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Monday, 03 April 2017 02:11

If there were ten commandments in public speaking, what would they be?

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1. To thine own self be true. Thou canst not then be false to any man [or woman]. Speak about what you know.

2. Thou shall not jargogle thine audience. JargogleJargogle Verb trans. – “To confuse, jumble” – First of all this word is just fun to say in its various forms. John Locke used the word in a 1692 publication, writing “I fear, that the jumbling of those good and plausible Words in your Head ...might a little jargogle your Thoughts.

3. Thou shall not be perissological. PerissologyPerissology Noun – “Use of more words than are necessary; redundancy or superfluity of expression” – A useful word for editors: “Thanks for your 4,000-word submission. Unfortunately, there is too much perissology in this piece for us to publish it.” KISS (Keep it Simple Susquatch!)

4. Thou shall not quagswag, while delivering your presentation. QuagswaggingQuagswagging Noun – “The action of shaking to and fro” – This can also be used in verb form, to quagswag, and is pronounced like “kwag swag.” It could definitely work as the name for a new type of dance, or possibly serve as an alternate way to describe a seizure. Plant your feet firmly in your designated speaking area. Make your movements purposeful.

5. Better to keep thine mouth closed and let them think thee daft, then to open it and prove it.

6. Thou shall freck with purpose while presenting. Freck Verb “To move swiftly or nimbly” E.g. “I hate it when I’m frecking through the airport and other people are going so slow.”

7. Thou shall provideth references for material not of thine own creation. Your credibility is important as a speaker. You don’t want to be known as someone who steals other people’s creative work.

8. Thou shall provide value with every presentation thou deliverest. If your content is readily available on the internet, the audience doesn’t need you.

9. Thou shall be open to all the Universe has to offer. Speaking skills can be improved with practice. Having something to speak about … is priceless!

10. Thou shall not take thyself too seriously. Have fun while you are speaking. Commandments, whether there be ten or even more, are only guidelines.

Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANEI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic. He is a long-time member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and is the driving force behind its long-term success. 

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.

Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books:

Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

PROtect Yourself!PROtect Yourself! Empowering Tips & Techniques for Personal Safety: A Practical Violence Prevention Manual for Healthcare Workers.

E=Emcee SquaredE=Emcee SquaredTips & Techniques to Becoming a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth


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Copyright 2015 & 2016 Rae Stonehouse. The above document may be freely copied and distributed as long as the author’s name and contact info remain attached.

To learn more about Rae A. Stonehouse, visit the Wonderful World of Rae Stonehouse at http://raestonehouse.com

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