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Public Speaking Tips: How to handle your next Q&A session

2017-09-14T17:51:02+00:00

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 [...]

Public Speaking Tips: How to handle your next Q&A session 2017-09-14T17:51:02+00:00

Find your why and become a more authentic public speaker

2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

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, [...]

Find your why and become a more authentic public speaker 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

Know your values – how to be a more authentic public speaker

2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

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 [...]

Know your values – how to be a more authentic public speaker 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

Panel Discussions: Ten things I learned from being a Panelist at Marie Claire Future Shapers live 2017 Event

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 [...]

Panel Discussions: Ten things I learned from being a Panelist at Marie Claire Future Shapers live 2017 Event 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

The persuasive power of contrast

2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

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 [...]

The persuasive power of contrast 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

Public speaking – why you should share your business failures

2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

In our most recent DIVA live meeting the focus was on how to INSPIRE with our speaking. In particular, we were talking about sharing failure as a route to inspiring others. The very next day, I saw this article in The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/public-speaking-tips-for-small-business-owners/ Check out point 2 about sharing failures. Please don't be afraid to [...]

Public speaking – why you should share your business failures 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

How personality profiling can help us

2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

As we reach the end of the year, it's often a time for self-reflection. Time for an assessment of what went well, what could have gone better, and what to focus on in the coming year. In the last month or so I've done a bunch of self-assessment tests around personality type, values and strengths. [...]

How personality profiling can help us 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

Use journalling to improve your public speaking

2017-01-19T16:44:42+00:00

Recently, someone bought me Alex Ikonn's The Five Minute Journal. I've always struggled with journaling but TFMJ has made it easy for me to write down my daily goals and my end-of-day reflections. It struck me that a great place to record public speaking goals is in a daily journal. Public speaking is a journey. [...]

Use journalling to improve your public speaking 2017-01-19T16:44:42+00:00

Which software to use for your presentation slides

2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

Do you need to create slides for work? This week a new 1-to-1 client started coaching with me. She works in finance and has to prepare an important presentation for her boss. She confessed that she didn't know how to use PowerPoint and was worried she didn't have the time to get to grips with [...]

Which software to use for your presentation slides 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

Use video to improve your public speaking

2017-01-19T16:33:25+00:00

Hope you've been having a great month so far. I just got a new phone and to test it out, I've finally got around to dabbling in Facebook Live. I don't think the BBC will be in any rush to hire me as an anchorwoman, but I'm having a great time playing around on camera. [...]

Use video to improve your public speaking 2017-01-19T16:33:25+00:00