The Art Of Audience: Know To Whom You Speak

The Art Of Audience: Know To Whom You Speak

If you thought giving a talk was about you, think again! No matter how scintillating your information, if it’s not a perfect fit for your audience, they won’t hear you or your words. While you have opportunity to influence when you speak, you don’t have total control. Audiences have free will! They can stay, leave, […]

Presence Power: 6 Steps To Super Speaking!

Presence Power 6 steps to super speaking!

No longer hiding beneath her cape, Dianna threw her anticipation anxiety aside and strode to centre stage. Well ok, it was her lounge room and her family was her audience on this occasion. But next week, it will be in front of 250 of her colleagues. Quaking in her boots no matter how pretty, or […]

Introduce Yourself With A WIFM Not A Wish

Navel Gazing Tools!

How To Speak To A “Closed Group” Have you ever tried to introduce yourself in a meeting, group or event and as much as you tried to insert yourself into the conversation, you are passed over by the others, as if you don’t exist? It’s hard to maintain self-confidence in an environment where you feel […]

Un-Networking For Shy People

Un-Networking

Un-Networking Un-Networking is brilliant for shy people. It is the art of being genuinely interested in meeting new people with no expectations of selling them something. I developed an early horror of cheese and chardonnay networking events, filled with drunken blokes with no home to go to, but a hellava lot of business cards to […]

9 Public Speaking Blunders & Their Remedies

Public Speaking Blunders Public speaking blunders are made by everyone. Have you ever been part of an audience or group, and winced at something the speaker did or said? And as a speaker, have you ever been, winced at? Here are 9 common public speaking blunders and their remedies: 1.    No preparation 2.    No preparation […]

Joy in Public Speaking: Lost Now Found

Joy In Public Speaking

Case Study: Sandra The Chiropractor Sandra, a focused and energetic 41 year old chiropractor had just self-published her first book. She consulted me to learn how to speak with ease and confidence about her work at book launches and networking events. And she confessed, one day she’d like to get paid for speaking professionally. Could […]

Take Control As MC Or Anarchy Will Prevail

Time To Bring Out Your Inner Control Freak Forget all that mush about egalitarian sharing. The fact is, as Master Of Ceremonies or MC, you must take control of your Event or anarchy will prevail. Anarchy includes people talking too long, ignoring agreements and cues to finish, interjecting, power plays, energy dissipation… the list goes […]

Shut Up & Let Your Body Talk

Blah, blah, blah… talk, hype, buzz, “like”, “totally”, “awesome”, “it’s all good”. It’s hard to hear anything of value when people speak to one another these days. Mouths are endlessly moving but meaning is lost in the blah blah.

I know I hunger for something true, something juicy, something meaningful. And more words, even if they are clever words, aren’t the answer.

What I want, and what an audience wants, is credibility and realness. Followed by a hefty dollop of “what’s in it for me” content. Is this something you want too? Hell, we’ve only got one life, let’s make the most of it.

Speak & Listen With Presence

CalmSpeak Program

There is no quicker way to lose your audience than by “going through the motions”. Remedy that by learning to speak listen with presence. “Going through the motions” means your body is present, but your mind and spirit have left the building.  Sometimes the audience is quicker to recognise memorised, disingenuous rote, than the speaker […]

Speak About What Makes You, Different

Name Your Point Of Difference At Networking Events Picture this: you are at a networking event. Perhaps it’s a lunch, a book launch or a conference. Amongst others, there are 4 naturopaths, 2 real estate agents and 3 life coaches. You need their services, but how do you choose and what’s the difference between them? […]