Magazine Archive - July 2019

July 29, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Adynaton


Rhetorical Devices , Instruction , Public Speaking , Resources

What happens when you super-size your hyperbole? You might get a more memorable expression for your next presentation. A look at flying pigs, whistling crawfish and adynaton...

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July 25, 2019

Michelle Obama: When They Go Low


On This Day , Great Speeches , Public Speaking , Instruction

It's been three years since Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention and gave us the line we still quote today. Here's what you can learn from her approach to public speaking...

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July 23, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Grandiose Allusions


Cardinal Sins , Public Speaking , Tips , The Buckley Experience , Strictly Speaking

"Count on this: almost nobody who quotes Plato has read Plato," writes Reid Buckley in his advice to speakers. Before you start strutting that stuff in your next speech, consider the consequences...

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July 5, 2019

Vulnerable, Courageous: Speaking to Defy the Odds


Alumni , Public Speaking , Tips

Public speaking skills help prison inmates restore self-esteem and succeed on the outside. No one knows that better than Quan Huynh. Here's how he's using his voice to help other incarcerated men and women defy the odds...

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July 4, 2019

Douglass: 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?'


Significant Speeches , Great Speeches , On This Day , Resources , Public Speaking

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass believed his well-timed remarks would get noticed. It's become one of the most important speeches in American history.

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July 1, 2019

Poem to Read Aloud: I Hear America Singing


Poems to Read Aloud , Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Resources

When you tire of hearing America shoot off its July 4th fireworks, improve your public speaking (and soothe your jangled nerves) with these lines from one of America's most influential poets.

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