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Podium Communications Blog

How to look good on webinars and video

Planning on shooting a video for your web site, webinar or for social media? Doing a lot of Skype or online tele-conference sessions? Take a tip from a former television producer: focus on the face. If the focus of the video or tele-conference is you and your message, eliminate distractions from the frame. That means no lamps growing out of your head, no vases […]

She wins, he wins… who loses?

Hillary Clinton won the first debate. Her Republican challenger Donald Trump had to do better in the second debate, to save his floundering campaign. In the end analysts judged it pretty well a draw – which was as good as a win for Trump. But as the presidential candidates vie to be winners, they are leaving one loser in their wake… one very big […]

Bridging helps you control an interview

Occasionally, in a media interview, you get a question that takes you straight to your preferred, high-level message. But more often than not you will need to re-phrase or re-frame a question in order to answer it effectively. The question may be off-topic or may not lend itself to a succinct answer in line with your communication objectives. This is where the technique of […]

Trump v Clinton: our debate scorecard

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may have gripped you, disgusted you, fascinated you or left you speechless. Eighty four million people watched it. Podium watched, too. We evaluated the performance of the two candidates according to our ‘Three Languages of Communication’. BODY LANGUAGE – It’s the first language. It speaks the loudest, often before a speaker says even one word. It’s the first […]

Voice exercises are vital for speakers

After a four week vacation one year, my first job back was a full day workshop. Towards the end, my voice cracked, wavered and almost died. I was panicking. Am I going to lose my voice in front of this important client? I didn’t… but the experience taught me an important lesson: don’t neglect your voice exercises. As a speaker, your voice is your […]

Are your speeches music, or musak?

Every morning, I catch up on the news and weather from the little radio in my bathroom. When I shower, I turn up the volume if there’s an interview I’d like to hear but I’m pressed for time. I don’t always hear the words clearly, because of the noise of the water. But what I do hear is important for all speakers. I hear the […]

Why speakers need to be more like Bill, less like Hillary

It’s not what you say. It’s the way your message is heard. In other words, no amount of polishing of your message will help you if you can’t engage and hold your audience. The Clintons are a great example of connection and non-connection. Bill is the great connector. He still has a remarkable ability to inject energy into a room. His primary connection is […]

The best stories are about finding the ‘gift of the hit’

When you tell a story in your speeches or presentations, are you making it as compelling as it could possibly be? Are you developing all the essential elements of story to have your audience leaning forward in their chairs, eager to hear more? Are you clear about the most compelling element of any story? A book to be published in Canada next week begins […]

Why job-seekers need presentation and media skills

Are job-seekers really prepared for those make-or-break recruitment interviews? You can have all the knowledge, all the degrees and diplomas in the world… but will they be enough to land you the great job you’ve set your heart on? These thoughts came to mind as I read a BBC News report headlined ‘Brown shoes and loud ties hinder investment banking hopefuls’. A survey by […]

Trust yourself to cook up a winning speech

What can a speaker learn from a chef? Well, actually a lot. I was able to watch a talented young chef, Clay Purchase, perform his magic the other day. I was visiting Clay’s parents. His mother Joanne and I were cooking duck breast in the kitchen. We were carefully following the instructions, but it wasn’t going well. The skins were not getting crispy. There […]

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