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It's that day and time. It's time to get up in front a group and deliver your scheduled speech. (Hopefully you've organized your main points and documentation - worked on the presentation and practiced your delivery - before now.) Who are the people listening – or not listening – to you? Why are they there? Audience analysis involves identifying the audience and adapting your... read more

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I'm seeing more and more requests for assistance with writing. In my tutoring experience, students often need help developing key messages. What would you like a reader to know, learn, or remember? What are the main points to support your point of view, whether the message is informational or persuasive?   Another consideration for effective communication should always be the audience... read more

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Through years of teaching and advising managers on effective communication strategies and techniques, one of the things I’ve noticed consistently has been the lack of awareness of audience/s. A speaker (or writer) wants to “communicate” something to achieve a desired result – for instance, they’re trying to persuade listeners to donate money to a cause. However, the speaker seems to have... read more

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I've just completed another semester of teaching public speaking to college students, and if there's one thing I could suggest to "beginners" it's to prepare and practice! What is the purpose of your speech? How do you organize a presentation? What are the main points you'd like your audience to remember? How can you hold the attention of your listeners? I have plenty of advice based... read more