5 Tips to Engage your Clients in your Pitch

It is a constant battle to get and retain the attention of your potential clients. They don’t know you, what you do, and how well you do it! Audiences are time poor and under pressure to meet a deadline. In other words they don’t have time to sit through another boring presentation that will have…

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The Power of Connection & Shared Experiences

It’s amazing what happens when a group of people with similar ideals, thoughts, and motivation come together. There is an incredible connection and energy that bonds strangers together.   Last week I was lucky enough to be in Adelaide for the Liverpool versus Adelaide match. It was a wonderful experience! I was in Melbourne two…

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An active skill needs active practice

A couple of Sundays ago we took our daughter to a school in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The school is one of the most expensive in Sydney, and it has one of the best views of Sydney harbour you could wish for! Imagine playing handball with that backdrop! The occasion was not to check…

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The Recipe for a great speech

Watching Masterchef on Monday night the contestants were asked to cook a really spectacular dessert called the Passion Flower. Aside from simply looking spectacular the dish has a theatre about it in that the petals that make the outside of the dish open when the white chocolate sauce is poured into the bowl. When the contestants…

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Engage your audiences at a deeper level (with their biggest distraction)

Engaging audiences and maintaining their interest in a presentation is the hardest it has ever been. Presenters have a myriad of distractions they must outwit to maintain the undivided attention of the people they are talking too. Most of the distractions are embedded in a single device – the phone! Thanks to the smart phone…

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Are you expressing the right sentiment?

In the cyber world there is the constant challenge of ensuring the words on the screen are read with the right emotion or intent behind them. We know that any word typed in ALL CAPTIALS is communicated as though the writer is shouting at the reader. But that is only one emotion…

As speakers we are not constrained by the limitations of a screen. We are able to interact with our audiences and leverage our voice to change the meaning of a phrase simply by the way we speak it…

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Make your messages memorable by SCREAM’ing

One of our goals with a speech is to make the key messages memorable. Our ability to make the audience remember and recall our key thoughts and ideas long after we have finished speaking determines our success as a speaker. Whether you want to inspire or persuade an audience to adopt your ideas the better…

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Are you Squeezing your Speeches?

How long should my speech be? How many words should I have? What information should I cover? These are common questions that need to be answered when you start the process of writing your speech. Sadly, most speakers’ get the answers wrong – particularly to the last question.   Often, when a speaker, doesn’t know…

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Sometimes you make a fool of yourself… So What!

In life things don’t always go to plan. It would be nice if they did, but they don’t. How you react to the situation will determine your success (or otherwise). The biggest influence on your reaction is your attitude. Do you get angry? Do you get embarrassed? Or, do you shrug your shoulders and try again?

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Technical Presentations Audience

The Power of Consistency when Speaking

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to present a workshop on how to make technical presentations interesting for the audience and the speaker last weekend. It was a great session, and I received lots of positive feedback – which is always nice. However, at the end of the Q&A period I received a slightly…

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