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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 don’t know how to introduce myself without making it all about me.
  • I feel uncomfortable when it seems like everyone else is in a group. 

I’ve felt all of the above, and over the past few years, I have had to work at getting comfortable attending networking events. If you are nervous about speaking in public, then networking events are an excellent place to immerse yourself in conversation, even if it feels awkward at first. You may also like to try to focus on being a connector at a networking event.

The way to tackle a networking event is to have a strategy.

Consider the following:

  • You are there to serve
  • You are there to learn
  • Your aim is to make quality connections
  • You can leave when you want
  • You are probably not the only one in the room who is feeling uncomfortable.

What can you do when you arrive alone at networking events?

Your first stop may be the bathroom. Try on a Power Pose and say to yourself ‘you got this’.

Then as you step into the room ensure you have a confident posture, open body language and a smile. 

Actions of confidence come before feelings of confidence. 

Find someone else alone. That person may well be feeling a little awkward too.

You may prefer to stick to the edge of the room for a while, as you will be less overwhelmed by people. 

As you build your courage, you can look for a group of three or five and find a gap in their circle, step in to say ‘hi, can I join you?’. If they are deep in conversation, they may not immediately acknowledge you, wait it out and then introduce yourself.

What can you do if you arrive with a friend?

It’s easy to stick with the friend who you came with; however, that doesn’t help you network and ultimately get over feeling nervous about public speaking and meeting new people. 

Perhaps you can stay together for the first 15 minutes and then make an effort to go separate ways. Or you could invite another person along to join the two of you making a group of three. One of you could then step out and go and meet others. 

Alternatively, the two of you could look out for a group of three and go and join that group.

It is best to avoid attempting to join others in pairs or groups of four as those people are likely to be deep in conversation in their couple, and it is harder to be accepted in. 

Feeling awkward?

Don’t be tempted to get out your phone and start scrolling on social media or pretending you are talking to someone, and avoid offering to help the organisers or staff.  I’ve done both of these things to avoid feeling super awkward. It doesn’t help! I used to have a habit of attending conferences and ending up behind the registration desk or helping set up tables – the organisers may appreciate it, but it is not helping you push out of your comfort zone. 

Exit networking events gracefully

Sometimes it feels like the time to go, but you are stuck in a conversation, or you may think it’s impolite to leave early. When the time is right for you to leave, best you do so with grace and without fuss.

If the host is free, you can thank them and leave. If the host is engaged in conversation, then leave the event and follow up and thank the host the next day. 

If you are in conversation and you want to leave, you can state “I’ll be leaving in a few minutes,”. And then go—no need to make an excuse or offer apologies.

Business cards or not?

It’s a personal preference. I will carry a limited number of business cards with me and only offer a card if I am asked for one. I prefer to connect with the person right away using Linkedin. 

Some people will hand a card to everyone they meet. One way you can accept the card without adding to the stack you may have at home, is to take a picture of it. There are plenty of Apps that store business cards. 

What is your follow up system?

Follow up is extremely important. Let’s assume that you met at least one interesting person at the networking event. Perhaps you had a conversation, and you felt some alignment with them. Maybe there were others who you had a brief interaction with, and you’d like to continue a conversation.

LinkedIn is a great way to stay connected, and as a professional platform, you can’t beat LinkedIn for ease of use. There is a neat feature built into the search bar of LinkedIn on a mobile device. You can scan and connect with  the other person using the QR code that is part of their profile. It makes it easier to continue the conversation via message afterwards. 

There are plenty of CRM systems that can make it easy to store contacts and make notes to help you remember.

Whatever works for you, have a way to follow up those contacts who you would like to speak more with.

Networking is about finding out who you can serve, who you can ask for help and how you can continue the conversation. It can be the beginning of a fruitful business relationship and a great way to improve your public speaking. 


About the author

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.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.

Soft skills are the new super skills

Soft skills are the new super skills

Soft skills. You’ve heard the term, but what exactly does it mean? And, why does it matter in business? Well, not to put too fine a point on it, soft skills are no longer simply nice-to-haves. They’re pretty much the defining factor for success in the workplace.

Teamwork makes the dream work

Having sound soft skills paired with equally strong hard skills is the ultimate winning combination.  An internal study by Google found that it’s best teams weren’t the ones full of top scientists. Instead, the most accomplished teams were multidisciplinary groups including employees who brought strong soft skills to the table.

Soft skills are about the way we approach tasks. They influence how we interact with others and cover a wide range of skills from empathy to time management and decision-making.

In demand

Earlier this year, LinkedIn analysed the skills listed on the profiles of those who got hired at the highest rates. According to the professional networking site (with over 300 million active users) the most in-demand soft skills are;

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Emotional Intelligence

The softly softly approach works

As our working landscape continues to change, never before have strong soft skills been so important to the workforce. Soft skills are universal. They are relevant to every individual in every pay grade, in every business and in every sector.

Organisations depend on their people. Good communications and collaboration are critical for business success.

When your soft skills are developed, they make it easier to interact with others, take initiative, create trust and lead teams.

So what impact does this have on an organisation?

  • More effective communication both inside and out
  • Stronger leadership and accountability
  • More efficient processes as a result of better time management
  • Problem solving is no longer ‘a problem’ as staff learn to see different perspectives
  • Critical thinking emerges
  • Productive teamwork and collaboration

In essence, soft skills provide you with a motivated, dependable workforce that will sustain your organisation.

Mind the gap

Interestingly though, the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, identified a shortage of 1.4 million people when it comes to communications skills. Employers recruiting on LinkedIn are searching for skillsets potential candidates don’t have, or, don’t know they have.

It’s possible we don’t know how to big up our soft skills in job applications because

  • we don’t know how to measure our soft skills
  • we’ve never had any formal training in soft skills.

The gap effect

As our working landscapes continue to change at the rate of knots, people must adapt too. Businesses need employees with soft skills to remain competitive and profitable.

Lack of soft skills among a workforce results in

  • increased workload for other employees 
  • poor quality standards
  • outdated processes
  • loss of business to competitors
  • delays in introducing new products.

As technology continues to reshape our lives,  strong soft skills are absolutely crucial. The one thing a machine can’t do is ‘be human’.

Good communication comes naturally to us all, doesn’t it?

Sadly not.

However, soft skills can be developed, cultivated and learned. Is it worth it? A million percent, yes.

If you assume your employees instinctively know how to interact effectively, you’re pretty optimistic. It’s a nice idea but workplaces are diverse and dynamic environments.  It’s very common to overlook the importance of skills like listening and being open to change.

And it’s not just employee relationships at stake, some of your workforce will be on the front line, customer facing.  It doesn’t get much more critical to ensure interpersonal skills are developed.

Leaving it to chance is not an option. Not when you see the transformative effect a workforce with sound soft skills has on an organisation.

A survey of over 500 executives found that emotional intelligence was a better predictor of success than either relevant previous experience or IQ. Soft skills are highly valued because of the importance of teamwork, collaboration, employee interaction and customer relationships in business.


About the author

Lisa Evans helps leaders and entrepreneurs to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers.

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.

Here’s how I may help you 

My services include: 

Virtual – Live Online Training – Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, Business Storytelling and executive Speaker Coaching is available online.

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories. A minimum of three sessions is recommended 1:1 in person or virtually via Zoom.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Storytelling for Leaders Interactive Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories. 

Keynote/Guest Speaking at your next conference live of virtual event – I have several topics to choose from ranging from a 30-minute talk up to a 90-minute interactive session.

Lisa Evans, MBA is the CEO of Speaking Savvy. She is one of less than 150 Certified Speaking Professionals in Australia. She is a Certified Public Speaking and Storytelling Coach, Certified Virtual Presenter, Accredited Business Coach (ICF), Author, TEDx Speaker Coach, NLP Coach, Graphic Recorder, Host and Curator of Stories From The Heart, and Improvisation Actor and Marketing Director at Perth Playback Theatre.

8 Practical Tips to Communicating Effectively in Virtual Meetings

8 Practical Tips to Communicating Effectively in Virtual Meetings

As a leader you are most comfortable presenting in the boardroom and with your team in a face to face setting. 

With the new way of working and the rapid shift to the online world, leaders are having to adapt to communicating in virtual meetings. 

I have spoken to many leaders who are unfamiliar with presenting online and hosting virtual meetings. 

Now is a vital time for efficient and effective communication. As well as accurate and timely information, we need to build and maintain rapport and engagement in a time when a high level of trust is essential. 

8 practical tips to tips to communicate effectively in virtual meetings.

1. Have an agenda  

Just like you would in any other meeting have an agenda that you can send out prior to the meeting along with any required reading or notes. If you are new to virtual meetings it may be easier for you to send the information by email rather than try to share your screen during the meeting. 

You may want to make your online meeting shorter than you normally would. It’s harder to keep people engaged online, and even more so now as our routines are disrupted and we are coming to terms with this new way of working.

2. Start and finish on time 

Often virtual meetings can start and finish late due to technical glitches. Sometimes technical glitches are blamed when the issue is lack of planning!

If you are the host of the meeting, arrive early to the online space. Set up your workspace and your surroundings so that you are ready to start on time. 

Remember to allow some social interaction.  Now is the time that we need to feel connection. Perhaps a quick ‘round the virtual room’ and making time for questions. If your team generally has a bit of light chit chat prior to or at the end of a meeting, continue that. 

3. Dress for business

How you show up is important. As a leader you want to exude executive presence and confidence. Your non-verbal communication has to be congruent with your words. 

It’s too easy to turn up in our casual clothes and opt to have your webcam switched off, but I think it’s important that we show up dressed for work, and have the video camera on. 

Think about your posture too. When you sit up straight with your back supported in the back you will look confident.  You will be able to use your voice effectively when you have good posture.

4. Meet and greet 

Be present and ready in the virtual meeting space as people arrive online. It doesn’t instil confidence when the host of the meeting is head down looking at other screens, on the phone, or fiddling around with papers. 

As the host it’s your role to be there and be ready and to be available to meet and greet people. If your meeting is large and there may be lots of online chat or questions, it is useful to have another person to manage this side of it. You can make them a co-host of the meeting so they have the same onscreen access as you. 

5. Be stationary 

Ideally you will have your laptop set up somewhere but you may be hosting the virtual meeting platform using your phone. That’s ok, but it’s best not to wander around while you are speaking, the people on the receiving end will be distracted by the shakiness and movement. Prop your phone onto a shelf or desk somewhere so that you are still. 

6. Sound

Remember to turn off any unnecessary distractions. As our notifications often come through the same device we are using for the virtual meeting it’s easy to forget to turn them off. And of course there is the dog! Maybe the children and other household sounds that are not usually there when we are in the office. 

7. Lighting 

If possible position yourself somewhere where you have some natural light. By the window is a good spot. You will see in this eight minute video that I have used some lights as it was recorded on a cloudy day. 

When you have your camera on for the virtual meeting look directly to the camera. Eye contact is really important. Look directly into the camera lens and avoid looking at the image of yourself or others on the screen, and we don’t want to be looking up noses or at the top of people’s heads, so set up your video camera at eye level. 

8. Gestures

Remember to smile! A smile will help people feel welcome to the virtual meeting. Building trust is essential right now. It’s also ok to use your hands when you speak as you normally would in a face to face meeting.  

Keep your arm movements close to your body otherwise your hands look enormous when they are close to the screen. 

I hope that those tips have been helpful for you. I have not gone into any of the software or technical tips for virtual meetings as I wanted to keep this post short and simple. These are only some of the tips required for effective online communication. If you would like to take part in next weeks’ virtual masterclass then contact me.

If you’d like a virtual coaching session or virtual training on how to effectively communicate with a remote force then do get in touch.

Soft Skills Are Key to Your Success as a Leader

Soft Skills Are Key to Your Success as a Leader

Soft skills are critical to your success as a leader, and so, the term ‘soft’ belies their true value. Soft skills are becoming increasingly important to organisations, and yet, leaders with strong soft skills are in short supply. In this article, I take a closer look at why soft skills are such an important part of your aptitude as a leader.

What are soft skills?

As many as 93% of employers consider soft skills to be an essential factor when hiring new employees, including leaders. And yet, many organisations find it incredibly difficult to source candidates with the appropriate soft skills.

Soft skills are hard to measure, quantify and evaluate. Unlike your ‘hard’, or job-specific skills, soft skills are transferable to any role and any situation. They are interpersonal skills, and include your personality traits, communication skills, listening skills, empathy, and ability to understand unspoken social cues.

While your hard skills are obtained through on-the-job training or certification, soft skills are acquired through years of interaction with other people, both in your working life and in social situations.

Why are soft skills essential for a leader?

The difference between a leader and those they lead is not simply a job title. Leadership is all about influence. An effective leader has a superior ability to communicate, direct, and inspire those that they manage. Not only do leaders need to have a solid technical and job-specific expertise but they must also possess the soft skills that enable them to motivate their teams, communicate important messages, and bring about change in their organisations. Too often, businesses make the mistake of assuming that a highly-performing team member will make a good leader.

 A great salesperson does not a leader make.

How often have you encountered leaders who simply make demands, without communicating their intentions, or taking on board the feedback and opinions of their team? These types of leaders, who lack interpersonal skills, are not only unpleasant to work with, but are ineffective as leaders. It’s well understood (and backed by research) that people do not leave companies, they leave managers. In fact, a recent Gallup poll showed that around 75% of workers who voluntarily leave their jobs do so for reasons that are directly related to management.

Success as a leader relies heavily on the use of soft skills, often in subtle ways. Having well-developed soft skills means being better at negotiating, organising, motivating, and making both employees and clients feel heard and understood; which is why these skills are so critical when it comes to being an effective leader.  

Are your soft skills letting you down?

 Do you find that, no matter how technically proficient you are at your job, you have difficulty in closing deals, negotiating, or running successful meetings? Do you have trouble organising your team, or achieving your desired outcomes? Any of these issues might indicate that your soft skills are letting you down. It’s time to get working on them!

How to develop your soft skills

In today’s increasingly competitive world, it’s no longer OK to be average. Not only will soft skills make you a better leader, they can make an incredible difference to all areas of your life. By developing your soft skills, you can become a better negotiator (both at work and at home!), run more productive meetings, become a better public speaker, build trust, and win more clients.

Unlike hard skills, soft skills aren’t often taught on the job. Luckily, although they can take years to cultivate naturally, these skills can be taught and developed in specialised soft-skills training programs for leaders.

As a qualified and experienced corporate speaking and training expert, I have helped countless senior leaders to develop their soft skills to become better leaders. I offer a range of speaking courses which will help you to develop your own leadership voice and hone your interpersonal skills, to make you the most effective and inspiring leader you can be. If you’re ready to close the gap in your leadership skills and develop your soft skills to expert level, book into one of my workshops today.

Presentation Skills Body Language – Presence and Public Speaking

Presentation Skills Body Language – Presence and Public Speaking

Presentation skills body language – 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 those in the room?

People who exude confidence and charisma have a presence and the ability to ‘own the room’.

Presentation skills body language – Most of us have to learn presence

Presence is one of those mysterious things that some people just have. But most of us have to learn it and earn it.

People want to listen to people with presence. We take notice of others with presence. People that have an impact have a powerful presence.

When working on your presentation skills and body language, consider four key factors:

  • Your voice
  • Your appearance
  • Your stance
  • Your body language
presentation skills body language presence

How you sound

Some people have those smooth voices that are a dream to listen to, most of us have to work at it. A compelling voice commands presence.

So how do you improve your voice?

Read out loud in different voices

The good news is that we can work on our voices. One simple tip is simply to read out loud, whenever you can. If you have an audience of children, use your big, animated and, funny voices.

This simple tip of reading out loud to children works well. Don’t worry if there are no small children around. I have fur babies; they never tire of listening to a story!

Work on your breathing to increase your presence

Another easy to implement tip when considering your presentation skills and body language is to work on your breathing. The quality of your voice is determined by your breath quality. Work on improving the capacity of your diaphragm so that you can project your voice with ease. You will sound better, and you will look calmer and more confident.

Work on improving the capacity of your diaphragm so that you can project your voice with ease. You will sound better, and you will look calmer and more confident.

Warm up your voice before you speak and practice some exercises that strengthen your diagram. Try breathing in and out through a straw (not while you are speaking of course!), and practice diaphragmatic breathing instructions on how to do this

Diaphragmatic breathing will boost the power of your voice

1. Lie down on your back on the bed or floor. Place your feet flat on the floor with your knees bent. Focus on your breathing for a minute and try to tune in with which parts of your body your breath reaches.

2. Place both hands on your belly, just above your navel. Watch how your breathing responds. Notice how your belly expands as you inhale and retract as you exhale. Let this happen, without forcing it.

3. Then bring your attention to your hands as they rest on your bellow, and notice how your hands raise up as you inhale. HOld that breath or about 5 seconds. Then lower your hands slowly as you exhale all of your air. Repeat, 5 or 6 times, breathing through the nose.

4. Once you feel comfortable with this exercise, on the inhale as your hands come down say out loud the vowels A-E-I-O-U.

Once you can breathe deep down into your belly, you will have more breath control and therefore more voice control.

Take your time

Speak at a steady pace and embrace silences and pauses – it’s not a race to the finish line. People who are present take their time and own the space – all of it; both physically with their stance, with the air they breathe, and with the words they languish.

How you look

If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you will project confidence. It’s hard to exude presence if you feel uncomfortable. Dress for the occasion and then forget how you look, focus on being present and in the moment.

The usual tips for presentation skills body language apply here: Practice standing tall, exercises for posture or regular yoga class work wonders. Aim to stand with an open posture, which means avoiding leg crossing arms folding hand-clasping as well as hands behind back or in pockets. Aim to have your hands where others can see them. It is a sign of trust.

Own the space

Take in the space around you, breath in the space and own the space. Move with purpose, practice stillness, and walk with your head held high. People graced with presence are captivating to watch and listen to because their body language is commanding, confident and calm.

Be happy

Remember to smile; it will help you feel relaxed and will send the signal that you are happy to be speaking to your listeners and they are in good hands. If you look miserable, you can’t expect your audience to be interested or excited about you being there.

How you feel

It’s okay to feel nervous when you have to present to an audience. Those sweaty palms, shaky hands and butterflies are all part of our physiological response. Stand up straight and remember to breathe. Be prepared for the moment look confident, and you will feel more confident. When you are ready to step up to the platform to speak, now is not the time to worry about last-minute details. Now is the time to focus and be 100% in the moment.

Don’t try to lose the butterflies leverage them.

No-one needs to know what you are feeling on the inside. If you are feeling nervous (or terrified), keep that to your self.

An opportunity to serve

Appear to others like you are enjoying the experience. Speaking in front of an audience is an opportunity. As speakers we are there to serve, it’s never about us. As speakers, it is our job to make our audience feel comfortable; and if we are feeling awkward, then the chances are, our audience will feel awkward. If you can help them relax, they are more likely to be receptive to your message.

People with presence are charming and captivating. They are memorable, and they get asked back. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come naturally to you, work at it until it feels natural.

Aim for being present over being polished any time.

When you can touch and teach with your message, you will create a connection. If you focus on the tools and techniques or the mechanics of speaking, you will be aiming for perfection.

Connection trumps perfection. Be yourself and strive to create an environment where you can offer the best version of yourself and be fully present. Enjoy the moment.

Want to learn more about presentation skills and body language? As a Certified World Class Speaking and Storytelling Coach, I help my business clients mine, refine and deliver captivating stories for their business or brand. Whether it is the boardroom, platform, podium or stage, I help craft powerful presentations with compelling stories that are hard to forget.

Find out about coaching and training here.

Presentation Skills Top Tips – Body Language and Where to Stand

Presentation Skills Top Tips – Body Language and Where to Stand

What is Proxemics?

Presentation skills top tips – why should we pay attention to proxemics? The study of personal space is called proxemics. 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, they can’t stop holding hands or being really close. This very study of personal space is a fascinating field called ‘proxemics’.

We’re all very touchy about our personal space. Too much proximity to another person, especially a stranger, can either intimidate or infuriate us. There is nothing worse than someone ‘getting in your face’ when you don’t want them to be close to you.

Proxemics is the study of people’s territory and the implications of space in relationships with others. We want to be physically close to people we deeply love and maintain a distance from acquaintances or strangers.

Presentation Skills Top Tips – Focus on the four zones of proxemics

Edward T. Hall, an American anthropologist, developed the concept of proxemics. He divided the personal distance we keep from others into four main zones:

Public Distance Zone: This zone is for public spaces that provide the greatest distance between people. Other shoppers, public transport commuters or concertgoers fall in this category. Does anyone else always pick the seat on the bus in the hope that no one will sit next to you? Here, the distance is approximately 3.6 m (12 feet).

Social Distance Zone: This is a more neutral space, allowing a little extra distance between other people and us. Polite conversations or business discussions happen in this space. In this zone, the distance is about 1.5–3 m (5-10 feet).

Personal Distance Zone: Reserved for family and friends, this space is for casual and close conversations. Here, the distance is 0.6–1.5   (2-5 feet).

Intimate Distance Zone: Intimate spaces are reserved for those we trust the most such as our partners, parents and siblings. The distance ranges from direct contact to 0.6 m (2 feet).

Importance of proxemics in public speaking

The main aim of Public Speaking is getting people to listen and engage with what you’re saying. But it’s hard for people to engage if you’re having trouble efficiently using the space around you. Whether it is a scientist explaining a concept to an audience, your wedding speech or public debate. If you’re not leaning in, people are going to shut off.

When considering presentations skills top tips, leaning in is important. What I mean by leaning in is showing your passion through gestures and expressions that mirror your thoughts. At the same time, not being invasive or aggressive, and keeping a safe distance. It’s the same for your audience too. Leaning in is a sign that they are more interested. Leaning away means that they’re losing interest in what you’re saying.

Presentation Skills Top Tips – What we can learn from proxemics

The study of proxemics teaches us about how to be a compelling communicator by using personal space to our advantage. Everything from the tone and pitch of your voice to your posture affects the way people take in your message. When you’re speaking to an audience, make sure that your voice is loud so that everyone can hear you. And that all members of the audience can see you, your gestures, and any supporting visual materials you’re sharing.

Presentations Skills Top Tips – Don’t be afraid to move

You may also move off the platform and into the very front of the audience or move among the audience while speaking. This movement creates a greater level of familiarity and makes the speaker seem more approachable, and hence, more effective. To freely move and interact with your audience, you will need to wear a wireless microphone, so it’s best to tell the event planner in advance.

As part of your preparation, think about how you will use the space available and when you will move closer to your audience. I’m not suggesting you get too close and personal, and of course, there are cultural considerations to remember.

Aim to make your talk an experience to be remembered. Get out from behind the lectern, and use the space between you and your audience to deepen your connection.


As a storytelling expert, known as The Story Midwife, I help leaders to create compelling presentations through business storytelling.

Before becoming a Professional Speaker, I worked for over twenty years as a midwife.

I now live and breathe stories as a speaker, trainer, performer and coach.

Looking for more presentation skills top tips? As a World Class Speaking & Storytelling Coach, I’ll help you mine, refine and deliver a captivating story for your business or brand. Whether it is the boardroom, podium or stage; I can show you how to develop a persuasive presentation with a compelling story that will be hard to forget by anyone who gets to experience it.

If you would like to find out about training for your team, I’d love to hear from you.  Contact me lisa@speakingsavvy.com.au or call +61 (0)438 902042.

For more presentation skills top tips, have a look over on my blog.