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)”

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”

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.