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Be Effective

Every speaker seeks to sway their audience to action in some way. Effectiveness at reaching that goal requires a combination of appropriate and concise content, good organization, and smooth delivery. What does “effective” look like?  In  essence,  it means minimizing anything within your content or delivery that serve as distractions from your message, while at […]

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Humor from a philosopher/builder

Recorded at TEDxHouston, June, 2010 Dan Phillips demonstrates in this talk how effectively a speaker can use humor to connect with the audience. This is one of the more amusing speeches about home building you will ever see.  He also incorporates an unusual use of his visual aids, using is photos at first to illustrate […]

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Be Comfortable

                           A comfortable speaker relaxes the audience and makes them more receptive. This comfort flows from your confidence in your message and in your ability to deliver it, both of which can be learned. Why do so many people struggle with nerves when speaking? […]

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3 ways to tell if you are unintelligibly intelligent

Being more knowledgeable about and familiar with your subject than your audience helps to make you confident as a speaker. But that expertise can come with a downside, as you run the risk of speaking over the heads of that audience. I refer to this as being “unintelligibly intelligent”; having a mastery of your subject […]

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Lose your cool and win your audience

A speaker whom I was coaching gave a preview of her speech in front of some of the organizers of our event. Her speech consisted of some very personal and heart-wrenching stories, and in the telling she momentarily lost control of her emotions and had to stop to collect herself. The small audience was riveted […]

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