Yearly Archives: 2013

Conclusions

The end. Conclusions, I’ve always wondered what the best way to end a speech was. Through blood, sweat and tears I think I’ve got it! Well actually there was no blood, sweat or tears however there was practice, and a

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Using gestures in public speaking.

If you were told, “use your hand gestures more,” you might think of suddenly flailing your arms around while delivering a speech. If you get this incorrect mental picture and are unsure what to with your hands, think about this:

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Comfort Zone

So, you have a speech to write. Have you been thinking about what you are going to talk about? My advice to you is, talk about something you know well. Some of you professors out there may think that this

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Choosing A Topic

Choosing an appropriate topic for an upcoming speech can be pretty difficult at times, especially because it is one of the most important aspects of speech writing. When choosing a topic it is important for you to try and choose

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Preparation and Practice

Preparing in advance for a speech gives you the confidence you need to deliver an excellent speech. Take plenty of time before the speech day to prepare, brainstorm ideas for the speech, develop an outline and practice out loud. Avoid

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Humor in Speeches.

My first speech I thought was honestly successful was a roast-styled introduction to Seth MacFarlane, where I lampooned him throughout the speech. Being able to poke fun at things, get people to laugh, was something I realized helped me connect

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Introductions

Many of us have a common problem when it comes to writing a speech and it is how we should start it. Beebe and Beebe (2006) state that there are five important functions for a good introduction which include: get

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The pressure to engage with your audience

When delivering a speech to an audience of peers, or in front of business professionals, or even in a one-on-one conversation an important element shows sincerity but is often missed. That is eye contact. Eye contact with your audience opens

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The Importance of Public Speaking

There are many students all over the nation who attend various universities with diverging majors. Regardless if the individual is majoring in a specific science field, political science, law, business, English, teaching, or criminal justice public speaking skills are a

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So you got a speech, now what?

So, you’ve heard that you have a speech. Now the question rings in your head, “now what?” A problem that often people run into when bringing up their speech is actually formulating a topic. There are often two problems; either

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