Buffoon

A ridiculous but amusing person; a clown However, before dismissing the generals as mere incompetent buffoons, we must establish the context If we can’t laugh at a caricature of ourselves, then maybe we have a lot more in common with these self-important buffoons than we think Far from being a bunch of incompetent buffoons the […]

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Invasion

An incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity He was later caught up in the pitch invasion as he was carried by celebrating fans I do reserve the right to decline the requests that would constitute an invasion of privacy He could even have allocated more […]

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Feeble

Lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness or Lacking strength of character By now, he was too feeble to leave his room His feeble attempt to strengthen the government’s image failed The feeble excuses some people try to swing are funny There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words […]

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Sleazy

(of a person or situation) sordid, corrupt, or immoral You may challenge my ethics, call me a sleazy lawyer, but it is best for you This time let’s hope the media don’t go down that sleazy road He loved making a sleazy nightclub atmosphere: an excuse for expensive cigars and a lot of red wine […]

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Concealed

Kept secret; hidden He spoke with barely concealed anger She hit a heavy shovel on a log concealed by the long grass Four years later, he was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are words which stand out so much […]

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Bumbling

Acting in a confused or ineffectual way; incompetent Thus begins their humorous descent into a bumbling life of crime Later, Tom told me I wasn’t the bumbling fool I’d thought He’s a bumbling fool There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are words which stand out so […]

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Breathtaking

Astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one’s breath away The scene was one of breathtaking beauty To see these crowds running around in different directions in front of you with no slow-down was breathtaking The music is exhilarating, the costumes are breathtaking, and the acting is superb There are words that are […]

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Insidious

Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects Sexual harassment is a serious and insidious problem Significantly, even continuous low-level noise can be an insidious stressor This trade recession will be just as insidious in its effects as any market blowout There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that […]

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Snob

A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and looks down on those regarded as socially inferior They were all rich snobs that thought people like myself lower than dirt It’s a lot easier to believe someone is a selfish snob when they aren’t […]

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Jubilant

Feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph Students, former guerrilla fighters, police and soldiers took to the streets in a jubilant parade And jubilant retail bosses are celebrating a similar success story throughout last year The big fellow immediately sprinted towards jubilant home fans and was booked for throwing his jersey to the ground There […]

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Bonanza

A situation which creates a sudden increase in wealth, good fortune, or profits Experts have predicted that internet retailers will benefit more than ever before from the festive bonanza Spate of mergers and acquisitions brings a bonanza for investment banks None of the predictions about a ticketing bonanza had come true There are words that […]

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Shatter

Break or cause to break suddenly and violently into pieces Out of nowhere, the glass from the windows shatter and the front door is broken Their lives have been shattered by the devastating effects of the recent cyclones Speaking about his sacking today, Mr Hughes said he was shattered by the decision There are words […]

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Exposed

Make (something) visible by uncovering it Having completed the cut, the dealer exposes a card to determine who will be dealt the first card She wanted to protest, feeling more defenceless and exposed than ever with her back to any possible threat Real whistleblowers expose wrongdoing while it is going on There are words that […]

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Audacity

A willingness to take bold risks Only now has the sheer scale and audacity of the operation become clear He came to dominate it by shrewdness, audacity and the huge force and charm of his personality I have seen swallows do this and I marvel at their audacity There are words that are hardly noticed. […]

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Brazen

Bold and without shame He went about his illegal business with a brazen assurance Packs of dogs roam the streets of South America – collarless and brazen, unabashedly unneutered How can such brazen defiance of health and safety regulations be tolerated? There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And […]

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Delight

Please (someone) greatly An experience guaranteed to delight both young and old I think we’re in a very competitive marketplace, because unless we’re delighting you, you won’t choose us We have a most jolly fellow for a postman and here of late I’ve been confounding and delighting him There are words that are hardly noticed. […]

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Illegal

Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law When we looked into it a number of computers were generating lots of illegal traffic I have also seen loads of illegal dumping and it’s vandalism of a natural amenity They need to be believe that illegal activity is going on in premises before searching them […]

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Sensational

Causing great public interest and excitement A legal watchdog has thrown out complaints about a leading Yorkshire solicitor made in the wake of the sensational trial of two Leeds United footballers He showers you with quotable quotes and his interviews are peppered with sensational statements Its location is sensational; water surrounds the house, which has […]

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Backbone

The chief support of a system or organisation or Strength of character These firms are the backbone of our industrial sector You must do it right because your staff are the backbone of your business Tackling bigotry is not hard, but it does need some courage and backbone There are words that are hardly noticed. […]

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Vulnerable

Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally We were in a vulnerable position Its ice masses have been particularly vulnerable to the advance of global warming The scheme will help charities working with vulnerable adults and young people There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that […]

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Skyrocket

(of a price, rate, or amount) increase very steeply or rapidly The cost of the welfare system has skyrocketed In the springtime, when the animal has its growth spurt, this shortage skyrockets to 60 percent The entertainment level just skyrockets on that second viewing There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that […]

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Confession

A formal statement admitting that one is guilty of a crime Proof of this crime must be established by confession By his own confession, he had strayed perilously close to alcoholism Confessions of a driving instructor There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are words which stand […]

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Lifetime

The duration of a person’s life A reward for a lifetime’s work Fifteen shops closed during the lifetime of the scheme Five weeks was a lifetime, anything could have happened There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are words which stand out so much they almost seem […]

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Blacklisted

A list of people or things that are regarded as unacceptable or untrustworthy and should be excluded or avoided He was placed on a blacklist which meant he was unable to get credit A blacklist of blocked websites They create blacklists and urge their readers and fellow bloggers to threaten and harass their targets There […]

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Bargain

An agreement between two or more people or groups as to what each will do for the other or A thing bought or offered for sale much more cheaply than is usual or expected Bargains between political parties supporting the government My side of the bargain is that I promise to answer ALL questions submitted […]

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Lonely

Sad because one has no friends or company Lonely old people whose families do not care for them He may be in the wrong but he’s old, lonely and feeling betrayed I was very lonely for the rest of the night There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And […]

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Hazardous

Risky; dangerous He made a fantastic landing in hazardous conditions At least one candidate in the election reports that campaigning has proven hazardous to his health Much of the waste found on the beaches is fishing waste that can be extremely hazardous to wildlife There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that […]

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Official

Relating to an authority or public body and its activities and responsibilities But most people assumed the money was spent largely on official activities The unit is now refusing to do something that is not an official responsibility It was the third official investigation into his activities There are words that are hardly noticed. There […]

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Collapse

Suddenly fall down or give way Suddenly, the hallway wall fell and collapsed into the entrance of the cafeteria The victim collapses suddenly into unconsciousness The talks collapsed last week over territorial issues There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are words which stand out so much […]

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Payback

Profit from an investment equal to the initial outlay or An act of revenge or retaliation The reasoning was that higher cost deserved higher payback Studies have shown education to be the best investment any government can make in terms of long term payback This was payback for the last day she’d been trying to […]

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Frantic

Distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion Many customers eagerly signed up because their pets had been made frantic with fear by the noise of fireworks Their mother joined the frantic rescue effort but all three were swept away There was a frantic tone to the stories, an underlying hysteria I felt as a child […]

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Insider

A person within a group or organization, especially someone privy to information unavailable to others This is a government for the insiders, for political appointments and cronyism Meanwhile, insiders predicted that the cost of a tour to the city will slump Comments posted on online message boards may also come from employees of the studios, […]

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Drowning

Be overwhelmed by a large amount of something. Both business and household sectors are drowning in debt He was completely drowned in the picture, his deep concentration becoming almost meditation Good pizza is not eight inches thick and drowned in tomato sauce There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. […]

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Pummel

Strike repeatedly with the fists The door shuddered as thumping fists pummelled the wood And the critics are likely to pummel it mercilessly I ran to the mirror and began pummelling it with my fist There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are words which stand out […]

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Obnoxious

Extremely unpleasant I find it obnoxious and frightening to see drunks in bars and on the streets More than just unpleasant, the obnoxious smell was stifling and suffocating It has become bigger and more obnoxious than the people and events themselves There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And […]

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Crave

Feel a powerful desire for (something) They need love and crave intimacy yet often feel cornered, pressure We crave originality, we demand credibility and we hope for something that sets the heart racing and the mind working overtime Now that the crisis was over, my hunger had returned and I was craving a cheeseburger There […]

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Happy

Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment I feel very happy and content to be at home in the warm, listening to good music and doing nothing much The world is chockful of people who have lived happy, contented lives and who have made a deep impact on the arts His father, Phillip, paid him a […]

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Defiance

Open resistance; bold disobedience The demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings For one fleeting moment the world has acted together in defiance of the group, whose isolation is now exposed for all to see Any structures erected in defiance of this law would be demolished, he warned There are words that are hardly […]

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Coward

A person who is contemptibly lacking in the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things. What about the possibility that we somehow have raised a generation of moral cowards? He resigns his commission and is branded a coward Hamlet says, this is what makes cowards of us all There are words that are […]

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Cheap

Low in price, especially in relation to similar items or services In the report, supermarkets admitted low-cost packaging was one of the reasons they charged less for their cheap lines There is a huge difference between an online bookmaker and a firm who offer services in cheap flights, car hire and internet cafés The food […]

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Peril

Serious and immediate danger She had almost forgotten where she was, but as the clouds in her mind started to clear she begun to comprehend the perils of her situation But demolition work began earlier in October after the Advertiser first highlighted the very obvious perils of the building Owners are now changing their routes […]

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Valour

Great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle He displayed great valour, courage and determination in the pursuit of his goal You displayed uncommon courage and valour The land has a fascinating history of valour and chivalry There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are […]

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Jeopardy

Danger of loss, harm, or failure Sadly this will set a very destructive precedent, which could place the future of our liberty in grave jeopardy The allegations have put her career and her five medals from the 2000 games in jeopardy A vital village transport link is in jeopardy due to a lack of people […]

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Miracle

An extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency Amongst them I perform the miracle of loaves and fishes And you’re right, miracles do happen Investigation then begins into miracles attributed to his or her intercession There are words that are hardly […]

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Blind

Lacking perception, awareness, or judgement a blind acceptance of the status quo They had some good points but they were still blind in some areas, unable to see truth Our government and politicians are blind and deaf on this issue There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there […]

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Apocalypse

An event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale. The apocalypse of World War II Over the years, peace activism has grown stronger and more vocal, thus reducing chances of any man-made apocalypses How could the legal owners of this stuff perceive file sharing as anything other than an apocalypse for their business? There […]

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Dummy generate

I want a provocative word1 I want a provocative word2 I want a provocative word3 I want a provocative word4 I want a provocative word5

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Charge up your speech with Power Words

There are words that are hardly noticed. There are words that stand out. And there are words which stand out so much they almost seem to have some kind of special power. Using power words appropriately can instantly improve your ability to capture your audiences’ attention. These words are used to do one or both […]

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Empathy and the power to improve mutual understanding and trust

Successful public speaking, like any form of communication, relies on the speaker understanding the audience. Have you ever heard a speaker deliver and talk and you felt disengaged from the content. Great public speakers have empathy for others. They feel what others feel and understand their needs and wants and therefore they can speak the […]

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Thingu and the power of communicating without words

Just by using body language and other nonverbal actions – is a powerful form of expression. Indeed, actions and other nonverbal signs can “speak” much louder than words. This short animation “THINGU” created by by Lee Hardcastle; successfully fuses the children’s stop-motion clay animation Pingu with John Carpenter’s science fiction horror film The Thing. In Pingu all the characters […]

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Speech Ideas

Imagine that you are asked to deliver a speech or presentation at the next meeting. At first, you are excited about the opportunity. Very soon, however, a feeling of dread overwhelms you — what will your speech topic be? “You can speak on anything you like. I’m sure whatever you come up with will be great.” […]

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Prove

Demonstrate to be the specified thing by evidence or argument: if they are proved guilty we won’t trade with them I’ve always thought that Scott’s innocent until he’s proven guilty and I’m going to stick with that. And the last I checked, in the United States, you are innocent until you’re proven guilty. In Indiana […]

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Slaughter

Kill (people or animals) in a cruel or violent way, typically in large numbers: innocent civilians are being slaughtered The new powers will enable the Executive to slaughter pet birds – and even dogs and cats. The three feuding groups adopted extremely cruel methods to slaughter each other and engage in ethnic cleansing. If these […]

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Whopping

Very large: a whopping £74 million loss What a huge whopping lie, I thought with self-derision. The sun is expected to survive for a whopping 10 million years, while massive stars live to be a mere 3 million years old because they burn up so fast. I think my two favourite characters were Yoda, and […]

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Agony

Extreme physical or mental suffering: he crashed to the ground in agony What sort of world is this that predisposes roughly 20 percent of human beings to suffer mental agonies Grams argues that all social layers share in life’s abundance of physical and mental agonies Very many others suffered those same physical agonies   There […]

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Finish

After you finish your speech pause briefly, take a couple of steps back and then RETURN to your seat.

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Gestures

ALLOW your hands  the natural gestures they are used to, while you speak.

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Eye contact

LOOK at different sections of the audience once in a while (Don’t  stare at someone or a particular  object in the room)

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Pace

SPEAK at your natural speed   (like when you talk to your friends or at home)

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Volume

KEEP your voice at a level that suits the size of the audience and the hall / room

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Smile

SMILE at the most friendly face (pretty / handsome one) you can see in the audience –  if you prefer ! Now begin speaking.

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Preparedness

TAKE a good look at the audience, assistants and the arrangements while you are waiting for your turn to speak.

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Slang

AOID Use of big words to show off  jargon, slang & cliches

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Family, mirror,pets, stuffed animals, record your speech Practice where you will do your actual presentation Accept criticism – no one is perfect/ there is always room for improvement Time yourself

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Pauses

USE pauses appropriately When you make an important / major point – it will sink into the minds of your audience well

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Word Pictures

CREATE word pictures Example Say : “My friend Ram”, instead of   “a friend” Say : “It is hard as maths to me” , not weakly “it is hard”

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Simple and Active

PREFER  simple sentences. Similarly prefer direct speech (active voice) to reported speech (passive voice)

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Vocabulary

USE the right word as far as possible ( You should have / develop  a good vocabulary to do this )

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Have a clear structure

STRUCTURE the points as under MAKE a single & clear statement of your point ELABORATE the point in few sentences Give one or two examples to support the point [sequence may vary (3),(1),(2)..]

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Opening techniques

OPEN  your  speech with any one of the four techniques : Quotation Example Definition Humour* *[HUMOUR  is little difficult to deliver ;  unless you are good at telling jokes, DON’T try this technique}

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The Greeting

Start with a proper GREETING to the audience and acknowledge the key people that your message is directed to

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Adaptation

“Read” the audience and smoothly making mid-stream adjustments, when needed

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