For many of the people who attend my one-day and three-day speaking courses, one of the most challenging exercises, if not the most challenging exercise, is not one that involves standing up and speaking. You see, it’s not their speaking that is the problem, it is their writing. If you struggle with preparing and delivering talks and presentations, it may well be you have started trying to write your script before you have finished the important job of thinking about what you want to say.Read More
Great marketers don’t tell you about their products, they share the brand story. The world’s best journalists don’t simply report the facts, they find the human-interest story at the heart of the situation. And you – what’s your story?
The stories that we tell are far more influential with our audience that any list of facts and figures. As the saying goes: facts tell, but stories sell.Read More
Is there actually any difference between public speaking and presenting?
In reality there often is, with presenting seen as simply the sharing of information whereas public speaking is expected to entertain, influence and inspire its audience. But, don’t you think the world would be a better place if every business presentation also entertained, influenced and inspired everyone in the room?Read More
Sharing personal stories is one of the key elements of speaking with courage. When you speak with courage, then your audience will respond to your message. In order to be an effective speaker, you need to build rapport with the audience. This means helping them to know, like and trust you. One of the most effective ways to do this is to share a personal story. But how do you come up with a good story to share?Read More
Warren Buffet said the easiest way to add 50% to your market value was to learn how to speak in public. To mark International Small Business Day, here are 4 reasons why people find it hard to Stand up and Speak about their business – and how to solve them!Read More
Have you ever had that realisation, as you were half way through your PowerPoint deck, that not only is your audience bored with your presentation – but you are too!Read More
This week I share my Grab -> Give -> Goal approach to easily plan a short presentation or talk.Read More
The last thing your audience hears from you, the thing they are most likely to remember, is the end of your speech or presentation. Yet this part of the talk is often overlooked and underprepared by the speaker as we are so relieved to have reached the end of our talk we just want to get it finished and rush the ending.Read More
You lean forward in anticipation as the speaker takes their place, then your heart sinks as they turn to the projector screen and display their first slide. It has ten bullet points, three animations and the slide number in the corner says 1 of 196. You can feel the deep vein thrombosis forming in your thigh already. Welcome to death by PowerPoint.Read More