The Royal We: Trump’s Inauguration Speech

  “L’état, c’est moi.”  -Louis XIV    In my blog a couple weeks ago I alluded to writing a post exploring Trump’s use of the Royal “We” in his inauguration speech. And even though we’re all exhausted from the non-stop flurry of news over his every tweet, phone call, and administrative faux-pas, I’ve finally rallied…

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Your secret weapon: Power up!

  Bet you thought I’d be going over the presidential inauguration speeches, eh? Not today! I’ll do a post about it later, as there was some interesting stuff going on. I was live tweeting during the inauguration, though – click here to see my in-the-moment thoughts regarding the rhetoric. Check my tweets from January 20th.   Communication…

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This resolution is pure fun!

Happy 2017, everyone! My New Year’s Eve was relatively sedate. We spent the afternoon with a group of our friends, and after dinner I bundled my little ones home to get them to bed on time, and then sent my husband back to our friends’ place to continue the festivities (he definitely deserved a night…

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Your Christmas/New Year’s Challenge!

I’ll admit, at the moment my head is less full of the practices, theories, and philosophies of public speaking and more focused on the giant pile of presents I have yet to wrap. . So instead of my usual post, I’m leveling a challenge your way. . Yes, it’s time for you to take some…

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Fearless

  “Fearless,” “bold,” “brave,” and other variations are descriptions lots of people assign to professional speakers. People have called me those things, and I’ve heard lots of other speakers described that way. I’ve just come off the rush of the most incredible conference I’ve ever attended, the annual Canadian Association of Professional Speakers convention. I…

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My top pick for books about public speaking and persuasion!

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing Author: Jay Heinrichs Updated Edition. Three Rivers Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780385347754. 432 pages. After group class the other day, one of the participants and I got into a conversation about oratory and rhetoric. And I can’t talk about rhetoric without recommending my favourite book about speaking. If you don’t…

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Demagogue: a lesson in rhetoric

Demagogue, n.: A leader of a popular faction, or of the mob; a political agitator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of the mob in order to obtain power or further his own interests; an unprincipled or factious popular orator. (Oxford English Dictionary) In democracies the principal cause of revolutions is the insolence of…

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It’s a disaster! The 2016 presidential debates supercut

I made something. It has next to no instructional value, aside from demonstrating what it’s like when you use a certain word so often that it becomes meaningless and threadbare. But it’s fun! So here, for your viewing pleasure, I present to you The 2016 Debates Disaster Supercut!   Embedded video not working? Click here…

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