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Three Keys to a Fantastic Event Activity

One of my favorite questions from event planners is “What kind of opener can I use that is exciting and will really get the crowd going?” In an instant speakers respond with statements such as “I can do magic; or hypnosis; or sing in a band.” Those answers sound like the speaker is going to get going, but they haven’t asked the critical questions to meet the needs of the planner and to make sure that the crowd gets going.

Speak For Free (Ahem Exposure) or Fee

During my career I have heard from countless numbers of associations and organizations asking me to speak for free. To be honest, most speakers are asked at least twice per month to speak for free (I mean for exposure). Learn when and why speakers will and will not speak for free (… uh exposure).

Change How You Look at Life By the Help of Humorous Motivational Speakers

We are living in a world where we are faced with one stress after another. These stresses range from social, financial, environmental, and health to political stress. Although most of these stresses are not so severe to warrant for medical assistance, they do hinder an individual’s productivity, either at home or the work place.

Correct American English Pronunciation for 10 of the Most Commonly Mispronounced Words

Everyone makes pronunciation errors from time to time; we are all human and are not perfect. But, there are some words that, when mispronounced, are noticeable to others and send a negative signal to our listeners. These are usually common words that we use on a regular basis, so we say them often. This is why they can really have a significant impact on the quality of our speech! This article is the first in a series that will identify commonly mispronounced words and how to pronounce them correctly. This article will take a look at 10 of the most commonly mispronounced words in American English, how they are mispronounced, and how to say them correctly.

Presidential Election: Winner and Loser, How Gracious Were They?

Watching the presidential election coverage I wondered, how the two candidates felt as the returns streamed in? How would the “loser” prepare himself for his final speech? And how would the “winner” present himself as he delivered that all-important acceptance speech to the American public?

Presidential Debate Number 3: Five Lessons to Step-Up Your Next Presentation

The pressure was on, each candidate striving to deliver the knock-out punch that would leave a lasting impression, swaying undecided voters. Two evenly matched candidates, this debate felt like a tug-of-war… one moment one candidate winning until the rebuttal, when his opponent would take the lead.

1st Presidential Debate: Obama Lacked-The-Luster of a Commander and Chief

First, let me state that I observed the presidential debate from a non-partisan point of view. As a speaker coach, I was listening for clarity of thought as well as how each man expressed himself.

Presidential Debate Number 2: Who Won?

The tension was palatable as the 2012 Presidential Town Hall meeting concluded. Following the debate, both men greeted their families and then continued campaigning – signing autographs and having their picture taken. Neither candidate turned to greet the other, neither acknowledged the others family. To me, this was a natural reaction to the animosity that was expressed during the debate. And in fact, if they had greeted each other I would have questioned the authenticity of the gesture. At the same time, last night’s debate made it crystal clear that Obama and Romney are very different when it comes to both their vision, policies and how they see their role as Commander and Chief.

Why the Pause Is Invaluable in Public Speaking and When to Do It

I recently worked with a woman who spoke at 100 mph and seldom paused to take a breath – even in normal conversation. Most people, yes, the majority of the population, pause while talking to friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances and even the clerk in the grocery store. Unfortunately, the one time the pause is often missing is when addressing an audience.

One Clear Message – Basic Speech Construction Tips

Next time you speak at a meeting, training session or deliver a presentation deliver a clear and compelling message, with confidence, and your audience will be more engaged and remember what you said. Too often the data we need to get across can overwhelm our message unless we set the stage and give it context. A clear message can bind the ideas together and reduce overwhelm.

Life Application Sermon Outlines

Whenever I discuss sermon outlining with my students there is almost always a need to do a little deprogramming of their thinking. This is because the typical preacher thinks like a preacher when it comes to outlining, rather than thinking like the listener as he should.

Two Rules of Expository Preaching

They tell us that expository preaching tends to be irrelevant to the contemporary audience. Who “they” are, at least for me, remains the big question. The modern-day expositor, therefore, must struggle with applying the biblical text to a biblically ignorant culture while concurrently demonstrating the relevance for that culture. This truth has led me to conclude that there are two unbreakable rules to follow if the preacher/teacher has any hope of connecting with the contemporary listener.

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