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10. Speech Breakdown – Tina Fey’s Acceptance Speech of the Mark Twain Award

For episode ten of The Presentation Boss Podcast, it’s another speech breakdown! Your hosts Kate and Thomas are experienced not only as speakers, but as presentation coaches. They love finding the strengths and weaknesses in a presentation and explaining why they work or need to be considered. Here’s one of Kate’s favourite speeches.

Kate has picked an industry award acceptance speech; Tina Fey and the Mark Twain Prize for American Comedy. Prepare for some laughs and to hear some great examples of audience focus, expresion of personality and a few squeaks from Kate’s baby in the background. He gets quite vocal toward the end!

What You’ll Learn
• One of the greatest investments to become a great public speaker
• What an acceptance speech needs to achieve
• How humour can emphasise the importance of message
• How to acknowledge tension and controversy with grace and humour
• The various ways you can thank or recognise people that is enjoyable for the whole audience
• How to be relatable by including yourself in the audience
• The way to use a story to collapse time, condense details and inform of growth
• How to begin writing an award acceptance speech

Mentioned In The Show
• Tina Fey | 2010 Mark Twain Prize for American Comedy Acceptance Speech:

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Quotes From This Episode
• “It’s quite customary to thank the people who have helped get you there”
• “She’s expected to do something a little more interesting”
• “And everyone in this room in particular would understand that”
• “It just shows how you can be sincere and gracious and thankful while being humorous and interesting”

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