When I first started speaking to promote my biz I made every mistake in the book. There's a lot to keep in mind. You're anxious to ace your presentation, give the audience a great experience, keep your host or event planner happy, and so much more. So it's no surprise that most of us, [...]
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After a recent keynote, among the many positive reviews that came back, I received...one stinky one!! The experience prompted me think about how to deal with negative feedback. My hard working intern, Sally, created this infographic from a Facebook Live video I recorded on the subject (see bottom of the post). I [...]
Are you nervous about making a speech but you’d happily run a workshop? Well, the two are closer than you might think. I recently delivered a workshop on behalf of Hearst Live - think the events arm of Hearst Publishing, which owns Harper’s Bazaar, Red, Esquire, Elle and a host of other household name [...]
In this post I’ve listed a few of the rhetorical devices you’ll often find in speeches, poetry, and prose. It might not be your first thought to include them in your own works. Reconsider, because they can genuinely raise the quality of a talk and provide your audience with a richer experience. [...]
Did you ever watch a speaker and grow to trust them as a result of the bits of information they subtly shared? If so, you probably saw 'seeding' in action. As a professional singer as well as a speaking coach, I like to use examples from the world of pop music, so bear with me [...]
Did you ever fluff your Q&A session, coming away from a speech thinking you could have made a better impression? It’s a good idea to conclude your talk after the Q&A rather than before. Q&A sessions can be difficult to control and it’s better for you to leave the audience with a positive final image [...]
How To Be A More Authentic Public Speaker - Identify Your Why One way we can become more authentic public speakers is to know and share our ‘why’. Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why puts forth the idea that people will identify with your why—your overarching mission in life—more than with your job title, goals, [...]
How To Be A More Authentic Public Speaker - The Importance of Knowing Your Values Our values are what drive us in life. Knowing your values as a speaker will help you become much more powerful on stage. By knowing your values you’ll be fully aware of your strengths and can use them to become [...]
Panel Discussions: Ten things I learned from being a Panelist at Marie Claire Future Shapers live 2017 Eventsholakaye 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00
Public Speaking - Panel Discussions: Ten things I learned from being a Panelist at Marie Claire Future Shapers Live 2017 Event Have you ever taken part in a panel discussion? Maybe public speaking is the norm for you - you’re used to planning your speech carefully, practising your delivery and taking control of your [...]
What do the phrases below have in common? The path from sickness to health The blind woman who had the vision to do what was right One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind (maybe you've already come across this one!) Each phrase contains contrast. The inclusion of contrast is a straightforward [...]