Keeping It Brief: Succinct Speaking

Keeping It Brief: Succinct Speaking

Martin Luther King Jr’s famed “I have a dream” speech lasted just seventeen minutes. Most of Shakespeare’s well-known soliloquies – Hamlet or Macbeth – are just a few dozen lines long; and Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address on the back of a napkin. In other...
Speaking About Someone Else: The Vote of Thanks

Speaking About Someone Else: The Vote of Thanks

The vote of thanks is a tricky speech to make. You might imagine that a type of speaking which has its purpose in its title – the vote of thanks­ – would be an easy job to do. But, in fact, proposing a thank you for anyone can be quite difficult to do well, For...
The Twelve Tips of Speaking

The Twelve Tips of Speaking

It’s nearly Christmas,so I’m in the festive spirit! So for this holiday period I thought I’d take inspiration from one of my favourite Christmas songs – and give you twelve tips of speaking in a single post! Use them all, or take a selection, and see how a speech is...
Speaking’s Magic Ingredient: Passion

Speaking’s Magic Ingredient: Passion

I focus a lot in my blog posts on techniques to improve your speaking. Breathing, speechwriting and eye contact are all crucial to achieving a good effect when presenting.  It’s also true, however, that you can’t make a silk purse out of  the proverbial sow’s ear....
How to Keep it Simple when Speaking

How to Keep it Simple when Speaking

We all know that, to keep an audience’s attention, we need to throw everything at them. Right? Wrong. It’s an easy mistake to make, but in fact what will bring you success as a speaker is keeping it simple. Say less, but make it stick more. Don’t move so much, but do...
Speaking in Dialogue: Interviewing Well

Speaking in Dialogue: Interviewing Well

People often think of public speaking as a one-way deal: I speak, you listen. Mostly, the people who hold this assumption are bad speakers, because even in a formal speech situation listening to your audience – feeding off their verbal and non-verbal feedback – is how...
In The Classroom: Schools and Speaking

In The Classroom: Schools and Speaking

I try to avoid hobby horses. Not only are the real kind best reserved for small children … the figurative kind are almost always really boring to everyone else. We all have a friend with a pet subject – and we might often fondly wish they’d talk about it less! The...

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