The Show Must Go On

There’s an old saying in showbusiness - ‘The Show must go on.’ In essence it means, no matter what has befallen a production whatever has happened, the performance goes ahead. Anyone who has worked on radio or television will tell you the same thing.  You might be feeling wretched with a headache or had a …

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Can you Over-Prepare for a Talk?

When asked about how to become a good public speaker I always respond with the key words - Practice, Practice, Practice. But can you be over prepared? Many speakers believe they can overcome their pre-speech nerves by over-preparing, believing that if they rehearse and practice enough nothing could possibly go wrong. Wrong. Something will always …

Nerves v Excitement – how to Beat Public Speaking 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. …

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? 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 …