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You’re a Top Public Speaker? Well, It’s Time to Start Getting Risky

This post is for the professional Public Speaker Public Speaking is About Risk-taking Just like diving off the high tower diving board into a bucket of water. If we miss, we feel it. Over time, the more we perform the action, the bigger the…

Office Work, Speechwriting & Presentations /
Want to Write a Keynote Speech? You Can Steal My Structure.

This is the keynote speech structure that works for me and my clients: Create a diagram that best illustrates the message. The typical diagram might be a derivative of a triangle, a Venn diagram, a flow chart, swim lanes, a quadrant, a bell curve,…

Office Work, Speechwriting & Presentations /
Elite Public Speakers Practice and Practice, But They Do It in a Very Special Way

They practice with distractions. There have not been too many speeches I’ve given over the years where there has been dead silence and no interruptions from the audience. There has nearly always been a disruption or distraction of some sort: plates being dropped fire…

Office Work, Speechwriting & Presentations /
25+ Tips to Help with Your Public Speaking,OR One that Will Definitely Work

You only need to do one thing to be a great Public Speaker. But here are 25 other things you could do if you prefer ……. Choose a topic you’re passionate about. Keep your presentation short and sweet. Make it interactive. Start strongly to…

Office Work, Speechwriting & Presentations /
🎤 I’m No Expert Presenter 🎤

Just because I write about Public Speaking doesn’t make me an expert. In fact, I’m not a highly skilled public speaker myself. I’m not up there with the elite. I’m probably technically sound and can hold the attention of an audience for a while….

Humour, Speechwriting & Presentations /
🎨 I Haven’t Got a Creative Bone in My Body 🎨

I’m a particularly uncreative type of person. Just ask my parents and my teachers – for years they kept telling me that. So I need to rely on all sorts of resources to give me ideas (and answers). Speechwriting is a combination of: technical…

Indigenous, Personal /
Happiness Used to be When the Sun Went Down

The laughter around the dusk campsite was carrying for miles. Good-natured fun, kids giggling, mothers only half-hearted with their berating. Sunset in this remote camp was the best part of the day. Everyone was relaxed and food was about to be shared. There was…

Personal /
What Was I Thinking?

I’m not sure what got into my head back in High School, but I decided to do a prank at school for some reason. A bomb hoax seemed a good idea. My telephone announcement to the South Perth police went something like this: “There’s…

Speechwriting & Presentations /
Speechwriters are ‘Verse Jumpers

I bet you think I’m referring to some sort of poetry athletics. Not this time. ‘Verse jumping is when you move between universes. The speechwriting I do often asks me to immerse myself in someone else’s universe to get a feel of their nuances,…

Speechwriting & Presentations /
I’ve Never Met a Professional Speaker Who Doesn’t Have Butterflies

🦋 Everybody is nervous before they go on stage. 🦋 “There are two types of speakers: Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” – Mark Twain If a speaker is not ever so slightly anxious before they start to speak, then they…

Office Work /
🧑‍💼 Here’s What I’ve Learnt from My Best Managers 🧑‍💼

They say that we can learn a lot from our worst bosses. I think this just means that the bad ones teach us what NOT to do. I prefer to learn from a good boss. Actually, the level of satisfaction I get from work…

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