How To Persuade An Audience, Politically Speaking

How To Persuade An Audience, Politically Speaking

Are you fed up with political speeches? After three general elections in four years, the answer is probably, “yes!” The challenge for politicians now is to grab our attention, yet again, and they can only do this with two things:  good content, and good delivery. In...
How To Make Your Message Clear

How To Make Your Message Clear

Speakers – and speaker trainers – rightly focus on the “tricks of the trade”. Breathing, body language, voice. All these things matter, and are critical to speaking success. They can all be grouped together as “how” skills, though – and just as important in any...
Speaking Persuasively to Colleagues

Speaking Persuasively to Colleagues

We are often called upon to speak persuasively in a work context: to recommend a report’s conclusions, or to advocate for a particular change. This can be a challenging task – sometimes more so than persuading a room full of strangers. We have pre-existing...
Big Events and Communicating Vision

Big Events and Communicating Vision

I’ve just completed a two-day event featuring 43 speakers and over 6,500 delegates, and wanted to share some thoughts on what it takes for them to create that amount of energy on stage. The event was the Utility Warehouse 20 20 Vision conference, and the order...
Love The Lens: Cracking The Camera

Love The Lens: Cracking The Camera

Even for speakers who are more than happy to stand in front of large audiences, the humble camera can pose a real challenge. Novice speakers aren’t alone in feeling nervous around a lens, – there’s something a bit unusual about it’s unblinking eye that can unnerve the...

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