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Public Speaking Rules: Absolutes or Mere Guidelines?

Public Speaking Rules: Absolutes or Mere Guidelines?

Anyone who has taken a course on public speaking has heard the things you must and must not do in order to be effective. And yet in my years as a persuasive speaking instructor and courtroom lawyer, I've learned that it’s best to consider these rules less as dictates and, to quote Captain Barbosa of the fearsome Pirates of the Caribbean, “more like guidelines.” *In fact, trying to adhere to a formula, or to mimic a star speaker’s style, can be stress-inducing and counterproductive.Brene Brown’s highly viewed 2010 TEDx talk on vulnerability is an excellent example of how you can use—and ignore--some common public speaking rules and still create an exceptional talk.Here are five aspects of Brow

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