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Transitional Words and Phrases
This page only provides a list of transitional words; be certain you understand their meanings before you use them. Often, there exists a slight, but significant, difference between two apparently similar words. Also remember that while transitions describe relationships between …
Opening Your Speech – Getting Off to a Good Start
The first 30 to 60 seconds of your speech are often the most critical. It is often in that time frame that members of your audience decide whether or not they should continue to listen!
Speakers may have many interesting …
How to Write a Good Speech
- Ask yourself what your main idea is. Outline the key components of your idea and the ultimate goal for your speech. It should look something like this:
Main idea: What is the main idea I want to get across?
10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes
Top executives often fall flat on their faces as speakers.
How come intelligent, business-savvy people end up boring their audiences? They fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill that improves with practice and honest feedback. Speaking for …
10 Tips for Public Speaking
Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations:
- Know your material. Pick a topic
Gestures: Get Moving!
Let go of your stiff death grip on the lectern and learn how to make your speeches interesting through body language.
The human body contains more than 700 muscles, but few of those are used by speakers – except when …
There’s more to humor than slapstick silliness and joke telling.
Is that joke fresh and new enough to make ‘em laugh? How do you know it won’t offend or bore your audience? And if your best joke makes people yawn, …
Laugh With and Learn From The Comics
Here are a few lessons we speakers can learn from the laugh-makers:
Own The Stage
I’ve been backstage with Bob Hope when he was weary. He would sit slumped in his chair eager for the evening’s entertainment to end. Yet …
Humor to the Rescue
Humor is a wonderful tool. When you are skilled at using humor, it can rescue you from dire situations and turn negatives into positives. John Kinde, veteran Toastmaster, describes how humor saved him in his article, “Humor to the Rescue,” …