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 [...]
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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 [...]
3 Tips to Help You Create a More Persuasive Speech I recently gave a persuasive speech to an audience of 1500 people. The audience contained children as young as 7 years old, all the way up to pensioners in their 60s. What could I do to keep everyone following along, entertained and ready to take [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]