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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 contrast2017-08-22T13:18:44+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 failures2017-08-22T13:18:44+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 us2017-08-22T13:18:44+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 speaking2017-01-19T16:44:42+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 slides2017-08-22T13:18:44+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 speaking2017-01-19T16:33:25+00:00

Use storytelling to influence and persuade during public speaking

2017-01-19T16:27:07+00:00

I finally got the chance to finish Nancy Duarte's book 'Resonate'. It's heralded by many as being one of the top guides to public speaking. It has a business focus but many of the principles can be applied to any kind of speech or talk. The book is chock full of goodness, but one of [...]

Use storytelling to influence and persuade during public speaking2017-01-19T16:27:07+00:00

Make sure you manage your energy before public speaking

2017-01-19T16:22:29+00:00

It's SUCH a beautiful day. Last week I was lucky enough to perform on stage in southern France. I also managed to squeeze in a bit of sunbathing and book-reading. It was sad to leave the amazing weather behind, but it's just as nice here in London today! Talking of books, I recently completed Joanna [...]

Make sure you manage your energy before public speaking2017-01-19T16:22:29+00:00

Improve your impromptu speaking with the PREP framework

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

One of the things my 1-to-1 and corporate clients fear most about public speaking is being asked a question they don't know the answer to. This might lead to being embarrassed in front of the team, losing potential clients, and goodness knows what else. So it's a perfectly rational fear. No-one wants to get caught [...]

Improve your impromptu speaking with the PREP framework2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

Mind your language – watch out for weak words

2017-01-19T17:03:54+00:00

Did you ever get really excited about a book? Ages ago I downloaded Playing Big: Find your voice, your vision and make things happen by Tara Mohr but have only just got around to starting it. And wow, I can't wait to finish and apply what I'm learning. Tara noticed that a lot of bright [...]

Mind your language – watch out for weak words2017-01-19T17:03:54+00:00