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How To Inspire

Public Speaking Lessons learned from Hamilton
How To Inspire
16th June 2016

What we can learn about public speaking from Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’

Hey yo, I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwing away my shot – “My Shot” from Hamilton   Telling a story with words is fun, but being able to tell a story with hip hop can be even more challenging, imaginative, and entertaining for an audience. As evidenced by the (11 Tonys and 1 Grammy and 1 Pulitzer Prize) Award winning musical Hamilton.  It's a phenomenon for sure, capturing the hearts of the world with this non-traditional story done in a shockingly cool way. Hamilton, a hip-hop musical on Broadway, (if you haven’t heard…
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An inspiring speech is a conversation
How To Inspire
8th June 2016

Do NOT give a speech.

Wait what? Don’t give a speech? Um… aren’t you supposed to teach us exactly that Ms. Ginger? Ginger Public SPEAKING?  Instead of fostering connections, a typical speech is all about pushing content out through our vocal cords at an impressive rate. The best way to talk to your audience is by having a CONVERSATION. But... you ask... (as you should) How can I have a conversation when I'm the only one talking??? I'm glad you asked. Inspiring speaking, even to the largest audience, is intimate.  An inspiring speech is a not a monologue. Believe it or not it IS a…
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Help! I'm a boring speaker!
How To Inspire
27th April 2016

Help! I’m a boring speaker!

How many times have you heard fellow audience members complain “ugh, that speaker was boring”? We’ve all sat there listening to yet another dry presentation, with yet another powerpoint presentation. You know the one – it has a nice neat title, four or five nice neat bullet points down the side, a company logo and – if the speaker’s feeling really crazy – a clipart in the bottom right hand corner, ‘just to add some fun.’ The trouble is that when the brain has seen a format so many times, it switches off. And your message is lost. So how…
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Great speakers know how to say 'No'!
How To Inspire
5th April 2016

Why is saying ‘no’ so difficult?!

It's easy to think inspiring public speaking is all about being nice, friendly and uplifting. But as I've been learning recently, with the help of the fabulous Luke Gregorczyk, great speakers also know when to say a firm and confident 'No.' There's a big difference, I found, between those noble 'giants' (that's how they seem to me) who nobody would dare to cross, versus meek little me (that's how I seem to me) who can be pushed around by most people. What is it that means some people can say no and mean it, whereas, in certain situations, I find…
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obama
How To Inspire
13th January 2016

Why Barack Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest speakers of all time

After listening to President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU), I am once again reminded of how powerful his delivery skills can be. We can debate whether style trumps substance or vice versa all we want. The truth is that leaders—political and business—who are able to connect emotionally with their stakeholders will win hearts and minds and those who don’t, won’t.  Here are three reasons why President Obama will be remembered as on the of the greatest speakers of all time (and how you can learn to speak like him).  By using creative language, Barack Obama takes the audience to another…
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How David Bowie changed us
How To Inspire
12th January 2016

Rebel Rebel: How David Bowie and his storytelling changed us

Never one to conform, David Bowie inspired a generation of artists and the world with his ground-breaking performance storytelling style and lyricism. David Bowie taught us how to dance, how to dress, how to wear makeup, how to be intimate, how to be alone, how to escape the chains of a world that doesn’t always understand us, how to look to upwards to the bright lights in the sky for the answers, how to be cool, how to not care if you're cool, how to retreat into the dark recesses of our minds, how to shine. But most importantly, the legendary…
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What public speakers can learn from Angela Merkel
How To Inspire
9th December 2015

What public speakers can learn from Angela Merkel

Despite her 26 point drop in approval ratings, Angela Merkel has been named as Time Magazine‘s person of the year for 2015. She may be the world's most powerful woman, but... let's just say that 'traditional charisma' isn't really her thing. She’s SO cautious she has the exact same jacket in at least sixty different shades and wears the same outfit (one of jackets with dark slacks) every day. Her rise to power as a woman, a chemist and a Lutheran in a party dominated by Catholics was extremely improbable and makes her story fascinating, even if most think her public speaking…
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Bound Feet Blues
How To InspireNerves & Confidence
5th October 2015

The Secret to Fearless Public Speaking

How did an introverted writer who used to hate public speaking find the courage to take to the West End stage in her own solo theatre show? Yang-May Ooi, writer and performer of Bound Feet Blues - A Life Told in Shoes, reveals her fearlessness secret to supercharge your confidence as a public speaker. Limited by Fear I used to have a stammer and I was so afraid of speaking in public, I chose my professional career out of fear: I became a solicitor instead of a barrister because I was scared of having to stand up in court. My…
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How-to-build-your-own-X-Factor
How To Inspire
16th September 2015

How to build your own X Factor

What is the “X factor?” You've seen the show (or at least heard of it). You hear all the "cool kids" in the entertainment world referring to it. You hear artists saying they have it, but you don't ever hear anyone defining “it.” If you are an aspiring public speaker, it’s vital that you know what “it” is and how it applies to your speaking. Because in the mind of your audience, having “it” is what determines if you are worth the investment of taking the time and energy to listen to you. Emotionally, public speakers with the “X factor”…
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Public Speaking lessons from Trump
How To Inspire
7th August 2015

Public Speaking Lessons from Trump

Whether you love Donald Trump or despise him, you can learn an awful lot about public speaking from watching how he does... what he does. He commands the attention of every single person in his vicinity. Whether you love this guy or shudder at his words, it’s hard to take your eyes off him. According to Forbes, Donald Trump is the highest paid public speaker in the world with... (are you ready for this?) $1.5 million.  The Learning Annex paid Trump this amount 17 times in the two years he delivered at the company’s real estate “wealth expos”. 17 x 1.5 million =…
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