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, […]

Inauguration

Inauguration

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in leadership, public speaking | No Comments

The U.S. presidential inauguration is a big ceremony in a big country following a big decision. How has it changed over the years? Keeping it Snappy The shortest inaugural address is held by George Washington in 1789. He kept it brief. Very brief, with a mere 135 words. By 1841, the US president, William Henry […]

Public Speaking: Why you should get emotional

Public Speaking: Why you should get emotional

How you can kick start your creativity and sound more human when you speak in public. If there’s one thing that makes humans different from animals it’s the ability to share emotions and thoughts. You do it easily over a glass of wine with a friend, on the phone to your partner or on a […]

Santa, the Communication Consultant

Santa, the Communication Consultant

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in presentations, public speaking, writing | No Comments

Iceland has 13 Santas. They live in the mountain with their half woman, half troll mother, Grýla, her third husband, Leppalúði, and the black Christmas cat. And each night from the 11th December one Santa at a time comes down from the mountain to the town and makes mischief. One steals yoghurt (Skýrgamur), one slams […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s all about…the pause

It’s all about…the pause

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in presentations, public speaking | No Comments

Using pauses in your public speaking can be your best friend. Here are three ways to use them. Barack Obama uses them all the time. Eddie Izzard is a master. His use of them is brilliant in revealing God’s first name in his Death Star saga. And some of the best music is precisely the […]

Can Bill use his Midas touch for Hillary?

Can Bill use his Midas touch for Hillary?

Hillary, Haribo or hemp seed, Bill Clinton could sell anything. This is how he does it. In 1992, a group of advisors got together. They were in a bit of a bind. Their guy was in third place and becoming a joke. Their solution? The Manhattan Project. Note, this Manhattan project has nothing to do […]

How to give a magical talk

How to give a magical talk

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in case studies, public speaking, TED talk | No Comments

TED talks are a great place to get your head fed and see some world class public speaking skills. One such talk is of a woman finding nirvana and hearing herself speak and sound like a golden retriever. Reads like a Tim Burton movie, doesn’t it? It’s actually a step by step journey of experiencing […]