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7 ways to liven up your next speech

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If you have the nagging worry that your speeches are not as fresh as they used to be, consider adopting these top tactics from people who often find themselves standing at the podium:
  1. Use dialogue. Attorney Floyd Abrams includes dialogues in his speeches: “Two people talking to each other in their own spoken language.”

  2. Take a risk. Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer makes a strong statement or prediction.

  3. Focus on one audience member. Erin Gruwell, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, tries to win over someone in the audience who seems to have a negative attitude or who is not listening.

  4. Toss out half your data. Scientist Allen Hershkowitz minimizes the data he uses and makes it as simple as possible.

  5. Allow a slow warm-up. Former Sen. Bob Kerrey slows down his pace at the start of his speeches to win his audience’s attention.

  6. Get anchored in your enthusiasm. Jack La Lanne, the 92-year-old fitness legend, focuses exclusively on how strongly he believes in what he has to say.

  7. Tie your talk to a goal. Business guru Tom Peters says he never makes a speech unless he wants to make something specific happen.
—Adapted from “Podium Tactics from 28 Public- Speaking Pros,” Forbes.

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