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Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

Preparation before the speech

Find your center, perhaps with a breathing exercise or five minutes of meditation to calm the inner storm, and prepare.

When there's an intense underlying emotion beneath the desire to communicate something, we tend to hyper-express a messy tangle of words that fail to capture what we're really trying to say. 

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Movement during the speech

Harnessing energy and erratic movements while talking in front of an audience will give the impression that you are calm and in command.

There's a lot of good research that suggests that we project influence and status on people who aren't fidgeting around a lot when they are talking to people.

Preparation before the speech

Find your center, perhaps with a breathing exercise or five minutes of meditation to calm the inner storm, and prepare.

When there's an intense underlying emotion beneath the desire to communicate something, we tend to hyper-express a messy tangle of words that fail to capture what we're really trying to say. 

Being authentic when giving a speech

You don't want to give the impression that you're acting. 

People will figure out when you're trying to be someone that you're not.

Record your progress

Tape your next presentation or meeting to see where you're missing the mark, and get somebody to give you feedback. 

Keep at it. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush were considered blazingly bad public speakers at first, but dramatically and steadily improved with continued practice.

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Lesson 1: Practice, practice, practice

Leading up to the big speech at the end of the film, King George and his coach rehearsed over and over again–out loud!

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Lesson 2: Beware of speaker envy

King George likely couldn’t help but feel he would never measure up to the likes of legendary orator Winston Churchill.

Have faith in your voice. The key is to develop one’s own style, also known as your “authentic voice.” That “authentic voice” will connect well with an audience.

Lesson 3: Determination conquers all

King George VI’s success was assured as soon as he made the decision to work hard to become a more effective speaker.

One of the most important keys to improving is simple determination. If you’re serious about improving, you must speak regularly – at least once a week.

Debates have a major impact

Debates have a major impact

There’s a reason why we place such importance on debates: They show us things about candidates that other venues do not, but they may also overwhelm everything else we know about the candidate.

1960 — Kennedy v. Nixon

The first televised presidential debate in U.S. history may be the most consequential.

Political mythology holds that Americans who listened to the debate on the radio thought Nixon was better, while those who watched it on television thought Kennedy was better.

1976 — Carter v. Ford

A moment that may have impacted the final result was when Ford stumbled over a question during their second debate regarding Poland, which he insisted was not under "Soviet domination." It was, and Ford had to retract his statement, contributing to the view that he was in over his head.

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