Why mission statements harm your message

Energy is essential for speakers

Forget about your corporate mission statement… at least when you are trying to convince an audience about your product or service. Most mission statements are earnest expressions of good intentions. And great cures for insomnia. Here’s an example of how deadly dull they can be:  “The mission of the National Outdoor Leadership School is to …

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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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Your story is a powerful marketing tool

Story

What’s your story? And how will it promote your business or your organization? The story of your organization is a powerful tool for marketing, promotion, team-building and leadership. Facts tell – but stories sell. Your facts are vital, supporting your arguments and claims. But facts are forgettable. How do you make your facts sticky? How …

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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

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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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Authenticity: not what you say but who you are

authenticity is what audiences crave

You can’t talk long about speakers or speeches before the word ‘authenticity’ crops up. Aspiring speakers are urged to strive for authenticity as though they were on the hunt for the holy grail.  Authenticity is a yardstick against which speakers and presenters are judged. But as a measuring tool it can sometimes seem a little …

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