Speak for Yourself

Claire Duffy's blog about public speaking and communication (in real life). Speak well, do well!

‘Know Thyself’ to be an authentic speaker

This blog has always emphasised the need for speakers to focus on the audience. There is  no point  presenting to anyone unless you’ve tailored it to their needs, interests, and … Continue reading

11/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Public speaking for academics – 10 tips

Academics (and experts more widely) are often challenged as public speakers, finding it difficult to release themselves from  imparting information (like a dripfeed), and switching to consciously communicating, by which I mean … Continue reading

05/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Why public speaking still matters in the age of Facebook

Excited  students everywhere  are beginning preparations  to launch themselves into the real world. In a few weeks time I’ll be  working with a cohort of school leavers, helping them to face  interviews for internships, … Continue reading

30/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Using Listening Techniques to Improve Your Communication

To be an effective communicator, you have to be a good listener first. Take these key concepts on board: • Attending: This means showing that you’re paying attention. You can … Continue reading

27/05/2013 · Leave a comment

A tribute to Helen

A little over two years ago my friend Helen Pedersen asked for help preparing a speech. The title was ‘Not dead yet. What are you going to do?’   She … Continue reading

22/05/2013 · 5 Comments

Tear time in Parliament

Emotional outbursts by public figures are always good for a headline, and so it was this week when  Julia Gillard  wept as she introduced the disability insurance scheme. Tearful politicians are … Continue reading

16/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Sort yourself out: five keys to resolving conflict

What do you do when somebody bugs you?  It’s common enough to feel hurt or put-off by something  someone said. It’s far less common to know how to  come back … Continue reading

13/05/2013 · Leave a comment

The rhetorical triangle updated

About 2300 years ago, Aristotle wrote down the secrets to being a powerful speaker. Aristotle said the  three keys are ethos, pathos, and logos. We know these now as ‘the rhetorical … Continue reading

06/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Speak now or forever hold your peace: five reasons to make a speech today.

Whatever kind of speaker you are, chances are from time to time you’re going to run out of occasions to speak.  School’s out, so high school debaters will rust up. … Continue reading

29/04/2013 · Leave a comment

How to write an ANZAC day speech

I love the Parliamentary Library. It is a goldmine of briefings, information, summaries and analysis of all sorts of public policy issues, freely available online. It is a quiet testament … Continue reading

23/04/2013 · Leave a comment

The um-ah trap and how to dodge it

But ah look, I – I still think that um, ah, it’s not at the level that Labor strategists wanted which was more like 38 per cent of two party … Continue reading

19/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Analogies, the wonder tool for making sense.

Delivering a speech or making a presentation  is  asking  your audience to go somewhere with you.  Maybe it’s to agree with you, hire you,  vote for you, support your cause….We’ve … Continue reading

15/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Lovely Voices: Billy Collins, the power of understatement.

When you describe  Billy Collins  you have to use words that don’t normally go  together: contemporary best-selling poet.  He gets (it’s rumoured) huge advances for his books and his readings … Continue reading

08/04/2013 · 4 Comments

Full Body Chairing. How to stay in charge of your panel.

A while back, I offered you this post about how to manage a panel event, and this one on handling hecklers and interrupters.  These are common challenges, but the commonest … Continue reading

02/04/2013 · Leave a comment

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