Mark waiting at the station

Sometimes you make a fool of yourself… So What!

In life things don’t always go to plan. It would be nice if they did, but they don’t. How you react to the situation will determine your success (or otherwise). The biggest influence on your reaction is your attitude. Do you get angry? Do you get embarrassed? Or, do you shrug your shoulders and try again?

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Technical Presentations Audience

The Power of Consistency when Speaking

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to present a workshop on how to make technical presentations interesting for the audience and the speaker last weekend. It was a great session, and I received lots of positive feedback – which is always nice. However, at the end of the Q&A period I received a slightly…

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In business it is personal

Its not business… It is Personal!

Someone like Gordon Gecko might say “Its not personal… Its business!”. But, for most of us business is personal. Before anybody will do any business with your organisation they need to like, know, and trust the person representing the business.

For a sales presentation scenario this means that the client needs to feel that the person delivering the pitch warrants trust. For the person delivering the presentation this means that the opening part of the presentation needs to be dedicated to getting the attention of the audience AND establishing a rapport with the key members of the audience.

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Batman Begins

Hollywood Lessons: Make your Speech Opening Strong

You get one chance to make first impression. This hold true for speakers – even when presenting to an audience consisting of colleagues or clients you have known for a long time… When starting any speech or presentation you need to make a positive impression – one that forces each audience member to sit up and think about the topic you are presenting.

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Mirror

Mirror, Mirror – How to practise a speech

“How can I practice my presentation?” is a question I frequently hear from clients wanting to perfect their pitch between coaching sessions. Usually its followed by “Should I practice in front of a mirror?”   There are many reasons why I don’t encourage clients to waste their time delivering a speech in front of a…

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How to Give feedback – so it has a positive impact!

I know plenty of people who are prepared to share their “thoughts” and “opinions”. Not many of them know how to provide their counsel in a constructive way. They often wonder why their feedback doesn’t have the desired impact. And, in many cases, the result is the direct opposite of what they expected or wanted…

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Perfect Recipe

Do you have the perfect recipe?

Is there such a thing as the perfect recipe for a speech? Based upon my nine year old daughters last night I don’t believe there is…. Let me explain. It was my 15th wedding anniversary yesterday. I say mine – but obviously there are two of us in the relationship…. But my wife describes our…

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Satisfaction concept

Getting to Yes!

What is your goal when you deliver a presentation? Is it to not make a fool of yourself? Is it just to get through it as quickly as possible and sit down? Or, is it to get a room full of people agreeing with you? If it’s not the latter – you need to re-evaluate…

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Focused Determination

Are you focussed on the right things?

It is speech contest season in Toastmasters. And, in every club all around the world people are dreaming of delivering their speech in the final at the international convention in August. There are seven contests (Club, Area, Division, District, Semi Final, and Final), and 25,000 other contestants that the eventual winner has to navigate to…

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Man after making mistake

Top 10 Public Speaking mistakes in 2014 (and how to avoid them in 2015!)

Over the last twelve months many, many presentations have been delivered. Most of them were disappointing for audiences. All of them could have easily improved if the presenter had avoided making some simple mistakes. In most cases the presenter was oblivious to the mistakes. After reviewing the list below you will know what the mistakes…

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