How imperfect are you? And will your audience care?

your audience will forgive imperfection if they see authenticity

When I first started coaching and speaking professionally, I was obsessed with being perfect – telling my audience everything I knew. If I left something out inadvertently, I would berate myself for being so stupid. I’ve learned a thing or two since those early days. First of all, less is more. We are all awash …

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Simple tips to help refine your key message

make sure you are clear about your key message

There’s one simple key to a successful speech, presentation or media interview: have something to say. Does that sound too obvious? Well, you’d be surprised how many presentations and interviews sink without trace because the speaker hadn’t really figured out the key message she or he wanted the audience to take away with them. Be …

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What’s the emotion you need to arouse in your audience?

what emotion do you need to arouse in your audience

Too often we forget the true objective of making a speech or giving a presentation. It’s to make your audience feel something – happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, anger, disgust, amusement, hope, interest… any emotion you want to linger in their minds long after you’ve left the stage. Too often we give our audiences a data …

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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.