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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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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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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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Making a speech at a political rally – some dos and don’ts

Two speeches have been drawn to my attention recently on the Public Speaking Skills Facebook page: Charles Kennedy speaking against the Iraq war and Charlotte Church speaking against austerity. They make an interesting contrast and hold lessons for us all … Continue reading

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Match the size of your performance to the size of the audience

In many ways, public speaking is public speaking, whether you’re addressing 5,000 delegates at a conference or pitching for business to a meeting of five potential clients. The practical and psychological preparation required in both cases is pretty much the … Continue reading

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Using les mots justes

Sometimes speakers seem to forget that the purpose of a speech or presentation is to communicate with the audience. Wrapping your message in impenetrable language defeats the object: if the people in front of you don’t understand what you’re saying, … Continue reading

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What we can learn from the great Gatsby

Whether you’ve seen the film, read the book or both, I think you’ll agree Jay Gatsby is a character concerned with image management. Since this is a recurring theme in public speaking, let’s have a look at what we can … Continue reading

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