Speech Tip: Set the Bar High (The Big O)

Speech Tip: Set the Bar High (The Big O)

Speech Tip: Set the Bar High (The Big O) Have you ever gotten a standing ovation? It’s a hard to describe feeling, but when someone receives one, they know. And they know they want another. It is like laughter to a comedian. It is a buzz like no other. No...
Speech Tip: Fold Your Speech?

Speech Tip: Fold Your Speech?

You’ve seen the guy reach into his suit coat and pull out his speech. Maybe it is a little dog-eared. A tiny rip  barely seen in the audience? What confidence! It is folded as you would for a letter in an envelope. He unveils his glorious speech...
Text vs Style

Text vs Style

Great speeches always involve a great message. Personal charisma can help tell that message well, but it is the substance you need to be extraordinary. We envision great speakers as having amazing podium skills. They do, but what sets them apart is something quieter:...
Adventures in Speech Writing

Adventures in Speech Writing

I have a sexy job. It isn’t really, but that’s the impression some people have. They’ve watched too many movies romanticize my type of work. In the course of conversation, someone might say, “So, what do you do?” There’s a range of...