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Focus on Your Audience - Gandhi on Trial
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
Now that you've learned how to overcome obstacles and prepare, it's time to learn the essential elements of actually giving a speech. Here, Professor Hale uses famous historical figures, including Gandhi and President Kennedy, as models for how to deliver your speech to - and connect with - specific audiences.
The Art of Public Speaking - Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History
Improve and enhance your public-speaking skills with time-tested techniques and strategies used by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and other great orators. Delivered by frequent lecturer and distinguished historian Professor John R. Hale, these 12 engaging and accessible lectures offer you helpful insights no matter who your audience is.
Would I Inspire Me?
Part of the Series: Business Skills Collection
What does it take to inspire a work group to greater commitment and productivity? It's not charisma. Rather, it's behavior that any well-intentioned leader can emulate, as this program demonstrates. The video follows Tom, a competent manager, on his quest to find out what makes Elliot, an exceptional manager in…
Use the Power of Three - Paul to His People
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
What is the power of three? And why is it so important to writing a great speech? Find out as Professor Hale unpacks the 13th chapter from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians to demonstrate why a speech - and the examples and anecdotes it uses - should be planned…
Call for Positive Action - Lincoln at Gettysburg
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
Finish the course with a look at what Professor Hale considers the greatest speech ever written: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Two powerful lessons you can take away from Lincoln's words: Include a clear call to action near the conclusion of your speech, and always craft a strong ending.
Teamwork: What's Trust Got To Do With It?
Part of the Series: Business Skills Collection
Have you ever been on a team where you couldn't seem to get anything done? Or the team members just couldn't work together? It is quite possible that the team members did not trust one another; lack of trust is one of the main impediments to effective team-work. This video…
Difficult People and Situations: Bullying and Harassment
Bullying, harassment and especially sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace. But many people don't realize when the line is crossed. And what can someone do if they are bullied? These four outstanding dramatized case scenarios will provide triggers to help identify bullying and enable people to discuss strategies for…
Three Keys to Becoming a Great Leader
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
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  • Building culture when senior leadership is unsupportive.
  • The importance of career and discipline diversity.
  • Vision, brainstorming, and workarounds--how trying new things can change an industry.
Susan Packard's three keys to great leadership: leaders are connected, leaders keep their organizations fresh, and leaders show courage. Easier said…
The Creative Thinker's Toolkit - How to Think Creatively
According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner…
Power: How to Get It, Use It, and Keep It - by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
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  • Hierarchies are inevitable, so learn the rules of the game.
  • Qualities that create power--and why intelligence is not one of them.
  • How we limit ourselves when it comes to acquiring power.
Getting a job, having control over your work, and holding on to a job all…
Make It a Story - Marie Curie on Discovery
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
Turn now to a series of lectures on composing effective speeches. Here, investigate the benefits of organizing information into a story to give your details weight and vividness. One powerful example of this concept at work: Marie Curie using storytelling to explain the complexities of radium - and to make…
Getting from Little Bets to Big Breakthroughs - With Peter Sims
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
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  • What do Bill Hewlett, Chris Rock, and Jeff Bezos have in common?
  • How risk-averse organizations can capitalize on design school principles.
  • Overcoming psychological barriers to creative experimentation.
Much like the standup comedian who tests and refines jokes in small clubs before rolling them out to a…