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Why leaders should embrace gotcha questions

Why leaders should embrace gotcha questions

The long-standing Republican hostility toward the news media was on full display last week after the CNBC GOP presidential debate. And it led them to fall into a trap that tempts many speakers: settling for easy wins instead of preparing for difficult questions. Even...

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A guide to formatting speaking notes

A guide to formatting speaking notes

You’ve written the speech, and it has everything: moving anecdotes, a few telling facts, a gripping narrative, a rousing call to action and a conclusion that will have your speaker's audience on their feet. (Clapping, not leaving. Important distinction there.) Best of...

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Wake up your audience by turning up the contrast

Wake up your audience by turning up the contrast

Even the most interesting topic can be rendered inert by the simple application of a dull speech. Audiences are human, and they crave a little drama along with their intellectual content.Nobody knows drama better than Nancy Duarte, famous for her concept of the STAR...

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May I have your attention, please

May I have your attention, please

In an ideal world, you’d have the audience in the palm of your hand from “CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY” to “Thank you; you’ve been lovely; tip your servers."But the world of public speaking isn’t ideal. Audiences have a limitless supply of distractions to choose from: that...

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A free webinar on how speechwriters can engage audiences

You won't find anyone much more experienced at speechwriting than Colin Moorhouse, and on September 10, he's sharing some of his immense store of speechwriting wisdom in a free webinar.Better yet, he's tackling one of the most fundamental (yet most-often-forgotten)...

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