A Crescendo – Do Not Go Into Your Next Speech Without One

Many speakers tell stories that have some ups and downs and maybe even good emotional twists and turns, but they don’t often reach a crescendo. Crescendos are so important because they are the defining moments that bring the audience’s energy to its highest point. Without them, your audience can easily be deflated. What’s a Crescendo? […]

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11 Customize Your Speech with Call Backs (The PEST Formula)

One of the most important success factors in public speaking is your ability to customize your speech to make each audience feel like, “This has only happened here” and “This message is truly for us.” In other words, they don’t want a “canned” speech. They want it to be fresh. You can accomplish this in […]

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12 Use Pocket Props to Make Your Audience TALL (Think, Act, Laugh, and Learn)

“You should use more visuals in your speeches.” What came to mind when you read that first sentence? Many speakers immediately think it means to use more PowerPoint or Keynote Slides. While those may be valuable (when used well), you can also use other visuals to connect with your audience, uncover humor, and even evoke emotions. […]

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How to Keep Questions from Ruining Your Speech

Have you ever been advised to ask questions in your speeches? It’s sound advice, because questions can benefit you and your audience in many ways. However, I’ve seen many speakers destroy their speeches because of how they asked their questions.   Are You Really Interested? I’ve seen speakers ask questions only to have their audience […]

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