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5 essential elements of a great speech

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

5 essential elements of a great speech Have you ever been completely mesmerized by a speaker that can captivate an audience and hold their attention for seemingly endless amounts of time? What is it about these wizards of words that gets people to pay attention? For many, it’s their ability to create and present an [...]

5 essential elements of a great speech 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

4 tips on how to close your speech

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

4 tips on how to close your speech Have you ever been listening to a really fantastic speech...and then all of a sudden the speaker stops short with a smile and a nice “thank you for coming today,” and you’re left feeling unsatisfied? The closing is your final chance to make a lasting impression on [...]

4 tips on how to close your speech 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

3 Engaging Ways to Present and Leave People Wanting More

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

3 Engaging Ways to Present and Leave People Wanting More How do you leave a strong first impression when you only have a limited time to present yourself? (i.e., in a fifteen-minute speech given at work, or in a five-minute conversation with someone in the queue for coffee)? After all, we all want to be [...]

3 Engaging Ways to Present and Leave People Wanting More 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

3 Tips to Help Make You a Networking Star

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

One day your boss asks you to attend an event to meet some people in the industry. Don’t run away screaming just yet - here are some tips to improve your networking game 1. People are people, wherever you go. Don’t be nervous about networking - it seems like a very awkward, overly constructed social interaction, [...]

3 Tips to Help Make You a Networking Star 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

How To Create Rapport: 3 Simple Things You Can Do In Conversation

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

 How To Create Rapport: 3 Simple Things You Can Do In Conversation Maybe being in the spotlight isn’t for you. But maybe, you DO want to feel comfortable in your own skin when you meet someone new. You’d love to be able to converse with others without worrying about sounding awkward, unapproachable or unfriendly. You [...]

How To Create Rapport: 3 Simple Things You Can Do In Conversation 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

5 Steps to Help You Ooze Charisma

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

5 Steps to Help You Ooze Charisma What is charisma? You could ask ten different people that same question and you may get ten different answers. Charisma is a trait that many leaders and prominent figures in society possess. It allows them to capture the attention and affection of an audience. It is essentially the [...]

5 Steps to Help You Ooze Charisma 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

3 important speechwriting techniques to learn from pop songs

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

3 important speechwriting techniques to learn from pop songs We can learn a lot from the world’s top songwriters. They know how to create memorable 3 or 4-minute songs that we can sing along to after the first listen. Here are just three examples we can use to write great speeches. Look out for more [...]

3 important speechwriting techniques to learn from pop songs 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

The power of the pause – 3 reasons to go quiet during your speech

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

The power of the pause - 3 reasons to go quiet during your speech This is one I still need to remind myself of all the time. As a quiet girl, just like you, sometimes, I want to get the attention off myself as quickly as possible. So, I rush through what I have to [...]

The power of the pause – 3 reasons to go quiet during your speech 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00

5 fab ways to open your speech with fireworks

2016-11-02T09:30:04+00:00

5 fab ways to open your speech with fireworks How many times have you heard a speech start with, “Good morning/good afternoon/good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Suzy Snooze (or otherwise), and I’d like to tell you about ___ (fill in the blanks)”? Uh oh...the boring-o-meter just hit maximum!! Of course, there’s a [...]

5 fab ways to open your speech with fireworks 2016-11-02T09:30:04+00:00

4 techniques to help you remember your speech

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

4 techniques to help you remember your speech Did you ever stand up to give a speech and find that your well-rehearsed lines just up and flew away, leaving you red-faced and stammering? I’ve been there, and it doesn’t feel good. In fact, it’s downright embarrassing. Minimise your chances of forgetting by using the following [...]

4 techniques to help you remember your speech 2017-08-22T13:18:44+00:00