Recent Articles in Public Speaking

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 6, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Arrogance & Conceit


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

What must public speakers avoid if they don't want to make the mistakes of an amateur? Our founder's 10 Cardinal Sins of Public Speaking, starting with one that requires "cleansing your spirit."

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January 5, 2019

Helen Keller's Remarkable Public Speaking


On This Day , Significant Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard , Resources , Public Speaking

We all know Helen Keller as a remarkable person--but how much do you know about her career as a public speaker? On January 5, 1916, 35-year-old Keller spoke at Carnegie Hall...

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January 1, 2019

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: E.A. Robinson's Cheevy


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

"Miniver cursed the commonplace/And eyed a khaki suit with loathing." Add more color to your public speaking with these lines to read aloud from Edwin Arlington Robinson...

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December 21, 2018

Books for Speakers: A biography and a memoir


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

Their public speaking has awed and inspired. Will their life stories give clues to what made their speeches so powerful? We're eager to read two of the hottest books in stores right now...

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December 20, 2018

All I Want for Christmas: PowerPoint to Pitch the Parents


Public Speaking , Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

Should Santa be on the lookout for more PowerPoint presentations? Here's how The New York Times says kids are using formal pitches to persuade their parents...

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December 7, 2018

FDR's Speech and the Day That Lives in Infamy


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

How Franklin D. Roosevelt drafted one of history's best known and oft misquoted lines--and what his speech can teach us about the importance of working to find the right words...

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December 4, 2018

Speaking in Public: The Art of Public Speaking


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

All year, we've featured excerpts from Reid Buckley's first book on public speaking. This month, we come to the last chapter ... and some final words to inspire you to create artful presentations.

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December 2, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Get the Audience Involved


Public Speaking , Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

Of course, you want the audience engaged when you're presenting. But before you ask them to close their eyes or get up on their feet, consider this...

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December 1, 2018

Poetry to Help Your Public Speaking: Joyce Kilmer


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

Most famous for the poem "Trees," Joyce Kilmer did much more in his short life, including writing the poem we're featuring this month for your read aloud practice...

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November 19, 2018

On This Day: The Gettysburg Address


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

Seven score and 15 years ago on this day, Abraham Lincoln delivered a 270 word address that is still teaching us lessons about public speaking today...

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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 12, 2018

Tips for Mastering Public Speaking Skills More Quickly


Three Things , Tips , Public Speaking

Helping military members master new communication skills has also taught us a few things. Here's how you can jump in, embrace the challenge, and accelerate your learning...

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November 9, 2018

Speaking in Public: Writing to be Heard


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

Short sentences make for better speeches, as a rule. Here's what our compound-sentence-loving founder has to say about writing to be heard...

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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 17, 2018

Presenting to Decision Makers: Tips for a Better Pitch


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

Presenting to the C-Suite or a promising new client is the opportunity you've been working for. Avoid these common mistakes when you make your pitch...

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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 15, 2018

Speaking in Public: Finding & Using Your Natural Strengths


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

Understanding your presentation style and making the most of it - The Buckley School's founder on why that's the single most important thing a speaker can do...

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October 5, 2018

Secret of Public Speaking Success? Debate


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

"Igniting change through words." That's a goal of the nation's top-ranked high school public speaker. She shares how participating in debates can make that possible in your presentations...

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October 2, 2018

Poem to Read Aloud: Edgar Allen Poe


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

Reading poems out loud can bring more color and drama to your public speaking. Try these lines from a master of creating that certain mood...

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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 23, 2018

On This Day: The Checkers Speech


Public Speaking , Significant Speeches , On This Day

On this day in 1952, Richard Nixon and a cocker spaniel gave the world a televised address we still talk about. Check out the Checkers speech....

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September 20, 2018

Books for Speakers: Bird by Bird


Public Speaking , Alumni , Resources , Speaker's Bookshelf

"Joy just oozes from this book," writes the Buckley alum who recommends it. You'll also find lots of help for using your stories and voice to bring more life (and humor) to speeches and presentations.

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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 12, 2018

On This Day: 'We choose to go to the Moon'


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Great Speeches , Significant Speeches , On This Day

We do these things "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." On this day in 1962, President Kennedy gave a speech with lines that still resonate. What he said, how he said it, and what you can learn about speeches to inspire a vision...

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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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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 20, 2018

'More Public Speaking, Less PowerPoint'


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The Army is revamping a 40-year-old training program to move away from PowerPoint and toward good, old-fashioned communication skills. Here's why...

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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 18, 2018

Aretha Franklin: Public Speaking Lessons from the Queen


Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

Recalling all that she loved about one of her favorite singers, Buckley faculty Katie Pope also realizes Aretha Franklin is a model for becoming an excellent speaker...

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August 15, 2018

Finding Your Voice to Inspire Change


Public Speaking , Alumni

Public speaking to end sexual assault and domestic violence requires the ability to tell persuasive stories, translate data, and connect with diverse audiences. How one speaker found her voice and how that can help you...

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August 13, 2018

Let’s Go There: Your Public Speaking Mindset


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips

Might your dread of public speaking be worse than the experience itself? A look at the connection between mindset and public speaking success...

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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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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 29, 2018

Speaking in Public: Lean, Clean Messages


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

Public speaking benefits when ideas are expressed in lean, clean sentences. Here is Reid Buckley's recipe for unstuffing messages so they're easier to follow...

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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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July 11, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Speak from the heart


Public Speaking , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips , The Buckley Experience

Heard some public speaking advice that made you wonder? Us, too. Here's another take on the old "speak from the heart" tip...

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July 5, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: The Traveller-Heart


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

His poems were made wildly popular by his spellbinding delivery. Who better to provide this month's poem to real aloud?

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July 2, 2018

Books for Speakers: Orators of the American Revolution


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

The public speaking techniques used by Patrick Henry & Co. are remarkably similar to the ones that can work for you today....

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June 28, 2018

Speaking in Public: How to Use a Lectern


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

A lectern can be a great home base for a speaker, when used well. Reid Buckley provides a professional speaker's tips and perspective from the podium...

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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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June 4, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Diction for A June Night


Resources , Poems to Read Aloud , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Her most famous lines are forever connected to the Statue of Liberty. This month's poem to read aloud comes from Emma Lazarus...

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May 27, 2018

Speaking in Public: Making it Interesting


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

Spreadsheets? A boat load of data? A little imagination can turn seemingly boring stuff into lively presentations. Here's our founder's take on how to do that...

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April 20, 2018

Books for Speakers: Lend Me Your Ears


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

Some people read cookbooks for fun. Buckley coaches read anthologies of speeches. Here's one we think you'll enjoy....

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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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April 5, 2018

Presentation Advice: The Case for the Simple Word


Public Speaking , Tips , The Buckley Experience , 30th Anniversary , Public Speaking Books , Resources , Speaking in Public

Thirty years ago, The Buckley School launched its flagship program and founder Reid Buckley published his first book on public speaking. From Chapter 9, here's his multi-syllabled advice for using the simple word...

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March 29, 2018

Beyond 'You Were Great!' - 3 Tips for Getting Helpful Feedback


Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking

"You were great!" It's the response most people hear when they ask for feedback on a speech or presentation. Here's how to get the stuff you can actually use...

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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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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 26, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Chiasmus


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Rhetorical Devices , Public Speaking

How do you turn the ideas in your speeches into lines people will remember? One rhetorical device you can use is the literal turn of phrase called chiasmus....

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February 20, 2018

Speaking in Public: Using Humor and Wit


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

Our founder's first book on speaking was "Speaking in Public." As we mark our 30th anniversary, we're sharing excerpts, including Reid's take on adding humor and wit to your public speaking...

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February 13, 2018

Comfortable in the Spotlight: 3 Public Speaking Tips for Shy Speakers


Public Speaking , Three Things , Tips

Introverts, take heart! Every speaker can find a way to own the stage, even the ones who'd prefer not to be there. Here's how...

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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 18, 2018

Speaking with an Accent: Love it or Lose it?


Resources , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

Should public speakers and presenters try to reduce their accents? As "The World In Words" podcast discovers, it's complicated...

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January 15, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Anaphora


Seen|Read|Heard , Rhetorical Devices , Public Speaking

It's hard not to think about public speaking and this rhetorical device when we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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 4, 2018

Speaking to Lead: Recall what moves you


Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips

She wasn't much of a talker until her job demanded it. Here's how Olympian and once-shy public speaker Dawn Staley finds her voice and how the same technique can help 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 11, 2017

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Paralipsis


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Faculty , Rhetorical Devices

It's the rhetorical device that let's you be naughty AND nice...and it happens to be a Donald J. Trump favorite...

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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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November 22, 2017

With Gratitude: Thoughts on saying thanks in your next speech


Tips , Public Speaking

Audiences appreciate a courteous speaker--but what's the secret to conveying your genuine gratitude? Some ideas for going above and beyond...

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November 20, 2017

Public Speaking Fears: Make A Game Plan


Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips , Public Speaking

How public speaking tripped him up and what you can learn from Duke's Grayson Allen about handling your nerves...

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October 23, 2017

Memory tips to spark your public speaking


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips

Turns out the techniques that improve recall look a lot like the ones we use to help public speakers make their presentations memorable...

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October 10, 2017

Astronaut's POV: Images, Stories from Space


Alumni , Public Speaking , Travel

When you have dozens of out of this world stories to tell, how do you choose? That's the challenge for Astronaut Terry Virts...

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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 12, 2017

Help a Speaker Out


Public Speaking , Three Things , Tips

Buckley School director Karen Kalutz says you can make the world a friendlier place for every speaker (including yourself) in three easy steps.

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August 28, 2017

The Dream Speech: 54 Years Ago Today


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Significant Speeches , Great Speeches , On This Day

Fifty-four years ago on this day, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Everyone claims to know this speech...but do they really?

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August 14, 2017

Teaching Science to Teens: Lessons for any presentation


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

When our faculty Jenny Maxwell heard an NPR feature about teaching science, the discoveries sounded a lot like a Buckley primer for good public speaking....

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August 1, 2017

A Poem to Read Aloud: Phillis Wheatley


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

In August 1761, seven-year-old Phillis Wheatley was purchased as a slave in Boston. She became one of the most renowned poets of her time. Her "Hymn to the Evening" is this month's read aloud.

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July 5, 2017

70th Anniversary for a Barrier Breaker


Welcome to Camden , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Seventy years ago on this day, Camden's Larry Doby became the American League's first African-American baseball player. We take note of his speeches, courage, and poise under pressure...

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July 1, 2017

Kid's-Eye View of Long Summer Days: July's Read-Aloud


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

For your poetry practice, we offer lines from Robert Louis Stevenson that remind us of a summer week we spent leading a workshop in Anchorage, Alaska. (And we like this portrait of RLS, painted by John Singer Sargent.)

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June 28, 2017

Speaking of Tech Careers and Innovation


Public Speaking , Alumni

Per Scholas is winning widespread recognition for its ability to open new career opportunities. Here's how Chief Administrative Officer Michelle Pullaro tells that story...

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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

Summer Rain: A read-aloud poem for June


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

She smoked cigars, won the Pulitzer Prize, and took issue with South Carolina's "obscene" shades of magenta: Amy Lowell is the poet for this month's verse to read out loud.

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June 1, 2017

From Acting Class to Public Speaking


Three Things , Tips , Public Speaking , Faculty

What can a middle school acting class teach us about public speaking? Buckley Coach Emily Padgett has a few ideas....

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May 26, 2017

'Oratory is alive and well'


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

On May 19, the mayor of New Orleans gave a speech people are still talking about, a reminder of how important and powerful good public speaking can be.

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May 16, 2017

Graduation Speeches, Humor & Personal Experience


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips

Every year, brave souls accept the challenge of delivering a commencement address. Two secrets of their success apply to any type of good speaking.

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May 12, 2017

Speaking Inspired by Lincoln


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips

A tweet from Ford’s Theatre caught our eye: "Today ‪#FordsOratory students head to the Lincoln Memorial to practice giving their speeches in the footsteps of other great orators!" We had to find out more...

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May 2, 2017

VentureMom Encourages Entrepreneurs


Alumni , Public Speaking , Tips

Helping other entrepreneurs is what Holly Hurd's VentureMom is all about. Holly describes the public speaking and communication skills that help startups succeed.

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May 1, 2017

A Shakespeare Sonnet for May's Read Aloud


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

"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May," writes William Shakespeare in Sonnet 18. It's our selection for your May read aloud.

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May 1, 2017

Lessons from TED for public speaking


Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Tips

How can a TED talk help you improve your public speaking? Buckley faculty Elise Partin gave one--and shares her tips from the experience.

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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 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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April 3, 2017

A Great Speaker Gets His Day


Public Speaking , Faculty , Tips , Resources , Public Speaking Books

Our memories of Winston Churchill, the leader, are tied to those of Churchill, the speaker. While April 9 is his "day," Buckley director Karen Kalutz says there are lessons to use from his speaking all the time.

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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 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 20, 2017

The Inaugural Chaplain: Barry Black


Public Speaking , Alumni

Maybe you heard his rousing speech at the National Prayer Breakfast or marveled at his resonant voice during the Inauguration Prayer. So did we. And we were fortunate enough to have that same voice echo through our school not that long ago.

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March 15, 2017

Voice for the Amazon


Alumni , Public Speaking

On a trip to the Amazon rainforest, Sarah duPont was horrified by the rapid, widespread destruction she saw. She felt she had to do something. So she enlisted Sissy Spacek, Herbie Hancock and a team of journalists and environmentalists to sound the alarm.

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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 9, 2017

Make Yourself Bigger?


Resources , Public Speaking , Tips , Public Speaking Fear

We know audiences read body language. But what signals are you sending yourself with how you use your body? In one of the most popular TED talks of all time, Amy Cuddy explores how you can change your mindset by making yourself bigger.

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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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December 15, 2016

Lessons All Around You


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Columbia University professor Christopher Edmin wants teachers to better engage students--and his observations and techniques translate to every kind of communication.

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December 1, 2016

An app for that? Um...


Public Speaking , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard

Ummo is an iPhone app released by a team of MIT and Harvard students. It promises to track your ums, likes and you knows, to help you get rid of them. At The Buckley School, we’ve long had an app for that, and if you've attended our Executive Seminar, you may, um, know what we mean.

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