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March 4, 2018

Frances was prepared and rehearsed, which is what you should be for a 45 second thank you speech (though you’ll notice the powers that be let the big guns go for longer). This was a calculated and well performed speech, but doesn’t feel contrived. I want to draw attent...

February 18, 2018

I am a passionate believer that learning to speak well in public is critical, whether to a team, a board or on the larger stage. How can you lead your team if you can’t persuade and influence? Pitch an idea? Explain a vision? Here’s what I did. I kept at it.

January 21, 2018

First thing. Your presentation is not a document. Don’t write it like one or you will become known as your organisation's Most Boring Public Speaker. Secondly....

October 31, 2017

There's nothing scarier than sitting in the audience knowing you have to listen to a speaker for 45 mins who's not engaging you in heart nor mind.

August 23, 2017

Whatever your pitch, whatever your audience, understand them and how they want to hear you. It’s not my responsibility to listen. It is your responsibility to make me hear.

July 12, 2017

Remember that speech is simply sound. And sound can make us recoil or relax. Here's some tips that help me...

July 3, 2017

One by one, 6 women arrive in the dusky pink of sunset. All unknown to one another, they sip champagne, laughing a little nervously as they ponder what is to come...

June 26, 2017

This week I've been thinking about those TED talks. 18 minutes, and in some cases, at TEDx, 13. Deliberately chosen to meet today's concentration levels.

June 18, 2017

Each (TED) talk unwraps an idea that is transmitted from their brain to ours and has the ability to change the way we think, the way we feel, what we believe and the actions we choose to take.