A LEADING EXPERT ON THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

Dr. Steven D. Cohen is an instructor at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, and an assistant professor at University of Baltimore’s Klein Family School of Communications Design.

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EXPLORE DR. COHEN’S ARTICLES ON POWERFUL PUBLIC SPEAKING

Eliminating the Dreaded “Um”

It is difficult for me to watch political speeches. After all, I know that I am going to hear one alarming word over and over again. It’s not “debt,” “deficit,” or “downturn.” It’s “um.”

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A View from the Balcony

Every time you deliver a speech, you are, in fact, leading. Whether you are a student, an executive, a politician, or a professor, you must lead your audience toward a particular objective.

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The Music of Speech

Music and speech are both performance arts. While these two art forms may appear distinct, they share a key characteristic: the power to evoke visceral responses from listeners.

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The Art of Public Narrative

Stories are fragments of the human experience. Powerful stories make people think about who they are, what they believe, and whether what they are doing is right.

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