Everyday Speeches

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Apollo 11: The Greatest Speech, Never Heard

by US President Richard Nixon 1969

Yesterday, as I was reading through some articles, I was reminded of the unread speech by William (Bill) Safire. Bill was a speechwriter to the then US President Richard Nixon. In 1969, the US sent three men to the moon, two of whom landed on the lunar surface. History shows they returned to Earth safely, […]

Segue Writing Part 3 – How to Include Transitions, Learn by Example

by Transition From Sail to Steam

We touched on various ways we could include transitions in our previous article, How to Write a Segue. That was already a long article, and we didn’t go into very much detail regarding transitions. Now’s our chance to give an example of how to use each of those ten transitions in a speech. In this article, I […]

Segue Writing Part 2 – Rhetorical Questions

by FAQ - The ultimate source of rhetorical questions

Rhetoric is a literary device that is as old as history itself. Rhetoric, and by extension, rhetorical questions were first created as works of art and education by the great ancient Greek philosophers, particularly Aristotle. A rhetorical question is most easily made by taking a statement and turning it into a question. Quite often, a […]

Segue Writing Part 1 – Foreshadowing

by Segue Writing: Foreshadowing: Like giving a hint of a secret

Segue writing is the most searched term on this site.  Earlier this year, we wrote an article introducing the concept of the segue, and gave some insight on how to write a segue. That article was just a quick introduction and glossed over the details of segue writing. This is the first in a series […]

How do I Get Over the Fear of Public Speaking?

by The fear of public speaking (Panic by Nate Steiner)

The fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears humans experience. There is a common saying that people fear public speaking more than they fear death.  To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, ‘you’d rather be the guy in the coffin than the guy giving the eulogy’. Fear is one of our most primal emotions.  It […]

Three Years on Mars! How to Give a Progress Report Like JPL

by Curiosity Rover

I chose to use this video because it’s a good example of the 5 things you need to know when presenting a project progress report.  It’s a little tongue in cheek, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn anything.  Best of all, it’s a short one so it won’t take long to work your way […]

5 Things You Need to Know When Presenting a Project Progress Report


This article lays out five key points that you need to know to give an effective presentation and update everyone on the progress of your project. Regardless of whether you are a CEO reporting to shareholders or a child reporting to a parent, we all will face a moment when we are asked to give an update on what […]

How to Write a Segue

by Segways

When writing a speech, often you will have several points to discuss all of which are connected to the theme of your speech.  When passing from one point to another it is important to make a smooth transition.  This smooth transition is called the segue (pronounced seg-way) Transitions can be made in a large number of ways.  Mostly […]

Body Language in Your Speech

by Jealousy and Flirtation

If a picture says a thousand words, what picture does your image on stage say about you? What do you want your image to say about you?

Our body language says so much about us, that we often take it for granted just how pervasive it is. When asked to give directions to somewhere we don’t know, the universal answer is a shrug of the shoulders. When we meet someone and we want them to like us, the universal language is to raise the eyebrows when our eyes meet.

Prepare With This 4 Step Speech Editing Technique

by Editing

Writers often say, ‘editing begins with the second draft’. What they mean by this is you write the entire rough draft before you change anything.  With the speech editing technique in this article you’ll be guided through a process from your first draft to your last, and make changes at different levels of the speech. It […]