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Get better at public speaking by doing this one thing

Get better at public speaking by doing this one thing

Say less! Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his son this advice about public speaking.  “Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated”  It is much easier to give a long talk, as being brief means spending more time preparing and editing out the bits of your talk that are non essential. According to Joe McCormack, author of Brief: […]

How to become a public speaker

How to become a public speaker

As a professional speaker and public speaking coach, how to become a public speaker is one of the most common questions I am asked. My answer is, well it depends. It depends on what your overall objective is in becoming a public speaker.  Let’s start with Why Purpose drives action. Before you consider the what, […]

Yes, you do need to use the microphone

Yes, you do need to use the microphone

Pass the mic, and please use it. Using a microphone will help you sound better and serve others. When you have 30 or more people in a room and there is a mic available, please use it. Always use a microphone if the event is going to be recorded.  When you make use of the […]

There are no shortcuts (and no roadmap) to success

There are no shortcuts (and no roadmap) to success

I heard Rory Vaden speak at a conference in 2014. I have heard him speak several more times since then. Each time, his words resonate with me. His message ‘Take The Stairs’ has become a metaphor that I adopted as I was taking my first steps in  a new career as a professional speaker.  When […]

Why Bother? 10 Reasons Why Presentation Skills Matter

Why Bother? 10 Reasons Why Presentation Skills Matter

In my role as a speaking and storytelling consultant working with leaders across many industries, I know that the most successful people have high-level public speaking and presentation skills. They are the charismatic individuals who know how to use storytelling as a tool of influence, they are the leaders who continue to develop their communication […]

If you want to improve at public speaking, don’t focus only on words

If you want to improve at public speaking, don’t focus only on words

One of the keys to improving at public speaking is to focus less on your words.  While this may sound paradoxical, especially for someone who uses words to inspire and move others, there is something that has a more powerful impact than words on an audience. People are generally time-poor and so it is important […]