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A tribute to my father

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John Stephen Zimmer, Sr. 1933 – 2021). At the end of January, I had to travel to Canada on short notice because my father was ill and in hospital. Sadly, he passed away on 18 February 2021. That’s why I have not posted anything in the past several weeks.

Three key words for every speaker

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There are three key words that every speaker needs to master. In many respects, they are the most important words that one can say on stage: “I”, “you” and “we” Each has its place. “I” and its variants (“my”, etc.).

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Charisma: It’s what you do that counts

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Charisma is not who you are. Charisma is what you do. Many people bemoan the fact that they “are not charismatic” But this kind of thinking is not productive. Anyone can be more charismatic if they are willing to work at it. Because charisma is all about actions and behaviours.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 339) – Dan Levy

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“Okay, look, um, I would hardly call myself an expert on this subject, and by subject I mean genuine human emotion. So, I am just going to tell you what I know. And you can do whatever you want with that. ” Dan Levy as David Rose in Schitt $ Creek. Photo courtesy of Vogue Taiwan.

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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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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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.

Do this calculation every time you speak in public

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Whenever you have a speech or presentation to deliver, there’s a calculation that you should always do beforehand. Multiply the time you have to speak by the number of people whom you anticipate will be in the audience. The result is the true amount of your speaking time.

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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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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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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.

One Thing – Stick to That and Everything Else Don’t Mean S**t

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City Slickers is one of my favourite movies. It’s a 1991 Western comedy starring Billy Crystal , Daniel Stern , Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance. It received critical claim and won several awards. It is frequently hilarious but also contains some deep truths about life. Well worth watching.

Interview on The Story Powers Podcast

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Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Francisco Mahfuz on The Story Powers podcast. The show is about the power of stories, the people who tell them, and why you should be doing it too.

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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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 340) – Anthony Fauci

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Anthony Fauci – American Physician, Scientist and Immunologist. “I accept and welcome the opportunity to have an impact [in the battle against Covid-19] because I know the things I can do well and the things that I would prefer not to do.

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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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.

10 reasons to walk the room before you speak

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In November 2018, I spoke at an event in Genoa, Italy for a big corporate client. I arrived the day before I was scheduled to speak. One of the reasons why I went early, was so I could “walk the room” beforehand.

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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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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 ??????????

Two Japanese Words for Public Speakers

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I love the Japanese culture and hope to visit Japan one day. It is a country with a rich heritage. I especially appreciate the ability of the Japanese to find beauty in simplicity and removing what is unnecessary. Japanese is an incredibly intricate language.

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.

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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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 338) – Zig Ziglar

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Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar (1926 – 2012) American Author, Salesman and Motivational Speaker. “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” ” Zig Ziglar. Photo courtesy of BrokenSphere. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 336) – Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister, Historian and Orator. “All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.” ” Winston Churchill. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No.

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 335) John Kennedy

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

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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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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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. 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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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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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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