Speaking Skills

March 14, 2014
The Internet & Speech Data

The Internet and Speech Data: Beware

The ever-present internet can be a curse or a boon to the speaker. The internet allows you as a speaker to keep current on your topic without ever […]
January 15, 2014

A Punch Line for Many Occasions

I’m always looking for punch lines or short quotations that I can use for multiple speaking situations. Recently I read an anecdote that that will serve nicely […]
December 9, 2013

It All Comes Down to Preparation

I recently read a story about a preacher who got into the pulpit week after week relying on the Holy Spirit to tell him everything […]
November 18, 2013

Creativity in Relating to Your Audience

What often separates the good speaker from the exceptional speaker is how he or she adapts to the audience. I’ve seen unique ways in which […]
September 3, 2013

Engaging the Audience

At the beginning of the session in a recent presentation skills workshop, I asked what each participant wanted to gain from the one-day program. Half […]
August 8, 2013

The Ideal Speech in Three Minutes

I’ve listened to thousands of speeches in my career as a university professor, presentation skills coach, and consultant. I recently watched on YouTube a young […]
February 22, 2013

The Extemporaneous Presentation: When and How

The extemporaneous presentation is one that is carefully prepared, but not memorized. You organize the speech but do not write it out word for word. […]
February 20, 2013

The Impromptu Speech: When and How

The impromptu speech is one without any preparation. I trust that during your career the impromptu is not your most common speaking context. A few […]