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Persuasive Strategies, Part One

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  A.K.A. How To Embody Richard Gere as Billy Flynn in Chicago As a speech coach, one of the most common questions I hear from clients is “how can I be more persuasive?” They explain that they understand why their skills/experiences/insights are valuable to their clients, but they just aren’t sure how to explain it to them effectively. Or, perhaps, they think it’s so simple to identify the worth of someone else’s products, but when […]

6 Tips on Using Gestures In Public Speaking

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Help! Where do I put my hands? Let’s talk about a common, yet tragic public speaking scenario. Sara has spent hours rehearsing her Big Talk at home. She’s thought about the needs of her audience. She’s rolled up to the venue in her power outfit and is feelin’ her look. Sara, in short, is ready to rock it out. But when she stands up in front of the crowd, she is suddenly and overwhelmingly aware […]

The Gang (er, me) Explores Academic Precarity

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I love working in a university. I love being surrounded by intellectually driven, curious professionals who are passionate about their projects. I like seeing young adults blossom as analytical thinkers. I like having a community of like-minded individuals who understand whatever weird niche topic I’ve decided to dive into this year. I love the freedom of the schedule, the chances to travel and talk about my work, watching students explore across multiple classes, having free […]

The Art of the Paraphrase

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What do you think of when you think of public address? The President giving the State of the Union? A Baptist preacher thumping on a pulpit? Grainy black-and-white footage of dictators of yesteryear, insidiously swaying the hearts and minds of their people? To be sure, all of these situations hinge on the power of a strong rhetor (or speaker), but they are certainly not the only areas of life that are enriched via a strong […]