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How Not to Be a Boob (as a Public Speaker)

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If there’s one thing that makes me squirm, it’s an awkward public speaker.

Maybe the person is clicking his pen the whole time, or has a verbal tick (like saying, “OK?” at the end of each sentence).

Maybe the person is visibly nervous.

Maybe the person is arranging his papers and — as if trying to kill his rapport with the audience — apologizes to his listeners.

There are so many ways you can wind up looking like a boob.

But don’t worry.

I have a 25-year career of public speaking under my belt, and plenty of folks say I’m pretty good at it.

I sat down earlier this year and recorded my tips on public speaking. For the most part I break with the conventional wisdom — “always start with a joke” is a stupid rule, for example, and courses that urge you to gesture this way or that should be shunned and ridiculed.

I offered it as a bonus a couple of times this year, but it was otherwise unavailable.

Well, I’m offering this along with half a dozen more of the juiciest bonuses I created in 2019 in a single blowout special as the year draws to an end and I begin to retire these bonuses.

Just one of them is my 45-minute mini-course on public speaking.

The others are just as good.

Click before the clock hits zero:

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Tom Woods

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the 2019 winner of the Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award from the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna. He is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, which releases a new episode every weekday. Visit

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