Category Archives: Public Speaking

Lessons From Lincoln’s Farewell Address

Lessons From Lincoln: What You Say When You Give A Heartfelt Speech By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. “It is a gem that rightly took its place as one of the greatest of his speeches, but that is seldom recognized for what … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln Jokes About Soldiers and War

Abraham Lincoln’s Humor: Two Stories About Soldiers and War By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Few topics were off-limits for Abraham Lincoln’s humor—death, sex, race, defecation, patriotism, preachers, religion in general, politicians, war. You name it. The topics that “proper” and “refined” … Continue reading

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Word Power: What You Say When You Want To Describe An Impossible Task

A Powerful Phrase You Can Use To Describe A Task That’s Exceedingly Difficult or Impossible By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here’s are some useful words you can add to your vocabulary. Recently Steve Karnacki, a senior writer at Solon.com, was a … Continue reading

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How To Introduce A Speaker: A Sample Introduction

What You Say If You Introduce A Professional Speaker by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Advice for Public Speakers If you do a lot of public speaking, you need a pre-written introduction.  You really do.  It’s  hazardous to leave your introductions to … Continue reading

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How To Conclude A Speech With A Poem

What You Say When You Want To Conclude A Speech by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. One of the best ways to conclude a presentation is with a poem. I’ve used the poem “Goshen” many times to illustrate the importance of striving … Continue reading

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How To Prepare A Speech: Advice From David Greenberg

What You Say and What You Do When You Give A Speech by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Whatyousay.com considers David Greenberg to be one of the finest communication coaches in the world. His company is “Simply Speaking, Inc.” and his website–www.simplyspeakinginc.com–is … Continue reading

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How To Negotiate And Win Arguments: Lessons from Abraham Lincoln and John C. Calhoun

What You Say When You Argue and Negotiate by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. You don’t have to win every single skirmish in a debate or negotiation to be victorious in the end.  In fact, it can be strategic to lose a … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln on Communication: Quotations You Can Use For Writing or Speaking

What Would Lincoln Say, and How Would He Say It? You can always use a great quote in a speech, as every professional speaker knows.  For this post, Whatyousay.com has found three quotable quotes from Abraham Lincoln on communication.  –Gene … Continue reading

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Speaking Tip: When To Give A Long Speech

When To Make A Long Speech:  What Would Abraham Lincoln Do? by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The Gettysburg Address was just two minutes long. It it is recognized today as one of the finest speeches ever given in the English language.   … Continue reading

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Writing and Editing Advice from Colette

What You Don’t Say Can Be More Important Than What You Do Say by Gene Griessman, Ph.D Whatyousay.com is fond of “The Writer’s Almanac,” which is a regular feature on NPR. It focuses on writers, as its title suggests, and … Continue reading

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