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Humor in speeches: How to play with fire

Humor in speeches: How to play with fire | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
It's not enough to craft a zinger, devise a pun or lampoon a pop-culture icon. You must fit the jest to the occasion, the audience and your speaker. Here's how to strike while the irony's hot.
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World Aids Day: Prince Harry reveals fear of public speaking - BBC News

World Aids Day: Prince Harry reveals fear of public speaking - BBC News | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Prince Harry reveals "one of his secrets" as part of a campaign to help reduce stigma associated with HIV.
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Too many people mistake public speaking with performing - Philadelphia Business Journal (blog)

Too many people mistake public speaking with performing - Philadelphia Business Journal (blog) | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Here are some simple tips to help you become a more natural communicator.
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Great stuff. Key line? "The most natural speakers are the most practiced speakers. They rehearse every aspect of their talks over and over again until the words sound natural."

I wonder if there's a correlation between actors transforming their careers to be speaking coaches and speakers who sound like...their speaking coaches.

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SPEECH: How speechwriting changed me.

SPEECH: How speechwriting changed me. | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
(Wat follows is my opening keynote at last week’s European Speechwriters Conference at De Burcht, Amsterdam).
On an October morning - three years ago, almost to the day – I entered a red-brick office...
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Speechwriting for an English-as-a-second-language speaker | Joan Detz: Speaker Services | International Speechwriting/Coaching

RT @JoanDetz: #Speechwriting for an English-as-a-second-language speaker http://t.co/TzmpMD8Elw #ESL #IABC #HowToWriteAndGiveASpeech @Toast…
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Surprise! Obama refers to himself in his speeches less than any of his 11 ... - Rockford Register Star (blog)

Surprise! Obama refers to himself in his speeches less than any of his 11 ... - Rockford Register Star (blog) | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Some of Barack Obama’s critics are given to bogus claims that his use of certain personal pronouns (I, me, my, etc.) in his presidential speeches
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The usual political spin on this article (zzzzzzz), but a really interesting comparison of pronoun use in Presidential speeches (hint: they use fewer). 

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Global Speechwriter Newsletter: Why Great Preparation Is Key To A Great Speech

Global Speechwriter Newsletter: Why Great Preparation Is Key To A Great Speech: http://t.co/fqcn6VZTXf Brilliantly put!
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Hey, I know this guy...

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Presidential Speeches Were Once College-Level Rhetoric—Now They're for ... - The Atlantic

Presidential Speeches Were Once College-Level Rhetoric—Now They're for ... - The Atlantic | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Are the presidents dumbing down? Or are their speechwriters smartening up?
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Tweet from @englishjer

Tweet from @englishjer | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Ah, anyway, this book has historic speeches from Lincoln, Cicero, The Prophet SAW :) http://t.co/atOKywatB9
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You may not make 33K+ like Darling, but perhaps getting over your speaking nervousness may be worth it in the long run. Just saying.

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Two Spaces After a Period: Why You Should Never, Ever Allow It

Two Spaces After a Period: Why You Should Never, Ever Allow It | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong."

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Drives me insane.     Really.

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Ditch PowerPoint and try these free tools, which could make your next speech ... - PC Magazine

Ditch PowerPoint and try these free tools, which could make your next speech ... - PC Magazine | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Ditch PowerPoint and try these free tools, which could make your next speech ...
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350 PowerPoint presentations are given per second throughout the world. Makes you want to go back to bed. Here are some alternatives, but it still all comes down to the person putting it together. 

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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.

Via Charles Tiayon
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America's Forum | Peter Robinson speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan | Part 1

Speechwriter who wrote President Ronald Reagan's iconic “Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down That Wall” speech gives a behind the scenes look at the circumstances surrounding that speech and why...
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French President Francois Hollande hires rap expert as speechwriter

French President Francois Hollande hires rap expert as speechwriter | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
The French president has appointed Pierre-Yves Bocquet, aka Pierre Evil, to help him spice up his speeches, which are widely considered to be boring.
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Story from the Daily Mail, so take it with a grain of salt. 

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Tanzanian President's Ex-Speech Writer Plans Bid to Succeed Him - Businessweek

Tanzanian President's Ex-Speech Writer Plans Bid to Succeed Him - Businessweek | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
January Makamba, Tanzanian President
Jakaya Kikwete’s former speech writer, said he will seek the
ruling party’s nomination to run for leader of the East African
country in elections next year.
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I see my career opportunities expanding.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper Addresses The Nation - Ottawa Shooting Attack (FULL SPEECH)

(Full Statement) Canada will never be intimidated,' Harper says after shootings in Ottawa. Attack on Ottawa: PM Harper cites terrorist motive. 'Canada Will Never Be Intimidated': Prime Minister...
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4 questions to ask event organizers before writing speeches for nonprofit leaders

4 questions to ask event organizers before writing speeches for nonprofit leaders | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
When writing speeches for nonprofit leaders, ask event organizers these questions to understand your audience’s needs, motivations and hot-button issues.
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I like this. But make sure to ask "what's the ONE burning issue keeping your audience up at night?" If you can connect the main point of your speech with that one burning issue, you've got a recipe for success. 

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Is Public Speaking The Secret To Becoming A Billionaire? - Forbes

Is Public Speaking The Secret To Becoming A Billionaire? - Forbes | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Read this post to learn the ten reasons you should get started with public speaking today, plus three rules to remember when you step up to the microphone.
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I'll settle for a half a billion, but good tips...

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Hillary Rodham Clinton Defends Her Six-Figure Public Speaking Fees, Says ... - Latin Post

Hillary Rodham Clinton Defends Her Six-Figure Public Speaking Fees, Says ... - Latin Post | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
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Hillary Rodham Clinton Defends Her Six-Figure Public Speaking Fees, Says ...
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Forget Darling! Imagine making even a portion of that as a speaker. It can be done. And you can do it. 

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7 ways to connect with your audience during a speech

7 ways to connect with your audience during a speech | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Know what your audience wants, season your talk with humor, play the contrarian, and offer a tangible takeaway.
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This is pretty basic stuff, but the idea of challenging the audience is a good one. But be warned: "challenge" the audience only if you can take being challenged back. If a speech is truly a conversation (as the author writes) you must be prepared to both give and take.

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Are Your Speeches Dramatic Enough? - Forbes

Are Your Speeches Dramatic Enough? - Forbes | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
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Are Your Speeches Dramatic Enough?
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These same lessons apply well to speechwriting. And somewhere in those five years, I ran across a wonderful list of the attributes of good dialogue which stood me well during those five years.
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I'd take "drama" with a grain of salt, but the idea of building dramatic tension is a good one. 

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Lend Me Your Ears – Speechwriting | Getting into International Development

Lend Me Your Ears – Speechwriting | Getting into International Development | Speeches that Matter | Scoop.it
Speechwriting is becoming an increasingly recognised professional skill in the UK and Europe.
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Some great thoughts from Brian Jenner on importance of speechwriting and a few reasons why students should join ESN.

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