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Alvaro Huerta Talks about Notes on Public Speaking for Academics & Others

Monday, July 17, 2017  
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I’ve been a public speaker since 1985, starting as a UCLA student activist, then as a community organizer and, now, as an academic. This includes delivering countless political speeches, academic lectures, interviews, keynote presentations and two TEDx talks. My TEDx talks include “Migration as a Human Right” and “From Tijuana to East L.A. to Academia: Life Lessons from a Scholar.” I’ve also delivered several eulogies (one too many) and one failed wedding toast.

Thus, I’m sharing some public speaking advice (and related videos) for academics and others based on what I’ve found to be effective over the past three decades. The first two videos represent satirical YouTube talks. These hilarious talks provide insightful tips on my main argument: Public speaking is a performance—not my original idea. (However, this is not to imply that form prevails over content.)

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