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September 30, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: ASTERISMOS


Rhetorical Devices , Just For Fun , Public Speaking , Resources

Verbal tic of a careless speaker? Or smart tactic to make audiences aware that something worth starring and remembering is coming their way? Behold, asterismos...

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August 29, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Antonomasia


Rhetorical Devices , Resources , Public Speaking , Just For Fun

What's in a name? Perhaps a lot more when you employ this rhetorical device in your public speaking. Here's how it's used for good and for evil...

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June 27, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Tmesis


Rhetorical Devices , Resources , The Buckley Experience , Just For Fun

Un-friggin-doubtedly, you’ve used this one before. Here’s why that’s probably a fan-blooming-tastic thing…

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May 30, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Metanoia


Rhetorical Devices , Resources , Public Speaking , Just For Fun

Want to contrive to sound more spontaneous in a speech?To make a harsh point without having the audience dislike--nay, kill the messenger? Consider using the "backspace" of rhetorical devices...

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April 25, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Anthimeria


Rhetorical Devices , Just For Fun , Resources , Public Speaking

It can bring delight. It can make you wince. You can reject it, even return it. See how this rhetorical device "gooses the English language" as we gift you a look at anthimeria...

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March 18, 2019

March Madness: Some Public Speaking Slam Dunks


Just For Fun , Public Speaking , Resources , Public Speaking Fear , Travel , Tips

March Madness fans are arriving in our neighborhood, hoping to see Zion Williamson, perhaps unaware they could improve their presentation skills while watching the big games...

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March 13, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Tricolon


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

What public speaking technique can bring a certain fullness, roundness, or tension to help your message take off? Try this month's rhetorical device...

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February 5, 2019

State of the Union: Rhetorical Device Bingo


Rhetorical Devices , Just For Fun , Significant Speeches

What rhetorical devices will make their way into the State of the Union address? And will you be able to spot them all? Play Rhetorical Device Bingo with us and see if you're a winner...

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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 28, 2018

Books for Speakers: All the King's Men


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Resources , Just For Fun

As the main character changes, so does his public speaking style. What can we learn about persuasive speaking from a novel? Plenty if it's "All the King's Men."

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November 5, 2018

Public Speaking Lessons from 'The Voice'


Three Things , Just For Fun , Tips , Seen|Read|Heard , Faculty

Our Buckley coach makes the case for learning presentation skills from a popular TV show and why Taylor Swift would make an excellent public speaking instructor...

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November 1, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Gwendolyn Brooks


Resources , Just For Fun , Poems to Read Aloud

She was a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. She's also helping you improve your presentation skills with this month's poem to read aloud...

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October 30, 2018

Paranomasia: How punny is that?


Rhetorical Devices , Resources , The Buckley Experience , Just For Fun

That queasy feeling you get when you hear a corny pun in a speech? Our rhetorical device of the month diagnosis: Looks like a case of paranomasia.

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September 26, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Dysphemism


Rhetorical Devices , Just For Fun , Resources , Public Speaking

If a euphemism is a substitution that softens an expression, then the opposite of that would be...our latest rhetorical device of the month.

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September 8, 2018

Asheville: An Arts Adventure


Travel , Faculty , Just For Fun

Visiting with artists, touring studios, and seeing raku pottery pulled from a flaming trashcan fired up our imaginations during a tour of Asheville's River Arts District...

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September 1, 2018

A Poem to Help Your Public Speaking: September Midnight


Public Speaking , Poems to Read Aloud , Just For Fun , The Buckley Experience , Resources

Like a late-night espresso to awaken even the laziest enunciation, we serve up these lines from poet Sara Teasdale to read aloud...

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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 1, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Hardy's August Midnight


Poems to Read Aloud , Resources , Public Speaking , Just For Fun , The Buckley Experience

Delight Potter fans, bee enthusiasts--and improve your public speaking through attention to cadence and timing--with a little help from Thomas Hardy and this month's poem to read aloud.

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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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June 25, 2018

Top Advisors, Election Wins & More: Buckley Friends in the News


Alumni , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , School News , Faculty

From top sheets to top positions, these Buckley alumni and faculty are using their communication skills to make an impression...

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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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May 21, 2018

Alumni and the Public Speaking Lessons that Stick


Alumni , The Buckley Experience , Just For Fun , 30th Anniversary

Public speaking breakthroughs, lifelong friendships, and the inimitable style of our founder: Buckley alum share memories and their favorite presentation tips...

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March 9, 2018

Standing Up to Public Speaking Fears


Resources , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Three Things , Just For Fun , Tips

When a hospital administrator wanted to give her career a boost, she had to overcome her fear of public speaking. So she took on an even scarier challenge. Should you?

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February 12, 2018

A Few Hours for Fun in Columbia, S.C.


Travel , Just For Fun , The Buckley Experience

Traveling to our Executive Seminar in Camden often brings our students through South Carolina's capital city. Some ideas for what to do when you're passing through...

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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 5, 2017

Sheepish Speaker Overcomes Nerves


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

Two secrets for conquering public speaking nerves that New Zealand's champion sheep judges learn--and you can use them, too.

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December 1, 2017

Read Aloud: Some Brillig Nonsense


Poems to Read Aloud , The Buckley Experience , Just For Fun

Relieve holiday stress and stretch your public speaking delivery--with Lewis Carroll's verse....

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December 1, 2017

Mountains, City: Enjoying Salt Lake


Travel , Faculty , Just For Fun

If work takes you to Salt Lake City, how can you use your spare hours to see the sights and find some fun? From local beers to "Brigham Young was here," our coaches report...

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November 27, 2017

Down on the Corner: Guitars & Nashville Stars


Welcome to Camden , Just For Fun , The Buckley Experience

Take a lesson, buy a guitar, sing your blues or brush up against a little bit of Nashville in Camden at Davis & Sons....

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October 25, 2017

Storytelling Tips via Camden's Most Famous Ghost


Welcome to Camden , The Buckley Experience , Just For Fun , Tips , Storytelling

Like any good ghost story, this one gets at least some of its staying power from techniques that you can use, too.

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October 4, 2017

Improv to Help Your Public Speaking


Three Things , Faculty , Tips , Just For Fun

You don't have to be an aspiring Second City cast member to benefit from giving improv a try. Here's what our Jenny Maxwell discovered...

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October 1, 2017

Better than Pumpkin Spice: October's Read Aloud


Resources , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud , Just For Fun

A few lines to help you develop those all-important spooky vocal tones, just in time for Halloween...

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September 5, 2017

A Golden State for Bookstores


Favorite Bookstores , Travel , Just For Fun , Faculty

Buckley faculty member Caroline Lord has been posting photos from L.A. on Instagram. It got us thinking about our favorite bookstores in California...

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September 2, 2017

Time to Dine in Minneapolis


Travel , Just For Fun

Even a busy week of work leaves a little time for finding a good restaurant..or two. Last month, Buckley coach Jenny Maxwell searched out a couple of gems.

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July 10, 2017

Wrestling with Speaking Skills


Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun

Public speaking lessons at a professional wrestling camp? Yes, everyone--even the Chainsaw King--benefits from better presentation skills....

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June 26, 2017

Boykin: Gators, Grits & World Famous Dogs


Welcome to Camden , The Buckley Experience , Just For Fun , Travel

This little community on a large mill pond east of Camden has a big time reputation for good food, wildlife, history, quirkiness--and a special breed of dog.

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June 22, 2017

Speaker’s Best Friend: Talk to the Dog


Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , Resources , Public Speaking

Inspired by American University's "audience dogs," our Buckley staff evaluate the benefits of practicing speeches with their canines.

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June 1, 2017

Favorite Bookstores: Quirky, Beautiful, Charming


Travel , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , Favorite Bookstores

Buckley staff have been trading lists of favorite bookstores. Here are a few from the mixed-up files of our kid lit loving Jenny Maxwell...

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May 26, 2017

Where to find Camden's best burgers


Welcome to Camden , Just For Fun , Travel

In honor of National Burger Day, we're giving you our insider tips on where to find Camden's best "hamburger on bread" and more....

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May 8, 2017

Favorite Bookstores: London Calling


Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , Travel , Favorite Bookstores

When book lovers around the country celebrated Independent Bookstore Day, it got us thinking: What are our favorite bookstores? The answer takes us to London...

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May 1, 2017

See & Do in Dallas


Travel , Just For Fun

Dallas has more to offer than we can possibly see in one visit--which is one more reason we're happy when clients bring us to town. Here are a few things we've discovered in our after-work hours that you might enjoy...

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April 24, 2017

What a Puppet Show Can Teach You About Presenting


Faculty , Just For Fun , Tips , Storytelling

They took a chance on entering a puppet slam: Here's what Buckley coaches Alejandro Garcia and Jenny Maxwell learned that can help your presentations.

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April 14, 2017

The Scoop on Public Speaking: About that Lectern


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

Bernie Sanders speaking from a pint of Ben & Jerry's has us thinking about some of the crazy things people believe about using lecterns--and the advice we give.

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April 11, 2017

Poems in your Pockets & Verse for Every Month


Resources , Public Speaking , Tips , Just For Fun , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud

Years before there was National Poetry Month, The Buckley School was encouraging students of speaking to read poems aloud. Here's a little more about how you should and--with some help from Bill Murray--why it can even be fun.

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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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March 23, 2017

Speaking of March Madness


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

March Madness--yes, we have it at The Buckley School. And when it comes to winning and losing this year, you might even say "this time, it's personal."

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March 13, 2017

Camden's Steeplechase Run


Welcome to Camden , Just For Fun

From polo fields to film festivals, horses are a big part of life in Camden. But to many, steeplechase is the premier event with a history that makes Camden steeplechase special.

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February 16, 2017

National Jell-O Week Hits Home


Welcome to Camden , Faculty , Just For Fun

It may or may not be America’s most famous dessert these days, but it’s hard to imagine a Southern congealed salad without it. And J-E-L-L-O has a special connection to Camden and our Buckley school staff.

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February 5, 2017

Can We Keep PowerPoint Under Control?


Instruction , Tips , Just For Fun , PowerPoint

"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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January 24, 2017

Little Speaker, Big Presence


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

It's hard to beat a speaker who cares about her message and throws herself into delivering it--as demonstrated by eight-year-old "book girl" Madison.

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January 23, 2017

Longest Speech--Ever!


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

You may think you've endured the world's longest speech--but chances are you haven't. Because this guy set a record for speaking more than 53 hours. And there's something we can learn from that.

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January 3, 2017

Descriptive Gestures and the Next U.S. President


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

How many descriptive gestures do you use in a speech? Bloomberg Politics tracked a speech by Donald Trump and documented more than 70 different gestures. Take a look at what they found.

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