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The rise of fragmented public speaking
Public Speaking Essentials
9th February 2017

The rise of fragmented public speaking

Anyone following the news lately, which is most of us, can see very easily how difficult it is to communicate a clear message in this age of multimedia. No longer is public speaking just about standing behind a podium, saying your piece, and being done. People are zig-zagging from the television to Facebook to the government website to written statements online to blogging platforms to Twitter, and so on. Speakers now appeal to their public in many different ways. In politics, every single line is excruciatingly examined, tested, and reviewed again. Professional photographers paint a non verbal image. Hashtags and…
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Mastering the art of public speaking is the single greatest skill to boost your career.
Public Speaking Essentials
2nd February 2017

Warren Buffett shares the secret of success

Who hasn't heard of Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway? Buffett is only one of the wealthiest men in the world,  third on the Forbes list of the top 10 billionaires. What's his secret? How did he get to be so successful? People listen when Warren Buffett speaks. In 2009 he told his business class that investing in public speaking skills can increase a person’s value by 50%. "Right now I would pay $100,000 for ten percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you're interested, see me after class." "Now, you can improve your…
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Contrast your personality for more powerful speaking.
Public Speaking Essentials
12th January 2017

How to switch your style

What's your typical style as a speaker? Do you automatically tell a joke or jump straight into the details? Are you excited or profound? Are you the most comfortable with an interactive audience? If you choose a contrasting part of your personality when you need to influence or inspire, you can bring a whole new layer of authenticity to your public speaking. This is the part of yourself that you normally keep tucked out of sight. Because it is less practised than what you normally show to the world, it can have a profound impact on your audience. Here are…
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Qualities NOT behaviors
Public Speaking Essentials
3rd November 2016

Focus on your inner qualities not your outer behaviors

You're going to do it. You finally decided to take the plunge and learn how to become a public speaking maestro. You sign up for the much lauded public speaking guru's training... and you leave with a checklist of do's and don'ts. All is good yes? Not necessarily. If you're going to invest in your personal development in tough times, you might well want it to last longer than the day spent out of the office. Yet so much public speaking training focuses on teaching the wrong things that simply don't work. Forbes put out this article encouraging people not…
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Why public speaking is vital to leadership
Public Speaking Essentials
13th October 2016

Why public speaking is VITAL to leadership

The word "leadership" brings to mind many things. A political leader, who wants to convince you to support their cause. An explorer, cutting a swath for you to follow her through the jungle. An executive, developing his strategy to help you and your colleagues beat the competition. Being a leader means helping others, and themselves, do the right things. A leader sets the direction for their team, drives innovation, and builds a vision for the future. Being a leader is about lighting the way to mutual goals, and it's dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. According to a fantastic article by Sunnie…
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How to be a public speaking word artist
Public Speaking Essentials
5th October 2016

How to become a word artist!

Just like an artist speaks with her brush, a public speaker speaks with, well, his mouth!  Every word you say is a chance to influence, inspire, persuade or evoke something in the minds of your audience. Do you use your words like an artist…? Or do you let anything roll out of your mouth,  no matter how relevant or powerful it is?  The latter is the behaviour of a same-old-same-old public speaker who fails to appreciate the lasting impact words can make. Like, basically, actually avoid saying words almost always that usually don’t actually essentially in fact mean very much.…
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How to use gaps in public speaking
Public Speaking Essentials
14th September 2016

The Big O: Minding the gap

The O in VOICE is for Gaps.   The O is for gaps, not because of the letter, but because of what's INSIDE the 'O' - a gap! The use of gaps is what makes all the difference between newbie public speakers and pros. Rookies often talk quickly and are in a hurry to get off the stage, while pros use considered and powerful pacing.  If you want to impress, few things are more powerful in public speaking than learning to 'mind the gap'. There are two main types of gaps: between words and between sections of content. Breathe between…
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audience
Public Speaking Essentials
11th August 2016

5 Methods to Master Audience Interaction

Audiences get tired of listening. It's true. The average attention span of an audience member is just 15 minutes, so if you leave the audience watching for a long period of time, you increase the chance of them drifting off into snooze-land. Audience interaction is the solution. It's energising and engaging and all things necessary for your audience to pay attention. Interactivity is a powerful tool for ensuring that your audience receives and retains your message. One of my favorite ways to get an audience engaged is to give them an Individual Task. This is something that you ask your…
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Blogs about public speaking that will knock your socks off
Public Speaking Essentials
30th June 2016

Public speaking blogs that’ll knock your socks off

When it comes to public speaking, the information out there is limitless. Thanks to the internet, my required reading list of RSS goodness is always full of amazing public speaking blogs that add creative flair and function. Here are a few that I absolutely adore, I'm always looking for new things to learn and new ways to inspire. That being typed, I would love to hear YOUR favorites in the comments (and perhaps give your own blog a plug). So here is my short list of public speaking blogs that will knock your socks off... besides this one of course.…
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create a compelling flow in your speech
Public Speaking Essentials
1st June 2016

Go with the flow: create a compelling flow in your speech

Many otherwise brilliant speakers go wonky by not getting their balance and flow right. They talk too long or put emphasis on just one topic leaving no room for any other points in the rest of their talk or try to cram so much info in that the audience can't remember anything! Balance is all about order and power and getting the flow of your speech just right so that is comprehensible and a power filled way to influence your audience. What is balance?  Using the right amount of the right type of information. Maximizing content flow for optimal effectiveness.…
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