Hand Gestures when Speaking

Hands are an important part of body language when speaking. In his book titled, Nonverbal Communication,  the leading Californian researcher Albert Mehrabian claims facial expressions are almost eight times as powerful as the words used. That words only count for … Continue reading

Master Communicator – President Ronald Reagan

Master Communicator President Ronald Reagan kept note cards of quotes and words of wit and wisdom he later incorporated into his speeches. We recently took a trip to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Southern California.  The library is … Continue reading

Quotes about Public Speaking – Dianne Booher

Quotes about Public Speaking – Dianne Booher – looks at the reality of how powerful (and destructive) the spoken word can be. Samson of Biblical fame killed 10,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.   Similar destruction on a daily … Continue reading

Ted Talk Joshua Prager

Ted Talk with Joshua Prager is a showcase of extraordinary storytelling In a previous post I promised to do a few posts about the 7 newsworthy talks Toastmasters International selected for 2013.  In that same post I kicked off the … Continue reading

Clarity When Speaking

I recently witnessed two presentations that reminded me of the importance of clarity when speaking.     One of the definitions of clarity on Dictionary.com is:  “Clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.” This is what you want to achieve when practicing and delivering your speech. … Continue reading

Newsworthy Talks for 2013 Bono

Bono’s Ted Talk titled, “The Good News On Poverty”  is one of Toastmasters International seven top newsworthy talks for 2013.   Toastmasters International has two missions: Developing leaders and making effective communication a worldwide reality; they take good talks seriously.  Seven  talks from 2013 were … Continue reading

Seven Great Quotes about Public Speaking

Many years ago while still working at UCLA a colleague whose father was a professor, gave me one of her father’s prized possessions, “Braude’s Pocket Card of Speakers.”   It consists of five 3X5 cards with tips on public speaking … Continue reading

The Dream Speech by Dr. King Part 2

In “The Dream Speech by Dr. King Part 1” we examined three of six public speaking jewels utilized in the speech delivered to nearly a quarter million people who gathered for the Civil Rights March in 1963. The three jewels … Continue reading

PowerPoint Slides

Steve Job Powerpoint

I discuss the use of PowerPoint slides in the D is for Delivery page, and this is the suggestion I made: PowerPoint Slides When possible, do not turn your back to the audience to read the screen. 3 bullet points work best, … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – the Boast

In this post we clarify exactly what the “boast” is when roasting a person. Most of the posts on this topic have focused on how to ROAST someone.  BUT, every roast should be sandwiched with BOASTS. That is praise the person who is … Continue reading

Speech Timing Word Count

speech timing

Knowing how much time you have and figuring how many words per minute that equals helps you prepare the content of your talk.   A fifteen-twenty minute speech is approximately 2,000 words. Below is a sample format for a typical 10-15 … Continue reading

Clothes Count When Speaking

dress to connect with your audience

Are your clothes saying something different than what YOU are saying? Clothes Count When Speaking!    Everything you wear should compliment the purpose of the meeting or the interaction among people. – Tom Kirby I’ve lost count the number of … Continue reading

Body Language

Quote by Emerson that speaks to body language: What you do speaks so loud I can't hear what you say.

Body language conveys 55% of your message   What you do speaks so loud I can’t hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson  Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote says it all.  Our body language can overpower our words. Does your … Continue reading

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