Swift but sensitive: storytelling in uncertain times

One thing about the uncertainty triggered by COVID-19, is that people and organisations are, in certain cases, acting faster and more inclusively than ever before.

In a webinar called “Innovation in Uncertainty” I spoke about storytelling in turbulent times. The video is set to begin at my introduction, but the other speakers, including Dianna Somerville on adaptations by international hubs and Tori Kopke on running online events, have useful information to share.

Storytelling in turbulent times: the narrative of Australia’s coronavirus crisis

It’s a privilege and a responsibility to be a storyteller in turbulent times. How are the stories you are hearing and sharing now, shaping our collective narrative in the looming sanctions of COVID-19?

What has Bouffon to do with Public Speaking?

For speakers interested in challenging themselves, this is the second in a series of articles that examine what forms of theatre, movement and philosophy can teach us about great public speaking.

Bouffon is the truth-telling step brother of clown. With origins in Greek satire (and modern day versions in many late night political comedy shows) the Bouffon exists to mock…everything that humans do!

Being heard is not about being loudest

When I was a young engineer, I was told to be more assertive. I was given tips like, “Be the first to speak up in meeting”, or “Apply for jobs even if you don’t meet all the criteria”. Apparently the lack of representation of women in the workplace could be solved by being louder. ButContinue reading “Being heard is not about being loudest”

The best communicators aren’t listening to words

When I met underground mining engineer Jayne Finch at a speaker coaching workshop I ran for Women in Mining WA, I was impressed by her warmth and welcoming presence. She paid attention to what I said and there was a care in the way she asked me to repeat things she didn’t understand. Jayne clearlyContinue reading “The best communicators aren’t listening to words”