Inspiration like Clockwork

Inspirational Speech Structure While attending a master class by the current World Champion of Public Speaking Dananjaya J Hettiarachchi we were treated to his version of the best way to structure an inspirational speech. How lucky to be able to experience such experienced speakers giving freely of their skills and means so we can continue…

Narrative or Dialogue? Is this the question?

Narrative or Dialogue? Is this the question? Or should the question be more open? After all there isn’t just narrative or dialogue or ratios of both in a speech or a writing.  A speech is a wholesome and holistic collection of many elements.  It would have to be fairly narrow to have just narrative and dialogue…

Houston, We Have Ignition! – Openings Count…

Outstanding Speech Openings! Your Showroom – Your Best Outfit – Your Front Entrance – Your First Impression Compelling Speech Openings are your doorway to bringing your audience with you. A great speech opening is an introduction to something better. The start of something big. You have micro seconds to create the impression with your audience you want . Develop…

The Second ‘P’

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare, Paltry preparation produces pitiful performance. We have all heard a number of variations of this common saying and still so many people leave their presentation preparation to the last moment.  Speaking in public is no different than anything else, if you want to do it well it is imperative to prepare for a speech. I’ve…

Pause… Silence is Golden

Power of the Pause Performing or presenting pregnant pauses is a rare asset for those able to use them.  Who would have thought the humble pause so powerful? When you do it right people are amazed at your communication abilities, the effect you have on them how you capture them and how you move them….

Nerves Nellie? – Seeking Relaxation?

Butterflies in the belly, Stage fright. Nerves, Fearful, Anticipation, Anxiety, Dry mouth, Sweaty palms, Uneasy, Worrying, Stressing? Call it what you will – the symptoms of pre-speech fears, public speaking stage fright affect most of us, in fact if they didn’t then you would have a bigger problem to overcome. And that’s a good thing, because…

Structure Matters

Speech Structure Have you been there when you couldn’t follow the train of thought of a presentation, I bet you have also been bored by someone who simply rambles on thinking they are being cool telling you all their stuff and laughing at their own so called jokes. It is embarrassing to say the least.  All leading…

Body Language

Body Language When you are chatting with a close friend you are relaxed and talk naturally. You use your body language for expression and description, both consciously and unconsciously. A hidden video of you having this same conversation would reveal your natural expressions and gestures.  Well worth asking a friend to secretly take a video…

Voice Quality

Improve Your Voice quality. So many people ask me about my voice quality “How do I get a good sounding and strong voice?”  ” No body seems to listen to me”, “I think I must have a weak voice” It is best to not try to change who you are however you can develop your…