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How long does it take to get good at public speaking?

Answer: first much shorter and then much longer than you might imagine Continue reading

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Public speaking: how to sound natural and make an impact

Effective public speaking is like effective film dialogue: carefully honed to sound natural and spontaneous. Continue reading

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It starts with having something to say

Successful public speaking is about conveying a message. It starts with having something to say. 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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When you need to put the bottom line at the top

Storytelling is an effective tool in public speaking, but sometimes you need to reveal the ending up front if you want the audience to listen to the whole story. Continue reading

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How much time have you got?

Less is more! Pack too much into a short presentation and the audience will collapse under information overload. Continue reading

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Some things cannot be hurried – public speaking is one of them

Imagine yourself at a wine-tasting event, with six different reds (or whites, if you prefer) in front of you. The guide takes you through them at a leisurely pace, giving you time to appreciate each one and reflect on it, … Continue reading

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