Claire Carpenter - The power of the spoken word

The power of persuasion

We are all of us only as powerful as our persuasive skill." - Simon Lancaster, speech writer to some of Britain's top politicians, business leaders and celebrities. One of the best ways to increase your powers of persuasion is to...

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You probably already know...

You probably already know that great eye contact is essential for creating and maintaining a connection with your audience. But because of nerves, many speakers either stare too hard at one member of the audience, which simultaneously blocks off the...

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A speech is a solemn responsibility.

"A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad 30 minute speech to 200 people wastes only a half hour of his time. But he wastes 100 hours of his audience's time - more than 4 days...

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The right word may be effective

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause". - Mark Twain.It can nerve-wracking to stand on a stage and look at an audience, while they're looking at you, and no-body...

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Writing is easy...

"Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." - Gene Fowler.Sometimes I just have to close my eyes and a speech pops beautifully into...

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