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By Karen Cortell Reisman

Over 5 million people have viewed Donovan Livingston's Harvard convocation address.

Use these 5 strategies from his message to convey energy vs. fatigue to your listeners:

  1. Be Unique - Livingston uses clever rhyme to be memorable.
  2. Be Authentic - He speaks from his heart and experience.
  3. Be Dynamic - Livingston has a manuscript BUT he is NOT reading it! He is conversational, has great posture, facial expressions congruent with his message and fabulous eye contact with his audience.
  4. Keep it Short - He embraces the power of Less is More.
  5. Make it Sticky - Livingston uses analogies, stories and metaphors. Data tells. Emotion (via his story) sells.

Use these techniques and your listeners will not only stay awake, but will be inspired by your words.

Email Karen at with the worst convocation speeches you've had to sit through!

Donovan Livingston's Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Speech

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