January 22, 2019
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...
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16 Online Tools for Designing a Beautiful Visual Aid

An engaging visual aid adds WOW! to a presentation. Beautiful visuals can make a good presentation a great one, or an interesting speaker a...
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...
Mic Drop. How to write your speech conclusion

Mic drop: Ending with a strong speech conclusion

A lot of people think the hardest part of composing a speech is figuring out where to start—until they get to the end, that...

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...
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...
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...

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,...

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