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 […]

Why Talking to Yourself Will Make You a Better Writer

Why Talking to Yourself Will Make You a Better Writer

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in audience, design, writing | No Comments

This is the first of three posts that look at simple steps you can take to being a better writer. Before you go out in the morning, I bet you take a quick look in the mirror. You check that there’s no dried toothpaste stuck on your face, or stray toast crumbs and that you […]

Five Steps to Motivating your Audience

Five Steps to Motivating your Audience

You’ve an audience in front of you and your role is to motivate them. Here’s a simple 5 piece structure to help you do just that. We know Mickey Mouse and M&Ms have shaped American culture, but what about Alan H. Monroe? I’ll give you a few clues. He invented something in the 1930s. You’ll […]