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A link is a promise.

A link is a promise.

A few years ago, I came across a "content curation" service that billed itself as the easiest way to share your "thought leadership." You'd enter a few search terms, hook up your Twitter account, and start sharing articles. It was a very...

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The Cicero Awards: a rare chance for speechwriters to shine

The Cicero Awards: a rare chance for speechwriters to shine

Let's face it, speechwriters: we're a hide-in-the-shadows, cheer-from-the-wings kind of bunch. Our work involves helping someone else be at their best on stage. Chasing the spotlight ourselves? Not our thing. But there's an exception. The Cicero Speechwriting Awards...

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Common myths about speechwriting

Common myths about speechwriting

Myth: "Speechwriting is a dark and mysterious art, known only to a handful of monks who live in a subterranean lair deep under an extinct volcano. There, they gather under each blood moon to add a single new member to their number, and — in exchange for her or his...

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Delivery: How to lift a speech from the page

Delivery: How to lift a speech from the page

"Put me up on stage in front of a microphone to speak off the cuff, and I do great," one of my workshop participants said not long ago, as we talked about speech delivery. "But give me a written speech to read and I just go dead," he added, slumping in his chair to...

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Getting better feedback

Getting better feedback

"Could you read this?" a friend asked me, handing over the manuscript for his novel. "I'd love your feedback." So I did. I read all 200 pages and made detailed notes about story, character and voice. How the dramatic structure needed tightening, the personal stakes...

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Don’t make your audience unsubscribe from your speech

Don’t make your audience unsubscribe from your speech

I just sent this in response to “Why are you unsubscribing from us?” (on the third screen you had to click through to unsubscribe): The constant stream of “ALERT!” “URGENT” and other messages just got too much. If everything is urgent, then nothing is. I know the data...

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Don’t be fooled by Resting Audience Face

Don’t be fooled by Resting Audience Face

You’re trucking along in your speech, performing with verve and passion, and look out to the crowd... ...only to see face after face that looks completely unresponsive. Hell, you think. They hate this. I’m losing them. And, you know what? Maybe you are. But here’s the...

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Don’t just read your speech. Perform it.

Don’t just read your speech. Perform it.

There's a big conceptual leap that absolutely transforms a speaker's connection with an audience, and magnifies their impact tremendously. It's the leap from reading a speech... to actually, authentically performing it. Instead of a recitation, your delivery becomes a...

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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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