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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What’s the Answer?
speech bubble representing conversation and answering questions

We pose and answer questions every day.  From a simple “how are you?” to the questions like “why are you a good fit for this job?” which could influence our future. These high pressure questions may come in job or promotion interviews, professional exams or pitching for business, funding or to promote a new initiative. […]

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Selling Yourself – Communication Clarity
Telescope giving clarity to a picture

Does the question “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” send shivers down your spine?  In interview and networking situations, selling yourself is important. You need to be able to communicate your skills and expertise clearly.  You may not get this exact question, but articulating how your particular skillset will add value is likely to come […]

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The dynamics of speaking
Sheet music with dynamics highlighted

Recently in feedback on a speech, an evaluator likened vocal variety to horse riding.  How changes in speed can be thought of as galloping, cantering, trotting.  I appreciated the analogy as a way of making a concept more lifelike and understandable.  It made me think about vocal variety further throughout my daily activities.  I don’t […]

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