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Podcast #698: The Secrets of Public Speaking From History’s Greatest Orators

Despite the fact that public speaking remains an important and relevant skill in our modern age — you never know when you’ll need to give a toast at a wedding, pitch an idea at work, or champion a proposal at a city council meeting — most of us get very little instruction these days in how to do it effectively. Fortunately, my guest says, we can look to the great orators of the past to get the public speaking education we never received. His name is John Hale, and he’s professor of archeology...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Athens, Lincoln, John, Public Speaking, Gettysburg, PAUL, Abraham Lincoln, Will Rogers, Patrick Henry, John Hale, Demosthenes, Money & Career, Winston Churchill Guide


Down but never out

The Athenians were in a panic in 490 (all dates BC). A Persian army had landed at Marathon, on the coastline east of Athens, intent on capturing the city and even conquering all Greece. The Athenians sent for help to other Greek cities, but only Plataea (in Boeotia) responded. Thus, a predominantly Athenian army faced the enemy—and won. The famous battle of Marathon was Athens’ coming of age as a military power; a decade later its navy helped to block another Persian invasion (led by Xerxes), a ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Greece, History, Rome, Egypt, Macedonia, Athens, Roma, Cleopatra, Pompey, Philip, Alexander, Ancient Rome, Antony


Gossip was a powerful tool for the powerless in Ancient Greece

At the heart of the greatest works of Ancient Greek literature are mighty acts of revenge. Revengers overcome their enemies through superior physical prowess, as when Achilles kills Hector in a single combat to avenge the death of his comrade Patroclus; or through their employment of trickery and deceit, as when Medea slays Creon and his daughter by using poisoned clothing in revenge against Jason, her unfaithful husband. But how could a person lacking in physical strength, magical abilities or ...
Tags: Gender, Greece, Society, History, Innovation, Athens, Gender Equality, Jason, Justice System, Aristotle, Achilles, Hector, Ancient Greece, Demosthenes, Ancient World, Creon


Inspirational Speech as a Tool of an Excellent Leader

Great leaders are the ones who empower and inspire action. Today, we are living in the age of social media, our attention spans have been shrinking and we are texting more and talking less. Regardless of all these changes, the power of words remains the same and great speeches are the most enduring legacy of many leaders. Winston Churchill was a Nobel prize recipient, but his three memorable speeches: “I have nothing to offer, but blood, toil, tears and sweat“; “We shall fight on the beaches“ an...
Tags: Leadership, Small Business, Youtube, Nazis, Inspiration, Marketing, Sales, Management, Content Marketing, Blogging, Ted, Winston Churchill, Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King, Leader, Kennedy


Does Stoicism Extinguish the Fire of Life?

In August 1937, Ernest Hemingway stopped by the office of Max Perkins, his book editor at Scribner’s. Perkins happened to already be hosting another visitor: Max Eastman, a writer of commentary on politics, philosophy, and literature who had several years prior penned a critical review of Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon. “It is of course a commonplace that anyone who too much protests his manhood lacks the serene confidence that he is made out of iron,” Eastman had written, “[and] some circu...
Tags: Greece, Life, Rome, Hemingway, Aristotle, Romans, Alexander, Ernest Hemingway, Perkins, Plato, Roman, Cicero, Ernest, Eastman, Seneca, Pericles


Inspirational Speech as a Tool of an Excellent Leader

Great leaders are the ones who empower and inspire action. Today, we are living in the age of social media; our attention spans have been shrinking and we are texting more and talking less. Regardless of all these changes, the power of words remains the same and great speeches are the most enduring legacy of many leaders. Winston Churchill was a Nobel prize recipient, but his three memorable speeches: “I have nothing to offer, but blood, toil, tears and sweat“ ; “We shall fight on the beaches“ ...
Tags: Nazis, Inspiration, Sales, Ted, Winston Churchill, Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King, Communication Tips, Kennedy, Cheshire, George VI, Brené, Demosthenes, Modern business, Sunnie Giles, Leadership Mistakes


5 Writing Techniques that Stir Your Audience to Action

We all want a positive response to the content we work so hard to create. Not all positive responses, however, are created equal. I’m reminded of this David Ogilvy quote from Ogilvy on Advertising: “When I write an advertisement, I don’t want you to tell me that you find it ‘creative.’ I want you to find it so interesting that you buy the product. When Aeschines spoke, they said, ‘How well he speaks.’ But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, ‘Let us march against Philip.'” In other words, if you’...
Tags: Featured, Writing, Congress, Washington, Content Marketing, Blogging, Nba, Copywriting, Persuasion, Martin Luther King Jr, Kennedy, Aristotle, Ogilvy, Unity, David Ogilvy, Demosthenes


The Byzantine Gemistus Plethon.

Poemas del río Wang has a post on an interesting topic: “since when is Byzantium called Byzantium?” The “Byzantine” Empire in reality never existed under this name, which put roots and is exclusively used in historiography. The term was coined about a century after the fall of the Roman Empire – as it was really called – by a German humanist historian, Hieronymus Wolf. Wolf learned self-taught Greek. In 1549 he published the first translation of Demosthenes’ speeches. From 1551 he worked the Aug...
Tags: France, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Bonn, Venice, Augsburg, Wolf, RIMINI, Constantinople, Roman Empire, Louis XIV, Montesquieu, Demosthenes


Sharpening your skills

During seminary, you’ll develop a unique set of skills. You’ll be able to parse every Greek verb in the New Testament, list the minor prophets in canonical and chronological order, create Turabian or APA style footnotes in a flash, and meet deadlines you thought weren’t humanly possible. But if you’re like me, you may be interested in doing some integrative work on the side, and sharpening some of your ministerial skills. I could give a number of examples, but let me give you a couple of pointer...
Tags: Religion, The Journey, Demosthenes, Jack Franicevich Jack, Denver Seminary His


How Do I Begin Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

You know that professional reputations can be made and maintained by what you write. But if you’ve ever struggled to write a blog post or a legal commentary or a presentation to the local Chamber of Commerce, you know it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sometimes, just getting the opening sentence gets you going. In my last column, I said that if you haven’t captured your readers in your opening sentence, you can kiss them goodbye. So what makes a good opening sentence? Let’s look at 10 good ways and...
Tags: UK, Law, Eu, European Union, First Nations, Canada, United Kingdom, John, Chamber of Commerce, Legal Marketing, Ontario, John Simpson, Henson, Doreen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Ceta


Lessons from Ancient History: Words of Leadership from Alexander the Great

It could be said that Alexander the Great achieved his conquests due to one thing: his personality. His feats required more than military intelligence; they required a personality that people could rally behind. An unlikable Alexander the Great doesn’t lead armies across unknown terrain to conquer everything their path. The unlikable version probably stays home and farms, dreaming of bigger things. Focusing specifically on one aspect of his success, we have a speech preserved from The Campaigns...
Tags: Leadership, Inspiration, History, Athens, Lincoln, Alex, Lessons, Gettysburg, Speaking, Alexander, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Leadership Skills, Presentation Hacks, Inside Ethos3, Demosthenes


How Failure Breeds Success

Our weaknesses are the source of our strengths; our failures are the roots of our successes. This is not another motivational cliché, this is a fact of history and science. Evolutionary theorists long ago concluded that the power of the human species lay in its weaknesses. Aware of their bodies’ fragility compared to that of other animals, human beings had to compensate for their powerlessness in order to survive. Individuals were too weak to hunt by themselves, so they collaborated and hunted i...
Tags: Psychology, Science, General, Greece, Failure, Aging, Success, Research, Adaptation, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Grief And Loss, Evolutionary Psychology, Brain And Behavior, Inspiration & Hope, Success & Achievement


Other Non-Fiction Demosthenes: The Public Orations, v1, 20/2/16

For all lovers of ancient literature--if there are any out there besides me! Demosthenes was a Greek statesman and orator who lived 384-322 BCE. This edition of his speeches is a combination of three separate books: the bulk of it is taken from The Public Orations of Demosthenes, Vols. 1 and 2 (edited by Arthur Wallace Pickard). These two volumes contain the majority of Demosthenes' well-known speeches, with the exception of the Fourth Philippic. I have taken that from The Olynthiacs and Philipp...
Tags: ePub Books, Kennedy, Pickard, Demosthenes, Public Orations of Demosthenes Vols, Arthur Wallace Pickard, Charles Rann Kennedy, Demosthene


Great Enterprise from a Small Opportunity

On our facebook page today we posted the quote: " Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." This was said by Demosthenes, an excellent Greek public speaker (384 BC-322 BC). He made a living as a lawyer, but he also wrote a few books and became increasingly involved in politics. As you read the quote, think about the USA. Many people from all over the world, come to America. They come for religious freedom, they come for equal rights, they come to live and achieve the...
Tags: Nordstrom, Usa, Sweden, US, America, United States, Monday Motivation, Sara, Carl, Demosthenes, John W Nordstrom He, Wallin Nordstrom


Bestselling Books On Public Speaking

Bestselling Books On Public Speaking If you’re a public speaker, you probably need an occasional infusion of inspiration to keep your skills sharp and your performances fresh. While you can learn a lot from blog posts and video tutorials, there is still no substitute for an in-depth book, written by an expert. If you’re looking for an exceptional book to help you elevate your public speaking performances, peruse the list of bestsellers below and find one that can help you take your public speak...
Tags: America, Ted, World, Dallas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, George W Bush, Kennedy, Chris Anderson, Clinton, Nancy Duarte, Bush, Nixon, Ken Robinson, Darryl F Zanuck, Gallo, William Safire


50 Innovation Sayings to Inspire

Sometimes we need a creative spark to keep us focused on innovation and exploring new ideas beyond what we’ve always known. How about 50 of them? Here’s a roundup of some great, inspiring quotes on innovation: 1. Nothing is stronger than habit. [Ovid] 2. If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. [Albert Einstein] 3. Status quo is Latin for, ‘The mess we’re in.’ [Ronald Reagan] 4. Change is inevitable. Except from a vending machine.[Robert C. Gallagher] 5. Whe...
Tags: Steve Jobs, Ronald Reagan, Innovation, Andy Warhol, Clarke, Albert Einstein, Dan Brown, William Gibson, Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Harvard Business Review, Walt Disney, Aristotle, Thomas Edison, Duncan