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Humour in speeches takes a lot of preparation

Humour in speeches and presentations can be like juggling a live hand grenade. It can blow up in your face real fast. Ron Tite is a master when it comes to using humour. He was named one of the Top 10 Creative Canadians by Marketing Magazine. He’s worked in marketing, advertising, branding and comedy. He trained with Toronto’s legendary Second City improv comedy club. […]

Data-heavy presentations can be fun

If you’ve read many of our blogs you may think we at Podium Coaching are against slides that are packed with words or numbers. And we are, because in our experience many (if not most) presentations built around bullet points, bar charts and histograms are boring. But that does not mean we are against data. Data matters. It’s about life and death, about wealth […]

Finding your voice: beware of imposters

How’s your voice? Not your singing-in-the-shower voice. I’m thinking of voice as the vocal expression of the real you. I mean the way you share with audiences, in speeches and presentations, your personality. Before an audience forms an opinion of your message, they form an opinion of you. Before they decide on your content they have already drawn some conclusions based on how you […]

Presentations and speeches can learn from movies

How do you set about building dynamite presentations and speeches? There’s no absolute template, thank heavens. If there was, all speeches would sound the same. But a few things are proven to engage audiences and get them marching to your drum. And that, I’m pretty sure, is what you want. Presentations and speeches are like movies and books. Or at least they should be. […]

Stuck in a rut? Time for a reboot

A few days ago I was having a drink with a dear friend, Will Purchase. The conversation was about goals, both personal and professional. Will had been talking about how he made a bold leap in his life, totally changing just about every aspect of it. I, on the other hand, was still agonizing about my ambitions and priorities. This was not just about […]

Story: the good drug that wins audiences

Want to win an audience? Tell them a story. Tell a story early, and tell a story often. You will raise the engagement level of your audience, and you will increase the chances your audience will understand, remember and act on your message. If you are a regular reader of this newsletter or you’ve enjoyed a Podium Coaching workshop, you will know our mantra […]

Ready to become soundbite salsa?

You’ve suddenly become a newsmaker. You’ve done something out of the ordinary… published a book, launched an initiative, circumnavigated the world in a zinc bath tub. Reporters want to interview you. Are you ready to become the salsa on the nacho chip of their narrative? Seriously. It’s not my phrase. It comes from a journalism school’s advice to young broadcasters. It’s from a document […]

Why ‘fake news’ label threatens us all

Fake news is a problem. But it’s not as bad a problem as the way the label ‘fake news’ is being used by US president-elect Donald Trump and his team. Fake news is made-up news. And we are seeing more of it. It’s manipulated to resemble real journalism, often posted on sites that sound like news organizations. Boston Leader, Civic Tribune and (not […]

Job One for speakers: engage your audience

Life made Vincent Poscente a brilliant speaker. He had intimations of mortality when a good friend died in high school. And later a fortune-teller told Vince he would die by age 40. So Vince got busy, compiling his bucket list. Ironically, being a sought-after motivational speaker wasn’t on that list. Winning a gold medal for speed skiing at the Olympic Games was on Vince’s […]

Speaking superstar shares presentation tips

Patricia Fripp is a legend in the speaking business. More than 30 years as an executive speech coach and presentation skills expert. Plus, she’s a Hall of Fame keynote speaker in the American Speakers’ Association. Attending her presentation skills workshop at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers’ convention was like drinking from the source. I want to share a couple of her presentation tips… […]

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