If you present yourself as perfect – we will not believe you and we will hate you. We like you when we see that you are imperfect like we are.
George Torok, executive speech coach
This is a simple activity but I’ve found it to be very helpful with students who are less prepared to do research and unsure about giving source citations.
Bring in a bunch of newspaper pages. I would separate a Sunday newspaper into pages. Have them work alone or with a partner and scan the articles to find a first-reference source citation. Go over HOW the source is cited. What information is given about the source besides their name? Do you get a sense of their credibility? How? Did it take very long to do so? This is how sources should be cited in a speech as well…
It is not enough to know how to research and organize a speech and deliver it without passing out from fright; you must possess an attitude or heart that communicates a positive message to the minds and hearts of your listeners.
Randy Fujishin, author of “The Natural Speaker”
Kindness has influenced more people than eloquence.
There is nothing greater than enthusiasm.
Henry Moore, sculptor
If I get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.
John Cleese, actor and comedian
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Carl W. Buechner, Novelist/Theologian