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Public Speaking – Is it helpful to have a book?

2018-10-01T13:52:34+00:00

Public Speaking - is it helpful to have a book? Recently, a few people have asked me if I thought writing my book was worth the time and effort. I would say yes! And here are three reasons why: 1- Enhances your credibility as a speaker Having a book gives you cred. There have [...]

Public Speaking – Is it helpful to have a book?2018-10-01T13:52:34+00:00

Public Speaking – negotiating your terms

2018-09-24T17:12:27+00:00

Hi! I'm a bit dolled up in today's video as I'm about to sing at a corporate event. There are, of course, vast amounts of overlap between performing and speaking and I love to speak about the business and voice-related aspects of both (as you may already know from my book 'How to be [...]

Public Speaking – negotiating your terms2018-09-24T17:12:27+00:00

Business Networking – Why it’s so important to STAND OUT!

2018-09-15T02:05:19+00:00

Today, let's talk about business networking and why it's so important to stand out. Last week, I was chatting with the head of business development of a decent sized law firm here in London. We were talking about some potential training opportunities for their staff. He mentioned that some of their staff don't enjoy [...]

Business Networking – Why it’s so important to STAND OUT!2018-09-15T02:05:19+00:00

3 things you should never do straight after a public speaking opportunity

2018-05-24T16:11:51+00:00

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, [...]

3 things you should never do straight after a public speaking opportunity2018-05-24T16:11:51+00:00

7 ways to deal with negative feedback

2018-04-10T14:58:45+00:00

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 [...]

7 ways to deal with negative feedback2018-04-10T14:58:45+00:00

Workshops are the new speeches – why you should make your next speech interactive

2017-12-20T20:29:40+00:00

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 [...]

Workshops are the new speeches – why you should make your next speech interactive2017-12-20T20:29:40+00:00

Improve Your Public Speaking with Rhetorical Devices

2017-10-18T15:03:53+00:00

  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.   [...]

Improve Your Public Speaking with Rhetorical Devices2017-10-18T15:03:53+00:00

How to build your credibility as a public speaker using seeding

2017-09-25T15:42:27+00:00

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 [...]

How to build your credibility as a public speaker using seeding2017-09-25T15:42:27+00:00

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 session2017-09-14T17:51:02+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 speaker2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00