52013Jul

Using Props – The Oops Effect

If you want to bring something on stage with you – a new product that you are discussing, or your latest book – always ask the organiser first whether it will be acceptable. There won’t usually be a problem, but it’s common courtesy to get permission to use some of your speaking time (which you…

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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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242013May

Seven Ideas (OK, Eight)

Great speaking is a real business asset. Here are some ways to raise your game: Be original People are fascinated by originality. Your ideas are unique to you, and though they may have been influenced by others, will be yours alone. That’s what people want to hear – your take on the world. There are no…

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42013Jan

Five Things To Have A Go At

1) Google hangouts Google+ provides the opportunity for live video chats with a group of people. Many experts are now using scheduled chats to demonstrate their services and help others. It’s a great thing to try. 2) Facebook groups A lot of the real interaction on Facebook is happening in the groups. They are easy to set…

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42013Jan

Three Things To Try

1) Drop the Powerpoint OK, maybe not every slide. But if you’re a slide user, think about how you would present if you had no visuals. It happened to me last year when I spoke at a TEDx event and the projection system failed. However, no-one except the other professional speaker who was there noticed my…

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302012Nov

10 Ways To Avoid A Standing Ovation

At the end of your speech, if audience members leap to their feet, clapping and cheering, it’s so embarrassing, isn’t it? It takes ages to calm things down again, and it ruins your walk off stage. Well here are ten ways to make sure it never happens to you. Introduce yourself at great length, including…

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302012Nov

Blog Blog Blog

Now’s the time to be thinking about your social media strategy for 2013 (how was your strategy for 2012, by the way?). If you do nothing else, my advice is to get involved in blogging, if you don’t do it already. There are a number of reasons why blogs are important, not least because content…

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