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Public Speaking Tips: Lessons From Former US President Ronald Reagan

If you want public speaking tips, what are the ten insights you can learn from former US President Ronald Reagan who was known as 'The Great Communicator'.

The news of the death of former US President Ronald Reagan at 93 in June 2004, has again focussed the world's attention on both his achievements and great communication skills.

So what can we learn about life, business and success from Reagan?

Well, after reading the tributes that have poured in for the man they called 'The Great Communicator,' here are my 10 insights.


Public Speaking Skills: First Principle of Great Communication

We all need public speaking skills, even if it's only the skill of asking a question at a local meeting of the Parents and Teachers' Association. Over the years I have seen even very experienced public speakers forget the most basic principle of oral (spoken) communication.

Three Ways To Improve Your Written Communication

Communication skills all too often focus on the spoken word, whereas many people could stand to improve their written communication skills in the office, too. A badly written email, letter or memo reflects badly on an individual, almost as much as poor verbal communication. Don't fall into the common traps - here are three ways you can easily improve your professional written communication.

Know your reader and your medium

Finding the Right Words

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to find the right words?

It was once said that Al Smith, former governor of New York, was making his first inspection of Sing Sing prison. The warden asked him if he might say a few words to the prisoners.

Improve Communication Skill The Easy Way

This article will show you how to improve communication skill in just a few easy steps. Communication skill doesn't necessarily come naturally. The reason it's called a skill is that it takes practice and it can't be acquired overnight, so don't beat yourself up over it if it takes a little while. There are a few points to learn about both speaking and listening to really develop great communication skill.

However, you can start today, this very minute on getting better and more comfortable and having conversations with people.

Here are just a few ways you can get started:

How to Deal With Nerves When Meeting People

It is very difficult to manage your nerves when you meet people but with effective communication skills, you will be able to manage these nerves properly even under pressure. Being nervous when you meet people is certainly normal. Although this is true, you must know how to handle it. If you do not manage your nerves properly then something normal can turn into a catastrophe in no time. When you communicate with someone, you have to calm down and here are some tips that you might want to keep in mind when talking to someone new.

How to Manage the Skill of Communication

The skill of communication is one that not all people can grasp easily; yet whether in our business or professional lives communication and clearly articulating feelings, instructions and needs are a vital element to both success and happiness. There is more to the skill of communication than many expect.

The 5 Keys to Interpersonal Success

In survey after survey, interpersonal communication skills are consistently ranked at or near the top of a list of skills necessary for career success. People who possess these skills enjoy a richer personal life, better relationships at work and more productive interactions with those around them. Teams with members who excel at these skills are more productive and more cohesive. No one is born with these "people skills." They are the result of attention and practice. Here are five guaranteed ways to hone your people skills.

Do You Make These Common Mistakes When Talking to People?

Many Moons ago. Talking to people was something I avoided where possible.

At the time, I did not know I was unconsciously setting myself up for failure. I kept making the same mistakes without even noticing what I was doing wrong.

You may be doing the same thing.

Here are three common mistakes together with tips on how to deal with them:

1. Judging Your performance Against Unrealistic Standards

Be honest with yourself.

Accept that where you are now in terms of your communication skills is only your starting point - not your finishing point.

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