January 22, 2019
Speech Introduction: create attention, start persuading, command respect

How to Write the Perfect Speech Introduction

By perfecting your speech introduction, you will increase the effectiveness of your speech by 100%. In the first twenty-seconds of your speech, you can...

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...
Speech Delivery for beginners

Learn Basic Speech Delivery Skills

I cannot overstate the importance of speech delivery in the overall success of a public speaker. There are two equally important skill sets for...
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...
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...
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...

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,...
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....
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...
How to win at public speaking: Good Sophists guide to mastering practice for oratorical skills

How to Win at Public Speaking: Proven Practice Skills

Are the best speakers born, made, or both? The answer is (potentially) all of the above. Whether you are a natural speaker or someone...

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