Principles of Public Speaking – VII

Principles of Public Speaking – VII

I’m continuing a series of public speaking principles in the next few blog posts that are a summation of what I’ve learned about this fiendishly difficult art and science over three decades of practice, coaching, learning from others, and research, especially neuroscience.  Here are the next seven. 43.A speech is a whole, not a collection of […]

Martin Luther King and the Rule of Three

I’ve been thinking about Martin Luther King as a speaker again recently, because of the holiday, of course, but also because of the release of the movie Selma. And for one other reason: I often use King as an example of a great speaker when I’m working one-on-one with executives and professional speakers. No surprise […]

How to Handle Q and A

How do you handle Q and A?  The traditional way is to take the first 45 minutes of an hour to talk, and then stop, saying, "I'd be happy to answer your questions now."  What happens?  You handle a few good questions, and then the session starts to run out of gas.  Finally, there's one […]

How to be a passionate speaker, pt. 2

What other verbal techniques convey passion? Oddly enough, perhaps, rhetorical elegance on more formal or important occasions can convey emotion when it isn’t merely pompous. Two main techniques, the rhetorical rule of threes and (appropriate) repetition, are the most powerful ways to convey emotion through rhetoric.  Let’s look at Martin Luther King Jr. giving what […]