Good News – Things Will Go Wrong!

Do you worry that things might go wrong when you to go out and do a public speaking engagement?  Does that worry or fear stop you from even saying yes to speaking? Guess What?  Things DO go wrong and this is GOOD NEWS because by knowing and accepting that, you can now prepare how to handle it. The thing going wrong is not the problem.  Your response in the moment might be.  By being prepared you can reduce the chance that anything goes awry; and you can have a back-up plan or at the very least, go with the flow.

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

You Must Be An Extrovert To Speak

I’ll say from the outset, that that is wrong – that you must be an extrovert to speak in front of an audience. Even though I am confident on the stage and in groups, I am an introvert – and shortly I will explain what that actually means. I saw a couple of other articles on this topic, one related to personal branding, and another related to socialising, and…. … made me realize how important it is to address this with regards to speaking. Introverts can let that label be an excuse that stops them from speaking, when in fact

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

Get Specific to Get Results with Speaking

Today I’m going back to some basics to apply to your business, whether it’s the business of speaking or speaking is part of your business. The basics I’m talking about are your goals and getting clear on what you want to achieve. Without a clear end in mind, it can be pretty hard to achieve as much as you are really capable of. I was motivated to write this after seeing what some people posted as ‘goals’ in a speaker training survey. In my survey people were indicating desires to improve their confidence to speak, to be able to craft

How Much Can You Let Go?

Ok, so you are feeling confident now with getting up and talking to people….to some extent.  How confident are you?  Are you confident enough to really LET GO and be yourself on stage?  Are you confident enough to let go and be even bigger and perhaps more outrageous than you ever dared possible? At this week’s speaker trainer workshop I dared the participants to extend their range of expression.  To go beyond what they are comfortable doing – and in doing so, feeling more comfortable with just getting up and speaking. It’s the principle of overload that is commonly used

Encouraging Success

You Suck!  You’re terrible!  That was a lousy performance! If you have every watched American Idol, ‘XYZ country’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance – you have probably heard these comments at some time. Not too encouraging, but then they are from the ‘judges’ and are not there to necessarily coach the talent.  Ok, and you also hear them say nice things. So what makes good and effective feedback? I love feedback and always ask for written feedback after I give presentations.  It helps me to improve my work so that each audience gets the best experience and