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February 15, 2024

Think Fast, Talk Smart: A Podcast about Communicating

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Looking for another great resource to inspire better communication? We're liking this podcast from Stanford University's graduate business school!

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January 15, 2024

The Evolution of Executive Presence: Positive changes you can make

Business Communication , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

While ideas about how an executive should look and behave are changing, public speaking and presentation skills are still at the top of everyone's list. See how the evolution of executive presence can work for you.

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December 26, 2023

Spokesperson Update: Little Library Advocate is All Grown Up

Public Speaking , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard

At eight years old, Madison Reid delivered an impromptu message about books that made a big impression. Where is that powerful little speaker today?

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July 10, 2023

Never Give Up: The story behind Jim Valvano’s most memorable speech

Great Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard

Ten years after winning a national championship, college basketball coach Jim Valvano gave a speech that's made a lasting impression. A new ESPN documentary looks at the story behind the speech.

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June 11, 2023

Powerful speaker, enduring messages: Frederick Douglass in Five Speeches

Seen|Read|Heard , Great Speeches , Significant Speeches

Through five speeches given across the span of Frederick Douglass's life, an HBO documentary looks at how a remarkable orator developed his own skills and how his speaking is still relevant today.

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May 4, 2023

Inclusion and Critical Thinking: Choosing to Speak with Simple Words

Public Speaking , Business Communication , Seen|Read|Heard

Need more convincing that simple words are a speaker's friend? A Harvard student makes the case beautifully. See why flaunting a fancy vocabulary may not help you reach your goals.

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February 21, 2022

To be seen as a leader: 'Work on public speaking'

Business Communication , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

See why a new study shows that people regarded as leaders aren't necessarily extroverts. They're good communicators.

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January 20, 2022

Zoom Interviews: How Does Your Room Rate?

Media Training , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

What can Valerie Bertinelli's library and Claire McCaskill's kitchen teach you about setting up a better-looking Zoom in your home? One Twitter account can make it fun to learn.

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October 6, 2021

Public Speaking Podcasts: Checking out ‘It Was Said’

Public Speaking , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard , Significant Speeches

Influential athletes like Billie Jean King are the focus of season two of 'It Was Said.' More on this podcast series about speeches and why you may find it helps you think about your own public speaking.

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September 9, 2021

How to rescue Presentations drowning in Jargon

Business Communication , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

Do audiences understand terms that seem common to you? See what a new report tells us about jargon and how you can speak to be better understood.

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August 31, 2021

Books for Speakers: The Creative Habit

Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Seen|Read|Heard

Next time you're subjected to a boring presentation, borrow a few steps from choreographer Twyla Tharp and see what takes shape.

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August 23, 2021

Power Posing: Where to find a quick confidence boost

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking Fear

From one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time to the most powerful woman on "Ted Lasso," here's a move that can make you a more confident speaker.

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July 25, 2021

FAQ: Acronyms in Speeches?

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , How To , Business Communication , Presentation Tips

How should you approach using acronyms in presentations? Like GEICO, we've got something to say about that...

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May 21, 2021

Amelia Earhart speech: A Woman's Place

On This Day , Significant Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

She literally set new heights for what women could accomplish--and as a result, was in demand on the lecture tour. Here's an Amelia Earhart speech that can help you consider how to wring the most from your words...

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February 15, 2021

Audience Rapport: Why you want to make them happy

Presentation Tips , PowerPoint , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Could your hard work on a presentation be undermined by poor seating or a bad room set up? It's good to keep the audience happy. Here's what a speaker can do...

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January 22, 2021

How Poetry Helped Amanda Gorman Find Her Speaking Voice

Presentation Tips , Poems to Read Aloud , Seen|Read|Heard

We've long said poetry can help your public speaking. Here's how inauguration poet Amanda Gorman says it helped hers...

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June 30, 2020

Quarantine and the Art of Being Heard

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Three Things

Close quarters. Hot issues. Maybe tried-and-true communication tactics can help you get through to people who aren't listening even when it's for their own good...

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February 10, 2020

Paralinguistics: The science behind your presentation skills

Just For Fun , Seen|Read|Heard , Resources , Public Speaking

We give a big thumbs up to gestures in public speaking. Science says there's a reason we're fans of talking with our hands...

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December 12, 2019

PowerPoint: How Much Will They Love This Pitch?

PowerPoint , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun

Will PowerPoint pitch parties replace Tinder, well-meaning aunts, and blind dates? You may not find your perfect match, but at least you can practice your presentation skills...

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December 3, 2019

Questionable Presentation Advice: Never use profanity

Presentation Tips , Just For Fun , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Is there ever a dang good reason to let loose with a four-letter word in a speech or presentation? Here's a look at the science and strategy of the well-chosen word...

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November 25, 2019

How to Handle Questions Designed to Make You Look Bad

How To , Business Communication , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips

Facing a tough audience for a meeting or presentation? Here's what we can learn from Fiona Hill and how she handled her testimony before members of Congress...

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November 8, 2019

Job Requires Public Speaking: Will you take it?

Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

Will you pass on your dream job if public speaking is required? Here's what you can do if your presentation fears are holding you back...

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October 13, 2019

Public Speaking Nerves: How One High-Profile Speaker Copes

Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking

She speaks to large crowds. She's used to hostile audiences. She's known for making bold statements. And she still gets nervous. Here's how this public speaker deals with it and what you can learn...

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September 16, 2019

To Be Repeated: The Stump Speech

Public Speaking , On This Day , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard

What can we learn from a stump about business presentations? How about the power of connecting, the efficiency of creating a consistent message, and the beauty of knowing when to incorporate a twist...

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August 5, 2019

Ditching Jargon to Promote Success

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Faculty , Presentation Tips

Universities are starting to do something about their mind-boggling jargon. Here's how that can help you reassess your own approach to business communication...

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May 26, 2019

Reading Aloud: A shortcut to speaking confidence?

Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

We know reading aloud improves your public speaking. A barber says it's also a shortcut to conquering your fear. Read how he's helping kids find the courage to speak up.

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May 14, 2019

Speaking Opportunities: Why You Should Take Them!

Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking , Resources

If public speaking is stressful, why should you look for every opportunity to present? Yes, practice makes perfect--but there are other good reasons you may not have considered yet...

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May 6, 2019

On this Day: The Real MVP

On This Day , Public Speaking , Great Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard

On this day in 2014, Kevin Durant spoke from the heart to pay tribute to his mother. Here's why serious speakers should give his speech another look, all memes aside...

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April 23, 2019

On this Day: The Man in the Arena

Significant Speeches , On This Day , Great Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience , Presidents Day

Ever wondered if your speech fell flat? Theodore Roosevelt wasn't so sure about this one--though his famous lines have lived on to inspire in a variety of ways.

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April 17, 2019

Debating, Civil Discourse, & Better Public Speaking

Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard

Can building killer arguments lead to more civil conversations? College students on the lessons we can learn from competitive debate...and how it can refine your presentation skills.

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March 1, 2019

Poetry to Read Aloud: Grimké and 'The Kiss'

Poems to Read Aloud , Seen|Read|Heard , Resources , Public Speaking

The first African American woman to have her play produced publicly, Angelina Weld Grimké also wrote more than 170 poems, including this month's lines for you to read aloud...

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January 28, 2019

Winning with Humor: 'Should Men Vote?'

Significant Speeches , On This Day , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Suffragist Nellie McClung was tired of the put downs and excuses, so she used her talents for public speaking and humor to fight back...

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January 5, 2019

Helen Keller's Remarkable Public Speaking

On This Day , Significant Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard , Resources , Public Speaking

We all know Helen Keller as a remarkable person--but how much do you know about her career as a public speaker? On January 5, 1916, 35-year-old Keller spoke at Carnegie Hall...

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December 20, 2018

All I Want for Christmas: PowerPoint to Pitch the Parents

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard , PowerPoint

Should Santa be on the lookout for more PowerPoint presentations? Here's how The New York Times says kids are using formal pitches to persuade their parents...

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December 2, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Get the Audience Involved

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

Of course, you want the audience engaged when you're presenting. But before you ask them to close their eyes or get up on their feet, consider this...

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November 5, 2018

Public Speaking Lessons from 'The Voice'

Three Things , Just For Fun , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard , Faculty

Our Buckley coach makes the case for learning presentation skills from a popular TV show and why Taylor Swift would make an excellent public speaking instructor...

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November 4, 2018

On This Day: Obama 2008 Victory Speech

Significant Speeches , On This Day , Seen|Read|Heard , Presidents Day

Making history with his election 10 years ago, Barack Obama delivered a speech that referenced Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and most of all, Abraham Lincoln.

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October 17, 2018

Presenting to Decision Makers: Tips for a Better Pitch

Resources , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

Presenting to the C-Suite or a promising new client is the opportunity you've been working for. Avoid these common mistakes when you make your pitch...

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October 5, 2018

Secret of Public Speaking Success? Debate

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

"Igniting change through words." That's a goal of the nation's top-ranked high school public speaker. She shares how participating in debates can make that possible in your presentations...

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September 12, 2018

On This Day: 'We choose to go to the Moon'

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Great Speeches , Significant Speeches , On This Day , Presidents Day

We do these things "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." On this day in 1962, President Kennedy gave a speech with lines that still resonate. What he said, how he said it, and what you can learn about speeches to inspire a vision...

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September 6, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Always Repeat Audience Questions

Resources , Presentation Tips , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

Maybe you've heard this tip for handling Q&A sessions after a speech or presentation: Always repeat the question before you answer it. But it's not that simple...

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August 24, 2018

Builders, Explorers & Future Leaders: Buckley Friends Soaring

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Building a better city, promoting presentation skills in young people, and taking the stage in a room where Beethoven performed his most famous work--here's just a little of what our friends have been up to...

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August 20, 2018

'More Public Speaking, Less PowerPoint'

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , PowerPoint

The Army is revamping a 40-year-old training program to move away from PowerPoint and toward good, old-fashioned communication skills. Here's why...

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August 18, 2018

Aretha Franklin: Public Speaking Lessons from the Queen

Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

Recalling all that she loved about one of her favorite singers, Buckley faculty Katie Pope also realizes Aretha Franklin is a model for becoming an excellent speaker...

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August 13, 2018

Let’s Go There: Your Public Speaking Mindset

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips

Might your dread of public speaking be worse than the experience itself? A look at the connection between mindset and public speaking success...

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July 11, 2018

Questionable Presentation Advice: Speak from the heart

Public Speaking , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , The Buckley Experience

Heard some public speaking advice that made you wonder? Us, too. Here's another take on the old "speak from the heart" tip...

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June 25, 2018

Top Advisors, Election Wins & More: Buckley Friends in the News

Alumni , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , School News , Faculty

From top sheets to top positions, these Buckley alumni and faculty are using their communication skills to make an impression...

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June 5, 2018

Using Quotes in Speeches: Should You?

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Instruction , Presentation Tips , Just For Fun

Should you use a quote in your next speech or presentation? A graduation speech making news for its use of a quote inspires us to weigh in...

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June 4, 2018

Poems to Help Your Public Speaking: Diction for A June Night

Resources , Poems to Read Aloud , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Her most famous lines are forever connected to the Statue of Liberty. This month's poem to read aloud comes from Emma Lazarus...

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March 30, 2018

Winning Speech, New Book, New Job: Buckley Friends Making News

Alumni , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

We know our Buckley alum enjoy keeping up with each other! A few things that've made their way recently to The Buckley School inbox...

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March 26, 2018

A Woman and History: Camden’s Mary Boykin Chesnut

Welcome to Camden , The Buckley Experience , Seen|Read|Heard , Travel

Her first person account of the Civil War was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Here's where you can retrace the steps of this woman who both made and wrote history in Camden...

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March 9, 2018

Standing Up to Public Speaking Fears

Resources , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Three Things , Just For Fun , Presentation Tips

When a hospital administrator wanted to give her career a boost, she had to overcome her fear of public speaking. So she took on an even scarier challenge. Should you?

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January 18, 2018

Speaking with an Accent: Love it or Lose it?

Resources , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

Should public speakers and presenters try to reduce their accents? As "The World In Words" podcast discovers, it's complicated...

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January 15, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Anaphora

Seen|Read|Heard , Rhetorical Devices , Public Speaking

It's hard not to think about public speaking and this rhetorical device when we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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January 4, 2018

Speaking to Lead: Recall what moves you

Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips

She wasn't much of a talker until her job demanded it. Here's how Olympian and once-shy public speaker Dawn Staley finds her voice and how the same technique can help you...

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December 14, 2017

Published, Promoted, Debated: Buckley Friends Making News

Alumni , Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard

Passionate speakers and spirited debate, publications to celebrate, and a toast to the future of historic Charleston....

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December 14, 2017

Star Wars and the Force of Simple Words

Seen|Read|Heard , Instruction , Public Speaking , Just For Fun

Does the power of Star Wars lie in its use of simple words? Can you channel that force to improve your writing and speaking? Here's what your dictionary is telling you....

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December 11, 2017

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Paralipsis

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Faculty , Rhetorical Devices

It's the rhetorical device that let's you be naughty AND nice...and it happens to be a Donald J. Trump favorite...

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December 5, 2017

Sheepish Speaker Overcomes Nerves

Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun

Two secrets for conquering public speaking nerves that New Zealand's champion sheep judges learn--and you can use them, too.

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December 2, 2017

Books for Speakers: Rhetoric & Persuasion

Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard

Some help to develop your rhetorical superpowers with lessons from Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer (Simpson)...

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November 20, 2017

Public Speaking Fears: Make A Game Plan

Public Speaking Fear , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking

How public speaking tripped him up and what you can learn from Duke's Grayson Allen about handling your nerves...

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November 2, 2017

Books for Speakers: Made to Stick

Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard , Storytelling

Can we recommend a book on speaking? A frequent question--and yes, we can. Quite a few...

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October 23, 2017

Memory tips to spark your public speaking

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips

Turns out the techniques that improve recall look a lot like the ones we use to help public speakers make their presentations memorable...

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September 3, 2017

Handout Handoff: The ESPN Game Plan

Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips

Do we owe our ESPN GameDay glee to proper use of presentation materials? The network's founder says his timing of handouts was key to a successful pitch. Here's what he did and what you can learn...

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August 28, 2017

The Dream Speech: 54 Years Ago Today

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Significant Speeches , Great Speeches , On This Day

Fifty-four years ago on this day, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Everyone claims to know this speech...but do they really?

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August 14, 2017

Teaching Science to Teens: Lessons for any presentation

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , Resources

When our faculty Jenny Maxwell heard an NPR feature about teaching science, the discoveries sounded a lot like a Buckley primer for good public speaking....

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July 24, 2017

Video Stars, Award Nabbers & The Mayors' Mayor

Alumni , Seen|Read|Heard , School News , Faculty

Top-rated videos, inaugurations and awards--we know every one of them gave a great speech!

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July 10, 2017

Wrestling with Speaking Skills

Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun

Public speaking lessons at a professional wrestling camp? Yes, everyone--even the Chainsaw King--benefits from better presentation skills....

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July 5, 2017

70th Anniversary for a Barrier Breaker

Welcome to Camden , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Seventy years ago on this day, Camden's Larry Doby became the American League's first African-American baseball player. We take note of his speeches, courage, and poise under pressure...

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June 22, 2017

Speaker’s Best Friend: Talk to the Dog

Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , Resources , Public Speaking

Inspired by American University's "audience dogs," our Buckley staff evaluate the benefits of practicing speeches with their canines.

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June 1, 2017

Favorite Bookstores: Quirky, Beautiful, Charming

Travel , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , Favorite Bookstores

Buckley staff have been trading lists of favorite bookstores. Here are a few from the mixed-up files of our kid lit loving Jenny Maxwell...

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May 26, 2017

'Oratory is alive and well'

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

On May 19, the mayor of New Orleans gave a speech people are still talking about, a reminder of how important and powerful good public speaking can be.

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May 24, 2017

Astronaut, Architects, Overstock leader in the news

Alumni , Seen|Read|Heard

Awards, appointments, ground-breakings, transitions, and at least one book from outer space--here's what some of our alum have been up to lately.

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May 16, 2017

Graduation Speeches, Humor & Personal Experience

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , Storytelling

Brave souls continue to accept the challenge of delivering commencement addresses. See how two secrets to their success can help you with any speaking assignment.

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May 12, 2017

Speaking Inspired by Lincoln

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Presentation Tips , Presidents Day

A tweet from Ford’s Theatre caught our eye: "Today ‪#FordsOratory students head to the Lincoln Memorial to practice giving their speeches in the footsteps of other great orators!" We had to find out more...

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May 8, 2017

Favorite Bookstores: London Calling

Faculty , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , Travel , Favorite Bookstores

When book lovers around the country celebrated Independent Bookstore Day, it got us thinking: What are our favorite bookstores? The answer takes us to London...

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April 14, 2017

The Scoop on Public Speaking: About that Lectern

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Just For Fun , Presentation Tips

Bernie Sanders speaking from a pint of Ben & Jerry's has us thinking about some of the crazy things people believe about using lecterns--and the advice we give.

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April 4, 2017

Accent for...the win?

Public Speaking , Vocal Delivery , Seen|Read|Heard , Instruction , Just For Fun

"Do I need to change my accent?" It’s a question Buckley faculty are asked all the time. If you listen to this year’s NCAA national basketball champs, you'll hear why our answer is “no.”

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March 23, 2017

Speaking of March Madness

Public Speaking , Faculty , Just For Fun , Seen|Read|Heard

March Madness--yes, we have it at The Buckley School. And when it comes to winning and losing this year, you might even say "this time, it's personal."

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March 16, 2017

Deliberate Practice for Better Speaking

Resources , Instruction , Presentation Tips , The Buckley Experience , Seen|Read|Heard

What do a great orator of Ancient Greece and the queen of popular music have in common? And how can they help you improve your public speaking? Learning expert Eduardo Briceño says it's all about the power of deliberate practice.

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February 17, 2017

Frederick Douglass and The Columbian Orator

Resources , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard , Speaker's Bookshelf

It’s rare, but every once in a while we do work with someone who brings along a copy of The Columbian Orator. Frederick Douglass began developing his skills as a speaker by reading this popular 19th century textbook. He bought the book while he was still enslaved, a boy of 12 or 13. It was the first book he'd ever owned.

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January 24, 2017

Little Speaker, Big Presence

Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking , Just For Fun

It's hard to beat a speaker who cares about her message and throws herself into delivering it--as demonstrated by eight-year-old "book girl" Madison.

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January 23, 2017

Longest Speech--Ever!

Just For Fun , Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking

You may think you've endured the world's longest speech--but chances are you haven't. Because this guy set a record for speaking more than 53 hours. And there's something we can learn from that.

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December 20, 2016

A Delightful Christmas List

Alumni , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard

It's worked for Santa, and for David Letterman, too. See how this writer (a Buckley alum) uses a list to organize an article about volunteering as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

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December 15, 2016

Lessons All Around You

Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard

Columbia University professor Christopher Edmin wants teachers to better engage students--and his observations and techniques translate to every kind of communication.

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December 13, 2016

Great Debate....Topics?

Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

A great debate can stimulate your thinking--and improve your public speaking. In an interview with Slate magazine, moderator John Donvan shares insight into how Intelligence Squared chooses topics and manages debates.

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December 1, 2016

An app for that? Um...

Public Speaking , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard

Ummo is an iPhone app released by a team of MIT and Harvard students. It promises to track your ums, likes and you knows, to help you get rid of them. At The Buckley School, we’ve long had an app for that, and if you've attended our Executive Seminar, you may, um, know what we mean.

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