Category Archives: Public Speaking

Great Quotations: Shakespeare on Courage and Death

What You Say About Death And Dying by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here is a famous quotation from Shakespeare that can be used in a speech or in an article or book that you write, or as a eulogy for someone … Continue reading

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Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas: A Lesson About High Achievement

What You Say To Yourself If You Want To Succeed by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The game-winning pass that Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow threw to Demaryius Thomas has created quite a stir.   That 80-yard pass play upset the favored … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotations To Use In A Speech or Article

What You Say When You Want To Begin Or End A Speech Or Article by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. A terrific way to begin a speech is to start with an arresting quotation.   I like to use quotations at the beginning … Continue reading

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Humorous Quotations: My Favorite Paraprosdokians

What You Say Whey You Want To Sound Witty by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. So what is a paraprosdokian? It is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a … Continue reading

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How To Use Humor In A Speech: Jennifer B. Kahnweiler with Ken Futch

What You Say In A Speech: An Interview With Ken Futch by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, author of The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength Kahnweiler: Where can we find “juicy” material for our own stories? Futch: The best source … Continue reading

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How To Be An Effective Communicator: Heckling

What You Say To A Heckler: Lincoln’s Response by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. If you speak publicly, you need to know in advance what you will say in response to questions, objections, or heckling. This requires forward thinking—you anticipate what might … Continue reading

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Inspirational Quotes You Can Use Part 1

What You Say To Begin Or Conclude Speeches, Articles, and Books One of the very best ways to begin or end a speech, article, or book is with a great quote. To begin a speech on change, for example, you … Continue reading

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Public Speaking: Advice From Professional Speakers: Part II

Public Speaking Tips From Professional Speakers Whether you give speeches as a Toastmaster, a public official, or a organizational leader, we believe you will profit from advice from professionals who get paid for speech making. Below are four more responses … Continue reading

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Public Speaking: Advice From Professional Speakers: Part I

Public Speaking Tips From Professional Speakers Whether you give speeches as a Toastmaster, a public official, or a organizational leader, we believe you will profit from advice from professionals who get paid for speech making. Below are three responses to … Continue reading

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Public Speaking Tips

Public Speaking: Good Advice by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Some years ago I came upon a chapter in a book by Harvey MacKay with the intriguing title “Never Give The Same Speech Once.”  At the time I was a university professor giving … Continue reading

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