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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!

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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

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