Category: Wordsmithing

Part two of a post that’s intended to give you some insight into the effort that is needed in advance of TEDxDublin and also perhaps, to help you if you would ever like to give a TEDx or prepare for another major speaking event. [Part 1 is here] Visuals Most of our speakers this year […]

So we did another TEDxDublin – another big one. On September 14th 2013, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre (doesn’t that piece of corporate titling just trip off the tongue?) was filled to its 2,000+ capacity to see 12 amazing speakers and a selection of TED videos. Six hours of ideas worth sharing. This post is […]

I was asked to conduct a deepdive at the Dotconf this week on this topic. What if you get an unexpected opportunity to make an important presentation? A slot at a big conference? Some major investors roll into town and someone in your network gets you 30 minutes with them? You’re asked to demo your […]

50 years later, the JFK Inaugural speech still resonates with anyone who appreciates fine writing. A stunning piece of rhetoric from a bygone era. A great article here in the New Yorker about a just-discovered draft of the speech. I’m always fascinated to see or read about the evolution of a piece like this. I […]

Christopher Hitchens with an interesting text-based presentation on that most non-controversial and easily agreed of subjects, the Ten Commandments. RSS Readers may need to click through to the post. Twitchy body language, but easily eclipsed as a distractor by Mr H’s impeccable pronunciation, intonation and clarity of thought. I really liked his tagline at the […]

Hang on a second Robo, isn’t a presentation without pictures just a speech? Well yes, it should be, but not in this case. In this case we have Mike Rowe (from the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs) giving a highly evocative and visceral [you’ll see what I mean in a moment] presentation about shooting an episode […]

Max Atkinson found Peter Sellers’ great content-free political speech a few weeks back and I thought I would riposte with my namesake, Rowan Atkinson’s speech on purposeless. Ness. Less. A true classic written by someone who has obviously sat through one too many of these … RSS Readers may need to click through to the […]

Love Actually was the midweek on RTE this week. Good Bob Dylan homage in this scene. Yes, thank you, I noticed that it’s schmaltzy. But it’s still clever. And a bit poignant. Nice language too. And anyway, it’s Christmas – so shoot me: RSS readers may need to click through to the post. (Click here […]

As someone who has spent far too many nights in far too many hotel rooms around the world, these words of John Cleese’s have an all-too-familiar ring to them. Come to think of it, it sounds like I’ve stayed in some of these hotels: RSS Readers may need to click through to the post You […]

Superb post by Andrew over at Six Minutes on the topic of working on your speech or talk until it’s much tighter and better expressed editing. A must-see, make sure you scroll down to the before & after example in the table – click here.