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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Is your intent as compelling as your information?

Info with intent is a winning combo

Every presentation, speech or media interview you give is packed with information. But are you always including one other vital element? And that is – intent. The intent should be to cause change: a change of understanding, a change of behaviour, a change of policy. Information with intent is a powerful tool. Information without intent …

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Do you have the right mindset for an interview?

Get into a messaging mindset for any interview

Whether you are facing a media interview, or just about any interview for that matter, here’s one way to improve your chances of success. Instead of going in with a mindset of ‘answering’, switch your mindset to ‘messaging’.  First of all, consider why you are doing the interview. It’s because you have something to say …

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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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