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Public speaking

Beginning at the end

Whenever I deliver training programmes it's always lovely to be invited back to the organisation to see how the participants have put the learning from our workshop into practice. Last week I revisited a group who had attended a ‘Putting A Presentation Together’ workshop earlier in the year. The purpose of my visit was to observe their presentations, offer feedback and  discuss with them how their...
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Do you want to be an after dinner speaker?

How do you feel when you finally get an invitation to be a guest speaker at a big social event? A great friend of mine has been angling for such an opportunity for a long time but when it came, he was completely thrown. Although he speaks in public, regularly it has always been in a work environment and normally about presenting a report of his project. So when he started to prepare for the event,...
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The art of delivering humour

When you are first making a presentation  or speech people may tell you to avoid humour because it is difficult to do.  With some, such as after dinner speeches, that is tricky because there is an  expectation that you will be both entertaining and amusing.  So, let’s look at dispelling the myth of ‘it’s too hard to do well’ and concentrate on some techniques to help you be as funny as you want to...
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