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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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Don’t confuse authentic with unprepared

Being well prepared and rehearsed doesn’t make you less authentic, it allows you to say what you mean. 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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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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How to make a great wedding speech

For many grooms, brides, best men and fathers – or mothers – of the bride, the prospect of making a speech at the wedding can be a daunting one. Here is my 5-step action plan for how to prepare and … Continue reading

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Public Speaking: Beware of ad-libbing

Whether it’s a best-man speech, an account of your department’s activity over the past month or a pitch for new business, if you’re remotely nervous about it, stick to what you planned to say and don’t go ad-libbing. Even if … Continue reading

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