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Exciting news!

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I have some exciting news to share. I began writing this blog in May 2009. It was an experiment to see what blogging was like. However, given that the lifespan of the average blog is short – most blogs stop … Continue reading → The post Exciting news! appeared first on Manner of Speaking.

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A new look for Manner of Speaking

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Manner of Speaking has a new look. I began writing my blog on public speaking in May 2009. After almost 11 years and nearly 4 million visits, it was time to upgrade the website. Over the past two months, I have been working with Moonshot , a team of website developers based in Budapest, Hungary.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 330) – David Gerrold

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David Gerrold – American Science Fiction Screenwriter and Novelist. “The single most important lesson of effective communication is this: Focus on clarity. Concentrate on precisions. Don’t worry about constructing beautiful sentences. Beauty comes from meaning, not language.

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6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers

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Speaking English to an audience of non-native speakers is tricky. Because English is so widely spoken around the world, many native English speakers tend to forget just how complicated English can be for others.

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How to speak with authentic charisma

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How can we speak with charisma—authentic charisma—when we are on stage? That is the subject that Jim Harvey and I discussed in the fourth and final edition of our webinar series. The first webinar covered some of the secrets of storytelling. The second webinar covered rhetorical devices.

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Pauses in a speech: Why, when and how

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A STORY FROM SPAIN Pauses aren’t easy. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona.

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An important lesson from Bohemian Rhapsody

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I finally got around to watching the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I was not disappointed. Queen is one of my all-time favourite bands and the driving force behind Queen was the inimitable Freddie Mercury.

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6 posts for your public speaking in 2020

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As the clock winds down on 2019 and we enter a new year and a new decade, I wanted to share six posts from the past to inspire your speaking in 2020.

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What questions do you have for me?

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Questions from the audience. They are an important part of any presentation because they give members of the audience a chance to let the speaker know what is on their mind.

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Responding to COVID-19 and Coronavirus

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One of Gabriel García Márquez’s novels is entitled Love in the Time of Cholera. We could easily call the current state of affairs in the world Life in the Time of Coronavirus.

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How to write a speech outline

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What is a speech outline? Think of it as a blueprint for a successful speech or presentation. You wouldn’t start construction on a house or building without a blueprint and you shouldn’t build a speech or presentation without proper preparation. That means having a basic outline.

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4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat

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Today, 15 May 2019, is a big day in our family. Our cat Pico is now 20 years old. A significant milestone. According to generally agreed conversion rates, if Pico were human, she would be 96.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 329) – James Baldwin

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James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) American Novelist, Poet and Activist. You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.”. James Baldwin. Photo courtesy of Allan Warren. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 314) – J. K. Rowling

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“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” ” — J. Rowling Photo courtesy of S.macken6. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 314) – J. Rowling appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers J.K.

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Transitions in a speech or presentation

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Have you ever been in the audience listening to a speaker and found yourself lost? You weren’t exactly sure where the speaker was going or how the different points in a speech were connected?

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3 tips to deal with the room where you speak

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When we give a speech or presentation, we usually don’t have any control over the room where we speak.

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6 tips for better visual aids

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Jim Harvey and I are two of the three founders of Presentation Guru. Given the current state of affairs in the world, we have decided to experiment with webinars. We have a series of four webinars for anyone interested in delivering better speeches and presentations.

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How to handle public speaking nerves

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On 3 June 2017, professional rock climber Alex Honnold accomplished something that few people thought could be done. He climbed the 3,000-foot granite wall of Yosemite Park’s famous El Capitan, the vertical wall in the photo above. Alone.

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Patrick Stewart: A lesson from Shakespeare and Star Trek

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I do not consider myself to be a Trekkie, but I was a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the second Star Trek series and the only one that I watched from beginning to end.

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Powerful presentations, event with PowerPoint

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This is a guest post by David Lindelöf. David obtained his PhD in Physics at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. From 2010 to 2018, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Neurobat.

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Authenticity

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The temptation to be like others is strong. But if we always try to fit in, we will never stand out. We become just one more slice of bread in one more bland, homogenized loaf. And there are millions of … Continue reading → The post Authenticity appeared first on Manner of Speaking.

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A lesson from Dubrovnik

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My wife, Julie and I recently went for a vacation in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Wonderful people, beautiful scenery, fascinating history. If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it.

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Price of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™ reduced

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These are difficult times. The coronavirus, COVID-19 has hit the world hard. And it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better.

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Webinar on Rhetorical Devices

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Jim Harvey and I are two of the three founders of Presentation Guru. Given the current state of affairs in the world, we have decided to experiment with webinars. We have a series of four webinars for anyone interested in delivering better speeches and presentations.

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A lesson from the Toronto Raptors

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Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors! They are the 2019 NBA Champions. I am delighted for Toronto — where I lived for over 15 years — and for all of Canada.

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A conversation with Conor Neill

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I have just returned home after my annual week teaching public speaking and communication skills at the IESE Executive MBA Programme in Barcelona, Spain.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 312) – Trevor Noah

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“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. “We spend so much time … Continue reading → The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.

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Message from the Berlin Wall

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I regularly travel to Berlin, Germany to work with a client there. My client’s offices are located close to the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, so I know that part of the city well.

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Live test: phase 1

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The post Live test: phase 1 appeared first on Manner of speaking. Analysis of a Speech Audience

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 313) – Voltaire

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“The secret of being boring is to say everything.” ” — Voltaire. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 313) – Voltaire appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Voltaire

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 326) – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” ” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 326) – Anne Morrow Lindbergh appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Anne Morrow Lindbergh Communication Personal development public speaking self-development

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Association of Speakers Clubs Conference in Edinburgh

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As regular readers of this blog know, I co-created a public speaking board game with my good friend and fellow speaker, Florian Mueck: Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. It is available as both a traditional tabletop board game and an app. … Continue reading → The post Association of Speakers Clubs Conference in Edinburgh appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game Association of Speakers Clubs Edinburgh John Zimmer public speaking

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5 tips to save your batteries (and your presentation)

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Slide presentations are a staple of the business world. Every day, there are millions of PowerPoint, Keynote other slide presentations around the world. By some counts, the figure is 30 million each day!

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 327) – Kobe Bryant

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“Everything negative—pressure, challenges—is all an opportunity for me to rise.” ” — Kobe Bryant Photo courtesy of Keith Allison. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 327) – Kobe Bryant appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers challenges Kobe Bryant public speaking quote self-development

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Things that public speakers don’t need on stage

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When you deliver a speech or presentation, there are several things you do not need to bring on stage: – Your cell phone – Coins in your pocket – Keys in your pocket – Anything that can jingle in your … Continue reading → The post Things that public speakers don’t need on stage appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Delivery Preparation audience coins in the pocket jingle Presentation public speaking

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A giant leap forward in your public speaking

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There is a lot to learn about public speaking. The fact that I have been writing this blog for 10 years is testament to that. And no matter how much you learn, no matter how good you become, you will … Continue reading → The post A giant leap forward in your public speaking appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Audience Delivery audience gestures public speaking

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10 tips for dealing wth dry mouth when you speak

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If you give a lot of speeches or presentations, there is a good chance that you have experienced dry mouth (also known as cotton mouth) — that parched, sticky sensation that makes your mouth and throat feel like cracked soil … Continue reading → Delivery Nerves dry mouth public speaking Xerostomia

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 320) – Kurt Vonnegut

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“You are whatever you pretend to be.“ “ — Kurt Vonnegut (For some great insights from Vonnegut that can help you become a better speaker, click here and here.). The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 320) – Kurt Vonnegut appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Confidence Kurt Vonnegut Motivation public speaking

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Five Public Speaking Resolutions for 2019

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I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— As 2018 draws to a close, many … Continue reading → Motivation Presentation Guru TED Presentation public speaking Resolutions storytelling

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A fashion tip for women speakers

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When it comes to giving fashion advice, I am on thin ice. When it comes to giving fashion advice to women, I have fallen through the ice and am flailing about waiting to be rescued. But on one point, I … Continue reading → Logistics Christine Bleakley Christine Lagarde lavalier lectern Marissa Mayer Microphone presentations public speaking Sheryl Sandberg

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Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 1

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On 6 June 2019, I had the pleasure of giving a workshop on public speaking and presentations skills in Hämeenlinna, Finland, at the Summer School of Rhetoric. It is an excellent event, held every summer, in the idyllic Finnish countryside. It was my … Continue reading → The post Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 1 appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Preparation Uncategorized Finland Linda Saukko-Rauta public speaking Summer School of Rhetoric

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“Duck and Cover” won’t help

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In the years following World War 2, the threat of nuclear war hung over the world. As the United States and its allies faced the Soviet Union and its allies, a Third World War was a distinct possibility. Given the … Continue reading → The post “Duck and Cover” won’t help appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Motivation audience Bert the Turtle duck and cover lectern Nerves PowerPoint public speaking speak with conviction

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Something Just Like This

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I recently had the privilege of moderating the 9th WAVE (Women’s Added Value in the Economy) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s an annual event organized and run by the dynamic women of the Career Women’s Forum.

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