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Hand gestures when public speaking (part 1)

Your hands can speak volumes. But are they saying what you want them to say? Have you ever thought about how your hands — and what you do with them when you speak in front of an audience — can give more meaning to your message? Your hands are an important tool in your speaker’s […]

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Speeches throughout history that inspired action (part 5)

Want to motivate yourself as a public speaker? Read motivational speeches that inspired action. This is part five of a five-part series showcasing speeches throughout history that changed the world.   SPEECH: “A Great People Has Been Moved to Defend a Great Nation” SPEECH DATE: Sept. 11, 2001 SPEAKER: George W. Bush BIG IDEA: We have […]

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Speeches throughout history that inspired action (part 4)

Want to motivate yourself as a public speaker? Read motivational speeches that inspired action. This is part four of a five-part series showcasing speeches throughout history that changed the world.   SPEECH: Women’s Strike for Equality SPEECH DATE: March 20, 1970 SPEAKER: Betty Friedan BIG IDEA: On the 50th anniversary of the day when women got […]

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Speeches throughout history that inspired action (part 3)

Want to motivate yourself as a public speaker? Read motivational speeches that inspired action. This is part three of a five-part series showcasing speeches throughout history that changed the world.   SPEECH: “A date which will live in infamy” SPEECH DATE: Dec. 8, 1941 SPEAKER: Franklin D. Roosevelt BIG IDEA: We are in danger. It is […]

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Speeches throughout history that inspired action (part 2)

Want to motivate yourself as a public speaker? Read motivational speeches that inspired action. This is part two of a five-part series showcasing speeches throughout history that changed the world.   SPEECH: “The luckiest man on the face of this earth” SPEECH DATE: July 4, 1939 SPEAKER: Lou Gehrig BIG IDEA: I am grateful for the […]

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Speeches throughout history that inspired action (part 1)

Want to motivate yourself as a public speaker? Read motivational speeches that inspired action. This is part one of a five-part series showcasing speeches throughout history that changed the world.   SPEECH: “Give me liberty, or give me death!” SPEECH DATE: March 23, 1775 SPEAKER: Patrick Henry BIG IDEA: We can no longer hope for peaceful […]

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7 meaningful ways executive speech coaching can help you

Whether you’re an executive or a budding leader, here’s why you should invest in executive speech coaching.   The other day I got a call from a business leader who’d just agreed to speak at a conference of peers in the fall. While she’s spoken in public occasionally, she confessed that this time, she was […]

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Your quick guide to effective public speaking

Are you getting ready to speak in public for the first time? Or perhaps you speak in public now and then but would like a fast refresher on how to make your next speech come off poised, polished and professional? Here’s your quick and easy guide to effective public speaking – complete with nine simple […]

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Why your C-suite needs to use the same public speaking coach

A C-suite that’s looking to elevate itself should look no further than its public speaking coach. Why? Because executives and others who learn how to be better public speakers can improve their value by as much as 50 percent, according to billionaire Warren Buffett. That’s the nugget he gave to a roomful of Columbia University […]

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Why so many corporate stories are boring

When you tell a corporate story — no matter what it’s about — do you delight with details? Details can turn a boring story into an intensely interesting one so that readers are intrigued enough to keep on reading. Here are excerpts from a corporate story about a company planning a major move to a […]

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