is the technique. I'm glad I'm here. 2.

Obama's Quotation

The Speechwriter

The unattributed quotation in Barack Obama's inaugural, the lines: Let it be told to the future world. that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive.that the city and the country, alarmed at one

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Rhetoric and applause in Obama’s inaugural speech as a measure of what the audience liked best

Max Atkinson

When I first started studying bursts of applause in political speeches thirty years ago, some people couldn’t see the point; others thought I was mad. More than a quarter of a century later, I still sometimes find it instructive to focus on the lines that were applauded in a particular speech to see which messages turned the audience on the most.

Public Speaking: Raise Your Fee And Give Away Your Products

Great Public Speaking

RAISE YOUR FEE AND GIVE AWAY YOUR PRODUCTS I started using this tip the moment my latest book came off the presses, but you can use any kind of product to make it work. Here's how it works. You always want to add extra value for the people hiring you as their speaker. Everyone wins and that's what keeps us working.

PowerPoint slide design survey

Executive Speech Coach

What would you like to see in PowerPoint slide design in 2009? Hurray to Oivia Mitchell, presentation trainer and blogger from Wellington, New Zealand for posing the above question and collecting responses from 40 experts. Of course there are some disagreements and some common issues. Here is a list of all the blog posts in reply to this question.

Myth Busting on Public Speaking

Speaking Success International

I am going to start the year myth busting about speaking in public. This is for experienced and beginner speakers alike. Let me bust some myths for you that you yourself might be having that could be holding you back unnecessarily from speaking in public. more…).

A line I don't want to hear in today's speech by President Obama

Max Atkinson

If there’s one thing that irks me about speeches by American presidents, it’s their tendency to overstate the case for their country being the first, finest or only example of freedom and democracy in the world. And the Cuban stopped and said, "How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to." In that sentence he told us the entire story.

Ten Things to Look Our For in Barack Obama's Inauguration Address

The Speechwriter

1) A prominent mention of Abraham Lincoln. It's the 200th anniversary of the birth of Lincoln this year. In many ways the election of Obama is the ultimate fulfilment of Lincoln's campaign to free the slaves. 2) Brevity. The speech

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The enduring challenge and importance of funeral orations

Max Atkinson

Unlike many commentators, I haven’t had much time to try my hand at second guessing what Barack Obama might say in his inaugural address tomorrow. This is because I’ve been involved in the sad business of preparing for the funeral of the 27-year old daughter of some friends of ours, who died in sudden and tragic circumstances. BLAIR: ?