August 19, 2019
The Path to public speaking excellence

The Good Sophist Approach to Teaching Public Speaking

The ability to stand in front of a group of people and give an eloquent speech is an impressive skill. The reality, however, is...
Confidence: How to look confident even when you're not. The good sophist guide to faking confidence

Confidence: How to look confident even when you’re not

If you're lacking in confidence, a bit of advice you might hear is to “fake it till you make it,” when you’re feeling nervous....
Groomsmen embarrass the bride and groom

The Wedding Toast, It’s Easy to Make Yours Perfect

One of the most common questions I get is about giving a wedding toast. It is a huge responsibility to give the wedding toast....
How good is your speech topic

How good is your speech topic? Easy steps to a great topic

If you've come here to have a speech topic given to you, then you will be disappointed. I often have students drop by the...
Speech Writing: How to Oraganize your speech

Secrets of Speech Writing: How to Organize Your Speech

Speech Writing Basics Knowing how to organize your speech is the most under-rated and misunderstood skills for speech writing. A well-organized speech often has its...

7 Ways to Break Bad Habits in Group Presentations

Group presentations really aren’t much different from individual speeches, but we treat them like they are. The first thing we do when assigned a...
FEARLESS SPEAKING

Manage your Fear of Public Speaking

Many years ago a student told me that she got sick with nerves every time she gave a presentation in my class. Her story...

5 Ways to Connect to Your Audience

At the beginning of every semester, I ask my students to think about speakers they connect to. They might be teachers, coaches, politicians, celebrities,...
Ace your slide deck

Five Commandments for an Amazing Slide Deck

If you give a speech, chances are you will use a slide deck. In most organizational settings it is expected that you will use...
Image of calculator and charts with text reading, "Presenting numbers: bring your statistics to life"

Presenting Numbers: Bring Your Statistics to Life

One of my students recently delivered a persuasive speech on straws. The single word STRAWS glared across the first slide of her visual aid,...

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