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2 lessons from the Golden Globes

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The Golden Globes often provide public speaking inspiration. However, Deborah Grayson Riegel, an expert in presentation and interpersonal communication skills, explains how the speeches fell short this year and offers advice we can all use:

  1. Always be prepared. Jacqueline Bisset gave a bizarre, rambling speech when she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, claiming that she never expected to receive it. If there is even the slightest chance that you will be called on to speak, have a plan in place. Memorize an opening line, a few points and a closing line and you could save yourself some embarrassment.
  2. Watch the clock. Most winners at the Golden Globes failed to monitor their time. Starting too slowly, they had to speed up toward the end of their remarks.

Know exactly how much time you will have. Then prepare your remarks and practice until you can nail your speech within the time frame. A rule of thumb is to prepare your speech to run slightly shorter than the allotted time. That way you won’t be rushed if an unplanned event occurs.

— Adapted from “'But I Didn’t Prepare Anything!' Three Public Speaking Lessons From the Worst Golden Globes Ever,” Deborah Grayson Riegel, The Huffington Post, www.thehuffingtonpost.com.

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