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...
Keeping It Brief: Succinct Speaking

Keeping It Brief: Succinct Speaking

Martin Luther King Jr’s famed “I have a dream” speech lasted just seventeen minutes. Most of Shakespeare’s well-known soliloquies – Hamlet or Macbeth – are just a few dozen lines long; and Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address on the back of a napkin. In other...
Speaking About Someone Else: The Vote of Thanks

Speaking About Someone Else: The Vote of Thanks

The vote of thanks is a tricky speech to make. You might imagine that a type of speaking which has its purpose in its title – the vote of thanks­ – would be an easy job to do. But, in fact, proposing a thank you for anyone can be quite difficult to do well, For...
The Twelve Tips of Speaking

The Twelve Tips of Speaking

It’s nearly Christmas,so I’m in the festive spirit! So for this holiday period I thought I’d take inspiration from one of my favourite Christmas songs – and give you twelve tips of speaking in a single post! Use them all, or take a selection, and see how a speech is...
Speaking’s Magic Ingredient: Passion

Speaking’s Magic Ingredient: Passion

I focus a lot in my blog posts on techniques to improve your speaking. Breathing, speechwriting and eye contact are all crucial to achieving a good effect when presenting.  It’s also true, however, that you can’t make a silk purse out of  the proverbial sow’s ear....

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