There are two camps in public speaking: Camp #1: Never let the truth get in the way of a good speech. Camp #2: If you tell the truth you will never struggle to remember what to say next. Which camp Continue reading The Truth Manipulation Super-Power – a cautionary tale to all speakers
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ~ Albert Camus I have an International Speech Contest speech posted on You Tube. It’s been fun and educational to watch the comments. Among the appreciators are some Continue reading To Gesture, or Not to Gesture? That is the Question.
I was confused the day I discovered it is not okay to openly celebrate your success. It was the last day of school in grade three. I was walking home with my best friend, Lori-Ann … who didn’t want to Continue reading Do You Celebrate Your Success?
Do you struggle to appear strong on stage? Do you have a hard time promoting yourself for future speaking opportunities? Here’s the first step to solve both these challenges: Stop hiding your ugly truth! Look around you on any given Continue reading Hiding Your Ugly Truth?
You are standing on stage, delivering the opening of your latest speech. A well dressed woman in the front row is staring at you, not in anticipation, but with a furrowed brow, arms crossed, legs crossed … very crossed. Suddenly, Continue reading It’s Never About You
I used to marvel at my brother. He had the most amazing super power; he had the power to “Ignore the irritating”. Criticism went right over John’s head. The angrier women became, the more he could tune them out. My Continue reading Do They Tune You Out?
Life speeds up right about now every single year. It heads into an all-out sprint in the third week of December. No matter how well I plan, I’m always buying my last few gifts on December 23rd. What does this Continue reading The Day the Christmas Rush Stopped … and Speaker’s Reality Check
That magic moment, when a speaker takes the stage, anything is possible. In the audience, you hope for the best. What do you expect? To be entertained, engaged and enriched. You want to like the speaker, relate to the speaker, Continue reading What Makes a Great Speech … or Speaker (Part 2)
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.” ~Martha Graham I just got back (my body was back two weeks ago – the brain just arrived on Sunday night) from the World Continue reading What Makes a Winning Speech … or Speaker?
Have you sat in an audience, listening to a speaker and thought “If HE can get hired to speak, what the heck am I doing??” I kick myself a little when I watch speakers take the stage who: know less Continue reading Self-Promotion … Walking That Very Thin Line