Speaking at a conference? Here’s what NOT to do!

Speaking at a conference? Here’s what NOT to do!

I love speaking at conferences. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, challenge myself with new ideas and to travel. Wherever possible I stay for the day so I can listen to the speakers before me. I love hearing and seeing other people present and understand how...
Why you NEVER want to read your speech!

Why you NEVER want to read your speech!

I want you to try something for me next time you’re alone. Stand up and hold a book at waist height and read it out loud. Listen to what happens to your voice. When you lower your head your voice gets squashed and vocal variety is reduced. It’s also harder for people...
Presentation structure – making your presentation palatable

Presentation structure – making your presentation palatable

Good presentation structure is like a fine meal. Your introduction serves as an entree – something to tantalize the taste buds and have you looking forward to the main course. The main course is the ‘Meat and three veg’ component. This is the substance of your...
Communication – Clarity is King!

Communication – Clarity is King!

A definition: “Clarity – free from obscurity and easy to understand” There you go – isn’t that what we all strive for in our communication with others? And yet simple doesn’t mean easy. Here are 3 ways to develop clarity when preparing for your next presentation. 1....
Presentation Skills – WIIFM!

Presentation Skills – WIIFM!

Every time a group of people collect to hear a speaker they are all thinking the same things. And the list generally consists of: Please don’t bore me! I wonder what’s for lunch? Did I lock the back door when I left home this morning? Gee, that guy in the second row...