Recent Articles in The Buckley Experience

August 23, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Failing to Appeal to Emotion


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

Even the most brilliant audiences need more than facts. From our founder's 10 cardinal sins, why you've got to break out of that box and get the audience to have feelings for you.

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August 1, 2019

Poem to Read Aloud: Emily Brontë


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

Though famous for giving us "Wuthering Heights," Emily Brontë also wrote 200 poems in her 30 short years. Read one of them out loud this month to improve your public speaking...

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July 23, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Grandiose Allusions


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

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

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July 1, 2019

Poem to Read Aloud: I Hear America Singing


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

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

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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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June 19, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Reckless Use of Quotes


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

Before you start Googling quotes for your next presentation, take a moment to reflect on this cardinal sin that amateur speakers commit...

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June 2, 2019

Poem to Read Aloud: Countee Cullen's Rendezvous


Poems to Read Aloud , Resources , The Buckley Experience

"Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing!" Let those famous lines and others from Countee Cullen inspire your public speaking, with this month's poem to read aloud.

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May 26, 2019

Reading Aloud: A shortcut to speaking confidence?


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

We know reading aloud improves your public speaking. A barber says it's also a shortcut to conquering your fear. Read how he's helping kids find the courage to speak up.

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May 13, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Avoid fad phrases


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

From our founder's 10 Cardinal Sins that amateur public speakers commit: Before you toss in the latest trendy expression, consider whether it's already dated...or worse.

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May 1, 2019

A Poem to Read Aloud: This one's for the graduates


Poems to Read Aloud , Resources , The Buckley Experience

The author of "The Jungle Book" and "Kim" is also the poet whose lines you'll hear at many a graduation ceremony. Even if you're not giving a commencement address, try reading these stanzas aloud to help your public speaking...

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April 23, 2019

On this Day: The Man in the Arena


Significant Speeches , On This Day , Great Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

Ever wondered if your speech fell flat? Theodore Roosevelt wasn't so sure about this one--though his famous lines have lived on to inspire in a variety of ways.

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April 17, 2019

Debating, Civil Discourse, & Better Public Speaking


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

Can building killer arguments lead to more civil conversations? College students on the lessons we can learn from competitive debate...and how it can refine your presentation skills.

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April 3, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Verbal Flatulence


Cardinal Sins , Strictly Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Instruction

Cut the filler and the false ingratiations. And absolutely no sharing from the stage. From our founder's 10 Cardinal Sins, something he and Kanye West agree on...

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April 1, 2019

Willa Cather's April poems: A Prairie Spring


Poems to Read Aloud , Resources , The Buckley Experience

Yes, "singing and singing, out of the lips of silence," we're convinced reading poems out loud improves your public speaking. This month, verse from a writer beloved and revered for her novels...

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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 5, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: 'I would submit'


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

You hear it in speeches all the time. That doesn't mean it's a good idea. From our founder's 10 Cardinal Sins of Public Speaking, we would submit to you the conditional tense...

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February 7, 2019

Public Speaking Sins: Opening with a Joke


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

What must public speakers avoid if they don't want to make the amateur's mistakes? Next from our founder's 10 Cardinal Sins of Public Speaking, why canned jokes are no laughing matter...

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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 25, 2018

30 Years with our Flagship: The Executive Seminar


Faculty , The Buckley Experience , 30th Anniversary , Welcome to Camden , Alumni

As we mark 30 years as a school, we go to the person who's been here from the start to find out what makes The Buckley School's methods endure...

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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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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 30, 2018

Winning Speech, New Book, New Job: Buckley Friends Making News


Alumni , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

We know our Buckley alum enjoy keeping up with each other! A few things that've made their way recently to The Buckley School inbox...

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March 26, 2018

A Woman and History: Camden’s Mary Boykin Chesnut


Welcome to Camden , The Buckley Experience , Seen|Read|Heard , Travel

Her first person account of the Civil War was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Here's where you can retrace the steps of this woman who both made and wrote history in Camden...

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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 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 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 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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February 7, 2018

A School for 30 Years: The House We Call Home


30th Anniversary , The Buckley Experience , Welcome to Camden

On the National Register, featured in Town and Country--this old house has been our home for 26 of our 30 years. Here's the story of how it's become an important part of the "Buckley Experience."

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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 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 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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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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December 21, 2017

A gift for friendship: Christmas at the school


Faculty , The Buckley Experience , 30th Anniversary

For 30 years at the school, reconnecting with students and faculty has always been one of the joys of the holidays....

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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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August 1, 2017

A School for 30 Years: Collecting Stories


The Buckley Experience , Alumni , 30th Anniversary

It's been almost 30 years since The Buckley School hosted its first seminar. We're recalling some great times and hope you might have memories to share....

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July 28, 2017

Camden's Revolutionary War History


Welcome to Camden , The Buckley Experience , Travel

For many visitors, a Hollywood blockbuster is their primary source of Camden's Revolutionary War history. The town's 107-acre museum tells the rest of the story...

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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

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 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 5, 2017

Tips for Toasting: Reid Buckley's Rules


Tips , The Buckley Experience , Toasts , Public Speaking Books

Our founder loved celebrating with friends and family, and was a true master of the toast. Here's how he got it right.

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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 10, 2017

Camden's Monumental Architecture


Welcome to Camden , The Buckley Experience

The Washington Monument is his most famous work, but you can find beautiful buildings by Robert Mills on the streets of Camden, S.C.

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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 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 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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December 13, 2016

Great Debate....Topics?


Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

A great debate can stimulate your thinking--and improve your public speaking. In an interview with Slate magazine, moderator John Donvan shares insight into how Intelligence Squared chooses topics and manages debates.

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