Standout Strategy: Mindful Speech

Practice “mindful speech,” as some Eastern spiritual traditions urge. Before speaking, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Pass all words through these gates or “filters.” Whenever possible, have them pass through all three filters cleanly. Perhaps...

Write a Note to Stand Out

I admit it, I love to receive notes. I love opening the mailbox and seeing the small envelope with my name and address handwritten on it. Whether it’s a few lines or a page long, I love reading and rereading the words. I love those notes so much that I save...

Hook Example: Analogy

A speaker to members of a company’s speakers bureau… In a delightful book called In One Day, the author states that “each day 100,000 Americans stand up to make a speech. If they were all waiting their turn at the same soapbox, they would form a line 28 miles...

Humanizing Example: Quote

A speechwriter on the importance of preparing for a speech… I’m reminded of William Lyon Phelps, the famous Yale professor, critic, and lecturer, who used to say he got credit for only one-fourth of his after dinner speeches. “Every time I accept an invitation...
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