Effective delivery

Are you an audience advocate?

Alfred Hitchcock is credited with saying, “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” I believe he was making the case for suspense and intrigue. Unfortunately, many public speakers seem to take the advice literally. Here are four ways...
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In defense of the wide stance

In 2007, the “wide stance” became notoriously entangled in politics. This is unfortunate because wide foot placement is helpful to public speakers in three ways: 1. Takes up physical space Public speakers convey confidence by opening their posture...
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Smartphones: The speaker’s friend?

Ten years ago, when the iPhone was newly released and cell phones were in their relative infancy, it was common to hear event moderators, emcees, meeting leaders, and presenters remind audience members to turn off their mobile devices. That request is...
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Spring cleaning for your public speaking

I recently toured (and coveted) my neighbor’s new built-in closet. She me told that she was using principles from the Konmari Method and 333 Project to de-clutter her belongings as she organized contents in the new storage space. Like my neighbor, perhaps...
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