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Category Archives: Communication in General

Speaking to 2,000 people

What is the largest crowd you’ve ever spoken to? The largest audience I’ve ever spoken to in person was around 500 at a Little League opening day. Whenever I speak to a group of any size, I like to pick someone out in the audience and talk to them for a few seconds. Then I go …

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Don’t be desperate

If you want to turn off an audience, the quickest way to do it is through desperation. So why do I see so much desperation in advertisements these days? Here are some examples of emails that I received and promptly deleted. Emphasis is from the original. “This could not get any worse, Matthew…[W]ith less than …

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How to answer questions

On May 24, I gave my presentation at the Muzeo in Anaheim based on my book Mastering Table Topics. My subject, “How to Answer Questions,” may seem basic at first. We’ve been answering questions since we were old enough to speak. But think of all the times you’ve encountered people who can’t give a simple answer. …

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Stoneman Douglas and the importance of teaching public speaking

We want to prepare our children to deal with the world — including the worst parts of it. The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were well prepared by their teachers.

Watch your language

Presidents use profanity. What is different about what President Trump said is that he brought profanity into the public forum. The news media struggled to figure out how to handle it. Some spelled it out, others hyphenated it, others worked around it, while others ignored or excused it. Does this mean that the rules for us …

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