Roles Speakers Play

         ROLES SPEAKERS PLAY   When I’m asked to give a speech the first thing that comes to mind is “What am I going to say?” Then I remind myself to back up several steps because there are more important questions to be answered. You’ll be better qualified to research, organise and write your speech if you have […]

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A Word To Live By

A WORD TO LIVE BY When General Dean was a prisoner of the Communist Chinese in Korea and had been led to believe that he would soon be shot, he wrote a letter to his wife with instructions for their son. He wrote, “Tell Bill the word is integrity.” Here is the best advice a parent can give to a […]

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Say it in Threes

SAY IT IN THREES   One of the most effective and easiest devices in speechmaking to achieve clarity of purpose is the use of the triadic approach. This technique of speaking is to simply say something in a series of three. Consider three points, three qualities, three reasons, three whatever.  The effectiveness of saying something in threes can be judged […]

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Making Them Laugh

Making Them Laugh   Humour is often the best tool that a speaker can use to get attention, establish rapport and relieve tension. Here are a few tips on how and when to be funny. A farmer hitches a mule to a wagon load of lumber and orders a new hired hand to get the load to the top of […]

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Only Attend Useful Meetings

Only Attend Useful Meetings There is a way to turn non-productive meetings and often downright boring meetings into affairs worthy of everyone’s time. Even yours! I believe there is a way you can attend only productive meetings, whether it’s a business, committee, training or Bible study, it’s a meeting. And we all have attended meetings that are non-productive, a complete […]

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Carry on Moving

  Carry On Moving Have you ever noticed that the longer you put off a task you should do? The more difficult it is to get started?   Ironically, we add to our frustration and unhappiness we could so clearly avoid. The newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane once wrote, “Don’t exaggerate your own importance, your own size, or your own miseries. […]

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The Serious Side of Humor

The Serious Side of Humor Humor to Zig Ziglar was an indispensable ingredient to most serious speeches. That humor carries an impact far greater than the few minutes it consumes during a long and serious discourse. Ziglar, the motivational speaker, author and sales trainer, knew from experience that the humor ingredient in a serious speech serves several important purposes It […]

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Our Habits Make or Break Us.

                  Our Habits Make Or Break Us People are often puzzled as to why a successful person continues to be successful, whilst unsuccessful people tend to remain unsuccessful. Like the line in an old song “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” The poor, as a rule, do not get poorer, but tend to remain poor, or at […]

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4 Ways to Keep Your Audience Awake

            Four Ways to Keep Your Audience Awake “And now in conclusion, EVERY BODY WAKE UP” That’s what the caption read on a cartoon I saw that showed an after dinner speaker addressing his sound-asleep audience. If it wasn’t Will Rogers who said “Tell em what you’re gonna tell em, tell em, and then tell em what you just told […]

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HOW DO YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT I hear so many people say they want to be successful, but they don’t know how. They have tried following all sorts of involved rules, yet they need only one. Sir Isaac Newton was once asked how he discovered the law of gravitation, he replied, “By thinking about it all the time.” There […]

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