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Three public speaking resolutions for 2021

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We made it. We finally said goodbye to 2020, a year that will be forever remembered in the history books but not for the best reasons. And, we are still in the thick of the fight against COVID-19. Still, with vaccines now being distributed, there are reasons to be hopeful.

Amanda Gorman and “The Hill We Climb”

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Embed from Getty Images. Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate in the United States, was a highlight at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. At the age of 22, she became the youngest inaugural poet.

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Analysis of a speech by Apollo Robbins

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This is a tremendously fun speech to watch. If you have not heard of Apollo Robbins, you will enjoy his 8-minute TED Talk. Robbins is a professional pickpocket and one of the best in the world. He has studied human behaviour, human attention, and how to misdirect that attention.

Should you speak in public?

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Many people wonder whether they have what it takes to speak in public. Are they capable of giving a speech or presentation? I understand. Many people would like to try public speaking; perhaps they’ve even made a resolution to do it this year.

New Logo for Manner of Speaking

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Manner of Speaking has a new logo. For a website devoted to public speaking and presentation skills, there were many designs I could have chosen. A microphone or lectern or speech bubble were some of the obvious ones.

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Every Breath You Take

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Every breath you take, Every move you make, Every bond you break, Every step you take, I’ll be watching you. The Police. Breathing. We do it constantly and, usually, unconsciously. We breathe when we are awake and when we sleep, when we work and exercise and rest.

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The importance of a first step

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If the purpose of your presentation is to persuade the audience to do something, getting them to take a small, simple first step is one of the most important things that you can do to achieve your ultimate objective. I do a lot of work with start-ups, helping them prepare for pitches.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 337) – Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) 16th President of the United States. “Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer’s avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech.

Rhetorical Devices: Antanagoge

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This post is part of a series on rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. For a comprehensive, step-by-step overview of how to write a speech outline, please see this post. Device : Antanagoge (pronounced an-tana-goji). Origin : From the Greek ??????????

Humour in a speech: 5 reasons you need it; 10 tips for using it

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Using humour is a great way for speakers to connect with their audiences. Victor Hugo said, “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” When you speak to an audience of dozens, hundreds or thousands, the effect is multiplied. THE BENEFITS OF HUMOUR.

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Dealing with a creaky stage

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Have you ever listened to a speaker who is standing on a creaky stage? Have you ever had to speak from a stage that creaked whenever you stepped on certain spots. It is annoying for both speaker and audience. But there is a simple, effective way to deal with it.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 335) John Kennedy

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John Kennedy (1917 – 1963) 35th President of the United States.

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. Uncategorized John Zimmer Manner of Speaking Moonshot Presentation public speaking

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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. The difference the United Nations and … Continue reading → The post 6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers appeared first on Manner of Speaking. English George Orwell Is That Clear: Effective Communications in a Multilingual World Michael Skapinker public speakin

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 334) Tony Robbins

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“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”. Tony Robbins. Photo courtesy of Brian Solis / Flickr. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.

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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. One of my … Continue reading → The post Pauses in a speech: Why, when and how appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Delivery pauses Presentation public 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. They have been terrific in terms of technical skill and responsiveness to my feedback.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 333) – Barack Obama

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Barack Obama – 44th President of the United States. “It’s It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”. Barack Obama. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 333) – Barack Obama appeared first on Manner of speaking.

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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. It’s hard to believe that it has been … Continue reading → The post An important lesson from Bohemian Rhapsody appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Motivation Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury Live Aid public speaking Queen

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Public Speaking Training – The Essential Guide

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Why invest in public speaking training? The ability to speak well in public and share a message that is clear, compelling and that moves people to take action is a critical business skill. Companies like Microsoft, LinkedIn, Fast Company and other have conducted surveys in which they asked heads of companies and organizations the question: What are the skills you look for in potential future leaders of your company or organization?

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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. The third webinar covered visual aids that support your presentations. In the fourth webinar of the series, we looked at charisma.

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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. Most cats don’t make it … Continue reading → The post 4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Personal cat cats curiosity focus persistence Pico public speaking sleep tabby

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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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 332) – Stephanie Hughes

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British Journalist and Communications Expert. “I I don’t want to be anywhere else, talking to anyone else, about anything else.”. Stephanie Hughes. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hughes. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 332) – Stephanie Hughes appeared first on Manner of speaking.

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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. The first webinar covered some of the secrets of storytelling. We discussed what stories are, why they are effective, the elements of a good story and how to find your own stories. You can find the replay of the first webinar here.

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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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Webinar on Storytelling

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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 are creating a series of four webinars for anyone interested in delivering better speeches and presentations. The first webinar covered some of the secrets of storytelling. We designed it to help you connect with your audiences.

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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. Rowling public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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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. If you think that your speeches and presentations … Continue reading → The post 6 posts for your public speaking in 2020 appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Motivation New Year's Eve public speaking Resolutions

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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? There are many possible reasons for … Continue reading → The post Transitions in a speech or presentation appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Structure Curse of Knowledge Presentation public speaking transitions

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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. Sometimes, however, audience members might be reluctant to ask … Continue reading → The post What questions do you have for me? appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Questions audience Jacqueline Antonovich presentations public speaking questions

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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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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. Without ropes … Continue reading → The post How to handle public speaking nerves appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Nerves Alex Honnold El Capitan John Zimmer presentations public speaking public speaking nerves

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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. We might be able to move chairs and tables or adjust the lighting, but in general, we have to deal with … Continue reading → The post 3 tips to deal with the room where you speak appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Preparation Collex Switzerland dealing with the room Presentation public speaking

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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. The … Continue reading → The post Patrick Stewart: A lesson from Shakespeare and Star Trek appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Delivery Body language hands Patrick Stewart public speaking Star Trek

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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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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. Since 2018 he has been the Senior Data Scientist … Continue reading → The post Powerful presentations, event with PowerPoint appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Guest Posts Rhetoric Aristotle David Lindelöf Ethos John Zimmer Logos Pathos 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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When you speak, break the pattern

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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. ——— In my seven-part series on Chip and … Continue reading → The post When you speak, break the pattern appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Delivery Presentation Guru be unexpected Made to Stick presentations public speaking Stephen Welc

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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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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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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. The COVID-19 coronavirus disease, which threatens to become a pandemic … Continue reading → The post Responding to COVID-19 and Coronavirus appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Uncategorized Coronavirus COVID-19 public speaking

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