Category Archives: Public Speaking

Trump’s Trouble With Words…

For those of you who do not know my background, I taught college Communication classes for close to 20-years. One of the classes I developed was Political Communication, which examined U.S. presidential speeches and papers from George Washington’s Farewell Address … Continue reading

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7 Points to Active Listening

I have seen the experiment done over and over again in colleges and universities. In fact, in his book How to Win Friends & Influence Strangers, Dale Carnegie tells copious stories about effective communication by not speaking at all. Most … Continue reading

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Self-Editing of Business Communication

Let me start by saying that it is always better to have an independent set of eyes read your copy before you publish it. And it should be someone who, as a friend of mine would say, is willing to … Continue reading

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Using Statistics in Your Business Speech

When using statistical data as part of the opening or within the body of your speech, there is basic rule that should be followed. In fact, the people who produce infomercials know this rule well and use it often. TED … Continue reading

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4 Steps to Improving Your Political and Business Image

Earlier this week I read “Evangelia Souris’s Political Image Strategy advice to upcoming candidates.” She listed four areas of concern but did not elaborate on them, so allow me. Over the years I have had the opportunity of meeting many … Continue reading

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Mind Mapping for Better Speech Writing

The idea of choosing a topic for your speech should not be that hard, yet the “What am I going to talk about” seems to bewilder many. Even if your topic has been chosen for you, lining up what you … Continue reading

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The Impromptu Speech for Business and Politics

I believe it was Grover Cleveland who said that there was never an impromptu speech for which he was not prepared. Yet I have watched politicians and business types freeze up when asked to give an impromptu speech in a … Continue reading

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The Effective Business Pitch

Once a week, I go to a meeting where I meet new entrepreneurs and potential clients. Before the meeting begins and again after it is over we have time to mingle and meet. The invariable question sounds simple but it … Continue reading

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6 Rules of Getting Over Speaker’s Anxiety

If you believe that professional speakers are not nervous when they step in front of a new audience, you are greatly mistaken. In fact, the fear of speaking in public is so great that some would rather have a tooth … Continue reading

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10 Rules for Better PowerPoint Presentations

Death by PowerPoint. If you have not heard that term before allow me to explain. You have attended seminars or talks about a variety of topics. Today, almost all oral presentations are accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Most PPTs are … Continue reading

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