• When Calculators in the Classroom Were the Most Terrible Things on Earth

    When Calculators in the Classroom Were the Most Terrible Things on Earth

    Calculators in classrooms were going to ruin kids’ ability to do maths. They’ll never learn to add, multiply, divide, subtract, and do all those other mathematical calculations they never use in real life. Us teachers got ourselves in a real knot arguing about whether students could have calculators to help…

  • How Many Newsletters Have You Subscribed To?

    How Many Newsletters Have You Subscribed To?

    For me, it looks like around 20-25. I subscribe to most using a Gmail account, away from my primary account, so I can cruise through in a single daily sitting. I open up the latest one, then hit the ‘older’ button to backtrack through them. They have some commonality, so…

  • Want to Write a Keynote Speech? You Can Steal My Structure.

    This is the keynote speech structure that works for me and my clients: For me, the keynote speech is the ultimate in speechwriting. Creating these elements is complex and intuitive. A great result comes from extended experience. It is the most creative part of the speechwriting that I do –…

  • To all Keynote Speakers, When You Give a Speech, How Long Can You Hold a Pause?

    A powerful question needs to be followed with a pause. A powerful statement is emphasised with a pause. Just about every key moment in a speech is best followed by a pause. A silent pause. The more pauses there are, the more impactful the speech. People feel a need to…

  • 😰 😰 Do You Get Nervous Speaking to An Audience? These Three Tips Worked for Me 😰 😰

    It’s hard to keep a level of perspective when you’re stressed. Public Speaking is a stressful task for many people, and speaking to an audience feels stressful because the sense of perspective is lost. The event in front of you can look bigger and uglier than it is. Here are…

  • White Spaces Matter

    Well-designed magazine layouts use white space to draw the eye to the main message. Great web pages do the same. Look at Google’s home page. Uncluttered, clean, and easily digestible. Plenty of white space. The same with well-crafted speeches. By creating pauses of silence, a speaker can draw the audience…

  • 👉 Here’s What My Team Did When I Told Them I Wasn’t Always in a Good Place 👈

    I had an exciting and uplifting series of experiences this week when I did a welfare check with my team. It’s simple to ask how they are faring, but the response is always a stoic one. The team is reluctant to give feedback on how each person truly feels, and…

  • Can Web 3.0 Help Me Learn, Speak and Play?

    I’m determined to wrestle the concept of Web 3.0 to the ground over the next few weeks. If only to see if it can apply to public speaking and presenting. My understanding of Web 3.0 is that it is a person to person connection that allows both parties to avoid…

  • 🧑‍💼 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 is determined by the quality of…

  • 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 probably aren’t going to be that…

  • 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, their view of the world, their…