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

Spreading the Word

Yesterday I helped to stop bullying and discrimination, save the orangutans, encouraged us to accept ourselves and to tap into creative expressions to find ourselves – amongst other things; just by working with the speakers who shared their message directly at a local TEDx talk. In this article I look out how your actions can impact a greater world.

Mind your Language

When you are speaking to a group it helps to speak the same language, and I’m not talking about English or French. Last week I talked about some specifics of how you communicate, and this week I’m talking about your audience.  What language do they speak? Almost every industry has their own lingo or vernacular – words specific to their industry. A big mistake would be to use the language of your industry when speaking to people from another industry.  Better to become familiar with theirs so you can blend in, and demonstrate that you have done your homework. This

Stand By Me

If you want to share your brilliance then you have big dreams and a mission to share with the world.  Most successful entrepreneurs have support of a team, and one your most valuable team-mates can be your partner.  But what if your partner is not on the same page with you? One of the more common issues I encounter with clients is how to cope when their partner is not so supportive of their dreams, their business or even in their personal growth. It can create a lot of problems for the relationship and for the individual who, through seeking

How can Practice Help?

Last week I received this question about the need for practice: “I’m comfortable with speaking in front of people and without a script BUT I hate practicing – whether it’s by myself or in front of others.  Do I really have to practice?  I feel only the ‘real’ experience is going to allow me to speak as I really want it.  Why practice if I’m not going to be repeating it the same exact way?” I talk a lot about preparing for a presentation so you can feel confident before stepping onto the platform and so that you can give

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

Showing up the Way you Want to

Coming from a sporting background, I see many correlations between performing in competition and performing in business and on stage, when speaking. When it came to showing up for my beach volleyball games, I wanted to do everything I could to ensure a win.  That meant leaving nothing to chance. That meant preparing mentally, as much as (or even more than) I did physically. When it comes to presenting or speaking, are you working on your mental game?  Are you prepared to go out there and ‘rock’ your presentation – to win fans and get clients? Your thinking and emotional