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Category Archives: Public Speaking

My first speech

My first public speech was at my bar mitzvah. I was decked out in my new green suit and tie (remember, this was the 1970s) with my talit and a kipah my mom embroidered for me. Although I was shy, I felt comfortable standing on the bimah in front of family and friends. I had …

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What Shark Tank can teach you about public speaking

Shark Tank is a popular TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of successful investors (called the Sharks) to encourage them to invest their money in exchange for a share of equity. The entrepreneurs give a brief presentation and must then endure a tough Q & A session with the Sharks as they determine if their business …

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Body language, vocal variety, and The Great Dictator

You’ll find it on YouTube as “The Greatest Speech Ever Made.” Technically, it is the greatest fictional speech ever made. Regardless of how you look at it, Charlie Chaplin’s final speech in The Great Dictator is powerful for its message and how it turned the evil rhetoric of the movie’s target, Adolf Hitler, on its head to …

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What Donald Trump can teach you about communication (updated)

Previously, I posted an article about what we can learn about communication from Donald Trump. After he voiced his belief about a long-discredited link between vaccines and autism and refused to confront false statements about the president and racist statements against Muslims — on top of all the other horrible things he said about Hispanics, woman, and …

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Why speakers need eye contact from listeners

As a speaker, you need to give the appropriate amount of eye contact to your listeners. But you also need to get eye contact from your audience. Their eye contact provides valuable information that can help you give your speech.

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