In a recent blog “2 tips on teaching public speaking to primary school children, and why drama helps“, I answered a teacher’s question by explaining to her the importance of identifying (a) the context and purpose of the speech situation, and (b) the needs of the audiences. I gave specific contrasting examples on mobilising the…

Recently, a friend messaged me and asked if I knew any resources to teach public speaking to primary school children. She then clarified the question and asked how they should craft a good speech. In this video, I gave two quick tips. Here on this blog, I would add deeper reflections with more real life examples….

  “I don’t know how to motivate others.” “What should I say to inspire my team?” “I have run out of ideas and I don’t think my life is that inspiring.” Well, my dear colleague, you are not alone. Inspiring and motivating others through speech is not easy, but it’s also not that difficult. You…

Opening and closing a speech is the hardest thing to do. Because people remember you based on first and last impressions, what you say in the first and last twenty seconds will ‘make’ or ‘break’ your reputation as a speaker. If you get the last bit right, what you say at the end will most…

Some people say the biggest currency is money. Some would argue it’s time. Some would go to lengths to secure freedom. But I like Jim Carrey’s answer when he gave his commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in 2014. Here’s the video, and a short transcript to what I think is the crux of…

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