In a talk, illustrations are word pictures that clarify, support, exemplify, or demonstrate points in the message. Basically, there are two kinds of illustrations: “pointed” and “pointless.” A pointed illustration supports the subject while a pointless one does not. Pointed
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Recently, I read a short article by Scott Berkum that discusses the difference between “confidence” and “arrogance.” In my experience, most people intuitively know the difference between an arrogant person and a person who exudes a measured degree of confidence.…
In today’s Information Age, plagiarism is rampant. Because it is a great temptation for both speakers and writers to plagiarize the work of others, I want to share a cautionary note on this topic. Believe me when I say that …
When it comes to public speaking, first impressions matter. In many cases, the speaker is a stranger to the audience. Initially, the only way for an audience to evaluate a speaker is by their visual appearance. Many of us know…
“SOMETIMES QUESTIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANSWERS.”
– Nancy Willard
If you read and put into practice the principles included here, you will definitely improve as a communicator.
There are many questions a presenter can ask before speaking, but the …
The structure of a talk varies depending on the message and the messenger. Some speakers like to use the “manuscript method;” in which they write out their message word for word, and leave nothing to chance. These presenters have something
Generally, the best talks come from presenters who speak on topics that resonate with their own values. These devoted orators talk about subjects that matter to them deeply. They speak with power and passion because they believe so strongly in
Suppose someone asked you to do a presentation on “The History of NASA’s Space Program.” Do you think the approach and content would be impacted by the length of time they gave you to speak? Of course it would. That
The first question a presenter must answer involves the listening audience. The composition of a group influences what and how one prepares. Determining the makeup of an audience involves certain considerations that can be broken down into two categories: Demographics