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Tips on how to add humor, open a speech, and cut the ‘ums’ were tops among communicators. Brush up on those skills to start the new year!

The subject of the article that topped this year’s list brought smiles to our faces: humor! There’s nothing better than a speech that elicits a few chuckles while informing the crowd. Also cracking the top five were the fundamentals: best ways to open a speech, ditching unnecessary slides, and cutting filler words.

Here’s the complete list:

1. How to add humor to your speech—without being a comedian

2. 3 reasons to cut ‘thank you’ from your next speech

3. How to cut the ‘ums, ‘uhs,’ and ‘literallys’ when speaking

4. 5 great ways to open a speech

5. 8 presentation slides to delete right now

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