Recent Articles in Tips

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

November 8, 2018

How To: Calm Public Speaking Nerves

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...

Read More ⟶

November 5, 2018

Public Speaking Lessons from 'The Voice'

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

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

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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:

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

May 11, 2018

3 Ways to Improve Your On-Camera Delivery

Three Things , Tips , Faculty , Media Training

From company video messages to online training, more of us expect to be on camera as part of our work. A news anchor, TV producer, and Buckley coach--Kara Gormley Meador gives you some tips for making the most of it.

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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?

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

January 4, 2018

Speaking to Lead: Recall what moves you

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

November 20, 2017

Public Speaking Fears: Make A Game Plan

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...

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

October 25, 2017

Storytelling Tips via Camden's Most Famous Ghost

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

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

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

October 4, 2017

Improv to Help Your Public Speaking

Three Things , Faculty , Tips , Just For Fun

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

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

September 3, 2017

Handout Handoff: The ESPN Game Plan

Seen|Read|Heard , Tips

ESPN's founder shares our concern for managing supporting materials. It was key, he says, to pitching his proposal for the network. Here's what he did...

Read More ⟶

August 30, 2017

Better Interviews, Better Presentations

Three Things , Faculty , Tips

Getting your story across in an interview has a lot in common with making a strong presentation. Our interview guru Katie Pope explains...

Read More ⟶

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....

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

June 6, 2017

Cheers to the Happy Couple: When it's your turn to toast

Faculty , Tips , Toasts

When her son got married, Buckley Director Karen Kalutz had the wedding toast jitters. Here's what the mother of the groom did about it...

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

June 5, 2017

Raise a Glass and other Toasting Etiquette

Tips , Etiquette , Toasts

Before you clang on that glass with the butter knife, check out these simple rules for saying cheers with style.

Read More ⟶

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....

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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...

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

May 1, 2017

Lessons from TED for public speaking

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.

Read More ⟶

April 24, 2017

What a Puppet Show Can Teach You About Presenting

Faculty , Just For Fun , Tips

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

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

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.

Read More ⟶

February 5, 2017

Can We Keep PowerPoint Under Control?

Instruction , Tips , Just For Fun

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

Read More ⟶

January 9, 2017

Make Yourself Bigger?

Resources , Public Speaking , Tips

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.

Read More ⟶

December 20, 2016

A Delightful Christmas List

Alumni , Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

It's worked for Santa, and for David Letterman, too. See how this writer (a Buckley alum) uses a list to organize an article about volunteering as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

Read More ⟶