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The Rule of Three in Speech Writing

According to a Business Insider article written by Ira Kalb of USC’s School of Business: “Our brains evolved in a way to protect us from harm. As part of our protection system, we like to have choices. We know that if we don’t have choice in a dangerous situation, we may not find a way out of […]

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The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

It’s been another big year for Communicate You blog. Following the launch of the expert interview series in 2016, featuring some of the biggest names in public speaking, this year I began publishing the audio from those conversations. As you’ll see below these posts have been some of my most popular. The list of subscribers to the blog continued […]

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Hero’s Journey Approach to Storytelling

Introduced by Joseph Campbell in 1949, the Hero’s Journey is a narrative structure involving a protagonist who goes on an adventure, wins a decisive victory after a crisis, and then returns transformed. In his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell describes the Hero’s Journey as follows: A hero ventures forth from the […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Storytelling

Let’s picture the scene. You are sitting in an audience waiting for the next presentation to begin. For the past hour your time has been consumed by data, bullets and lots of technical information. Now imagine the next speaker takes to the stage and launches into a PowerPoint presentation full of complex text and cluttered […]

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How to Create Powerful Visual Aids 2

Communication is supposed to be about the transfer of emotion. Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited (or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are.) Humans get inspired by fellow humans, not slides. If all you want to do is create a PowerPoint […]

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Communicate You Interviews Barry Brophy

A couple of weeks ago I called in to University College Dublin for a chat with Barry Brophy. With a background in engineering, Barry spent many years studying cognitive psychology in order to gain insights in how to explain technical material. Barry has nearly two decades of experience helping people make presentations in both the […]

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Communicate You Interviews Matt Abrahams

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Matt Abrahams. Matt is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach who teaches Strategic Communication for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Presentation Skills for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, and De Anza College. Matt is also Co-Founder of Bold Echo, which is an industry leading communication coaching consulting practice. During […]

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How to Create Powerful Visual Aids 1

Communication is supposed to be about the transfer of emotion. Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited (or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are.) Humans get inspired by fellow humans, not slides. If all you want to do is create a PowerPoint […]

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World Champions of Public Speaking

Toastmasters is a community of over 345,000 members in 15,900 clubs in over 140 countries. Each year thousands of those members gather for the annual convention, culminating with the final round of an International Speech Contest, to produce the World Champion of Public Speaking. This post showcases a selection of previous speech winners. For those not familiar with Toastmasters, check out […]

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Communicate You Interviews a World Champion

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Pres Vasilev. Pres Vasilev rose above 30,000 contestants from 122 countries to become the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking. He is the President of Pres Says, Inc., a company specialising in training business leaders and sales teams to achieve greater influence, productivity, and profits. During my chat with Pres […]

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