March 26, 2019
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...
Inspire Attention: How to be the spotlight of your speech

Inspire Attention: be the Spotlight of your speech

One of the essential attributes of great speakers is their ability to catch and hold the attention of the audience. Abraham Lincoln was said...

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...

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,...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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....

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