Why do women use more exclamation marks than men?

Why do women use more exclamation marks than men?

Why one little piece of punctuation shapes how we see people, what women can do to be seen as more professional in the workplace and why Hemingway would have had a tough time on social media. Exclamation marks. Love them or hate them, to exclaim or not to exclaim: that is the question. Because although […]

How to Window Dress Your Communication

How to Window Dress Your Communication

What creative window dressing can teach you about using your words well. Walking through downtown Munich a shop window grabbed my attention. It used colour, design and imagination in a striking yet simple way. In fact it was such a great display that I stood and looked at it for a few minutes. What did […]

Ten Top Tips For Networking (or How To Speak To Strangers)

Ten Top Tips For Networking (or How To Speak To Strangers)

  Great questions to develop rapport, the Dalai Lama telling it like it is and the mighty power of a handwritten card. Right up there with the fear most people have for public speaking is walking into a room full of strangers and talking to folk you’ve never met in your life. You know the […]

Ten Top Tips For Public Speaking

Ten Top Tips For Public Speaking

We are all public speakers. Whether it’s show and tell at school, being put on the spot at work to “just say a few words” or facing a sea of expectant faces from a stage. Here are ten top tips to help you. Tip #1 – Preparation Whether you’re presenting to your team, prospective clients […]

The A, B, C of Persuading Your Audience

The A, B, C of Persuading Your Audience

Chances are, if you’re about to do some public speaking, your talk will be one of many that the audience listens to that day. So, you need your presentation to resonate with your audience so that they get what you’re saying and that you have an effect on them long after you’ve delivered your talk. […]

Climbing Everest in Stilettoes

Climbing Everest in Stilettoes

Why endings are important and how to create a killer ending to your presentation It had been a riveting read. A young woman had taken control of her own destiny and sought revenge to gain her rightful inheritance. And the 741 page book had been quite a saga. We saw a skilful strategist at work, […]

Making Learning Come Alive

Making Learning Come Alive

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in audience, learning, presentations, TED talk | No Comments

He looked like he’d stepped from a book and three times a week I got to enter his magical world. Born to Hungarian parents in France and now living in Scotland, he was in his late 50s then, and spoke in a thick whisper. His room was right at the end of a quiet corridor […]

Hot Public Speaking

Hot Public Speaking

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in audience, editing, public speaking, training | No Comments

Eleven years ago I did something for the first time. I now do it twice a week. Three times, ideally. It means I can concentrate more easily and for longer periods. In the mornings, I wake up from a solid sleep and feel as cozy as a basket of kittens. My body “fits” better. It’s […]

What’s your Six Word Story?

What’s your Six Word Story?

This simple exercise is fun, practical and makes people much better writers. Small can pack a punch. A few words can distill a story as big as Alaska into the same potency as your granny’s perfume. I teach people how to write. This is one exercise that’s fun, practical and makes people much better writers. […]

Setting a Storytelling Scene

Setting a Storytelling Scene

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in audience, design, story-telling, writing | No Comments

A picture says a thousand words. Clearly, Kermit’s not a happy camper and there’s a story behind this. Stories ignite your words. They paint pictures that bring your words to life, put your audience in the scene and feel the emotions of being there. And research shows that the more you engage people’s senses the […]