Why good speakers need to be good listeners

Good speakers need to listen well

Your success as a speaker depends in large measure on your skills as a listener. ‘What? I’m the speaker. I’m talking to the audience. They’re listening to me. What am I supposed to be listening to?’ Oh, there’s so much you should be listening to and listening for. Let’s run through some of the reasons: …

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Which butterfly stage are you at as a speaker?

release your creativity

A painting on a wall of a butterfly made me think of the good and not-so-good aspects of making a presentation or speech. When it goes well, we are the magnificent butterfly: delicate but powerful, spreading our wings and being the best we can be. But too often we don’t get to that stage. We …

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You’ve finished writing; now the work really begins

A couple of months ago I was taking part in a workshop with that wonderful Newfoundland writer, Donna Morrissey. A novel-writing class with the award-winning author of Sylvanus Now, The Fortunate Brother, and Kit’s Law, was pretty daunting – especially for those of us who’ve spent a lifetime writing a very different type of prose. …

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Wildfires in Oz: fund-raiser with a difference

If you’ve seen any of those horrific pictures from the wildfire disaster in Australia, you may have wondered ‘what can I do to help?’ Here’s something you could consider… something a little different from simply donating a few dollars to an appeal fund. Speak Out for Australia is a fund-raiser with a difference. The difference …

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Looking for quick tips? Check these videos

Have you checked out our 10 Second Tips yet? We’ve put together about 15 snippets of advice for presenters and speakers – and they’re all really short… around the 10 second mark. Obviously in ten seconds we’re not going to go deep into the topics. These short videos are intended as little prompts, reminders of …

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Sticky storytelling: the key to being remembered

sticky storytelling

If you really want to make your messages memorable, turn your words into images. If you’re delivering a speech or presentation, it’s probably not the mass of your words that will convince an audience to march to your drum. More likely, it’s the few telling images that your words evoke in the minds of the …

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