A speaking product is a repeatable presentation you can take to conferences and events. A good speaking product will help raise your profile as a business leader, by giving you exposure to new audiences, and positioning you as an expert in something unique.
A gentleman asked me this question at an event and I was surprised I had an answer: What is the one thing that is critical for a successful, engaging presentation?
Overnight, Martin Hagger coached himself out of saying Um. His talk has been viewed over one million times.
But usually, cutting out um is about more than just breaking a habit.
I’m a speaker coach. This means I mostly focus on what you do that helps you connect with, and communicate to, an audience. But talks are about sharing ideas, and your role in the audience is as important as the work of the speaker. The speaker is there for you Picture an auditorium. Every audienceContinue reading “Be a good audience member, not just a good speaker”
When you give a presentation, do you rely on your memory, or written prompts to keep you on track? In Why you should re-consider using your smart phone for speaking notes I explain why I don’t recommend you use a mobile phone to store your speaking prompts. If, however, you absolutely must use your smartContinue reading “If you have to use your mobile phone for speaking notes here are four things you should do”
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.
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”