Your Situation Is Not Their Situation

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A classical stumbling block for public speakers is the so called curse of knowledge. The curse of knowledge occurs when you speak to your audience based on your level of knowledge. We often forget that an audience doesn’t necessarily have the same knowledge base. This is especially critical when you talk about technical, scientific, . . . → Read More: Your Situation Is Not Their Situation

10 Ways To Destroy Your First Impression

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I’m a great fan of Ernest Hemingway. Think about him. Think about his 1952 classic The Old Man and the Sea. How does a writer like Hemingway start his book? I mean the first lines. Does he say, Dear reader, it’s a great pleasure and honor to welcome you in my book today. My name . . . → Read More: 10 Ways To Destroy Your First Impression

Will Emotions Ever Be Wrong In Public Speaking?

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In one of my trainings, after an extremely emotional speech by one of the participants, another woman said during the evaluation round: Emotions can never be wrong. Emotions can never be wrong. What a great tweet! And I couldn’t agree more.

In the first 5,828 speeches I had the privilege to experience in my . . . → Read More: Will Emotions Ever Be Wrong In Public Speaking?

Is Your Speech A Wikipedia Speech?

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Wikipedia is a blessing; Wikipedia is a curse. Especially for public speakers. It’s a blessing because you can investigate rapidly on endless topics. You can easily add logical information (logos) to your speeches and presentations. You can verify quotes. Endless opportunities. But – Wikipedia is also a curse. It’s a curse because your audience . . . → Read More: Is Your Speech A Wikipedia Speech?

Become A CSI Story Investigator

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When you search the web for Hero’s Journey, you’ll find a multitude of detailed graphs and images about the classical build-up of stories. The same build-up in Cinderella, the same build-up in The Godfather, the same build-up in the Lord of the Rings – it’s almost boring. But it works. It works because we, . . . → Read More: Become A CSI Story Investigator