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Wardrobe lessons from a woman who only packed underwear for TED

The Eloquent Woman

This talk is really about living a life with less impact on the environment and about giving back--which she does twice, since she donates the clothes back at the end of the conference. But it's also a great lesson in using wardrobe as something more than what you're wearing when you speak. You might do the same with a surprising wardrobe accessory, a special uniform or piece of task-oriented clothing, or literally something up your sleeve.

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A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

I started this list with the wardrobe questions from my popular Checklist for the whole speaker (it's a free download), then added more items to make it a comprehensive checklist focused on how your wardrobe appears when you're speaking or presenting. Once you get used to working your way through this checklist, you'll find yourself making smarter wardrobe choices for your speaking engagements and presentations automatically. Here it is: Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended?


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Language works: This is your brain on metaphors

The Eloquent Woman

Do you use metaphors when you speak or present? In "This is your brain on metaphors," Stanford University professor Robert Sapolsky describes the biology and neuroscience behind metaphors, how we (and those we're speaking to) understand them, and where our brains find it tough to discern between the literal and the metaphoric in our language. We grasp that the right piece of cloth can represent a nation and its values, and that setting fire to such a flag is a highly charged act.

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June's top 10 public speaking tips and issues

The Eloquent Woman

It's got a 2-page free download of questions to ask yourself before any speaking situation, from small meeting to big speech. Wardrobe lessons from a woman who packed only underwear for TED will wow you with its color and humor--but a serious message is underlying those layers of clothing. The sushi of speaking: 7 bite-sized ideas to get you speech-ready revised a classic post from the vault so it's updated to get you ready to speak.

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DeeDee Myers on speaker appearance: "Bad hair day=virtual mute button"

The Eloquent Woman

Last week, I saw Dee Dee Myers, former White House press secretary, speak at a luncheon. She covered topics from her recent book, Why Women Should Rule the World, and touched on many issues that face women who speak -- or speak up. A bad hair day is like a virtual mute button" when you're a woman and you're speaking. I call these the double-edged swords for women who speak in public.

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Famous Speech Friday: Ursula K. LeGuin's "left-handed commencement address"

The Eloquent Woman

We had to have it here, on The Eloquent Woman, because she tackles the challenges of women and public speaking, right out of the box. She opens by thanking the graduating class of this women's college "for offering me a rare chance: to speak aloud in public in the language of women." Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of our tribe is the men's language. I've been reading the writings of Ursula K.

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12 ways to get the most out of a speaking or presentation training session

The Eloquent Woman

I'll be leading the "Good on Your Feet" workshop on dynamic speaking skills next week--you have signed up, haven't you?--and Here are a dozen things you can do to make sure you can get the most out of your next presentation or public speaking training session. Feel free to make up a topic and audience and focus on learning the basics. At a minimum, you'll get to experience what it means to be in the shoes (and clothes) you chose.

Making Public Speaking FUN! Part 11 | Communication Steroids

Communication Steroids

Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter Home About Contact Us Current Programs Inner Circle Newsletter Products 20 Presentation Skills That Kill: Audio CDSeminar Social Media and Public Relations: Audio Task Oriented Teams: Audio CDSeminar What We Do Making Public Speaking FUN! Part 11 by Tim 'Gonzo' Gordon on February 16, 2010 Let’s dip our ladle into another swirling soup of out-of-the-box ideas for Making Public Speaking FUN , shall we?

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Everything I Know About Presentations, I Learned in Theatre School Contact Jobs Speaking About Home September 3rd, 2007 Filed under: Mixed Bag , Technology , The Arts 71 Comments » Everything I Know About Presentations, I Learned in Theatre School An Unlikely Education I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, and was inspired to get it done by Merlin Mann’s recent piece about improving his use of PowerPoint. I learned a lot of good public speaking practices from theatre school.

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Famous Speech Friday: Clara Barton's Andersonville testimony

The Eloquent Woman

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. A reporter called out, with whatever sardonic intent, that she should be invited to speak. Then she said: 'Behind all these beautiful clothes, behind these good times, in the midst of your lovely buildings and shops and pleasures, there is another life. The key: Speak to them with as much respect as the people who are already your fans. What do you think about her speaking?