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Handouts or no handouts for your speech – what’s best?

Handouts or no handouts for your speech – what’s best?

When I mostly taught seminars, I always had handouts. Pounding away on my laptop, I’d work late into the night fiddling with fonts, images, and graphics to make pretty handouts for my audience the next day. It was a lot of work. And, invariably two things would...

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How to negotiate your speaking fees and get hired

How to negotiate your speaking fees and get hired

I’m a terrible negotiator. Either I give away the farm (“Why Yes, I’d love to fly red-eye to North Dakota and speak for free to 80 dairy farmers.”) or stick to my guns and end up with nothing. But other times, and with a bit of creative negotiation, there’s an...

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Do you pause in your speech?

Do you pause in your speech?

In a presentation I attended about adding comedy to your speech, my friend, Ron Tite reminded us,  “There’s so much after the punchline.” But, of course given his training from Second City, that’s not how he said it. This is how he actually said it:...

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Should I memorize my speech?

Should I memorize my speech?

When I got into speaking, people watched DVR’s and listened to CD’s and memorization was the thing. Top speakers memorized a script and then did their thing with slides, video, maybe a little theatre-storytelling. It never worked for me. For one reason, I found it...

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How to calm your nerves just before a speech

How to calm your nerves just before a speech

Welcome to my mid-week blog post. This is where I’ll be sharing quick tips on how to be a better speaker. I’m starting with about 40 topics that I’ll post every week that you can read in 5 minutes, or less. Good? The topics are all based on questions I get asked by...

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Nine Hacks Guaranteed to Make your Next Speech World Class

Nine Hacks Guaranteed to Make your Next Speech World Class

It is possible to deliver a world-class speech - if you know what the pro's do and with a little practice. In this SlideShare deck I'm sharing 9 simple hacks that can transform a boring presentation into brilliant. For example, I'll show you my 35/50/15 formula to...

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