Nerves vs Excitement – how to beat PS anxiety

A novice speaker says they are nervous before a speech while an experienced speaker says they are excited. So how different are the two emotions and what effect will it have on the outcome? Harvard Business School research suggests those people feeling excited before taking to the stage not only felt better but performed better. …

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Go out With Bang not a Whimper – The  Call to Action 

The end of a speech should not be treated as an afterthought. It’s the last thing you say before your audience departs and more than anything your final words will be ringing in their ears - but only if they’re memorable. Nothing worse than having a great opening a strong middle or core of your …

Public Speaking?  Write Your own Introduction

You can do all the preparation and practice for a public speaking engagement and be fired up and ready to go only to be brought undone by how you are introduced. A well meaning event organiser, emcee or Club President has gone to Google and typed in your name and looked up Wiki, Facebook or …

Anyone can Become a Good Public Speaker

There, I’ve said it. Anyone Can Be A Good Public Speaker. Some are naturals who take to it like ducks to water but the majority of us are terrified by the thought of having to speak in public.   ''According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death …

How to Recover From a Brain Fade During a Presentation

One of the biggest fears of people starting out Public Speaking is having a memory lapse part way through your talk.  It is a well-founded fear, having hundreds of eyes staring at you as you grope for words can send a chill down the spine of even the most hardened performer.  That fear, and that …

Public Speaking – the Folly of Seeking Perfection

One of the biggest factors holding would-be public speakers back is the fear they won’t be perfect. They may get advice telling them practice makes perfect only to find that when they took to the stage they fell short of ‘perfection.’  Well let me tell you communication is never perfect.  The art of good communication …

Public Speaking? Rule 1 Run to Time

I recently emceed a big three-day conference with a feast of speakers from celebrities, to motivational speakers, human interest story tellers and medical specialists. Some were old campaigners on the speaking circuit, others had limited public speaking experience but with an interesting story to tell. There’s always been an old adage when engaging a politician …

As the Sun sets slowly in the west…time to break out the digital camera

Digital cameras - the greatest invention for people like me who are not good photographers and do not have a creative bone in their body. Many's the time I'd excitedly pick up the 36 snaps from the Chemist only to find half were out of focus while most of the others were poorly framed or …

You Called Him What?? – Be careful what you name your children

What were they thinking?  Mr and Mrs. Hunt when they named their child  Michael knowing all too well he’d be called Mike.* Mr and Mrs Orff when the called their son Hans*, and how could the Jarses have named their boy Hugh? A talented American swimmer had a tough enough start in life with the …

The Not So Golden Daze of Radio – 16 – Rewind

They're racing............. I used to break into a cold sweat if I ever received the phone call that the Saturday afternoon announcer was sick and I had to fill in. Saturdays on radio were chock full of sport and co-ordinating football and racing and whatever else was happening was a nightmare. There were those like …