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This is where you get the latest headlines, (and just a little bit more to tell you what it's about), from new or updated pages as they're posted. See the entries below to see what I mean.
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Here's to fear-free public speaking!
Humorous, droll, absurd, zany and ridiculous ideas for funny persuasive speeches to make your audience smile.
Free word games -10 fun, confidence and skill building improvisational speech and drama activities. Suitable for 13+ yrs
Stand with Ukraine: positive practical ways you can support the people of Ukraine in their fight for the right to live peacefully in their own land.
Public speaking games ebook: 28 fun speech games & activities for middle school to adult; complete with printable resources, and how-to guides
Eye contact, or the lack of it, plays an important role in face-to-face communication. But how do you teach it? 5 fun activities for making good eye contact.
How to prepare an effective impromptu speech outline:7 organizational patterns: each with examples and a printable speech outline template.
Impromptu speaking: Yes, you CAN learn to love it. Get the strategies and templates you need to succeed.
Impromptu public speaking topics: 150 interesting, diverse speech topic suggestions for 'off the cuff' speaking practice.
150 1 minute speech topics, 3 sample speech outlines, speech texts, audio & a free printable speech outline. Wahoo! The total one-stop package!
Impromptu Speech Topics - 11 themed lists of creative fun topic ideas for impromptu speaking practice.
Sample speech outline template: guidelines, with examples, to help you structure your speech effectively. Plus printable blank outline.
A format for writing a speech in 7 easily followed steps. How to engage your audience from start to finish. With examples and a printable speech outline.
Overviews of the 4 main types of speeches: informative, demonstrative, persuasive and special occasion. Preparation guidelines, plus example speeches.
Speech topics by the 100s: lists of interesting, creative demonstration, impromptu, persuasive (and more) speech ideas.
Speech examples: farewell, birthday, tribute, welcome, introduction, engagement, eulogy and more. Kick start your creativity by reading before you write.
The average number of words per minute (wpm) in a 1 through to 10 minute speech for slow, medium and fast talkers. A guide to keep speech preparation on track.
What are the vocal aspects of speech delivery? Why they are an important part of developing leadership skills and how to develop 9 of them effectively.
How to rehearse a speech: 7 step by step rehearsal tips for public speaking success. Banish ordinary. Be extraordinary!
The speech builder helps you quickly and easily create unique, personalized farewell, welcome and thank you speeches.
Present your speech well. Help to choose the best of the 4 modes of speech delivery to fit your situation. Plus tools for good vocal and physical delivery.
Quick effective tips for speaking rate: stop talking too fast, or too slowly. Exercises to make you good to listen to.
Speech rate is the number of words spoken per minute. What's yours? Find out how to calculate speech rate.
The most common speech delivery styles are manuscript, memorized, impromptu and extemporaneous. Find out how to choose the right one.
How to read a speech effectively - 4 good ways to sound natural while reading a manuscript
242 good current controversial or argumentative speech topics with comprehensive guidelines.
Examples of effective speech conclusions, with audio, to help prepare a memorable closing statement to support your speech purpose.
Farewell speeches: how to write and give a gracious goodbye speech. Complete guidelines with an example farewell speech to colleagues and audio.
290 'how to' demonstration speech ideas: plus preparation and delivery guidelines and a free printable demonstration speech outline.
How to find the most interesting speech topics: guidelines, and 180+ topics drawn from 5 fascinating subject areas.
70+ example eulogies to help you write a loving eulogy for a mother, father, sister, brother, friend... Comprehensive, caring, step by step help.
Example eulogies: a heartfelt collection of 70+ funeral speeches shared by readers all over the world to help those in need write a eulogy.
American English Pronunciation: ESL training expert Amanda Lillet shares best practice and resources for improving workplace communication.
Good voice health guidelines for professional public speakers: teachers, call-center workers, coaches. Practical tips plus resources.
Mrs Tongue Does Her Housework - fun, effective tongue exercises for articulation set to a simple story. Suitable for students of all ages.
Quick and easy effective tips for using pauses in speeches. Learn how, when and why to use silence when you speak. With audio examples.
Quick easy effective tips for vocal variety: tone, pitch, volume and rate exercises to help you captivate, rather than bore your listeners.
Story telling setups: 20 examples of openings to successfully introduce stories in speeches
Storytelling in speeches keeps your audience actively listening. How to make them laugh, sigh, gasp with wonder with real, relevant stories.
Proper pronunciation: the negative impact of mispronunciation, help to correct it and links to excellent free resources.
Voice image can make or break a career yet few people consciously control what their voice says about themselves. Empower yourself by learning more.
Building rapport for public speakers: 9 ways to engage effectively and quickly with your audience.
What's the quality of your teaching voice? Research shows a stressed voice impacts student learning. Tips to develop and sustain a dynamic, healthy voice.
Bereavement support - a free series of 7 inspirational messages of timeless wisdom. 'this too will pass' provides comfort, hope and compassion.
Inspirational quotations from many cultures and times especially chosen for eulogies, funeral speeches and, to comfort.
Bereavement poems: inspirational funeral readings to help you choose the words you want to express your feelings.
Listen to readings of 'I am Standing Upon the Seashore', 'Funeral Blues', 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep' and the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Free funeral poems; a timeless cross-cultural collection of the best loved readings for services, eulogies and sympathy cards.
Read a sample eulogy to help you write. There are two here; different in style, unique, as were the people they celebrate.
How to write a eulogy: a step-by-step guide to writing and delivering a loving, sincere funeral speech. With a printable eulogy planning template.