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Six tips for a successful media interview

Here are six quick tips for dealing with a media interview. The idea behind them is to put you – the interviewee – firmly in the driving seat. No more worries about being taken by surprise by random questions. No more feeling vulnerable to a reporter seeking to trip you up. By the way, I don’t believe most reporters are actually seeking to trip […]

Train yourself to have the mindset of a winner

As a speaker, do you have the singular quality that unites sprinter Usain Bolt, five-times Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady, and any other athlete who is consistently better than the rest? That quality is the mindset of the winner; the clear intention to be victorious. Top-flight athletes work hard to develop this quality. They understand that when so many of their rivals are […]

Nine tips for persuasive leaders

One of the core leadership skills is persuasion. Effective presentation skills are essential for the leader who wants to inspire teams, initiate change, and stand out from the crowd. But what are ‘effective presentation skills’? All executives can write and read. But not all executives are compelling speakers and presenters. Only a small proportion have the gift of engaging an audience, holding them spellbound, […]

What’s the secret weapon in your battle plan?

The Greek soldiers were fed up. They’d been laying siege to Troy for 10 years. Nothing was working. It was time for desperate measures. The Greeks built a huge wooden horse. They parked it outside the city gates, got into their boats, and sailed away. The Trojans thought the Greeks had given up. They had a couple of beers and hauled what they assumed […]

Face the media with confidence

As a former journalist, I know many people have a deep-seated distrust of reporters. Interviewees worry about being tricked and being taken out of context. Here are my top five tips for ensuring you have a successful media interview, no matter how challenging the questions. 1 – Be clear about your business reason (strategic objective) for doing a media interview. The only reason for […]

Why low-tech story beats high-tech slides

Why is story so effective as a communication tool? Why does it work better than a mass of bullet points in a slide show? Shouldn’t the high-tech computer-driven slide show trump the low-tech story? I was introduced to an interesting on-line article the other day that provides some scientific explanations for why storytelling works so well. It seems that when we listen to a […]

What makes you extraordinary?

Dr John Demartini may be one of the most influential personal development coaches in the world today. He’s almost certainly the busiest. He travels 360 days a year, offers 72 different courses and has written 40 books. I discovered why people flock to his courses and lectures when I met him at a speakers’ convention. You get an indication of his approach from the […]

You may be your best advertisement

Recently at a meeting of professional speakers, we were ask to submit written questions for the group to discuss. There was a lot of experience in the room. My question was ‘What is the best way to advertise yourself and your business?’ The group discussed the merits of social media, old media like newspapers, radio and television, various marketing technique, pamphlets, business cards, blogs […]

Concrete language communicates truth

Some jobs are rich in jargon, acronyms and abstract language. Defence, health and IT are just three areas where jargon is common. But take that jargon into a public forum and it might label you as untrustworthy, or even a liar. The ‘banish jargon’ advice we give in Podium’s presentation skills workshops is reinforced by a survey out of New York and Basel, Switzerland. […]

Pooh Bear’s plan to kick-start creativity

Take a lesson from Winnie the Pooh: “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” This is a great time to apply Pooh Bear’s advice. It’s August. The dead of summer. Nothing’s happening. Your phone’s not ringing. Your calendar is empty. So what should you do?  Simple. Follow Winnie the […]


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