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  • Feb 19, 2020

    Why Are Some People Extraordinary Speakers?

    We all know how it feels to walk away from a speech—whether it’s a TED Talk, a conference keynote, or a presentation at work—and know that we just heard something extraordinary. We hear people speak all the time, in formal situations and everyday get-togethers. Some folks are good public speakers; others, not so much. But it’s a rare treat to see somebody who’s truly extraordinary. These are people like Brené Brown, Martin Luther King Jr., Malala Yousafzai, Sheryl Sandberg, and many others who know how to hook their audience, reel them in, and leave them fired up.

    So, what are these extraordinary speakers doing that others aren’t?

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  • Jan 22, 2020

    How to Be a Paid Speaker

    For many leaders, thought leaders, and experts, public speaking is an attractive opportunity to both share expertise and create an additional revenue stream. So how can you get started? Unfortunately, there’s no clear, one-size-fits-all process for breaking into the business. However, there are a few strategies you can take to build your personal brand and your network that will help you open doors to paid speaking gigs (and other opportunities, as well).

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  • Jul 18, 2018

    What You Say When You Don’t Say a Thing: The Power of Body Language

    Go to YouTube, and pick a video of someone giving a speech. Watch it without any volume. You won’t catch the specifics of what she’s talking about, but can you tell how she feels? Is this a somber event or a celebration? Is the speaker nervous or confident? Does she seem like a capable leader?

    You probably had definitive answers for each of those questions. So how is it that you could glean so much about the speaker and the event without hearing a word that was spoken?

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  • Sep 13, 2016

    Why Are Speakers 19% Less Confident in Impromptu Settings?

    One of the advantages of QC’s global communication database is that it allows us to look for aggregate trends in communication styles. For example, we use our proprietary language analytics platform to measure close to 1,000 earnings calls every quarter. And every quarter, we see a similar pattern:

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  • Sep 05, 2016

    What Can Country Music Teach Us About Public Speaking?

    At Quantified Communications, we can’t emphasize practice enough — no matter how big or small the presentation. Last month, we stepped back from public speaking and went in search of a broader perspective. We wanted to find out how top players in other performance-driven fields approach practice, so we reached out to a pro baseball player, a famous country musician, a TED speaker, and a presidential advisor.

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  • Sep 02, 2016

    What Can Pro Baseball Teach Us About Public Speaking?

    At Quantified Communications, we can’t emphasize practice enough — no matter how big or small the presentation. Last month, we stepped back from public speaking and went in search of a broader perspective. We wanted to find out how top players in other performance-driven fields approach practice, so we reached out to a pro baseball player, a famous country musician, a TED speaker, and a presidential advisor.

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  • Aug 26, 2016

    Objectively, How Optimistic Were the Fed Speeches today?

    Wall Street waited with bated breath for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s speech at the Kansas City Fed’s annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole this morning.

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  • Aug 19, 2016

    How Much Should You Really Practice? Preparation Habits of Highly Successful Musicians, Athletes, & Speakers

    You’ve probably heard the joke: A guy’s lost in New York and he stops an old musician on the street to ask him how to get to Carnegie Hall. Hardly looking up, the musician replies, “Practice.”

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  • Aug 04, 2016

    How Much of Our Workdays Do We Spend Communicating?

    Think about a typical morning at work. Coffee in hand, you greet your colleagues as you head to your office, where the first thing you do is read through emails, replying to anything urgent. You think through your to-do list for the day, then send off a few more emails delegating certain tasks and requesting resources or help with other initiatives. You type out a quick IM to one coworker to set up a meeting about a project you’re working on together. Then you pick up the phone to check in with another coworker on the status of some research he was supposed to send you last week. Suddenly it’s 11:00 and time for the weekly department meeting.

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  • May 27, 2016

    What can we learn about leadership communication from famous commencement speeches?

    Last commencement season, Business Insider posted a list of the 13 best graduation speeches of all time. While there will always be room for debate on that topic, we felt the list offered a strong collection of truly inspiring speeches — free of the clichés and platitudes we hear so often this time of year.

    We wondered how top-rated commencement speeches compare to the typical executive keynote. What can a CEO take from these speeches into leadership communication scenarios?

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