Speak for Yourself

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

Doris Lessing: On not winning the Nobel Prize

Doris Lessing, who has died aged 94, was  not impressed  when she got the news she’d won the Nobel Prize in 2007, as the very entertaining video below will show … Continue reading

18/11/2013 · 1 Comment

20 years on: Keating’s Remembrance Day reprise

20 years after delivering his most famous speech,  former Prime Minister Paul Keating  bookended  it with another  oration.  Keating gave this commemorative address at the National Remembrance Day service at … Continue reading

12/11/2013 · Leave a comment

“He is all of them. And he is one of us”. Keating’s eulogy for The Unknown Soldier.

This Armistice Day is the 95th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Great statesmen have  made many great speeches to honour and mourn those dead, but Australian Prime … Continue reading

11/11/2013 · Leave a comment

5 fear busters for speaking in public

I have to admit that until I read the article below, in HuffPo, I had never heard of Nikki Stone.  So in case you haven’t either, she is   America’s first-ever … Continue reading

28/10/2013 · 1 Comment

Aristotle’s Rhetorical Situation

Before you let the title of this post put you off, let me explain what it’s doing  here. Lately I have been part of a  discussion about whether we should … Continue reading

02/09/2013 · Leave a comment

How to get a politician to pay attention.

Since the announcement of the Federal election date, you can be sure the lines of lobbyists  have been lengthening. Persuading a  a politician to support your interests in the next few … Continue reading

26/08/2013 · 2 Comments

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

What to wear for speaking engagements

What to wear???? It’s nearly every presenter’s agony moment. Dressing well for the occasion is part of your presentation. The way the audience responds to what you say will be … Continue reading

22/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai  addressed the United Nations today, on her 16th birthday. It was her first public appearance since  being shot by the Taliban  on her way to school … Continue reading

15/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Great Speakers: Aaron Sorkin at Syracause

As a reader of this blog there’s a good chance  you spent the early part of this century desperate for the next episode of The West Wing. Much smarter critics … Continue reading

10/07/2013 · 1 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

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

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