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A CEO's quest for a better way of speaking speech writing Jan 15, 2020

Once a upon a time there was a CEO. He had to make a speech to some very important and influential people. So he hired a speech writer.

The minute he looked at the speech, he knew he was in big trouble. He knew that with the script he’d been...

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Wildfires in Oz: fund-raiser with a difference Jan 15, 2020

If you’ve seen any of those horrific pictures from the wildfire disaster in Australia, you may have wondered ‘what can I do to help?’

Here’s something you could consider… something a little different from simply...

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Be a speaker, first - and then a writer talkitout Jan 15, 2020

Our brains are wired for speech naturally. Children learn to speak at a very early age. They learn to read and write later. You can speak and understand a language, without necessarily reading or writing it.

From the cradle we become used to the...

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Out with the old, and let in new ideas Jan 14, 2020

I cleaned out my office this month. It took four days. I got rid of a mountain of old dead files, two filing cabinets, a pile of CDs (what did we ever use those for?) and various knick-knacks that were just collecting dust.

I wound up with lots...

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Looking for quick tips? Check these videos public speaking Dec 13, 2019

Have you checked out our 10 Second Tips yet? We’ve put together about 15 snippets of advice for presenters and speakers - and they’re all really short… around the 10 second mark.

Obviously in ten seconds we’re not going to...

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Why news alerts are not giving you the whole story media Dec 13, 2019

Your phone just pinged and you checked the news alert. You may be up-to-the-minute, but are you well-informed?

The question is prompted by some research done this month in the UK, into how people have been keeping ‘informed’ about the...

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When you need a shift, you need a story leadership story Dec 12, 2019

Stories are all about shifts. Shifts from loser to victor, from oppressed to liberated, from lost to found, from unloved to loved.

That’s why stories are such effective tools for communicating a vision of change, for persuading people to...

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Tired of political bluster? Try this antidote public speaking Dec 12, 2019

If, as speakers and presenters, our only source of inspiration came from politicians, our spirits would be plumbing the depths. It’s easy to think that public discourse these days is dominated by bare-faced liars, cheats and dissemblers. Any...

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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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