172016May
To Move Or Not To Move

To Move Or Not To Move

One of the key differentiators between speakers is the way they utilise space. That’s one of the reasons I like to see the venue in advance if possible, because the available space determines the extent of my movement when in action. In a narrow room using slides with a table mounted data projector, foot movement…

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272016Apr
Public Speaking? I’d Rather Die

Public Speaking? I’d Rather Die

The single biggest barrier to public speaking of any kind, be it keynotes to business presentations is in our minds. From ancient times it’s been quite natural to sit around at meals or other times and converse naturally and freely. It’s not difficult to have a conversation on your feet either, as long as it’s…

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302016Mar
9 Ways to Create Irresistible Enthusiasm

9 Ways to Create Irresistible Enthusiasm

Let’s face it – it’s a lot more difficult to persuade an audience about anything if you don’t personally “believe” – no matter what your topic is. Why then do so many erudite speakers who believe fervently in their topics still fail to convince – or get their point across with conviction? It’s simply that they…

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92015Mar
Idiotic Podium-Speak You Should Avoid

Idiotic Podium-Speak You Should Avoid

Exceptional Speakers go far beyond delivering interesting content. They also strive to construct their sentences using words that are easy to understand. Of course, the best way to get your message across and secure your objective is to say what you mean. This is best done by speaking clearly and using simple language. You’d think…

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122013Sep
Public Speaking: Breaking the Rules

Public Speaking: Breaking the Rules

To be fair, if there are rules as far as presenting is concerned, they’ve developed more as a best practice code, rather than as stringent laws. Rules probably vary considerably in their application according their context and the audience being addressed. Because I watch speakers in action regularly, I frequently notice rules being transgressed, sometimes in a…

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262013Jun

Take Charge of the Room

The sight of empty rows of seats when you are giving a speech is a serious drain on your energy, and a constant distraction. It will also  take your audience members think: “Why didn’t everyone else turn up?” Perhaps the problem arose due to overly enthusiastic organisers wanting to ensure enough seats, putting out far too many…

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