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Speech Writing

How to write a speech – Discover the magic of metaphors

how to write a speech - liken it to cooking a meal for friends

I read a fascinating blog post today which reminded me of the power of metaphors as a tool to make communication more colourful and engaging. I started to think about metaphors relating to public speaking, communication and the idea for a new post about how to write a speech just popped into my head and…

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How to write a funny speech – Part 1

how to write a funny speech

WHY YOU SHOULD LEARN HOW TO WRITE A FUNNY SPEECH Understanding how to deliver a speech well will make you feel good but being able to weave humour into any speech will get you noticed. Today we expect speakers to entertain as well as inform us, so understanding how to write a funny speech is an essential skill for aspiring…

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The Benefits of Collaborative Presentation Development

collaborative presentation development

Writing a presentation or speech on your own can be difficult and challenging but it doesn’t need to be. Involving other people can make the task much easier and less daunting along with a host of extra benefits. Let’s take a look at why collaborative presentation development makes sense, and explore various ways to enlist the support of others.

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Public Speaking Pitfalls – Beware Business Jargon

beware business jargon

I don’t know about you, but I find myself becoming increasingly intolerant of speakers and presenters who pepper their presentations with way too much business jargon. Some do it deliberately to show off,  but most are unaware that they are even doing it. Beware, business jargon can be useful shorthand, but only if everyone listening understands…

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Another Great Presentation Skills Infographic

Another Great Presentation Skills Infographic

Despite having said in an earlier post that I am not a great fan of Infographics, I wanted to share a new presentation skills infographic that was sent to me by Clem Lepers, entitled “9 Tips for an effective presentation“. It has some excellent content and tips and is well worth a look if you…

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Public Speaking Tips – How to Make a Dull Subject Interesting

Picture of a pimped up VW camper Van with caption "How to make a dull subject interesting

Sometimes we have to speak about topics that our audience may initially find boring or dull.  Our challenge is how to make a dull subject interesting, relevant and memorable. Recently I heard a presentation on IT for small business owners that pushed all the right buttons.  Afterwards, I thought I would share some of the…

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Speech Writing Tips – Choosing What to Speak About

Sometimes you are told given a speech topic and other times the choice is left entirely up to you.   This latter option can leave people feeling completely stuck.   The purpose of this short post is to give you some practical guidance on how to choose the best speech topic of a presentation. The…

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