Four speaking tips from Oscar winner Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt on public speaking

Today’s quick quiz question: who recently said: “Speeches make me nervous. I’ve always been really tentative.” OK, if you answered Brad Pitt, award yourself an Oscar. Brad Pitt is no stranger to making speeches. This year he delivered acclaimed acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and sent a speech …

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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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Why news alerts are not giving you the whole story

Your phone just pinged and you checked the news alert. You may be up-to-the-minute, but are you well-informed? The question is prompted by some research done this month in the UK, into how people have been keeping ‘informed’ about the election that just ended in a crushing win for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. Millions of us …

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When you need a shift, you need a story

Stories are all about shifts. Shifts from loser to victor, from oppressed to liberated, from lost to found, from unloved to loved. That’s why stories are such effective tools for communicating a vision of change, for persuading people to think or act differently. From time to time we still run across business leaders who disparage …

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Tired of political bluster? Try this antidote

If, as speakers and presenters, our only source of inspiration came from politicians, our spirits would be plumbing the depths. It’s easy to think that public discourse these days is dominated by bare-faced liars, cheats and dissemblers. Any speech from them, we can safely guess, would be an amalgam of bluster, bravado and self-aggrandizement. Thankfully, …

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