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    When I talk about instinctive behaviours, what do you think of? Maybe the way you blink to keep dust out of your eyes, or that coughing fit you had the other day when you tried to swallow a drink of water and it went “down the wrong pipe.” Do you think of the sound of your voice as an instinct?...
    Most of us probably don't remember learning to speak, just like we don't remember learning how to walk. As something you've done from an early age, it's easy to take for granted how complex a process speaking really is. To have a clear understanding of how our voices work, we need to think about...
    For many speakers, a podium provides a little stability as you face the crowd. It gives you a place to store your water bottle. You have somewhere to put your hands. Odds are good your laptop is close by, so you can easily see your slides. But let's be honest, a podium is a security blanket. It...
    So you've been asked to give a talk. Maybe it's a creative design pitch. Maybe a lunch-and-learn to educate clients. Maybe you're giving an update to shareholders. You've got a lot of material to cover and it's all feeling a little overwhelming. You stare at your slides and think "What do I say?"...
    If the idea of standing up in front of a room full of strangers and telling them about your day fills you with dread, but you have no problem recapping the highlights of your commute to a group of friends, maybe it's time to talk about how you think of public speaking. A speech feels daunting....
    We talk, and people talk to us all the time. Whether you're in a meeting at work, listening to the radio, or watching a YouTube video, chances are, you've listened to someone give a talk today. But what makes a really great speech? If your goal is to give your best talk ever in 2020, it's time to...
    It's the last day of 2019, so it's time to look ahead to the coming year. Whether you believe in New Year's Resolutions or not, you probably have some things in mind that you'd like to achieve in the next 12 months. If your professional goals include improving your leadership and communication...
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