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What Are You Risking?

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A risk is a chance to lose or gain.  Living well requires carefully calculating risks and rewards.  A successful speech is a scaled down version of this dynamic. Far too often what we fear losing is a pittance compared to what we can receive.    How you perceive risk shapes how you act, when you act, and what you act on, especially when speaking in public. 

Do you seek out speaking opportunities or do you skillfully avoid them?  Your answer depends ...

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Bad news can always be put in perspective.

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Dear Mother and Dad:

It has been three months since I left for college. I have been remiss in writing and I am very sorry for my thoughtlessness in not having written before. I will bring you up to date now, but before you read on, please sit down. You are not to read any further unless you are sitting down, okay.

Well then, I am getting along pretty well now. The skull fracture and the concussion I got when I jumped ...

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Do You Ado Introductions?

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And now without further ado please welcome a speaker that needs no introduction my dear friend  John…(stumbling over the name) Ewe-blu-it.

Introductions set the stage. Whether it is a formal presentation or a friend introducing you to someone you find interesting, an introduction can be a stepping stone or a stumbling block.  Here are three tips for success introductions.

1.  Tell the introducer exactly what you want them to say.  Write it out and send it to them before the presentation (Bring ...

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