Are you ready to speak on stage?

The moments before you speak on stage “… 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 Personal Space in Public Speaking

The study of personal space is called ‘proxemics’. The Role of Proxemics in Public Speaking   Notice how when a couple has had a fresh argument, they keep their distance from one another. By distance, I mean not just emotional distance but also physical distance. On the flip side, when couples are extremely happy together,… Read More »

Owning Your Speaking Voice

We all have a particular way of speaking Owning Your Voice ‘I like you very much just as you are,’ Mr Darcy told Bridget Jones in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary, and we all went weak at the knees when we heard that line. Isn’t that what we all want? By that, I don’t necessarily… 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 »

Reflections on being a speaker

What I have learned in business It seems like yesterday, but it is three years since I set up my business Speaking Savvy. I have learned a lot along the way as a solopreneur speaker, there have been many highs and some lows, and plenty of falling, but isn’t it about falling forwards?   A… 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 »