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

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 leading your audience astray… and how to get back onto the path of truth.

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Ep. 37. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 2

Ep. 37. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 2

Political protest is on the rise — and with it, a growing need for leaders to speak to protest rallies. This episode, we talk with veteran environmental and climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman about rally speeches: how to plan, write and deliver them for maximum impact. This two-part episode started with a discussion on planning your speech and thinking about strategy. Here in part two, we conclude by talking about writing and delivery.

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Ep. 36. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 1

Ep. 36. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 1

Political protest is on the rise — and with it, a growing need for leaders to speak to protest rallies. This episode, we talk with veteran environmental and climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman about rally speeches: how to plan, write and deliver them for maximum impact. This two-part episode starts with a discussion on planning your speech and thinking about strategy. We’ll conclude in part two by talking about writing and delivery.

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Ep. 35. Speechwriters on stage

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.

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Ep. 32. Getting started in speechwriting

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.

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Ep. 28. Listen to speakers outside your niche

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 bubble.

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Ep. 27. Make your speech a content factory

Ep. 27. Make your speech a content factory

Speeches can move audiences, inspire crowds… and 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.

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