How to find that ‘presence’ that gives great speakers the edge

You can have technically excellent presentation skills – but still lack presence. Unleash your authenticity and you are well on your way to finding that game-changing quality that we recognise but find hard to define – presence.

Great advice for nervous public speakers

“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “If I could just say a few words … I’d be a better public speaker.” — Homer J. Simpson What’s …

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How to cure a Zombie presenter

Don't become a zombie presenter

This is a the scary tale of the Zombie presenter – and how he got cured. For the sake of this article, I’ll make him male, although there are just as many female Zombie presenters. The Zombie presenter appears in many business presentations. The Zombie presenter is wooden. He stumbles gracelessly from one sentence to …

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Lessons for us all from school for politicians

Politicians have to connect with their audience. That’s what helps get them votes. It’s just as important for the rest of us to connect with our audiences. We may not want to get votes – but we do want buy-in to our vision and ideas. So take a tip from the Campaign School – tell stories, straight from your heart.

Pauses make you a better presenter – in any language

Don’t scorch through a presentation like you’re trying to get out of a burning building. Slow down. Pause for breath after every big thought and every sentence. You build in a comprehension gap for the audience. And by filling your lungs regularly you have more control over your breathing. That means more control over pacing and emphasis – all the good things that help you connect with the audience.

Speech-writing tips for dictators on the run

Recently we posted a blog packed with tips for people who have to write speeches for others to deliver. If you found that helpful, you might like this sideways look at the business of speech-writing. Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (above) is on the run. He’s still broadcasting defiant messages, but they are uncharacteristically bland. That …

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Handy tips for speechwriters

The role of the speechwriter is to motivate, inspire and reach an audience – through someone else. It’s takes a special skill to be able to make sure both the speaker and the audience are happy. The first important step is to know your speaker. Here are some tips to help you.

Podium helps Toastmasters celebrate anniversary

Congratulations to the members of the Sears-Halifax Toastmasters’ Club, who celebrated their 55th anniversary at the weekend. Podium’s Neil Everton was honoured to be keynote speaker, talking about how the TalkitOut™ Technique creates better speakers. He talked about the importance of speaking the script out loud, before you write it out. Here’s part of his …

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