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The National Forensics League is Not Just for Future Politicians

Natalie Kalin | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Natalie Kalin

Believe it or not, there is another NFL. And this one has nothing to do with 50-yard marks and touchdowns and buff guys in shoulder pads.

11 Ways to Guarantee a Successful Author Talk

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Matthew Dicks

Recently I described the format of my typical (and I think ideal) author talk. Today I offer a few specific suggestions on how to guarantee success at an author talk of this kind.

The Three Rules of Great Speakers

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Sophie-Charlotte Moatti

Preparation is everything a presenter needs to do before getting on stage to give a talk. When preparing for a speech, it's critical to articulate a strong structure, fetch memorable images to use as support and orchestrate seamless transitions

Public Speaking Etiquette - 10 Solid Ways to Get Yourself Noticed

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Most people would rather have a root canal than stand up in front of a crowd and make a speech, even among their own peers. Yet, one of the most efficient and effective venues for getting yourself noticed is speaking to a group of people with a message.

Managing Graduation Trepidation: 3 Techniques to Help New Graduates Interview Confidently

Matt Abrahams | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Matt Abrahams

It is an unfortunate coincidence that this year's graduates must experience both elation and trepidation. While they rightfully deserve to bask in their academic accomplishments and celebrate, these young men and women must also confront one of our biggest fears as they prepare to interview for jobs or graduate school.

Do You Have a Fear of Public Speaking? Here's Help!

Jay Weston | Posted 05.11.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I am booked to give about a dozen talks to various groups in the next few months. As a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, a restaurant critic and a film producer, I have a lot to say.....but the prospect still gives me sleepless night.

How To Stop Being A Perfectionist

Nathalie Thompson | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Nathalie Thompson

Perfectionism can really put a wrench in your ability to achieve your goals. When things don't go as planned give these strategies a try before your inner critic kicks in, and you'll be back in the game in no time. Always remember that you don't have to be perfect in order to be amazing!

10 Tips for Public Speaking Confidence

Megan Dalla-Camina | Posted 04.29.2015 | Women
Megan Dalla-Camina

If you have ever struggled with public speaking, have ever had a bad experience, or just want to find your voice and shine as a speaker, it is possible. There are simple, proven things you can do, that I have learnt through more than 20 years of speaking to audiences from small and intimate to those in the thousands, to help you shine.

Out Loud and Off-Screen: The Power of the Spoken Word

Graeme Blackman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Education
Graeme Blackman

As April comes to an end and the city of Baltimore is seared by racial conflict, I have been thinking about one of the great examples of the enormous power of public oratory, which occurred 47 years ago and whose anniversary is rarely noted.

Re-Imagining the Author Talk in Three Parts

Matthew Dicks | Posted 04.28.2015 | Books
Matthew Dicks

I don't want audience members to walk away feeling like they just received the hard sell. I don't want them to understand the plot or characters of my book better. I want them to know me better as a person, and with some luck, they will want to know even more.

Building Your Brand or Startup Company Requires This Type of Person

Tim Morehouse | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Tim Morehouse

Look, I'm an Olympic fencer, so unless I'm positioning myself to let my unique value proposition shine I'm never going to garner a sponsorship against athletes like Michael Phelps or Shawn Johnson let alone professional athletes in the NBA or NFL.

Improve Your Speaking and Generate More Business

Michael Goldberg | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

I just attended a TEDx rehearsal where all the speakers (some were students, others academics) got a chance to do a practice run. As I observed their presentations, a few best practices came to mind that could help you generate more business.

No Fear Presentations: A Guide to Public Speaking

Austin Schneider | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

I will defy most on one topic...public speaking. I love it. It is an interesting thrill to be able to present to a group of people, and a sign of great respect for you. It means people are there to hear what you have to say, and that they want to learn from you.

How to Handle the Tough Questions During a Presentation

Quora | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Quora

You're asking for a "crafty way to dodge a question," but that really is one of the stupidest things a person can do. Audiences can see right through it and will lose confidence in your qualification to be speaking to them and they will lose respect for you. DON'T DO IT.

Don't Let These 5 Confusing Words Mar Your Image

Dianna Booher | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Tom's an articulate physician, totally able to speak his mind and express a strong point of view. But when he repeatedly says "between you and I," that grammatical error has the same effect as a big splotch of mustard on the front of his suit and tie.

10 Ways Leaders Use Fear in Public Speaking

Dianna Booher | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

The secret to delivering a top performance in such an environment is understanding that fear can either motivate you or paralyze you. So let's assume you want to use fear as a motivator to perform at your best.

Is Tom Cotton Just Ted Cruz 2.0?

Peter Paskale | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Speeches have fingerprints, and the speeches of politicians have the biggest fingerprints of all. They are packed with individual tricks and traits that tie them back to their creators.

Struggling for Words; Owning Your Stutter

Bobby Caruso | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Bobby Caruso

Sometimes I get stuck. I can be comfortable, confident, and prepared and yet be completely unable to speak. I know what I want to say, how I want to say it, but it won't come out. A sentence turns into a fragment, thoughts are abandoned, and I reach out to grasp any form of a coherent word.

The Year's Most Tasteless Attempt at Humor

Jerry Weissman | Posted 03.09.2015 | DC
Jerry Weissman

The hot topic of Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations has drawn acres of commentary, among them a piece in last week's Huffington Post by Robert...

3 Actions to Take Today That Will Make a Difference Tomorrow

Lucinda Cross | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Lucinda Cross

Following these three steps is a great start. It will help build a platform and a foundation in your expertise and your industry. People are waiting for you to step out and say something. Let's start with claiming it, writing about it and speaking about it to everyone we know.

Bill O'Reilly and the Unforgivable Curses

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Peter Paskale

Rhetoric is magic. But just like magic, it has its dark side. Just as J. K. Rowling gave her magical world the three 'Unforgivable Curses' -- Imperio, and Crucio, and Avada Kedavra, so rhetoric has it's own. It has Skotison, and Pysma, and Procatalepsis -- word structures designed to befuddle or destroy.

Facts Amore: Tips From Italy Tour For Presenting Science

David Saddington | Posted 04.18.2015 | Science
David Saddington

In the long-term academics need to start making concessions and communicate science with clarity, especially for topics which have profound impacts upon society such as climate change.

Do You Hate Asking for Money? Here's a New Way to Look at Fundraising.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Fearing "the ask" is a professional hazard, and I want to help reframe the experience so that you can get out there, raise more money and actually start to enjoy doing it.

Kick It Up: Speaking Tips From Taylor Swift

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Paskale

Listen to any of the songs on '1989', the new album from Taylor Swift, and you'll notice that Swift doesn't just sing those lyrics - she acts them. There are nuances and inflections that she milks with the precision of an actress.

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Peter Paskale

Whether you're writing or speaking, when you want your audience to visualize something, borrow from the art of the filmmaker. Ask yourself what scale you want the audience to assign to that object and line-up your shot with care.