February 24, 2021
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...
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...
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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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...
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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....
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...
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...
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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,...
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 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...

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