Pre-Frame Your Presentation for Success

After a workshop the other day they asked for feedback to help the presenter improve his message and delivery.  There were a few challenges that came up during the talk that could easily be solved early in the presentation with the set-up. When giving a presentation you want to make sure that everyone is engaged and following on with the material.  The more technical and data-based the information is, the more aware you need to be.  You need to know the level of understanding your audience currently has, and how to adapt to different learning styles. It’s no use being

Asking vs Telling

After a number of conversations with both clients and then my own mentor, I just had to write about this – the power of asking questions. If you want to be a leader of a business, a community or a team, then it’s important to be able to communicate effectively and sometimes that means not doing all the talking!

Is Your Voice Being Heard Loud and Clear?

Did you know that different mindsets and thoughts about speaking will create different speaking experiences. Here are some challenges I see people have when speaking and possible causes or blocks that I have encountered working with clients, and see if you can relate. 1. Difficulty in projecting the voice – you no doubt have come across people that speak in a very quiet voice and that are challenged by speaking up loud enough to be heard. Did you know this is could be more about what the person thinks or believes about speaking, than any problem with the vocal chords. 

How the World Sees You

To be a successful speaker you want to FASCINATE your audience, and now you can get the advantage on this with a gift. Branding expert and leading authority on the science of fascination, Sally Hogshead, has just published her new book How the World Sees You (July 1.) To celebrate the insights gained from a decade of research, she is launching Project Fascination with the goal of showing 100,000 people how their personalities add value. As a part of this project, she’s given me a special code to share with to you. The first 100 people who use it to

Are You Motivating the Motivated?

It’s easy to motivate the motivated – someone who is already on board with your message and just needs a little reminder or is looking for a small push to get going. Someone who enjoys keeping fit and being healthy will more likely listen to and agree to a message on keeping fit. Someone who wants to excel in life is more likely to participate more fully in personal development programs. These are the people that are already your fans or fans of what you offer. I used to work in Corporate Health nearly 10 years ago, and I would

Be Clear on Your Message

It’s not enough to be the best at what you do, you have to be able to communicate it well to the people that matter. This communication can be in the form of your marketing, your branding AND in your presentations or speaking opportunities.
Speakers with a clear, consistent and effective message do better than those who don’t.

Prepare to Speak Like a Champion Athlete

Being an athlete and a motivational speaker I find there are many similarities between the training and preparation for an event or performance.  I might be biased, but I think there is something to learn from what it takes to succeed in sport, to what it takes to perform well in speaking. With the Winter Olympics in full swing in Sochi, I thought it a good time to share the preparation tips of champions and how that might help you as a speaker. 1. Champions are made in training – athletes practice their technique over and over again.  They do different