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How to Start a Speech (Continued)

I’ve previously given you the extensive benefit of my free advice on How to Start a Speech (or Presentation). The authorities agree. You start STRONGLY. One good idea is to treat the opening formalities, greetings and expressions of gratitude as not part of the speech. Depending on the occasion they […]

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How to Start a Speech

This ever-interesting subject is featured in my e-book, Speechwriting for Leaders. Coming to your tablets soon, I hope. Here’s part of what I say: How do you achieve that strong start? For a speechwriter it’s mainly about words. But a speaker engages an audience on many different levels simultaneously: eyes, […]

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How To Start A Speech: Tell A Story

Welcome Iain Dale readers I was helping someone the other day with some well-chosen words for a senior private occasion of some 100 people. The task? Suggesting ideas for the seemingly simple task of opening the proceedings and introducing the main speaker(s). Of course … not so simple. The words […]

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How To Start A Speech

Any audience for a speech quickly works out what it has to face. Boring or Interesting? Routine or Inspiring? Getting off to a good start is essential, as top US speech-writer John Shosky explains in the latest Total Politics: Audiences decide if they like you, and if you are a person […]

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Starting a Speech (Continued)

My post on the (ab)use of quotations in speeches prompted this comment from always alert reader Nigel Sedgwick: Charles is IMHO likely amongst the very best current advisors on speechmaking. But I must challenge him on a bit of material missing from his latest offering. The word spoken and heard […]

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Speechwriting for Leaders: Starting a Speech

Getting back to working on my e-book, Speechwriting for Leaders. Some of this is fruity and unexpected and highly operational stuff, if I say so myself. How about the current chapter on e-heckling: Some events make a virtue of the interactivity provided by IT. Screens round the walls of the […]

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Starting A Speech, Giving A Clear Message: MSS

I am still in deepest Warsaw, poised to give Polish officials training tomorrow and Tuesday in Speechwriting. On Thursday I swung by TEDxWarsaw, having given some speech-coaching to several participants the night before. One of the points I made was that a presentation at an event like TEDx is not […]

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Practise a Speech? Enter Orai

You have a major speech or presentation to give. Rehearse it carefully! Practise! You have to make a good impression on the day! Wait … Rehearse? Practise? In 2010 I gave a TEDx presentation in Krakow on the Physics of Diplomacy. Afterwards someone asked me how often I rehearsed such […]

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Speeches for Leaders

This has arrived from central Europe: Back in February you held a lecture which I attended and from where I departed with a signed copy of your book. Above your signature it said “Anyone can hold a good speech, if they read this book”. Two weeks later I finished the […]

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President Trump Saudi Speech

Here is my piece for Vital Speeches analysing President Trump’s major foreign policy speech in Saudi Arabia, comparing it to the rambling didactic speech by President Obama in Cairo in 2009. Key opening point: This speech is 3402 words long. The Obama speech in 2009 had a sprawling 6050 words […]

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