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Ranting Makes Right ... or Does it? Writing Resonating Rants that Rock! by Rae StonehouseI read an article the other day, doesn’t really matter which one, that really grabbed my attention and engaged me. 

As I continued to read, the realization came to me that this wasn’t the self-help or informative style of article that I usually sought out. Oh no … it was a rant! A rant, thinly disguised as expert advice.  

I enjoy a good rant. Rick Mercer, of CBC’s the Mercer Report, is turning ranting into an art. His rants are fast paced, always have a recognizable target and are easy to follow. Even if you haven’t heard of the facts or evidence that he backs his argument up with, it leaves you wondering about what he has said and eager to find out more on your own.

The author of the article broke the rules of ranting, saying that anyone that disagreed with his ‘facts’ was stupid, making it personal to me. That got me thinking about rants in general. Are there any rules when writing or orally delivering a rant? Does the end justify the means? Is this another ‘might vs right’ scenario? Does good taste come into play when delivering a rant, or is it a ‘no holds barred, anything goes’ type of scenario?

Since rants seem to becoming more common, I thought it might be interesting to research best practices on how to rant with the best of them.

Vocabulary.com describes rant as follows:  A rant is an argument that is fuelled by passion, not shaped by facts. When the shouting starts on talk radio, or when a blog commenter resorts to ALL CAPS — you're almost certainly encountering an instance of ranting.

Published in Communication Skills

Let Me Introduce … The Art of Introducing a Speaker: Practical Tips & TechniquesHave you ever heard this said “Our next speaker needs no introduction …” Well, if that’s true mister/madam emcee, then why do we need you? As a Master of Ceremonies your role is to build excitement about each and every speaker or presenter that is on your agenda.

While developing and honing my speaking skills at countless Toastmasters meetings and introducing hundreds of speakers and their speeches over the years, I have developed an appreciation for the value of an effective introduction. Whether you are introducing a speaker/presenter, presenting an award or introducing a person that will be taking on a role in the program, a professionally written and delivered introduction can exponentially increase the effectiveness of the person that you are introducing.

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Top 10 Powertips for Presenting with PassionTip Number One: Know your audience. Ask questions before you agree to deliver a presentation. Who will be in the audience? What age bracket are they? What are their likes and dislikes? Are there any taboo subjects that you need to stay away from? For example: the benefits of abortion would not be well received by a group of Catholic women. Should you be speaking to this group in the first place? What makes you qualified to speak to them? When you have the answers to these questions and if you are the right person, then you can create a presentation to meet the needs of your audience.

Tip Number Two: Speak with confidence. The 2001 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking Darren Lacroix’s, mantra is “stage time, stage time, stage time.” Every time you get up to speak is practice that adds to your experience and builds your self-confidence and skill. For me, joining Toastmasters was the answer. If you haven’t heard of Toastmasters check out www.toastmasters.orgwww.toastmasters.org or www.d21toastmasters.orgwww.d21toastmasters.org.

Published in Communication Skills
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