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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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How long will that speech take to write?

How long will that speech take to write?

A questioner on Quora asked a while ago how long it takes to write a speech, and what factors affect it. Here’s my answer: I've smashed out seven-minute speeches during an election campaign while the plane was landing for statements the speaker gave as soon as they...

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The (drawing) pen is mightier than the contract

This is my favourite news story in a long time. At a concert last Saturday in Quebec City, the Foo Fighters demanded that news photographers sign a contract allowing news outlets to print their photos exactly once, after which over all rights to those photos would...

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Public speaking and speechwriting: the essential guides

(photo of books with text) Leadership communications: the essential guides

Looking for advice on public speaking, speechwriting and leadership communications? Here are some of my most comprehensive posts, on topics that people ask me about most often.

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