Category Archives: Public Speaking

SHOW NO SLIDE BEFORE ITS TIME

SHOW NO SLIDE BEFORE ITS TIME   By Tom Nixon  Sitting in on a presentation recently, I noticed that the speaker had a habit of advancing to the next slide well before he was ready to speak about it. He … Continue reading

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How You Say It: Talk Low

How You Say It: Talk Low      By Gene Griessman “Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.” —Cowboy saying This advice from the American West has come to be associated with the actor John Wayne, who according … Continue reading

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What You Say If Your Joke Bombs

HOW TO RECOVER IF YOUR JOKE OR ACTIVITY BOMBS By Gene Griessman I watched Bronkar Lee, who’s a professional entertainer and speaker, tell a joke that bombed. There was silence in the room, the kind of funereal quietness that descends … Continue reading

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Lessons From Lincoln’s Farewell Address

Lessons From Lincoln: What You Say When You Give A Heartfelt Speech By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. “It is a gem that rightly took its place as one of the greatest of his speeches, but that is seldom recognized for what … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln Jokes About Soldiers and War

Abraham Lincoln’s Humor: Two Stories About Soldiers and War By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Few topics were off-limits for Abraham Lincoln’s humor—death, sex, race, defecation, patriotism, preachers, religion in general, politicians, war. You name it. The topics that “proper” and “refined” … Continue reading

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How To Describe An Impossible Task

A Powerful Phrase You Can Use To Describe A Task That’s Exceedingly Difficult or Impossible By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here’s are some useful words you can add to your vocabulary. Recently Steve Karnacki, a senior writer at Solon.com, was a … Continue reading

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How To Introduce A Speaker: A Sample Introduction

What You Say If You Introduce A Professional Speaker by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Advice for Public Speakers If you do a lot of public speaking, you need a pre-written introduction.  You really do.  It’s  hazardous to leave your introductions to … Continue reading

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How To Conclude A Speech With A Poem

What You Say When You Want To Conclude A Speech by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. One of the best ways to conclude a presentation is with a poem. I’ve used the poem “Goshen” many times to illustrate the importance of striving … Continue reading

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How To Prepare A Speech: Advice From David Greenberg

What You Say and What You Do When You Give A Speech by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Whatyousay.com considers David Greenberg to be one of the finest communication coaches in the world. His company is “Simply Speaking, Inc.” and his website–www.simplyspeakinginc.com–is … Continue reading

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How To Negotiate And Win Arguments:Lessons from Abraham Lincoln and John C. Calhoun

What You Say When You Argue and Negotiate: How LINCOLN Did It by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. You don’t have to win every single skirmish in a debate or negotiation to be victorious in the end.  In fact, it can be … Continue reading

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