Tag Archives: connecting with the audience

How to influence an audience

Influencing an audience takes a delicate balance of authority and empathy, as well as excellent public speaking skills. Continue reading

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Public speaking: not the arena for multi-tasking

Multi-tasking is necessary – even desirable – in many situations, but in public speaking it’s the source of practically every failure. Continue reading

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Using notes effectively in public speaking

What is this prejudice against using notes in public speaking? The problem is not the notes, it’s how people use them. Use them badly and it’ll kill your speech or presentation, but use them well and it’ll enhance your performance no end. Continue reading

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The power of oratory

Can great oratory lead to great mistakes? Yes, sometimes, of course. But the problem is not oratory, it’s the ideas. If you disagree, polish up your own oratory and say so. Continue reading

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How to deliver a punchline

So many potentially funny or powerful punchlines are undermined by bad delivery. High speed and lack of eye contact are common detractors, as is the irritating tendency to make some sort of moving-on sound (‘er’, ‘arr’, ‘um’) to cover the … Continue reading

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Speaking to the audience… and to the world beyond

It’s British party conference season and pundits are busy analysing politicians’ speeches, assessing the impact not only on those present in the auditorium but also on those watching and listening at home. Ever since these events started being broadcast, speakers … Continue reading

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Public speaking is like teaching

I’m surprised how many teachers, fearless when surrounded by potentially hostile teenagers, are terrified at the idea of addressing a group of adults. Teaching skills are fundamental to successful public speaking, so if you’re a teacher worried about public speaking, … Continue reading

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