Robert McCarthy

When I attended St. Joseph’s School in Scotia, Sister Lourdes Marie picked me (a mere sixth grader) to compete against eighth graders in a Catholic youth group debate in Albany. The topic: Teen-aged Freedoms and Responsibilities. I wrote out my… Read More ›

Kathy Hochul

As likely New York State’s most frequent public speaker – (I’ve given 1,000s of speeches) I’m asked #HowSheDoesIt preparing and delivering so many speeches on such diverse topics in so little time. Rule #1: Put Yourself in the Audience 👇… Read More ›

Brad Lawrence

A speech is telling a story. Personal anecdotes help, but should be used sparingly. There can/should be a vision or theme- tied together and fleshed out by the substance. Preferably the opening and the closing connect as bookends. Try to… Read More ›

Bob Mahon

A great speech should tickle the ear; engage the mind; and stir the soul. A speech should begin with, and focus on, one key point, and conclude with an appeal to action. Speeches should have rhythm and flow; follow (but… Read More ›

Mary Caffrey

For length, err on the side of short. No one will criticize you for giving a short speech. Think homilies at the Jersey Shore in August. Ask the person giving the speech two things: (1) what is THE central idea… Read More ›

James T. Walsh

Know what you want to accomplish. Know your audience and shape the presentation to interest them. First goal is to connect with them early on. Vignettes and short stories work well to draw them in. A State of the Union… Read More ›