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Social Speech Podcast, Episode 5: Ian Griffin

With this episode, we flip the mic (metaphorically) and talk with someone who’s a lot more used to writing speeches than delivering them. That’s not to say Ian Griffin isn’t at home behind a lectern; he’s an accomplished speaker and a skilled communica…

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Social Speech Podcast, Episode 4: David Eaves

From the moment I thought up the Social Speech Podcast, David Eaves was at the top of my list of people I wanted to talk to. He’s a good friend, and a provocative thinker and writer on some of the issues that matter to me most – like the open web and…

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Social Speech Podcast, Episode 4: David Eaves

From the moment I thought up the Social Speech Podcast, David Eaves was at the top of my list of people I wanted to talk to. He’s a good friend, and a provocative thinker and writer on some of the issues that matter to me most – like the open web and o…

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Social Speech Podcast, Episode 2: Tod Maffin

If you were to assemble a herd of top-notch researchers, and tell them “Find me someone who embodies public speaking, social media and podcasting,” chances are fights would break out as several of them vied to be the first to get to Tod Maffin’s door.

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Social Speech Podcast, Episode 2: with Tod Maffin

If you were to assemble a herd of top-notch researchers, and tell them “Find me someone who embodies public speaking, social media and podcasting,” chances are fights would break out as several of them vied to be the first to get to Tod Maffin’s door.

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Introducing the Social Speech Podcast

If you’re involved in public speaking – as someone who delivers speeches and presentations, or as an executive communications practitioner, or as an event organizer – then this is for you.
Over the next several weeks, I’m going to share conversatio…

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Introducing the Social Speech Podcast

If you’re involved in public speaking – as someone who delivers speeches and presentations, or as an executive communications practitioner, or as an event organizer – then this is for you.
Over the next several weeks, I’m going to share conversations I…

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Engage your audience before your speech

A lot of speeches begin with someone introducing you to the audience – reciting your background and qualifications, and then encouraging them to greet you warmly as you head to the microphone.
And once the applause dies down, you’re looking at a sea of…

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How to spur reluctant bloggers

“Why won’t they blog?”
That’s a lament I hear from community managers, social media practitioners and communications directors who are begging, cajoling, coaxing and wheedling coworkers, trying to get them to post something to their organization’s or c…

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When social creations take flight

Five years ago this summer, in a boardroom at Vancity, William Azaroff was unveiling a new online community to an audience of Vancouver-area bloggers — a community we had worked with Vancity to conceive, build and launch. Also in attendance (maybe ex…

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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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