Speak for Yourself

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

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

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

Lovely Voices: Your Grandma, the voice of contentment

 This is an edited extract from a  post on http://egsforbreakfast.com/.  The fact that I had not read Winnie the Pooh is an indictment of everyone who has known me up … Continue reading

11/03/2013 · Leave a comment

It’s not write to attack Kate

“WRITER Hilary Mantel went from comparative obscurity to public enemy No1 last week.  It wasn’t an unguarded Facebook post, an ill-judged tweet or even a spur-of-the-moment insult. It was a … Continue reading

04/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Heppy Christmas, to you end your femmily

Let’s take a look  the public speaker who possibly has the biggest audience in the world. The Queen’s Christmas message is almost a religious ceremony  in some households. At 3pm  GMT, British  families (and … Continue reading

20/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Speaking up for Women

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King. There’s a lot of talk about sexism in Australia at the moment, and … Continue reading

25/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Come to a Salon of the French Enlightenment – Émilie du Châtelet, Voltaire and Rameau

It’s the beginning of the Festive Season, and here’s a presentation of the relaxed kind, an evening of cross cultural conversation that captures the spirit and curiosity of the French … Continue reading

16/11/2012 · Leave a comment

The Power of (that Misogyny) Speech

The roar in response to  Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny speech’ has not died down (if I didn’t hate cliches I’d say something about ‘wildest dreams’), and for that reason I have … Continue reading

22/10/2012 · 1 Comment

Elisabeth Murdoch lectures the UK TV industry

Impressive females are still rare on the business speaking circuit, which was just one of the issues Elisabeth Murdoch faced head-on in this widely publicised speech. I was delighted to critique it … Continue reading

24/09/2012 · 1 Comment

Men are from earth and women are from earth. Deal with it.

I was asked a good question at a teachers’  workshop recently. How can we prepare young women for the – let’s call them ‘robust’ interactions awaiting them when they hit the … Continue reading

18/07/2012 · Leave a comment

The Nobel Peace Prize opened up a door in my heart

It  was profoundly moving to  listen to Aung San Suu Kyi finally accept her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize on June 16th.   While we all know of  her remarkable bravery … Continue reading

17/06/2012 · 3 Comments

An Evening with Jeanette Winterson

An Evening with Jeanette Winterson | SlowTV | The Monthly. If  you missed it (like I did)  you can still see one of the stand-out events at the recent Sydney … Continue reading

11/06/2012 · Leave a comment

First Female in Space Speaks: “Shoot for the Stars”

This is a brilliant speech by a brilliant woman -the video version is below. She tells about joining the astronaut program, her Dad’s response to having an astrophysicist in the family,  she … Continue reading

31/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Which is the best Anzac Day speech?

The transformation of Anzac day from a day off work with two-up, into a serious day of reflection on our national war history has been remarkable. As a cynical 13 … Continue reading

26/04/2012 · 4 Comments

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