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Great Speeches and Communication Tips with Steve Rohr

Ep. 186

Steve Rohr is a Hollywood publicist, media expert, and author. He served as the Show Publicist for the Academy Awards from 2015 – 2019 and is the founder of Lexicon Public Relations, a boutique entertainment firm representing award-winning actors and recording artists. As a communication expert, Rohr co-authored “Scared Speechless: 9 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Captivate Your Audience.” Here, he talks about running PR for the Oscars and how to make a great speech—plus, he shares some helpful interpersonal communications tips.

 Key Takeaways:

- What it's like running PR at the Oscars

- Steve's thoughts on great public speakers

- Gen Z communication styles

- Nonverbal communication tips

Episode Timeline:

2:00 What's the ground game like running PR at the Oscars?

5:15 Why is the work culture at the Oscars so great?

6:45 What makes a good Oscar speech?

8:45 Why Viola Davis is a great speaker

11:00 What are some of Steve's favorite speeches?

12:00 Anne Richards’ DNC speech

14:45 What are some ways that Gen Zers can improve their communication styles?

15:50 The problem with upspeak

18:30 Don't start a sentence with "I mean."

22:20 The 80% rule

23:45 The importance of presenting a clear message

24:45 Nonverbal communication myths and gender styles

30:30 How strikes are affecting Hollywood PR

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• Steve Rohr

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