Fri.Feb 24, 2012

Friday Fun: Comedians

Speak Schmeak

I am constantly fascinated by how much speakers can learn from comedians. They are masters of surprise, timing, storytelling, audience engagement, discipline, preparation, handling pressure, handling failure, taking risks, and many other techniques that speakers need to understand.

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Famous Speech Friday: Jennifer Granholm's 2005 tribute to Rosa Parks

The Eloquent Woman

We've said it before: Jennifer Granholm is a rock star of public speaking. And she's had plenty of practice, in her work as state attorney general and two-term governor of Michigan, and her new job as a cable TV host.

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To read or not to read? That is the question for speechwriters - or is it?

Max Atkinson

Yesterday's conference of the UK Speechwriters' Guild was another stimulating treat, for which founder Bran Jenner deserves the thanks of all of us who were lucky enough to attend. As with the last one ( HERE ), he'd pulled yet more rabbits out of the hat, including speakers from Russia and the Netherlands, rounding it off with a memorable double act starring Graham Davies and Phil Collins (even though it was an extended plug for a forthcoming book that might compete with mine).

Storytelling-V. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This is the fifth and final blog in a series about storytelling – 5 in 5 days.    Everyone seems to get it that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all.    But we do remember stories.    That’s because they are how our brains work.    For example, they are why we all feel that it’s safer to drive than fly, even though the statistics prove the opposite. 

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Public Speaking - Remove the Lectern

Great Public Speaking

To get started in your efforts to involve the audience I recommend that you take a big axe with you to each one of your presentations and chop the lectern into tiny little pieces. That way you won't be tempted to stand behind it. The behind-the lectern speaker is quickly going the way of the dinosaur. Make every attempt possible to avoid delivering your information from behind a lectern (unless protocol and/or logistics absolutely demand that you do).

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Trust: What has that to do with anything?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As a recovering Catholic, of course I was bug-eyed by all the studies which showed the low trust in society's most important institutions.    For example, a recent ABC poll puts it at 14% for Congress.    Bad, bad, I thought to myself.

Old Line RDA: How can we tell if we are old line, too?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Old line isn't always bad.    That's the signature for the values in "Downton Abbey."  "  And it had been the flavor of READER'S DIGEST.    Some in the GOP as well as most of the Roman Catholic Church are still getting mileage out of it.