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December 19, 2016

That First Sentence

Want to get off to a great start in your next presentation? Make your first sentence have meaning. Nothing is wrong with “I’m delighted to […]
July 25, 2016
Speak for the Ear

Speak for the Ear

As William Norwood Brigance once said, “A speech is not an essay on its hind legs.” We must prepare a speech for the ear, not […]
March 28, 2016
Don't Offend Your Audience!

Don’t Offend Your Audience

A famous anecdote featuring Winston Churchill and British politician Bessie Braddock may be apocryphal but makes for an entertaining story. Supposedly Braddock encountered an intoxicated […]
March 7, 2016

Make Your Numbers Count

A good way to remember and apply principles of effective presentations is to connect them to numbers. For example, you should always have one major […]
January 25, 2016

Don’t Say Too Much

One of the keys to effective public speaking is knowing when to stop—and I don’t mean just at the end of the presentation. Stopping within […]