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Public Speaking Basics

Public Speaking Basics

If you aspire to get paid to speak, or you want to become better at public speaking to build your business, here are some tips to help you nail the basics of public speaking. Getting started as a public speaker As a Public Speaking and Business Storytelling coach I am often asked about getting started […]

Improve your public speaking by attending networking events

Improve your public speaking by attending networking events

If you are nervous about public speaking, you may also feel uncomfortable about networking. For many people, small talk and meeting new people can be a source of anxiety.  If you don’t care much for the chit-chat that comes with a networking event you may be thinking: I don’t have anything interesting to say. I […]

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. Here is one exercise you can do to help you start with the basics. My answer is, well it depends. It depends on what your overall objective is in becoming a […]

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 […]