Famous Speech Friday: Margaret Edson's 2008 Smith College commencement address

The Eloquent Woman

So when reader Kathy Schuetz, a communicator at the University of Maryland, wrote to suggest Margaret Edson 's 2008 commencement speech at Smith College and called it "remarkable," I took notice.

2008 20

How to Change the World: The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint


NowPublic Read news stories powered by the public. How to Change the World A practical blog for impractical people. « A Brief History of Mine | Main | Resolution Assistance » December 30, 2005 The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint I suffer from something called Ménière’s disease—don’t worry, you cannot get it from reading my blog. The symptoms of Ménière’s include hearing loss, tinnitus (a constant ringing sound), and vertigo.

2008 28

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Top 10 Best Presentations Ever at KnowHR Blog


The beauty of his speech is that he uses a Top 10 approach and is unafraid to speak plainly and with great humor (which is sadly lost in public speaking). Great speakers and amazingly inspirating Willis Witze Jan 7th, 2008 really cool post, just bookmarked! Arun Pattnaik Jan 11th, 2008 Hey, You should watch out for browser compatibility for your blog. Nathan Ketsdever Feb 16th, 2008 I think Seth Godin at TED was much better than his marketing presentation.

2008 23

How thick is your skin?

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety

2008 21

Two minutes of thank yous?

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings

2008 21

See, hear and taste your audience

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Resources

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9 things you can learn from a home shopping show

Speak Schmeak

You want to see a real public speaking pro at work? Who have you learned from that is not a traditional public speaker? Tags: Stories Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Entertainers Watch a few minutes of a home shopping channel.

2008 11

Public Speaking for Fun and Profit

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

As I reported back in 2008, ex-President Clinton (well, I suppose there’s still only one, so no need to clarify like […].

Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

Add to these devices like alliteration, repetition, imagery and anecdotes, and you have the basic building blocks of the language of public speaking. “It’s 3rd item contrasts with the first two; and this ‘not red states-not blue states-but United States’ line harks back to Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, that first brought him to wider public notice, where he used it to introduce the ‘politics of hope’ theme that has become one of his trademarks.

2008 10

A Message from Zimbabwe – Sometimes Speech is Not Free

Matt Eventoff

On November 2nd, in between getting off the train and going to the gym, I pulled up to my polling location, ran in, voted, and ran back to the car. . All told, the entire process took less than four minutes – 240 seconds for Democracy. .

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 108)

Manner of Speaking

George Carlin (1937 - 2008) American Stand-up Comedian. Quotes for Public Speakers George Carlin Public Speaking Quotations quotations“You can’t be afraid of words that speak the truth. I don’t like words that hide the truth. I don’t like words that conceal reality. I don’t like euphemisms or euphemistic language.” ” — George Carlin. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Murphy.

2008 38

what to do when you're losing the audience

The Eloquent Woman

I just trained a group of nearly 100 scientists in speaker skills and message development for public audiences, at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Tags: workshops women and public speaking speaker training audience issues public speaking tips

what does it take to get on the program?

The Eloquent Woman

While the complaint often comes from professions in which women are in the minority--like the high-tech world--just as many can be found in professions where women are abundant, like library science, public relations and the medical professions.

signaling "let's get down to business"

The Eloquent Woman

Our contest to win a free set of the new Eloquent Woman magnetic poetry asks you to leave a question about women and public speaking after this post -- I'll answer the questions, and send the best questioner a free set of the poetry. What are your questions about women and public speaking?

Best and worst communicators of 2008

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Speakers Election Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Obama The Business of Speaking Resources Entertainers Communication

NUS COMMENCEMENT 2008! « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Rated PSBs Top 10 Most Influential Bloggers on Public Speaking 2007 The Public Speaking Blogospheres Top 100 Definitive Blogs on Public Speaking Sign Up for Free Materials! Search this Blog Gary Tweets How to Model and Make the Most Out of Every Public Speaking Performance! Personally, I felt that speaking before a camera during the LIVE Show opened up a whole new spectrum of challenges where public speaking is concerned. That’s the key to public speaking.

Why Women Almost Never Win the World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

2008 World Champion LaShunda Rundles So I get a little amped up when I hear people accuse Toastmasters of being biased against women. Bias Coaching Deliver Finals Judging Toastmasters Women Contestants Women Speakers World Championship of Public Speaking

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 39)

Manner of Speaking

Dorothy Sarnoff (1914 - 2008) American Musical Theatre Actress and Image Consultant. Tags: Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Uncategorized Dorothy Sarnoff public speaking quotes quotes

2008 21

Public speaking vs. death

Speak Schmeak

I've written before about most of these mistaken beliefs about public speaking, as they are major pet peeves of mine, but please make a special note of the first one in the article. Public speaking is the #1 fear." Happy Monday!

Public speaking blogosphere review

Speak Schmeak

I've pointed you to Andrew Dlugan's blog before, but today I want to mention his " Week in Review " Saturday posts that gather interesting content from around the public speaking blogosphere and plops them down all in one place.

New public speaking resource

Speak Schmeak

Now they've added a page for public speaking and communication at speaking.alltop.com. Alltop.com is a site that aggregates all the top content from around the Web onto one page, for any topic you like.

Snakes top public speaking in Gallup poll

Speak Schmeak

You may recall that I've been trying to track down current and legitimate research on the fear of public speaking. Guess what's NOT the top fear: public speaking. Public speaking is #2, with 40% of respondents reporting this fear. That means 59% do NOT fear public speaking.

New cure for public speaking fear

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Public Speaking Anxiety

Things to avoid when speaking publicly

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff

Cell phone = public speaking

Speak Schmeak

"Now what's that ridiculous statistic about the average punter's fear of public speaking? People are speaking publicly on their mobile phones around us all the time. Doubt it.

Is public speaking back in fashion?

Speak Schmeak

election found that "public speaking skills are back in fashion." Public speaking was once in fashion. Current survey results notwithstanding, public speaking skills are always in fashion, whether we are conscious of it or not.

Recovering from a public speaking mistake

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Anxiety

70 public speaking blogs agree.

Speak Schmeak

He's published a listing of 70 blogs about public speaking : "One is a world champion speaker; some speak professionally; others chronicle their first speaking steps. Andrew Dlugan gets major brownie points today!

Even Gs know the rules of public speaking

Speak Schmeak

Kesan may have anger problems, and he may constantly be on the verge of punching someone's lights out, but he sure knows the rules of public speaking! Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Entertainers

Public speaking interview with Francisco Saraiva

Speak Schmeak

Francisco Saraiva, the president of Oporto Toastmasters in Portugal, has been doing a series of interviews with public speaking experts on his blog FranciscoSaraiva.com.

Obama's rhetoric renews UK media interest in the 'lost art' of oratory

Max Atkinson

Asked what he thought about them, Ken Livingstone, then leader of the GLC, used two consecutive contrasts: “Public speakers are born, not made. There is, however, little evidence for supposing that it is somehow possible to forego the use of rhetoric and still be a persuasive and effective public speaker. We hear that politicians are becoming worried about their low esteem in the eyes of the public, and about growing voter apathy.

How do public speaking skills advance your career?

Speak Schmeak

I was planning a post on how public speaking skills help us in "real life," and along came Andrew Dlugan with an excellent post on " 10 Ways Your Presentation Skills Generate Career Promotions. " Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Communication

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Wisdom of forethought?

Max Atkinson

Politicians may say that they’re worried about their low esteem in the eyes of the public and growing voter apathy. Back in 2004, when Brownites were busy briefing against Tony Blair, I wrote an article questioning whether Gordon Brown would make a good or better leader. It was rejected by the various newspapers I sent it to, but, in the light of events since he became Prime Minister, I don't think it was too far off the mark: Can Labour afford to back Brown?

Is your fear of public speaking a barrier to career advancement?

Speak Schmeak

She ended up taking another job that still involved public speaking, but only in small increments, introducing other speakers at trainings and events. Are you letting your fear of public speaking hold you back in your career?

Public speaking coaching specials!

Speak Schmeak

Two offers today that you might enjoy: First of all, I'm offering a holiday special on public speaking coaching -- a coaching "snack" or appetizer -- if you'd like to get a taste of coaching but don't have the appetite for a full meal. If you just want an affordable self-study program on public speaking, you can order the e-course by itself.

How To Win the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking: A Book Review

Speak and Deliver

The first time I became aware of Jeremy Donovan''s new book, How to Win the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking (non-affiliate link) , it was via email, from a fellow veteran of the ''Big Stage'', as they asked me ''Have you seen this?''

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Guest post on public speaking fear

Speak Schmeak

Stop by fellow speaker Jeremy Jacobs' blog to read my guest post on what's really behind public speaking fear and a couple of tips on how to minimize it. Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Thank you to Jeremy for the invitation!

Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling

Speak Schmeak

This seems to be an appropriate thought trap to address on this last day of 2008. Tags: Thought Traps Public Speaking Anxiety Thought Trap #6: Fortune telling Continuing on in the series on Thought Traps.

The Visual Slide Revolution named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Yesterday I was proud to see my latest book, "The Visual Slide Revolution" named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008 by Canada's leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. The publicity caused the book to reach the top 500 of all books sold at one point yesterday on Amazon.ca. You can see the full article at [link]. If you'd like to learn more and order your own copy, go to [link].

SPEECHGATE! Did Melania Trump "Steal" Passages from Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC Address?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Several passages of Melania Trump's WOW speech closely mirrored passages from Michelle Obama's address at the 2008 DNC. Current Affairs Ethics Games Personal Musings Politics Public SpeakingSPEECHGATE! It can blow up the gains made by Donald Trump on the first day of the RNC.