How to write a speech for a birthday party

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If your friend/partner about to hit a milestone you might want to (or be asked to!) give a speech at their birthday party. This can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you haven’t done much public speaking in the past. But fear not, we have a few tips that will help you write a speech […]

How to write a brilliant 60 second elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is you selling your product or brand in a very short amount of time – the time it might take to ride an elevator. This guide will show you how write an elevator pitch with the aim of winning over potential customers or clients. Your elevator pitch could be used at conferences, […]

How to say ‘yes’ to speaking opportunities

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‘I don’t have the time’ ‘Someone in my team would be better suited to this’ ‘I don’t have anything to bring to the table’ These are just a few of the lies we tell ourselves (and others) to turn down speaking invites. The truth is being on stage is of enormous benefit to you professionally […]

How to give a brilliant scientific speech

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What makes a brilliant scientific speech? We’ve recently had the pleasure of coaching some early career researchers at Lyrical Science tasked with sharing their research with the general public and potential financial donors. Here are a few things we thought were really important  …. Start with a personal story If your work is interesting, you […]

How to give great public speaking feedback

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If a friend or colleague is giving a speech they may want your feedback.  But what’s the best way to help? Get them to give the speech as they would for real Ask them to stand up and use whatever notes they plan to have with them on the day. If they are going be on […]

How to write jokes for a speech

‘Start with a joke’ is familiar and often good advice for speechwriting. But how do you actually write jokes for your speeches? 1) Decide on the kind of joke you want The first step is to decide on the kind of joke you want to tell. The most popular forms are one-liners and anecdotes. One-liners […]

How to write an office Christmas party speech

Christmas parties and meals can be a great bonding experience, but they’re also an opportunity for you to thank your team and motivate them for year ahead. A well planned speech can go down a treat. But where do you start? Think about the people you want to recognise Christmas is time of giving so […]

How to write a brilliant best man speech

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A close friend calls you up. ‘Hi. Look, I know it’s not really your thing, but would you mind doing ten minutes of stand-up comedy in front of a room full friends and strangers? It’d mean a lot to me.’ You want to put the phone down but you can’t. They’ve just asked you to […]

Be a funny speaker

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  The old saying, ‘Always start with a joke’, endures like no other. Behind this is the idea that a well-timed gag will win over any audience and open them up to your message. But the role of comedy in public speaking is far more complex than this phrase would have you believe. As a […]

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