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Fear of Public Speaking: Reframing “Fear”

Matt Eventoff

Fear and anxiety surrounding public speaking is nothing new. Google “Cure for the Fear of Public Speaking” and you will return over 2 million results. “The only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.” ” - President Franklin D. Roosevelt. million! Nervous energy affects all of us.

Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking expert is a title that carries tremendous weight.  Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4 th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. What lengths would you go to in order to become a master orator, or to take your public speaking to the next level? All that’s left are key words and key phrases.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 233) – Aristotle

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Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Aristotle public speaking public speaking quotes simplicity

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 233) – Aristotle

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Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Aristotle public speaking public speaking quotes simplicity

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.  President Wilson certainly qualifies as a public speaking expert.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 242) – Bruno Giussani

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Her task is to use that time … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers TED audience Bruno Giussani public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 212) – William Butler Yeats

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“Think like a wise man, but communicate in the language of the people.” — William Butler YeatsFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes simplicity William Butler Yeats

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 237) – Adele

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just gotta bear … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Adele audience Nerves public speaking quotes quotes stage fright“I’m scared of audiences. I get shitty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 222) – Milton Glaser

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Wow is the one to aim for.” —  Milton GlaserFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Design Milton Glaser public speaking public speaking quotes“There are three responses to a piece of design—Yes, No and Wow!

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 228) – Plato

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“A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool speaks because he has to say something.” —  Plato Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia CommonsFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Plato public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Malala Yousafzai and Public Speaking: 12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013

Matt Eventoff

Malala Yousafzai is an exceptional public speaker, period. An exceptional public speaker. And she was a young woman. Not a young speaker.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 239) – Maya Angelou

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Quotes for Public Speakers Maya Angelou public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” — Maya Angelou.

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Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs – 3 Tips for a Successful Pitch

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking for entrepreneurs?  The reality is that a presentation, a pitch or “casual” conversations about your company all qualify as examples of public speaking.  When I ask entrepreneurs about public speaking, I often hear “I don’t have to give speeches.”. Absolutely!  What are you trying to accomplish?

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The TED Secret to Great Public Speaking

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have decided to create a “tricolon” of posts about Chris … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech TED audience Chris Anderson ideas metaphor public speaking simplicityMy previous two posts centred around TED Curator Chris Anderson.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 221) – Norman Vincent Peale

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” —  Norman Vincent PealeFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Norman Vincent Peale Power of Positive Thinking public speaking public speaking quotes“I give the same mashed potatoes for each speech. just change the gravy.”

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 214) – Epictetus

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“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” — EpictetusFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Epictetus public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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Demosthenes and Public Speaking, Pt II

Matt Eventoff

What lengths would you go to in order to become a master orator, or to take  your public speaking to the next level? Stand barefoot on blacktop while reciting your speech to test your patience and create proper cadence? Practice on a tightrope to master balance and control over motion? Of course not – and you shouldn’t!

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Steve Jobs – Public Speaking, Preparation & Practice

Matt Eventoff

The speed at which information travels has rendered most news dated within hours; days if a story really has “legs.”  Two key takeaways: 1. The

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 231) – Susan Cain

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“Some introverts are perfectly comfortable with public speaking; I’m not one of them.” ” — Susan Cain Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers introverts Public Speaking Quotations quotes Susan Cain

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 218) – Alan Rickman

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But the story needs a great storyteller.” — Alan RickmanFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Alan Rickman public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Stories storytelling“It is an ancient need to be told stories.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 227) – Boris Johnson

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It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.” — Boris JohnsonFiled under: Humour, Quotes for Public Speakers. Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Boris Johnson humor public speaking quotes quotes

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 211) – Demosthenes

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“All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.” — Demosthenes Photo courtesy of Sting / Wikimedia CommonsFiled under: Motivation, Quotes for Public Speakers. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers Demosthenes Public Speaking Quotations quotes

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 235) – Garry Trudeau

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Quotes for Public Speakers Commencement speech Garry Trudeau Humour public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes“Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.” — Garry Trudeau Photo courtesy of Linda A.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 224) – Anaïs Nin

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” — Anaïs NinFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Anaïs Nin courage public speaking quotes quotes“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

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Five Characteristics You need to Succeed as a Public Speaker

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He … Continue reading → Motivation Arman Sadeghi audience authenticity Confidence passion public speakingThis is a guest post by Arman Sadeghi. Arman Arman is an entrepreneur, professional speaker and founder of Titanium Success. He has a degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 238) – Alfred E. Neuman

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Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Alfred E. Neuman Public Speaking Quotations quotes“Political speeches are like steer horns: a point here, a point there and a lot of bull in between.” ” — Alfred  E. Neuman.

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14 Public Speaking Lessons from the United States Supreme Court

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There, I specialized in corporate commercial litigation and environmental … Continue reading → Uncategorized law oral advocacy Presentation public speaking United States Supreme CourtI am Barrister and Solicitor, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 239) – Maya Angelou

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Quotes for Public Speakers Maya Angelou public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” — Maya Angelou.

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Lea Michele, Glee and Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

Who said that adults can’t learn from younger adults? Her speech was very emotional and she did many things right while delivering it.

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Queen Rania and Public Speaking – 7 Lessons

Matt Eventoff

Queen Rania and Public Speaking – 7 Lessons. Some examples of great orators and public speakers of the 20th Century: Sir Winston Churchill.

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Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m honored to have my blog listed among the 101 Public Speaking websites published by the Guide to Online Communication Master Programs.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 236) – Luis von Ahn

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He would drill deeper and deeper and deeper until I realized that there was something that I … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Duolingo Luis von Ahn public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes simplicity

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Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Matt Eventoff

The next legend in a series on public speaking experts is one of the greatest orators ever, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is unquestionably a public speaking expert. Uncategorized martin luther king public speaking mlk speech public speaking expertListen carefully to the language and word choice. Here are 7 lessons: 1. Cadence –

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12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

Matt Eventoff

Fear and anxiety before speaking publicly is nearly universal – it targets all of us, at different times and to varying degrees. Two of the greatest orators of the past two centuries, Sir Winston Churchill and President Abraham Lincoln, were both reported to have some degree of anxiety before speaking publicly. You are not alone!

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 240) – Howard Thurman

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Quotes for Public Speakers Howard Thurman public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman.

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12 Lessons from Pablo Picasso for Public Speakers

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While reading through a collection of quotes by Picasso, it occurred to me that much of his wisdom is directly applicable to public speaking. Here

The Alchemy of Public Speaking: Turning Performance Anxiety into Presence

Speaking Freely

Alchemy is a term for turning a less valuable substance into a more valuable one.  In our physical body, we can alchemically transform performance anxiety into presence. The human body is a laboratory for transformation of consciousness. Performance anxiety is a distressful reaction to energy trying to flow through the body when we become the [.].

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 232) – Abraham Lincoln

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” — Abraham LincolnFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers Abraham Lincoln audience Public Speaking Quotations quotes“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking [about] what they want to hear, and one third thinking about what I want to say.”

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 220) – William Zinsser

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What member of an insurance plan can decipher the brochure explaining the … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes simplicity William Zinsser

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 223) – Irish Proverb

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Beagán a rá agus é a rá go maith. / Say little but say it well. —  Irish ProverbFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers. Quotes for Public Speakers brevity Design Irish Proverb Milton Glaser

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