3 Steps for Quick Speech Prep

How to prepare for that big presentation?  It’s at once an intellectual, emotional, and kinesthetic activity.  It has a lot of moving parts.  Here’s a quick program to carry out before each speech that will get you in peak form. 1. The Intellectual.  Every speech has an intellectual ‘spine’ – the basic ideas that you’ll discuss during […]

Why is most public speaking – especially in the business world – so bad?

(This blog is based on the talk I gave at the opening of the Public Words Speaker Forum, June 11-12, 2010.) Why is most public speaking – especially in the business world – so awful?  And how can we raise the bar, which is set distressingly low.  I think there are three principal reasons.  First, […]

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 […]