Speak for Yourself

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

How to read aloud in public

Reading aloud in public  is a distinct skill.   It’s part of most religious ceremonies,  can be needed  in court, or in an educational setting – in class or Assembly. We … Continue reading

05/08/2013 · 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

Catching the waves of feminism

Shortly before  PM Julia Gillard’s  Misogyny Speech went viral, feminist  author and journalist Anne Summers  made her ‘Newcastle Speech’, arguing that  the extreme sexist and discriminatory  abuse Gillard was  subject to  breached federal … Continue reading

25/03/2013 · 4 Comments

The science of convincing others to say “yes”

In 1984, Robert Cialdini, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University published “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.”  It’s a classic that every good communicator should read. Cialdini … Continue reading

21/02/2013 · Leave a comment

The Big Finish, or how to end a speech with oomph.

We know that the audience’s attention is highest at the start of a speech, so you need to get their attention then, and keep it. Here is where you use … Continue reading

14/02/2013 · Leave a comment

And now a word from Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster excited a storm  of comment with her acceptance  (or coming out, or right to privacy) speech at the Golden Globes. An award ceremony is normally an occasion for … Continue reading

17/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Why reading aloud is back in fashion

There seems to be an epidemic in public at the moment, of people who read from  their notes, never look up, stumble over words, speak in a flat monotone or in a … Continue reading

14/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Public Speaking mistake #1 Too Much Information

No I’m not complaining about people who embarrass us with details of their dental dramas, or their sex life, I’m talking about how to avoid the ‘TMI’  which is THE … Continue reading

07/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Career Coach: As a public speaker, are you as good as you think you are? – The Washington Post

Lots of people would be much better speakers if they did some self-evaluation, and these days it’s a cinch to do.  So, speakers RECORD YOURSELF! This is the takeaway message … Continue reading

03/01/2013 · Leave a comment

The Life of a Political Speechwriter – NYTimes.com

 This NY Times article  from Draft, a series about the art and craft of writing, was so interesting I’m just posting the lot, with no permission at all – trust it’s fair use … Continue reading

28/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Three steps for speaking to time.

Few things irritate an audience or an organizer more than a speaker who runs over time. It’s also a problem for the unlucky speaker who follows the slowcoach. If you’re on … Continue reading

05/11/2012 · 1 Comment

Storytelling – How you can learn to ‘bore no more’.

The most common  piece of advice around for public speakers and presenters seems to be ‘tell a story’.  ‘People love stories’ we’re told.  Well, yes, you should and they do. … Continue reading

01/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Clues for the clueless (continued….) “Help! I have to be in a debate!”

In Part 1 of this post about debating and its rising popularity as a format, I went through the basic game plan. Now we’re onto the execution stage. Apart from … Continue reading

25/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Help! I have to be in a debate! Clues for the clueless.

Debates have always been political reality.  Televised debates between candidates began with JFK and Nixon, and are now a staple of any election campaign (in case you haven’t noticed). More … Continue reading

18/10/2012 · Leave a comment

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