One of Aristotle's seven golden rules for stellar stories is to have a theme. Does Lord of the Rings have a theme? Yes, the ring. Does Star Wars have a theme? Yes, the fight of forces. Do your PowerPoint presentations have a theme? In my first nine years and three months as a public speaking coach I have received, analyzed and modified, approximately, 12,000 PowerPoint slides. I have seen it all: bullet-point chaos, pixelated stock photos and designs that make Steve Jobs throw up - post mortem. But - in this article I want to address a different issue. Whether it is free speech or a presentation with slides, you can always benefit from Aristotle's wisdom by using a theme. For me, the three main benefits of a theme are: One theme throughout the talk helps your audience to follow it more easily. A theme can host a series of entertaining stories and examples. In the end, a theme makes
Yesterday, I walked to the bus. From our house on the half top of the mountain to the bottom of our village. 1.3 miles. On my way, I passed the ever barking dogs; I greeted random Catalans who hardly ever greet back; I carefully controlled my steps on that slippery wooden bridge over that creek. Only five minutes away from the bus-stop... I cannot miss that fresh beer. Finally, I sit on the bus. 5.25€ to Barcelona. The unknown bus driver knows me. Small talk, a smile and a See you later. I can feel his shining eyes shining through his Ray-Ban classics. You see, I live 20 miles outside of Barcelona, and yet I do not own a car. I do not want to own a car anymore. I love to walk down to the center of our village and take public transport. Yesterday, I took the bus to town to take out my fiscal advisor Santi to the
Yesterday, I came back from a training week in Düsseldorf, Germany's fashion capitol. I led two rounds of trainings at the picturesque horse farm Gut Moschenhof in Düsseldorf's green surroundings. The venue: Reinhardt's Restaurant, an oasis for gourmets. During one of four memorable lunch breaks we started to talk about blind tests and its irrational results. Tom and Jerry, Hillary and Donald, Düsseldorf and Cologne, ... Yep, those two cities will never be friends. Separated by 30 miles only, Düsseldorf and Cologne are competitors in many aspects of life, especially in football, carnival, and beer. I was just enjoying my second course - poulard breast stuffed with spinach on top of wild mushroom risotto - when our table talk switched to blind tests, blind tests with beer. Apparently, in blind tests, people cannot really distinguish between blond KÖLSCH from Cologne and dark ALT from Düsseldorf. Representatives of both cities would prefer to die before accepting those obviously "fake news". But - are
Public speaking. The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill. Rhetoric–The Public Speaking Game™ will help you become a better speaker and have fun in the process!
RHETORIC will challenge, engage and entertain you with a series of public speaking tasks. You and your fellow players will step onto the stage and take turns delivering a series of short speeches, as determined by the squares on which you land.
For the past few years, people around the world have played the board game version RHETORIC in companies, organizations and homes. RHETORIC is now available as an app. For more info go to rhetoricgame.com.
For many people, public speaking is a big challenge. And when you have to speak about someone you love, the challenge is even bigger. Welcome to the wedding speech!
Delivering a speech at a loved one’s wedding is an honor. You should do it justice. And you can!
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And they will love it!
In this online course you will learn how to
- structure and build your wedding speech.
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The second book from 2013. A great read especially for Toastmasters who want to upscale their evaluation skills. Focusing on content, delivery and slides, it offers 108 ideas for better speaking.