Public Speaking skills can start young

Before we start looking at situations in which public speaking skills are important, let us look at public speaking at a young age. Many people think speaking to groups is a skill that some people have, and some don’t.  Look at this special keynote speaker.  It was during the back-to-school convocation of the Dallas Independent…

Accurate or powerful? What would you like your presentation to be?

In my last post, I wrote this story… You walk into the room. The presenter is standing toward the front of the room, the first row of seats is empty as usual, and people are scattered around the room. You find an empty seat and sit as the presentation begins. Very soon into the presentation, the speaker…

Every day is a presentation or speaking opportunity

I recently picked up the July issue of The Writer magazine. As I read the article titled What Toastmasters CAN DO for writers, I was reminded that every day is a presentation or speaking opportunity. If you are a writer, you face editor pitches, unexpected calls from editors, book readings, and signings. Each of these events is…

U.S.A. Independence Day… A reason to speak out

Are speaking and writing related? Yes. So what can you learn from looking at both skills? 232 years back from today, was released our Declaration of Independence. Have you ever read it? “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary…” This is the opening. It is eloquently crafted. The second sentence (yes, perhaps a…

Case study: Arrangement matters in your presentations, and so does delivery.

A fellow speaker, Jim Niswonger, asked that we review his speech. It started like this: Initially it is untrue but through a false definition of reality, a misunderstanding, or possibly an outright lie it is believed to be true. That distorted belief evokes new behavior. The new behavior causes the untruth to become true. This is…