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Take the challenge!

If I gave you ten steps to discover the speaker within you - would you be interested to take part in the challenge? I believe that most people are afraid to speak because they base their speaking on misleading information that creates for an inauthentic speaker. Once you are aware...

Your future presenter self

You walk onto a stage and a holographic version of you introduces you to the audience. You clap your hands and your presentation slide comes alive in a 3D version around the room. You begin your presentation with a swipe of your hand to the right, all through motion detection....

Ethically Speaking

Your audience knows more about you and your subject than you may think. Content can be googled, cross-checked, and verified before, during, and after your speech delivery. If you are active on Social Media, your personal life is now public. Enter the Ethical Speaker. Ethical Speaking Factor #1: Credibility and...

Awaken the speaker in you

Presenting and public speaking can be both daunting and exhilarating. In this article, I will share with you a 3-step approach to awaken the speaker within you. Step #1: Overcome your fear and remember the impact of what you are doing Speaking is a privilege as someone believed in you...

Speaking to train

You have become the specialist in your field of expertise. People look up to you and are guided by your wisdom and knowledge. You are now ready to transition into a teacher and train people around you. Let’s look at how to do this. Doors of opportunity You are a...

A “state” of speaking

Can you recall a time in your life when you placed yourself in a particular “state” to achieve an objective? Getting through days of stressful, traumatic events – and even pleasurable ones – like weddings and celebrating the birth of your child – all these events require you to be...

Succeeding as a “foreign speaker”

You’re invited to speak at an event; your travel and accommodation will be paid for; and you get to tour a new city! It doesn’t matter if this city is within your own country or abroad, every audience is different and you are still perceived as the “foreigner.” Demonstrate your...

Q&A Scenario Planning

The Q&A session is a unique opportunity to: entrench your professionalism; showcase your expertise; and re-entrench the key principles within your talk. Below are Q&A scenarios with advice on handling it. Scenario 1: How should you deal with a “silly” question versus a “stupid” question? A silly question has to...

Being a persuasive speaker

Aristotle broke down persuasion into 3 essential components of: Logos, Pathos and Ethos. Let’s look at how to incorporate these components within your next speech.  Logos: The logic of what you are saying Frame your speech with a thought-provoking opening and closing. Build your argument with logical transitions from one...

Preparing for your audience

If you have to ask great speakers for their secret to their success on stage, one common factor would be the amount of preparation that they conduct on understanding their audience. In this article, I will share some of the factors that to consider when tailoring your speech to your...

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