Lessons for all presenters from three strong speeches

3 strong women, 3 strong speeches

Three powerful women; three powerful speeches. All delivered on the same day. Very different occasions, very different styles – but they demonstrated qualities that all speakers and presenters can learn from. There was US soccer captain Megan Rapinoe, picking up a FIFA award as footballer of the year. Her powerful speech focused on the racism, …

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Don’t let ‘Imposter Syndrome’ sabotage your speeches

As a speaker or presenter, do you ever doubt yourself? Maybe you’re feeling a touch of the Imposter Syndrome. If that feels familiar, Halina St James has some advice. (If you can’t watch the video right now, here’s the transcript) I have many clients who sabotage themselves when they speak, especially if they’re setting out …

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What story choice tells you about political promises

We are depressingly familiar with politicians changing their stories. Doing flip-flops. Making U-turns. But now, it seems, politicians are changing their stories in a different – and dark – way. Dr Nick Morgan is a communications expert whose opinion we value highly. In fact Nick has been an occasional contributor to this blog. Now he’s …

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Why you should work hard on the words you’ll never say

introductions matter

You’ve been asked to make a speech or presentation. Someone else will have the job of introducing you. So how much thought and effort do you put into that introduction?  Many speakers leave the introductions completely in the hands of the introducer, or the event organizers. And that’s a big mistake. I learned the hard …

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Tips for taking the stress out of public speaking

make sure you are clear about your key message

When you’d rather die than make a speech or presentation, your fear colours everything. You look out at the audience and you see a room full of hungry lions and you’re the lone rabbit they’re focused on. You feel certain they are out to get you. Let’s look at some ways of taking the stress …

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Presentation skills training delivers huge ROI

Are there real differences between men and women speakers?

Presenting confidently is the soft skill that packs a hard punch. And its impact can be quantified. According to the Harvard Business Review, research shows that 8 out of 10 people avoid making presentations (or do them unwillingly). So if your team is more comfortable presenting in front of an audience, you are already ahead …

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