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Sticky storytelling: the key to being remembered images sticky storytelling writing Nov 17, 2019

If you really want to make your messages memorable, turn your words into images.

If you’re delivering a speech or presentation, it’s probably not the mass of your words that will convince an audience to march to your drum. More likely,...

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Are you game for the Post-It note challenge? speechwriting talkitout writing Nov 17, 2019

A dear friend once sent me a birthday surprise…. Post-It notes. Not a box of Post-It notes but one solitary package of Post-It notes. I was surprised at this unusual gift… but it all made sense when I read what was written on the...

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Forget the $10 words if you want to make an impact clarity impact writing Nov 17, 2019

Keep your language simple if you want to make a quick and strong connection with your readers and listeners.

Two Nobel-prize winning authors once got in an argument over words.

William Faulkner accused Ernest Hemingway of dumbing-down his writing....

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How Mom or Charlie will help your writing conversational language copywriting writing Nov 17, 2019

If you are wondering how you can be more conversational in your writing, here’s a tip. Think of someone you care about, and write to them. If you’ve attended any of our workshops, read our books or seen our video tips, you’ll be...

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A reluctant speaker has an 'ah-ha' moment halina st james nervous speaker performance anxiety transformation Nov 08, 2019

"I never ever thought I could stand up in front of over 700 people and speak. I was just like so many of my clients. Afraid of speaking in public."

"I was afraid my ideas weren’t good enough. Afraid of looking stupid. Afraid the...

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How to take the anxiety out of presentations nerves presentations presentations masterclass speaking Nov 07, 2019

Anxiety and public speaking seem to go hand-in-hand. Dealing with nerves, overcoming anxiety, is a big worry for a lot of my clients, says Halina St James, the creator of the Presentations Masterclass online course.

Halina talks about...

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All about planning: sharpen your axe planning public speaking Nov 07, 2019

Don't be in too big a hurry to start writing that next speech or presentation. Remember that great quote by Abraham Lincoln:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

In this short video tip,...

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Put a name to the fear that's blocking your creativity big magic creativity elizabeth gilbert public speaking Oct 14, 2019

How much do you celebrate your creativity? How often do you thank it for being a part of your life and part of your speaking life? And what's holding you back from tapping in to your creativity - all the time? I want to share some tips I picked up...

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Lessons for all presenters from three strong speeches greta thunberg megan rapinoe michelle williams public speaking speeches Oct 12, 2019

Three powerful women; three powerful speeches. All delivered on the same day. Very different occasions, very different styles - but they demonstrated qualities that all speakers and presenters can learn from.

There was US soccer captain Megan...

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Don't let self-doubt sabotage your presentations motivational speeches presentations public speaking self-doubt Oct 11, 2019

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I have many clients who sabotage themselves when they speak, especially if they’re setting out to deliver an inspirational message.

There’s a niggling voice inside their...

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Top 3 tips for stressed out presenters and speakers deadline stress presentation tips public speaking Oct 10, 2019

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Your desk is piled high with work. You attend endless meetings. Your personal life is a roller-coaster of obligations and activities. Suddenly into this mix, you're asked to...

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What story choice tells you about political promises hero quest political stories storytelling Oct 09, 2019

We are depressingly familiar with politicians changing their stories. Doing flip-flops. Making U-turns. But now, it seems, politicians are changing their stories in a different - and dark - way.

Dr Nick Morgan is a communications expert whose...

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