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Add Emotion to the Way You Speak

Add Emotion to the Way You Speak

Boost Your Influence – Add Emotion to Your Voice

Speaking in a way that others are drawn to listening to what you have to say, is more than having a clear voice. 

Consider Pitch-Pace-Volume 

Pitch Variation: Don’t let your voice flatline. Varying your pitch infuses your speech with emotion and interest. Practice moving between high and low tones to maintain your listener’s engagement. Remember to relax, as when we feel tension and our bodies and throat area are tight, then our pitch can become higher.

Pacing: Your speaking speed can significantly impact how your message is received. Slowing down can underscore crucial points, while a quicker pace can inject excitement and urgency. Mix it up where relevant, for a more interesting sound.

Volume Control: Strategic volume changes can express enthusiasm or draw listeners in closer for a serious point. Mastering this can make your message resonate more powerfully. Aim to speak at a volume that is natural rather than straining, Use your diaphragm to boost the power and volume in your voice, never strain from the larynx.

It Takes Practice to Add Emotion in a Natural Way

Expressive Intonation: What you are aiming for is your pitch and tone matching the emotional content of your words.

Expressive intonation plays a pivotal role in enhancing the emotional depth and engagement of our speech, with rising intonation being a powerful tool for adding dynamism and interest.

Rising Intonation

Rising intonation, where the pitch of your voice increases towards the end of a phrase, is not just a question indicator but a versatile vocal technique that can significantly affect how our message is received.

It’s particularly effective in conveying curiosity, enthusiasm, or uncertainty, making it an essential tool in storytelling, presentations, and everyday conversations.

When we want to pique the audience’s interest, suggest possibilities, or express openness to ideas and feedback, employing a rising intonation can draw listeners in, inviting them to engage more deeply with the narrative or discussion. It signals that we’re posing a question, either literally or rhetonally, encouraging our listeners to think, reflect, and participate.

Mastering the strategic use of rising intonation allows speakers to add a layer of sophistication to their delivery, making their communication not just heard, but felt and responded to.

Falling Intonation

Falling intonation, where the pitch of the voice decreases towards the end of a phrase, is useful for conveying certainty, completion, or decisiveness. It’s often employed to deliver statements, commands, or to indicate the end of a rhetorical question, providing a sense of closure and clarity.

This intonational pattern can help your to assert authority, express firmness in your stance, or signal the end of a discussion or point. In your presentations using falling intonation effectively can give your words a weight of finality and assurance, making your message more compelling and authoritative.

For example, when concluding a presentation, you might say, “And that concludes our strategy for the upcoming year.” The falling intonation on “year” signals to the audience that you have finished your point and the presentation, inviting no further questions on the topic. It subtly communicates to the listeners that the information provided is reliable and definitive, enhancing the overall impact of your communication.

Practical Exercises for Adding Emotion to your Voice

Emotion Mapping Exercise

Adding emotion into your voice can significantly enhance the impact and connection of your presentations. An excellent way to begin this practice is through emotional mapping exercises.

These exercises involve deliberately planning and mapping out where and how to incorporate specific emotions into your presentation.

Here’s a structured approach to start practicing emotional mapping:

Step 1: Analyse Your Speech Content

  • Break down your speech into sections or key points.
  • Identify the core message or purpose of each section—what you want the audience to feel and take away.

Step 2: Identify Suitable Emotions

  • For each section or key point, determine the most appropriate emotion to enhance the message. Consider emotions like joy, sadness, surprise, anger, fear, and anticipation, depending on the content and desired impact.
  • Note that some sections might benefit from a mix of emotions to reflect complexity or development in your narrative.

Step 3: Emotional Scripting

  • Beside each section or key point, think about how you might express the identified emotion through your words, tone, pace, and body language. This includes selecting emotionally charged words, adjusting your vocal variety, and planning facial expressions and gestures.
  • Example: For a segment intended to inspire or motivate, add an increase in volume and pace, use uplifting language, and plan open, inviting gestures.

Step 4: Practice with Emphasis on Emotional Delivery

  • Run through your presentation focusing on the emotional script. Pay attention to how natural each emotion feels and how well it aligns with your message.
  • Record your practice sessions to listen and observe your emotional delivery and identify areas for improvement.

Step 5: Refine Your Emotional Map

  • Based on practice and feedback (from self-review or peer-review), refine your emotional scripting. This may involve adjusting the intensity of emotions, modifying your delivery techniques, or rethinking the emotions associated with each section.
  • Repeated practice will help embed these emotional cues into your natural speaking style.

Emotional Mapping in Three Parts

Imagine you have a speech divided into three main parts: introducing a problem, discussing its impacts, and presenting a solution. You decide to map your emotions as follows:

  1. Introducing the Problem: Use concern and seriousness to underscore the importance of the issue. Your voice is steady and lower in pitch, with pauses that let the gravity of the problem sink in.
  2. Discussing the Impacts: Shift to a mix of sadness and empathy to connect with the audience on a personal level. Your pace slows, allowing each word to resonate with emotion, and your facial expressions reflect genuine concern.
  3. Presenting a Solution: Transition to hope and excitement, signaling a positive change. Your pace quickens, your voice rises in pitch, and you use open gestures to invite the audience into the vision you’re presenting.

This structured approach to emotional mapping will help you deliberately integrate emotion into your speeches, making your messages more compelling and memorable.

Expanding Your Emotion Vocabulary

Increasing your emotional vocabulary is an invaluable strategy for enhancing communication and emotional intelligence. A rich emotional lexicon allows you to articulate feelings with greater precision, fostering deeper understanding and connection with others.

When you accurately convey the nuances of your emotions, it not only enhances your ability to express yourself but also aids in recognising and empathising with the feelings of others.

This clarity in communication can lead to more effective conflict resolution, stronger relationships, and an enriched personal and professional life.

Expanding your emotional vocabulary equips you with the tools to navigate complex emotional landscapes,  fostering emotional resilience, empathy, and a deeper engagement with the world around you.

An emotion word list is an invaluable asset for you as a speaker looking to inject more nuanced emotion into your voice.

By accurately naming and expressing your feelings, you create a stronger empathetic connection, drawing your listeners closer to your experiences and viewpoints.

Having a diverse array of emotion words at your disposal not only heightens audience engagement but also empowers you to communicate persuasively and foster an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect. Your speeches become not just heard, but felt and remembered.

 

Emotion Word List

 

Happiness

  • Joyful
  • Elated
  • Content
  • Cheerful
  • Optimistic
  • Blissful
  • Enthusiastic

Sadness

  • Melancholic
  • Sorrowful
  • Disheartened
  • Gloomy
  • Despondent
  • Mournful
  • Reflective

Anger

  • Irritated
  • Furious
  • Annoyed
  • Resentful
  • Indignant
  • Aggravated
  • Frustrated

Fear

  • Anxious
  • Terrified
  • Panicked
  • Hesitant
  • Worried
  • Apprehensive
  • Timid

Surprise

  • Astonished
  • Amazed
  • Awe-struck
  • Speechless
  • Stunned
  • Shocked
  • Bewildered

Disgust

  • Repulsed
  • Disdainful
  • Loathsome
  • Appalled
  • Horrified
  • Skeptical
  • Disapproving

  

Putting it Together – How to Use Emotion in Your Voice

  1. Understand Your Emotions: Begin by understanding the emotions you intend to convey in your speech. Grasp the nuances of each emotion and how they influence perception and interaction.
  2. Ensure Emotional Congruence: Make sure your emotional expression matches the content of your message. The tone of happiness or optimism may not suit serious topics, while overly cheerful expressions can detract from the gravity of your message.
  3. Embrace Vocal Variety: Use changes in pitch, volume, and pace to convey different emotions. Express joy with a higher pitch and quicker pace, and convey sadness with a slower pace and softer volume.
  4. Use Facial Expressions and Body Language: Align your facial expressions and body language with the emotion you wish to express.
  5. Share Personal Stories: Integrating personal stories that evoke specific emotions can powerfully connect with your audience. Draw upon personal experiences that reflect the emotions you aim to convey.
  6. Pause for Effect: Employ pauses strategically to let the emotional weight of your message sink in with the audience, enhancing its overall impact.
  7. Practice Emotional Delivery: Continually practice your speech focusing on the emotional delivery. Consider recording yourself, or working with a coach to refine your speaking voice.
  8. Seek Feedback: Obtain feedback on your emotional delivery from trusted sources or through video analysis to further hone your speaking skills.

Incorporating emotion into your speaking is a skill that enriches your message and connects more deeply with your audience. Through practice and awareness, you can master the art of emotional expression to make your speeches more impactful and memorable.

 

Lisa Evans is a Certified Professional Speaker and Accredited Coach, TEDx speaker coach, NLP practitioner, Neuro Leadership Institute Brain-Based Results Coach, Genos© Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, author, graphic recorder, broadcaster and podcaster. Unlock your speaking potential and establish a stand-out brand with a complimentary session. Book now to become an exceptional and successful speaker.  Let Lisa Evans be your trusted partner on your path to captivating storytelling and speaking success. Start your transformational journey today! If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my e-book – How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.
Lisa Evans

Professional Speaker

Vocal Dynamics for Leaders. Enhance Your Voice

Vocal Dynamics for Leaders. Enhance Your Voice

Vocal Dynamics for Enhanced Executive Presence

Speaking in a professional tone in a way that others are drawn to listening, is more than a clear voice.

In the fast-paced realm of executive communication, the way you articulate your message is as crucial as the content itself. In this post I will share some effective vocal techniques to help you elevate your speaking delivery and share a message that resonates with your audience.

Understanding the Power of Vocal Dynamics

 

Pitch Variation: Don’t let your voice flatline. Varying your pitch infuses your speech with emotion and interest. Practise moving between high and low tones to maintain your listener’s engagement.

Pacing: Your speaking speed can significantly impact how your message is received. Slowing down can underscore crucial points, while a quicker pace can inject excitement and urgency. Mix it up where relevant, for a more interesting sound.

Volume Control: Strategic volume changes can express enthusiasm or draw listeners in closer for a serious point. Mastering this can make your message resonate more powerfully.

Balancing Emotion and Professionalism

 

Expressive Intonation: Your pitch and tone should match the emotional content of your words. Rising intonations for curiosity, and falling for conclusions are the basics to start.

Articulation and Clarity: Clearly articulate your words. Even when emotions run high, and you are feeling rushed, sound out your words. Pause to take a breath as needed. 

Strategic Pauses: Use pauses to let key points sink in. They add weight to your message and give listeners time to absorb the emotional and intellectual content. 

Tonal Range: A wide tonal range lets you express a spectrum of emotions while still maintaining a clear and professional sound.

Modulation in Volume: Controlled volume variations can enhance the emotional impact of your speech and is more memorable and engaging for the listeners. 

Emphasising Keywords: Highlight the emotional core of your message by emphasising certain words or phrases, subtly altering pitch, tone, or volume for effect.

 

Practical Exercises for Vocal Richness

 

1. Emotion Mapping Exercise: Select a text and identify the key emotions. Choose a short piece of text, such as a paragraph from a speech or a news article (I have suggested a piece of text below*). Identify key emotions within the text, such as excitement, concern, determination, and curiosity. Read the text multiple times, emphasising different emotions each time. Pay attention to pitch, pace, and tone changes to convey each emotion. Record the readings and listen back to evaluate the effectiveness of conveying the message.

2. Scripted Role Play: Create short scenarios that require expressing a range of emotions while delivering a message. Examples could include: delivering exciting news such as an award or promotion in the team, expressing empathy when someone is doing it tough, or conveying urgency (looming or moving deadlines). Practice the script in front of a mirror or record yourself.  Focus on modulating your voice to match the intended emotion.

3. Emotion Dial Exercise: Imagine an “emotion dial” with a range from 1 to 10, where 1 is neutral, and 10 is highly emotional. Select a piece of text and read it at a low emotion level (around 3 on the dial). Gradually increase the emotion dial, rereading the text at different levels. Pay attention to how changes in pitch, pace, and emphasis contribute to how you convey emotions.

I suggest you begin with practising these exercises regularly by yourself and then gradually incorporate the techniques into everyday conversations and presentations.

Suggested Text for Practice*

 

“The sunset cast a warm glow over the serene lake. Birds chirped in the distance, creating a harmonious melody. Suddenly, a gust of wind swept through the trees, rustling the leaves. The atmosphere shifted, and a sense of anticipation filled the air. In that moment, a lone figure emerged from the shadows, carrying a tale of adventure and mystery. Their words echoed in the stillness, capturing the attention of all who listened.”

This text contains elements that can be infused with different emotions, try and experiment with expressing three key emotions – tranquillity, anticipation, and mystery.

Tranquility and Serenity: “The sunset cast a warm glow over the serene lake.” “Birds chirped in the distance, creating a harmonious melody.”

Anticipation and Change: “Suddenly, a gust of wind swept through the trees, rustling the leaves.” “The atmosphere shifted, and a sense of anticipation filled the air.”

Adventure and Mystery: “In that moment, a lone figure emerged from the shadows, carrying a tale of adventure and mystery.” “Their words echoed in the stillness, capturing the attention of all who listened.”

 

Additional Text for Practice

Engage with an extended story passage to further develop your skills. if you would like a copy of the additional text and expended story passage for your practice, then contact me and I will send to you. 

 

Continuous Improvement

Record and Reflect

Regularly recording and critically reflecting on your vocal sessions can dramatically improve your vocal delivery. Identify what works well and areas for growth.

Enhancing your vocal delivery is about much more than speaking clearly; it’s about transforming your entire communicative approach. With regular practice, self-reflection, and a willingness to experiment, you’ll not only ensure your messages are heard, but also felt and remembered. Your voice is a key instrument; it’s your personal signature, a means to forge deeper connections and drive your messages home with impact and grace.

Recommended Video’s to Watch

These videos provides valuable perspectives on developing an engaging vocal presence.

Dr Wendy LeBorgne’s insights on vocal image.
Dr Laura Sicola’s tips on sounding like a leader.
Simon Lancaster’s strategies for speaking like a leader.

 In this previous post, I discuss the impact of vocal variety in your speaking voice. 

 

Lisa Evans is a Certified Professional Speaker and Accredited Coach, TEDx speaker coach, NLP practitioner, Neuro Leadership Institute Brain-Based Results Coach, Genos© Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, author, graphic recorder, broadcaster and podcaster. Unlock your speaking potential and establish a stand-out brand with a complimentary session. Book now to become an exceptional and successful speaker.  Let Lisa Evans be your trusted partner on your path to captivating storytelling and speaking success. Start your transformational journey today! If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my e-book – How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.
Lisa Evans

Professional Speaker

Mastering Leadership Influence: The Power of Your Voice in Communication

Mastering Leadership Influence: The Power of Your Voice in Communication

Vocal Variety Will Enhance the Way You Sound 

Do you want to increase the power of your voice?
Let’s start with why.

 

 

Why is it important to work on having vocal variety in your speaking voice?

Vocal variety is like the spice in your communication recipe. It adds flavour and captures your audience’s attention. Think of your voice as an instrument, and different notes and tones create a beautiful melody.

A flat and monotone voice can make your message sound dull and less persuasive.
As the saying goes. You only get one chance to make a good impression! You need to include vocal variety so that your voice is easy to listen to.

Do you sound as smart as you are?

Vocal variety helps in conveying emotions, intent, and meaning. Different tones and inflections can influence how your message is received. For instance, during a sales pitch, using enthusiasm and a varied tone can make your product sound more appealing. If you sound dull and disinterested when you speak, why would others want to listen to what you have to say? Ready to harness the power of your voice?

Why does my voice sound flat?

A flat voice might result from anxiety, tiredness, habit, or lack of awareness. Recording yourself speaking can help identify the causes.

Remember, mastering vocal variety takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small wins along the way. Your voice can become a powerful tool in influencing and engaging others. Keep working on it, and you’ll see remarkable improvements.

Incorporating Body Posture and Facial Expressions

If you have ever done any sales training, you may be familiar with this advice – Stand when you are making a sales call, and smile before you dial (pick up the phone).

Your body language and facial expressions complement your voice. Maintain an open posture and use gestures to emphasise your message.

If you would like to work with a Certified Speaker Coach to help you with improving the sound of your voice then let’s see if I am the right coach for you.

 

Voice Mastery – Transform Your Speaking with 6 Dynamic Voice Exercises

 

  1. Diaphragmatic Breathing:
    • Sit or stand up straight.
    • Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen.
    • Inhale slowly through your nose, expanding your belly, while keeping your chest relatively still.
    • Exhale through your mouth. Feel your abdomen fall as you release the air.
    • Repeat for a few minutes daily to strengthen your diaphragm and enhance vocal control.
  2. Pitch Variation Practice:
    • Pick a simple sentence or phrase and say it in different emotional tones such as happy, sad, excited, serious.
    • Record yourself and listen to the variations. Adjust your pitch accordingly.
  3. Emotional Recall Exercise:
    • Think of a personal experience that triggers a strong emotion.
    • Describe that experience out loud while trying to convey the emotions in your voice.
    • This exercise helps you inject genuine emotion into your speaking.
  4. Pause and Pacing Practice:
    • When practicing a speech or presentation, consciously insert pauses before and after key points.
    • Adjust the pacing of your speech: slow down during important moments and speed up during transitions. Play around with different speeds and pausing and record your voice.
  5. Vocal Warm-Up with Lip Trills:
    • Start by relaxing your face and jaw.
    • Create a gentle “brrr” sound while fluttering your lips.
    • Continue for a few minutes to relax your vocal cords and prepare your voice for speaking. Any good speaker coach will talk you through various vocal warm ups.
  6. Record and Self-Assess:
    • Record yourself while practicing different speaking scenarios.
    • Listen to the recordings and assess your tone, pacing, and overall vocal variety.
    • Identify areas for improvement and continue practicing.
    • Consider working with an experienced speaker coach who is trained in helping you sound the best.

“Empower your voice, and you’ll transform not just how you speak, but how you’re heard. Through intentional practice and dedication, you can cultivate a voice that resonates, captivates, and leads with influence.”

How I can help you

As a professional storytelling coach, I offer 1:1 confidential coaching to help you unlock the full potential of your speaking and storytelling abilities.

With flexible delivery options that suit your schedule, we embark on a transformative journey together. We begin by harvesting your stories, uncovering the hidden gems that will resonate with your audience.

Through personalised guidance, I empower you to boost your executive presence and speak with impact when you share your story. Whether you’re preparing for a crucial presentation, honing your leadership skills, or seeking to engage and inspire others, I am here to support you every step of the way. Let’s work together to unleash the power of storytelling and elevate your communication to new heights.

Attend an event and I’ll plant a tree for you! 🌳 Together, let’s grow a greener future. Your attendance nurtures not just your skills but the planet too! 🌍 Thank you for helping me make a lasting impact on our planet. 🌱 #OneTreeAtATime #GrowWithMe”

 

 

 

Book a time to chat with me about hosting a Storytelling for Leaders workshop

Lisa Evans is a Certified Professional Speaker and Accredited Coach, TEDx speaker coach, NLP practitioner, Neuro Leadership Institute Brain-Based Results Coach, Genos© Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, author, graphic recorder, broadcaster and podcaster. Unlock your speaking potential and establish a stand-out brand with a complimentary session. Book now to become an exceptional and successful speaker.  Let Lisa Evans be your trusted partner on your path to captivating storytelling and speaking success. Start your transformational journey today! If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my e-book – How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.
Lisa Evans

Professional Speaker

Working With a Speaker Coach To  Boost Your Public Speaking Skills

Working With a Speaker Coach To Boost Your Public Speaking Skills

Do you break into a sweat at the mere thought of speaking in front of others? Do your hands shake, your heart race and your mind go blank when you’re called upon to deliver a presentation? If so, you’re not alone! Public speaking is one of the most common fears among people. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Working with a speaker coach can help you overcome your fear of public speaking and improve your skills in this area. Whether you’re a seasoned communicator who wants to excel at presenting, or you need to deliver a once off presentation for work, a coach can guide you through the process of becoming more confident and effective on stage, in front of others in the boardroom, in virtual meetings, and even on camera. 

The Fear of Public Speaking

 

The fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears among individuals. It can be a paralysing experience that prevents people from sharing their insights, ideas, and expertise with others. Like many people, you may have reached a stage in your life when you are thinking ‘Enough is enough, it’s time to step up and take control of this fear’.

Firstly, I’d like to remind you to acknowledge that feeling nervous before public speaking is entirely normal. Many great speakers have admitted to feeling nervous before stepping on stage. Next, take steps to prepare and practice your speech and any supporting material such as your slides. This will help you feel more in control of the situation and reduce anxiety levels significantly.

Remember that the audience wants you to succeed; they are there to hear what you have to say! Engage with them by making eye contact, using gestures and interactive elements like polls or Q&A sessions.

Finally, focus on your breathing when you feel anxious – deep breaths can help calm down nerves quickly.

How Working with a Speaker Coach Can Help You

If you are one of the many people who experience a nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach when you have to speak in public then you’re not alone. Fear of public speaking is very common, affecting millions of people worldwide. But what if I told you that you don’t have to settle for feeling this way? You can overcome this fear and become a confident speaker by working with a speaker coach.

Working with a speaker coach can provide numerous benefits for those struggling with a fear of public speaking, as well as those wanting to finesse their presentations skills, even for those who want to get paid to speak. An experienced speaker coach will be able to assist people of all levels and walks of life. The role of a speaker coach can be expansive depending on their experience.

As well as providing you with practical strategies to manage your nervousness, a speaker coach can also teach you valuable skills such as how to engage an audience, how to structure a speech, how to use body language effectively, and how to sound as smart as you are with effective vocal techniques.

One significant benefit of working with a certified coach is that they’ll help build your confidence over time.

There are numerous benefits to working with a speaker coach when it comes to public speaking. Firstly, they can provide personalized guidance tailored specifically to your needs and goals. They’ll work alongside you every step of the way as you build up your skills and tackle any areas where you may be struggling. Coaching sessions are also an excellent opportunity for feedback on your performance and insights into how to improve further.

Tailored Techniques and Strategies

As a certified speaker coach with over a decade of experience, I know firsthand the benefits of working with an accredited coach. Speaking in front of an audience can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be. With my guidance and expertise, you can become a confident speaker that commands attention, exudes presence, and makes an impact.

My tailored approach to coaching ensures that each individual I work with receives personalized attention and techniques specific to their needs. No two individuals are alike when it comes to public speaking, which is why I believe in creating customized plans for each person. This way, they receive the tools necessary to succeed and feel confident in themselves as speakers.

When looking for a trusted coach, accreditation is key. As someone who has been accredited through years of training and experience, I guarantee that you will receive top-notch coaching from me.

 

Accountability and Feedback

Working with a speaker coach can be a game changer when it comes to boosting your confidence and improving your speaking skills. The benefits of having a trusted coach by your side are endless, from providing accountability and constructive feedback to tailoring their approach to fit your individual needs.

One of the biggest advantages of working with a speaker coach is the accountability they provide. Your coach will hold you accountable for developing and implementing strategies that ultimately lead to growth in your public speaking abilities. They will also challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks that push you towards becoming a more confident speaker.

Another key benefit is receiving tailored coaching that meets your unique needs. A reputable speaker coach will work closely with you to understand what areas require the most attention, whether it’s perfecting delivery techniques or honing in on content development.

Confidence in Your Skills

Confidence in public speaking skills is essential for success in both personal and professional life. Anyone can develop their presentation skills with a little guidance, practice, and perseverance. Working with a coach who is experienced provides benefits that extend beyond improving communication abilities. A tailored approach to coaching offers a solution that is unique to your needs to help you overcome any challenges and level up your skills fast, moving from feeling fearful to competence and confidence.

An experienced speaker coach not only helps you navigate through any difficulties but also provides encouraging and specific feedback, so that you know which areas to work on, and this approach boosts self-confidence. Targeted feedback is crucial for identifying areas of improvement while reinforcing strengths. With 1:1 public speaking coaching sessions, you can track your progress while working on any negative self-talk or nervousness that may be hindering your performance.

If you choose to work me me as your speaker coach, together we will work on both skill set and mindset. As well as being a certified professional speaker, a certified public speaking and storytelling coach, I am also accredited with the International Coaching Federation at ACC Level. I have studied the neuroscience of results and performance, and use tools and techniques that are grounded in reseated and based on a brain friendly approach.

Working with a Coach Pays Off

Working with a certified speaker coach can help you speak with confidence and transform how you feel about presenting in front of others. As a Certified Professional Speaker and Certified Speaker Coach and Accredited Coach with the International Coaching Federation, I can help take your career to the next level. With my years of experience and hundreds of corporate training sessions and 1:1 clients, my approach focuses on helping individuals identify their strengths and weaknesses so they can reach their potential and achieve their goals faster than they ever thought possible.

In conclusion, working with an accredited public speaking coach is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your career. You will gain the skills and confidence needed to speak with impact, make a good impression on colleagues and clients, fast track results, and achieve your goals.

Whether you prefer 1:1 coaching or a workshop setting, personalised support is available to help you reach your full potential as a speaker. Don’t let fear hold you back any longer – take the first step towards unlocking your true potential today! 

 

 

 

Book a time to chat with me about hosting a Storytelling for Leaders workshop

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, improvisational actor, and host of the Business Chat Podcast

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my e-book – How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.

Lisa Evans

Professional Speaker

21 of the Best Books on Public Speaking

21 of the Best Books on Public Speaking

As a lover of books, people often ask me for recommendations on what books to read that will help improve public speaking and communication.

I have hundreds of books, and it is hard to choose the best ones. These are the books that I refer to often.

Best books on public speaking
Confidence and Mindset

Presence By Amy Cuddy 
Amy Cuddy teaches us that if we act powerfully, we will begin to think powerfully. This book is for you if you want to show up as your boldest self and perform better in stressful situations.

The Confidence Gap by Dr Russ Harris
This book is a practical guide with plenty of exercises. I often refer to the Cycle of Confidence concept that Dr Russ Harris introduces. Ideal for people who want to reduce nervousness.

Speak! Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie & Associates
This book focuses on ways to unleash what we already have inside us: the ability to communicate our message through powerful, and even world-changing, presentations.

Presenting Magically by Tad James & James Shepphard
Presenting Magically offers expert tips and techniques to transform your presenting skills using NLP techniques that many top presenters use.

Presenting and public speaking

Speak Like Churchill by James C. Humes 
The author has a list of credible speeches he wrote for past US presidents. In this book, he shares practical ways to persuade using the power of words, phrases, props, and voice. This is a fantastic book if you want to write more formal speeches.

Talk Like Ted Carmine Gallo 
The author explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks. If your dream is to share an idea on the red dot of a TED or TEDx stage, then read this book.

Brief By Joseph McCormack 
Many presentations are too long. What I enjoy about this author’s approach is that he shares ways to distil your message into a short presentation.

Conversations at work

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Foslien & Mollie West Duffy 
This book is a complete guide on bringing our best selves to work and understanding how our emotions play out in the workplace. Fun, quirky and with plenty of illustrations, an excellent book for navigating emotions in the workplace.

Conversational Intelligence by Judith E. Glaser 
This is one of the most valuable books in my collection. Effective, powerful conversational rituals that prime the brain for trust, partnership, and mutual success. Includes a wealth of insights from neuroscience and offers the science in an easy-to-understand way.

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Paterson and Joseph Grenney 
When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation poorly and suffer the consequences, or apply the lessons and strategies of Crucial Conversations and improve relationships and results—a worthwhile read.

Slides and data storytelling

Slideology Nancy Duarte 
The author shares excellent tips in visual thinking to help you create powerful slides to accompany the message. Any book by Nancy Duarte is a must-add to any collection about presenting information.

Storytelling with Data Cole Nussbaumer Knaffic 
The book provides the fundamentals of data visualisation and how to communicate effectively with data. You’ll discover the power of storytelling and how to make data a pivotal point in your story.

DataStory by Nancy Duarte 
A masterful book on presentations tailored for those who are number geeks. You will love this book if you are looking for exciting and persuasive ways to present data.

Storytelling

The Leaders Guide to Storytelling by Stephen Denning 
This book will help you unpack finding the right story for the right time. It’s a classic storytelling book and a must-have for any collection.

The Story Factor By Annette Simmons 
There are so many practical examples in the book. Over one hundred stories drawn from the front lines of business, as well as myths, fables, and parables from around the world to inspire you to create your stories.

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller 
If you have ever struggled to talk about your business to others, then you will find this book helpful.

Stories That Stick by Kendra Hall 
Stories That Stick offers specific, actionable steps readers can take to find, craft, and leverage the stories they already have and aren’t telling.

The Tao of Storytelling By Clarie Taylor 
I met Claire many years ago and was spellbound by her lovely Irish voice and storytelling ability. She shares 30 tales in the book; each carries a powerful message and practical exercises to help you find your treasure and transform your life.

Influence and Persuasion

Power Cues Nick Morgan 
This book on body language is a great addition to any speaker’s bookshelf.

Influence Robert B. Cialdini 
A classic book on how you can persuade others. A powerful skill in leadership.

Pre-suasion by Robert B. Cialdini 
This book tells how to persuade by influencing a person before they decide. It tells not just what to say but when to say it. It’s educational and entertaining.

I will update this list each quarter and add any new or interesting books I have discovered. You can find these books in most bookstores and online stores. These links go to Amazon, and in some cases, if you purchase using these links, I will receive a small payment.

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my new E-book How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.

Lisa Evans

Professional Speaker

Storytelling for Leaders Who Want to Make a Difference

Storytelling for Leaders Who Want to Make a Difference

The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.” Steve Jobs 

Are you a leader who wants to inspire change and hold the room’s attention with your storytelling? Maybe you know the benefits of storytelling for leaders, but you don’t know how or where to start? 

You may have questions such as; What stories can leaders share? How to find the right story for a presentation? My industry is technical, so how can I tell a story and remain credible? 

Storytelling for leaders who want to communicate more effectively

If you are eager to become a better storyteller, read on. If you want to discover some practical tips to enhance your storytelling, let’s chat

The good news about storytelling for leaders is that no special skills are required. As a leader, you need to engage, inspire and motivate people to action. Storytelling will enable you to be more persuasive. 

Boring PowerPoint presentations, reading from notes, a lack of interaction and dull monotones will not move any room to action. Leaders who have incorporated storytelling into their spoken word communication are ahead of the rest. 

When you add a story to your data, you can simplify your material to offer greater meaning, interpretation, and insight.

Humans are hardwired to tell stories, and in the distant past, it was natural to us. Think back to when you were younger. You developed the ability to tell stories (often a tall tale) by the time you were around four years old. Then, like many skills, you became more self-conscious and less carefree and confident about sharing. 

Storytelling is how we make sense and meaning; we can create order out of chaos and turn random ideas into something coherent. 

We begin to weave our stories from the rich tapestry of our lives. 

You may remember Aristotle’s Triangle of Rhetoric from high school or tertiary studies.

  

 

Aristotle believed that a speaker’s ability to persuade an audience depends on how well they apeal to that audience in logos, ethos, and pathos

Our ethos is clear cut as leaders and includes your position, title, experience, skills, and qualification. In other words, do you have the credibility to be leading the room?

Logos is the area that many leaders, particularly technically trained, feel comfortable about. Logos is an appeal to logic and is a way of persuading an audience with reason, using facts and figures. 

You are probably comfortable with this one. But before you deliver another data-rich PowerPoint deck with charts and figures, give a thought to the power of pathos. 

Pathos is emotion and imagination, as well as beliefs and values. And is a way of convincing an audience by creating an emotional response to an argument or story.  When considering pathos, we can use vivid examples, details and images to engage the listeners’ emotions and imagination and appeal to the values and beliefs they relate to or care about.

Storytelling for leaders 6 story types

There are different types of stories that make up an overall narrative strategy. Here are the six indispensable stories that sit well in any leader’s communication toolkit. 

1 The Signature Story 

2 The Founding Story

3 The Client Journey

4 The Aspiration Story

5 The Values Story

6 The Change Story 

There are plenty of ways you can engage with a story and there are a few basic storytelling guidelines to consider 

You may end up with multiple stories, and storytelling consultant Paul Smith recommends ten stories every leader can tell. A good starting point that I suggest is to draft your signature story.

What is a Signature Story?

According to Aaker and Aaker, researchers at  Stanford University, “A signature story is an intriguing, authentic narrative with a strategic message that clarifies the brand, and the business strategy.”

Creating your Signature Story 

The first step is to mine your life for stories. Story Mining is the discovery stage, finding those stand out moments from your life and turning them into a story structure. 

There are four phases in creating your stories.

  • Mining
  • Refining
  • Polishing
  • Presenting

When we are story mining, we dig for those natural resources to uncover what we have and then refine the more significant pieces until we have that golden nugget.

6 Story mining questions to get you started

1 Write down 50 things that have led you to today. Include the wins, the losses, the ups and downs, and the defining moments. In doing this exercise, you will capture significant moments in your life that hold your uniqueness’s valuable lessons. 

2 What has been the most significant point in your life leading to your career or business? What was the catalyst for that change if you had had a career switch? Was it by design or default? Did life throw a curveball at you?

3 Why does what you do matter so much? This can be answered from a personal or a career perspective. This is the opportunity to articulate your passion for what you do. Your values and what you hold dear to you may be added to this part. 

4 Why should others care? This question reframes your story to address the WIIFM – what’s in it for me? This is where you make your story relatable.

5 How does this make you different? What is unique about your journey, your leadership and your story? 

6 How do you help others? Be clear about what you stand for and how you are of service to others. 

Remember….

No one cares about your story until they care how your story helps them – Lisa Evans

When we can balance logic and emotion, we give our listeners a reason to care.  If they dont care, they dont listen. It’s simple. 

Want to know about storytelling for leaders? 

If you are based in Australia, you may be interested in hosting a facilitated storytelling for leader’s workshop. I have delivered these workshops to groups worldwide, both in-person and online. There is a format to suit every group, from two hours to two days. Click the button below, to find out how you can get ahead in your communication using the power of storytelling. 

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, improvisational actor, and host of the Business Chat Podcast

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my e-book – How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.

Lisa Evans

Professional Speaker