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Ep. 38. To tell the truth: Speaking without misleading

Most of us like to think of ourselves as basically honest people. But as speakers and speechwriters, it's surprisingly easy to find ourselves misleading our audiences: accidentally or (gulp) deliberately. Find out how — even with the best intentions — you may be...

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Ep. 35. Speechwriters on stage

Want to be a better speechwriter? One of the best ways to improve your speechwriting is to get out from behind your keyboard and get in front of an audience. Why speechwriters should also be speakers — and how you can get started. Music: Theme: "Good Times" by...

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Ep. 34. When the questions get tough, the tough get prepared

It may be in a media interview, a Q&A, a debate or a townhall. But when you're a leader, chances are sooner or later you're going to face tough questions. It just comes with the territory. The key to being ready for tough questions? Equally tough preparation. And...

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Ep. 32. Getting started in speechwriting

There's no well-worn, signposted career path to being a speechwriter. That's the bad news. The good news? There are plenty of other paths in. This episode, we look at how to break into speechwriting — and some lessons from my own first big break. Music: Theme: "Good...

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Ep. 30. Build your organization’s podium strength.

Over the past 29 episodes, we've looked at how you can be a better, more effective speaker and speechwriter. For episode 30, let's magnify your impact — helping your whole organization tap into the power of public speaking.Also, I reveal my hidden agenda.Music:...

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Ep. 29. Broaden your media diet

This episode, we talk about how expanding the kinds of media you like to read, watch and listen to can make you a better speechwriter and speaker. Links: The 100-Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon. Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative...

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Ep. 28. Listen to speakers outside your niche

Niches are great places to develop a deep understanding of audience and subject matter, and to build community... but they can get pretty insular. Whether you're a speaker or a speechwriter, here's how to keep your work fresh, by drawing inspiration from outside your...

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Ep. 27. Make your speech a content factory

Speeches are amazing. They can move audiences, inspire crowds... and they can help you create new content, quickly and easily! In this episode, we'll look at 10 ways you can repurpose your next speech into high-impact video, audio, text and images.Music: "Upbeat" by...

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