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Easy ways to write better speeches

I want to share a great article that’s full of tips for anyone who wants to write better speeches. It’s especially helpful for those of us who sometimes struggle to get started with a writing project – whether it’s for a speech, presentation or promotional copy. Dr Michelle Mazur offers seven strategies to make speechwriting easier: Don’t start by sitting down at your computer. Rushing […]

Quick tips to help you make an impact

If you want to make an impact with your next presentation, speech or piece of writing – think like an athlete. Specifically, think like a sprinter rather than a long-distance runner. A sprinter has to focus so much attention and energy on exploding from the starting blocks. Those first seconds, those first strides, are crucial. Audiences are quick to judge us as speakers and […]

How’s your non verbal communication?

Don’t you love TED Talks? Great presenters, great topics, and great tips for everyone who wants to be a better speaker. And now there’s some remarkable research into what makes a TED Talk so successful. I want to share some of the highlights, because it might cause you to rethink your non verbal communication. Somewhere in the mists of time, someone thought it was […]

10 tips to ace your next media interview

Worried about giving a media interview? Afraid you won’t get your message over clearly and confidently? Here are my top 10 tips for preparing for any media interview. Short, simple answers are better than long, complex answers. Most sound bites are less than 10 seconds (30 words). Know your strategic objective in doing the media interview. Figure out in advance the handful of key […]

Seven ways to improve your writing

Need to write new copy for your web site? Need to produce articles for your newsletter? Try these seven tips to improve your writing. 1 – Don’t bury the lead Take a tip from an former newspaper reporter: grab the audience’s attention with the first sentence. Don’t waste your readers’ time. Your message should march in through the front door, not creep in from […]

Speaking in public: cut the chit-chat

If you’re a rock star, you get to have a warm-up act before you perform. If you’re speaking in public, chances are you won’t have a warm-up act to get the audience fired up and ready to receive your message. It’ll be just you on that big stage or in front of the boardroom skeptics. And that can be intimidating. There’s a natural tendency to […]

Good media skills require a good ear

If you want to polish up your media skills, start with your listening skills. Of course you need to focus your message to a short soundbite. Sure you need to figure out your supporting messages. And yes, it helps to have a few short stories ready to reinforce your key thoughts. But from my experience as a former journalist and current media skills trainer, […]

Good posture helps improve your presentations

Here’s a quick tip to help you improve your presentations: improve your posture. As speakers we need to pay attention to our posture. Comportment is important. The way you present yourself to the audience signals you’re confident and in control. The audience senses this, relaxes and is apt to pay more attention. And that leads to buy-in into your message, your product or yourself. […]

Speaking in public: release your voice

Sooner or later you will have to speak in public. It could be a business presentation, a wedding toast, retirement tribute or a vote of thanks to your kid’s Pee Wee soccer team. These public speaking occasions, to some degree, terrify a lot of people. They’d rather die – they will tell you – than speak in public. And yet they’ve spent their lives speaking […]

Take stress out of talking to the media

Talking to the media isn’t as difficult as some people would have you believe. Even as I write that I can hear the contrary point of view… reporters are out to trip you up, they misquote you, they take you out of context. But I believe the interviewee who is well-prepared has nothing to worry about. Let me explain. Talking to the media (without […]

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