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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142016Apr
Eliminate the Competition

Eliminate the Competition

When you speak, you need to ensure that the attention of the audience is focused on you. One way to do that is to be an engaging and entertaining speaker (which you are already, of course), but you also need to think about removing any distractions. Anything which competes for the thoughts or feelings of…

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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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192013Sep

Don’t be a gambler

Once upon a time, when people lived in little village and didn’t travel more than a few miles, there were people who could turn their hand to anything. They could shoe a horse, fix a leaky pipe and probably offer simple medical advice too. They were, in the truest sense, generalists. The world has changed….

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172013Sep

Research has shown…..(or not)

Research has shown that “80% of statements made in speeches about research can’t be backed up”. Including that statement, which I just made up. Therein lies the problem. Simply saying “Research has shown..” or “It’s been proved that..” won’t work any more. Anyone in your audience can tap into their mobile phone to find out…

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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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