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How to be a better public speaker instantly.

Roughly 99% of public speakers ruin their speeches in the first sentence.

How?

They start off their speech by thanking the audience.

No one cares about that.

No one doubts that you’re excited to be there.

No one needs you to reintroduce yourself right after the host of the event did.

But you’ve heard speeches start that same way.

“I’m so honored to be here. My name is Jon Acuff and I’m excited that I get to be here with you today.”

There’s nothing exciting, interesting or engaging in those words. The worst part is that you never get an audience to join you in the middle or the end of your speech.

The beginning seals the deal or ruins everything for you. (Great books like Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln first exposed me to this common problem.)

What should you do instead?

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The #1 word that kills dreams.

someday

Fear is a powerful poison but it’s not the most dangerous toxin when it comes to dreaming.

That title belongs to a surprisingly peaceful looking word that actually ruins more dreams than any other obstacle.

What dragon is this? What demon lurking just outside your door?

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3 easy ways to make your day job better.

Sunday afternoon is statistically one of the most depressing times of the week for many Americans. Why? Because it’s the day before Monday.

And Monday is the job you don’t want to go back to. Monday is the commute you don’t want to make again. Monday is the project you’ve been avoiding or the boss you’ve been fearing or the career decision you’ve been regretting.

How do you make your job better?

There are three easy ways.

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