George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and Stage Fright

This is a terrific article by Maria Popova, George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Stage Fright from brainpickings.org – enjoy!   “No speech was ever too short,” a duo of legendary admen famously advised, and Plimpton agrees: He wrote this the year TED was founded and, like any great oracle of culture, he intuited the format-meme that TED would eventually rein in, arguing for the supremacy of the 20-minute...

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Peter Weyland at TED 2023: I Will Change the World

by Terry Gault I came across this interesting video today.  It looks like Ridley Scott has either woven the idea of TED into an upcoming movie or simply envisioned a future TED talk.  Nonetheless, it is an impressive video. Here are a handful of observations about this video speaking from a presentation standpoint. Guy Pearce plays the character of Peter Weyland beautifully as a masterful presenter. Pearce strides on stage with arms spread wide as though...

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Public Speaking and Humor: Obama & Colbert

by Terry Gault YouTube / The White House – via Iframely In this speech from the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 30, 2011, President Obama displays his abundant sense of humor in this video, which is completely appropriate for the setting, which once hosted Stephen Colbert doing a killer speech for President Bush back on 2006. YouTube / petec587 – via Iframely This version actually shows the “Obama Birth Video”. YouTube / Associated Press...

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Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points, Third Edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THG-lY0ZXho by Terry Gault “I’m thrilled that Beyond Bullet Points is now in its third edition,” says acclaimed author and presentation expert Cliff Atkinson. “People are finding that the Beyond Bullet Points (BBP) method really works for them and that, once they try this approach, they can’t go back to the old way of using PowerPoint. I hope it continues to help people unlock the compelling story in their presentations.” Named a Best Book of...

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The King’s Speech

by Terry Gault YouTube / Red Carpet Diary – via Iframely Last December, I was charged with coming up with some kind of celebration to commemorate the launch of EinsteinFilms.com.  It didn’t take long to think of the idea of going to dinner and a movie. When it came time to choose a movie, I tried polling the attendees and the front runner was Secretariat. Then while riding in the car one day listening to Fresh Air...

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10 Highest-Paid Public Speakers In the World

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Online Universities.com How much would you pay to see your favorite celebrity, politician or business leader speak? For some businesses and organizations, the answer is a lot more than you’d expect. Here, we’ve pulled together some of the biggest payouts ever made for keynote speakers, though it has to be said that it may not be a definitive list as some speakers don’t disclose their fees openly....

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Tim Ferriss: 7 Great Principles for Dealing with Haters

Dealing with negativity online can be tough, which was why Mashable was all ears when Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week, took the stage at The Next Web ‘10 event in Amsterdam to discuss how to learn to love haters. Mashable caught up with Ferriss backstage at the event to find out more about his seven principles for dealing with haters. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it. What matters...

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