John Cena Apologizing to China Signifies Cultural Shift

Webinar Secrets You Won’t Learn Anywhere Else

Webinars have opened a new door for public speakers. It used to be that in order to reach a group of people with our message and share with them the importance of public speaking, we had to get in our cars and drive (and perhaps fly) to where the audience was. Once there, there was the effort and hassle of getting ready and getting on stage. Most, if not all of these issues have been resolved by webinars that we can now deliver from the comfort of our own homes. However, as with all such things, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about doing this…

Speaking With Color – You Don’t Want Too Much Or Too Little

Color refers to those various effects in speech which give life to your delivery. Another way to describe color is the emotion and the animation heard in your voice and seen in your body language and facial expression when talking.

The Colour Red and Older Australians

“Black! Black! Black!” That’s the chant we hear when we watch the New Zealand All Blacks play the Australian Wallabies in a Rugby test. I’m sure if the Chinese were involved in a traditional sporting contest like that one, then the chant “Red!, Red!, Red!” would echo around the stadium. This article looks at the view that older Australians had of the colour “Red” in the context of Communist Red China. With the right knowledge, older Australians would have had a completely different view of Red China and its plans for the future. This was a speech prepared for the final of the Queensland Rostrum 2001 Arch Williams Open Speaker of the Year Competition. It was, in fact, the 7th and last draft of the speech written before its presentation.

How I Wrote A Killer Keynote Speech

I’m not sure about you, but one of the things that I most look forward to and dread at the same time is being asked to give a keynote speech. Giving a keynote speech allows you to show off the importance of public speaking. I love the attention and the ability to stand in the spotlight; however, I also dread the work that it takes to create a really good speech. That’s why when I was asked to give the keynote speech at the 2012 IEEE USA annual meeting, my heart sank even as I told the organizers “yes”…

Four Ways to Get Paid to Speak

Do you speak often and wonder how you can get paid to speak? Getting paid speaking gigs is a real possibility. When you’re paid to speak, you’re earning money to give your presentation and get clients at the same time. Just keep in mind that the speaking business can be an entire business in itself, beyond the services you already offer.

Preparing Successful Speeches

Effective speechwriting can influence audiences to change their beliefs. In our everyday activities we often deliver informal short and sometimes lengthy speeches where we try to convince someone of our viewpoint. This article reviews some strategies for effective speechwriting.

Keep Talking: Speak to Grow Your Business

Speaking is a great way to build your credibility as someone with expertise in your area. That credibility translates into increased business.

Using a “Brain Storm” to Prepare a Speech

Using a “Brain Storm” to prepare a Speech Some time ago, I published one of the speeches I presented at a Rostrum club meeting called “The Luck of the Irish”. I am sure that some of you who are reading this article and beginning their public speaking career would like to know how someone else goes about preparing a speech. This is one way that I go about it.

Don’t Screw Up Your Next Webinar: 3 Mistakes To Avoid

In some ways delivering a webinar can be easier than giving a speech. I mean, you don’t have to worry about that eye contact thing and your body language won’t be much of an issue. However, in a lot of other ways it can actually be much harder to do. What’s most important is that you don’t make mistakes. Let’s talk about three of the most common mistakes that are made when people give webinars and find ways to help you avoid them and find a way to still deliver on the promise of importance of public speaking.

6 Ways to Deliver an Effective Speech

Public speaking releases the jittery nerves built up inside of us as the undivided attention of a large audience rests in our voice and the message delivered. Those words will be heard by hundreds today and spread to thousands tomorrow, carrying a message that could have significant impact on one’s life and the future of your public speaking. So take advantage of these 6 ways to deliver an effective speech and be remembered not just as a good speaker, but as a great public speaker.

The Last Chance I Need (A Declamation Piece)

I’m tired and weak… My legs are heavy while I walk the streets to nowhere. Can you tell me where I am? The road is long and my life lost its direction… Can you even see me or hear me? Ah! I don’t think so. I feel so invisible, like I don’t even exist. In the eyes of the righteous, I AM INVISIBLE! Would you dare to pause and think for a second – what I have gone through? What kind of life I had? Please don’t condemn me!

To Read Your Speech or Not, That’s the Question

When is it appropriate to read your speech word for word from a prepared text? Most speeches nowadays are given more as informal talks than formal orations. There are, however, occasions when it’s important to read your speech from a prepared text.

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