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

How de Gaulle’s speech changed the fate of France

This article was originally published by the BBC and can be found here. On 18 June 1940 a little known general from the French army made a speech, broadcast by … Continue reading

18/07/2013 · 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

Maybe the best leadership speech you’ll see

Staring down an outrageous scandal that’s been brewing for years, Australia’s Head of Army, Chief Lieutenant General David Morrison last night told members of the forces what’s expected of them, … Continue reading

14/06/2013 · 3 Comments

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

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

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