Are you ready to speak on stage?

The moments before you speak on stage “…..now please welcome…” The MC says your name. You walk onstage to warm, welcoming applause. Are you ready? How have you spent the past half-hour prepping for that moment? Here are a few thoughts on how to maximize your chances of delivering a great speech. Consider these things… Read More »

Storytelling on the theme ‘what if?’

Live Storytelling Stories from the Heart    As another evening of storytelling is set to begin. There is a heightened sense of anticipation and excitement is palpable in the room. The audience is brimming with a mix of ‘first timers’ and seasoned storytelling aficionados. As the lights sink low, the buzz of the crowd transforms… Read More »

Present your message with presence when you speak

Present your message with presence Have you ever been to a function and noticed all heads in the room turn to look at one person? Have you been in the audience when a speaker mesmerised the audience? These people exude confidence and charisma; they have a presence. Most of us have to learn presence Presence… Read More »

The Power of Business Storytelling

Weave your story around your service If I told you to buy a chocolate bar because it’s tasty, you’d probably forget about it in a few seconds. But if I weaved a story around a young boy fishing with his grandpa, whose face lights up the moment his grandpa digs out a chocolate bar from… Read More »

One Day – Stories From The Heart

Stories From The Heart – One Day Can Change Everything Guest blog post by Louise Kelly At the Scarlet Room of Hotel Northbridge Perth, eight very different stories, plus two pop-up stories and an interactive improvised theatre segment, all storytellers took us on an emotional rollercoaster. The stories made us laugh together, feel pain, feel… Read More »

Bring Some Hollywood To Your Storytelling

    Hollywood Storytelling The Hero’s Journey has universal appeal Every good story has key elements that make it a success. A hero who is on a journey, some conflict and obstacles, a reward and the hero returning a different person. Stories built on the model of the hero’s myth are powerful and have universal… Read More »

The Storytelling Tribe by Michelle Sandford

The Storytelling Tribe Turning up at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den on a Sunday night I am filled with anticipation. People greet me with smiles as I recognise them. These are people I know. More and more of them as I grab a drink at the bar and move towards the stairs. It’s dark. It’s intimate… Read More »

Business Storytelling – How to be Memorable

5 Secrets to Memorable Business Storytelling. Business Storytelling. Everyone is talking about it, few do it well. Business Storytelling is a buzzword among entrepreneurs and leaders. But honestly, how many people actually do it well? You are probably a “natural” storyteller, think of the “water cooler” stories. But what may happen when you present to… Read More »

Are your public speaking skills average?

Having world class public speaking skills is a must. In today’s competitive world, public speaking skills are highly regarded. It’s no longer a “nice to have”. If you want to connect, engage and influence, you have to be the best speaker you can be. Whether it’s one to few or one to many, if you want… Read More »

Make your audience feel valued. They are the most important part of your story

Are you listening? Have you ever been at a networking event having a conversation with someone, and they are looking over your shoulder to see who else more interesting may be around? As a public speaker, I have a fascination for the way people communicate and I often observe this happening. It’s incredibly rude! of… Read More »