So you want to be a TED speaker

This year I was asked to mentor the speakers of TEDxYouth@Seabury Hall for the 2nd year in a row. The eleven youth were chosen through auditions and came from schools all over Maui.  They spoke on topics ranging from social discrimination, feminism, asexuality and taking risks to finding one’s passion through art and self-expression. Speaking for a TED and TEDx event is an honor exclusive to those with an IDEA to share.  It’s about having an opinion or view on life, or a new way of doing things, either practically through technology, or through new methods of teaching.  All of

Claim Your SuperPower!

What if your perceived weakness or negative trait was in fact your very own SuperPower?  What traits or qualities do you have, and take for granted, that are in fact your biggest GIFT? It came to me last night as I was listening to Dr John DeMartini speak on values and embracing the good and the bad. My mind went wandering to other lessons and trainings of the past 8 years, including my recent work with the Fascination Advantages of Sally Hogshead. Back in 2006 at a large 3 day seminar, I became aware of my strong independent nature.  Independence

What’s your Style for Speaking?

The trick to being an effective speaker is to be yourself while still adapting to various types of people within your audience. You want to be connected with them and find a mutual bond. You have got to know yourself and be honest about that. The more you explore your own style, your strengths and your weaknesses, the more you are able to express yourself authentically.

Don’t Wing It

I have heard people say, when it comes to an upcoming speaking opportunity, that they will ‘wing it’ or that they like to ‘wing it’ because then it will come out natural. Two things are wrong with this kind of thinking: That being prepared and even having a script prevents you being natural, and That this natural winging will be a good experience for the audience. Even if you only have 30 seconds to speak, which might be the case at a networking event, the more prepared you are… the more natural you can be. I recently made the mistake

Are You Stuck at the Same Level?

It is said that if you are not growing, that you are dying, and when it comes to speaking or presenting, it might be easy to get stuck into a groove of doing things a certain way and think that that is enough. Is there room for improvement?  Like any performer, yes, there is always room for improvement. Often you might not even realize how or in what areas you could improve until you are challenged to stretch yourself. What level are you at with your speaking and what could you improve upon? A lot of my improvement has come

Just for laughs

When it comes to speaking on stage, it’s really important to define your style, to be yourself on stage, to be natural and authentic. If you are putting on a performance like an actor, then it’s really hard for people to buy into it. They buy into the performance, but really they want to know you, they want you to take your mask off. Therefore, it’s about finding and defining who you are, who you want to be. One area where people really try hard is with humor. Injecting humor into their presentation. I’ve seen some speakers who have been