Supportive slides
projector for slides

One of the most common complaints about any seminar or presentation is that the speaker has put a lot of text on a slide and is reading it out.  There really is no point to that.  If there is just a lot of text on a slide, the audience could easily have read this themselves.  […]

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What makes a good seminar?

Whether online, back in the room or new hybrid formats, there are key things that make a seminar good (or not!).  Here are some key aspects to consider when preparing and delivering seminars. What is it designed to do? As with any aspect of public speaking, you should start with purpose.  Many professionals put on […]

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Adjusting to hybrid
event set up for hybrid with screens and in person attendance

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the world.  As we move into new ways of working, it appears hybrid working is here to stay, and for good reason.  Many are keen to get back to the connection and interaction you can have in a room.  The advantages of enabling online attendance are also clear in […]

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Who’s your audience?
Empty seats awaiting an audience

At a conference earlier this year, I hosted a panel discussion of experience speakers. I asked them their thoughts on the most important aspect of public speaking.  Every panellist said the same thing – your audience.  If you are an accomplished speaker – confident, polished, charismatic – but your audience is not interested in or […]

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The Power of Purpose…Everywhere Else
Question marks highlighting the importance of knowing and communicating purpose

Communicating purpose is powerful.  The previous two blogs explored why in terms of speaking and meetings.  Although broad, I want to touch on its importance in other situations too.   Understanding the purpose of an organisation – its reason for being – is vital for all activities being undertaken.  It should be the very essence […]

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The Power of Purpose…in Meetings
Compass representing the importance of purpose in guiding your meetings

In the first article of this series, we looked at the power of purpose in speaking – essentially communication.  The fundamental reason for meetings is to facilitate communication.  Often, meetings are viewed as an inconvenience.  This could be because the person calling the meeting hasn’t properly thought about the purpose of the meeting. Or hasn’t […]

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The Power of Purpose…in Speaking
Dart hitting the target demonstrating the importance of knowing the point/purpose/target of your speech to deliver effectively

Purpose can be defined as the reason for which something is done or created; its aim or intention; essentially its why.  If you haven’t watched Simon Sinek’s TedX talk on Golden Circles, I highly recommend it.  It is one of the most famous speeches of its kind, because it eloquently explains the power of starting […]

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