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. [...]
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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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]