Get a Great Book on Public Speaking Free

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For an American Thanksgiving present to all my blog readers, I’m linking to Nancy Duarte’s free giveaway of her excellent book, Resonate.  She’s giving it away in iTunes and online in an HTML5 version as a multimedia experience.  Nancy is a good friend and a wonderful thinker about presentations, design, and public speaking, and Resonate is [...]

The Essential iPad Apps for Presenters

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What are the essential apps for iPad presenters? I first compiled this list two years ago and updated it last holiday season; it’s time for another update.  I’m up to 17 apps so far.  I’ll do one more update in early December, in time for holiday shopping for that public speaker on your list. I [...]

The Basic Building Blocks of a Great Speech – 7

You’ve researched your audience, asked the right questions, and learned the particulars of the occasion.  You’ve created the opening frame of the talk with an engaging story that hints at the glories to come.  You’ve plunged the audience deep into the issue that animates your topic.  You’ve bathed the audience in the keen light of [...]

The Basic Building Blocks of a Great Speech – 6

This post is the sixth in a series on the basic building blocks of a great speech.  You’ve researched your audience, asked the right questions, and learned the particulars of the occasion.  You’ve created the opening frame of the talk with an engaging story that hints at the glories to come.  You’ve plunged the audience [...]

The Basic Building Blocks of a Great Speech – 5

This post is the fifth in a series on the basic building blocks of a great speech.  You’ve researched your audience, asked the right questions, and learned the particulars of the occasion.  You’ve created the opening frame of the talk with an engaging story that hints at the glories to come.  You’ve plunged the audience [...]

The Basic Building Blocks of a Great Speech – 3

This post is the third in a series of the basic building blocks of a great speech.  You’ve researched your audience, asked the right questions, and learned the particulars of the occasion.  You’ve created the opening frame of the talk with an engaging story that hints at the glories to come.  Now you’re ready to [...]

The Basic Building Blocks of a Great Speech – 2

This post is the second in a series on the basic building blocks of a great speech.  You’ve researched your audience, asked the right questions, and learned the particulars of the occasion.  You’re ready to get started actually creating the speech. The most important moments of a speech are the 2-3 minutes at the opening, [...]

The Basic Building Blocks of a Great Speech – 1

How do you put together a great presentation?  Here I’m presenting a series of 7 blog posts on the basic building blocks of a killer speech.  And no, for the pedants among my readers, I’m not very interested in the false distinction some maintain between a presentation and a speech.  Whether you’re talking to a [...]

5 Uncomfortable Truths about Communication

While we’ve still got the relatively clean slate of January 2013, and most of the year is before us, let’s take an honest look at what’s happening in the world of communications. It’s time to face some uncomfortable truths, because – well, because you won’t feel like doing that in February, a month that tests [...]

5 Top New Year’s Resolutions for Speakers

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m back from a little skiing, a little overeating, and a little doing nothing. The perfect holiday break, in short. Every year I publish a list of New Year’s Resolutions for speakers in an effort to get us all thinking early about how we can improve our presentations in the coming [...]