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Public Speaking Essentials

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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presenting data
Public Speaking EssentialsWriting Your Content
26th May 2016

The key to presenting data… is to NOT present data

You have proof. Dizzying amounts of numbers, statistics that PROVE you know what you're talking about. You've worked really hard to identify all the data to support your epic speech topic. Before you go making dozens and dozens of pie charts and graphs, hold on just a minute. It's all well and good to have this overwhelming amount of data, but will people really listen and/or understand all those slides? Your numbers, pie charts, tables, graphs, and slides aren’t really about the data. They’re about the meaning of the data. It's your job to make the meaning of all those…
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what should I wear for my big talk?
Public Speaking Essentials
18th May 2016

Killer heels, killer talk? What should I wear for my big talk?

When you speak in front of anyone, remember that people aren't just listening to what you say, they ARE checking you out. They are taking in every little bit of who you are - words, voice and appearance - and are then making judgments about you and your message. This is why the outfit you choose to wear when public speaking is so important. We all know that when you speak your message is crucial, remember that everything about you 'speaks' to the audience. Voice + gestures + grammar + movements + mannerisms + your clothes + personal style =…
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