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An Important Lesson – Give a Show to Whoever Shows Up

Over the weekend, I spent some time on campus here in Corvallis, experiencing some of the Homecoming events. One of the events was a free outdoor concert by country musician, and Corvallis native, Jackson Michelson. Now, it was a chilly night, with a lot of other student activities going on, and so the crowd wasn’t…

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Linked – The Public Speaking Technique That Everyone Should Be Using

“The powerful speech pause might be the most important public speaking technique you will ever learn. This secret is something that I’ve used for many years. Dramatic pauses are so powerful that they should be illegal. In music, all of the beauty is contained in the silences between the notes. In speaking, the drama and…

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Reading – Will this be on the test?

“The test, of course, offers nothing but downside. No extra credit, just points marked off. The test is the moment where you must conform to standards, to say what is expected of you. Perhaps a better question is, “Will this be in the Playbill?” The Playbill is the little program they hand out before the…

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Reading – 7 presentation tips from the 2015 world champion of public speaking

These are really good. As a trainer, the one I liked the best was the last tip: Visualize rather than memorize your speech. If you try memorizing your speech word by word, your performance will suffer, Qahtani said. He likes to visualize a map of certain points in his speech that he fills in during…