Give a little extra with your next presentation

Show a little gratitude

This is the season of giving and gratitude. As a speaker, consider giving your audience a bonus. It can be done, even with very technical speeches and presentations. And everybody loves something extra. Professional speakers sometimes offer discounts on books or courses. Or give a short workshop in addition to their speech. If you’re not …

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Top writers share tips on writing

Distinguished writers share their tips on writing

Here’s our Christmas gift to anyone who spends any part of their day writing. It’s a collection of tips from writers who have distinguished themselves with their clarity, creativity and style. If you are looking for advice on writing, a great place to start is Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft‘. …

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Five tips for successful seasonal speeches

Your company’s having a holiday party and guess what? You’ve been chosen to be Santa.  Santa will undoubtably have to say a few words to the guests before he distributes his gifts.  Now, Santa has a reputation for being a man of very few words. Let’s face it, besides ‘Ho-ho-ho’, what can you ever remember …

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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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