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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Punctuation and the Public Speaker

Last week, in my Long Beach Writing Examiner column I honored National Punctuation Day with a post about paying attention to punctuation. You can read it at Paying attention to punctuation.

Then yesterday, a friend sent me this image:

And this got me to thinking how punctuation, although used as a visual cue for readers, can be just as important for speakers. In fact, when you’re writing your speech, it can even be more important!

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How to Measure Your Success

Davida ShenskyBy Featured Speaker Davida Shensky

The problem is that there is a conflict between both your conscious and your conscious mind. Your conscious mind tells you that you can succeed at your unconscious mind has a list of all of the reasons why you can’t succeed. Therefore, you have to read training your thinking and your behavior so you can succeed. 10% of our thoughts are conscious and 90% of thoughts are unconscious, therefore, it is our unconscious thoughts back control how far we go in life and the ability we have you succeed at anything we choose to do.

For instance, traditional success programs tell you these are the four steps you should follow to find success in your personal life:

  1. Set your goals (know what you want)
  2. Do something (take action to reach your goals)
  3. Evaluate (am I getting closer to my goals are not?)
  4. Try again (keep changing your approach until you reach your goals)

but the reality is:

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Types of Speeches: The Commencement Speech

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.

What is a commencement speech?
A commencement speech is usually given during a ceremony in which an academic degree or diploma is conferred. Often these ceremonies invite a “celebrity” guest to give the commencement speech or address. If you’re a respected professional of some note in your community, it it likely that you will be invited to present one of these types of speeches one day.

A commencement speech attempts to put the work those who are receiving their degrees or diplomas have done into the context of their future. This is, after all, the beginning of the rest of their lives.

Tips for good commencement speech
There are few things you need to keep in mind when writing your commencement speech:

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