How would you know? And how would you know this about another speaker? Good speakers only appear to be natural speakers. What you don’t see is the work that got them there. The same is true of top sports men and women. Or performers in the arts, entertainment. In fact, anyone who ever learnt to
Ten myths about speaking and speakers. Take a look. Is one of these holding you back? Get in touch and let me know. #10 “What’s the thing you tell yourself that’s holding you back?” Here are 9 more myths. Take a look and see if the one you cherish is in the
Why some speakers don’t get asked back and how to make sure you do. Are you an in-demand speaker? To be fair, it’s likely that only a few speakers can honestly answer ‘yes’ to this question. But speaking is becoming a more competitive activity. Organisers need to be able to trust the speakers they bring
Quick summary: There are three ways you can think about public speaking to stop you from doing it: “I’m modest about what I do” “Other people wouldn’t be interested in me” “I won’t be good at speaking” This piece suggests some different ways to look at your thinking, freeing you to become a confident speaker.
Practise makes a great speaker. It’s easy to do and easy to avoid. Here’s how to do it. I worked with an amazing group of people at my Public Speaking Masterclass this week. The group was made up of Association leaders that want to grasp and make use of speaking opportunities rather than walk in
In the first piece of this two-part article I introduced the idea that the attention of both the audience and the speaker are under attack. Even when the opportunity for face to face connection arises, both parties can become distracted. And this can reduce the value of speaking engagements everyone. I suggested that the speaker
Public speaking is a joy. The opportunity to stand in front of a group of people whose faces you can see, whose attention you will have for a few short moments, who are still and silent, who are interested and have come to listen to you. Think of all the things that could happen by
When you step onto a stage to speak, it’s a big deal. Take your most important presentation and ramp it up by 100 and you’ve got a speaking opportunity. Where does this amplification come from? Firstly, there’s the increased numbers in the audience often in their 10s, 100s or even 1000s. Then there’s the focus.