Recent Articles in Instruction

March 19, 2019

How To: Create a Strong Open for Your Presentation


Public Speaking , Instruction

The golden opportunity: To grab audience attention before they can start checking their phones. Here's a step by step process for determining how a public speaker can open strong.

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March 4, 2019

Good Panel Discussions: The Moderator’s Role


Panel Discussions , Tips , Instruction , Resources

Asking questions, introducing panelists, sure--but the real job of the moderator is to represent the audience and work on their behalf. What would Oprah do?

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March 2, 2019

Questionable Advice: 'Dumb Down that Presentation'


Public Speaking , Instruction , Tips

Before you despair over "dumbing down" your presentation, consider how you can be smarter about making complex information accessible.

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February 23, 2019

How To: Take a Stand When Presenting


Resources , Instruction , Public Speaking

"Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm," said Abraham Lincoln--great advice for public speaking that we take quite literally. Here's why you should, too...

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February 6, 2019

Good Panel Discussions: Tips for Panelists


Panel Discussions , Tips , Instruction , Resources

You've agreed to take part in a panel discussion. Now what? Dear panelist, here's how to make the most of it...

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January 29, 2019

Improve your Presentations: New options for 2019


The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking , Instruction

We've designed two new open-enrollment courses and a video option for coaching. Learn more about how we can help you advance your public speaking skills and improve your professional presentations...

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January 21, 2019

Questionable Advice Department: Hand out Your PowerPoint in Advance


Resources , Instruction , Tips , Public Speaking

Should you give the audience your PowerPoint deck before you present it? Why we question that advice on handouts and what you can do instead...

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January 14, 2019

How to: Use Gestures in a Presentation


Instruction , Tips , Resources , Public Speaking

Do you talk with your hands? Terrific! Now let's make sure those gestures are saying what you mean...

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January 11, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Asyndeton


Rhetorical Devices , Resources , Instruction , Just For Fun

No ands or buts, if you use this rhetorical device you can improve the odds that your speech will pack some punch.

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November 29, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Epizeuxis


Rhetorical Devices , Instruction , Just For Fun

Deliberate repetition is one of the most powerful techniques a public speaker can use. Perhaps that's why there are so many rhetorical devices related to repeating. Here's why this one has us saying "dilly, dilly"...

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November 13, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Smile More


Public Speaking , Tips , Instruction

Asking a speaker to smile more may earn you a grimace or a frown. Here's how to solve the real problem with speaker engagement and facial expressions...

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November 8, 2018

How To: Calm Public Speaking Nerves


Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Tips , Instruction

When you feel nervousness coming on, what's a speaker to do? Here's how to manage that I'm-on-next stress and keep nerves from undermining your presentation...

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October 16, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Walk to Engage the Audience


Resources , Public Speaking , Instruction , Tips

Walk around the room to connect with the audience? Yeah, we've heard that one, too. Before you step in it bigtime, consider our take...

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October 16, 2018

How To: Ask a Rhetorical Question


Instruction , Resources , Tips

It's a simple technique for engaging audiences, yet many speakers don't make the most of it in presentations. Here's how to ask rhetorical questions that get you somewhere...

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September 18, 2018

Public Speaking Tips: Get More From Your Voice


Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Instruction , Tips , The Buckley Experience

You don't need a different voice. You need to make the most of the one you have! Three ways to do that, plus a lifetime of insights from the Buckley vocal coach who pushes our students to stretch their performances...

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September 10, 2018

Speaking in Public: Reading & Managing the Audience


30th Anniversary , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books , The Buckley Experience , Instruction , Tips , Speaking in Public

To be unnerved or not to be unnerved? That is the question when facing a murderous room. Tips for how to read audiences and adjust your presentation like a pro...

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September 7, 2018

How to: Format a speech text


Resources , Tips , Instruction , Public Speaking

Simple formatting changes can make it much easier to give a speech from a written text. Here's what you can do to see almost instant results:

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September 6, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Always Repeat Audience Questions


Resources , Tips , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

Maybe you've heard this tip for handling Q&A sessions after a speech or presentation: Always repeat the question before you answer it. But it's not that simple...

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August 27, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Anadiplosis


Public Speaking , Resources , Rhetorical Devices , Just For Fun , The Buckley Experience , Instruction

A rhetorical device put to good use by Yoda, Shakespeare, Malcolm X, and Jay-Z: Here's another way to build a powerful statement through repetition...

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August 19, 2018

Speaking in Public: Posture & First Impressions


Resources , Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Speaking in Public

A too-casual style can send unintended messages, says our founder. His tips for starting well and standing tall in your next presentation...

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August 10, 2018

Better Stories for Your Next Presentation


Resources , Public Speaking , Three Things , Instruction , Tips

Personal stories can bring a presentation to life. Apply these easy-to-use writing workshop tips to bring more life to your stories...

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August 7, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Open With a Joke


Resources , Public Speaking , Tips , Instruction

When well-meaning public speaking advice goes wrong: Why you might not want to open that can of jokes.

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July 27, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Litotes


Rhetorical Devices , Just For Fun , Resources , Public Speaking , Instruction , The Buckley Experience

With hyperbole the likes of which the world has never seen and "double negative" trending, it's not a bad time to explore understatement and the potential of this rhetorical device for your public speaking...

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July 16, 2018

3 Tips for Better PowerPoint in 30 seconds


Resources , Public Speaking , Instruction , Tips , Three Things

You can get a better PowerPoint presentation in 30 seconds, just by making a few simple changes. Here's how...

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June 19, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Synecdoche


Resources , Public Speaking , Just For Fun , Rhetorical Devices , Instruction

The rhetorical device we all love using, whether we know it or not: Here's to more colorful public speaking by way of synecdoche!

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June 5, 2018

Using Quotes in Speeches: Should You?


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Instruction , Tips , Just For Fun

Should you use a quote in your next speech or presentation? A graduation speech making news for its use of a quote inspires us to weigh in...

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April 18, 2018

3 simple ways to build audience rapport


Three Things , Public Speaking , Instruction , Tips , Faculty , The Buckley Experience

When the audience likes you, they're more receptive to your presentation. Here are simple ways to win that rapport the next time you speak...

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March 31, 2018

Books for Speakers: Woe Is I


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Tips , Resources

One of our favorite guides--smart, easy to follow, and full of fun (yes, really) without any of the harmful side effects that caused you to doze off in middle school...

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March 23, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Enallage


Resources , Instruction , Rhetorical Devices

Should you ignore the rules of grammar in order to make a memorable statement in your next business presentation? Our rhetorical device of the month says it ain't such a bad idea....

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March 20, 2018

On Gestures: Five Principles for Public Speaking


Resources , Public Speaking , Instruction , The Buckley Experience , Speaker's Bookshelf , 30th Anniversary , Public Speaking Books , Speaking in Public

How best to use your hands when speaking? Our founder got his inspiration from a variety of sources. Those--plus his five tips for gestures, from his first book on public speaking...

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February 2, 2018

Books for Speakers: On Speaking Well


Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking , Resources , Instruction , Public Speaking Books

Oprah's speech at The Golden Globes has our students asking "How did she do that?" Peggy Noonan's excellent book offers some insight...

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January 5, 2018

Speaking in Public: A Grab Bag of Tips


Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books , 30th Anniversary , Instruction , Resources , Speaking in Public

Reid Buckley launched our school with the Executive Seminar and his first book on speaking. As we mark our 30th anniversary, we're publishing excerpts from "Speaking in Public" each month, starting with his infamous guide to color-coding....

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January 3, 2018

Books for Speakers: Presentation Zen


Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Resources , Public Speaking Books

PowerPoint. Love it? This book's for you. Hate it? This book is REALLY for you.

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January 2, 2018

Public Speaking in 2018: Calendar of Classes


Public Speaking , Instruction , The Buckley Experience , School News

Our public speaking and presentation skills course schedule, with new programs for Buckley School alum....

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December 14, 2017

Star Wars and the Force of Simple Words


Seen|Read|Heard , Instruction , Public Speaking , Just For Fun

Does the power of Star Wars lie in its use of simple words? Can you channel that force to improve your writing and speaking? Here's what your dictionary is telling you....

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December 2, 2017

Books for Speakers: Rhetoric & Persuasion


Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard

Some help to develop your rhetorical superpowers with lessons from Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer (Simpson)...

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November 2, 2017

Books for Speakers: Made to Stick


Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard

Can we recommend a book on speaking? A frequent question--and yes, we can. Quite a few...

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September 30, 2017

December Session Added to Course Calendar


Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Instruction

If presentation skills training is on your 2017 to-do list, we've got just the public speaking seminar for you....

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September 1, 2017

Poem to Read Aloud: Hopkins & Sprung Rhythm


Poems to Read Aloud , The Buckley Experience , Instruction

Glory be to God for Gerard Manley Hopkins, who produced one of our favorite poems to read aloud.

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July 27, 2017

Better Answers for Your Next Q&A


Resources , Three Things , Tips , Instruction

"I know from my own experience," says Buckley coach Jenny Maxwell, "that the more you stand up and practice answering questions, the better you get at it." Here are some tips for your next presentation, drawn from our onsite training with companies...

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July 8, 2017

New Courses: Presentations & Advanced Speaking


School News , Instruction , The Buckley Experience

Because our Executive Seminar graduates tell us they want more, we're adding two new open-enrollment courses beginning this fall...

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July 1, 2017

Declaration of Organization: Help from a Founding Document


Instruction , The Buckley Experience , Resources , Public Speaking Books

Analyzing how The Declaration of Independence is organized can aid your pursuit of happiness as a speaker...

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April 19, 2017

Facilitating Techniques for Speakers


Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Instruction , Tips

Managing the audience and working toward agreement are two of the skills an expert facilitator will master. Buckley coach Katie Pope shares how her experiences as a facilitator can help your next presentation.

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April 4, 2017

Accent for...the win?


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Instruction , Just For Fun

"Do I need to change my accent?" It’s a question Buckley faculty are asked all the time. If you listen to this year’s NCAA national basketball champs, you'll hear why our answer is “no.”

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April 1, 2017

Lessons from Coaching Youth Debate


Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Instruction , Tips

"Speaking is like sports. It's all about muscle memory," says Buckley faculty Jana Daley, who volunteers as a high school debate team coach. She shares three things she's learned that can help any speaker.

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March 16, 2017

Deliberate Practice for Better Speaking


Resources , Instruction , Tips , The Buckley Experience , Seen|Read|Heard

What do a great orator of Ancient Greece and the queen of popular music have in common? And how can they help you improve your public speaking? Learning expert Eduardo Briceño says it's all about the power of deliberate practice.

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February 17, 2017

Frederick Douglass and The Columbian Orator


Resources , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard , Speaker's Bookshelf

It’s rare, but every once in a while we do work with someone who brings along a copy of The Columbian Orator. Frederick Douglass began developing his skills as a speaker by reading this popular 19th century textbook. He bought the book while he was still enslaved, a boy of 12 or 13. It was the first book he'd ever owned.

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February 5, 2017

Can We Keep PowerPoint Under Control?


Instruction , Tips , Just For Fun

"Just Say No to PowerPoint Week" is Feb. 5-11, but it's a campaign the U.S. Military has tried to implement every day for years. Buckley faculty member Jenny Maxwell says that while every presenter can't say "no" completely, there are ways to limit the damage.

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