Tag Archives: sincerity

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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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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Public speaking – is there an app for that?

Technology is taking the place of a trainer or coach in all sorts of spheres. Runners have an app to tell them how far and how fast they’re going, to spur them on to ever greater achievements. When I was … Continue reading

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Eye contact in public speaking

You may be telling a great story, making an excellent point, using your voice and your body language to give your speech or presentation colour and dynamism, but eye contact is what makes me feel you are really talking to … Continue reading

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Know what you’re saying

One of the many hazards of reading a script is relying on something external to know how your sentence ends. Not only does this sap the sincerity from your delivery, it can lead to your saying things you really don’t … Continue reading

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How to speak (fluently) from the heart

Before I address this question directly, let’s take a minute to examine the extremes on the public-speaking spectrum. At one end, we have those who, whether out of fear or because they just don’t know any better, read word for … Continue reading

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