Famous Speech Friday: Harriet Tubman's fable on colonizing slaves

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In Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero , historian Kate Clifford Larson shares that story and also notes that Tubman was smart politically, and important as a storyteller representing black women at a time when they were rare on the speaking stage: A great storyteller she was.She moved her audiences deeply. Like Sojourner Truth , she was accused of being a man in part due to her speaking skills.

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Famous Speech Friday: Margaret Thatcher's "Iron Lady" speech

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Public speaking helped to fuel and sustain the rise of Margaret Thatcher, who became the first woman to lead a major Western democracy, re-elected three times as Prime Minister of England. But long before anyone knew her, it was her speaking that made her stand out. Few leaders have to announce a retirement from public speaking, but because she was such a frequent speaker throughout her career, Thatcher did just that in March 2001, after a series of small strokes.

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Famous Speech Friday: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 whistlestop tour

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President Lyndon Baines Johnson, her husband, describes in Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2) just how she sabotaged her own speaking early on: So deep was her shyness that, as a high school senior, she prayed that if she finished first or second in her class, she would get smallpox so that she wouldn't have to be valedictorian or salutatorian and have to make a speech at graduation. Eventually, circumstances forced her to face -- and speak to -- the public.

Famous Speech Fridays: Coretta Scott King's "10 Commandments on Vietnam"

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I think women's speeches about women's issues are among the most powerful, and we need more of them, given the short history of women and public speaking. Just a few weeks after his death, his widow, Coretta Scott King, went to New York's Central Park to speak to a rally where he had been scheduled to speak. Devoting this much time to speaking woman-to-woman made the speech, ultimately, her own. workshop on dynamic speaking skills , March 2 and 3 in Washington, DC.

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Are you ready for fall conference season? How speakers should prepare

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Use this checklist to prepare for the coming conference season: Make a profile on Lanyrd, and note your speaking gigs, panels and even conferences you're attending this fall. Lanyrd , the social network for speakers and conferees, lets you promote your speaking gigs and track conferences--even if you're not there. Reach out to your panel moderator and fellow speakers, or to the organizer, if you're speaking alone. It's summer here in the U.S.,

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Famous Speech Friday: Clara Barton's Andersonville testimony

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But the war brought something out in her--something that led her to a speaking role unlike that of most women of her day. The American Red Cross biography of its founder takes her speaking as a matter of course: Barton had a talent for words. She was also a highly skilled speaker. Shy or skilled as a speaker, Barton's speaking career took off after the war ended. In May of 1861, the American Civil War was just beginning.

Famous Speech Friday: Aimee Semple McPherson's speech in a speakeasy

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But she did more than speak and promote her Pentecostal message. It was summarized in The New Yorker by author John Updike in 2007, writing about a biography of the preacher: In 1927, a month after the charges against her were dismissed in Los Angeles, she arrived in New York in furs and a yellow suit, and was taken to a prime watering spot of the Roaring Twenties, Texas Guinan's speakeasy, on Fifty-fourth Street. What do you think about her speaking?