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Make sure you strike the right tone  Jan 11, 2022

Is your tone tripping you up? The question springs to mind because of a quote I was just reading - a quote that should be pinned over the desks of all who make presentations or give speeches.

'We often refuse to accept an idea merely because...

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Boost your writing with 8 quick tips Jan 11, 2022

Thinking of writing some copy for a website or flyer? Here are eight quick tips to ensure your words work hard for you.

  • Abbreviate
    Simple words in short sentences work best. If you smell smoke, shout ‘fire’. Shout...
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I wish you'd told me earlier creativity Jan 10, 2022

Do you ever get those moments when you think “Why didn’t someone tell me that a long time ago?” I was thinking the other day of some of the advice that would have saved me a lot of work and frustration if I’d received it...

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Can you survive the 7-second test? body language presentation skills Jan 10, 2022

An audience will start judging you before you’ve even said one word.

They read your body language, they feel your emotion, and they start to form a conclusion about what kind of speaker you’ll be. 

All of this happens in a few...

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Why stories are deadlier than a deck of slides storytelling Jan 10, 2022

“Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous.” A neat quote from an even neater book called The Truth About Stories, by Thomas King.

King - Cherokee on his father’s side, Greek on his mother’s side - is an acclaimed...

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8 Steps to Success as a Speaker presentation skills Dec 15, 2021

Here are eight sure-fire ways of improving any speech or presentation. With these tips you will feel more comfortable, and you’ll have a much better chance of persuading the audience about the merits of your message.

Be conversational

You...

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Checklist for a successful presentation presentation skills Dec 15, 2021

Today I want to share what I think of as a checklist for a successful presentation. 

Before you start

  • What’s the most important idea or message you want to share?
  • What does the audience expect from you?
  • What is the outcome you desire?
  • ...
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Why speakers need to know about brain chemistry story Dec 15, 2021

As speakers and presenters, we need to embrace storytelling if we want to persuade others to march to our drum, or buy our product, or support our cause.

If you want to win an audience, tell them a story. In fact, tell them lots of stories. You...

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It’s a bite - not a four-course meal media interviews Dec 15, 2021

How much can you say in 25 words? If you are asked to do a radio or television interview, you’d better figure out how well you can express a big thought in a few words. 

The average soundbite in a recorded interview is about 7 seconds....

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Abandon those adverbs writing Dec 15, 2021

The one thing that truly horrifies horror writer Stephen King is the adverb. “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs,” he says. “They’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique....

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Seven ways to improve your writing writing Nov 13, 2021

Need to write new copy for your web site? Need to produce articles for your newsletter? Try these seven tips to improve your writing. 

1 - Don’t bury the lead

Take a tip from a former newspaper reporter: grab the audience’s...

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You live your story - why not tell your story? storytelling Nov 13, 2021

Telling your story better is a surefire way to get people thinking about you, talking about you and remembering you and your message.

Facts and figures are important. They have a place in your presentations and promotional copy. But facts are...

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