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Everything from Everywhere
Paul Brescia

Public speaking lessons from Ancient Greece, behind the curtain of ‘diversity theatre’, and the history of Upstart

Paul Brescia
2 minute Read


Every week SmartCompany Plus curates a selection of pieces from around the web that you should read, listen, or watch. This week, we’ve pulled out a stand-out guide to public speaking, along with a long-form retrospective of tech company Upstart, and a piece on Black experiences in tech, which highlights a tension that is yet to be resolved in the US, or Australia.

Public speaking is a learned skill, not natural talent

The Ancient Greeks saw public speaking as an art form, a learned skill no different to carpentry that must be taught. This piece looks at how you can overcome the initial anxiety from public speaking, tailor your words for your audience, and turn your knowledge into eloquence.

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