When are they going to start playing the cut-off music?

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Winning tips on speechifying from the New York Times Opinionator.

Teddy Wayne expands on the classic tools of Public Speaking 101 with heartfelt advice like:

Imagine everyone in the audience naked. Empathetically conjure up the array of body-image issues they must have dealt with, especially in adolescence. Alter the direction of your speech, engaging them in a group-therapy session. To make them feel comfortable, get naked.

But if that doesn’t work, just throw up a powerpoint slide of your talking points. That always wins them over, right?


Caroline Kangas calls both Seattle and San Francisco home (though she currently resides in the latter). She recently received a mouthful of a liberal arts degree from the University of San Francisco and can be found selling pirate supplies at 826 Valencia or wandering the streets with her diva of a french bulldog, Elle. More from this author →