Famous Speech Friday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "If your dreams do not scare you."

The Eloquent Woman

These dramatic episodes, smoothed out and made crisp for the lectern at a formal speaking event, are only hinted at in her words. Instead, she pokes fun and prompts smiles throughout, not to make light of her nation or its challenges, but to take the mighty down a peg or two.

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From the vault: 7 times to turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

When the format's prescribed too tightly: If you prefer being able to walk around the room instead of stand behind a lectern, take questions at the top rather than the bottom of the presentation, or any other variation on the standard, be sure the organizers know that and can accommodate it.

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7 times you should turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

When the format's prescribed too tightly: If you prefer being able to walk around the room instead of stand behind a lectern, take questions at the top rather than the bottom of the presentation, or any other variation on the standard, be sure the organizers know that and can accommodate it.

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