Speak for Yourself

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

Going Down Gracefully

Dealing with defeat – one of the hardest, saddest, and most challenging aspects  of being in public life.  Julia  Gillard  was  her usual self:  straightforward, businesslike,  good humoured, down to … Continue reading

26/06/2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

When rage is your right. Three ways to make anger work.

‘The Misogyny Wars’ began with Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s attack-dog speech in Parliament. It caused a storm. Twitter caught fire.  Thousands of people who would never watch Question Time did … Continue reading

11/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Getting mad with dignity – Let the words do the work

When do public speakers and presenters  need to get mad? Well…. If you are involved in a cause, or you’re an activist, a politician, or just someone who needs to  win … Continue reading

07/04/2012 · Leave a comment

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