Give a little extra with your next presentation

Show a little gratitude

This is the season of giving and gratitude. As a speaker, consider giving your audience a bonus. It can be done, even with very technical speeches and presentations. And everybody loves something extra. Professional speakers sometimes offer discounts on books or courses. Or give a short workshop in addition to their speech. If you’re not …

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Five tips for successful seasonal speeches

Your company’s having a holiday party and guess what? You’ve been chosen to be Santa.  Santa will undoubtably have to say a few words to the guests before he distributes his gifts.  Now, Santa has a reputation for being a man of very few words. Let’s face it, besides ‘Ho-ho-ho’, what can you ever remember …

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It’s the little things that give the big insights

Audrey Parker celebration of life

It’s not everyone who has ‘Mustang Sally’ performed live at their memorial service. But then Audrey Parker was not everyone. And she would have hated the description memorial service. Audrey chose the day and time of her death. She had to do it months earlier than she had planned. But she worried that the progression …

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Our tips on writing a speech for someone else

tips for writing a speech for someone else

What’s harder than writing a speech for yourself? Writing a speech for someone else. The speechwriter has a difficult job: get the speaker to explain what they want to say, translate it into a memorable speech, make it sound natural and credible, and have the speaker deliver it as created.  Not always easy. So here …

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Read this before you create your next slide show

how to make more interesting slides

Looking for a great way of making your slide presentations stand out from the crowd? Try dumping all those bullet points. A whole lot of research into how the brain works suggests that a bulleted list of information on a slide is the least-effective way of communicating with your audience. Words that are spoken have …

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Five top tips for better presentations

finding happiness in public speaking

I’m going to share my top five tips for better presentations and speeches. These tips actually come from a White Paper I wrote about presentation skills. The White Paper offers ten tips, including the essentials of body language, the importance of storytelling and the power of the pause as a communication tool. But here’s a …

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How speakers have benefitted from a moment of panic

Nineteen years ago I gave birth to the TalkitOut Technique. It was all a bit of a surprise.  I was coaching my first client in presentation skills. I had everything all planned. But it wasn’t going well. I was struggling to help this client sound authentic and have a conversation with her audience.  I was …

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Why self-trust beats self-confidence

finding happiness in public speaking

At the heart of all amazing presentations is trust… in yourself. Trusting yourself, in my experience, is much more important than displaying confidence. You can see the difference between speakers who are confident and the ones who truly trust themselves. The ones with confidence are masters of the performance; the ones who trust themselves are …

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