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There are no two ways about it: giving a speech on a controversial topic is a daunting task. One thing that can help is to focus on why you’re giving the speech. Maybe you’re spreading the word for an organization you care about, or maybe you’re emotionally connected to the topic. Either way, you have a strong reason for being there. You’re bound to be very knowledgeable about and strongly committed to the topic; otherwise, you wouldn’t have been asked to speak about it. This passion and sincerity will shine through in your performance and make it highly convincing. Lastly, anticipate any possible counter-arguments and objections, and plan your responses carefully.

– Richard

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For the past several years, Pauline Kwasniak has been working diligently to establish herself in the events organization industry. She has recently started a tough, fascinating trip into the event organizers’ public speaking sphere.
In this interview, Pauline explains what lead her into event organizing and public speaking.
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The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Dan Pallotta

It happens all the time: we hear about a nonprofit’s marketing expenditure and straight away, we assume the money could be better spent ‘on the ground’. We don’t see the results of the marketing campaigns, only the spend—and it’s always huge. Pallotta expertly deals with the subject of changing our opinions on nonprofits’ expenditure. We need people like this who challenge our thinking when it comes to dealing with controversial issues.

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8 tips to help communicate a controversial topic

Many people tend to shy away from speaking about controversial topics, fearing that the audience may not receive the message well, or that conflict and confrontation will arise.

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A favor…

Can I ask you for a favor? If you enjoy this newsletter and find it useful, please consider recommending it to a friend who is learning to give technical talks, or who aspires to do so. I meet so many cool programmers who have brilliant things to share with the world—that’s you!

Please help me to improve this newsletter. I’d love to hear your suggestions! You can email me directly at richard@voxgig.com. You can tweet too: @voxgig. Thank you so much for reading!

A special thanks and shout out to newsletter curator Cora for helping to make this newsletter even better!
– Richard
@rjrodger

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