Is Public Speaking A Forgotten Art?

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The Artful Speaker

The Artful SpeakerIs Public Speaking a Forgotten Art?

When you think of art what comes to your mind? Is it the Great Masters like Monet, Renoir or Vincent Van Gogh, who have the amazing artistic ability to capture on canvas beautiful Sunflowers ablaze in a vase or peaceful Starry Nights over the Rhone? Or is art for you the Modern Masters like Picasso, Dali or Andy Warhol whose iconic Campbell’s soup can and Shot Orange Marilyn images have allowed Warhol’s “15 minutes of fame” to last for more than 26 years so far?

Perhaps when you hear the word art it’s the Britartists, the modern artists of today, people like Tracey Emin whose works “Everyone I have Slept With” and “My Bed,” caused such outcry when they were exhibited leaving people to ask, how can a mattress with dirty sheets strewn with vodka bottles be called art? I have never been a fan of modern art. I don’t get it. But recently, I grasped an important understanding that helps me glimpse how truly artful these works are and in the process, learned something about myself. Read more

10 Ways resonate by Nancy Duarte Will Improve Your Public Speaking

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Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

10 Ways resonate by Nancy Duarte Will Improve Your Public Speaking

resonate Reading resonate by Nancy Duarte will definitely improve your pubic speaking. Having an idea to change the world is not enough, ideas are plenty! It’s only when that idea can be powerfully articulated, that the world can be changed. As the world becomes more digital, and mobile communications open further channels for people to be heard, the demand and opportunity for those who can eloquently, passionately and artfully cast a vision through public speaking will continue to rise.

While thought leaders and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to inspire action for the greater good, unless they develop the skill of artful speaking, a valuable message will be lost in the noise of nothingness that seems to fill the world today.

If you want to improve your public speaking then by investing in yourself and buying the book “resonate” by Nancy Duarte, you will be setting yourself apart from the crowd by learning from a masterful teacher and coach.¬†Without doubt, this is one of the most powerful, in-depth and thought-provoking books I have ever read on how to improve your public speaking and develop your skill of becoming “An Artful Speaker.”

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Using Props For Effective Speaking

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Using Props For Effective Speaking

Effective Speaking - Presentation TipsHave you ever sat listened to a presentation or speech, (especially first session in the afternoon after a heavy lunch), and struggled to keep your eyes open? As you listen to the presenter drone on, your eyes get heavier and heavier, and you experience sheer ecstasy when you close them even for a split second. But then, your head jolts! You wonder if you have been asleep for minutes? Did I snore? Is everyone looking at me? We have all possibly experienced that feeling, and nothing could be worse, nothing that is, unless you are the person speaking! You stand at the front and look out at the sea of faces, “the lights are on, but no one is at home!” With a little creativity, public speaking and presentations can come alive and keep an audience engaged. In this post I want to show how using props for effective speaking has helped me capture attention, how a hose pipe, bread making machine and a lump of clay added a different dimension to presentations I have made, and how these ideas may help you bring your next speech alive. Read more