Speaking Skills

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 […]
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 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 […]