In terms of speaking, are you The Beach Boys or The Beatles?

Both types of speakers (and both bands) are great, but the author recommends you adopt a style more akin to John, Paul, George, and Ringo—and he explains how to do it.

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But only a dozen or so are absolutely fabulous.

Those dozen trainees almost always ask me how they can continue growing as a speaker. And almost always, I ask them whether they want to be The Beach Boys or The Beatles.

The Beach Boys and The Beatles were both iconic ’60s bands. The Beach Boys had 36 U.S. Top 40 hits; The Beatles had 51. Both were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Both have left an enduring influence on future generations of musicians.

But, while you can almost always identify a Beach Boys song within a few notes, you can’t always tell which songs belong to The Beatles. The Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” sounds a lot like “I Get Around,” which sounds a lot like “Good Vibrations.”

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