Speak for Yourself

Claire Duffy's blog about public speaking and communication (in real life). Speak well, do well!

Doris Lessing: On not winning the Nobel Prize

Doris Lessing, who has died aged 94, was  not impressed  when she got the news she’d won the Nobel Prize in 2007, as the very entertaining video below will show … Continue reading

18/11/2013 · 1 Comment

20 years on: Keating’s Remembrance Day reprise

20 years after delivering his most famous speech,  former Prime Minister Paul Keating  bookended  it with another  oration.  Keating gave this commemorative address at the National Remembrance Day service at … Continue reading

12/11/2013 · Leave a comment

“He is all of them. And he is one of us”. Keating’s eulogy for The Unknown Soldier.

This Armistice Day is the 95th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Great statesmen have  made many great speeches to honour and mourn those dead, but Australian Prime … Continue reading

11/11/2013 · Leave a comment

5 fear busters for speaking in public

I have to admit that until I read the article below, in HuffPo, I had never heard of Nikki Stone.  So in case you haven’t either, she is   America’s first-ever … Continue reading

28/10/2013 · 1 Comment

Aristotle’s Rhetorical Situation

Before you let the title of this post put you off, let me explain what it’s doing  here. Lately I have been part of a  discussion about whether we should … Continue reading

02/09/2013 · Leave a comment

How to get a politician to pay attention.

Since the announcement of the Federal election date, you can be sure the lines of lobbyists  have been lengthening. Persuading a  a politician to support your interests in the next few … Continue reading

26/08/2013 · 2 Comments

How to read aloud in public

Reading aloud in public  is a distinct skill.   It’s part of most religious ceremonies,  can be needed  in court, or in an educational setting – in class or Assembly. We … Continue reading

05/08/2013 · Leave a comment

What to wear for speaking engagements

What to wear???? It’s nearly every presenter’s agony moment. Dressing well for the occasion is part of your presentation. The way the audience responds to what you say will be … Continue reading

22/07/2013 · Leave a comment

How de Gaulle’s speech changed the fate of France

This article was originally published by the BBC and can be found here. On 18 June 1940 a little known general from the French army made a speech, broadcast by … Continue reading

18/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai  addressed the United Nations today, on her 16th birthday. It was her first public appearance since  being shot by the Taliban  on her way to school … Continue reading

15/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Great Speakers: Aaron Sorkin at Syracause

As a reader of this blog there’s a good chance  you spent the early part of this century desperate for the next episode of The West Wing. Much smarter critics … Continue reading

10/07/2013 · 1 Comment

Lost your voice? Here’s how to find it.

I am getting over a bout of laryngitis.  Complete laryngitis. I had no voice at all for four days, and after ten days it’s still a bit dodgy.  If you … Continue reading

01/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Going Down Gracefully

Dealing with defeat – one of the hardest, saddest, and most challenging aspects  of being in public life.  Julia  Gillard  was  her usual self:  straightforward, businesslike,  good humoured, down to … Continue reading

26/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Maybe the best leadership speech you’ll see

Staring down an outrageous scandal that’s been brewing for years, Australia’s Head of Army, Chief Lieutenant General David Morrison last night told members of the forces what’s expected of them, … Continue reading

14/06/2013 · 3 Comments

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