Introverts and Extroverts: Who Makes A Better Speaker?

Introverts and Extroverts

Introverts and Extroverts Have Their Own Advantages Extroverts and introverts make outrageous assumptions that public speaking is a walk in the park for extroverts. They’ve got all that confident outgoing energy, verbal gymnastics and think fast on their feet, don’t they? Not so. Extroverts may be more willing to jump up and talk in front […]

Making an Entrance: Ta Daa!

Navel Gazing Tools!

How To Stand Out From the Crowd How do you make your presentation memorable and stand out in a long day of conference speeches? “Ta Daa!” Introducing, YOU! And in you come dancing to a funky soundtrack, boa feather trailing behind, your newly shaved head reflecting the strobe lights… is this the kind of big […]

Should I Sit or Stand When I Speak?

Should I Sit or Stand When I Speak?

Use Body Language To Talk In Your Favour “Should I sit or stand when I speak?” As a speaking coach, I am often asked this question. The decision to sit or stand sends a body language message about your conscious and unconscious intentions toward your listeners. Be clear about whether you need to establish authority, […]

Video: Activism Needs Introverts

Video Activism Needs Introverts

TED Talk by Sarah Corbett Activism and public speaking roles traditionally favour loud confident extrovert personalities, willing to beat the door down to be heard. Think of street fundraisers who boldly approach for donations and brush off rejection and disinterest like dandruff on a collar. 50% of the population identify as introverts. Introverts want to […]

Public Speaking Fear Begone!

A Speaking Fear Relaxation Exercise That Really Works So many public speaking fear exercises out there… which one to choose and which one is right for you? A solution feels like a good fit when it exactly addresses the specific problem. In other words, you don’t just have anxiety, you have “public speaking anxiety”. If […]

Video: Massively Multi Player Thumb Wrestling by Jane McGonigal

Use Oxytocin To Group Bond Oxytocin is the “bonding hormone” – the feel good hormone that opens our hearts and minds to each other. Apparently 6 seconds of hand holding is enough to activate the flow of oxytocin through our veins. Important to know this if you work with a group / team / audience […]

Video Review: What I Learned From 100 Days Of Rejection by Jia Jiang

What I Learned From 100 Days Of Rejection  is a 15 minute TED Talk which shows how to turn a great fear into a great gift.  Jia Jiang offers powerful and poignant lessons about learning from rejection rather than running from it. Jia begins with a 2 minute story of shameful rejection at age 6, […]

Video Review: Before I Die I Want To… by Candy Chang

“Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do. Thinking about death clarifies your life.” Before I Die I Want To… is a terrific 6 minute TED Talk that shows you how to: Handle tears when they start rolling down your face in the middle of a presentation, Make sense of […]

What I Learned From Nigella, Obama & G-String Wearing Strangers

Let Your Words And Body Speak For You   In a world of superfluous verbosity and redundant superlatives, whose services, products and ideas do we believe, trust and follow? (This article is based on a 30 minute recently filmed speech about how to let your words and body speak for you to build trust and […]

Video Review: How To Use A Paper Towel, by Joe Smith

Ever tried to convince people to change their behaviour? How did that go for you? Watch TED Talk, How To Use A Paper Towel 5 minute video by Joe Smith and learn how to: build a case for change by using practical evidence and visual props; physically demonstrate the ease of making the recommended change; link […]