Category Archives: Public Speaking

Abraham Lincoln on Communication: Quotations You Can Use For Writing or Speaking

What Would Lincoln Say, and How Would He Say It? You can always use a great quote in a speech, as every professional speaker knows.  For this post, Whatyousay.com has found three quotable quotes from Abraham Lincoln on communication.  –Gene … Continue reading

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When To Give A Long Speech

When To Make A Long Speech:  What Would Abraham Lincoln Do? by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The Gettysburg Address was just two minutes long. It is recognized today as one of the finest speeches ever given in the English language.   Generally … Continue reading

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Writing and Editing Advice from Colette

What You Don’t Say Can Be More Important Than What You Do Say by Gene Griessman, Ph.D Whatyousay.com is fond of “The Writer’s Almanac,” which is a regular feature on NPR. It focuses on writers, as its title suggests, and … Continue reading

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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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