Why you need to be in the M and M business

Dave Carroll

If you are called on to make many speeches or presentations, we have some great food-for-thought for you from a speech by singer/songwriter, author and social media activist Dave Carroll. Dave, the guy who had that viral blockbuster United Breaks Guitars, was speaking in Halifax at a fund-raiser for the bush fires disaster in Australia. The …

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How will your speeches and presentations be judged?

How do you judge a speech, particularly a political speech? By what it achieves at the moment of delivery? Or should history be the true judge? Recent events in Washington had Eliot Cohen pondering this question in an article last week in The Atlantic magazine. Cohen is dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of …

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Which butterfly stage are you at as a speaker?

release your creativity

A painting on a wall of a butterfly made me think of the good and not-so-good aspects of making a presentation or speech. When it goes well, we are the magnificent butterfly: delicate but powerful, spreading our wings and being the best we can be. But too often we don’t get to that stage. We …

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Four speaking tips from Oscar winner Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt on public speaking

Today’s quick quiz question: who recently said: “Speeches make me nervous. I’ve always been really tentative.” OK, if you answered Brad Pitt, award yourself an Oscar. Brad Pitt is no stranger to making speeches. This year he delivered acclaimed acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and sent a speech …

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You’ve finished writing; now the work really begins

A couple of months ago I was taking part in a workshop with that wonderful Newfoundland writer, Donna Morrissey. A novel-writing class with the award-winning author of Sylvanus Now, The Fortunate Brother, and Kit’s Law, was pretty daunting – especially for those of us who’ve spent a lifetime writing a very different type of prose. …

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Wildfires in Oz: fund-raiser with a difference

If you’ve seen any of those horrific pictures from the wildfire disaster in Australia, you may have wondered ‘what can I do to help?’ Here’s something you could consider… something a little different from simply donating a few dollars to an appeal fund. Speak Out for Australia is a fund-raiser with a difference. The difference …

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