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How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212)

Public speaking.

If merely reading that sent a wave of fear through your very spine, you’re not alone. It’s one of humanity’s greatest fears, which only tells me that you all haven’t been paying enough attention to the relentless might of the hippopotamus. But that’s another story.

We’re taking today’s episode to talk a bit about our experiences with public speaking, and some of the ways we get through this apparently terrifying ordeal relatively unscathed.

Next time you’re called up to the front of the room, you’ll be ready.

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  • 0:09:10 – Dealing with anxiety and practicing a speech
  • 0:19:43 – Remembering your lines and the 2 levels of practicing public speaking
  • 0:28:42 – Delivering jokes in your presentations
  • 0:32:26 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:34:21 – Delivering jokes in your presentations (continued)
  • 0:39:05 – Preparing your speech and keeping people engaged
  • 0:45:17 – Building self-confidence 
  • 0:55:00 – Classes we recommend taking in high school
  • 1:11:13 – Outlining and planning speeches
  • 1:13:23 – Additional tips and conclusion

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