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Speechwriting tip: Don’t let your speech look like grandma’s quilt

Have you ever seen someone patch together material from two or three off-the-shelf presentations and call it a keynote? A colleague admitted this to me moments before her boss went on stage to deliver a presentation to a roomful of business people. My colleague told me she’d spent the past few days cutting and pasting […]

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Speechwriting techniques: 7 reasons why you should tie your speech opening to your speech closing

In a recent post on 10 big mistakes public speakers make on stage, I said it was important to work hard on a blockbuster ending that answers three questions:  In the end, what do you want your audience to remember? How do you want them to feel about what you said? And why does it matter? You can […]

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3 visual cues to improve your public speaking notes

Recently I was challenged by an executive who’d been rehearsing diligently ahead of his national keynote. We both knew the success of his 25-minute speech – and the resonance of his important message and call to action – depended 100 percent on his ability to deliver some crucial lines exactly right. We’d already been through […]

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Public speaking tip: Be an impeccable time manager

Here’s one of my public speaking pet peeves: Don’t tell us you’re going to speak for 5 minutes (and then go on to speak for 20). This happened at a huge event recently (and it got worse when the speaker kept asking if his 5 minutes was up yet). Yes, I know: The speaker was […]

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3 public speaking rules for making speaker transitions onstage

Do you know how to get on and off the stage with grace when you’re one of several public speakers delivering remarks or making presentations? Here are three public speaking rules to ensure your next event flows seamlessly from one speaker to the next.   Rule 1: When you’re finished speaking, introduce the next speaker – and […]

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Speechwriting 101 (in three easy steps)

Do you need a speechwriting 101 process that helps you decide early on – with confidence – what you want and need to say? A chief executive I’m working with on speeches, speech coaching and executive communications forwarded this email to me a couple weeks ago. It was a speaking invitation from another executive on […]

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Speechwriting tip: Don’t make assumptions

One of the most common mistakes public speakers make happens more times than I can count. Speakers make assumptions. A speaker assumes everyone in the audience is familiar with a particular news item, movie, song, play, sports hero, sports team — fill in the blank — and makes a very specific reference in the speech […]

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Public speaking help: 2 reasons why you may be speaking too fast

Most people don’t realize how fast they’re speaking unless someone else brings it to their attention.  This is a problem because when people can’t keep up, they tune out.   Here are two reasons why you may be speaking too fast.   1 – You’re not thrilled with your content. If you lack confidence in […]

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2 things you must do before sharing the stage at public speaking events

Will you be one of several public speakers sharing the stage at an upcoming business event? To avoid awkward moments at public speaking events and ensure your next program flows without flaws from one speaker to the next, take a moment to check in with the event planner before the big day. 1 – Look […]

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3 ways to make your next keynote presentation better than your last one

The applause has ended, and your keynote presentation is over. How are you feeling? Did it go well? Could your keynote presentation have gone better? How do you know? Public speakers should always seek continuous improvement. Here are three simple things you need to do for yourself after you deliver your next keynote presentation. 1 […]

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