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15 Great Quotes About Public Speaking

Below is a selection of the best quotes on public speaking that I’ve encountered in my research for Communicate You blog. These interesting and inspiring quotes are in no particular order, and the speakers range from well-known orators to presentation gurus. I’ve put together a pretty random list of 15 to get started. Quotes About Public Speaking There […]

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6 Websites For Free PowerPoint Templates

Still the king when it comes to presentation software, Microsoft PowerPoint was born in 1990 (the same year as me as it happens!). Today an estimated 350 presentations are given each second across the globe, using PowerPoint. Visual aids, such as PowerPoint, are exactly what it says on the tin – something you layer over a message to aid the […]

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Tips from Ireland’s Top Coaches (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I published an article with top tips and advice from some of Ireland’s leading public speaking and presentation coaches. Because their answers were so good the first time they’ve returned for a part 2! If you missed it, I strongly recommend you catchup on part 1 here.    Catherine Moonan is […]

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Tips from Ireland’s Top Coaches (Part 1)

This next post is a very special one for the blog. I’ve gathered together some of Ireland’s leading public speaking and presentation coaches to garner some top tips and advice.    Catherine Moonan is the Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’. Catherine has coached over 500 contestants on all the series to date and helped them […]

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Communicate You Interviews Eoghan McDermott

A couple of weeks ago I dropped into the Communications Clinic in Dublin for a chat with Eoghan McDermott. Eoghan is a Director of The Communications Clinic and Head of Training. He provides public speaking and presentation advice and training to government departments and agencies, political parties and organisations in industries as varied as banking, accountancy, […]

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Technical Presentations For Non Technical People

In today’s world, technical people including scientists, engineers, and programmers are being challenged more and more frequently to give presentations to others. And not just to other techies. Often they are speaking to people with little or no technical expertise. So how can you transition from technical to non-technical when you speak? How can you present a technical message […]

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Communicate You Interviews John Livesay

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with John Livesay. As a business consultant and coach, John Livesay helps people struggling with their pitch to become irresistible and get the funding they need – fast! John is Host of The Successful Pitch podcast and author of The Successful Pitch book. During my chat with John we discuss: Developing confidence and […]

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What I've Learned from 2 Years of Blogging

It’s hard to believe that Communicate You blog turns 2 this week! When I got started in March 2015, I had thought about the blog as an experiment that would last for a couple of months. But somewhere during the course, I began to notice the positive effect it was having on my life. Not only was […]

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What? So What? Now What?

A powerful way to help you remember the content of any presentation you’re making is to provide a meaningful structure for your content. In fact research has shown that people retain structured information up to 40% more reliably and accurately than information that is presented in a more freeform manner. There are many presentation structures on which you […]

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My Favourite Articles About Public Speaking

Whether you are giving a presentation for colleagues in your work department or at a national conference, teaching in front of a group of students, or giving a job talk, public speaking is a critical skill to master. Despite such importance, public speaking consistently ranks as one of people’s top phobias. Many people even fear […]

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