Humour in a speech: 5 reasons you need it; 10 tips for using it

Manner of Speaking

As Head of the delegation, I had to give a speech at the opening plenary session. Using humour is a great way for speakers to connect with their audiences. Victor Hugo said, “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

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Famous Speech Friday: Severn Suzuki's 1992 UN Earth Summit speech

The Eloquent Woman

She was 9 when she started the Environmental Children's Organization with a small group of other children, and they raised the money to attend the UN Earth Summit, where Severn closed a plenary session with this speech. It's been 20 years since Vancouver native Severn Suzuki, then 12 years old, took the microphone at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

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When you're tempted to turn down a speaking gig: For women

The Eloquent Woman

Some conferences look to balance hands-on skills-building with inspirational talks, big-picture lectures and lively ask-the-expert sessions. Panels need relief with keynotes or TED-style talks, plenary sessions with breakouts. I was corresponding recently with a reader--one who works as a professional communicator--who shared this: I did get a speaking request recently that I turned down. Have you written a post about why women say no?

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