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 Big Moment: Giving Your Speech Impact

The Big Moment: Giving Your Speech Impact

We all want to make an impact. Ensuring our speeches make an impression is the most important goal of most speakers – after all, if we don’t make ourselves memorable, there is little reason in speaking in the first place. If you’re instantly forgotten, you may as well...
Structure Your Speech Like A Story

Structure Your Speech Like A Story

I often advise speakers to include a story in their speech, and for good reason. Humans respond well to narrative, and often absorb information better if it is packaged as a tale. Facts and figures can be difficult to embed in an audience’s mind … but a well-chosen...

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