How to Start a Speech


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I have been teaching Persuasive Communications on MBA courses at IESE Business School for 10 years. This is part of a collection of short lessons compiled from my courses and shared for use both as a support to my classes, and a way of sharing this valuable knowledge to a wider audience via these awesome digital tools 😉

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  1. As a prof who taught public speaking for a few years, this is one presentation I'd have students view! Salient 3 points as I continue to be a speaker. Thank you Conor

  2. Here's how you start a speech… Get to the fucking point!! You dragged this on and on and not sure where the comments praising you come from but there is absolutely nothing to take away from this video or speech. This is 8 minutes of my life I'll never get back… Now I bet that got your attention!!

  3. Ask your audience a show of hands if they know what "VD" stands for. Then ask, a show of hands if they know what "STD's" are. Now you know the age range of your audience, their percentages, and how promiscuous they are.

  4. Good talk — except for his intriguing opening "Fact" that "there are more people alive now than have ever lived". This is not even close to being true! Only about 6 1/2 % of the estimated 108 billion people who have ever lived are alive today. A professional speaker should be more careful. . .

  5. This is an immense speech and it really hit some key points and universal conversation starters for networking in a public place or in a speech! Thanks for the food for thought


  6. Had to turn this off after he said there are more people alive today than have ever died. I can't trust anything else he said after that.

  7. I don't know about the sun / energy anecdote but, I do know that there are not more people alive today than the total who have died is not true and you should notice that Conor could did not have any evidence to back up his lie. The question is how many believed the lie because it is on a TED talk?


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