The phrase that pays

In public speaking, think of a phrase that people can recall when your speech or presentation is long over.

In public speaking we always say that your speech needs something sticky, something that people will easily remember, something to hang on to when the speech is over.

But how to be sticky? Read more…

A class of their own: introvert presenters

Everyone can be a good speaker and presenter. Introverts particularly so

Do you think good presenters are born?

If there is one thing I’ve learned, both as a ‘Toastmaster’ and in training presentation skills, it’s this:
we can all become good speakers and presenters.

And introverts particularly so!

I used to think of good presenters as outgoing personalities but not all good presenters are like that. In fact, audiences love to listen to people who are usually more quiet.

I think there are many reasons for this. Here are three that I can make out: Read more…

Want to be creative? Overcome the pain and reap a reward

To be creative, you often have to overcome an impasse.

You may know that I compete in speech contests.

I’ve been doing it since two years and a half and this I learned so far:
the first version of my speech is never the best.

If a speech does well, it’s because I change it along the way.

The process can be painful and I had a particularly painful experience when I recently tested a speech on my friends and mentors Tom Aerden and Daniel Mouqué.

They liked my speech. That was the good news.

The bad news? They only liked half of it.  Read more…