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 Public Speaking and Life Share the Same Recipe for Success

It has been said that “How you do ONE thing, is how you do EVERYTHING.”  If you have not heard this before, then just notice the habits you have in your own life.  For example, someone who doesn’t speak up in a meeting….where else might that show up?  Perhaps in a relationship? Someone who glosses over details in a story, might gloss over details in their finances or business planning. This concept came to mind when I was putting together the 5 Steps that enable a speaker to inspire their audience.  As I was putting the pieces together, I noticed

How do you get a YES?

I don’t watch a lot of TV shows (I’m more into movies) and with the TV remote to myself a couple of weeks ago I decided to check out Shark Tank. This is the show where entrepreneurs come on and pitch their products and business to high-profile investors.  I found it interesting from both an entrepreneurial perspective (I’m in a partnership that has a product in development) and more so as a speaker trainer. The entrepreneurs are seeking a YES to getting funding for their business in return for a percentage stake. so they need to present and sell themselves

Striving for Improvement

Are you looking to be the best you can be – in business and in life? I know it’s something I’m used to striving for with my sporting and Olympian background, and it’s how I approach most areas beyond sport.  It’s how I approach speaking – for both myself and for my clients. “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” Steve Young Improvement is about personal growth and it’s also about getting results – doing what you can to get the results that you desire. Speaking to audiences

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.

Imagine it!

Have you ever watched athletes in the minutes before they race or perform? They are preparing to perform at their best. What can you learn from them that will help you perform when you need to?

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