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7 Things All Bad Wedding Speeches Have In Common

BRIDES | Posted 07.23.2015 | Weddings
BRIDES

While you can't really expect to be the toast of the town on someone else's big day (don't worry, your time will come if it hasn't already), you can learn to give a killer wedding toast that not only honors your loved one, but keeps their guests thoroughly entertained too.

Cheers: How to Toast at a Wedding

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 07.01.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Everyone has been to a wedding where there were either too many toasts given or too much detail given in the toasts. You sit there, drink in hand, wondering when the toast or speech is going to end or you simply try to tune out details that you really didn't want to know about the couple.

No Precedent for 'First Gentleman'

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We've never faced this problem as a nation, and not just on one single level, either. Like all things Clinton, it's complicated.

Is Your Power Point Disrespectful?

Christopher Gurrie | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Christopher Gurrie

Last month, I was at a weekend-long meeting which was filled with academics doing academic-y things, namely presenting PowerPoints with the ever-famous Death by PowerPoint recipe.

These Unlikely Heroes Are...Wait for It...The World's Top Fact-Checkers

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.30.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

Ladies and gentlemen (or to avoid being gender-specific) members of The American Copy-Editors and Fact-Checkers Guild: It is my pleasure to welcome each one of you and, of course, "you" in the plural sense, to this evening's Hall of Fame Banquet.

Golden Globe Speeches Highlight Trans Issues, AIDS Epidemic, Civil Rights

BuzzFeed | Kelley L. Carter | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact

In a surprising twist, the Golden Globes acceptance speeches weren’t always about winners reciting a litany of agents, managers, and enablers. Inste...

Get Heard: Four Top Strategies for Connecting with Your Audience

John Bowen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

How many meetings or presentations have you gone to where you're listening to the speaker and you turn to the person next to you and ask, "What is he talking about? Where is this going?"

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

Poor Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Poor Hillary? I don't think so. I think she's perhaps a little surprised at which particular aspect of her life is now being attacked (if she had a cartoon thought bubble over her head right now, it might read: "This is all you got? Really?!?"), but I don't think she's surprised the attacks have started.

To Those Who Are Meant to Go Against the World (My Fake Commencement Speech)

Claire Topalian | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Claire Topalian

Though I have not lived long, nor have I done anything noteworthy enough to warrant an actual commencement speech, I accepted the challenge and forced myself to focus on one central message that I would, at this stage of my life, deliver to an [un]willing audience.

The Gifted Speaker -- It's Not a Question

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

What does up-inflecting mean? It means you are ending your statements with a question mark. Why is that a problem? It's a problem because now you sound unsure. Furthermore, you are unsure even about your name.

Truth Teller Fact Checks Political Lies

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Vanessa Van Edwards

As you watch a video on Truth Teller a rolling transcript plays next to the video highlighting sentences as they are said. When Truth Teller spots a false claim it highlights the quote and displays a link to the fact-check article.

Are They Talking Behind Your Back?

Erin Donley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Erin Donley

More than anything, this experience reminds me that a world without judgment is fantasy land, and that most people will only say "nice" things to our face. Can we live in a world where this is the norm?

A Message to Entertainment Award Show Nominees

Daniel Hill | Posted 03.28.2014 | Entertainment
Daniel Hill

Ensuring that E! doesn't probe into your most recent heartache is important, especially given how 'fresh' it all is, but getting you ready for your big moment is also part of their job -- certainly more critical than nabbing extra gift bags.

An Open Letter to the Academy Award Nominees

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.25.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

We don't hate you because you're famous. We don't hate you because you're rich. We don't hate you because you're beautiful. (I'm talking to you, Bruce Dern.) We hate you because of your crappy acceptance speeches. Well, that and because you're famous.

The New Concession Speech

Terence Clarke | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Terence Clarke

One of the things I do for a living is to edit work by serious writers, in an effort to get their manuscripts ready for publication. It's difficult wo...

11 Speeches That Will Teach You How To Drop A Mic On The World

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

These speakers should write the book on captivating an audience and speaking truth to power. Get ready to do a lot of this... 1. Coming O...

Can Bill Clinton Handle the Competition?

Steven Clifford | Posted 10.27.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

The New York Times recently reported, "Bill Clinton earned $17 million last year giving speeches, including one to a Lagos company for $700,000." "I am going into the speech business," I told my wife, Judith.

A Beginner's Guide To Wedding Speeches

Posted 08.26.2013 | Weddings

This article originally appeared in Wedding Ideas magazine. Readings and speeches are a lovely way to personalize your day. But for most of us, del...

Where Have All the Great Communicators Gone?

Michael Levin | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Michael Levin

I've never heard anyone speak of receiving a life-changing tweet or a transformation-triggering text. Not gonna happen. The real problem today is that even though our leaders have pretty much nothing to say, they won't shut up.

Peggy Noonan Slams Obama?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Lev Raphael

I spoke at a writing conference in Michigan where she was the keynoter, and I can unequivocally say she gave the worst keynote I'd ever heard anywhere, despite her being Ronald Reagan's speech writer. I am not exaggerating about how awful she was.

What Every Guest Needs To Know About Toasts

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.28.2013 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Every wedding, one of the designated toasters will take me aside to ask "what time is my speech?" Uh, you don't have a speech honey. You're not running for office.

Speaker Points: 2013 Oscars Acceptance Speeches

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

For the next time you find yourself receiving an award, learn some lessons from this year's Academy Award acceptance speeches.

I'd Like to Thank the Academy...

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels Confession: Sometimes while sitting on the couch and sipping my morning co...