Why Are Some People Extraordinary Speakers?

We all know how it feels to walk away from a speech—whether it’s a TED Talk, a conference keynote, or a presentation at work—and know that we just heard something extraordinary. We hear people speak all the time, in formal situations and everyday get-togethers. Some folks are good public speakers; others, not so much. But…

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How to Be a Paid Speaker

For many leaders, thought leaders, and experts, public speaking is an attractive opportunity to both share expertise and create an additional revenue stream. So how can you get started? Unfortunately, there’s no clear, one-size-fits-all process for breaking into the business. However, there are a few strategies you can take to build your personal brand and…

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Why Are Speakers 19% Less Confident in Impromptu Settings?

One of the advantages of QC’s global communication database is that it allows us to look for aggregate trends in communication styles. For example, we use our proprietary language analytics platform to measure close to 1,000 earnings calls every quarter. And every quarter, we see a similar pattern:

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What Can Country Music Teach Us About Public Speaking?

At Quantified Communications, we can’t emphasize practice enough — no matter how big or small the presentation. Last month, we stepped back from public speaking and went in search of a broader perspective. We wanted to find out how top players in other performance-driven fields approach practice, so we reached out to a pro baseball…

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What Can Pro Baseball Teach Us About Public Speaking?

At Quantified Communications, we can’t emphasize practice enough — no matter how big or small the presentation. Last month, we stepped back from public speaking and went in search of a broader perspective. We wanted to find out how top players in other performance-driven fields approach practice, so we reached out to a pro baseball…

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How Much of Our Workdays Do We Spend Communicating?

Think about a typical morning at work. Coffee in hand, you greet your colleagues as you head to your office, where the first thing you do is read through emails, replying to anything urgent. You think through your to-do list for the day, then send off a few more emails delegating certain tasks and requesting…

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