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March 21, 2019

Patrick Henry's Death-Defying Oratory


Significant Speeches , Public Speaking , On This Day , Resources

Patrick Henry's best-known speech makes the case for passion, parallel structure, and the power of simple words. But did he really say his most famous line? Or did he ad lib something else?

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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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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 1, 2019

Poetry to Read Aloud: Grimké and 'The Kiss'


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

The first African American woman to have her play produced publicly, Angelina Weld Grimké also wrote more than 170 poems, including this month's lines for you to read aloud...

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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 20, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Antithesis


Rhetorical Devices , Resources , Public Speaking , Tips , Great Speeches

Why are we pro-antithesis? Here's how this artful juxtaposition can sharpen your point, challenge injustice, or make hearts soar--and make your words more memorable.

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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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February 1, 2019

Poetry to Read Aloud: James Weldon Johnson


Poems to Read Aloud , Public Speaking , Resources

Poet, civil rights leader, teacher, diplomat - the incredible James Weldon Johnson even won a prize for oratory as a college student. This month, we offer one of his poems to help your public speaking...

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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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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 3, 2019

Good Panel Discussions: Start with Why


Panel Discussions , Resources , Tips

What makes the best panel discussion? What do moderators and panelists need to know to succeed? We're sharing tips from our experiences, starting with the most obvious and overlooked question: Why?

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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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 17, 2018

Books for Speakers: The Writer's Art


Resources , Speaker's Bookshelf , Faculty , The Buckley Experience

"Funny, instructive, and it promotes all the same things we promote...how important language is...not just for writers but for all of us." Buckley director Karen Kalutz makes this book recommendation...

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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 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 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 9, 2018

Books for Speakers: Help! For Writers


Resources , Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf

Even if you ultimately speak from bullet points, writing presentations benefits speakers--because it forces you to work out the very problems this book helps you solve!

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May 1, 2018

Poem to Read Aloud: Edna St. Vincent Millay for May


Resources , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud

Reading poetry out loud is can improve your public speaking. To help your cadence and timing, try these lines from Millay, a poet also known for her dramatic performances...

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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 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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April 2, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Langston Hughes & April Rain


Resources , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud

Reading poetry out loud is one of our favorite ways to improve phrasing, timing and vocal variation. From writer Langston Hughes, some perfect lines for this month....

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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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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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March 1, 2018

Poems to Read Aloud: A Wilde Woman for March


Poems to Read Aloud , The Buckley Experience , Resources

She was better known then as the fired-up, justice-seeking poet Speranza...and better known now as Oscar Wilde's mother. Improve your cadence and vocal projection with these lines from Lady Jane Wilde...

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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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February 1, 2018

How Reading Poetry Helps a Speaker: Let Us Count the Ways


Resources , Poems to Read Aloud , The Buckley Experience

Here to help you enhance those dulcet vocal tones, just in time for Valentine's Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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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 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 1, 2018

Public Speaking Warm-up: January


Resources , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud

His poems about naughty children make us laugh, but for January's read-aloud, we're going with "January."

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November 16, 2017

Dial in a win: Secrets to successful phone interviews


Resources , Three Things , Tips , Etiquette , Faculty

After hearing some crazy stories from employers, we turned to our resident interview expert for help...

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November 1, 2017

November Read Aloud: Hope, Feathers & Dickinson


Resources , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud

She wrote more than 1,800 poems. Here's one from Emily Dickinson to read aloud.

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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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

A Read Aloud to Make You Chuckle


Tips , Resources , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud

Reading poetry out loud can improve your speaking--and when the poet is Ogden Nash, it's also just plain fun. Take a whirl with one of our Nash favorites.

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March 17, 2017

An Irish Poet for March Read Alouds


Tips , Resources , The Buckley Experience , Poems to Read Aloud

The Buckley School has long encouraged speakers to improve their speaking skills by reading poetry out loud. This month, perhaps you'd like to read this poem from Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

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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 6, 2017

Welcome to Camden: Kershaw-Cornwallis House


Resources , Welcome to Camden , The Buckley Experience

Lord Cornwallis occupied the space during the Revolutionary War. Union troops occupied it during the Civil War. Now, it’s a Buckley School tradition to occupy the Kershaw-Cornwallis house for a Thursday night banquet during our Executive Seminars.

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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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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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