You can get 150 public servants to play (seriously) at a conference

There are a number of clowning games I had only ever taught to groups of about ten – until I opened day 2 of the Local Government Professionals Women’s summit and had 130 women walking around the room, playing. Play evokes learning If you think clown is slapstick, my style of clown is more modernContinue reading “You can get 150 public servants to play (seriously) at a conference”

How to use notes AND look at your audience (inspired by Annabel Crabb)

When a conference speaker reads directly from their notes it doesn’t usually make for the most exciting listening. As an audience member, when someone is looking down you don’t feel connected and it’s hard to pay attention. “I could have just read the journal article”, you might think. There’s nothing wrong with notes – exceptContinue reading “How to use notes AND look at your audience (inspired by Annabel Crabb)”

3 things you should never do in a conference presentation

1. Apologise for your slides If you have to apologise to your audience for too many words on your slides, because the font is so small the audience can’t read it, or because your slides are confusing – change them before you get to the stage. 2. Go overtime When you take more than yourContinue reading “3 things you should never do in a conference presentation”

Improve your conference by getting speakers together before the event

Conference presenters often meet for the first time at the conference itself and know little about each other’s work. For the 2014 Women in Mining WA annual seminar, the event manager took a different tack and invited the speakers to a facilitated discussion before the event. The result: a more memorable, coherent conference.

Tips for giving great presentations: my experience as a TEDx speaker coach

The global TEDx phenomenon brings us amazing speakers offering thought-provoking talks. But not all were natural public speakers. I was a TEDx Perth speaker coach for 4 years, helping speakers find their story, structure their presentation and handle nerves. In a series of blog posts I share with you some of the most important thingsContinue reading “Tips for giving great presentations: my experience as a TEDx speaker coach”

How to use play to (really) improve your speaking game.

As a speaker coach, facilitator and former engineer, I am informed by an unlikely source: clown school. I trained circus full time in Sheffield, England, and nothing taught me more about connecting with people than the physicality of clown training. Here is some of what I learned about how we can use games to improveContinue reading “How to use play to (really) improve your speaking game.”