Why you should re-consider using your smart phone for speaking notes

We use our phones for everything, from alarms to metronomes. Referring to your phone while you are giving a talk is one thing I recommend you don’t do, because it breaks your flow with your audience.

Be a better speaker – listen closely to your audience

Nothing taught me more about public speaking and facilitation than studying clown. Ironically, clown is a practice that involves very little talking. In clown, we listen closely to how we are feeling because we know the audience will pick it up. It’s vulnerable, but also the key to wrapping the audience around your little finger.Continue reading “Be a better speaker – listen closely to your audience”

Be a better speaker – get comfortable with being uncomfortable

I’m yet to coach a speaker who isn’t worried they will forget what they’re saying. I personally don’t think it’s a massive problem if you do forget your words – or fall off the stage for that matter. The audience will get over it. But if you are worried you will do something stupid, youContinue reading “Be a better speaker – get comfortable with being uncomfortable”

Be a better speaker – the power of stillness and natural movement when you speak

Given the choice, do you choose to speak behind a lectern, or do you like a lapel mic so you can roam free? I choose the lapel, but recommend new speakers I coach do whichever they find most comfortable. Sometimes, speakers who normally prefer the protection of the lectern challenge themselves to use a microphone.Continue reading “Be a better speaker – the power of stillness and natural movement when you speak”

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)”