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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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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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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.

2019 204

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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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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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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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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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.

2019 213

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 3

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This is the third post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch is about … Continue reading → The post Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 3 appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Structure Presentation public speaking Summer School of Rhetoric

2019 151

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.

2019 240

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

2019 154

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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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

2019 162

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.

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Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 2

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This is the second post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch captures the … Continue reading → The post Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 2 appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Persuasion Aristotle logos ethos pathos Presentation public speaking Summer School of Rhetori

2019 142

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

2019 191

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

2019 182

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 5

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This is the fifth and final post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch … Continue reading → The post Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 5 appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Uncategorized Made to Stick Presentation public speaking Summer School of Rhetoric

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 311) – Simone Weil

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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” — Simone Weil. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 311) – Simone Weil appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotations quotes Simone Weil

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Powerful presentations, even 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.

2019 130

Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 4

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This is the fourth post in a series based on the sketches that graphic recorder Linda Saukko-Rauta made during my public speaking workshop in Hämeenlinna, Finland. I was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Summer School of Rhetoric. Today’s sketch is about … Continue reading → The post Sketches from the Summer School of Rhetoric – Part 4 appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Stories and Storytelling public speaking Stories storytelling Summer School of Rhetoric

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 308) – Simon Sinek

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“We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the … Continue reading → The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 308) – Simon Sinek appeared first on Manner of Speaking

2019 154

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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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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 307) – Tyrion Lannister

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“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar; you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” — Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 307) – Tyrion Lannister appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Game of Thrones public speaking public speaking quotes quote Tyrion Lannister

2019 157

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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5 Books for Public Speakers

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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. ——— Today, there are hundreds of books about … Continue reading → Book Review Presentation Guru books Presentation public speaking

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 310) – Epictetus

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“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” — Epictetus. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 310) – Epictetus appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Epictetus Motivation public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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This year, push yourself beyond your boundaries

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My wife Julie and I recently returned home after three days in Zermatt, Switzerland with our friends, Florian Mueck and Rose Chong, and some of their friends. Great people and great skiing! Besides being a friend, Florian is also a fellow public speaker, … Continue reading → Motivation Psychology of Public Speaking Florian Mueck Presentation public speaking Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game

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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

2019 169

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 304) – Keanu Reeves

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“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.” ” — Keanu Reeves Photo courtesy of Marybel Le Pape. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 304) – Keanu Reeves appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers focus Keanu Reeves public speaking quotes quote

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 306) – Theodore Roosevelt

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, … Continue reading → The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 306) – Theodore Roosevelt appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers man in the arena public speaking quotes Teddy Roosevelt

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Three ways to rethink your title slide

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Your title slide occupies prime real estate in your slide deck. It is the gateway to your presentation. You can either spend time thinking how to use it to maximum advantage or miss an opportunity to grab you audience’s attention from … Continue reading → The post Three ways to rethink your title slide appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Slide Presentation James Bond Keynote PowerPoint Presentation public speaking title slides

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso

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“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ” — Pablo Picasso. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Pablo Picasso public speaking quotes quote

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Analysis of a speech by Oprah Winfrey

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The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night (7 January 2018). There were several highlights and many winners, but the overwhelming consensus is that Oprah Winfrey stole the show. Winfrey, a talk show host, actress and philanthropist was … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Epizeuxis Golden Globes Oprah Winfrey Polysyndeton public speaking Recy Taylor Rosa Parks speech analysis tricolon

Don’t let this moment define you

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Have you ever had one of these experiences while speaking in public? You forgot what you wanted to say and froze on stage. Your computer crashed and you fumbled your way through the presentation. An audience member made a comment … Continue reading → The post Don’t let this moment define you appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Motivation fear of public speaking public speaking Ryan Speedo Green

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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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The Public Speaking Fear Grid

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It’s no secret that many people are afraid of public speaking. As Jerry Seinfeld has said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! This means, to the average person, if … Continue reading → Nerves Psychology of Public Speaking Jerry Seinfeld Mark Twain public speaking

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6 tips for handling a remote when presenting

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If you use slides in your presentations, whether PowerPoint, Keynote or some other software, you must become comfortable using a remote to advance those slides. The alternatives are not great: 1. Standing by the computer the entire presentation and advancing … Continue reading →

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 298) – Charles de Gaulle

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“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.” ” — Charles de Gaulle. Quotes for Public Speakers Charles de Gaulle pauses public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes silence

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22 tips for effective video presentations

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These days, an increasing number of presentations are delivered, not from a stage, but in front of a computer screen. The audience is live but dispersed across offices and cities or even countries and time zones. Presentations via videoconference on … Continue reading → Video public speaking Skype video conference video presentations Zoom

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What happens when a speaker pauses for a few seconds?

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First, let’s talk about what doesn’t happen. The audience does not think that you’ve forgotten something. The audience does not hear your heart beating. The audience does not think that you are stupid. The audience does not think that you … Continue reading → Delivery Uncategorized pause pausing presentations public speaking

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Analysis of a speech by Bishop Michael Curry

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I hadn’t planned on watching the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but during a break from work, I decided to skim the news. And there it was: a link to the live stream of the event. “I’ll just … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech Anaphora Epistrophe Harry and Meghan Meghan Markle Michael Curry Prince Harry public speaking